Solutions to Lateral Thinking Puzzles

By: Great Minds  05/12/2011

Hope you didn't cheat !!

He Didn't Break the Law
He was walking.

Women and Shoes

Only three people went shopping: a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter — but remember that the mother was the grandmother's daughter!

It only takes Five Minutes

The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it and then hung it up to dry.

Three Consecutive Days

Yesterday, today, tomorrow.

Deep Question

None. You make a hole by digging out the dirt, so the hole is empty.

Need for Speed

The cars she passed where going in the opposite direction.

Which Room? You Decide

The third. The lions that haven’t eaten in three years are dead.

The Horse and the Hay

The rope is not tied to anything, so the horse has no problem getting to the bale of hay.

Who is that man?

John's son.

How can this be?

The surgeon is the boy's mother.

Men in Black

It was daytime.

Round or Square

A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal of the manhole.  A round cover cannot fall into the manhole.  From a practical view point, it's much easier to move as it can be rolled.

Party Punch

The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes.  When the man drank the punch, the ice was fully frozen.  Gradually it melted, poisoning the punch.

Barman with a Gun

The man had hiccups.  The barman recognised this and decided to shock the man to get rid of them.  It worked so the man left without his water.

Crossing the River

The man and the chicken cross the river, (the fox and corn are safe together), he leaves the chicken on the other side and goes back across.

The man then takes the fox across the river, and since he can't leave the fox and chicken together, he brings the chicken back.

Again, since the chicken and corn can't be left together, he leaves the chicken and he takes the corn across and leaves it with the fox.

He then returns to pick up the chicken and heads across the river one last time.


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