Fancy a challenge? Need a diversion? Up for a bit of lateral thinking?
1 “My friend Sarah told me that her Grandmother was younger than her Mother.” Could this be true?
2 A carrot, a football scarf were found in a field. If no one placed them there, how did they get there? (a hint? its coming up to that time of year!)
3 On the table is a carton containing 6 eggs. If six people each take one egg, how can it be that one egg is left in the carton?
4 Add 2 to 171 and make it less than 18.
5 A train was speeding down the track towards a woman who had fallen asleep on the railway line after a particularly rowdy party. The train had no headlights on, there was no moonlight, and no overhead lighting. How was the driver able to stop the train before hitting her?
6 A woman has to cut a roll of ribbon into one metre lengths. If it takes her 2 seconds to measure and cut a length and the whole roll is fifty metres long, how long will it take her to do it?
7 You can use 3 identical digits in a simple addition sum so that the total is 12. You cannot use the digit 4, so what is the answer?
And one for luck
You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus
a - an old lady who looks as if she is about to die
b - an old friend who once saved your life
c - the perfect partner you have been dreaming about
Knowing that there can only be one passenger in your car, whom would you choose?
Each of the above take a little creativity to solve – and each need you to think about the puzzle in a slightly different way – from a different perspective – with unclear reasoning – so if you are having problems, check any assumptions you might have made…
How did you do? Need the answers? Want more puzzles? Like to see an article on how to improve your lateral thinking skills?