Lateral Thinking Puzzles – Top 25

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The best collection ever of lateral thinking puzzles for your enjoyment and damnation!

Lateral thinking investigations of the third kind.
Lateral thinking investigations of the third kind.

1/. The Bus Stop Puzzle. (You will need to think outside the square for this one)

It is a cold, wild and stormy night as a man drives along an open and exposed road. As he approaches a bus stop he notices that there are three people waiting:

  1. An old lady who is in urgent need of medical attention;
  2. His best friend who saved his life recently; and
  3. A beautiful girl that he had always wanted the opportunity to meet and ask out.

The man decides to stop and help out, but his car only holds one passenger. He will not overload his car. What does he do?

     Clue – He achieves everything possible with this solution.

Lateral thinking can be learned, practiced and used on demand.

     Answer – The man gives the keys to his best friend and asks him to drive the old lady to the hospital while he “bravely” keeps the company of the girl until the bus arrives.

2/. The Elevator Puzzle. (This is an all-time classic lateral thinking puzzle and one of my favorites)

Kennedy assassination unintended consequence of the Roswell alien encounter

Living on the 20th floor of his apartment building, a man uses the elevator every day. He hates using the stairs, so he always catches the elevator all the way down to the ground floor. However, when returning home, he usually gets out on the 14th floor and walks up the remaining stairs. Why?

     Clue – He only catches the elevator up to the 20th floor on rainy, wet days.

Lateral thinking derived solutions aren’t always clear at first, but once revealed, they often seem obvious.

     Answer – The man is a dwarf. On rainy, wet days, he uses his umbrella to push the button.

3/. The Bar Puzzle. (This is probably the widest circulated lateral thinking puzzle around)

A man walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of water. The barman unexpectedly ducks behind the bar and emerges holding a shotgun, points it at the man’s face and yells “BANG”. The man smiles at the barman and says sincerely, “thank you”.

     Clue – The man leaves happy and satisfied, without drinking any water.

Lateral thinking challenges your preconceptions.

     Answer – The man had hiccups.

For lateral thinking questions 4 through to 25, please click here.

Roswell’s Final Witness is the first of the lateral thinking thrillers of the Caesar Rising series written by Michael Muxworthy.

Lateral Thinking Investigations . . . of the Third Kind.

To visit Michael Muxworthy’s official author website please click here.

Kennedy assassination unintended consequence of the Roswell alien encounter
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy was brought about by fake alien crash debris in the hands of the military.

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