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Lateral Thinking – Twelve Questions To Consider [Jan. 12th, 2005|09:34 am]
Peter Sheil
Good morning. Here are 12 questions to get you thinking. I have to admit that I haven't worked out the answers to some of them yet.

Comment and lets see if we can get all 12 answered today.

  1. The manufacturer does not want it, the purchaser does not use it and the user does not see it. What is it?

  2. When can you add two to eleven and get one as the correct answer?

  3. The Managing Director asked his secretary to make him a cup of coffee. The secretary was in a hurry to make the coffee, and in her haste one of her clip-on earrings fell into the cup. Although the cup had coffee in it, the earring did not get wet. Why is this possible?

  4. On the late afternoon of a hot summers day in August a CID Detective is summoned to a field, some five miles west of London. On his arrival he finds a frozen corpse in the middle of the field which has been freshly ploughed. He notices that there are no footprints anywhere near the body. The only marks anywhere near are tyre tracks from a tractor, and he observes a tractor about a hundred yards away. He questions the driver of the tractor who says he has been in the field all day and that he had not seen anything or anyone unusual. How did the person die and turn up in an open field?

  5. George and Harry are two popular politicians who meet in their local drinking club for their usual Friday night drink. They start to discuss how they can overthrow their party leader, and order their first drink of the night which is a vodka on the rocks. Harry downed his in two quick gulps and immediately ordered another which he again drank with two quick gulps but decided to wait before ordering a third drink. Georg on the other hand, who had been quietly sipping his drink suddenly fell forward onto the table dead. It appeared that both men had been set up for assassination, but why did George die and not both of them?

  6. A large black dog steps out into the road in a town where everything is painted black. None of the street lights are working due to a power failure caused by a recent thunderstorm. A car with two broken headlights and travelling at speed is heading towards the dog but swerves in time not to hit the dog. How could the driver have seen the dog in time to avoid it?

  7. Picture a ship at anchor. Over the side hangs a rope ladder with rungs every two feet. The tide rises one foot every hour. At the end of six hours, how much of the ladder will remain above the water assuming that eight rungs were above the water when the tide began to rise?

  8. Mr. And Mrs. Smith have five children. Half of them are boys. How is this possible?

  9. A woman from London married ten different men from that city, yet she did not break any laws. None of the men died, and she never divorced. How was this possible?

  10. Arthur Bloggs stared through the dirty soot-smeared window on the 25th floor of the office block. Overcome with depression he slid the window open and jumped through it. It was a sheer drop outside the building to the ground. Miraculously after he landed he was completely unhurt. As there was nothing to cushion his fall or slow his descent, how could he have survived?

  11. Lousie was sunbathing at a nude beach because she heard it was the best way to acquire an overall tan. Day after day she was out lying in the sun, yet couldn’t manage the complete tan. What could she be doing to prevent her from receiving the even tones she so desired?

  12. Ruby has an uncanny ability to be able to listen to the radio, carry on a conversation, or even watch TV while reading a book. One night she was watching TV while reading a book when suddenly the power went out. Her husband decided to go to bed. However, she kept reading, even though the room was completely dark. How could she continue to read?

    1. Peace

      [Edit: I'm screening comments to keep you in suspense, if you haven't got them all that is. Only you and I will be able to see your comments. I'll unscreen them all tomorrow so you can see them.]

[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-12 09:39 am (UTC)
At the moment I think I have the answers for 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 12. How about you?
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[User Picture]From: roxy641
2005-01-12 10:43 am (UTC)

Answer to no. 12

Can I give my answer to number 12 here?

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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-12 12:06 pm (UTC)

Question 1

I have no idea on this. I think the guy I got them from did say something and it was simple and obvious.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-12 12:07 pm (UTC)

Question 2

This is easy ie I got it :)

If you're stuck I'll give you a clue on this thread later.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-12 12:08 pm (UTC)

Question 3

This is another easy one ... well if you're a coffe drinker it's easy.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-12 12:09 pm (UTC)

Question 4

I think I've got an answer to this, but I'm not 100% sure of all the details.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-12 12:14 pm (UTC)

Question 5

Easy peasy :)
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[User Picture]From: kevinrtaylor
2005-01-12 12:23 pm (UTC)
No. 2: By counting modulo 12, e.g. hours on a clock.
No. 3: Instant coffee. She hadn't added the water yet.
No. 4: On the outside of an aircraft.
No. 5: The ice was poisoned.
No. 6: By sunlight?
No. 7: Eight. Assuming the ship is floating.

Still thinking about the rest.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-12 12:49 pm (UTC)
2 - yes; 3 - yes; 4 - taht explains part of it, but the location can maybe give you a bit more (although it would be partly conjecture); 5 - yes; 6 - yes; 7 - depends on their skill in layiong an anchor but basically yes :)
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[User Picture]From: kevinrtaylor
2005-01-12 12:32 pm (UTC)
No. 9: She is a registrar or priest.
No. 10: He jumped in through the window, not wanting to clean any more.
No. 11: She didn't turn over.
No. 1: Manufacturing costs.
No. 8: Half of "Mr. And Mrs Smith" would have to be boys, or there would be no children. (?)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-12 12:54 pm (UTC)
9 - yes; 10 - yes; 11 - dunno, do you think it could be that simple? 1 - hmmm, I don't think that was it; 8 - I don't think it's a word trick like that. I thought mor along the lines of children by previous marriage or something like that. Maybe Mrs Smith is Mr Smith's step daughter? No I don't think that works, for several reasons. I'm don't know on this one.
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[User Picture]From: 33w
2005-01-12 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'd try to figure some of them out but somebody else seems to have posted the answers alreay. Somehow, that just ruins the fun. Most of the answers, at least...
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-12 12:55 pm (UTC)
So don't read the comments - dork! :)
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From: fruitbatz
2005-01-12 09:41 pm (UTC)
you want me to answer how many?
*spins in circles*
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-13 09:02 am (UTC)
However many you think you can answer - try starting with one of the obvious ones ... unless none are obvious to you in which case just try thinking about them and solutions will pop out :)

I'll be unscreening the comments later today so if you want to have some mental activity try doing them without reading the comments :)

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[User Picture]From: frankblack
2005-01-13 01:12 am (UTC)
I'll bite

1) too tired to think of an answer
2) hours. 11 o'clock + 2 hours = 1 o'clock
3) instant coffee
4) blue ice, frozen in a wheelbay of a jet?
5) poison is in the icecubes
6) lightning
7) 8 rungs
8) the other half were boys as well
9) she was the city official that married them
10) the window did not open out on a 25 floor drop
11) no idea
12) she knows braille
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-13 08:57 am (UTC)
1. Zzzzz (but that's one I don't know yet so keep thinking)
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. Yes - the location is about where a plane would put its landing gear down if approaching from the west.
5. Yes
7. Yes - although as it picks up more of the chain off the bottom the boat will go down very slightly
8. Oh ... I hadn't thought of that, although it does smack of a verbal trick rather than a real answer
9. Yes
10. Well ... if you guess his job you will understand it completely
11. me neither
12. Yes

Good set of answers, thanks :)
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[User Picture]From: frankblack
2005-01-13 01:15 am (UTC)
1) coffin
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-13 08:58 am (UTC)

Oh well done on that one - it was starting to get me frustrated :)))))
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[User Picture]From: phlump
2005-01-13 01:42 pm (UTC)
11. She didn't take her clothes off?
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-13 01:55 pm (UTC)
Could be ... it doesn't say whether she's a blonde or no does it!
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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2005-01-13 01:54 pm (UTC)
8.The other half are also boys.

This is an oldie.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2005-01-13 01:59 pm (UTC)
That does seem like a "cheat" to me, but it could be. You are not the only person suggesting that so I guess it is the consensus view.

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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2005-01-13 01:58 pm (UTC)

Number 11

She didn't take off her suit - she was shy.

Another oldie, but goodie.
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