15 Special Puzzles for you

Part A

a) There is one word in the English language that is always pronounced incorrectly. What is it?

b) A man gave one son 10 cents and another son was given 15 cents. What time is it?

c) A boat has a ladder that has six rungs, each rung is one foot apart. The bottom rung is one foot from the water. The tide rises at 12 inches every 15minutes. High tide peaks in one hour. When the tide is at it’s highest, how many rungs are under water?

d)Is half of two plus two equal to two or three?

e) If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in the center field?

e) One. If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big stack.

d) Three. Well, it seems that it could almost be either, but if you follow the mathematical orders of operation, division is performed before addition.
So, half of two is one. Then add two, and the answer is three.

c) None, the boat rises with the tide.

b) The time is 1:45.
Explanation : The man gave away a total of 25 cents. He divided it between two people. Therefore, he gave a quarter to two.

a) The word “incorrectly”.

Part B
1. 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

--->An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
--->An old friend who once saved your life.
--->The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.

Knowing that there can only be one passenger in your car, whom would you choose?

2. Acting on an anonymous phone call, the police raid a house to arrest a suspected murderer. They don’t know what he looks like but they know his name is John and that he is inside the house. The police bust in on a carpenter, a lorry driver, a mechanic and a fireman all playing poker. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately arrest the fireman. How do they know they’ve got their man?

3. How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live?

4. There are six eggs in the basket. Six people each take one of the eggs. How can it be that one egg is left in the basket?


4. The last person took the basket with the last egg still inside.

3. The baby fell out of a ground floor window.

2. The fireman is the only man in the room. The rest of the poker players are women.

1. The old lady of course! After helping the old lady into the car, you can give your keys to your friend, and wait with your perfect partner for the bus

Part C

a. There is a man who lives on the top floor of a very tall building. Everyday he gets the elevator down to the ground floor to leave the building to go to work. Upon returning from work though, he can only travel half way up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the way unless it’s raining! Why? (This is probably the best known and most celebrated of all lateral thinking puzzles. It is a true classic.Although there are many possible solutions which fit the initial conditions, only the canonical answer is truly satisfying. )

b. A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the scene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says, “I can’t operate on this boy, he is my son! ” How can this be?

c. A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, lumpier, gloves and balaclava. He is walking down a black street with all the street lamps off. A black car is coming towards him with its light off but somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the man?

d. Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones? This is logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle that can be solved by lateral thinking techniques. It is supposedly used by a very well-known software company as an interview question for prospective employees.

e. A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early. Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. Why did the man not die?

f. A man walks into a bar and asks the barman for a glass of water. The barman pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man says ‘Thank you’ and walks out. (This puzzle claims to be the best of the genre .It is simple in its! statement, absolutely baffling and yet with a completely satisfying solution. Most people struggle very hard to solve this one yet they like the answer when they hear it or have the satisfaction of figuring it out.)

Answers :

f. The man had hiccups. The barman recognized this from his speech and drew the gun in order to give him a shock. It worked and cured the hiccups - so the man no longer needed the water.

d. A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal of the manhole. A round manhole cannot be dropped down the manhole. So for safety and practicality, all manhole covers should be round.

e. 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.

c. It was day time.

b. The surgeon was his mother.

a. The man is very, very short and can only reach halfway up the elevator buttons. However, if it is raining then he will have his umbrella with him and can press the higher buttons with it.

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