Mind Stretching Puzzles


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A Power Point Presentation of 10 Lateral Thinking Problems or Puzzles. To exercise the mind! Done by Bro. Oh Teik Bin, Lower Perak buddhist Association, Teluk Intan, Malaysia.

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Mind Stretching Puzzles

  1. 1. An Exercise in Lateral Thinking Mind Stretching Puzzles
  2. 2. # 1 A man locked his son out of the house. The son thanked him. Explain. Clue
  3. 3. <ul><li># 1 Answer </li></ul><ul><li>The son, in his late teens, was spoiled and idle. The father correctly inferred that evicting him and forcing him to earn his own way would benefit him, however unpleasant it would be at first. When the son found a job and had worked at it for a while, he understood how his father’s action had made his life more respectable and constructive. Therefore, he thanked his father. </li></ul>
  4. 4. # 2 Zeke and his wife lived in a rural area. One evening, his wife felt ill. Zeke called the local doctor. “Doc, I think my wife may have appendicitis,” he explained. “Nonsense! I took out her appendix myself five years ago,” said the doctor. But Zeke’s wife proved to have appendicitis. Explain. Clue :
  5. 5. <ul><li># 2 Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>Since the earlier surgery, Zeke had remarried. </li></ul>
  6. 6. # 3 Adam had none. Eve had two. Everyone nowadays has three. What are they? Clue :
  7. 7. <ul><li># 3 Answer : The letter e. </li></ul>
  8. 8. # 4 A bank robber grabbed several thousand dollars from a bank counter and, although he was armed, he was captured within a few seconds before he could leave the bank. How? Clue :
  9. 9. <ul><li># 4 Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>The bank robber dashed to the revolving door and tried to push at the direction in which it would not revolve. </li></ul>
  10. 10. # 5 A woman places her hand on her husband’s knee for an hour and then takes it off for ten minutes; then she places her hand on her husband’s knee for another hour. Why? Clues : ? ?
  11. 11. <ul><li># 5 Answer : The wife of the deaf Thomas Edison used to go with him to the theater. She drummed out his knee in Morse code with her fingers what the actors were saying on stage. </li></ul>
  12. 12. # 6 The ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus was killed by a tortoise. How? Clues :
  13. 13. # 6 Answer <ul><li>Aeschylus was killed when the tortoise was dropped on him from a height by an eagle who may have mistaken the bald head of Aeschylus for a rock on which to break the tortoise. </li></ul>
  14. 14. # 7 After a World Cup soccer match, two players swapped jerseys. The police immediately arrested them. Why? Clue:
  15. 15. # 7 Answer <ul><li>It was the women’s World Cup and the match was played in a country with strict rules about female nudity or undressing in public. </li></ul>
  16. 16. # 8 A high-speed police car chases a much slower vehicle in which criminals are escaping. But the police fail to catch them. Why? Clue
  17. 17. <ul><li># 8 Answer : </li></ul><ul><li>The getaway vehicle was a double-decker bus that went under a low bridge. The top deck of the bus was cut off and fell onto the pursuing police car. </li></ul>
  18. 18. # 9 A man had his throat attacked by a woman with an electric shaving razor, yet he suffered no serious injurious. How come? Clue
  19. 19. <ul><li># 9 Answer: </li></ul><ul><li>The woman forgot to plug in the electric shaver. </li></ul>
  20. 20. # 10 William was the least intelligent and laziest boy in a class of 30 students who took an examination. Yet when the results were announced, William’s name was at the top of the list. How come? Clue
  21. 21. <ul><li>$ 10 Answer: William’s name was William Abbot and the results were given in alphabetical order. </li></ul>
  22. 22. The End May your mind grow in creativity and wisdom. With Metta, Bro. Oh Teik Bin