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  • If you are good in lateral thinking, then you can be a good strategic
    thinker or... be a part of Think Tank. Here is an interesting quiz to
    test your Lateral Thinking abilities --- Think!
    ans ALL to get ur ans marked....

    1. 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. )

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    2. 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?

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    3. A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, lumper,
    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?

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    4. 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.

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    5. 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?

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    6. 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. )
    Friday, September 21, 2007 4:10 AM

Answers

  • 1) Same answer as that of Mohan- The man is short, so he's unable to reach the eleventh floor button unless he has a umbrella on rainy days.

     

    2) The Surgeon is the Mother of the child

     

    3) It is daytime

     

    4) If the manholes were square in shape, it is possible to slip in the lid along the diagonal. But the lid will never be able to slip in if the manholes were circular in shape.. Another reason that could be quoted is the uniform stress on the lid in a circular lid....

     

    5) Two answers are possible

    i) The drink must have been poisoned with pills just then and when the man drank, it had not yet disolved or

    ii) The man should have poisoned the drink after he drank and then left the party.

     

     

    6) The man was suffering from Hiccups.. ( A very easy one, the only thing is that you should think out of the box)

     

     

    Very nice Mr  Tarsicius_Rodrigues.. Come up with more questions....

    Sunday, September 23, 2007 2:53 AM

All replies

  • I will guess ..... [ just a wild guess....]

     

    1] The man may be Short so that his height will not reach the 11th floor button in the lift .... During raining he may have the umbrella to put dwitch it on to the 11th floor ..

     

    2] a man and son in a car accident may be in the Other vehicle , which undergone an accident ... The father in the other vehicle may have died ....

     

    3] It is a day time  ....

     

    Friday, September 21, 2007 4:47 AM
  • 4] The Manhole is round bcoz ... If it is Square , when an vehicle moves over It the Edges of the manhole cover may puncher the wheel ....

           But the round manhole covers doesnt have an edge , so that it will not puncher the Wheel ....

     

    5] & 6] are very tidious man !!!

             

    Friday, September 21, 2007 4:55 AM
  • hey mohan
    nice try
    ill give full points to the ans uve given
    but i wont mark ur ans as yet
    coz i want ans for 5) and 6).......
    Friday, September 21, 2007 5:12 AM
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    1.  very difficult

     

    2.  there not specified that the died man is father of the injured children, so it's solution is that the a doctor & his son are in car accident , opposite man is dead at site,

     

    3.  that is day light

     

    4.  what’s mean of manhole

     

    5.  may be that man had ad poison in drink after drunk

     

    6.  he Thanx to barman because the barman may him to go out with out shooting

     

    Saturday, September 22, 2007 1:25 PM
  • 1) Same answer as that of Mohan- The man is short, so he's unable to reach the eleventh floor button unless he has a umbrella on rainy days.

     

    2) The Surgeon is the Mother of the child

     

    3) It is daytime

     

    4) If the manholes were square in shape, it is possible to slip in the lid along the diagonal. But the lid will never be able to slip in if the manholes were circular in shape.. Another reason that could be quoted is the uniform stress on the lid in a circular lid....

     

    5) Two answers are possible

    i) The drink must have been poisoned with pills just then and when the man drank, it had not yet disolved or

    ii) The man should have poisoned the drink after he drank and then left the party.

     

     

    6) The man was suffering from Hiccups.. ( A very easy one, the only thing is that you should think out of the box)

     

     

    Very nice Mr  Tarsicius_Rodrigues.. Come up with more questions....

    Sunday, September 23, 2007 2:53 AM