A lateral thinking puzzle is one in which you are given a seemingly unusual set of circumstances and you have to try and figure out what happened or what’s going on. Think of a lateral thinking puzzle as a riddle that requires you to become a detective to fill in the missing parts of a very unusual, short story. Out of the box thinking is required to resolve such puzzles. Below are some of the top class lateral thinking puzzles of all time :


The Man in Restaurant

A man walks into restaurant and ask the waiter for glass of water. The Waiter pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man then thank him and left restaurant. Can you tell why?

Answer
The man had hiccups. The waiter 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.

Two Childs

A woman had two childrens who were born in same hour on same day on same month and in same year, but they were not twins. How could this happen?

Answer
They were two of a set of triplets (or quadruplets etc.)

Cow and Food

A cow is tied to a 4 meter long rope. There is food, 20 meters away from the cow. However, the cow manages to go to the food and eat it. How come?

Answer
The rope is not tied to anything but the cow, so the cow is free to go to the food.

Little Billy

Little Billy was four years old and both this parents were dead. His guardian put him on a train to send him to a new home in this country. Bill could neither read nor write nor remember the address, so a large label on a string was secured around his neck clearly indicating Billy’s name and destination. However, despite the best efforts and kindness of the railway staff, Billy never arrived at his new home. Why?

Hint
No one deliberately harm or abducted Billy. Label was removed because Billy ate it.
Answer
Little Billy was a goat which unfortunately ate his label, so no one knew where he was supposed to go.

Bus Driver

A bus driver was heading down a street in Colorado. He went right past a stop sign without stopping, turned left where there was a “no left turn” sign, and went the wrong way on a one-way street. Then he went on the left side of the road past a cop car. Yet, he didn’t break any traffic laws. Why not?

Answer
The bus driver was not driving his bus, he was walking.