Lateral Thinking puzzles / riddles are strange questions which require solving a creative and indirect approach to solve. 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.)

Cut the Cake

Is it possible to cut the cake in 8 equal pieces with only 3 straight cuts?

Answer
Use two cuts to divide the cake into four equal pieces (quarters). For the third cut, cut the cake in half, horizontally. Some pieces may not have any icing, but their size will be equal.

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.

Manhole Covers

Manhole covers for sewer drains are typically circular in shape (the ones that are removable anyway). This shape has an important advantage over a square or rectangular shape. Can you figure out what that is?

Answer
There is no risk of a circular manhole cover falling through the hole as would be the case for a square or rectangular shape which could slide through the diagonal. Another small advantage is that a round manhole cover can be rolled.

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