Nicola's Lateral Thinking Puzzles

1. In the middle of the ocean is a yacht. Several corpses are

floating in the water nearby.

2. Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice all live in the same house. Bob

and Carol go out to a movie, and when they return, Alice is lying dead

on the floor in a puddle of water and glass. It is obvious that Ted

killed her but Ted is not prosecuted or severely punished.

3. A woman comes home with a bag of groceries, gets the mail, and

walks into the house. On the way to the kitchen, she goes through the

living room and looks at her husband, who had blown his brains out. She

then continues to the kitchen, puts away the groceries, and makes


4. A body is discovered in a park in Chicago in the middle of summer.

It has a fractured skull and many other broken bones, but the cause of

death was hypothermia.

5. A man lives on the twelfth floor of an apartment building. Every

morning he wakes up, gets dressed, eats, goes to the elevator, takes it

down to the lobby, and leaves the building for work. In the evening, he

goes through the lobby to the elevator, and, if there is someone else in

the elevator (or if it was raining that day) he goes back to his floor

directly. However, if there is nobody else in the elevator and it

hasn't rained, he goes to the 10th floor and walks up two flights of

stairs to his room.


1. A bunch of people are on an ocean voyage in a yacht. One

afternoon, they all decide to go swimming, so they put on swimsuits and

dive off the side into the water. Unfortunately, they forget to set up

a ladder on the side of the boat, so there's no way for them to climb

back in, and they drown.

2. Alice is a goldfish; Ted is a cat.

3. The husband killed himself a while ago; it's his ashes in an urn

on the mantelpiece that the wife looks at.

4. A poor peasant from somewhere in Europe wants desperately to get

to the U.S. Not having money for airfare, he stows away in the landing

gear compartment of a jet. He dies of hypothermia in mid-flight, and

falls out when the landing gear compartment opens as the plane makes its

final approach.

5. The man is a midget. He can't reach the upper elevator buttons,

but he can ask people to push them for him. He can also push them with

his umbrella.

31st August 2007 From India, Kochi

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13th February 2016 From India, New Delhi
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