182. Lateral Thinking

To dust off the weekend cobwebs, Here’s a quickie exercise of our lateral thinking.

According to Wikipedia, Lateral thinking is solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic.

Don’t look at the answers till – thinking laterally –  you try to figure out the answer.  Be creative.

1.  Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? (or day names in any other language).

2.  A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, coat, gloves and ski mask. He is walking down a back 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?    It was daytime.

3.  A blind beggar had a brother who died. What relation was the blind beggar to the brother who died?  “Brother” is not the correct answer.

4.  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.

5.  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?

6.  There are a carrot, a pile of pebbles, and a pipe lying together in the middle of a field.  Why are they there?


1. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

2.  It was daytime.

3.  It’s his sister.

4.  The man had hiccups. The barman 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.

5.  The surgeon is his mother.

6.  They’re the remains of a melted snowman.

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2 Responses to 182. Lateral Thinking

  1. Tim Fitzpatrick says:

    Ok I got all of them except 4. And my answer for number 1 was Memorial Day Weekend.

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