Lateral Thinking Post #6

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Here I present yet another post for the series Lateral Thinking with totally new and bind-boggling questions. Once again 5-6 questions have been presented and you have to try and an answer them. Though I bet you can’t, but then last time I checked, trying was free.

Answers/solutions will no longer be encrypted.

Yet again I repeat. Please refrain from using Google. It may give you the answer but not the satisfaction.

Lateral thinking
Lateral thinking

Problems

  1. A man rolls over a glass bottle. He travels the last 100 miles
    of the Sahara 5000 roadrace with a flat tire.
  2. Adults are holding children, waiting their turn. The children are
    handed (one at a time, usually) to a man, who holds them while a woman
    shoots them. If the child is crying, the man tries to stop the crying
    before the child is shot.
  3. Many shops have prices set just under a round figure, e.g. $9.99 instead of $10.00 or $99.95 instead of $100.00.It is assumed that this is done because the price seems lower to the consumer. But this is not the reason the practice started. What was the original reason for this pricing method?
  4. Five pieces of coal, a carrot and a scarf are lying on a hill near a remote house. Nobody put them on the lawn but there is a perfectly logical reason why they should be there. What is it?
  5. Not far from Madrid, there is a large wooden barn. The barn is completely empty except for a dead man hanging from the middle of the central rafter. The rope around his neck is ten feet long and his feet are three feet off the ground. The nearest wall is 20 feet away from the man. There is a puddle of water nearby. It is not possible to climb up the walls or along the rafters. The man hanged himself. How did he do it?

Solutions

  1. The flat tire is his spare.
  2. Kids getting their pictures taken with Santa.
  3. The practice originated to ensure that the clerk had to open the till and give change for each transaction, thus recording the sale and preventing him from pocketing the bank notes.
  4. They were used by children who made a snowman. The snow has now melted.
  5. He climbed on a block of ice which has since melted.

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