A Power Point Presentation of some creative and lateral thinking puzzles for the young and old. Exercise for the brain.Clues and answers are given. Download for the animation effects. Done by Bro. Oh Teik Bin, Lower Perak Buddhist Association, Teluk Intan, Malaysia.
Text of 10 Creative Thinking Puzzles
1. 10 Creative Thinking Puzzles
2. PUZZLE 1
There is blood on the ceiling of my bedroom. There has been no murder or killing of any person. Nobody has played any trick on me. Can you suggest a logical explanation?
3. Clue To Puzzle 1
4. Answer To Puzzle 1
A mosquito bit me. It later landed on my bedroom ceiling. I climbed on the bed and I swatted it on my ceiling. (So the blood is my own as well as the mosquito's).
5. PUZZLE 2
There is a flash of light and a man dies. The man is not killed by any other person and he does not die of any illness like a heart attack etc. Its not a case of suicide either. Can you suggest a logical explanation?
6. Clue To Puzzle 2
7. Answer To Puzzle 2
The man is a lion-tamer, posing for a photo with his lion. The lion reacts badly to the flash of the camera, and the man can't see properly, so he gets mauled.
8. Puzzle 3
An ordinary American citizen, with no passport, visits over thirty foreign countries in one day. He is welcomed in each country, and leaves each one of his own accord.
9. Clue To Puzzle 3
10. Answer To Puzzle 3
He is a mail courier who delivers packages to the different foreign embassies in the United States. The land of an embassy belongs to the country of the embassy, not to the United States.
11. Puzzle 4
A riverboat filled with passengers suddenly capsized, drowning most of those aboard. The riverboat was in good condition and there was no carelessness on the part of the crew members.
12. Clue To Puzzle 4
13. Answer To Puzzle 4
The boat was moving along a river in India when a large snake dropped onto the deck. The passengers all rushed to the other side of the boat, thereby overturning it. This is apparently based on a true incident reported in the World Almanac.
14. Puzzle 5
Two people are dead in a car, which is locked from the inside. There's a lot of blood. There has been no foul play like a crime or suicide. Can you explain?
15. Clue To Puzzle 5
16. Answer To Puzzle 5
One of the dead people is a woman; the other is the baby she's just given birth to. She died in childbirth.
17. Puzzle 6
A woman throws something out a window and dies. She is healthy and not mentally ill. She is not killed by any person. It is also not a suicide. Give a logical explanation.
18. Clue To Puzzle 6
19. Answer To Puzzle 6
The object she throws is a boomerang. It flies out, loops around, and comes back and hits her in the head, killing her. Boomerangs do not often return so close to the point from which they were thrown, but I believe it's possible for this to happen.
20. Puzzle 7
A man is born in 1972 and dies in 1952 at the age of 25. How is this possible?
21. Clue To Puzzle 7
22. Answer To Puzzle 7
He's born in room number 1972 of a hospital and dies in room number 1952. The numbers can of course vary; it was originally set up with those numbers reversed (born in 1952, died in 1972), but I like it better this way.
23. Puzzle 8
A black man dressed all in black, wearing a black mask, stands at a crossroads in a totally black-painted town. All of the streetlights in town are broken. There is no moon. A black-painted car without headlights drives straight toward him, but turns in time and doesn't hit him. How do you explain this?
24. Clue To Puzzle 8
25. Answer To Puzzle 8
It's daytime; the sun is out
26. Puzzle 9
A man rides into town on Friday. He stays one night and leaves on Friday. How is this possible?
27. Clue To Puzzle 9
28. Answer To Puzzle 9
Friday is a horse
29. Puzzle 10
An ordinary woman walks on water. It is not a miracle.
30. Clue To Puzzle 10
31. Answer To Puzzle 10
It's easy to walk on a lake's surface when the lake is frozen.
32. The End May You Grow In Your Creative Thinking! With Metta, Bro. Oh Teik Bin