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appu
03-05-2004, 02:55 PM
These are great. Get your thinking cap on! Try these to loosen up the
old
brain cells.


1. There is a man who lives on the top floor of a very tall building.
Everyday he gets the elevator down to the ground floor to leave the
building to go to work. Upon returning from work though, he
can
only travel half way up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the
way
unless it's raining! Why?


2. 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?

3. A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, jumper,
gloves
and balaclava. He is walking down a black 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?


4. One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older
twin
brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How?


5. Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?
This is
logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle that can be
solved by
lateral thinking techniques. It is supposedly used by a very
well-known
software company as an interview question for prospective employees.


6. A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left
early.
Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of
poisoning. Why did the man not die?


7. A woman had two sons who were born on the same hour of the same day
of
the same year. But they were not twins. How could this be so?


8. 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. This puzzle claims to be the best of the genre. It is
simple in its statement, absolutely baffling and yet with a
completely
satisfying solution. Most people struggle very hard to solve this one
yet
they like the answer when they hear it or have the satisfaction of
figuring it out.


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SOLUTIONS


1. The man is very, very short and can only reach halfway up the
elevator
buttons. However, if it is raining then he will have his umbrella
with him
and can press the higher buttons with it.


2. The surgeon was his mother.


3. It was day time.


4. At the time she went into labor, the mother of the twins was
traveling
by boat. The older twin, Terry, was born first early on March 1st.
The
boat then crossed a time zone and Kerry, the younger twin, was born
on
February the 28th. Therefore, the younger twin celebrates her
birthday two
days before her older brother.


5. A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal
of
the manhole. A round manhole cannot be dropped down the manhole. So
for
safety and practicality, all manhole covers should be round.


6. The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes. When the man
drank the
punch, the ice was fully frozen. Gradually it melted, poisoning the
punch.


7. They were two of a set of triplets (or quadruplets, etc.). This
puzzle
stumps many people. They try outlandish solutions involving test-tube
babies or surrogate mothers. Why does the brain search for complex
solutions when there is a much simpler one available?


8. 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.

gokulan42
03-05-2004, 03:26 PM
There is one wrong puzzle in your list, bud. But, overall its a good one. Some of them, we heard alredy (like that day time stuff).



1. The man is very, very short and can only reach halfway up the
elevator
buttons. However, if it is raining then he will have his umbrella
with him
and can press the higher buttons with it.

Interesting :)


2. The surgeon was his mother.



3. It was day time.
I knew it.


4. At the time she went into labor, the mother of the twins was
traveling
by boat. The older twin, Terry, was born first early on March 1st.
The
boat then crossed a time zone and Kerry, the younger twin, was born
on
February the 28th. Therefore, the younger twin celebrates her
birthday two
days before her older brother.
I also thought about time zone and leap year. But, the question was wrong. It said older bro celebrated two days later



5. A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal
of
the manhole. A round manhole cannot be dropped down the manhole. So
for
safety and practicality, all manhole covers should be round.
kinda guessed along similar lines ;)



6. The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes. When the man
drank the
punch, the ice was fully frozen. Gradually it melted, poisoning the
punch.
I said 'the man is the one who poisoned the punch after he drank' ;)


7. They were two of a set of triplets (or quadruplets, etc.). This
puzzle
stumps many people. They try outlandish solutions involving test-tube
babies or surrogate mothers. Why does the brain search for complex
solutions when there is a much simpler one available?
The question does not talk about the month. So, I decided it would be in the same year different months (like Jan & Dec). Beleive me, the quadruplets came into my mind and I eliminated as too easy :)


8. 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.
I am stumped here. What if the man died of this? Pointing the gun at someone is not a normal shock you would give in this situation :lol:

RaasuKutty
03-05-2004, 03:43 PM
I did not know 4 & 6... i guessed the remaining...

question 5 was my first interview question..... question 8 was the one I asked them for fun in the same interview....

Shy
03-05-2004, 03:48 PM
Good One Appu !!!!!

This was how my thoughts were ;)


2. 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?

Either the man is the stepfather and the surgeon is the boilogical father. Or Vice Versa


3. A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, jumper,
gloves
and balaclava. He is walking down a black 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?

Nalla sunshine aarapoo he was walking :ee:


4. One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older
twin
brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How?

Her mom got delivered while travelling from one part of the world to another :lol: :lol: .. But 2 days aaguma athu theriyalai, hoping shes travelling from japan to NY :)


5. Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?
This is
logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle that can be
solved by
lateral thinking techniques. It is supposedly used by a very
well-known
software company as an interview question for prospective employees.

I had already know this ;) square, diagonal :ee:


6. A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left
early.
Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of
poisoning. Why did the man not die?

After the guy left, those who had the punch we server another drink or dish, which was poisioned !!!!!


7. A woman had two sons who were born on the same hour of the same day
of
the same year. But they were not twins. How could this be so?

Same hour, Same day and Same Year thaanae.. Same month illaiyae ;)


8. 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. This puzzle claims to be the best of the genre. It is
simple in its statement, absolutely baffling and yet with a
completely
satisfying solution. Most people struggle very hard to solve this one
yet
they like the answer when they hear it or have the satisfaction of
figuring it out.

Already know this.. just to stop his hiccups(vikkal) :)

(1) First no idea :)

Shy

gokulan42
03-05-2004, 03:57 PM
4. One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older
twin
brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How?

Her mom got delivered while travelling from one part of the world to another :lol: :lol: .. But 2 days aaguma athu theriyalai, hoping shes travelling from japan to NY :)
Shy
Its feb 28th and Mar 1st. And the year they are talking about is obviouly a leap year. And, the distance can be very very less (border between 2 time zones during midnight of feb 28th). But, the problem is how can the older brother can celebrate his birthday 2 days later than?

Or am I missing something here?

Shy
03-05-2004, 04:08 PM
Its feb 28th and Mar 1st. And the year they are talking about is obviouly a leap year. And, the distance can be very very less (border between 2 time zones during midnight of feb 28th). But, the problem is how can the older brother can celebrate his birthday 2 days later than?

Or am I missing something here?

One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How?

Ok after reading the answers this is how I understood.

She was travelling vachupoom, lets noe assume oru sidela irunthu other side vara that lady. Time pathi lets not care now :).. appo thaan ennoda thinking logivcalla irukkum!!!

Kerry was born March 1st in one side of the world... Appuram they travel, then when she entered the other side time zone it was feb 28th still, angae she gave birth to Terry... So Terry was born Feb 28th.

Hence kerry first born'a irunthaalum, shes younger because of the date March 1st :)

Shy

gokulan42
03-05-2004, 04:15 PM
Hey, how can you call Terry as older. Older twin is nothing to do with the dates. Its how long they are alive (outside the mom's tummy). So, again the question is wrong.

Shy, thanks for the explanation. But, I insist that the question is wrong. I am not using my debating skills or anything. I really believe so :)

dinesh
03-05-2004, 04:20 PM
The question does not talk about the month. So, I decided it would be in the same year different months (like Jan & Dec). Beleive me, the quadruplets came into my mind and I eliminated as too easy

I don't think it's physically possible. The same mother having kids in two different months of the same year... :think:

Shy
03-05-2004, 04:20 PM
Hey, how can you call Terry as older. Older twin is nothing to do with the dates. Its how long they are alive (outside the mom's tummy). So, again the question is wrong.

Shy, thanks for the explanation. But, I insist that the question is wrong. I am not using my debating skills or anything. I really believe so :)

Thats true, thats how we calcualte how older a person is.. But I guess entha oora certificate thaan talks I guess.. :)

funnya eppadi think panalaam, rendu paerum normalla thaan they born together.. but they dont want to celebrate together, gifts sharing ellam kadiyaa irunthathu avangalaukku, so they decided to celebrate with a difference of 2 days and terry chose to celebrate later ;)

Shy

dinesh
03-05-2004, 04:22 PM
The first question is a bit dodgy though. Can't the guy take the umbrella every day, just to assist him to press buttons in the lift? Why can't he do that to save the trouble of climbing half the stairs?

RaasuKutty
03-05-2004, 04:29 PM
dinesh...
it is just a test for lateral thinking test.. it is not a test on reality...

its just to understand a person's ability to think on possible things that dont happen often....

gokulan42
03-05-2004, 04:32 PM
The question does not talk about the month. So, I decided it would be in the same year different months (like Jan & Dec). Beleive me, the quadruplets came into my mind and I eliminated as too easy

I don't think it's physically possible. The same mother having kids in two different months of the same year... :think:

Were you born in tamilnadu? If no, you may not have heard about it. I have witnessed one such case in my school days. And, I have seen siblings within a year difference (may not be the same year).

Between Jan & Dec, there are 11 months. So in any way, the couple have around 2 months rest ;) *friends, no intention to offend anyone here*

gokulan42
03-05-2004, 04:34 PM
The first question is a bit dodgy though. Can't the guy take the umbrella every day, just to assist him to press buttons in the lift? Why can't he do that to save the trouble of climbing half the stairs?
Looks like an absent minded guy, thala. I could not guess it either :(

gokulan42
03-05-2004, 04:39 PM
Shy I got the age stuff. Shame on us.

The older Terry wasa born 1201 Mar 1st in Zone A. They just passed the time zone and kerry was born Feb28th 1102 midnight.

Now in this leap year, Kerry celebrated her bnirthday on Feb 28th and 2 days laters her older brother celbrated on MAr 1st .

What an idiot am I. I was even insisting my stupidself :(

dinesh
03-05-2004, 04:45 PM
Between Jan & Dec, there are 11 months. So in any way, the couple have around 2 months rest *friends, no intention to offend anyone here*

I still don't think that's possible. I think I have read somewhere that a female cannot conceive for a certain amoint of time immediately after childbirth. I might be wrong though, maybe anybody in the knowing can clarify? :think:



dinesh...
it is just a test for lateral thinking test.. it is not a test on reality...

its just to understand a person's ability to think on possible things that dont happen often....

Ya, I understand that Raasu.....but lateral thought need not always arise from illogical situations. That particular question was made hard because it was illogical. "Thinking out of the box" doesn't always mean you have to consider illogical situations as well.

unique
03-05-2004, 04:46 PM
A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, jumper,
gloves
and balaclava. He is walking down a black 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?

This one was easy....but the rest i had to :think: :think: ....then finally gave up n scrolled down for answers.......

san2003
03-06-2004, 02:52 AM
Between Jan & Dec, there are 11 months. So in any way, the couple have around 2 months rest *friends, no intention to offend anyone here*

I still don't think that's possible. I think I have read somewhere that a female cannot conceive for a certain amoint of time immediately after childbirth. I might be wrong though, maybe anybody in the knowing can clarify? :think:

dinesh... i dunno about the science part of whether women cannot conceive for a certain amount of time after childbirth .. but its definetely possible... my family frens... both r same age.. same yr.. but not twins.... one born in february and the younger one in november... one of them is premature baby... so it can happen... :) its possible :) thats one example.. but i heard of this b4.. same age but not twins... or.. it can be months difference like one may be born in july and the next in mayb may the next yr.. also about 9-10 months difference.. jus bcoz different year we can differentiate them.... :)

gokulan42
03-06-2004, 03:23 AM
Appadi podu, sans doll :)

RaasuKutty
03-06-2004, 05:25 AM
Between Jan & Dec, there are 11 months. So in any way, the couple have around 2 months rest *friends, no intention to offend anyone here*

I still don't think that's possible. I think I have read somewhere that a female cannot conceive for a certain amoint of time immediately after childbirth. I might be wrong though, maybe anybody in the knowing can clarify? :think:

dinesh... i dunno about the science part of whether women cannot conceive for a certain amount of time after childbirth .. but its definetely possible... my family frens... both r same age.. same yr.. but not twins.... one born in february and the younger one in november... one of them is premature baby... so it can happen... :) its possible :) thats one example.. but i heard of this b4.. same age but not twins... or.. it can be months difference like one may be born in july and the next in mayb may the next yr.. also about 9-10 months difference.. jus bcoz different year we can differentiate them.... :)

ippadi vera oru logic irukka... i did not think abt that premature delivery case...

san2003
03-06-2004, 05:40 AM
ippadi vera oru logic irukka... i did not think abt that premature delivery case...

thats why ask the girls... we know more stuff ;) hehehehe.. ok'va? ;)
i hope i dun get into trouble saying this.... escape ;)

RaasuKutty
03-06-2004, 06:32 AM
enna san,

guys dont wanna get into any confusion.. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: athunala thaan girls kitta kekkalai... :nono: :nono: :nono: :nono: :nono:

sagi
03-06-2004, 09:25 AM
Rasu enna ing avanthu panrel?? vilunthaalum meesila ungalukku man muttathe..
san kits agree ennu sollunga ;)

dinesh
03-06-2004, 10:17 AM
thats why ask the girls... we know more stuff hehehehe.. ok'va?
i hope i dun get into trouble saying this.... escape

Yeah right :sm12::sm12::sm12::sm12::sm12:

sagi
03-06-2004, 11:01 AM
Nenaippu thaane polappa kedukirathu :lol: