Podcast Episode 200: Lateral Thinking Puzzles


Here are five new lateral thinking puzzles — play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing situations using yes-or-no questions.

Here are the sources for this week’s puzzles. In a few places we’ve included links to further information — these contain spoilers, so don’t click until you’ve listened to the episode:

Puzzle #1 was contributed by listener Mary McNally.

Puzzle #2 is from listeners Tay Moss and John Russell.

Puzzle #3 is from Paul Sloane and Des MacHale’s 2014 book Remarkable Lateral Thinking Puzzles, plus this article.

Puzzle #4 was suggested by an item in Kevin McAleer’s 2014 book Dueling: The Cult of Honor in Fin-de-Siècle Germany.

Puzzle #5 was devised by Sharon. Here are three corroborating links.

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