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.
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