Podcast Episode 317: Lateral Thinking Puzzles


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


Stonewall Jackson recorded 14 precepts for good conversation.

Ben Franklin offered four “rules for making oneself a disagreeable companion.”

Sources for this episode’s puzzles:

Puzzle #1 is from listener Allen Houser.

Puzzle #2 is from listener Michael Cavanagh.

Puzzle #3 is from listener Jessica Aves.

Puzzle #4 is from listener Laura Merz.

Puzzle #5 is from listener ospalh.

Puzzle #6 is from Agnes Rogers’ 1953 book How Come? A Book of Riddles, sent in by listener Jon Jerome.

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