Lateral Thinking Skills

30 Questions | Total Attempts: 99

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Lateral Thinking Skills

The following questions will test your ability to think laterally. If you get more than 50% of these right you're certainly strong on your lateral thinking skills.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    A graduate applying for pilot training with a major airline was asked what he would do if, after a long-haul flight to Sidney, he met the captain wearing a dress in the hotel bar. What would you do?
  • 2. 
    What can you hold in your right hand, but not in your left?
  • 3. 
    If you have two coins totaling 11p, and one of the coins is not a penny, what are the two coins? (answer in the format of ?, ?)
  • 4. 
    How many animals of each species did Moses take into the Ark?
  • 5. 
    A man built a rectangular house, each side having a southern view. He spotted a bear. What colour was the bear?
  • 6. 
    If you were alone in a deserted house at night, and there was an oil lamp, a candle and firewood and you only have one match, which would you light first?
  • 7. 
    What can you put into a wooden box that would make it lighter? The more of them you put in the lighter it becomes, yet the box stays empty.
  • 8. 
    Which side of a cat contains the most hair?
  • 9. 
    The 60th and 62nd British Prime Ministers of the UK had the same mother and father, but were not brothers. How do you account for this?
  • 10. 
    How many birthdays does a typical woman have?
  • 11. 
    Why can't a man living in Canterbury be buried west of the River Stour?
  • 12. 
    Divide 40 by half and add ten. What is the answer?
  • 13. 
    To the nearest cubic centimetre, how much soil is there in a 3m x 2m x 2m hole?
  • 14. 
    Is it legal for a man to marry his widow's sister?
  • 15. 
    If you drove a coach leaving Canterbury with 35 passengers, dropped off 6 and picked up 2 at Faversham, picked up 9 more at Sittingbourne, dropped off 3 at Chatham, and then drove on to arrive in London 40 minutes later, what would the name of the driver be?
  • 16. 
  • 17. 
    A window cleaner is cleaning the windows on the 25th floor of a skyscraper, when he slips and falls. He is not wearing a safety harness and nothing slows his fall, yet he suffered no injuries. Explain.
  • 18. 
    The band of stars across the night sky is called the "...... Way"?
  • 19. 
    Yogurt is made from fermented ........
  • 20. 
    What do cows drink?
  • 21. 
    A farmer has 15 cows, all but 8 die. How many does he have left?
  • 22. 
    If a red house is made of red bricks, and a blue house is made of blue bricks, what is a green house made of?
  • 23. 
    In what sport are the shoes made of metal?
  • 24. 
    If a plane crashes on the Italian/Swiss border, where do you bury the survivors?
  • 25. 
    If the hour hand of a clock moves 1/60th of a degree every minute, how many degrees will it move in an hour?
  • 26. 
    How many hands does the clock of Big Ben have?
  • 27. 
    How many degrees are there between clock hands at 3.15 pm?
  • 28. 
    John's mother has 3 children, one is named April, one is named May. What is the third one named?
  • 29. 
    A cowboy rode into town on Friday, spent one night there, and left on Friday. How do you account for this?
  • 30. 
    How can you throw a ball as hard as you can, and make it stop and return to you, without hitting anything and with nothing attached to it?