Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Lateral thinking is a term coined by Edward de Bono, a Maltese psychologist, physician and writer. It first appeared in the title of his book The Use of Lateral Thinking, published in 1967. De Bono defines lateral thinking as methods of thinking concerned with changing concepts and perception. Lateral thinking is about reasoning that is not immediately obvious and about ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic.

Here’s an example of some lateral thinking puzzles:

Acting on an anonymous phone call, the police raid a house to arrest a suspected murderer. They don’t know what he looks like but they know his name is John and that he is inside the house. The police bust in on a carpenter, a lorry driver, a mechanic and a fireman all playing poker. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately arrest the fireman. How do they know they’ve got their man?

How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live?

Go see the solutions.


  • At 2008.12.21 00:18, Solace said:

    I have always loved this type of puzzles!

    • At 2008.12.21 02:02, Tala said:

      I love this man.

      • At 2008.12.21 13:49, jessyz said:

        Glad to have entertained you.

        • At 2010.07.15 19:05, I love this puzils said:

          Itz very nice one ,dnt give up