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    Anyone here a fan of these? A lot of people here seem to be very logic based (not very surprising for a gaming community), so it would seem lateral puzzles would seem to cater to our interests.

    For those unfamiliar, or know it as a different term, 'Lateral Thinking Puzzles', also known as 'Situation Puzzles' or 'Yes/No Puzzles' are puzzles in which the participants are trying to figure out the narrative by asking the host only questions that can be answered with essentially a "yes" or a "no".

    They're great for road trips, or in my specific case, bored at work. I'm just throwing it out there to see if there's any interest (or boredom). I can explain more if need be.



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    I have no idea what you're talking about, because I'm at work and tired as hell. Enlighten me.

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      Do a search for "Lateral Puzzles" Whiskey Six did a bunch of these back in the day.

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        I'll use Wikipedia's example: Situation Puzzle

        The host gives a short situation that makes little sense.
        A man walks into a bar, and asks the bartender for a drink of water. The bartender pulls out a gun, points it at the man, and cocks it. The man says "Thank you" and leaves. What happened?
        Everyone tries to figure out the details of the story that paints the full picture, which explains why the situation makes sense. They do so by asking the host yes/no questions.


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        • #5
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          Used to do these at summer camp all the time!

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            Yeah, I did this this summer, brings back some really cool memories
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            • #7
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              They seem pretty cool. I guess it'd be fun for a road trip.

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                I always figured I would like these, given I teach logic and critical thinking. But honestly I'm not really a big fan. I far prefer logic puzzles to these.

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                • #9
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                  Beat and Phoenix, got any you care to share (or I can start it off, if you want)?
                  Last edited by Pvt Brokeback; 03-28-2011, 02:49 PM.


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                  • #10
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                    Come at me bro.

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                    • #11
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                      Alright then, here it goes:

                      If the man had seen the sawdust, he wouldn't have died. What made him commit suicide?

                      Of course, if you already know this, it's unnecessary to spill the answer for those who don't.


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                        Did the man commit suicide by jumping or falling?

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by SilentSunshine View Post
                          Did the man commit suicide by jumping or falling?
                          Irrelevant


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                            Can you confirm the sawdust is literal? (I don't know why, but I'm thinking of "the sawdust trail"...)

                            Is there something unusual about the sawdust, which you imply the man might have seen?

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                            something which is not everything it should be." Edgar Allan Poe

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                              Originally posted by SilentSunshine View Post
                              Can you confirm the sawdust is literal? (I don't know why, but I'm thinking of "the sawdust trail"...)
                              Sawdust is indeed literal (i.e., it isn't a name of any sort for something else).

                              Originally posted by SilentSunshine View Post
                              Is there something unusual about the sawdust, which you imply the man might have seen?
                              Nothing unusual. But just to clarify, it's implied he didn't see any sawdust.


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