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  • Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2 - Hotel Theif [solved]

    INTRODUCTION
    Lateral Thinking Puzzles, unlike most puzzles, are inexact. In a sense, they are a hybrid between puzzles and storytelling. In each puzzle, some clues to a scenario are given, but the clues do not tell the full story. Your job is to fill in the details and complete the story. There could be more than one solution to any given puzzle, but generally only one explanation is truly satisfying.

    RULES
    You fill in the details to complete the story by asking "Yes / No" questions about the story. My response to your "Yes and No" questions will be one of the following: yes, no, or irrelevant. Sometimes the response may be "simplify your question", if your question is too complicated to answer with a single yes or no.

    You will be tempted to use google. DO NOT. It will be unsatisfying for you and everyone else. Hints may be provided by me, if everyone seems to have hit a roadblock. Good luck and have fun!

    Warning: For some reason, these puzzles have a tendency to be rather morbid.

    The Puzzle

    A woman was in her hotel room watching TV when she heard a knock at the door. Through the peek-hole in the door, she saw a man that she didn't recognize. Upon asking who it was, the man apologized for the interruption; saying that he'd mistook her hotel room for his own. She then watched him walk down the hall and get on the elevator. The woman immediately phoned the reception desk to report the man; she knew he was a thief.




    Hints


    Solution
    The woman reasoned that the man would not have knocked before entering his own room. He knocked to check if anyone was in the room before entering with a stolen key and burglaring the room.
    Last edited by WhiskeySix; 03-19-2010, 09:09 PM.

  • #2
    Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

    Did she know because he was dressed all in black with a ski mask on?
    A:No (lol)
    Last edited by WhiskeySix; 03-19-2010, 07:55 PM.
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    • #3
      Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

      Was he drunk?
      A: irrelevant

      Did she know because he took the elevator rather than looking for another room?
      A: No

      Had he been reported as a thief somewhere previously (TV reports, Newspaper, etc)?
      A: No

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      • #4
        Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

        Was he dressed as a hotel employee?
        A: No
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        • #5
          Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

          Did the hotel have card scanners?
          A: irrelevant

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          • #6
            Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

            Was the thief disguised?

            A: No
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            • #7
              Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

              Does the hotel have a first floor devoted for lobby?
              A: Irrelevant

              Is the woman's room on the first floor of hotel rooms?
              A: Irrelevant

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              • #8
                Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

                Did the thief have something with him that would identify him as a thief?

                A: No
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                • #9
                  Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

                  Did the thief have something with him that would identify him as a someone with a hotel room?

                  A: No

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                  • #10
                    Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

                    Originally posted by Celestial1 View Post
                    Did the hotel have card scanners?
                    A: irrelevant
                    Celestial PM'd asking for clarification: It doesn't matter what kind of door locks the rooms have.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

                      Had she seen the man before?
                      A: No

                      Had she seen the man on TV?
                      A: No

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                      • #12
                        Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

                        Was the woman a guest?
                        A: Yes

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                        • #13
                          Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

                          Did she watch the man walk down the hall and get on the elevator all through her peep hole?
                          A: Irrelevant

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                          • #14
                            Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

                            Answer:
                            If he wasn't dressed as a hotel employee and he knocked on a room door in a hotel the most likely reason would be to check if someone was inside before breaking in to steal something. Coupled with heading immediately for the exit (and not the next room over) makes that even more suspicious. If he thought it was his room he would have tried to use a key, not knock.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Lateral Thinking Puzzle #2

                              Was she just one of those paranoid ladies that "knows" things without having any evidence whatsoever?
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