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Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot!
    #4550522 - 08/18/05 06:26 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I don't know how many of you are familiar with lateral thinking puzzles, but they involve asking a series of yes or no questions to solve a seemingly impossible situation. Read along, ask questions, be creative!

Puzzle #1

A woman named Emily is living in a country that's at war with their neighboring country. Her sister Vicki, who lives in the other country has fallen very ill and Emily desperately wishes to visit her, but cannot cross the bridge due to the war. She goes to the bridge anyway, only to find an armed guard. The guard comes out of his station every 5 minutes to check for any tresspassers coming from either side. The bridge takes at least 10 minutes to cross, even by running. How does the Emily manage to get across the bridge to visit her sister?

Yes or no questions only...BEGIN!


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550523 - 08/18/05 06:28 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

does emily have wings?


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550524 - 08/18/05 06:28 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

is the soldier a liberal?


Does the soldier take a bribe?


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: weathereporter88]
    #4550525 - 08/18/05 06:29 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

does the guard check the bridge emily need to cross, does he check the WHOLE bridge every 5 minutes?


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Liquidkick]
    #4550527 - 08/18/05 06:30 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Emily has no wings, she's human.

Soldier won't kill, but will turn away anyone who crosses.


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: weathereporter88]
    #4550529 - 08/18/05 06:30 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

can emily swim?


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550530 - 08/18/05 06:30 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Soldier checks entire span of bridge every 5 minutes.


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Liquidkick]
    #4550531 - 08/18/05 06:30 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

is emily teh hot?


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: weathereporter88]
    #4550532 - 08/18/05 06:31 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

emily MUST cross over bridge to get to the other side.


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550534 - 08/18/05 06:32 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Emily is an ordinary female human being


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Liquidkick]
    #4550535 - 08/18/05 06:32 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

is the station close to the bridge?


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550536 - 08/18/05 06:33 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

The station is located in the center of the bridge, giving the soldier easy viewing to either side.


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550537 - 08/18/05 06:33 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

can emily and her sick sister meet half ways on the bridge?


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550538 - 08/18/05 06:34 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

Good job guys keep em going!  Pay close attention to the answers...I know of one response I gave already that could give it away :smile:


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550539 - 08/18/05 06:35 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

consider emily's sister bedridden...nobody is permitted on the bridge


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550541 - 08/18/05 06:36 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

I should also note that the soldier can't see anything until he comes out of the station.


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550543 - 08/18/05 06:37 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

does the soldier do anything once he spots a tresspasser?


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: weathereporter88]
    #4550544 - 08/18/05 06:38 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

He would most certainly send them back to where they came from. He doesn't want anyone on the bridge.


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: weathereporter88]
    #4550547 - 08/18/05 06:39 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

could emily be dismmissed to the other country if she is able to cross the halfway mark, claiming she came from the other country, befor the guard checks?


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Re: Here's a lateral thinking puzzle...give it a shot! [Re: Newbie]
    #4550550 - 08/18/05 06:40 AM (11 years, 3 months ago)

the answer is very carefully :P.

does the guard stand for long outside checking for tresspassers?


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