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Lateral Thinking Quiz

Quiz Questions

  1. A man constructs a house with all four sides facing south. A bear walks past the house. What colour is the bear?
  2. John's father has three sons: Snap, Crackle, and what?
  3. There's a football fan who guesses the score of every football game before kick off. How does he do this?
  4. What are the next two letters in this sequence? W, A, T, N, T, L, I, _, _?
  5. To the nearest cubic metre, how much soil is there in a 2m x 2m x 4m hole?
  6. There are a dozen eggs in a carton. Twelve people take one egg each, yet one egg remains in the carton. How?
  7. Romeo and Juliet are dead on the floor in a puddle of water surrounded by broken glass. How did they probably die?
  8. What is full of holes but still holds water?
  9. When can you add 'three' to 'ten' and get 'one' as the correct answer?

  10. If you have three, you have three. If you have two, you have two. But if you have one, you have none. What is it?
  11. A lorry driver is travelling the wrong way down a one-way street. He passes several police officers, but not one of them stop him. Why?
  12. A man is pushing his car along the road when he comes to a hotel. He shouts, "I'm bankrupt!" Why?
  13. Saturday was three days ago. Which day is tomorrow?
  14. You’re running a race and you pass the person in third place. What place are you in now?
  15. 17071 reads the same forwards as it does backward. What is the next number that reads the same forward as it does backward?
  16. The three words DEAR, SHIP, and SLIP all have something hidden in common. What is it?
  17. What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a hundred years?
  18. TEN is to NET, as 467 is to what?
  19. How can you throw a ball as forcefully as possible, ensuring it comes to a stop and returns to you without making contact with anything and without any attachments?
  20. How can you position a pencil on the floor to prevent anyone from jumping over it? Note that this is not a trick question, and you cannot place anything on top of the pencil or do anything unusual to the pencil itself.
  21. What's the beginning of the end, the end of space, the start of eternity?
  22. In a street with 26 houses, if Bea lives in number 2 and Eme in house number 13, with a bit of lateral thinking, what house number does Elle live at?
  23. Jill is 21, and her mother Sue is double her age. How old will Sue be when Jill is 40?
  24. Which one-syllable word becomes a three-syllable word when you add just one letter?


  1. White - For all four side to face south the man must be at the North Pole. Only white polar bears live there.
  2. John
  3. The games are always 0-0 before kick off
  4. The 12th person took the egg in the carton
  5. T, S
  6. None - a hole is empty
  7. Romeo and Juiet are fish
  8. A sponge
  9. When you add three hours to ten o'clock, you get one o'clock
  10. Choice (one choice is no choice)
  11. The lorry driver is walking on foot
  12. He's playing Monopoly
  13. Wednesday
  14. Third
  15. 17171
  16. Body parts... EAR, HIP, and LIP
  17. The letter 'M'
  18. 764
  19. Throw it upwards
  20. Place it in the corner of the room against a wall
  21. The letter 'e'
  22. Number 12 - the 26 houses represent the 26 letters of the alphabet, so Bea (pronounced B) lives at number 2, Em (pronounced M) lives at 13 and Elle (pronounced L) lives at Number 12
  23. 61
  24. ARE becomes AREA by adding an A