Lateral Thinking Riddles

Lateral thinking puzzles involve solving problems through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious, thinking out of the box and involving ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic.

Romantic Journey

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde went on a trip to the mountains. But 2 days later, Mr. Clyde returned home alone. He went to the police and said that Mrs. Clyde had fallen to her death.

The next day, Detective Stevens visited Mr. Clyde and arrested him for his wife’s murder. Clyde confessed his guilt and asked the detective how he’d found out he was the murderer. Stevens said he’d simply called a travel agent and asked for some information.

What did the travel agent say to the detective?

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Climbing Trip

A couple went on for a climbing trip. But only the husband returned from the vacation and said that his wife slipped off while climbing and died. On investigating, the local sheriff arrested him saying, “Your travel agent called. You murdered your wife.”

The man did not inform anyone about the trip. Then how did the agent was so sure that it is a murder?

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Short of Cash

A man phoned his daughter to ask her to buy a few things he needed for a trip. He told her she would find enough dollar bills for the purchases in an envelope on his desk. She found the envelope with 98 written on it.

In a store she bought $90 worth of things, but when it was time to pay she not only didn’t have $8 left over but she was short. By how much was she short of cash, and why?

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