1. What are lateral thinking puzzles?

Sometimes called situation puzzles, they typically involve a situation which requires some kind of explanation or answer. There is usually insufficient information to solve the problem at first sight so the solver has to ask questions or propose solutions. The best lateral thinking puzzles are intriguing and seemingly illogical yet have a satisfying answer. See the list of classic lateral thinking puzzles for examples.

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2. How do I submit a question?

Simply register and submit your question within the puzzle thread. Once you are registered you can submit questions and new puzzles as often as you wish.

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3. How do I submit a new puzzle?

Once you have registered you can pose your own puzzles. However, you then have the responsibility of answering questions submitted by others. You should keep your answers succinct and accurate. Yes/No answers are generally best though you can give other answers e.g. irrelevant or please rephrase. Your answers should never deliberately mislead.

Please keep in mind that this is a lateral puzzles forum. This means we do situational puzzles here, asking questions that can be answered with Yes or No. The forum is NOT meant for riddles or mathematical puzzles, there are other forums and newsgroups where those can be posted.

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4. What if I think I know the answer?

If you find a puzzle to which you know the answer because you heard or read the puzzle before, please do NOT post the solution. e-mail your solution to the puzzle host, to ask whether your solution is the one s/he has in mind. If it is, please stay out of the puzzle. If it is not, of course you can join and ask questions about it! There are always people who don't know the solution yet, and you would spoil the fun of puzzling for them by posting an answer straight away. The fun here is not in knowing the solution to a puzzle, but in figuring it out!

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5. How do I post the answer to my own puzzle?

If someone has given the answer or something extremely close then by all means post the answer but please put the word SPOILER in the title of your posting so that people browsing the puzzle will not have their pleasure ruined.

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6. Where can I get more of these puzzles?

Look in the books and links pages.

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7. Why do I have to register?

We want to keep this discussion group to lateral puzzle fans and to exclude those who would wish to post spam or porn messages. That is why users are registered and can be de-registered.

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8. What if I forget my user ID or password?

 Please re-register.

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9. Should all puzzles be original or can I post a classic puzzle?

If you'd like to post a puzzle which you didn't make up yourself, please remember that a lot of the puzzlers here are very experienced with lateral puzzles and know most, if not all, of the puzzles that have been circulating for years, or classics, as we call them.
Before posting a classic, please search the forum for clues from the description and/or the solution using the Keyword Search and if that puzzle has been posted in the previous two weeks, please refrain from posting it again.
You can of course post any classic you like, but don't be discouraged if nobody asks a question, because chances are you'll have to wait for someone new to the forum to give it a try, as the older members already know them.
Also, it is appreciated if you start your puzzle subject in this case with "Classic: ..".

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10. How do I show answers to the questions for my puzzle?

When hosting a puzzle, please copy all the questions asked and make your answers stand out from the questions by boldfacing them using either the forum's formatting codes or plain HTML codes, like <b>this</b>.

When sending a post, please check your post in the Preview screen that appears after pushing the Preview/Post Message button and check whether you made any typing errors. Errors in formatting will turn up on the Preview screen.

If your puzzle is solved, you are supposed to put a post up stating
***** SPOILER ******
[your solution here.]

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