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Here is the second set of the best ‘Kosher’ lateral thinking puzzles. As before, you need to be able to think ‘outside the box’ in order to solve these puzzles. Nothing in them should be taken for granted - nothing is obvious. Read each very carefully. Look for the answer that best answers the question and facts given. Best of luck.
The answers to these puzzles can be found by clicking here - ANSWERS
(KLT#21) Who messed
up the lawn?
Max was walking past Benny’s house one day when he noticed 5 pieces of coal, a carrot and a scarf lying on Benny’s lawn. He thought that was odd so he knocks on Benny’s door and asks, “Why did you put those bits and pieces on your lawn, Benny?”
“I didn’t put them there,” says Benny,“ in fact, nobody put them on my lawn. But there is a perfectly logical reason for their being there.”
WHAT IS THAT REASON?
(KLT#22) The taxi
Rebecca was in a taxi on her way home. Max, the taxi driver, knew she was a well-known chatterbox and didn’t want to engage in conversation with her. So he pretended to be deaf and dumb. He pointed to his ears and mouth to indicate to her that he couldn’t hear or speak. This ruse seemed to work. The journey was peacefully silent.
When they arrived and Rebecca had got out the taxi, Max pointed to his meter. Rebecca looked at the meter, read what she owed him, paid him and walked off. But she almost immediately realised that Max couldn’t have been a deaf mute.
HOW DID SHE KNOW THIS?
(KLT#23) The special
Moshe was talking to Jonathan one day.
“In one of my books, Jonathan, the end is in the first half of the book and the preface is in the second half. Not only that,” said Moshe, “but the foreword comes after the epilogue, and the index precedes the introduction.”
“That’s amazing,” said Jonathan, “What kind of book is that?”
HOW DID MOSHE ANSWER?
(KLT#24) The car
Saul owned a private outdoor car park. His charges were £1 per hour or £5 for the whole day.
One snowy winter evening, Saul arrived to lock up for the night. He asked his attendant, “So how much did we take today, John?”
John replied, “Sorry boss, we only took £50. We had just 10 cars in and they parked all day. The last one has just left.”
Saul quickly deduced that John was lying to him about the receipts.
HOW DID JOHN COME TO THIS DECISION WITHOUT ASKING JOHN TO SHOW HIM ALL THE RECEIPTS?
(KLT#25) Abe the
Great’s Achilles heel
It’s hard to believe I know, but Abe is the strongest man in the world. Calling himself Abe The Great, he won the title in 2001 and has held it ever since. His speciality is lifting heavy weights above his head and holding them there longer than anyone else can.
One day, his friend Cyril asks him, “What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever held, Abe?”
Abe replies, “There is one thing that weighs almost nothing yet I always find it impossible to hold for more than a few minutes.”
WHAT IS IT?
(KLT#26) The sauna
Avrahom and his 3 friends Yitzhak, Benny and Hyman were members of their local health and fitness club. But as you would have guessed, they didn’t exert themselves much at the club – maybe a game of cards or a short swim. One day all four of them went for a session in the sauna. They got undressed and entered the empty steam room. Avrahom had brought his latest (and expensive) Sony walkman with him, Benny had brought his solid silver thermos flask with him, whilst Yitzhak and Hyman had brought books to read. 15 minutes after they had entered the steam filled room, a loud cry of pain was heard. Immediately, the manager came in to investigate and found one of Avrahom’s friends dead. He immediately barred anyone from entering or leaving the room and called the police. When the police arrived, they discovered that the man had died from a stab wound to the chest. Yet all they found in the sauna were the body (of course), Avrahom and his 2 remaining friends, 2 books, an empty thermos flask and a walkman. They couldn’t find any weapon and they confirmed that no one else had entered or left the steam room since the murder.
WHAT HAD HAPPENED?
(KLT#27) The case
of the missing night
Lionel is that rarest of people, a Jewish polo player. Whilst playing polo on Good Friday, Lionel injures his leg in a fall and his friends immediately take him to hospital. He spends just 2 nights there and leaves on the Monday.
HOW CAN THIS BE SO?
(KLT#28) The taxi
Moshe calls for a taxi to pick him up from his hotel. When it arrives, Moshe gets in and tells Harry, the driver, where he wants to go. Nothing further is said by either man. Harry then drives Moshe to a secluded spot by a railway line and kills Moshe. Harry and Moshe had never met before and Harry’s behaviour was completely uncharacteristic of someone known to be kind and placid.
WHAT WAS THE MOTIVE OF THE KILLING?
(KLT#29) The wet
and dry mystery
Melvyn has two passengers in his car as he drives slowly through Edgware - one is in the front and the other in the back. When they arrive at their destination, they meet up with 4 others. As they all get out, it starts to rain heavily. Six of them start walking fast but still get wet. However, the passenger from the back of Melvyn’s car remains completely dry, even though he makes no attempt to hurry and is wearing no hat, coat or umbrella.
HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?
(KLT#30) The high
Benjamin took a chance. He moved his car from Pall Mall to a hotel on the Strand but soon discovered that the move would bankrupt him.
(KLT#31) The Car
Unfortunately, Moshe and his son Simon are involved in a car crash. Although Moshe does not survive and dies at the scene of the accident, Simon is extracted alive from the wreck and is rushed to hospital. When Simon arrives at the hospital, the surgeon who is waiting to operate on him says, “I can’t operate on this boy, he is my son.”
HOW CAN THIS BE?
(KLT#32) The black
Issy is walking down a black street dressed all in black – he is wearing black shoes, black socks, black trousers, a black pullover, black gloves and a black balaclava. Even the streetlights in the black street are off. Suddenly, a black Mercedes, with its lights off, speeds towards Issy. But at the last moment, the car screeches to a halt in front of him.
HOW DID THE MERCEDES DRIVER SEE ISSY IN TIME?
(KLT#33) The case
of the lucky man
Isaac went early to his friend’s party. As soon as he got there, Isaac drank a glass of punch from the punch bowl. But he then received an urgent message and left the party early. He later found out that everyone else at the party who drank some punch subsequently died of poisoning.
WHY DIDN’T ISAAC ALSO DIE?
(KLT#34) The mysterious
Hymie goes into a wine bar, of all places. He goes up to the barman and says, “Glass of water, please.”
The barman immediately takes a gun from under the bar and points it at Hymie’s head in a menacing fashion.
Hymie looks at the barman and says, “Thank you.” He then walks out of the bar.
WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?
(KLT#35) A case
of tattoo artistry
Would you believe it but Moshe wants a tattoo on his arm. He goes into town to check out the only two practicing tattooists there so he can decide which one to use.
The first parlour Moshe visits was a bit run down. The tattooist there shows Moshe his arm - on it was a recent tattoo of an alligator. But Moshe is not very impressed.
The second parlour he visits was quite smart and nicely decorated. The tattooist there shows Moshe a recent tattoo of a ring-necked parakeet on his arm. This tattoo is very good and quite artistic. Moshe is very impressed, yet he decides to go back to the first tattoo parlour to have the work done.
WHY DID MOSHE CHOOSE THE FIRST TATTOOIST?
out of love mystery
Melvyn lives in a lovely seaside town on the South coast with his wife Hetty. One day, after he has a blazing row with Hetty, Melvyn rushes out of the house in a terrible mood. A little later, he jumps head first over a very high sheer cliff face. But that evening, he returns home to Hetty, completely unharmed.
(KLT#37) The strange
case of the dog’s ball
Benjamin is a lovely, but naughty, King Charles spaniel. His owners are out shopping and he is in the garden wearing a muzzle and tied to a 10metre lead. Benjamin then sees a nice ball to play with but the ball is 20metres away. Yet soon, Benjamin is playing with the ball.
HOW DID BENJAMIN GET THE BALL EVEN THOUGH NO ONE ELSE WAS IN THE GARDEN AND THE BALL DID NOT ROLL TO HIM?
(KLT#38) The Polar
Shlomo, Abe, Issy and Louis were on an expedition together to the North Pole and, not surprisingly, were in difficulties. They were facing a freezing night and were down to their last match. They have a small gas fire, an oil lamp and a stove full of wood.
WHICH SHOULD THEY LIGHT FIRST TO SURVIVE THE FREEZING NIGHT?
(KLT#39) The case
of the strange holidaymaker
London in April is well known for being very rainy and all the locals wear raincoats. But not Avrahom from Tel Aviv. He is on holiday in London and has no coat or hat or umbrella. After a nice afternoon tea he decides to go back to his hotel by walking across St James Park. When Avrahom gets back to his hotel, he is bone dry.
(KLT#40) The mysterious
Benjamin and Hyman get lost while walking in the forest.
(Serves them right, you might say, for being in a forest rather than at home with their lovely families)
Benjamin starts walking in a northerly direction and Hyman starts walking in a southerly direction. 15 minutes later, they meet each other.
HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN?
(KLT#41) The strange
case of a lovers tiff
Rifka has invited a group of her friends round to her house one evening. They are all sitting around a table when Rifka asks Moshe to hold her hand, then goes into the kitchen to get some drinks. When Rifka returns, all the others are accusing Moshe of being a cheat.
WHY ARE THEY CALLING MOSHE A CHEAT? BOTH HE AND RIFKA ARE SINGLE, SO WHY ALL THE FUSS?
(KLT#42) The bus
Sidney is 14 years old and is about to leave to go to Brent Cross shopping centre to get some new shoes. He says goodbye to his dad, who is half asleep in his favourite armchair, and goes to catch the bus. Sidney only has to wait for two minutes before his bus arrives. Old Mrs Levy gets onto the bus just before Sidney. The bus driver smiles at Mrs Levy and says, “That’s my son just behind you.”
HOW CAN THIS BE TRUE?
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