# Discussion Main / StockLateralThinkingPuzzle

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Nov 9th 2012 at 5:18:22 AM

The vast majority of these puzzles seem to be trick question involving words. That is, their intention is to deceive the inattentive listener with an unexpected or unnoticeable wording. They are not so much puzzles of logic or even "thinking outside the box", as they are tests to see if you can catch which word is the unexpected one.

Is that really what "lateral thinking puzzle" is? Wordplay? I would have thought of it as being something smarter. Something that makes you go "ah, clever, I didn't think of it like that" rather than "that's dumb, you just tricked me with unclear wording."

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Jan 4th 2014 at 5:18:13 AM

I agree. Most of these are just wordplay. I have a book of lateral thinking puzzles, and while most of them are also Moon Logic Puzzles requiring ridiculous amounts of Bat Deduction to solve (worse, some rely on false premises, making them impossible to solve unless you're just as badly informed as the authors apparently were), none of them as far as I can remember involve wordplay. I can post some of the less atrocious ones on here, if that's okay.

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Jul 31st 2012 at 11:36:39 AM

Which of these two weighs more? A pound of gold or a pound of feathers?

• Actually, the answer "they both weigh the same" is wrong. Precious metals are weighed in the troy system (troy ounce=31.1 g, troy pound=12 troy ounce=373 g), just about everything else in the avoirdupois system (avoirdupois ounce=28.4 g, avoirdupois pound=16 avoirdupois ounce=454 g). So an ounce of gold weighs more than an ounce feathers, but a pound of gold weighs less than a pound of feathers.
[Okay, it's already mentioned in the page.]

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