Put On Your Thinking Cap [updated with answers]
These are called Lateral Thinking Puzzles. Basically, you get a scenario and you have to explain how that scenario has come to be. Some of the are easy, some not, and some you may have heard many times before. If you get all of these, I have harder questions waiting in the wings.
You may ask me yes or no questions in the comments, I just can't promise immediate answers, as I'm here and there for the rest of the day.
Take your best guesses without Googling. Answers later.
Update and answer key below.
1 In the middle of the ocean is a yacht. Several corpses are floating in the water nearby.
2 A man is lying dead in a room. There is a large pile of gold and jewels on the floor, a chandelier attached to the ceiling, and a large open window.
3 A man and his wife raced through the streets. They stopped, and the husband got out of the car. When he came back, his wife was dead, and there was a stranger in the car.
4 A body is discovered in a park in Chicago in the middle of summer. It has a fractured skull and many other broken bones, but the cause of death was hypothermia.
5 A woman has incontrovertible proof in court that her husband was murdered by her sister. The judge declares, "This is the strangest case I've ever seen. Though it's a cut-and-dried case, this woman cannot be punished."
6 A man walks into a bar and asks for a drink. The bartender pulls out a gun and points it at him. The man says, "Thank you," and walks out.
7 A hunter aimed his gun carefully and fired. Seconds later, he realized his mistake. Minutes later, he was dead.
8 A man goes into a restaurant, orders albatross, eats one bite, and kills himself.
9 A man is found hanging in an otherwise empty locked room with a puddle of water under his feet.
10 A man is driving his car. He turns on the radio, listens for five minutes, turns around, goes home, and shoots his wife.
11 The music stops, and a woman dies.
12 A man is dead in a room with a small pile of wood chips and sawdust in the corner.
13 There's a flash of light, and a man dies.
14 A rope breaks. A bell rings. A man dies.
15 A man is lying drowned in a dead forest.
16 A woman buys a new pair of shoes, goes to work, and dies.
17 Two men enter a bar. They are served identical drinks. One lives; the other dies.
18 Hans and Fritz are German spies during World War II. They try to enter America, posing as returning tourists. Hans is immediately arrested.
19 Tim and Greg were talking. Tim said, "The terror of flight." Greg said, "The gloom of the grave." Greg was arrested.
20 A man dies of thirst in his own home.
21 A man gets onto an elevator. When the elevator stops, he knows his wife is dead.
22 An avid birdwatcher sees an unexpected bird. Soon, they're both dead.
23 An ordinary American citizen, with no passport, visits over thirty foreign countries in one day. He is welcomed in each country and leaves each one of his own accord.
24 A man wakes up one night to get some water. He turns off the light and goes back to bed. The next morning he looks out the window, screams, and kills himself.
25 She grabbed his ring, pulled on it, and dropped it, thereby saving his life.
26 A man sitting on a park bench reads a newspaper article headlined "Death at Sea" and knows a murder has been committed.
27 A man drives down the highway at 55 miles per hour. He passes three cars going 60 miles per hour, then gets pulled over by a police officer and is given a ticket.
28 A man tries the new cologne his wife gave him for his birthday. He goes out to get some food and is killed.
29 A man is doing his job when his suit tears. Ten seconds later, he's dead.
30 A married couple goes to a movie. During the movie the husband strangles the wife. He is able to get her body home without attracting attention.
31 A man ran into a fire and lived. A man stayed where there was no fire and died.
32 A woman tells her children to do something, but just one boy obeys. The woman says something to him, and he stomps away, sits down, and sulks.
Update: I can't keep up with you people, especially when I have to be in a million places at one time today.
So the answers are here. Note some have alternate solutions. Also note that I did not use all the questions, so the numbers are off.
Most of you are definitely lateral thinkers. I'm pretty sure that's a good thing. But I wonder what a vertical thinker would think.
And I know some of the answers are stupid. The point is to just get you thinking.