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Lloyd King's Amazing "Aha!" Puzzles

Review, minor alterations, and hints by William F. Bultas
NOTE: These puzzles are also available as the Lateral Thinking Puzzle IQ Test II.

Below are 10 lateral thinking IQ puzzles by Lloyd King. Lloyd is the author and/or co-author of the books Amazing "Aha!" Puzzles, Test Your Creative Thinking, Puzzles for the High IQ and Pocket Puzzlers II: IQ Teasers. These 10 are from Amazing "Aha!" Puzzles.

The puzzles are in general very difficult. Lloyd has each of the 317 problems in Amazing "Aha!" Puzzles marked with 1 to 4 lightning bolts. 1 bolt is "easy" (still pretty tough!), and 4 will prove extremely difficult for most people. I encourage you to use any reference materials you think might help. To assist you a little, I have provided a hint or hints for each problem. If you are truly stumped, try the hints. If that STILL doesn't help, then you can throw in the towel and look at the answer. Keep in mind that it can take several minutes or hours to solve a good puzzle, so looking at the answer prior to that is essentially cheating yourself.

I have individually linked the answer for each problem, so that you won't accidentally see the answer to the wrong puzzle.

So, sharpen your pencils and your mind, give each problem a little time before using the hints and checking the answers, be sure to have fun, and don't forget: THINK LATERALLY!!



What magic word does this wizard say? (6 letters)

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Cinderspeller the witch has six mischievous pet cats called Broomstick, Drusilla, Kat, Pumpkin, Theresa and Vanessa. One day one of these naughty cats catches and eats her pet mouse, Hazel. Can you figure out below which cat ate her?


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During a drinks party James Bond asks one of his colleagues the following question. Can you correctly replace the asterisk to find out which famous Bond character he is talking to?


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Can you add two lines to complete this sequence of towers?


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Here is a picture showing two wigwams nestled amongst some trees on a Native American Indian reservation. What single thing is missing from the picture?


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Someone has stolen the petty cash from the office safe. Mr. Always, Mr. Now, Mr. Sometimes, Mr. Tomorrow and Mr. Ever are under suspicion. Who?, what?, when?, how? and where?. The culprit, guilty by association, is Mr. *. Can you figure out who did it?


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Take away one of the letters below to leave a chair.


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Can you figure out what three-letter male name should replace the question mark below and also give an approximation of how many sweets Samantha ate?


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Picture ‘A’ shows Polly the parrot in her cage. Where’s Polly gone in picture ‘B’?


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Albert Einstein is in a room 5ft wide, 6ft long and 8ft high. In another way, however, it is fractionally less than llft. Where is he?

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