The Professional Quiz

The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and tells whether you qualify to be a ‘professional’.

Farmer John, the Sheriff and the Chickens

 Farmer John lived on a quiet rural highway.  But, as time went by, the traffic slowly built up at an alarming rate. The traffic was so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six – every day. So one day Farmer John called the sheriff’s […]

The Farmer and the Roughnecks

 A farmer invested his life savings in a pond to farm and raise fish for sale. But after he stocked the pond, he discovered that he would soon run into a problem. A friend warned him that roughnecks from the nearby town were planning to sneak into the pond to bathe and swim.  The farmer […]

Lateral Marketing – Gary and Diane Heavin

 The application of lateral thinking to Marketing is one of the most relevant and important applications in the business world. Edward deBono encourages lateral thinking in this area through the challenging of ‘fixed concepts’ and traditionally accepted ways of ‘how things are done.’  This is the biggest obstacle to the lateral thinking mindset.  Admittedly lateral […]

Best of Lateral Thinking Puzzles – No. 2

 Lateral Thinking Puzzles and riddles are fun. More importantly, they require creative reasoning.  The most relevant hint for the solution is that we must be able to throw any preconceptions out the window to make room for new ideas. As an example, here is another one of the most popular lateral thinking puzzlers: “A father and […]

Jesse James and the Widow

 I have to admit, that after having been personally involved in the running of a Lateral Thinking course in Malta’s Correctional Facility, for a period of over 7 years, I have come to ‘respect’ the workings of the criminal mind – I obviously don’t approve of any it, but I think I came away from […]

Best of Lateral Thinking Puzzles – No: 1

Lateral thinking puzzles involve unusual situations in which you are given a little information and then have to come up with a ‘fitting and correct’ explanation. They are best solved through a dialogue between the quizmaster who sets the puzzle and the solver or solvers who try to figure out the answer. The puzzles as […]

Lateral Thinking goes to Court !! – The Baker and the neighbour

 Long ago a miserly baker lived next to a poor, kind soul. Every morning, the smell of cinnamon buns and sweet rolls wafted from the bakery, and the neighbor would enjoy the aroma as he ate his breakfast of oatmeal. The baker watched and thought to himself, “The smell of my rolls and bread make […]