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Futility Closet

Dec 24, 2018

Here are six new lateral thinking puzzles -- play along with us as we try to untangle some perplexing situations using yes-or-no questions.

The sources for this week's puzzles are below. In a few places we've included links to further information -- these contain spoilers, so don't click until you've listened to the episode:

Puzzle #1 was contributed by listener Phil Moore. Here are two corroborating links.

Puzzle #2 is from Jed's List of Situation Puzzles.

Puzzle #3 is adapted from Edward J. Harshman's 1996 book Fantastic Lateral Thinking Puzzles.

Puzzle #4 is from Greg. Here's a link.

Puzzle #5 was inspired by an item on the podcast No Such Thing as a Fish. Here are two links.

Puzzle #6 is from listener Dave Capozzi, who sent this link.

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