Creative Mental workouts 4

Can you solve these mental workouts? Some need lateral thinking - solving problems by an indirect and creative approach, typically through viewing the problem in a new and unusual light.

Identical pieces    Top  

Look at the square that has been divided into four identical pieces.

The L shaped has also been divided into four identical pieces


Can you divide a square into five identical pieces?


Mountain monk    Top  
montain monk

At 6:00 a.m., a monk sets out to climb a mountain, to visit a temple at its peak. As he ascends the mountain, he walks the path at varying speeds. Though he stops occasionally to rest and eat, he never strays from the path, and he never walks backwards. At exactly 6:00 p.m., the monk reaches the temple at the summit, where he stays the night.

The next morning at 6:00 a.m., the monk leaves the temple and starts his journey back down the mountain. He descends by the same path, again varying his speed, stopping occasionally to eat and rest, but never strays from the path and never going backwards. Twelve hours later, at 6:00 p.m. he arrives back at the foot of the mountain.

Is there any point on the path where the monk was exactly at the same place at the same time on both days?


Chess and dominoes   Top  
chess board dominoes

The chessboard has two opposite corners missing.

Is it possible to cover the remaining 62 squares with 31 dominoes?

Use logic to work it out.


Classic    Top  

connect 9 dots

Can you connect the 9 dots with four lines.

You are not allowed to take your pencil off the paper.


Friday   Top  

A man rode into town on Friday.

He stayed for three nights and then left on Friday. How come?


Brother    Top  

A blind beggar had a brother who died.

What relation was the blind beggar to the brother who died? .

Brother is not the answer


Sheep   Top  

A farmer had nine sheep, and all but seven died.

How many did he have left?


Getting wet    Top  

Three large people try to crowd under one small umbrella, but nobody gets wet.

How is this possible?


Getting shorter   Top  

A certain five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it.

What is the word?


Half an Egg   Top  

A horse is tied to a 30 foot rope.

A haystack lies 40 feet away, but the horse is able to eat it.

How is this possible?


Butcher    Top  

A butcher in a butcher's shop is five foot ten.

What does he weigh?


Socks   Top  

Your sock drawer contains ten pairs of white socks and ten pairs of black socks.

If you're only allowed to take one sock from the drawer at a time, what's the minimum number of socks you need to take before you're guaranteed to have a pair?