Bountiful ShoeSituation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.
A woman was standing at a table while a man sat on the other side of the table. The man had a drink but had not ordered any food. The woman took something out of her shoe and put it in front of the man on the table. The man looked at it carefully but did not touch it. The woman then took something else out of the same shoe and put it on her side of the table, but the man did not look at it. The woman then took something else out of her shoe and put it on the table in front of the man, who looked at it but again did not touch it. The woman then pulled a fourth object out of her shoe and put it on her side of the table. This time the man looked at the object she had just put down and asked her politely not to give him anything else from her shoe. What is going on here?
HintIt's not the usual kind of shoe.
AnswerThey were playing Blackjack, also known as 21. The woman was the dealer at a casino and she was pulling cards out of her shoe. The shoe is what the card holder is called. The first card is dealt face up to the player, in this case the man, which is why he looked at it. The next card, if there are no other players, is dealt face down in front of the dealer, which is why he did not bother to look at it. The next card goes to the player face up and the next to the dealer face up. The man had a good hand and decided to stay or not to take any more cards after looking at the third and fourth cards dealt. Players often get free drinks, which is why he had a drink. Players are also often not allowed to touch the cards.
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