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Situation 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.


Puzzle ID:#163
Fun:*** (2.36)
Difficulty:** (1.23)
Submitted By:Mr. GAus*****
Corrected By:boodler




A man is found hanging dead from the ceiling of a room. The room's dimensions are 15`x 15` x 15`. The man is only 6` tall and the rope was only 2` long. There are no windows and only one door into the room. The door is bolted shut from the inside and there is a puddle of water under the man. How did he kill himself?

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Mr. GAus*
Feb 06, 2001

A variation of this is the same situation, but NO PUDDLE of water. The question is the same but the answer is ... he stood on a block of dry ice. The solid CO2 sublimates into a gas.
Oct 24, 2001

Or, the ice melted, then evaporated because who keeps blocks of ice around the house let alone dry ice.
Mar 23, 2003

heard it b4
Apr 01, 2003

what if he had shoes on. And the block of ice could have been small and melting before the guy died. And if the door was bolted sut how do you know excactly how it happened? There are too many what if here.
Feb 23, 2004

ah, ice. Is there any teaser it CAN'T solve?
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Jun 11, 2004

why would there be a cube of ice in a room that was bolted shut? And the ice cube would probably already melted some so if tried to get on the ice cube you would fall.
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Jun 11, 2004

why would there be a cube of ice in a room that was bolted shut? And the ice cube would probably already melted some so if tried to get on the ice cube you would fall.
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Jun 11, 2004

why would there be a cube of ice in a room that was bolted shut? And the ice cube would probably already melted some so if tried to get on the ice cube you would fall.
Mar 22, 2005

This one's popular..
May 18, 2005

old but nice
Jun 01, 2005

can it aso b dat da door woz wide open an it woz pouring down wid rain wen a gust of wind blew into da house an most of da rain woz blowing along wid it and den da window shut da door. long and confusing, i know. but it does make sense. doesnt it?
Sep 15, 2005

kinda boring
Nov 04, 2005

ooo thats creepy... i've heard of a couple kinda like that but not that one... please dont let this get into the wrong hands...i am not going to be able to sleep tonight....
Nov 21, 2005

I thought it was from lack of water and heat stroke.
Nov 29, 2005

i heard a versoin of this where someone was shot from outside oof a room, but the door was sealed and the window was locked and there was a puddle on the floor by the window.

one of my favorites.
Dec 29, 2005

Interesting! I liked it, but then I'm a little sideways..
Dec 31, 2005

Jan 24, 2006

The hint gave it to me! Great teaser thanks
Jan 27, 2006

good 1 - i still don't understand y anyone would kill themselves
Mar 07, 2006

You should probably have mentioned the absence of a chair. I kinda had to assume that there wasn't one, and that you were looking for what he stood on...and with the puddle...
Mar 10, 2006

ewww, my first thought was slowly and painfully! but the ice thing was kinda obvious
Mar 21, 2006

yah ... i think i saw that on MONK or something
May 09, 2006

sorry, but I've heard of it before...
Jun 19, 2006

very interesting
Jun 25, 2006

I've heard this one many times, so it was quite easy.

I like how you gave a bunch of unnecessary facts, like the room dimensions, to veer us off track.
Oct 12, 2006

Oh my gosh I've heard that WAAAAY to many times!!!! good teaser though!
Nov 07, 2006

A 7 foot tall block of ice, just to commit suicide? Come on...
Dec 28, 2006

i've heard that before.... still - good teaser
Jan 07, 2007

This is the dumbest one yet.
Jan 17, 2007

Apr 16, 2007

heard it b4
May 01, 2007

ew grisly
why go thru so much trouble to kill yourself?

Fun tho!
Feb 17, 2008

i've heard this many times, too. there's supposed to be more to it.
Oct 20, 2008

I like the teaser, but how could he get onto a block of ice that size? Very difficult, considering the ice was slippery!
Dec 22, 2008

Your hint is most amusing!
May 27, 2009

i thought he was in anitrogen freezinhg chamber
Jun 02, 2010

If there is one bad ice teaser I haven't heard it. I heard this b4, though.
Jun 21, 2010

I didn't like this.
hahah what if he pissed so much he had a puddle under him?

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