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The Yard Sale

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:#16995
Fun:*** (3)
Difficulty:*** (2.39)
Submitted By:brgdo1994*****
Corrected By:sweetime




After buying a new oven, Gerald sold his old one to a stranger. Although the stranger offered to pay cash, Gerald, nonetheless, had a very good reason for insisting that the transaction take place at a bank. Rather than be offended, the stranger clearly understood the reason for this unusual request. Why did Gerald make this demand?

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Mar 17, 2004

good one!
Mar 17, 2004

He must be living alone and no neighbors or friends
Mar 29, 2004

Jun 22, 2004

Awesome Teaser!!! So easy it was hard. )

I tried to think of a logical reason for him going to a bank but the fact that he was blind didn't strike me once!

Great Job!
Jul 16, 2004

Good one! I didn't get it right... I couldn't even think of a good reason...
Jul 31, 2004

Jan 06, 2005

You got this out of a book !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 19, 2005

You Brits and misusing terms like 'insure' and 'ensure'.
Nov 15, 2008

Fun & easy.
Dec 07, 2010

Oh, that blind man is smart.
Apr 01, 2012

I figured Gerald bought a microwave at a yard sale, but the one he sold was sold through the want ads. Its physical location was in the employee break room at the bank where Gerald works (the whole thing seems more plausible if you set it in the early 80's, for some reason). But I guess that's just an overly-simple answer.
Jan 28, 2014

It could also be that counterfeit money was in circulation, and only a bank could verify the authenticity of the bills. But your situation, with the blind man, was more clever!

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