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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:#2634
Fun:*** (2.41)
Difficulty:** (1.73)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:missie***
Corrected By:Shadows

 

 

 



Once the coastguard reached the ship, Lynn Ramsey got on board, perspiring. After drinking several glasses of water she began her story. She began, "Well, we were on the boat when a storm came and knocked off the radio. Then, the engine stopped working. That happened about six days ago. Then three days ago, the last of our water was gone. Amber drank seawater and went crazy. As she was climbing down a ladder she fell off and bumped her head. She died."
The coast guard inspected Amber's body and she had indeed died from a bump on the head, yet he still suspected foul play. Why?


Answer

If they had run out of water three days ago, Lynn wouldn't be perspiring when she got on the boat.
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Comments

mad-adeAhu*
Mar 17, 2002

a superb bit of detection work, well done.
emilymonkeymaia
Apr 12, 2002

Nice one.
cathalmccabe
Apr 18, 2002

You couldn't drink sea water, it makes you get sick
missie
May 08, 2002

cathal: It DID say that you can't drink seawater, or did you not read the puzzle? It clearly states that the person who drank seawater went crazy!
peppermintwist
Jul 09, 2002

Great one!
bmotts*
Aug 20, 2002

Hey I liked the teaser and all..But I heard recently that you can survive by drinking sea water. Not more than a litre a day, and you have to drink it soon enough, cause if you wait too long before drinking it, now the dehydratation is too intense..
Don't know about "becoming crazy" from drinking it though ) hahaha
bigsisjune**
Jul 19, 2004

You stole that from an Encyclopedia Brown book. Try to be a little more original next time.
xdbtcpAus**
Sep 01, 2009

thought the bump was on the back of her head...

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