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Confectionery Manufacturer

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:#3653
Fun:*** (2.9)
Difficulty:*** (2.14)
Submitted By:PeaceJo*ca****
Corrected By:bigsisjune




A manufacturer of confectionery has a work force of thousands of workers. They never strike or demand better conditions. They work up to twenty hours per day and receive no wages except food and shelter. Yet every year a completely new work force is brought in and none of the existing workers are re-employed. Why?

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Jun 21, 2002

you're good!
Aug 12, 2002

Got it.. Could have been ants ? haha
Nov 26, 2002

Bees don't live that long. They would have to replace the workforce every 6-8 weeks.
May 02, 2003

WOOHOO I GOT IT!!! for once
Mar 03, 2007

I was thinking something like yeast, but you'd have to replace it every batch...
Jul 10, 2007

That was so cute!
Oct 31, 2008

Awesome puzzle! Keep it up!
Dec 07, 2010

Very tricky - I was thinking maybe the "workforce" were machines, and that they had to be replaced every year or so.
May 31, 2012

I thought that the workers were oompa-loompas.

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