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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:#3848
Fun:*** (2.88)
Difficulty:*** (2.64)
Submitted By:magisastar***
Corrected By:Shadows




A man saw something advertised at a certain price and went to buy it. An official refused to sell it to him even though the man could pay and other men and women were sold it. Later the man was very glad he had been refused. Why was he refused and why was he glad?

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May 07, 2002

history and racial politics all in one teaser. Excellent, well thought out.
May 11, 2002

this was a great teaser that made me think. i did get it thogu, but still it took some time. well done
May 11, 2002

it should say though. my apologies for any incovenience
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May 11, 2002

it could also be an alcoholic drink he wanted to buy that he saw advertised and he was refused it cos he was drunk and he was glad the next day cos he aready had a hangover and would have been worse if he'd bought another drink? just an answer moore related to us now!
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May 11, 2002

although I guess officials dont usually sell alcohol! anyway it was a very good teaser anyway!
May 19, 2002

I knew it had something to do with death, and then the hint about 1912 gave it away
May 22, 2002

good but can't be solved without hint.
Jun 04, 2002

So he was glad because of the great loss of life? A little bitter, huh?
Jun 07, 2002

no, he was glad that he was still alive.
Jul 01, 2002

I thought it was alchohol, and he was underage, and there were cops outside...

Jul 17, 2002

Wow!!!!!! magisastar if u made that up then well done!!! it's a really gd1!! too hard me tho!!
Jun 04, 2003

These "puzzels" are getting to be trivia questions, and they can't be solved logically
Jun 04, 2003

That's the thing about the Situation teasers -- not necessarily meant to be solved by the clues alone. A fun bit is to use them in a group of friends, have them try to guess using yes/no questions.
Jun 04, 2003

Fun teaser but i agree that you need the hints to get the answer otherwise there are too many possible choices. (Hindenburg ticket, buying stock before a market crash, plane ticket out of Logan Airport in Boston to L.A. on the morning of 9-11-01, etc.) Plus many, many other possible reasons not to sell to the man like they were sold out or he was to late to make the flight or whatever.
Jun 25, 2003

I have the book that this teaser was taken from word for word.
Mar 02, 2004

if u had the hint of the time in it it would be better... i mean there could be TONS of answers for this... I think
Jul 30, 2004

quite interesting, this one. but i didn't know the titanic set sail in 1912. a lot of history is needed.
Jul 25, 2006

After I read the hint, it was smooth sailing (pun intended). =) I love that movie.
Jul 25, 2006

Tiggy, I think that Prohibition was still going on then. But I don't know...maybe it was after 1912....but you have to admit, if you were related to someone on the Titanic, you'd probably be visiting speakeasies.
Jan 23, 2008

The answer is wrong
Jul 18, 2008

How is the answer wrong? Titanic was one of the most saddest times and It still breaks my heart just to see the movie.
Jan 09, 2009

He was lucky.
Aug 26, 2010

"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."
Sep 26, 2010

When i saw 1912, i though of Titanic.
Dec 25, 2012

I saw 1912 and I thought yellow fever? No, 1792. Then thought of the 1912 overture, then I realized that it was 1812. I was stumped. Then I realized, TITANIC! This is when I blame my blonde hair.

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