Clever Jenny XIIISituation 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.
Jenny parked her car and let herself into her Mom's house, calling out, "I'm here!"
She looked around the well-lighted living room, admiring how much tidier her Mom's place was than her own.
"Hi, Jen; I'm almost ready. We want to get there early to get a close parking place."
"Sure thing! We have concert reservations, but I'd rather not walk a mile to the hall!"
"I just have to get on my scarf and fix my hair. Oh, darn! The scarf's wrinkled, and I especially wanted to wear it with this dress! You know, your Dad got me this scarf."
Jenny offered, "Can I press it for you quickly while you do your hair?"
"Thanks, Jen, but my iron is kaput; I need to go buy another one! (Sigh!) Guess I won't wear my scarf!"
Jenny replied, "Oh, what a shame!" Then she had an idea.
"Mom, you go fix your hair and let me see what I can do."
"OK, but please don't use that wrinkle spray on it; the colors might run!"
A few minutes later, Mom appeared, looking well coiffed. Seeing her scarf, she exclaimed, "Oh, dearest Jenny! My scarf looks great! Thank you; this is splendid! What did you do to it?"
What had Jenny done?
AnswerJenny removed the shade from the lamp in Mom's living room. Very quickly, she slid the scarf back and forth along the warm light bulb. The heat from the bulb removed the wrinkles and creases from the scarf and soon it looked as if it had been ironed.
Note: This trick is only effective for small items like scarves or collars; it won't work well on pants or other large items. If you try this at home, use a scrap of material or an old handkerchief first to check to make sure the bulb isn't hot enough to scorch the fabric of what you want to wear. Also if you aren't such a great housekeeper, better dust off the top of the bulb first!
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