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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:#45087
Fun:*** (2.5)
Difficulty:*** (2.82)
Submitted By:ScottBuchanan




You are reading a book and you come across the word minute. You know instantly that the word is minute (small) and not minute (60 seconds). You did not conclude this based on the words before or after it, its placement in the sentence, or the title of the book. What the book is about is irrelevant. The book is written in English, and the answer is NOT that the print was small.

So, how did you know the word was minute (small) and not minute (60 seconds)?

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Aug 18, 2009

ahh that was super hard for me!!! i didnt even know they separated differently! this one is cool though
Aug 19, 2009

This is a great puzzle. I wish I would have come up with it myself! Good job!
Aug 20, 2009

good one - not so easy but enjoyed the challenge
Aug 23, 2009

Isn't it possible that it was you that had written the book, so you knew from prior knowledge of actually writing the book?
Aug 23, 2009

I never knew they seperated by syllable. Now that you mention it though...
Very nice puzzle, well done.
Aug 24, 2009

Eh? I didn't get that... Good teaser, though!

Hm... is it minute or minute...?
Sep 30, 2009

Is it possible it was spelt phonetically?
Sep 30, 2009

Brilliant teaser, well done.
Oct 03, 2009

i loved it! very tricky, but interesting. i had no idea but it was fun to think about and it made me think about books too..i used to wonder about the hyphenating stuff, but i don't notice it as much anymore. thanks! great job =)

haha green apples
May 04, 2010

allot of ppl dnt kno that coool this was hard but a gr8 challeng
Jun 13, 2010

Wow! Really?
Jun 14, 2010

Very clever. Thanks for this one.
Mar 08, 2011

Um....maybe this is dumb but I was pretty sure that the guy was reading a dictionary. So the two 'minute's would be easily differentiable cuz they're pronunciation would be written out. Lol, I was so sure about this!
Mar 08, 2011

sorry *their not *they're.
Jun 05, 2012

Yeah, see this teaser is lying because I would NOT know that

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