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The Great Escape

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:#542
Fun:*** (3.03)
Difficulty:*** (2.1)
Submitted By:Squidgy***
Corrected By:boodler




A Swiss woman was stuck at a Nazi checkpoint. There was a very long bridge at the border of Germany and Switzerland, but it took six minutes to cross. Observing the guard at the guardhouse, she found that he came out every three minutes to check that no one was trying to leave or enter. How did she manage to escape?


As soon as the guard reentered the guardhouse, she set out across the bridge. When she got halfway, she turned around, going back to Germany. When the guard saw her and waited for her to reach him, he saw she didn`t have the papers, so he sent her back to Switzerland, which is where she wanted to go.

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Apr 01, 2003

That made no sense.
May 17, 2003

Which side of the bridge is the guard on? If she get halfway and then turns around, hasn't she already passed the guard? Why not keep going?
Dec 02, 2003

Good teaser! The Nazi guard would have to have been on the German side, but even though she was past him he would have shot her because she couldn't have crossed in time to escape.
Jun 25, 2004

wow! good one!
Apr 11, 2005

Really really great!!!
Jun 15, 2005

Wow!!!! this is one of my favorites
Sep 14, 2005

very clever. good one
Mar 08, 2006

great escape was one of THE BEST movies ever!
Jul 16, 2006

This teaser is definitely going into my favorites!
Nov 07, 2006

That is very clever! I like that! Favourited!
Apr 26, 2007

Apr 17, 2010

nakita ko to sa commercial ng mentos...
Mar 08, 2011

That honestly did occur to me but I thought the bridge wouldn't have been wide enough.
Nov 20, 2011

It would probably have been safer had the bridge only taken 5 minutes and 59 seconds to cross, assuming that it does not take her any time to turn around.
May 15, 2012

Well didn't she earn her freedom. Smartypants...

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