UnkidnappedSituation 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.
A man reported his daughter kidnapped, though he knew his daughter was safe. He did not do this to affect or influence his daughter or her mother. The police responded quickly and investigated the kidnapping. The police were not pleased to find the girl had not been kidnapped. Why did he report her kidnapped?
HintThe man told the police that his car had been taken with his baby daughter inside.
AnswerIn this true story, the man's car was stolen, and he wanted the police to treat its recovery as a high priority so he said that his little daughter was in the car at the time. A major police operation was launched, and his car was quickly recovered. He was subsequently charged with crimes related to misleading the police.
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