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In the Dark of Night

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:#49501
Fun:*** (2.62)
Difficulty:* (0.9)
Submitted By:fedex337Aus**!!!!
Corrected By:dfamina




One day a family of four (mother, father, and two kids) started a new collection. The collection grew as the days passed, and at the end of the week, content with their efforts, the father placed the collection in its entirety on display just outside the house. While the family slept, however, a few men drove up and swiped the whole collection before simply driving away. The family didn't know any of these men, and the men, likewise, had interacted with neither the parents nor the two children ever before. The following morning the family awoke and discovered the collection was missing. Unfazed by and even rather pleased with the turn of events, the family again teamed up and worked together on a brand new collection.

Why wasn't the family upset? What's went on in the dark of night?


It was also readily apparent to the family that countless similar "swipe-and-runs" had occurred to nearly all the neighbors. Such was also the case the week prior (and the week before that, and the week before that...).

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Jun 19, 2012

it was ok. how come there isn't any other people commenting? This is very strange I have never seen this before. i wasn't crazy about it but so what. Of course I didn't get it.
Jun 20, 2012

I never heard of garbage collectors coming during the night. Then the answer says they came in the morning (which is not during the night). Not really sure about this one...
Jun 20, 2012

Well, ok, there are some erors. But still, I liked it. It made me realize I was thinking too hard & it was actually really obvious the whole time.
Jul 13, 2012

I have heard a lot of teasers like this but this is probably my favorite because it is worded well to make it more eerie and mysterious.
Jul 22, 2012

Although I got it straight away I still think this is very good!
Aug 20, 2012

I got it right away! Easy, but good.
Nov 06, 2012

Love the teaser! I thought it was a donation to charity. Still great, though

@ Candi7: Oh the irony.
Jan 11, 2013

I liked this one and yea, candi7 always does eem to have something to point out. lol
I got it and the hint just ultra confirmed my theory.
Feb 03, 2013

I got it! @the person who said garbage collectors don't come at night- I've never heard of it in real life but have you watched A Beautiful Mind? "John, garbage men don't come at night..." "Well, I guess around here, they do..." *Alicia is convinced John's hallucinating again* *Suddenly, garbage man walks by the window* I actually chuckled. Sorry, this is long.
May 09, 2013

I so got the teaser right away, so as many of you. Wow, that teaser was good although I solved it right away!

@superfluff4 (I need my dog now..)
Jul 18, 2013

I knew it!
Mar 09, 2014

Jun 12, 2014

Oh, I thought they were giving away furniture/garage sale type stuff.
Nov 28, 2014

Had to reread it before I could understand it! good teaser
Jan 07, 2015

the collection was garbage .... and tgey must be garbage collectors

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