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Tommy Cracks the Case

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:#10466
Fun:*** (3.06)
Difficulty:*** (2.27)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:Codammanus***
Corrected By:bookwrmKP

 

 

 



After watching and discussing the 5 o'clock news including a story about a jewel heist that happened yesterday in the area, Tommy and his mother leave for the mall. It's closing soon.

While in the mall, Tommy nags his mother to buy him a "soldier toy." Mom buys him a toy set on the condition that Tommy stays put while in the shoe store, and she opens the set, giving Tommy ONE of the toys. Tommy wastes no time having some fun with his new toy.

Meanwhile, across the mall, a man and woman are enjoying each other's conversation over pizza. They seem very happy and excited about something.

After only a moment of fun with his new toy, Tommy comes to know what their excitement is all about. He begins pulling frantically on his mom's shirt to get her attention and he excitedly tells her what the couple just did, although it seems they were just talking. Tommy, however, is VERY excited. He was not known for telling tales, so his mom (a police officer), calls her department directly. After speaking with them, the man and woman are shortly apprehended with 2.9 million dollars in stolen jewels!
Tommy just cracked the heist case from the 5 o'clock news!

Questions:
(1) Tommy has both a disability and ability. What are they?
(2) What was the 'Soldier Toy' Tommy's mom let him play with?



Answer

(1) Tommy is deaf, but also has the ability to read lips with stunning accuracy.

(2) The "Soldier Toy" Tommy was playing with, which came in a set, was a pair of binoculars. With the binoculars, Tommy was reading the couple's lips while they were discussing how they made off like bandits.

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Comments

Christina0213
Feb 22, 2003

very good! I figured out the ability and disability, but I had to read it twice, and could not figure out the soldier toy.
frankenweoburger
Feb 23, 2003

Yeah, really good! I was thinking that he was blind, but could hear really well, and had one of those spy listening devices to amplify it.
gooblah
Feb 23, 2003

Another good one coda, (kinda like Yoda, but anyway) figured on the deaf and lips readingbut was totally oblivious to the binoculars, I thought you were refering to like a set off 5 GI Joes, hehehe!
jjbcaacdeezz
Feb 24, 2003

that was good, but i couldnt figure out any of it thanks to GOOBLAH
skye**
Mar 01, 2003

I got that very easily. If you watch 'Sue Thomas F.B. eye' you'd have gontten it!
icehaven*
Apr 04, 2003

I could not figure out his ability and disability but I figured out that the toy soldier had a binocluars/listening device.
sarcastic_brat53
Jun 04, 2003

really good teaser!!
rashadAma*
Sep 01, 2004

The first question was very easy.
The second got me going!!!

Very excellent teaser!
Deserves more than the high fun rate!
Keep it going
DummyisDumbAus*
Mar 03, 2005

Good Teaser! Couldn't get it, though. KEEP EM' COMIN!!!!
(user deleted)
May 15, 2005

I had it backwards!I thought he was blind,but could hear really well... You still stumped me with that soldier tou,though!
(user deleted)
May 15, 2005

*you*
butterflygal291*us
May 14, 2007

really likes this one. i figured out the 1st question easily but not the 2nd one
jazzygirl96Aus
Dec 29, 2009

I really liked this one. My parents are deaf and even though I should've known, I though it was the other way around, and that he was blind and was very good at hearing! One thing I would change is the 'soldier toy' to a 'spy toy', since most spy kits for kids would come with binoculars. None the less, it was a good riddle and I advise you keep 'em coming!
jazzygirl96Aus
Dec 29, 2009

oh, and yes i am a koda
(sorry about the double post)
xdbtcpAus*
May 25, 2010

Ok, so I knew Tommy was deaf, but wasn't he also dumb and blind?
(That deaf, dumb and blind kid, sure plays a mean pinball...)
sarggames
Nov 06, 2014

i did it



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