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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:#33493
Fun:*** (3.03)
Difficulty:*** (2.46)
Submitted By:bigSWAFF_69_Aus******




An old fellow is driving home. It's late at night. He's travelling along the highway, and he's some considerable distance from home. Suddenly, he feels himself having a heart attack. He says, "Oh my God. It's the big one." Thinking quickly, he takes the first available exit.

As luck would have it, he winds up in a residential neighborhood. It's very late at night. He pulls over to the side of the road behind some parked cars. He's fading fast, but he has the presence of mind to pull out his cell phone and call 911.

He says to the dispatcher, "I need help. I'm having a heart attack." She says, "Where are you?"

And the rest of the conversation goes something like this:
He: "I don't know where I am."
She: "What exit did you take?"
He: "I don't remember."
She: "Were you going north or south or east?"
He: "I don't remember."
She: "Can you tell me what street you're on?"
He: "I'm in the middle of the block. I'm parked behind some cars. I didn't see any street signs."
She: "Start blowing the horn. Someone will come out of the house."

No one comes out.

She then asks him to do one more thing. Minutes later, an ambulance is on its way there and saves his life.

What did she ask him to do?


She asked the man to give her the license plate number of the vehicle in front of him, thinking that whoever owned the vehicle lived in that neighborhood. Since it was a residential neighborhood, and late at night, this is very likely.

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