Diver's DiscoverySituation 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 diver found two dead bodies in a sunken ship. One man is clutching a coin in his hand and the other man is holding a gun. Why?
HintThe dead men are both wearing naval uniforms and although the room is flooded it is an air-tight vault.
AnswerThe ship, on a special mission, was hit by enemy fire and started to sink. The two naval intelligence officers found their way to the vault, which they sealed and set about destroying critical mission documents. Although the documents were destroyed they knew that in enemy hands their knowledge could jeopardise the mission, not to mention the agonising torture they could undergo; so they needed to ensure that they were not captured. Unfortunately the gun only contained one bullet, so they flipped the coin and the winner was given a quick and certain death. The other officer would need to open the vault door and die a more terrifying death by drowning - there was also the added risk that they could be captured and revived before being clinically dead (this takes about 12 minutes after you take your last breath).
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