[WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

An archive of solved lateral thinking puzzles.

Moderators: peter365, Balin, kalira, JenBurdoo, Tiger

[WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:17 pm

One day, I asked a straightforward and uninteresting question. A stranger stopped and gave me a straightforward and uninteresting (and correct) answer.

I thought to myself, 'This stranger is either a teenager or in their late forties'.

Why did I think this?

Possible quickie.
Last edited by WiZ on Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:28 am, edited 2 times in total.
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby LemonCurry » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:30 pm

Music relevant?
LemonCurry
 
Posts: 703
Joined: Thu Jul 24, 2014 1:53 am
Location: Worms, Germany

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:59 pm

Music relevant? no
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby GalFisk » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:19 pm

Politics? Opinions? Life experience? Was the answer cynical? Sarcastic? Tone of voice relevant? Was it a yes/no question? Did you ask people personally? Address a crowd? Did you want strangers to stop and answer?
GalFisk
 
Posts: 7168
Joined: Tue May 27, 2014 8:03 pm
Location: Sweden

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:22 pm

Politics? Opinions? Life experience? Are you asking if these things are pertinent to the solution in general? If so, 'yesish' to 'Life experience' Was the answer cynical? Sarcastic? Tone of voice relevant? no to all Was it a yes/no question? It could have been - irrelevant Did you ask people personally? no Address a crowd? Yes Did you want strangers to stop and answer? Yes, that was my hope
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby GalFisk » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:36 pm

Did others answer? Did you come to the conclusion based only on the wording of the answer? Or is something about the stranger as a person relevant?
Was the question a personal one? Was it about an event? A place? Their opinion? Teenage hubris of the I-know-everything type relevant?
GalFisk
 
Posts: 7168
Joined: Tue May 27, 2014 8:03 pm
Location: Sweden

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:41 pm

Did others answer? irrelevant Did you come to the conclusion based only on the wording of the answer? no Or is something about the stranger as a person relevant? yes
Was the question a personal one? irrelevant Was it about an event? irrelevant A place? irrelevant Their opinion? irrelevant Teenage hubris of the I-know-everything type relevant? no
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby Grip » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:10 pm

Was your question "where is the nearest (something")?
Grip
 
Posts: 2364
Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:47 am
Location: Central Florida, USA

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:13 pm

Was your question "where is the nearest (something")? It could have been, depending on the something. It would, for example, have unlikely been 'Where is the nearest toilet?'. But very possibly 'Where is the nearest geological fault?' or 'Where is the nearest capital city?'
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby GalFisk » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:15 pm

Is technology relevant for your conclusion? Clothing? Knowledgeability of the answerer? The fact they stopped in the first place?
GalFisk
 
Posts: 7168
Joined: Tue May 27, 2014 8:03 pm
Location: Sweden

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:19 pm

Is technology relevant for your conclusion? yes Clothing? Knowledgeability of the answerer? The fact they stopped in the first place? no to these
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby GalFisk » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:21 pm

Cell phones? Headphones? Music players? Did the person have old technology? If so, would the 40-something not like anything newer, while the teen wouldn't afford it?
GalFisk
 
Posts: 7168
Joined: Tue May 27, 2014 8:03 pm
Location: Sweden

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:24 pm

Cell phones? potentially Headphones? Music players? no to these Did the person have old technology? no If so, would the 40-something not like anything newer, while the teen wouldn't afford it? no
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby Twilightseeker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:54 pm

Anything to do with language use or language register (i.e. language that would be used by a teenager or someone in their 40s)?
Twilightseeker
 
Posts: 650
Joined: Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:42 am
Location: Hawaii, USA

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:57 pm

Anything to do with language use or language register (i.e. language that would be used by a teenager or someone in their 40s)? no
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby Twilightseeker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:59 pm

Is recent technology relevant? Technology used by a certain demographic?
Twilightseeker
 
Posts: 650
Joined: Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:42 am
Location: Hawaii, USA

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:01 pm

Is recent technology relevant? yes Technology used by a certain demographic? no
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby Twilightseeker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:07 pm

A certain type of recent technology? Computers? Laptops? Tablets? e-readers? Cellphones? Technology with some particular property? (E.g. Wifi capability, touch-screens, biometric capacity, LTE capacity, something else)?
Twilightseeker
 
Posts: 650
Joined: Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:42 am
Location: Hawaii, USA

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:12 pm

A certain type of recent technology? Broadly speaking Computers? Laptops? Tablets? these are all involved e-readers? Cellphones? this could also be involved Technology with some particular property? yes(E.g. Wifi capability this is a sub-set of the property, touch-screens, biometric capacity, LTE capacity, something else)? No to all else, relevantly
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby Twilightseeker » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:24 pm

Is it technological devices that can connect to the Internet? Is it the internet itself?
Twilightseeker
 
Posts: 650
Joined: Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:42 am
Location: Hawaii, USA

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:26 pm

Is it technological devices that can connect to the Internet? Is it the internet itself? yes to both - working in cohort
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby jumpingjacks » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:30 pm

Did their answer reveal ignorance about something? About a certain type of technology that was only used at a certain time, and so only adults under 40 or so know of it?
User avatar
jumpingjacks
 
Posts: 705
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:54 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:31 pm

Did their answer reveal ignorance about something? no About a certain type of technology that was only used at a certain time, and so only adults under 40 or so know of it? no
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby jumpingjacks » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:31 pm

Did you ask this question out in public? Could you actually see this person in the flesh? Or were you asking the question online? In a forum, perhaps?
User avatar
jumpingjacks
 
Posts: 705
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:54 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:35 pm

Did you ask this question out in public? yope Could you actually see this person in the flesh? no Or were you asking the question online? yes In a forum, perhaps? yes
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby jumpingjacks » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:41 pm

LTPF?
User avatar
jumpingjacks
 
Posts: 705
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:54 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Thu Nov 03, 2016 11:43 pm

LTPF no
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby Westing1992 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:01 am

Is the time period the two possible groups grew up in relevant? 2000s vs. 1970s? 2010s vs. 1980s?
Their avatar relevant? Username? Signature?
User avatar
Westing1992
 
Posts: 717
Joined: Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:34 pm
Location: United States

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:04 am

Is the time period the two possible groups grew up in relevant? For one of them, yes 2000s vs. 1970s? 2010s vs. 1980s? none of these decades are relevant
Their avatar relevant? Username? this Signature?
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby Grip » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:41 am

Is the cinema relevant?
Grip
 
Posts: 2364
Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:47 am
Location: Central Florida, USA

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:10 am

Is the cinema relevant? no
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby Balin » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:10 am

Relevant decades: 1990s? '60s? '50s?
Balin
 
Posts: 5964
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 11:12 pm
Location: Connecticut, USA

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:16 am

Relevant decades: 1990s? '60s? 'this 50s?
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby jumpingjacks » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:25 am

69 relevant? Did they perhaps have '69' in their username, and you concluded that they had either been born in 1969 (so late 40s), or were using 69 as a dirty joke (probably a teen)?
User avatar
jumpingjacks
 
Posts: 705
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:54 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle

Postby WiZ » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:27 am

69 relevant? Did they perhaps have '69' in their username, and you concluded that they had either been born in 1969 (so late 40s), or were using 69 as a dirty joke (probably a teen)? C'est Ça

***** SPOILER *****

What Jumpingjacks said.


Congratulations, Jumpingjacks, on a straightforward and interesting solution. Thank you everyone else for playing.
User avatar
WiZ
 
Posts: 1763
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 8:19 pm
Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle [SOLVED

Postby jumpingjacks » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:35 am

Hooray! Merci beaucoup =)
User avatar
jumpingjacks
 
Posts: 705
Joined: Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:54 pm
Location: London, UK

Re: [WiZ] A straightforward and uninteresting puzzle [SOLVED

Postby Balin » Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:36 pm

Yeah, that sounds about right.

On a similar note: I was covering a high school soccer game earlier this week, and the crowd of students started chanting down "three, two, one" and cheering, but well before the half ended. I glanced at the clock – they were counting down to the 4:20 mark.
Balin
 
Posts: 5964
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 11:12 pm
Location: Connecticut, USA


Return to Solved Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest