Creative Puzzles

# Creative Puzzles

### The Candle Problem by Karl Duncker, 1945

You are in a room with a table pushed against the wall. On it is a box of thumbtacks, matches, and a candle. You must fix...

### Three cups puzzle

There are 3 empty teacups on the table. Can you put 10 lumps of sugar in them so that there would be an odd...

### Fire on Island

You are on an island, which is densely overgrown with dry grass and bushes. Suddenly you see that at the one end of the island...

### Complete to the Whole

A farmer wants to divide his 17 horses among his three sons. According to farmer the oldest son should get half of the horses,the...

### Napoleon’s creative solution

In 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte desired to take the title of Emperor in order to possess a great Western empire, just as his idol Charles...

### The Story of Young Gauss

In the lesson of arithmetic, the teacher, who decided to do his own business, asked the students to compute the sum of all the...

### Do The Opposite

A duke was hunting in the forest with his men-at-arms and servants when he came across a tree. Upon it, archery targets were painted...

A ship is at anchor. Over its side hangs a rope ladder with rungs a foot apart. The tide rises at the...

### Convert Harm Into Benefit – Timur’s decision

Turco-Mongol commander and conqueror Timur (Tamerlane, 1336-1405), invaded northern India, attacking the Delhi Sultanate. The battle between  Turco-Mongol conqueror and Indian forces took place in...

### Egyptian coin. Mindfulness Challenge

An archeologist claims he found a Roman coin dated 46 B.C. in Egypt.  Note: Roman coins can really be found in Egypt How much should...

### Wolf, Goat, and Cabbage Puzzle

A peasant has to cross a river with а wolf, a goat, and a cabbage. The boat can carry the peasant with only one...

### Small coin in the bottle

A guy claims to do the following thing. He puts a coin in a glass bottle. Then, he shuts the mouth of the bottle...