The Game Room: Situational Puzzles
by Alena Rainer
Ages: 8 to 100
Players: 2 to 6
If you are ever want to liven up a small party in your house, the best thing to do is throw about a set of some interesting challenges. Riddles are always great (we got some nice ones up in our jokes section for Christmas), but even more interesting are situational puzzles that really test your brain. Here are two from my childhood that I love and you can stump your friends with them.
The Border Guard
Jack wants to cross a bridge and get to the other side. Unfortunately, it is curfew time and nobody is allowed to get across. A guard who stays in a little guard house exactly in the middle of the bridge has instructions to throw back anybody he sees trying to cross. He knows that it takes about five minutes to reach half way across the bridge, so he stays inside his little house reading a comic book, and peeks his head out every five minutes to see if somebody is trying to make his way through. Jack studies the guards movements carefully as he sends people trying to cross the bridge back, then decides he knows what to do to cross the bridge. What does Jack do?
The Dog and the Ball
Billy was playing with his tennis ball outside Farmer Dobby garden when it flew out of his hands and went over the fence. He climbed on top of the fence, but the moment he did so, Farmer Dobby's ferocious bull dog came charging at him. Billy hastily jumped back, but then he realized that the dog was tied very tightly to a tree in the center of the garden and stopped a good two feet short of him. Unfortunately, the ball was right in the middle of the garden. Billy tried to climb up the fence from the other side, but the moment the dog saw him, he would come charging. Billy, however, was smart, and figured out a way to get his ball out. How did he do it?
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