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# Seven Puzzles

The Car Accident

A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the scene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says "I can't operate on this boy, he is my son!" How can this be?

Black!

A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, jumper, gloves and balaclava. He is walking down a black street with all the street lamps off.
A black car is coming towards him with its light off too but somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the man?

The Elder Twin

One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. Why?

Manhole Covers

Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?

A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early.
Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. The man did not poison the punch. Why did the man not die?

Heaven

A man died and went to Heaven. There were thousands of other people there.
They were all without clothes and all looked as they did at the age of 21. He looked around to see if there was anyone that he recognized. He saw a couple and he knew immediately that they were Adam and Eve. How did he know?

Trouble with Sons

A woman had two sons who were born on the same hour of the same day of the same year. But they were not twins. How could this be so?

Solutions for the above puzzles....

Solution: The Car Accident

The surgeon is the boy's mother.

Solution: Black!

It was day time.

Solution: The Elder Twin

At the time she went into labor, the mother of the twins was travelling by boat. The older twin, Terry, was born first early on March 1st. The boat then crossed a time zone and Kerry, the younger twin, was born on February the 28th. Therefore, the younger twin celebrates her birthday two days before her older brother.

Solution: Manhole Covers

A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal of the manhole. A round manhole cannot be dropped down the manhole. So for safety and practicality, all manhole covers should be round.

The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes. When the man drank the punch, the ice was fully frozen. Gradually it melted, poisoning the punch.

Solution: Heaven

He recognized Adam and Eve as the only people without navels. Because they were not born of women, they had never had umbilical cords and therefore they never had navels.
This one seems perfectly logical but it can sometimes spark fierce theological arguments.

Solution: Trouble with Sons

They were two of a set of triplets (or quadruplets etc.) This puzzle stumps many people. They try outlandish solutions involving test-tube babies or surrogate mothers. Why does the brain search for complex solutions when there is a much simpler one available?