Lunch and Learn with Lindsay – Issue 14: “There is a solution to every problem” : Lateral Thinking – The Questions

Here at Your Excellency we believe learning is so much more MEMORABLE if it’s FUN – and today’s #LunchNLearnWithLindsay is most definitely that!  

Today we’re focusing on the EA and PA as a problem solver – because we know you’re often the “go to” person when things go to plan aren’t you?!  With a wave of your metaphoric wand you have solutions ready to put into practice and can “save the day” whilst remaining calm and unflustered! 

The most effective problem solving combines both logical and lateral thinking.

Logical thinking is about identifying the hard facts – the “what’s what” evidence.

Lateral thinking is about thinking differently and creatively. It’s about coming at a problem from different angles and perspectives and as a different way of thinking, it takes practice.

Below is an extract from our LATERAL THINKING QUIZ which will help you practice lateral thinking.  We’ll be providing the answers in next week’s #LunchNLearnWithLindsay and would love to know how many you get right. Enjoy your lateral thinking lunchtime and have FUN! 

1.    What can you hold in your right hand but not in your left?

2.    How many animals of each species did Moses take into the Ark?

3.    If you were alone in a deserted house at night, and there was an oil lamp, a candle and firewood and you only have one match, which would you light first?

4.    To the nearest cubic centimetre, how much soil is there in a 3m x 3m x 3m hole?

5.    What can you put in a wooden box that would make it lighter? The more of them you put in the lighter it becomes, yet the box stays empty.

6.    Which side of a cat contains the most hair?

7.    Why can’t a man living in Canterbury be buried west of the River Stour?

8.    A window cleaner is cleaning the windows on the 25th floor of a skyscraper when he slips and falls. He is not wearing a safety harness and nothing slows his fall, yet he suffered no injuries. Explain.

9.    A cowboy rode into town on Friday, spent one night there and left on Friday. How do you account for this?

10. Name three consecutive days in English without using the words Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.

With my best wishes for a good week.

With regards


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