Situation puzzles are usually played in a group, with one person hosting the puzzle and the others asking questions which can only be answered with a "yes" or "no" answer. Depending upon the settings and level of difficulty, other answers, hints or simple explanations of why the answer is yes or no, may be considered acceptable. The puzzle is solved when one of the players is able to recite the narrative the host had in mind, in particular explaining whatever aspect of the initial scenario was puzzling.
These puzzles are inexact and many puzzle statements have more than one possible fitting answer. The goal however is to find out the story as the host has it in mind. Critical thinking and reading, logical thinking, as well as lateral thinking may all be required to solve a situation puzzle. The term lateral thinkingwas coined by Edward De Bono to denote a creative problem-solving style that involves looking at the given situation from unexpected angles, and is typically necessary to the solution of situation puzzles.
The term "lateral-thinking puzzle" was popularised by Paul Sloane in his 1992 bookLateral Thinking Puzzlers.
Here are some situation puzzles and answers..
1.A man kisses his daughter, then regrets it.
Answer :The man is King Midas
2.A man walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a glass of water. The bartender pulls out a shotgun, points it at the man, and cocks it. The man pauses, before saying “Thank you” and leaves. What happened?
Answer : The man had the hiccups, and that his reason for requesting a drink of water was not to quench his thirst but to cure his hiccups