Monday, June 27, 2011

A Lateral Thinking Quiz

The following "lateral thinking" quiz arrived in my inbox over the weekend.

While many consider the following just to be fun little mind teasers, to the intelligence community they are a must.

Lateral thinking is nothing more then thinking outside-the-box. An invaluable asset to an agent working in the field. A true measure of intelligence over just the ability to memorize things.

See how well you do. The answers are in a drop down box below each one.


* 1. The last person took the basket with the egg in it.

* 2. All the other card players were women.

* 3. Pour the juice from the second glass into the fifth.

* 4. The recluse lived in a lighthouse.

Anyone interested in reading about the inside workings of the NSA would enjoy reading 64 year old James Bamford's book, "The Puzzle Palace".

Even though I read only his first book (written in 1982), I found it fascinating reading. He wrote an essay type example similar to those above. His gave you a few pieces of information that seemed to have no relevance, but indeed they did.