The answer to last week’s question is. Q: You are in the centre of an island that is a kilometre long and half a kilometre wide. The vegetation is very dry from a long drought. Suddenly it catches fire at one end of the island, and a strong wind is blowing it towards you, burning the whole width of the island. There’s no beach, only steep cliffs, and the sea is full of sharks. What can you do?
A: Set fire to the other half of the island then walk behind the fire on to the burnt ground.
This week’s lateral thinking challenge is.
Q: There is a barrel with no lid and some beer in it. “This barrel is more than half full,” said Chuck. “No it’s not,” say Joe. “It’s less than half full.” Without any measuring implements and without removing any beer from the barrel, how can they easily determine who is correct?
The answer, along with a new challenge next week.
In the interim …. Have a very Merry Christmas!