This quiz is called Lateral Thinking, forwarded to me via email a long time ago by my ex TESL student at UiTM Perak. Scroll down slowly, be honest to yourself AND try to think like a wizard.

By the way, lateral thinking was a term coined by world famous thinking guru Edward de Bono, for the solution of problems through an indirect and creative approach. Lateral thinking is about employing reasoning that is not immediately obvious and about using ideas that may not be obtainable by using only traditional step-by-step logic – to understand and solve all sorts of problems.

The term first appeared in the title of de Bono’s book New Think: The Use of Lateral Thinking, published in 1967. Now, see how far you are able to think laterally, sideways and upside down!

Q1.

 man
———
board

A1.

“man overboard”, get it?

Okay, let us see if you’ve got the hang of it.

Q2.

stand
——— 
    i

A2. = “I understand” lah!

OK THEN, got the drift? Let us try a few more now and see how you fare.

Shall we? The answers to all the Qs are below, just click and drag your cursor to read them.

Q3.

/r/e/a/d/i/n/g/

Q4.

    r
road
   a
   d

Q5.

cycle
   cycle
      cycle

Q6.

   0 
——–
B.Sc.
Ph.D.

Q7.

knee
light

Q8.

               ground
——————————————-
feet feet feet feet feet feet

Q9.

he’s X himself

Q10.

ecnalg

Q11.

death ….. life

Q12.

think

Q13.

ababaaabbbbaaaabbbbababaabbaaabbbb

AND NOW FOR THE ANSWERS… 

A3. = reading between the lines

A4. = cross road

A5. = tricycle

A6. = two degrees below zero

A7. = neon light, as in ‘knee-on-light’, geddit?

A8. = six feet underground

A9. = he’s by himself, ‘X’ is pronounced ‘by’ or ‘multiply’ or ‘times’ if you dunno!

A10. = backward ‘glance’, understand?

A11. = life after death

A12. = think big

A13. = long time no ‘C’ lah, HA HA HA i got you there didn’t I?!!