5 amazing observation puzzles

///5 amazing observation puzzles

puzzlesBelow you can find 5 observation puzzles, which means that the answers may be more obvious than you think. The stars (*) indicate the difficulty of each puzzle. If you manage to find the answers, write them in comments at the bottom of the page! Good luck!

Puzzle 1 “Names” (*)

Anna’s mother has three other sons. Since she is passionate about the money, she has christened her eldest son “Pound”, the middle one – “Franc” and the minor one – “Dollar”.

How has she christened her daughter?

Puzzle 2 “Old Testament” (*)

How many animals of every kind did Moses take on the ark with him?

Puzzle 3 “The French Revolution” (***)

I am a servant of a wealthy noble couple (husband and wife) in France just before the outbreak of the French Revolution. Every day I am with them and know them well. Listen to a story about them and then I will explain what I want:

The couple had a strange tradition. When they went somewhere in a carriage and it was pulled by white horses, the lady wore black gloves. Respectively when it was pulled by black horses, the lady wore white gloves. One Sunday they wake up and decide to go to Notre Dame. Having arrived at the church, the lady goes off the carriage and sees that she is wearing white gloves while the carriage has white horses! Feeling a bit puzzled, she says to her husband:

– Can you go and get me my black gloves from home? I will be waiting inside the church.

– Okay, he says and leaves.

She enters the church and takes a pew. Sitting there, she falls asleep and dreams that the rebels captured and killed her husband. At that moment someone touches her and she dies of heart attack.”

There is something absurd in this story, something that cannot be true. Can you find it?

Puzzle 4 “The Spy” (***)

Once an American spy went to a Russian military camp seeking to obtain information on behalf of America. But to succeed, first he had to get into the camp. So he hid himself near the entrance to see the way the Russian soldiers get in. At some point, a Russian soldier appears and the guard stops him and says “six”, the soldier answers “three” and passes inside. The spy notes it and continues waiting. After a few minutes, another soldier comes and the guard says “twelve”, the soldier answers “six” and also passes. Now the spy is sure about how to enter the camp, so he wears Russian uniform and heads to the entrance. The guard stops him and says “four”, the spy answers “two” and then the guard raises his gun and kills him.

What mistake did the spy do so that it led to this outcome?

Puzzle 5 “The ungrateful collector” (****)

A wealthy art collector has planned a plane trip abroad for an important auction. In the morning of the same day but a few hours before the departure, his night watchman calls him and says that the night before he had had a very bad dream: The plane falls and all passengers are dead. The collector tries to reassure him but he is so insistent that the dream seemed very real, that finally persuades him to cancel the flight. And indeed a few hours later, the flight crashes with tragic consequences for all passengers. The collector gets upset and immediately calls the watchman and tells him that he is very grateful for saving his life, but unfortunately he has to fire him!

Why did the collector fire the watchman?

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  1. Erd January 29, 2013 at 5:51 am - Reply

    The spy’s mistake was not waiting for a third person to establish a pattern. Any number of ‘trends’ can fit two data points.

  2. sergeant flynn February 6, 2013 at 1:46 am - Reply

    N0.3 How do we know what her dream was if it killed her ??

    • Anna February 6, 2013 at 10:42 am - Reply

      that’s right!

  3. Jack May 13, 2013 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Well, really there are many answers to number 3.
    Firstly, she would have seen the horses before they had departed, or the horses had been switched during the journey.
    Secondly, they were nobles, and their servant was present, so she would have sent him/her instead of her husband.
    Thirdly, it was a Sunday, and Notre Dame is a cathedral, so the service would have prevented her from sleeping there.
    Fourthly, she had died from a heart attack before she could tell of her dream to anyone.
    Lastly, the French Revolution hadn’t even started yet, so even if she had been able to tell someone her dream, why would it have been of rebels murdering her husband?

  4. bored intellectual May 31, 2013 at 2:15 am - Reply

    What the woman’s dream was of bothers me more than the fact that others knew if she dreamt it before the french revolution what rebels would she have been afraid of?

  5. Lurch666 July 22, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Puzzle 4).The correct answer is how many letters are there in the word the guard says.
    puzzle 5)The watchman was asleep on duty.(night watchman had a dream the night before)

  6. Shubham October 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    1. Anna (Observe the question carefully again).

    2. Moses and ark hahaha

    3. She died so how the dream is known to the servant.

    4. Guard was asking how much letters there are in the word he is speaking six has 3 words and twelve has 6 words.

    5. Night watch man sleeps during the night

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