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Six Great Lateral Thinkers

Six Great Lateral Thinkers

August 4, 2021

Think.jpgPaul reveals his selection of the greatest lateral thinkers in history. Some of the choices surprise Des.  All the stories are taken from the book, Think Like an Innovator, published by Pearson.  Also the solution to the previous puzzle and a new lateral thinking puzzle.  

The Six Most Outstanding Mathematicians

The Six Most Outstanding Mathematicians

July 15, 2021

Mathlat.jpgProfessor of Mathematics Des MacHale chooses his six top mathematicians.  He tells why he chose them, their impact on the world and some human stories about them.  We set a puzzzle from Mathematical Lateral Thinking Puzzles - Can you list 100 consecutive integers, none of which is prime?

Coincidences

Coincidences

June 25, 2021

Bird.jpgWe discuss the strange world of coincidences ranging from births and deaths to dreams and meetings.  Is it just chance or are there mysterious forces at work?  We give the answers to the puzzles in the last episode and we set a lovely new puzzle - If I have a bee in my hand, what do I have in my eye?

Language and Words of Irish Origin

Language and Words of Irish Origin

May 27, 2021

We examine some words of Irish origin in the English language including trousers, Book_Largebe4rl.jpgtory, kibosh and craic. Taken from 1234 Wacky, Witty and Wonderful Words. Also two puzzles. What is the only English word ending in MT? What word has six letters but if you take away one letter you are left with twelve?

1001 Silly Questions, Boris Johnson Jokes and More Puzzles

1001 Silly Questions, Boris Johnson Jokes and More Puzzles

May 13, 2021

1001Silly.jpgDes introduces three recent books. 1001 Silly Questions features funny, provocative or silly questions.  The Official Boris Johnson Joke Book is hot off the press.  Number and Letter Puzzles includes many puzzles of the 26 L of the EA type.  There is a solution to the vanishing town puzzle. And a new puzzle; what is 59 B on an R?

How to be a Brilliant Thinker

How to be a Brilliant Thinker

April 29, 2021

Brill3.jpgWe discuss Paul's books, How to be a Brilliant Thinker, Think Like an Innovator and The Leader's Guide to Lateral Thinking Skills.  There are also solutions to previous puzzles, a joke and a new puzzle about a vanishing town.

Kick Yourself Puzzles

Kick Yourself Puzzles

April 16, 2021

KYP2.jpgDes and Paul share some super riddles from the book, Kick Yourself Puzzles, published by Sterling Publishing.

A riddle for listeners:

Moses was the son of the Pharaoh’s daughter,

He was also the daughter of the Pharaoh’s son.

How can this be?

Answer in the next podcast.

Wonderful Words and a Lateral Thinking Puzzle

Wonderful Words and a Lateral Thinking Puzzle

April 7, 2021

 

Book_Largebe4rl.jpgPaul and Des discuss some wonderful words ranging from banshee to crepuscular.  They tell a couple of jokes and Des poses a new lateral thinking puzzle for Paul to chew over. Puzzle for listeners, find an anagram for THE CLASSROOM.

World’s Best Word Puzzles

World’s Best Word Puzzles

March 27, 2021

WBWP1.jpgDes and Paul chat about unusual words, palindromes, anagrams, jokes and much more.  It features items from their book, World's Best Word Puzzles, which is a delight for word lovers everywhere.  The book has some 320 quiz questions and word puzzles.

Puzzle for listeners. Which word starts with seven consonants and ends with nine?

Answer in next podcast.

Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Lateral Thinking Puzzles

March 19, 2021

Remarkable.jpgOur two co-conspirators, Des and Paul, discuss some fiendish lateral puzzles.  Drawn from the book Remarkable Lateral Thinking Puzzles and from the website www.lateralpuzzles.com where you can set and solve such puzzles in a forum.

Puzzle for listeners.  A couple bought something nice but looked at it only once or twice a year. Why?

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