LA 02 – Puzzles and fun

Learning Activity – Idea development
Creativity is not just about being artistic, it’s a tool for 1) solving a problem and 2) communicate something. Being innovative and create new ideas is hard work, but very rewarding when you reach your goals.
Creativity is like a muscle that every single one of us can train and nourish. We´ll have to find our own way to do so, but there are many techniques and models to help along the way evolving. We’ve been reading and learning some of the methods this week, using some of them in the Idea development Learning Activity.
This week’s Learning Activity consist of three parts that I’ve been working on. I’ll publish them onto the blog as I finish the tasks.


Question 1 – Question 1 – Practical assignment (puzzles and fun)

Think about the following four riddles and give your answer to each. The purpose is that you should have fun in figuring these out. Why not get a group of friends together and see if you can come up with some creative solutions?

A man is replacing a wheel on his car, when he accidentally drops the four nuts used to hold the wheel on the car. They fall into a deep drain, irretrievably lost. A passing girl offers him a solution that enables him to drive home. What is it?

First I thought the girl gave him something to fasten the wheel, but then I thought about the nuts on the three other wheels. She told him to take one nut off each of the three other cars and use these three nuts to tighten the fourth wheel. Easy solution, maybe not as creative, but it would work.


I called a friend, she suggested the girl told him about the car parts store around the corner where he could buy four new nuts.

Then I brought this to the lunch table at work and they came up with the idea that the girl and the man knew each other, so he borrowed her car to drive home. Another, and by far the most playful and experimental solution, was that the girl told him the direction to the train station, he took the train to the airport and on the train, he met the love of his life. Together they flew from Gardermoen to Zurich, where they transferred to a plain to Beijing, took a taxi to the factory that made the nuts. He gave them his suggestion for product improvement of the nuts, in which made him rich, and he bought the first, four improved nuts produced. They travelled on and by some incidents I can’t recall, he managed to push the price on the nuts’ material, so he became even richer. Then they took the trans-Siberian railway from Vladivostok to Moscow where they travelled by a hot air balloon back to Norway. He took a taxi to the car, fastened the wheel, drove home and lived happily ever after.


Two Russians walk down a street in Moscow. One Russian is the father of the other Russian’s son. How are they related?

My initial solution was that they are husband and wife – father and mother to the son. Then I thought that this solution is a bit conservative and bigoted. They might as well be divorced parents, or maybe gay or lesbian parents. I was surprised by my own narrow first thought on this solution.

What occurs once in June, once in July and twice in August?

Without taking a look at the calendar, the first, only and easiest solution I found was the letter u; June, July, August.



Six drinking glasses stand in a row, with the first three full of water and the next three empty. By handling and moving only one glass at a time, how can you arrange the six glasses so that no full glass stands next to another full glass, and no empty glass stands next to another empty glass? What is the minimum number of moves to solve this puzzle?

After reading this question I drew the glasses to easier arrange them and count the moves.

Then it occurred to me the riddle says nothing about not lifting and pouring a glass.

Therefore, the minimum of number moves to solve this puzzle is one; counting from the left, lift glass number 2, pour the water into glass number 5, then place the glass back down where it stood.


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