# Riddles and Lateral Thinking

Puzzles, brain teasers, and riddles involving creative, out-of-the-box, or lateral thinking

You have 5 short chains of 3 links each, that you would like to connect into one long 15-link chain. To connect links, you need to cut open a link, join it with another link, and then close it.

What is the fewest number of links you need to cut to accomplish this?

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## Missing Dollar Riddle

The missing dollar riddle is a classic brain teaser that can trip up even savvy puzzle solvers:

Three friends split the cost of a hotel room. They are charged \$30, so each of them pays \$10.

Later the hotel manager realized the room only cost \$25 instead of \$30. The manager brings \$5 to reimburse the friends.

The manager finds it hard to split \$5 three ways, so he gives the friends \$1 each, and keeps \$2 for himself.

But wait – each friend paid \$9, for a total of \$27, and the manager pocketed \$2. That’s 27 + 2 = 29, whereas they originally handed over \$30. Where did the missing dollar go?

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