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Lateral Thinking - Fanciful
The cut off arm

Fri Dec 07, 2007 6:19 pm  by tartle

Man A man B and man C. Man A gets on a bus followed by man B. Man A gets off at an empty bus stop and walks down a dark alleyway. There man B kills him, cuts off his arm, wraps it up and sends it to man C, 500 miles away. Man c on receiving the parcel throws it away apparently satisfied. Why?
Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:04 pm  by Absentee

does some former incidence has to the anything with it?
were they three frineds or in any other relation?
Mon Jun 09, 2008 5:47 am  by zee076

Considering the facts provided it seems that Man B was hired by Man C to assasinate/murder Man A. Does that seem right ?
Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:07 pm  by Shadow Hunter

Man B was hired to kill man A. Man A had a tatoo on his arm, so his severed arm would be proof to man C that man A is dead
Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:59 am  by mallk10

Man A. B and C were all deserted on a desert island together. They made an agreement that they would all cut off their arms to eat. Man B and C did it but they were rescued before Man A could. He promised them that he would cut off his arm when he got back home. Man B sees Man A with both of his arms. He calls man C to discuss this and they decide to kill Man A. Man B follows Man A and cuts off his arm and sends it to man C to let him know the job is done.
Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:19 pm  by Mr JG Reeder

There are quite a few variations on this scenario - I particularly like the one with the neatly severed arm delivered in a parcel - however, it doesn't involve murder, but accepting the consequences of an agreement. Perhaps a little more gentlemanly I think, however, it may depend on the audience...
Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:35 pm  by cat

Man C is the man from the south in the Roald Dahl story. Man B has lost a bet to him and run away without paying. The bet was for Man B's left arm (against a Cadillac). He knows that Man C is persistent and will track him down. Man A, on the other hand (!), just happens to be a perfect stranger who has the same size, build, and skin tone as Man B. So....
Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:42 pm  by agarhi

Man A said he was the best 'Lateral Thinking - Fanciful' problem solver and agreed if he can't solve one he be punished in whatever way B and C want. He couldn't solve the "The cut off arm" problem.
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