This exercise based on the forming of associative elements into new combinations. The more mutually remote the new combinations, the more creative the process or solution.

Instructions: You are presented with three words and asked to find a fourth word that is related to all three. For instance, what word do you think is related to these three words?

paint    doll    cat

The answer in this case is house. House paint, doll house, and house cat. How about the next three words?

stool    powder    ball

The answer is foot. Foot stool, foot powder, and football.

1. call    pay    line

2. end    burning    blue

3. man   hot    sure

4. stick    hair    ball

5. blue    cake    cottage

6. man    wheel    high

7. motion    poke    down

8. line    birthday    surprise

9. wood    liquor    luck

10. house    village    golf

11 plan    show    walker

12 key    wall    precious

13 bell    iron    tender

14 water    pen    soda


1. phone

2. book

3. fire

4. pin

5. cheese

6. chair

7. slow

8. party

9. hard

10. green

11. floor

12. stone

13. bar

14. fountain.

If you were able to answer all of the above in a reasonable amount of time, you’ve demonstrated creative thinking abilities. Now, let’s see how you do with the following problem, which is very difficult to solve. To solve it, you have to think in totally different, even bizarre ways.

How are the following objects related:

• cannons

• footballs

• gears

• potatoes

• shoes

Some problems are formless like the above.. For instance:

Do the words share any features in spelling or pronunciation in common?

What do you associate the objects with?

 What do they have in common?

 Where do you find them?

 Do they have any parts in common? Parts of the human body?

Answer: Parts in common. Parts of the human face.. Parts in common:

• Cannons have mouth

• Footballs have noses

• Gears have teeth

• Potatoes have eyes

• Shoes have tongues

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