Puzzles 1

The puzzles and their solutions are on this page. The answer is hidden somewhere in the description of the puzzle itself and can be detected with skilful use of your mouse. Look for it to confirm your own conclusions, not before. If you try to cheat and look for the answer before you even try to figure it out, it will be hard to find. You have been forewarned.
"Lateral Thought" puzzles
There is a man who lives on the top floor of a very tall building. Every day he takes the elevator down to the ground floor to leave the building to go to work. Upon returning from work though, he can only travel half way up in the lift and has to walk the rest of the way. Unless it's raining!Why? A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the scene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says, "I can't operate on this boy, he is my son!" How can this be? A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, jumper, gloves and balaclava. He is walking down the middle of a black street with all the street lamps off. A black car is coming towards him with its lights off but somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the man?
One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. How? A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early. Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. Why did the man not die? A man walks into a bar and asks the barkeep for a glass of water. The barkeep pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man says 'Thank you' and walks out.
Thought-provoking puzzles
Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?    
Other puzzles
You have a barrel with red wine and another barrel with an equal volume of white wine. You take a jugful of the red wine and pour it into the barrel of white. You then take the same jugful from the now-mixed-wines barrel and pour in into the red wine barrel. Which barrel is now more "contaminated"?  You are blindfolded and sitting at a table. On the table lie a number of coins. Of all the coins, exactly 10 are heads up; all the others are heads down (or tails up).
You can touch the coins, you can handle the coins, you can pick them up and put them down, but you cannot tell, by feel, which side of the coin is heads and which is tail. You just aren't that dexterous.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to separate the coins into two groups with an equal number of heads up in each group.

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