These are some of the hardest riddles for ages 18+. These hard riddles are best for those with keen math skills, science skills, and a general IQ of 90 to 110. Some of these hard riddles might be complicated for kids, though it doesn’t hurt to challenge their critical thinking skills. These will be more fitting–and maybe even fun–for adults who want to elevate their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Start off with the tricky riddles and then ease into the more challenging riddles. You’ll use logical thinking and problem-solving skills to figure out the answers. The more difficult puzzles have a clue or a hint to help solve the answer. Get started by trying to solve the first riddle and puzzle below.
Solving hard riddles and brain teasers will make you feel like a genius, so try solving riddles today!
Riddle: Mr. Taylor has four daughters and each has a brother. In total, how many children does Mr. Taylor have?
Answer: Five children because all of his daughters have the same brother.
Riddle: I possess a halo of water, walls of stone, and a tongue of wood. Long I have stood; what am I?
Riddle: What can run but never walk, have a mouth but never talk, have a head that never weeps, and a bed that never sleeps?
Answer: A river.
Riddle: If an electric train is moving north at 55 mph and the winds blowing east at 70 mph, which way does the smoke blow?
Answer: An electric train doesn’t emit smoke.
Riddle: How many letters are in the alphabet?
Answer: Eleven letters are in “the alphabet”.
Riddle: How can you throw a ball as hard as you can only to have it come back to you without it bouncing off of anything?
Answer: Throw the ball straight into the air.
Riddle: I am the beginning of the end of time and space that surrounds everything and every place. What am I?
Answer: The letter “E”.
Riddle: What has only two words, but thousands of letters?
Answer: A Post Office.
Riddle: There are 6 sisters. Each sister has 1 brother. How many brothers are in the sister’s family?
Answer: 1 brother.
Riddle: What can fill an entire room without taking up any space?
Riddle: The first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great person, while the entire word signifies a great woman.
Riddle: A man attending his mother’s funeral, sees a woman in another pew, and experiences love at first sight. He tries to find her but has no luck. A few weeks later, he kills his sister. Why does he kill his sister?
Answer: He kills his sister in hopes of seeing the woman at her funeral.
Riddle: What has ten letters and starts with gas?
Answer: An automobile.
Riddle: People in poverty have this. If you eat this you will die. What is it?
Riddle: A is the brother of B. B is the brother of C. C is the father of D. How is D related to A?
Answer: A is D’s aunt.
Riddle: There is a single-story blue house where everything is blue; the doors, windows, couch, television, kitchen, etc. are blue. What color is the carpet on the stairs in this house?
Answer: There are no stairs, it’s a one-story house.
Riddle: A woman shoots her husband and then holds him underwater for five minutes. Next, she hangs him but right after, they enjoy a nice dinner together. How is this possible?
Answer: She took a photo of her husband and then developed it in her darkroom before dinner.
Riddle: What has roots that no one sees and looms much taller than trees? Up it goes but yet it never grows; what is it?
Riddle: I am laced twice in eternity and always within sight. What could I be?
Answer: The letter “T”.
Riddle: Two fathers and two sons come home from the mall. Yet when they arrive home, only three people get out of the car. How is this possible?
Answer: They are a grandfather, father, and son.
Riddle: What is able to go up a chimney when down but unable to go down a chimney when up?
Answer: An umbrella.
Riddle: What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
Riddle: A murderer is condemned to death and he has the option to die in one of the following three rooms: a room full of raging fire, a room full of assassins with loaded guns, and a room full of lions who haven’t eaten in years. Which room should he choose?
Answer: The room with the lions because if they haven’t eaten in years then they’re already dead.
Riddle: You’re stuck in a room with no windows, doors, or vents to use to climb out. In the room with you is a light, a mirror, and a log of wood. How do you get out?
Answer: You turn on the light and look into the mirror. In the mirror, you see what you saw so, take the saw and cut the log in half. From there, two halves make a (w)hole and you can use that hole to climb out.
Riddle: What jumps when walking and sits when standing?
Answer: A kangaroo.
Riddle: If you eat me, my sender will eat you. What am I?
Riddle: Steve was murdered on Saturday afternoon. His wife said she was reading. The doorman said he was in the shower. The chef said he was making breakfast. The gardener was pruning hedges. From the information given, who committed the murder?
Answer: The chef because Steve was murdered in the afternoon yet the chef’s alibi was that he was making breakfast.
Riddle: A man is trapped in a room that contains only two exits. The first exit is constructed of magnifying glasses that fry anything that walks through when the sun is out and blazing hot. The second exit includes a fire breathing dragon that is bound and determined to kill. How does the man escape?
Answer: He waits until nighttime and then runs through the first exit.
Riddle: I can shave every day but my beard never changes. What am I?
Answer: A barber.
Riddle: Two girls were born to the same mother, on the same day, at the same time, in the same month, and in the same year, however, they’re not twins. How is this possible?
Answer: The two girls are a part of a set of triplets.
Riddle: Three different doctors said that Paul is their brother yet Paul claims he has no brothers. Who is lying?
Answer: No one is lying because the three doctors are Paul’s sisters.
Riddle: If a plane came crashing down on the border between Canada and America, where are the survivors buried?
Answer: You don’t bury the survivors.
Riddle: How is it possible to drop an egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
Answer: Concrete floors won’t crack from an egg dropping on them.
Riddle: I exemplify a rare case where today comes before yesterday. What am I?
Answer: A dictionary.
Riddle: Which English word is the odd one out: Stun, Ton, Evil, Letter, Mood, Bad, Strap, Snap, and Straw?
Answer: Letter as it is the only one that does not spell another word when it’s written backward.
Riddle: Which word has three consecutive double letters?
Riddle: I am born tall and grow short with age. What could I be?
Answer: A pencil.
Riddle: The person who makes it and the person who buys it have no use for it and the person who uses it never sees it or feels it. What is it?
Riddle: My buddies and I were inseparable mates until one by one we were split. My teacher then gave me a smack on the head so off in the corner I sit. What am I?
Answer: A staple.
Riddle: The more these are taken, the more they are left behind. What are they?
Riddle: I eat to live and drink to die. What could I be?
Riddle: A man is looking at a photo of a man on the wall and states, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man’s father is my father’s son.” How are the men related?
Answer: The man in the picture is his son.
Riddle: I promise, I offend, I direct, and I fight. What am I?
Answer: A hand.
Riddle: I am a five-letter word. I sound the same when you remove my first letter. I sound the same when you remove my third letter. I sound the same when my last letter is removed and I sound the same when all three are removed. What word am I?
Answer: Empty (empty, emty, emp-t, m-t).
Riddle: What is caught but never thrown?
Answer: A cold.
Riddle: When I am needed by you, you throw me away, but when I’m of no use, you take me back. What am I?
Answer: An anchor.
Riddle: Humans purchase me to eat but then never eat me. What am I?
Answer: Plates and silverware.
Riddle: A man runs away from home, turns left three times, and ends up back at home facing a man in a mask. Who is wearing the mask?
Answer: The man in the mask is a catcher because this is a game of baseball.
Riddle: I fly without wings and cry without eyes. Wherever I lead, darkness follows. What could I be?
Answer: A cloud.
Riddle: First you throw away the outside and cook the inside and then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What am I?
Answer: Corn on the cob.
Riddle: What is it that no one wants but no one wants to lose?
Riddle: The answer is “yes” but the intent means “no”. What is the question?
Answer: “Do you mind?”
Riddle: I am a five-letter word and people eat me. If you remove the first letter I become an energy form. If you remove the first two letters, I am needed to live. Scramble the last three letters and I am a drink. What word am I?
Answer: Wheat (heat, eat, tea).
The Best Riddles
Riddle: We hurt without moving and poison without touching. We bear truth and lies but are no judged by size. What are we?
Riddle: John and Kelly are long-distance lovers and John has just purchased an engagement ring for Kelly. He wants to mail the ring to her but to make sure it isn’t stolen he wants to put a lock on the package. However, John has locks and Kelly has locks but neither has a key to each other’s locks. Without sending another letter/package, how can they get the ring to Kelly and ensure it isn’t stolen in the process?
Answer: John puts a lock on the package and sends it to Kelly. Kelly puts a lock on the package as well and sends it back to John. Once John has the package again he can remove his lock from it and send it back to Kelly. When Kelly finally gets the package back, only her lock is on it so she can finally open it up.
Riddle: A woman is sitting in her hotel room when someone knocks at the door. She opened the door to find a man she’s never seen before. He says, “Oh I’m sorry, I made a mistake and thought this was my room.” He then ran away and got into an elevator so the woman shut her door and phoned security. What made the woman so suspicious?
Answer: You don’t knock on your own hotel room door.
Riddle: My first is in chocolate but no in ham. My second is in cake and also in jam. My third at tea-time is easily found. Altogether, this is a friend who is often around. What is it?
Answer: A cat; chocolate but not ham (letter “c”), in cake and jam (letter “a”), and tea-time is easily found (letter “t”).
If you’re a math teacher hoping to get your students to enjoy the subject, try challenging them with a tough riddle or math puzzle. It’s a fun way for the kids to challenge their lateral thinking and problem-solving abilities and maybe even start to like the subject.
Riddle: A girl has an equal amount of brothers and sisters but each brother only has half as many brothers and sisters. What’s the correct amount of brothers and sisters?
Answer: Four sisters and three brothers.
Riddle: If you’re eight feet away from a door and each move advances you half the distance to the door, how many moves does it take to reach the door?
Answer: The door will never be reached because each move will always only get you half the distance.
Riddle: I have two coins that equal fifteen cents but one of them is not a nickel. What two coins are they?
Answer: A dime and a nickel because one of them is not a nickel but the other one is.
Riddle: The combined age of a father and son is 66 years and the age of the father is the age of the son with reversed digits. How old are they?
Answer: There are three possible answers: 15 and 51, 42 and 24, or 60 and 06.
Riddle: What’s unique about this number: 854, 917, 632?
Answer: It’s the numbers 1 through 9 in alphabetical order.
Riddle: A mother and father have four daughters that each have a brother. How many people are in the family?
Answer: Seven; each of the daughters has the same brother.
Riddle: Which version is correct: 18 plus 19 is 36 or, 18 plus 19 are 36?
Answer: They are both incorrect because 18 + 19 = 37.
Riddle: A man is found hanging dead from his ceiling where the room’s dimensions measure 15 x 15 x 15. However, the man is only 6 feet tall and the rope was only 2 feet long. If there are no windows, the only door was bolted shut from the inside, and there is a puddle of water beneath him, how did he kill himself?
Answer: The man stood on a block of ice and waited for it to melt to be hung.
Riddle: If 9999 = 4, 8888 = 8, 1816 = 3, and 1212 = 0, then what does 1919 = ?
Answer: 1919 = 2. The riddle is about the closed sections of a number. For example, the top of a nine is closed so 9999 has four closed parts. Similarly, the top and bottom of an eight are closed so 8888 has eight closed parts.
Albert Einstein’s Riddle
Now, if you’re really up for a challenge, here is Albert Einstein’s riddle, one that is believed to be developed when he was young. The best way to solve this brain teaser is through logic and deductive reasoning.
Think you can solve it?
Riddle: Five houses painted five different colors stand in a row. One person of a different nationality lives in each house. The five homeowners all drink some type of beverage, smoke a certain cigar brand, and have a certain kind of pet. But none of the owners drink the same beverage, smoke the same type of cigar, or have the same pet.
Here are the clues:
The Brit lives in the red house.
The Swede keeps dogs as pets.
The Dane drinks tea.
The green house is on the immediate left of the white house.
The green house’s owner drinks coffee.
The owner who smokes Pall Mall rears birds.
The owner of the yellow house smokes Dunhill.
The owner living in the center house drinks milk.
The Norwegian lives in the first house.
The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who keeps cats.
The owner who keeps the horse lives next to the one who smokes Dunhill.
The owner who smokes Bluemasters drinks beer.
The German smokes Prince.
The Norwegian lives next to the blue house.
The owner who smokes Blends lives next to the one who drinks water
Now, the question is, who owns the fish?
Answer: Five houses painted five different colors stand in a row. One person of a different nationality lives in each house. The five homeowners all drink some type of beverage, smoke a certain cigar brand, and have a certain kind of pet. But none of the owners drink the same beverage, smoke the same type of cigar, or have the same pet. So, in the end, the correct answer is that the German in house #4 owns the fish.
BONUS: A Fun Riddle Game
This riddle wordplay game is known as the Green Glass Door. It can be played at parties, in classrooms, and just as a fun icebreaker. If you’re a teacher looking to challenge your kids in the classroom, try out this entertaining logic puzzle to test their knowledge about compound words. (You know, those combined words, like sunflower [sun and flower] or moonlight [moon and light] or railroad [rail and road]). You’ll be sure to stump but also entertain your students with this tricky, yet funny riddle game.
- Tell the group that you are going to take something through a Green Glass Door and that everyone else must also do the same in turn. The purpose of the game is to determine what can be brought through the Green Glass Door.
- Go first and say the following, “I can bring a kitten through the Green Glass Door but I cannot bring a cat.” This is because the rule is that the object brought through the Door must have double letters like the two “t”s in “kitten”.
- If a player tries to take an object through the Green Glass Door that doesn’t have a double letter, say “You cannot take that through the Green Glass Door. You must take…” Also, if a player believes they know the pattern, the game leader should question them and have them give an example rather than state the answer.
Were those easy riddles?
70 Tricky Riddles That Will Keep Even the Smartest Kids Guessing
If a funny riddle is like a brainier version of a cornyjoke, a hard riddle is like a challenging brainteaser that rewards kids with laughter in the end. In addition to teaching our kids empathy, cooperation, patience, and the like, we also want to engage their intellect. But that doesn’t mean giving them vocabulary quizzes at the dinner table — or relying exclusively on dumb jokes for laughs. Books, activities, and puzzles are all fun (emphasis on fun) ways to challenge kids and get them excited to problem-solve. But you don’t want to insult your kid’s intelligence by giving them puzzles that are too easy for them to solve. As they get older, you’ll have to work harder to keep them on their toes with ever-trickier riddles.
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When brainstorming a hard riddle that you’re sure will stump your kid, you should also think about how their brain works. The best part of really hard riddles is that they reward every type of kid, depending on the riddle you give them: There are the number games for the math nerds, the wordplay for the book lovers, and the absurdist puzzles for the creative thinkers. Below are the best tricky riddles, with answers, that your kid may be able to figure out on their own…with enough patience.
- Riddle: What two things can you never have for breakfast?
Answer: Lunch and Dinner
- Riddle: What is so fragile that saying its name breaks it?
- Riddle: What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?
Answer: A river
- Riddle: What can fill a room but takes up no space?
- Riddle: If you drop me I’m sure to crack, but give me a smile and I’ll always smile back. What am I?
Answer: A mirror
- Riddle: What is the capital in France?
Answer: The letter F is the only capital letter in France.
- Riddle: The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?
- Riddle: I turn once, what is out will not get in. I turn again, what is in will not get out. What am I?
Answer: A key
- Riddle: A man calls his dog from the opposite side of the river. The dog crosses the river without getting wet, and without using a bridge or boat. How?
Answer: The river was frozen.
- Riddle: What breaks yet never falls, and what falls yet never breaks?
Answer: Day and night
- Riddle: What goes through cities and fields, but never moves?
Answer: A road
- Riddle: I am always hungry and will die if not fed, but whatever I touch will soon turn red. What am I?
- Riddle: The person who makes it has no need of it; the person who buys it has no use for it. The person who uses it can neither see nor feel it. What is it?
Answer: A coffin
- Riddle: A man looks at a painting in a museum and says, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is in the painting?
Answer: The man’s son
- Riddle: With pointed fangs I sit and wait; with piercing force I crunch out fate; grabbing victims, proclaiming might; physically joining with a single bite. What am I?
Answer: A stapler
- Riddle: I have lakes with no water, mountains with no stone, and cities with no buildings. What am I?
Answer: A map
- Riddle: What does man love more than life, hate more than death or mortal strife; that which contented men desire; the poor have, the rich require; the miser spends, the spendthrift saves, and all men carry to their graves?
- Riddle: Mr. and Ms. Mustard have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family?
Answer: There are nine Mustards in the family. Since each daughter shares the same brother, there are six girls, one boy and Mr. and Ms. Mustard.
- Riddle: I am something people love or hate. I change people’s appearances and thoughts. If a person takes care of themself, I will go up even higher. Some people might want to try and hide me but I will show. No matter how hard people try I will never go down. What am I?
- Riddle: Only one color, but not one size,
Stuck at the bottom, yet easily flies.
Present in sun, but not in rain,
Doing no harm, and feeling no pain.
What is it?
Answer: A shadow
- Riddle: Who is that with a neck and no head, two arms and no hands?
Answer: A shirt
- Riddle: If eleven plus two equals one, what does nine plus five equal?
11 o’clock plus 2 hours = 1 o’clock
9 o’clock plus 5 hours = 2 o’clock
- Riddle: Can you write down eight eights so that they add up to one thousand?
Answer: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000
- Riddle: It can’t be seen, can’t be felt, can’t be heard, and can’t be smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills, And empty holes it fills. It comes first and follows after, Ends life, and kills laughter. What is it?
Answer: The dark
- Riddle: What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
- Riddle: Three playing cards in a row. Can you name them with these clues? There is a two to the right of a king. A diamond will be found to the left of a spade. An ace is to the left of a heart. A heart is to the left of a spade. Now, identify all three cards
Answer: Ace of Diamonds, King of Hearts, Two of Spades.
- Riddle: What is it that given one, you’ll have either two or none?
Answer: A choice.
- Riddle: George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee. Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking soda. Using logic, is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda?
Answer: Elizabeth is drinking coffee. The letter E appears twice in her name, as it does in the names of the others that are drinking coffee.
- Riddle: I have branches, yet I have no leaves, no trunk, and no fruit. What am I?
Answer: A bank.
- Riddle: What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?
Answer: A penny.
- Riddle: When I’m used, I’m useless. Once offered, soon rejected. In desperation, I’m oft expressed. What am I?
Answer: An excuse.
- Riddle: I have four legs, but no hair. People ride me for hours, but don’t go anywhere. Without needing to be tugged or turned on, I always manage to be ready for work. What am I?
Answer: A desk
- Riddle: Which of the following words don’t belong in the group and why? CORSET, COSTER, SECTOR, ESCORT, COURTS
Answer: Courts. All of the others are anagrams of each other.
- Riddle: When John was six years old he hammered a nail into his favorite tree to mark his height. Ten years later at age sixteen, John returned to see how much higher the nail was. If the tree grew by five centimeters each year, how much higher would the nail be?
Answer: The nail would be at the same height since trees grow at their tops.
- Riddle: I am four times as old as my daughter. In 20 years time I shall be twice as old as her. How old are we now?
Answer: I am 40 and my daughter is 10.
- Riddle: There was a man who was born before his father, killed his mother, and married his sister. Yet, there was nothing wrong with what he had done. Why?
Answer: His father was in front of him when he was born, therefore he was born before him. His mother died while giving birth to him. Finally, he grew up to be a minister and married his sister at her ceremony.
- Riddle: Lily is a lilypad in a small pond. Lily doubles her size each day, On the 20th day she covers the whole pond. On what day was Lily half the size of the pond?
Answer: Day 19, it’s not 10 because on day 20 she doubled from day 19, so 19 must be half the size of the pond.
- Riddle: What common English verb becomes its own past tense by rearranging its letters?
Answer: Eat and ate.
- Riddle: When asked how old she was, Suzie replied, “In two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago.” How old is she?
Answer: She’s 12.
- Riddle: Lighter than what I am made of, More of me is hidden Than is seen. What am I?
Answer: An iceberg.
- Riddle: It’s shorter than the rest but when you’re happy you raise it up like it’s the best. What is it?
Answer: A thumb.
- Riddle: The man who bought it doesn’t want it for himself. The man who buys it doesn’t buy it for himself. And the man who needs it doesn’t know he needs it. What is it?
Answer: A coffin.
- Riddle: I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
Answer: A map.
- Riddle: A girl has as many brothers as sisters, but each brother has only half as many brothers as sisters. How many brothers and sisters are there in the family?
Answer: Four sisters and three brothers.
- Riddle: First, think of the color of the clouds. Next, think of the color of snow. Now, think of the color of a bright, full moon. Now, answer quickly: what do cows drink?
- Riddle: Different lights do make me strange, thus into different sizes I will change. What am I
Answer: I am the pupil of an eye.
- Riddle: What has a tail and a head but no body?
Answer: A coin
- Riddle: I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?
- Riddle: If a red house is made of red bricks, and a yellow house is made of yellow bricks, what is a greenhouse made of?
Answer: All greenhouses are made of glass.
- Riddle: What can never be put in a saucepan?
Answer: Its lid.
- Riddle: What can you catch but never throw?
Answer: A cold.
- Riddle: I’m a well-established band but I’ve never played a note. What am I?
Answer: A rubber band.
- Riddle: I’m covered with eyes, but I can’t see and live mostly in the dark. What am I?
Answer: A potato.
- Riddle: I have a single eye but can’t see. What am I?
Answer: A needle.
- Riddle: What can travel around the world without moving from its corner?
Answer: A stamp.
- Riddle: What kind of room has no walls or corners?
Answer: A mushroom.
- Riddle: Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the tallest mountain peak in the world?
Answer: It was still Mt. Everest.
- Riddle: What has a bottom at its top?
Answer: Your legs.
- Riddle: How far can you walk into the forest?
Answer: Halfway. After that, you’re walking out.
- Riddle: When is a door no longer a door?
Answer: When it’s ajar.
- Riddle: Two in a corner, one in a room, zero in a house, but one in a shelter. What am I?
Answer: The letter “R.”
- Riddle: Spelled forwards I’m what you do every day, spelled backward I’m something you hate. What am I?
- Riddle: A room contains a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. What do you light first?
Answer: The match.
- Riddle: What belongs to you, but everyone else uses it?
Answer: Your name.
- Riddle: If your uncle’s sister is not your aunt, what relation is she to you?
Answer: Your mother.
- Riddle: Which is heavier: a ton of sand or a ton of feathers?
Answer: They’re the same: They both weight a ton.
- Riddle: Take one out and scratch my head, I am now black but once was red. What am I?
Answer: A match.
- Riddle: Until I am measured, I am not known. Yet how you miss me, When I have flown. What am I?
- Riddle: What begins with an “e” and only contains one letter?
Answer: An envelope.
- Riddle: What word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?
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40 Really Hard Riddles (With Answers)
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1. Riddle: What is there one of in every corner and two of in every room?
Answer: The letter O.
2. Riddle: What is stronger than steel but can’t handle the sun?
3. Riddle: What is it that no one wants, but no one wants to lose?
Answer: A lawsuit.
4. Riddle: The more there is, the less you see. What am I?
5. Riddle: How do eight eights add up to one thousand?
Answer: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1000.
6. Riddle: I have many faces, expressions, and emotions, and I am usually right at your fingertips. What am I?
7. Riddle: I’m full of holes but strong as steel. What am I?
Answer: A chain.
8. Riddle: A barrel of water weighed 60 pounds. Someone put something in it and now it weighs 40 pounds. What did the person add?
Answer: A hole.
9. Riddle: You are my brother, but I am not your brother. Who am I?
Answer: I am your sister.
10. Riddle: If all Wibbles are Criggles, all Borkins are Kwumblins, no Hoggles are Borkins, and all Criggles are Borkins, is it true that all Borkins are Criggles?
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11. Riddle: What word has kst in the middle, in the beginning, and at the end?
12. Riddle: What bird do you associate with lifting weight?
Answer: A crane.
13. Riddle: Two men are in a desert. They both have backpacks on. One of the guys is dead. The guy who is alive has his backpack open and the guy who is dead has his backpack closed. What is in the dead man’s backpack?
Answer: A parachute.
14. Riddle: What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon, and three at night?
Answer: A man. The times of day represent a lifetime. He crawls as a baby, walks as an adult, and walks with a cane as an elder man.
15. Riddle: One day, a magician was boasting about how long he could hold his breath underwater. His record was 6 minutes. A kid that was listening said, “that’s nothing, I can stay underwater for 10 minutes using no equipment or air pockets!” The magician told the kid if he could do that, he’d give him $10,000. The kid did it and won the money. How?
Answer: He filled a glass of water and held it above his head for 10 minutes.
16. Riddle: What is it that given one, you’ll have either two or none?
Answer: A choice.
17. Riddle: I can be long or can be short, I can be black, white, brown, or purple. You can find me the world over and I am often the main feature. What am I?
18. Riddle: How can the number four be half of five?
Answer: IV, the Roman numeral for four, is half (two letters) of the word five.
19. Riddle: I am something people celebrate or resist. I change people’s thoughts and lives. I am obvious to some people but, to others, I am a mystery. What am I?
20. Riddle: Nobody has ever walked this way. Which way is it?
Answer: The Milky Way.
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21. Riddle: It can’t be touched and can’t be felt. It can’t be seen, or heard, or smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills, and any empty holes it fills. It comes early and follows after, ends life, and kills laughter. What is it?
22. Riddle: What grows up while growing down?
Answer: A goose or duck.
23. Riddle: A man runs away from home. He turns left but keeps running. After some time, he turns left again and keeps running. He later turns left once more and runs back home. Who was the man in the mask?
Answer: A baseball player running the bases.
24. Riddle: Sometimes narrow, sometimes wide, wind or rain, I stay outside. Even if there’s heat or snow, from house to house I will still go. What am I?
Answer: A path.
25. Riddle: I have three feet, but I can’t stand without leaning. I have no arms to hold me up. What am I?
Answer: A yardstick.
26. Riddle: What can go through glass without breaking it?
27. Riddle: It’s shorter than the rest, but when you’re satisfied, you bring it up. What is it?
Answer: Your thumb.
28. Riddle: I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I’m invisible, but you can call for me. What am I?
Answer: An echo.
29. Riddle: What has ten letters and starts with gas?
Answer: An automobile
30. Riddle: What connects two people, but touches only one?
Answer: A wedding ring
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31. Riddle: They can be harbored, but few hold water. You can nurse them, but only by holding them against someone else. You can carry them, but not with your arms. You can bury them, but not in the earth.
32. Riddle: What has a neck but no head, two arms, and no hands?
Answer: A shirt.
33. Riddle: I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
Answer: A map.
34. Riddle: A woman shoots her husband, then holds him underwater for five minutes. Next, she hangs him. Afterward, they enjoy a lovely dinner. How?
Answer: She took a picture of him and developed it in her darkroom.
35. Riddle: I only lie down once in my life—when I die. What am I?
Answer: A tree.
36. Riddle: Who can finish a book without finishing a sentence?
Answer: A prisoner.
37. Riddle: What ancient invention allows people to see through walls?
38. Riddle: One knight, a ninja, and a pirate were on a ship. The ship began to sink. The ninja and the pirate jumped into a lifeboat before the ship went underwater. Who died?
Answer: The knight.
39. Riddle: What has ten letters and starts with gas?
40. Riddle: A man drove from New York City to Los Angeles in four days. At the end of his trip, he discovered that one of his tires had been punctured. How was he able to make the drive?
Answer: It was his spare tire.
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40 Hard Riddles That'll Leave You Totally Stumped
When was the last time you challenged yourself with a riddle? Riddles are a fun way of testing your problem-solving skills, encouraging you to examine your assumptions, look for alternate meanings, and think more creatively. The brain-flexing value of a good riddle doesn't go away as you grow up; word puzzles like these can help you stay sharp. So read on for 40 hard riddles that will get your gears turning.
1. Winter is coming
Riddle: I belong in the month of December, but not in any other month. I am not a holiday. What am I?
It doesn't have to do with a day or temperature…
Answer: The letter "d"
2. Age-old question
Riddle: When Billy's asked how old he is, he replies, "In two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago." How old is he?
Just do the math.
Answer: 12 years old
3. Caffeine high
Riddle: George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee. Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking Pepsi. Following this pattern, is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda?
Pay attention to the vowels.
Answer: Coffee, just like all the other names with two e's. (Those with one "e" drank Pepsi.)
4. Odd word out
Riddle: One of these words does not belong: Which is it and why? Brawl, Carrot, Change, Clover, Proper, Sacred, Stone, Seventy, Swing, Travel.
It's got nothing to do with order they are in
Answer: Carrot. It's the only word that does not become another word when you remove the first and last letters.
5. Saddle up
Riddle: Without a bridle or a saddle, across a thing I ride a-straddle. And those I ride, by help of me, though almost blind, are made to see. What am I?
Look closely and the answer should come into focus
Answer: Eye glasses
6. Floating in the breeze
Riddle: White bird, featherless. Flying out of paradise. Flying over sea and land. Dying in my hand. What is it?
Think you got it? You're getting colder…
Answer: A snowflake
7. Hot tempered
Riddle: My thunder comes before the lightning. My lightning comes before the clouds. My rain dries all the land it touches. What am I?
We could also add that you don't want to be near me when I blow my top.
Answer: A volcano
8. An odd body
Riddle: Who has a neck and no head, two arms and no hands?
It can look pretty funny or wrinkly.
Answer: A shirt
9. Think smaller
Riddle: I'm everywhere and a part of everyone. I am at the end of space and time and existence itself. What am I?
Think more literal than metaphysical.
Answer: The letter "e"
10. A busy and buzzy day
Riddle: Who spends the day at the window, goes to the table for meals, and hides at night?
He's also not a particularly welcome dinner guest.
Answer: A fly
11. Getting personal
Riddle: This belongs to you, but everyone else uses it.
Don't get tripped up thinking this is an actual object…
Answer: Your name
12. Wooden delivery
Riddle: I come from a mine and am surrounded by wood. I help others to express themselves. What am I?
Thanks to texting and email, I don't get used as much as I used to.
Answer: Pencil lead
13. A common mistake
Riddle: Which word in the dictionary is always spelled incorrectly?
The answer is right there in the question.
14. Where in the world
Riddle: I have cities, but not houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have coasts, but no sand. What am I?
Think "bigger picture" with this one.
Answer: A map
15. Read all about it
Riddle: What English word has three consecutive double letters?
This word actually refers to someone who loves numbers.
16. Hard to see
Riddle: You're in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove, and a gas lamp. You only have one match, so what do you light first?
This one is obvious when you know what to look for.
Answer: The match
17. An illuminating question
Riddle: You measure my life in hours, and I serve you by expiring. I'm quick when I'm thin and slow when I'm fat. The wind is my enemy.
"Quick" does not mean that it is moving toward you.
Answer: A candle
18. Sail away
Riddle: You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but when you look again you don't see a single person on the boat. Why?
Focus on the word "single" to figure out the answer to this one.
Answer: All the passengers are married.
19. Don't know what you got til it's gone
Riddle: What gets bigger the more you take away?
Good luck digging yourself out of this one.
Answer: A hole
20. To have and to hold
Riddle: What can you hold in your right hand but never in your left?
The answer is right there in front of you.
Answer: Your left hand
21. Key question
Riddle: I have keys but no locks. I have space but no room. You can enter, but you can't go outside. What am I?
If you're like most modern workers, you spend a lot of time on this during the typical day.
Answer: A computer keyboard
22. Well worn
Riddle: It's best to put this coat on wet.
This one's easy once you realize it's not about an item of clothing.
Answer: A coat of paint
23. Gotta hand it to you
Riddle: What has four fingers and a thumb but isn't alive?
No, the answer is not "hand."
Answer: A glove
Riddle: What is seen in the middle of March and April that can't be seen at the beginning or end of either month?
The trick here is that this answer has nothing to do with the time of year when the months fall, but the words themselves.
Answer: The letter "R"
25. Violent imagery
Riddle: A woman shoots her husband. She plunges him underwater for several minutes, then hangs him. Right after, they enjoy a lovely dinner. What happened?
When we say "him," we aren't actually referring to a person.
Answer: She took a picture of him and developed it in her dark room.
26. Family time
Riddle: A is the brother of B. B is the brother of C. C is the father of D. So how is D related to A?
Don't let all this talk of "brothers" and "father" might get you stuck thinking about male relatives.
Answer: A is D's aunt.
27. A good cut
Riddle: A butcher stands six feet and one inch tall and wears size 12 shoes. What does he weigh?
Pay close attention to the phrasing of the question—there's a reason it didn't ask, "How much does he weigh?"
28. A filthy question
Riddle: How much dirt is in a hole that measures four feet by four feet by five feet?
Don't let the specific numbers fool you—the answer would be the same no matter what the hole measured.
29. Looking for inspiration
Riddle: What word in the English language fulfills all the following criteria: The first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great person, while the entire word signifies a great woman.
Think Wonder Woman…
30. Some find it blissful
Riddle: What disappears the moment you say its name?
It's also something you can "break" the moment you speak.
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31. I hear that
Riddle: I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I?
Don't let the description of body parts throw you—the answer is definitely not a person or animal. Focus more on the "wind" to get to the answer.
Answer: An echo
32. One after another
Riddle: What are the next three letters in this combination? OTTFFSS.
To figure this one out, think less about letters than numbers.
Answer: ENT. Each letter is the first letter of a number beginning with One. So what comes after six and seven? Eight, nine, and ten.
33. Number crunching
Riddle: How is seven different from the rest of the numbers between one and ten?
Sort of the reverse of the previous riddle, this one tricks you by making you think that it's a numbers question, when it's actually about words.
Answer: Seven is the only one with two syllables.
34. Time is on my side
Riddle: What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
Think less about the meaning of the words than the words themselves.
Answer: The letter "m"
35. Psst…you'll never guess it
Riddle: If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you don't have me. What am I?
It's something you share with friends.
Answer: A secret
36. Signed, sealed, delivered
Riddle: I have only two words but thousands of letters. What am I?
"Letters" is the important clue to focus on here.
Answer: Post office
37. Eat or be eaten
Riddle: First you eat me, then you get eaten. What am I?
The "you" in this instance is an animal.
Answer: A fishhook
38. Numerous possibilities
Riddle: Turn me on my side, and I am everything. Cut me in half and I am nothing. What am I?
Consider the concept of shape.
Answer: The number eight
39. World traveler
Riddle: What can travel all around the world while remaining stuck in a corner?
It might also find itself in a collection.
Answer: A stamp
Riddle: I have a neck and no head, two arms and no hands? What am I?
C'mon, you know this one by now.
Answer: A shirt
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Hard Riddles With Answers
These hard riddles are meant to trip you up. There’s no doubt that these will have your brain working at the fullest, maximum capacity if you hope to solve them.
These stumpers hit you with details from every angle and will not only challenge your brain but will also encourage you to think outside the box.
Some may be harder than others, and if you found them difficult, we have provided answers. So, see if anyone you know has stellar problem-solving abilities by challenging them with these difficult riddles.
Let’s kick things off with the Poet’s Panel top ten picks of hard riddles.
Best Hard Riddles To Stump The Brain
Hard riddles for the brain are like barbells for your biceps. They get you thinking, and as a result, you’re a little smarter.
1.) What word starts with E and ends with E but only has one letter in it?
Don’t you hate it when the answer seems obvious, but only after you’ve read it. The key to answering this one was interpreting the “one letter” portion.
2.) It’s shorter than the rest, but when you’re happy, you raise it like it’s the best. What is it?
Many tricky riddles’ answers can be found in common items that you use every day — like the shortest digit on your hand — your thumb!
3.) You can carry it everywhere you go, and it does not get heavy. What is it?
Certain difficult riddles make use of some words more than others. Some of these words and phrases include your name, shadow, a candle, a mirror, and wind.
4.) The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?
Ok, this is a real tough one. I’d hesitate to guess over 99% of folks don’t answer this correctly unless they’ve heard it before.
5.) The more there is, the less you see. What am I?
If you stayed patient with this one, it’s very answerable. The contradictory setup of this hard riddle is pervasive.
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Sometimes the answers to hard riddles are more obvious than you think. Keep that in mind as you take on these challenges.
6.) What is full of holes but still holds a lot of water?
One-of-a-kind nouns seem to be a favorite for riddle questioners. No other easily identified object quite has the properties of a sponge. So, it’s a good riddle.
7.) A word I know, six letters it contains, removes one letter, and twelve remains. What am I?
Riddles that feature letters are also a favorite. They can be very tricky. The key to answering this one is to focus on the number 12.
8.) You see a boat filled with people. You look again, but this time you don’t see a single person on the boat. Why?
The boat has not sunk. All the people on the boat are married.
Ah-ha! Words with multiple meanings like “single” help set up a good riddle.
9.) A barrel of water weighs 60 pounds. What must you put in it for it to weigh 40 pounds?
So hard when you first hear this one because when folks think of “putting in,” they think of something they’re adding to the equation. While a hole is added, it has a far different effect as well all know.
10.) What word of five letters has only one left when two letters are removed?
It’s still difficult even if you started with the premise of finding a five-lettered word with “one” in it.
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11.) What has golden hair and stands in the corner?
12.) If you have it and you show it to other people, I’m gone. What am I?
13.) A bus driver goes the wrong way on a one-way street. He passes the cops, but they don’t stop him. Why?
He was walking.
14.) I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have nobody but come alive with the wind. What am I?
15.) What word looks the same upside down and backward?
Tip: If you have some free time, put your noggin to good use by trying a few of these hard riddles. They’ll keep your mind sharp.
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16.) How do football players stay cool during a game?
They stand next to the fans.
17.) What type of dress can never be worn?
18.) My rings are not of gold, but I get more as I get old. What am I?
19.) What is at the end of a rainbow?
The letter W.
20.) What has ten letters and starts with gas?
21.) No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?
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22.) How many bricks does it take to complete a building made of bricks?
One brick – “complete a building.”
23.) What spends all the time on the floor but never gets dirty?
24.) How do you know carrots are good for your eyes?
You never see rabbits wearing glasses.
25.) What falls but never breaks? What breaks but never falls?
Day and Night.
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26.) A man goes out in heavy rain with nothing to protect him from it. His hair doesn’t get wet. How does he do that?
He is bald.
27.) Mike and Pat are in a desert. They both have packs on. Pat is dead. Mike, who is alive, has his pack open. Pat has his pack closed. What is in the packs?
28.) What has four fingers and thumb, but it is not living?
29.) What has a heart that doesn’t beat?
30.) I only lie down once – when I die. What am I?
31.) I have four keys but no locks. I have space but no room. You can enter but can’t go inside. What am I?
32.) Give me food, and I will live. Give me water, and I will die. What am I?
33.) How do you fit ten horses into nine stalls?
[t] [e] [n] [h] [o] [r] [s] [e] [s]
34.) What comes in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
The letter M.
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35.) You are my brother, but I am not your brother. Who am I?
I am your sister.
36.) How can you drop a raw egg from a height onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
Concrete floors are tough to crack.
37.) What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?
38.) What goes up a chimney down, but not down a chimney up?
39.) There are two sisters. One gives birth to the other, and she, in turn, gives birth to the first. Who are the two sisters?
Day and night.
40.) What happens once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
The letter “M.”
Note: There’s no “show answer” button immediately below the query to make it quicker for you. It’s listed right below.
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41.) A rooster lays an egg at the very top of a slanted roof. Which side is the egg going to roll off on?
Neither, roosters don’t lay eggs.
42.) Take away the whole, and some remain. What is it?
The word “wholesome.”
43.) Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?
Forward I am ton; backward I am not.
44.) What always ends everything?
The letter G.
45.) Where can you finish a book without finishing a sentence?
46.) What has only two words but thousands of letters?
A post office.
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47.) It is an insect, and the first part of its name is the name of another insect. What is it?
48.) From the beginning of eternity to the end of time and space, to the beginning of every end, and every place. What am I?
The letter E.
49.) What is as big as an elephant but weighs nothing at all?
The shadow of an elephant.
50.) You can see me in water, but I never get wet. What am I?
51.) What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?
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52.) Which part of a boat does a shopaholic like the most?
53.) Name a 7 letter word, from which if you take out 4 letters, you will have 1 left?
54.) What can’t be burned in a fire nor drowned in the water?
Ice. It melts instead of burning in a fire, and it floats in water.
55.) If you are running a race and pass the person in second, what place are you in?
56.) John walks into a bar and asks for a glass of water. The bartender then shoots the ceiling with a gun. John says thank you and walks out. Why did John want the water?
He had hiccups. The bartender used the surprise method to shock him out of his hiccups.
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Be patient when answering these hard questions, and the answers might just come to you.
57.) What can fill an entire room without taking up any space?
58.) What exists when one person has it but ceases to exist when another person gets it?
59.) What’s black when you get it, red when you use it, and white when you’re all through with it?
60.) Bennett pushed his car into a hotel and lost his fortune. How?
He was playing the game Monopoly.
61.) One knight, a ninja, and a pirate are on a boat. The boat crashes. The pirate jumps of first, the ninja jumps off second, and who jumps off third?
The knight. Folks think the opening reads, “One night, …” not “One knight, …”
62.) Take off my skin – I won’t cry, but you will! What am I?
63.) If there are three cups of sugar and you take one away, how many do you have?
One, as that is the only one you took away, and that is all that you have. The rest remain where there were.
64.) How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
65.) I have one letter, but my name is spelled with eight. What am I?
66.) What flowers can be found between the nose and the chin?
Tulips – get it? “Two lips.”
Hard Riddles Quiz
No one said this was going to be easy. Test your smarts on this collection of hard riddles.
67.) What is at the beginning of eternity and at the end of time, is in every race but is always last in line?
The letter E.
68.) When you need me, you throw me away. When you don’t need me, you bring me back. What am I?
69.) You do not want me when you don’t have me, but you don’t want to lose me when you have me. What am I?
70.) Walk on the living; they don’t even mumble. Walk on the dead; they mutter and grumble. What are they?
71.) The man who invented it doesn’t want it for himself. The man who buys it doesn’t buy it for himself. And, the man who needs it doesn’t know he needs it. What is it?
72.) Say my name, and I am no more. What am I?
73.) A man is driving along and sees three doors: a diamond, ruby, and emerald. Which does he open first?
His car door.
74.) Each day many people from all over the world come and visit me, however, they usually only stay for a couple of minutes. I am considered by many to be very dirty, yet few people would want to live without me. And, whenever people come to see me, they show a part of themselves that they rarely show to others. What am I?
75.) First, I threw away the outside. Then, I cooked the inside. And then I ate the outside and threw away the inside. What am I?
76.) What’s the coolest letter in the alphabet?
The letter B. AC surrounds it.
77.) I have keys that open, no locks and space but no room. You can enter but can’t go in. What am I?
78.) What can you hold in your left hand but not your right?
Your right elbow.
Funny Hard Riddles
When you’re using your mind, it helps to have a few laughs along the way. These funny, hard riddles should accomplish that.
79.) What is brown and sticky?
80.) How many apples grow on a tree?
All apples grow on trees. (Sorry, don’t hate me.)
81.) What ancient invention still used in parts of the world today enables people to see through walls?
82.) What word in the English language satisfies this? The first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great, while the entire word signifies a great woman?
83.) A man drove from New York City to Los Angeles in four days. At the end of his trip, he discovered that one of his tires had been punctured. How was he able to make the drive?
The tire was the car’s spare tire.
84.) Trevor pointed to a girl in the street and said, “She is the daughter of my grandmother’s only child.” What is the girl’s relationship with Trevor?
She is Trevor’s sister.
85.) What kind of fruit can you use as a straw?
A strawberry! (Ok, that one wasn’t very complicated.)
Common Sense Tips To Solving Hard Riddles
These suggestions might help you solve more.
A.) Think long and hard before you answer
These hard riddles are difficult for a reason. Most of the time, the first answer that comes to mind is wrong. Riddles are frequently constructed so that the obvious response isn’t the solution. This is called misdirection. So, pause, and consider alternatives before blurting out your answer.
B.) Practice by solving many hard riddles
Much like your muscles’ repetitive use helps us build muscle, putting your brain to work frequently on solving riddles and puzzles will help your lateral thinking and problem-solving abilities.
C.) Look for patterns
After you’ve read through the solutions to 50 or so hard riddles, you’ll note some patterns emerging. For example, there are the “Letter Solution” type riddles. Here’s an example: What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but not once in a thousand years. The answer: The letter M. Or, What is at the end of a rainbow? Answer: The letter W.
There’s also the “Solution Built Into the Riddle” approach. For example, “You’re the bus driver, and you have 7 passengers. One got off on Washington. Two got on at Main Street, and three exited on Lincoln. What’s the bus driver’s name? The Answer: Your name (because remember “You’re the bus driver).
Conundrums incorporate puns and word double meanings into the riddle and the solution, or sometimes both. Here’s an example: How do football players stay cool during a game? Answer: They stand next to the fans.
Understanding these patterns will help you tremendously, as many hard riddles are similar in structure and approach.
D.) Break down the riddle question into parts
Sometimes, it helps break down multi-sentence, hard riddles into parts: beginning, middle, and end. Don’t be afraid to ask the riddler to repeat hard riddles – even several times if necessary. Listening intently may help you solve it.
E.) Consider a wide selection of possible answers
Don’t lock into what you think is the correct answer until you’ve considered many options.
F.) Be careful about assumptions
Many hard riddles play to stereotypes. For example, only men are doctors. Question everything, and you just might get to the solution!
G.) For hard riddles, it helps to see the riddle in writing
Look for clues everywhere. A particular pronoun might help you get to the correct answer. The opening line of hard riddles is frequently where a strong clue is given. Read and re-read it.
Here are some frequently asked questions about riddles.
What is the definition of “riddle”?
A question designed to mislead or puzzle. A riddle is typically posed as a problem to be solved by guessing. Example: What can travel around the world while staying in a corner? Answer: A stamp.
What is the world’s oldest known riddle?
The Ancient Sumer civilization, living in what is now known as Iraq, told this riddle some 4,000 years ago: “There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it? Answer: A school. (This speaks to the value Sumerians placed on education.)
What is the most famous riddle?
The riddle of the Sphynx: “What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?” Answer: A human. Four legs refer to a baby crawling, two legs to midlife walking, and three legs to old age walking using a cane.
And that’s a wrap! You might have been surprised at just how easy some of these challenging, hard riddles can be. The more exposure you have to hard riddles, the easier it is to answer new ones.
Test your family and friends and see how long it takes them to solve these. Save the toughest for your closest friends or older brother.
By Mike O’Halloran
O’Halloran, the editor of Greeting Card Poet, co-authored four trivia books under the Smart Attack line.
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A riddle is a statement or question or phrase having a double or veiled meaning, put forth as a puzzle to be solved. They can be fun to ask your friends or family at a dinner table. The trick is to let them squirm a little bit thinking of the possible answers before eventually letting them know the answer! When they finally hear the answer to the clever riddle, there will be a "Ah ha!" moment, which is generally a lot of fun.
Sometimes, people have heard the riddle before and will know the answer right off the bat. That's why we've included a massive list of clever riddles, sorted by Fun, Hard and Impossible for you to bust some brains with!
Aside from riddles, you can find all kinds of difference icebreaker games over at Brightful Meeting Games. If you enjoy riddles, you will probably love playing Trivia too!
13 Fun and Clever Riddles
These riddles are clever and humorous, and funny enough to get a laugh from the answer. You can probably assume the answer is a play on words, or a something equally cheeky. Great fun to use as an icebreaker.
1. There was this competition where the contestants had to hold 'something'. At the end of the event, the winner was a person who was physically disabled (he had no hands and no any feet)! What was that 'something'?
2. What kind of coat is always wet when you put it on?
A coat of paint.
3. What came first, the chicken or the egg?
Dinosaurs laid eggs much before evolution of chicken.
4. How can you make six into an odd number?
Remove the letter S and you have IX which is 9 in roman numerals.
5. I have branches yet I have no leaves, no trunk and no fruit. What am I?
6. How many bananas can you eat if your stomach is empty?
Just one after that it’s not empty anymore.
7. What belongs to you but other people use it more than you?
8. I never was but always will be. No one ever saw me but everyone knows I exist. I give people the motivation to better themselves every day. What am I?
9. Paul's height is six feet, he's an assistant at a butcher's shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?
10. What runs, but never walks. Murmurs, but never talks. Has a bed, but never sleeps. And has a mouth, but never eats?
11. I’m light as a feather, but not even the strongest girl can hold me for more than 5 minutes. What am I?
12. What breaks and never falls, and what falls and never breaks?
Day breaks and night falls
13. How can a girl go 25 days without sleep?
She sleeps at night.
9 Hard Riddles
Okay, these riddles are starting to get a bit difficult. You may feel a bit of frustration when thinking about the answer, but if you think outside the box a little bit you may be able to guess the correct answer!
1. What word in the English language does the following: the first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great, while the entire word signifies a great woman. What is the word?
2. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have nobody, but come alive with wind. What am I?
Answer: An Echo
3. You measure my life in hours and I serve you by expiring. I'm quick when I'm thin and slow when I'm fat. The wind is my enemy.
Answer: A Candle
4. I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
Answer: A Map
5. What is seen in the middle of March and April that can't be seen at the beginning or end of either month?
Answer: The Letter "R"
6. You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but when you look again you don't see a single person on the boat. Why?
Answer: All the people were married.
7. A woman shoots her husband, then holds him underwater for five minutes. Next, she hangs him. Right after, they enjoy a lovely dinner. Explain.
Answer: She took a picture of him and developed it in her dark room.
8. I come from a mine and get surrounded by wood always. Everyone uses me. What am I?
Answer: Pencil lead
9. What makes you, young?
Answer: Adding the letters "ng".
14 Incredibly Hard Riddles
These are getting ridiculous now. Be prepared to have smoke coming out of your ears as you attempt to figure out these riddles. You will feel a great relief when you finally figure out the answer.
1. I’m often running yet I have no legs. You need me but I don’t need you. What am I?
2. What is 3/7 chicken, 2/3 cat and 2/4 goat?
3. I am seven letter word. I am very heavy. Take away two letters from me and you will get 8. Take away one letter and you will get 80. Who am I?
4. In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995, that same person is 10 years old. How can this be?
Answer: It is because it’s 1995-1990 B.C.!
5. I am neither a guest or a trespasser be, to this place I belong, it belongs also to me.
6. Only one color, but not one size, Stuck at the bottom, yet easily flies. Present in sun, but not in rain, Doing no harm, and feeling no pain. What is it?
Answer: A shadow
7. Slayer of regrets, old and new, sought by many, found by few. What am I?
8. What is greater than God, more evil than the devil, the poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it, you’ll die?
9. Spelled forwards I’m what you do everyday, spelled backwards I’m something you hate. What am I?
10. What connects two people but touches only one?
Answer: A wedding ring
11. What begins but has no end and is the ending of all that begins?
12. What five letter word stays the same when you take away the first, third, and last letter?
13. I start off dry but come out wet. I go in light and come out heavy. What am I?
Answer: A teabag
14. I Start with M, end with X and have never ending amount of letters. What am I?
Answer: MAIL BOX
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