A riddle is a statement which has a secret meaning - your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to crack the puzzle and find that meaning. Don't worry, it's not mission impossible. Let's start with an easy one - answer this.
Brothers and sisters I have none but this man's father is my father's son.
Who is the man?
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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?
Who makes it, has no need of it.
Who buys it, has no use for it.
Who uses it can neither see nor feel it.
What is it?
What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?
During which month do people sleep the least?
What is made of water but if you put it into water it will die?
I'm tall when I'm young and I'm short when I'm old. What am I?
What has hands but can not clap?
You can drop me from the tallest building and I'll be fine, but if you drop me in water I die. What am I?
Not a Snake
What has a head and a tail, but no body?
What has an eye but can not see?
What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
Paul's height is six feet, he's an assistant at a butcher's shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?
There was a green house. Inside the green house there was a white house. Inside the white house there was a red house. Inside the red house there were lots of babies. What is it?
What kind of room has no doors or windows?
Welcome to Miami
What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
The Riddle of the Sphinx
Which creature walks on four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs in the evening?
Look Me Up
Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?
If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you haven't got me. What am I?
What gets broken without being held?
Feed me and I live, yet give me a drink and I die.
A man is pushing his car along the road when he comes to a hotel. He shouts, "I'm bankrupt!" Why?
How many of each species did Moses take on the ark with him?
Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?
To Marry or Not to Marry
He has married many women, but has never been married. Who is he?
Take off my skin - I won't cry, but you will! What am I?
Imagine you are in a dark room. How do you get out?
What invention lets you look right through a wall?
Not Much of a Sport
What can you catch but not throw?
What is at the end of a rainbow?
Light as a Feather
What is as light as a feather, but even the world's strongest man couldn't hold it for more than a minute?
Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks?
Just in Time
What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment, yet never in a thousand years?
What is black and white and red all over?
What has a neck but no head?
When is a door not a door?
What goes up but never comes down?
Riddles from The Hobbit
In "The Hobbit" by J. R. R. Tolkien, there are several hard riddles that Gollum and Bilbo ask each other.
Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.
Voiceless it cries,
A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.
What has roots as nobody sees,
Is taller than trees.
Up, up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?
Batman vs Riddler Riddles
Here are a few hard riddles that appeared in the Batman movies - usually Riddler asking Bruce Wayne.
If you look at the number on my face you won't find thirteen anyplace.
Tear one off and scratch my head what was red is black instead.
The eight of us go forth not back to protect our king from a foes attack.
There are three men in a boat with four cigarettes but no matches. How do they manage to smoke?
What room can no one enter?
What is always on its way but never arrives?
When is a man drowned, but still not wet?
We're not prizefighters
We'll float like a butterfly, sting like a bee
And leave you suckers black and blue
Though when we're in action we usually bleed
That's who we are, that's what we do
We do it for kicks and we do it for thrills
When boredom makes you lose your mind
But mostly we do it to pay off the bills
We hope that you can read the sign
Now give us our headgear or give us a punch
So we can hang around with you
You'd best wear protection alongside our bunch
Although you might be called a prude
I'm not a Viking, ARRRR (or) a pirate
A blustery wind blows over the bay
I hoist up my sails, I'm off on my way
Hoping to find, for the sake of my bands
A village to pillage in neighboring lands
I barge in the house
I drink all their wine
(Why, they hardly even seem like they mind!)
When business is done, I bolt out the door
Picking up more than I'm bargaining for
In port once again, my comrades all glance
And they all take note of my singing and dance
We're off to win GOLD!
We're leaving the bay
Harpooning whoever might stand in our way!
I'm not a fishing pole
A metal tube quite long and thin
My function seems surreal
Along my body coming in
I'm bringing quite a reel
Just cast me out into the waves
And leave me standing tall
I'll bring in catches that you crave
Unless I'm foiled by squalls
To find the perfect spot, explore
Shun ghosts, avoid the snow
It's best if you can monitor
What's going on below
I'll try to grab you with a hook
And lines that hold you tight
Designed to draw a longing look
Be careful should you bite
I'm not a juvenile delinquent
My buddies and I were inseparable mates
Til one by one were we split
My teacher, she gave me a smack on the pate
And off in the corner I sit
Admittedly still I'm not hitting the books
Though now I'm hugging a tree
I guess in the end it's not bad as it looks
I went from a C to a B
I'm not an outlaw's ghost
I'd grab ahold of all I can
Relentless in my spree
Amidst the crimes I hung a man
And then the man hung me
I met some more of my own kind
We really got along
In open hid where none could find
Except the dead and gone
I'm not a rebellious missionary
Heaven sent with company
Clad in cloaks of four or three
Straight and narrow I'll not be
Thus my fate is cast
Sawn asunder as you're fain
In coffin uninterred lie slain
'neath ice with blood-stained ball and chain
Gouged until the last
I'm not an overthrown king
Entombed alive yet I survived
To glimpse once again at the sun
But legs to ground are shackled down
Curtailing all efforts to run
In body lies a dozen knives
My crown's sure to split and to smell
A robber's spear flew by my ear
Be thankful this ended so well
I'm not a chess piece
As we face off, the white and black
I stand beside my twin
See sunbeams fall through patterned cracks
That lie above this den
Of diamond, sir, my heart's composed
It makes me who I am
Across that heart I keep exposed
The mark of Superman
If in the end our paths should meet
Then head o'er heels let's go
Should safeguards fail, there's no retreat
As I bring forth the snow
I'm not a scholar
Bedecked in flowing robes
Assuming my humble station
I draw the curious globes
And strive to enlighten my patron
The task I've taken up
Providing you with protection
Unlike my peers corrupt
Distorting your sound perception
I shall not be long winded
Unless I am cast away
Results might be quite splendid
Or varying day by day
The prudent give me praise
The slovenly fools, rejection
For after several days
They only see imperfection
I'm not a gardener
Snow has fallen to the ground
Still my lawn is clear
Lifeblood flowing all around
Doesn't wander here
Spring and Summer, nearly drown
Watering the lawn
Whether grass is green or brown
I will make it strong
When the days are hot as hell
Shade the sun above
Scorching not the quiet well
Where they fell in love
First you jerk me by my ear
Then you kiss me on the lips.
You say I'm hot and hold me near,
Then laugh that I lack shapely hips.
Up and down your silly game
Your passion stirred already,
Whether mood be light or dark -
Just try to hold me steady!
I'm the end that brings the end
I'm the one that hides.
Shackles gird me waist to toe
Sealed in tower I.
Ever tasked to make amends,
Slowly here I die.
My stricken foe you'll never know
His death is met with sigh.
I'm the acrobat at your command,
Give me a turn, or put me on the stand.
I'm the sentinel, doorman you need,
Give me a go, a go-ahead from me.
Hit me, poke me, nail me in your wake,
Without my flips, weak knees would quake.
I live in one state and travel to another,
Sunny side up or fumble in the other.
Five-walled open house
Shut my door and make it four.
I know exactly who you are,
Where you sleep, friends you keep.
A loyal soldier out on tour
I take my leaves overseas.
So pin the gold upon my breast,
Give me orders crossing borders.
I'm the tip of safety borne
Upon the ends where riches worn,
My dented shield will push afield
The mighty lance you likewise wield.
I fend away these weapons true
You send to me as we renew.
Worms from our heads to our toes,
"Get them out!" we long to shout.
And we've sure been around for awhile -
Just check out our throats! See how we choke?
Hindering spry spirit and old,
We stop all the fun (though it only takes one).
We're so bored with the carousal punch,
Now leave us alone, our work here is done!
We're just wishing that we could go fishing,
(and we'll show you the fish hot on the dish!)
Soldiers march all in a row
Through field, the part they play they know.
Soldiers black, soldiers tall
Across the fruited plain they crawl.
Grinning wide, standing firm,
Your ego safe they will confirm.
Scrape the dead, part the waves
They will not break, these soldiers brave.
Treasure waits beyond the reach
gold within a hold,
remnants of the dead are stitched
to keep the living whole.
Broken bones among the weeds
scattered 'round and round,
where untouched gems wait silently
o'er blades upon the ground.
Stabbed and tied, have never died
Old as old can be,
Push me to the moral ends
I'm all for modesty.
Often lost and all alone
Find me without teeth,
The holes I bear with pride I wear
Security in my reach.
I rank higher than the privates,
Commander of the Line,
The uniform my noble goal
Security 'cross time.
Underway and under knots
My medal borne with pride,
Within my grasp a flag, sans mast
All noblemen would fly.
Puzzling Prattle (by Sam Loyd)
Two children, who were all tangled up in their reckoning of the days of the week, paused on their way to school to straighten matters out. "When the day after tomorrow is yesterday," said Priscilla, "then 'today' will be as far from Sunday as that day was which was 'today' when the day before yesterday was tomorrow!"
On which day of the week did this puzzling prattle occur?
A basket contains 5 apples. Do you know how to divide them among 5 kids so that each one has an apple and one apple stays in the basket?
There are a few trees in a garden. On one of them, a pear tree, there are pears (quite logical). But after a strong wind blew, there were neither pears on the tree nor on the ground.
A poor farmer went to the market to sell some peas and lentils. However, as he had only one sack and didn't want to mix peas and lentils, he poured in the peas first, tied the sack in the middle, and then filled the top portion of the sack with the lentils. At the market a rich innkeeper happened by with his own sack. He wanted to buy the peas, but he did not want the lentils.
Pouring the seed anywhere else but the sacks is considered soiling. Trading sacks is not allowed. The farmer can't cut a hole in his sack.
How would you transfer the peas to the innkeeper's sack, which he wants to keep, without soiling the produce?
The captain of a ship was telling this interesting story: "We traveled the sea far and wide. At one time, two of my sailors were standing on opposite sides of the ship. One was looking west and the other one east. And at the same time, they could see each other clearly."
How can that be possible?
A ladder hangs over the side of a ship anchored in a port. The bottom rung touches the water. The distance between rungs is 20 cm and the length of the ladder is 180 cm. The tide is rising at the rate of 15 cm each hour.
When will the water reach the seventh rung from the top?
Three people check into a hotel. They pay $30 to the manager and go to their room. The manager finds out that the room rate is $25 and gives the bellboy $5 to return to the guests. On the way to the room the bellboy reasons that $5 would be difficult to split among three people so he pockets $2 and gives $1 to each person. Now each person paid $10 and got back $1. So they paid $9 each, totaling $27. The bellboy has another $2, adding up to $29.
Where is the remaining dollar?
13 people came into a hotel with 12 rooms and each guest wanted his own room. The bellboy solved this problem.
He asked the thirteenth guest to wait a little with the first guest in room number 1. So in the first room there were two people. The bellboy took the third guest to room number 2, the fourth to number 3, ..., and the twelfth guest to room number 11. Then he returned to room number 1 and took the thirteenth guest to room number 12, still vacant.
How can everybody have his own room?
Two girls were born to the same mother, on the same day, at the same time, in the same month and year and yet they're not twins.
How can this be?
A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn't break the law.
Short Riddles with Answers
- Why can't a man living in the USA be buried in Canada?
- Is it legal for a man in California to marry his widow's sister? Why?
- A man builds a house rectangular in shape. All the sides have southern exposure. A big bear walks by. What color is the bear? Why? (similar to the Bear riddle in the section Einstein's Riddles)
- If there are 3 apples and you take away 2, how many do you have?
- How far can a dog run into the woods?
- One big hockey fan claimed to be able to tell the score before any game. How did he do it?
- You can start a fire if you have alcohol, petrol, kerosene, paper, candle, coke, a full matchbox and a piece of cotton wool. What is the first thing you light?
- Why do Chinese men eat more rice than Japanese men do?
- What word describes a woman who does not have all her fingers on one hand?
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