Riddles

Riddles are statements or questions having a double or veiled meaning. A riddle is of two types: enigmas, which are problems generally expressed in metaphorical or allegorical language that require ingenuity and careful thinking for their solution, and conundrums, which are questions relying for their effects on punning in either the question or the answer.

In this page we will play a riddle game, which is a formalized guessing game, a contest of wit and skill in which you will be asked some questions (the answers are at the bottom, but don't be too quick to look at them), you can also play it with your family, a group of people, and see who can solve the most.

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Riddles

1.        

2 + 2 x 2 =...    What do you get? 

2.        

A barrel of water weighs 50 pounds. What must you add to it to make it weigh 35 pounds?

3.        

The numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 must be put in the square below, replacing the "x" in such a way that the sums of the numbers in each row, column, and diagonal are equal. How should the numbers be arranged in the square?

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

4.        

If Sausages are 12$ a dozen, how much would it cost for 100 Sausages?

5.        

I bought a golden coin on Ebay for $700, sold it for $800, bought it back again for $900, and sold it again for $1000. How much profit did I make? (without considering Ebay fees)

6.        

What is one thing that all wise men, regardless of their religion or affiliation, agree is between right and wrong? 

7.        

A girl spends one fifth of the money in her purse. She then spends one fifth of what remains in the purse. She spends 72$ in all. How much money did she have from the beginning?

8.        

A Street that is 60 yards long has a plant every 12 yards on both sides. How many total plants on the entire street? 

9.        

Take 2 coins from 3 coins. What do you have now? 

10.    

If A x B = 2, C x D = 12, B x D = 3, and B x C = 4, what does A x B x C x D equal? 

11.    

You have 12 black socks and 12 white socks mixed up in a drawer. It's early in the morning and you don't have any light to see the colors. How many socks must you pull out (blindly) to be sure of getting a matching pair?

12.    

Find the number that logically completes the following series: 2, 3, 5, 9, 17, 

13.    

What number comes next in this series: 9, 16, 25, 36? 

14.    

If it takes 5 minutes to dry a t-shirt on a clothes wire, how long would it take to dry 5 t-shirts? 

15.    

Divide 40 by 1/2 and add ten. What do you get? 

16.    

At a secret family meeting, everyone shakes hands exactly once with every other person present. If there was a total of 28 handshakes, how big was the family? 

17.    

A farmer has 17 sheep, all but 9 die. How many are left? 

18.    

I'm full of holes but I can still hold water. What am I?

19.    

If a billion comes after a million, what number follows a billion? 

20.    

Some months have 30 days, some months have 31 days. How many have 28?

21.    

Mr. & Mrs. Anderson have 5 children. Of these five, half are boys. How is this possible? 

22.    

Even if you take my skin off I won't cry, but you will. What am I?

23.    

I am a three digit number. My tens digit is five more than my ones digit. My hundreds digit is eight less than my tens digit. What number am I?

24.    

How many 9's are in the range of numbers from 1 to 100? 

25.    

The Anderson family has a mother, father and 4 daughters. Each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the family? 

26.    

Angela's father has four daughters: Lala, Lele, and Lulu ... can you guess the forth name? 

27.    

Two girls are taking a test. They are identical. They have the same mother, father and birthday. They were asked, "Are you twins?" they simply answer, "no, we are not". How is this possible?

28.    

The more there is, the less you see. What am I?

29.    

You have two buckets; one holds exactly 5 gallons and the other 3 gallons. How can you measure 4 gallons of water into the 5 gallon bucket? (Assume you have an unlimited supply of water and that there are no measurement markings of any kind on the buckets).

30.    

The owner of a pet store tried to clean the cages of some canaries, but then when he tried to put them back he was lost. If he puts in one canary per cage, he has one bird without a cage. If he puts in two canaries per cage, he has one cage empty. How many cages and canaries does he have?

31.    

My daughter has many sisters. She has as many sisters as she has brothers. Each of her brothers has twice as many sisters as brothers. How many sons and daughters do I have?

32.    

If yesterday had been Wednesday's tomorrow and tomorrow is Sunday's yesterday, what day would today be? 

33.    

I have two US coins totaling 55 cents. One is not a nickel. What are the coins? 

34.    

What did Washington become after his 10th year? 

35.    

A prisoner is told "If you tell a lie we will hang you; if you tell the truth we will shoot you." What can he say to save himself?

36.    

A farmer came to town with some pumpkins. He sold half of them plus half a pumpkin, and found that he had one whole pumpkin left. How many pumpkins did he take to town? 

37.    

Joshua was born in summer, yet his date of birth is December 24th, how is this possible?  How is this possible?

38.    

Which is faster, hot or cold?

39.    

Name an eight letter word that has kst in the middle, in the beginning, and at the end.

40.    

Why is a math book sad?

41.    

A black cat stand in the middle of a street in a city with houses painted black. None of the street lights are working due to a power failure. A car with two broken headlights is heading right for the dog but turns at the last minute to avoid hitting him. How could the driver have seen the dog just at the last moment? 

42.    

What kind of beans never grow in a garden?

43.    

You have two candles that take exactly one hour to burn, but they don't burn at a steady rate. For example, one candle could take 59 minutes to burn the first inch and then burn the rest of the candle in the last minute. How would you use these two candles to measure 45 minutes?

44.    

A clerk in the butcher shop is 6'' tall. Can you guess what he weighs? 

45.    

Which is heavier, milk or cream? 

46.    

If a stamp and an envelope cost a dollar and a dime (10 cents), and the stamp costs a dollar more than the envelope, how much does the envelope cost?

47.    

Before Jupiter was discovered, what was the biggest planet on the solar system? 

48.    

What's the capital of New York State? Is it New York, or New York City?

49.    

If it were two hours later, it would be half as long until midnight as it would be if it were an hour later. What time is it? 

50.    

Can giraffes have babies?

51.    

How many animals of each sex did Moses take on the ark? 

52.    

How much dirt can be removed from a hole which is 5 feet deep, 6 feet wide and 8 feet long? 

53.    

Three men ate in a restaurant and the check came to $25. Each man gave the waiter $10 and told him to keep $2 out of the change as a tip. The waiter returned with $3 and each man took $1. So each man had paid $9 making a total of 27, and the waiter got $2, what happened to the other $1? 

54.    

What did the banana say to the dog?

55.    

What is more powerful than God, the poor have, the rich need, and if you eat it you die?

56.    

Why are 2001 American dollar in bills worth more than 2000 American dollar in bills? 

57.    

Why won't an Eskimo, even if he or she is starving attempt to catch and eat a penguin? 

58.    

A glass of water with a single ice cube sits on a table. When the ice has completely melted, will the level of the water have increased, decreased or remain unchanged?

59.    

You are participating in a race. You overtake the second person. What position do you finish? 

60.    

A little girl tells you, "Hey I was seven years old two days ago, but I'll be ten next year." How is this possible?

61.    

A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn't break the law. How come? 

62.    

An 18-wheeler is crossing a 4 kilometer bridge that can only support 10,000 kilograms and that's exactly how much the rig weighs. Halfway across the bridge a 30 gram sparrow lands on the cab, do you think the bridge will collapse or not?

63.    

Which is greener a stop light or a green pepper? 

64.    

According to most state laws, the attempt to commit a certain crime is punishable, but actually committing the crime is not. What is the crime? 

65.    

Seven is an odd number. How can it be made even? 

66.    

You have a dog, a rabbit and a bag of carrots. You must cross a river with only one of them at a time. If you leave the dog with the rabbit it will eat it; if you leave the rabbit with the carrots it will eat it. How can you get all three across safely?

67.    

You have a four minute sandglass timer and a seven minute sandglass timer. Can you start at a certain time and stop after 9 min by using only the given sandglasses.

68.    

What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane? 

69.    

What four words appear on every denomination of U. S. coins?

70.    

Which is correct to say: "The yolk of the eggs are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"?

71.    

An ice cream cone cost a dollar more than a peppermint. Together they cost $1.10. How much did each of them cost? 

72.    

What is the beginning of eternity? The end of time and space. The beginning of every end. And the end of every place? 

73.    

What occurs once in every two minutes, twice in every moment, yet never in a thousand years? 

74.    

If you had only one match and entered a cold and dark room, where there was an oil burner, a kerosene lamp and a candle, which would you light first? 

75.    

Three closed boxes have either white marbles, black marbles or both, and they are labeled white, black and both. However, you're told that each of the labels is wrong. You may reach into one of the boxes and pull out only one marble. Which box should you remove a marble from to determine the contents of all three boxes?

76.    

A man who was not wearing a parachute jumped out of a plane. He landed on hard ground yet was unhurt. Why? 

77.    

Which is more valuable, one pound of $10 gold coins or half a pound of $20 gold coins? 

78.    

A plane crashes on the Canadian - US border. In which country do you bury the survivors? 

79.    

What 5 letter word becomes shorter when you add 2 letters to it? 

80.    

If an electric train is going south and the wind is blowing north, what direction is the smoke going ?

81.    

Four cars come to a four way stop, all coming from a different direction. They can't decide who got there first, so they all go forward at the same time. They do not crash into each other, but all four cars go. How is this possible? 

82.    

Four men sat down to play, they played all night, they played for cash and not for fun, they all won money and no one of them lost, how come?

83.    

If you had a ton of feathers, and a ton of stones, which would be heavier?

84.    

There was an airplane crash, every single person died, but two people survived. How is this possible? 

85.    

Is half of two plus two equal to two or three?  

86.    

What kind of flowers grow on your face?

87.    

You are standing outside a closed door. On the other side of the door is a room that has three light bulbs in it. The room is completely sealed off from the outside. It has no windows and nothing can get in or out except through the door. On the outside of the room there are three light switches that control each of the respective light bulbs on the other side of the door. Your assignment is to determine which light switch controls which light bulb. You are allowed to enter the room only once, and once you come out, you must be able to state with 100% certainty which light switch controls which light bulb.

88.    

General Macarthur and some of the retired soldiers were exchanging old war stories. General MacArthur mentioned that he led a battalion against a German division during World War I. Through brilliant maneuvers, he defeated them and captured valuable territory. After the battle he was presented with a sword bearing the inscription "To Captain MacArthur, Bravery and Leadership. World War I. From the Men of Battalion 6." One soldier thought that General Macarthur is lying, why is that?

89.    

Is it possible for one's grandmother to be younger than one's mother? 

90.    

If you're 8 feet away from a door and with each move you advance half the distance to the door. How many moves will it take to reach the door?

91.    

You are my son, but I'm not your father. Who am I?

92.    

What's the capital of Alaska? Is it Anchorage, or Ancourage?

 

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Riddles Answers

1.        

We get 6.

2.        

A hole.

3.        

Magic Square below, all lines are equal to 15 even diagonally.

 

8

1

6

3

5

7

4

9

2

4.        

$100. If sausage are 12$ a dozen, each sausage costs 1$, so 100 sausages would be 100$.

5.        

$200 ($100 + $100).

6.        

"and" is between right … wrong.

7.        

200$

8.        

12 in both sides. 6 per side.

9.        

2 coins.

10.    

24 (You don't have to determine the values of A, B, C, and D. Just multiply 2 x 12).

11.    

3 socks. If the first sock is black, the second one could be black, in which case you have a matching pair. If the second sock is white, the third sock will be either black and match the first sock, or white and match the second sock.

12.    

33. (The difference between the two numbers is progressively multiplied by 2 and added to the next number).

13.    

49 (9 is 3 squared, 16 is 4 squared, 25 is 5 squared, and so on).

14.    

5 minutes.

15.    

90. Dividing by half is the same as multiplying by 2.

16.    

8 persons. (8 x (8 - 1): 2 = 28) or (7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 28).

17.    

9 live sheep.

18.    

A sponge.

19.    

A billion and one.

20.    

All 12 months. Every month has at least 28 days.

21.    

All of them are boys. Then half of them must be boys, too.

22.    

An onion

23.    

Answer is 194.

24.    

Answer is 20.

25.    

Answer is 7.

26.    

Angela.

27.    

Because they are triplets.

28.    

Darkness.

29.    

Fill the 3 gallon bucket. Pour the 3 gallons of water into the 5 gallon bucket. Fill the 3 gallon bucket again. Fill up the 5 gallon bucket with the 3 gallon bucket, leaving you with 1 gallon left in the 3 gallon bucket. Empty out the 5 gallon bucket. Pour the remaining 1 gallon of water from the 3 gallon bucket into the 5 gallon bucket. Fill the 3 gallon bucket. Pour the 3 gallons of water from the 3 gallon bucket into the 5 gallon bucket leaving you with 4 gallons of water in the 5 gallon bucket.

30.    

Four canaries and three cages. If you put one canary in each cage, you have an extra bird without a cage. However, if you put two canaries in each cage then you have two canaries in the first cage, two canaries in the second cage and an extra cage.

31.    

Four daughters and three sons.

32.    

Friday.

33.    

Half dollar and a nickel. One is not a nickel, but the other one is.

34.    

He became eleven.

35.    

He said "You will hang me".

36.    

He took 3 pumpkins to town.

37.    

He was born in Australia and lives there.

38.    

Hot, because you can catch a cold.

39.    

Inkstand. "in" at the beginning, "and" at the end.

40.    

It has so many problems.

41.    

It was daylight.

42.    

Jelly beans.

43.    

Light the first candle on both ends and the second candle at only one end. When the first candle burns out you know 30 minutes have passed. Light the other end of the second candle and when it burns out, 45 minutes have passed.

44.    

He weighs meat.

45.    

Milk, cream comes to the surface.

46.    

A Nickel (5 cents).

47.    

Jupiter (it just hadn't been discovered).

48.    

Neither, Albany is the capital of New York State.

49.    

Nine PM.

50.    

No, they only have giraffes!

51.    

None. It was Noah, not Moses.

52.    

None. There's no dirt in a hole.

53.    

Nothing, there is nothing missing.

54.    

Nothing. Bananas can't talk.

55.    

Nothing. This is because there is nothing more powerful than God, the poor have nothing, the rich need nothing, and if you eat nothing you will die.

56.    

Two thousand and one dollar are worth one dollar more than two thousand dollar bills.

57.    

Penguins live at the South Pole and Eskimos at the North Pole.

58.    

Remain unchanged. When frozen, the ice cube displaces its weight.

59.    

Second.

60.    

She is talking to you on New Year's Day and her birthday is December 31. Two days ago (12/30) she was 7. She turned 8 on 12/31. She'll turn 9 on 12/31 of this year, and 10 next year.

61.    

She was walking.

62.    

It will not collapse, since the bridge is 4 kilometers long, the halfway point would be 2 kilometers. The 18-wheeler would have used much more than 30g of fuel to drive 2 kilometers.

63.    

Stop lights are red.

64.    

Suicide.

65.    

Take away the "s".

66.    

Take the rabbit over first. Go back and bring the carrots next, but instead of leaving the rabbit with the carrots, come back with the rabbit. Leave the rabbit on the first side and take the dog with you. Leave it on the other side with the carrots. Finally, go back over and get the rabbit and bring it over.

67.    

First, flip both hourglasses over. When the four minute timer runs out, flip it again. When the seven minute timer runs out, flip it over. Now when the four minute timer runs out again (after eight minutes) flip the seven minute timer back over. Since the seven minute timer has been running only a minute between flips, there's a minute worth of sand left. And when that minute runs out, 9 min passed.

68.    

The black box in a commercial airplane is Orange, of course.

69.    

The four words are "United States of America".

70.    

Neither, the yolks are yellow.

71.    

The ice cream cost $1.05 and the peppermint cost 5 cents.

72.    

The letter E.

73.    

The letter M.

74.    

The match.

75.    

The one labeled both. Since you know it's labeled incorrectly, it must have all black marbles or all white marbles. After you determine what it contains, you can identify the other two boxes by the process of elimination.

76.    

The plane was still on the ground.

77.    

The pound of $10 coins has twice the amount of gold than the $20 coins.

78.    

The survivors would probably rather wait until they die to be buried!

79.    

The word "short".

80.    

There's no smoke. Electric trains don't have smoke.

81.    

They all made right-hand turns!

82.    

They didn't play with each other.

83.    

Neither. They both weigh a ton.

84.    

They were married.

85.    

Three.

86.    

Tulips (2 lips).

87.    

Turn one light switch on, wait a few minutes, then turn it off and turn another light switch on. Go into the room and feel the light bulbs. The one that's still warm is connected to the switch that you first turned on, the one that is on was the second switch you turned on, and the last bulb is controlled by the switch that you didn't touch.

88.    

World War I wasn't called "World War I" until World War II.

89.    

Yes. If you have two grandmothers, and the father's mother is younger than yours.

90.    

You will never reach the door; it will always be half the distance, no matter how small!

91.    

Your mother.

92.    

Neither, Juneau is the capital of Alaska.

 

Finally we will end these riddles with this quote "The Human Brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public!".

 

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