A list of tricky and challenging riddles with answers to tease your brain. You can download a printable (PDF) version of these riddles if you want to print them and solve later.
Why is 6 afraid of 7?See answer
If an electric train is traveling south, which way is the smoke going?See answer
A monkey, a squirrel, and a bird are racing to the top of a coconut tree. Who will get the banana first, the monkey, the squirrel, or the bird?See answer
How far can a dog run into the woods?See answer
A man lives on the top floor of a hotel. When he is out with a friend or out on a rainy day, he comes back, goes to the elevator, and goes to the top floor. When he goes out alone or on a sunny day, he goes half way up and walks the rest of the way up. Why?See answer
A man says: "Brothers and sisters, have I none, but that man's father is my father's son."
Who is he pointing at?
In 1990, a person is 15 years old. In 1995, that same person is 10 years old. How can this be?See answer
What do pandas have that no other animal has?See answer
What king can you make if you take the head of a lamb, the middle of a pig, the hind of a buffalo, and the tail of a dragon?See answer
The day before two days after the day before tomorrow is Saturday. What day is it today?See answer
If there are three cups of sugar and you take one away, how many do you have?See answer
What is the word that even in plain sight remains hidden?See answer
A doctor gives you three pills and tells you to take one every half an hour. How long will the pills last?See answer
How many 9's are there between 1 and 100?See answer
How many sides does a circle have?See answer
You have three stoves: A gas stove, a wood stove, and a coal stove, but only one match. Which should you light first?See answer
Some adults still use these to count.See answer
Sophie's mother had 2 sons and 1 daughter. The sons names were George and John. What was the daughter's name?See answer
What is half of two plus two?See answer
I run around the city, but I never move.See answer
David's father has three sons: Snap, Crackle and?See answer
You are in a room with 3 monkeys. One monkey has a banana, one has a stick, and one has nothing. Who is the smartest primate?See answer
Where is the ocean deepest?See answer
Mom and dad have four daughters, and each daughter has one brother.
How many people are in the family?
What's at the head of an elephant and at the tail of a squirrel?See answer
2 people in front of 2 people. 2 people behind 2 people, and 2 people beside 2 people. How many people are there?See answer
What word is that, which, deprived of its first letter, leaves you sick?See answer
Besides Paris, what is the capital of France?See answer
What is at the end of a rainbow?See answer
How many letters are in the alphabet?See answer
What part of a fish weighs most?See answer
What was was, before was was was?See answer
I you were to take two apples from three apples, how many would you have?See answer
What is round on both ends and hi in the middle?See answer
Where can you add 2 to 11 and get 1?See answer
If it has a quart capacity, how many pennies can you put into a empty piggy bank?See answer
What is between heaven and earth?See answer
A farmer has 17 sheep and all but 9 run away. How many are left?See answer
How can the letters OWONDER be rearranged to make one word?See answer
John's mom had three children. The first child was April. The second child was May. What was the third Child's name?See answer
What is the largest living ant on earth?See answer
What has three feet but no arms or legs?See answer
What is the end of everything?See answer
What follows a dog wherever it goes?See answer
What is never eaten before lunch?See answer
I met a man and drew his name. He tipped his hat and played my game. What is his name?See answer
If you were standing directly on Antarctica's South Pole facing north, which direction would you travel if you took one step backward?See answer
Feed me and I live, yet give me a drink and I die. What am I?See answer
What's higher than the king?See answer
What turns everything around but does not move?See answer
Look at me one way and I weigh a whole lot; turn me around and you'll see that I am not.
What am I?
I turn around once. What is out will not get in. I turn around again. What is in will not get out. What am I?See answer
The sun bakes them,
The hand breaks them,
The foot treads them,
The mouth tastes them.
What breaks on the water but never on the land?See answer
It belongs to you, but other people use it more than you do.
What is it?
Take away my first letter, then take away my second letter. Then take away the rest of my letters, yet I remain the same. What am I?See answer
What cannot talk but will always reply when spoken to?See answer
What can you keep after giving it to someone?See answer
It's been around for millions of years, but is never more than a month old. What is it?See answer
What tastes better than it smells?See answer
You can hold it without using your hands or your arms.
What is it?
I shave several times a day, yet I still have a beard. Who am I?See answer
The more you have of me, the less you see.
Who am I?
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?See answer
Place three matches on a table. Tell a friend to add two more matches to make eight.See answer
There are 25 red balls, 47 green balls and 3 blue balls in a basket. There is a blind man. What is the minimum number of balls that the blind man has to pick to make sure that there are at least 2 balls of different colors?See answer
Mr. Smith has 4 daughters.
Each of his daughters has a brother.
How many children does Mr. Smith have?
How can you add eight 8's to get the number 1000?See answer
How many days are there in 4 years?See answer
In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half the lake?See answer
There are two fathers and two sons. They walk into a candy store and each buys a candy bar for 50 cents. The total for all of the candy bars was $1.50. How is that possible?See answer
Divide 20 by half and add 30, what do you get?See answer
A bat and a ball cost $1.10. The bat costs one dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?See answer
There is a boat with a ladder attached to it, the ladder is eight feet tall. If the water rises four feet how much of the ladder will be on top of the water?See answer
Susan and Lisa decided to play tennis against each other. They bet $1 on each game they played. Susan won three bets and Lisa won $5. How many games did they play?See answer
Timmy's mother has three children. The first was named April. The next was named May. What is the final one's name?See answer
What gets broken without being hold?See answer
What has to be broken before you can use it?See answer
What is so delicate that even mentioning it breaks it?See answer
What building has the most stories?See answer
What starts with the letter T, is filled with T and ends in T?See answer
I'm where yesterday follows today and tomorrow is in the middle. What am I?See answer
There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers.
What does he weigh?
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