A riddle is a statement that has a secret meaning — your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to crack the puzzle and find that meaning.
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?
What has to be broken before you use it?
What has many keys but can’t open a single lock?
What runs all around a backyard, yet never moves?
What tastes better than it smells?
What has a bottom at the top?
I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?
If two’s company, and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?
What goes through cities and fields, but never moves?
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 foe’s 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?
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