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35 OF THE GREATEST RIDDLES OF ALL TIME

35 OF THE GREATEST RIDDLES OF ALL TIME

And you thought you were going to be able to give your brain a rest while browsing the internet all day, didn’t you? To give you the daily mental workout we all certainly could use, here are 35 fantastic riddles with various degrees of difficulty that’ll have those brain cells flexing and strutting around in no time.

*Scroll down for the answers*

1. You’re running a race and pass the person in 2nd place. What place are you in now?

2. Imagine you are in a dark room. How do you get out?

3. Who makes it, but has no need of it.
     Who buys it, but has no use for it.
Who uses it but can neither see nor feel it.
What is it?

4. You answer me, but I never ask you a question. What am I?

5. What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?

6. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first was named April and the second was named May. What was the name of the third child?

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

8. What occurs once in every minute, twice in every moment, but never in a thousand years?

9. If there are three apples and you take two away, how many apples do you have?

10. What has no beginning, end, or middle?

11. There is a word and six letters it contains. Take one away and twelve is what remains. What word is it?

12. If you have me, you want to share me. But if you share me, you no longer have me. What am I?

13. How much dirt is there in a hole that’s four feet by five feet by six feet?

14. 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?

15. At night they come without being fetched. By day they are lost without being stolen. What are they?

16. What is so delicate that even saying its name will break it?

17. You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?

18. What word in the English Language is always spelled incorrectly?

19. What goes up a chimney down but can’t come down a chimney up?

20. What grows when it eats, but dies when it drinks?

21. The more it dries, the wetter it gets. What is it?

22. What tastes better than it smells?

23. When you’re given one, you may have two or none.

24. I will ask you a question, but never give you an answer. What am I?

25. What loses its head in the morning and gets it back at night?

26. What is 3/7 chicken, 2/3 cat, and 1/2 goat?

27. What two things can you never eat for breakfast?

28. I can be flipped and broken, but I never move. I can be closed and opened, and sometimes removed. I am sealed by hands. What am I?

29. What is brown and sticky?

30. You can catch me but you can’t throw me.

31. I talk, but I do not speak my mind
      I hear words, but I do not listen to thoughts
     When I wake, all see me
     When I sleep, all hear me
     Many heads are on my shoulders
     Many hands are at my feet
     The strongest steel cannot break my visage
     But the softest whisper can destroy me
     The quietest whimper can be heard.
     What am I?

32. Alone I am 24th. Two of me makes 20. Add another and I am dirty. What am I?

33. I can bring tears to your eyes, resurrect the dead, make you smile, and reverse time. I form in an instant but I last a lifetime. What am I?

34. The more of them you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?

35. What heavy seven-letter word can you take two away from and be left with eight?

Answer Key:

  1. You’re in second place. You didn’t pass the person in first.
  2. Stop imagining.
  3. A coffin
  4. A telephone
  5. A stamp
  6. Johnny
  7. All of them
  8. The letter M
  9. You took two apples, so you now have two of them.
  10. A doughnut
  11. Dozens
  12. A secret
  13. There is no dirt in a hole or it wouldn’t be a hole.
  14. They’re in a set of triplets
  15. The stars
  16. Silence (And probably Derrick Rose’s knee)
  17. An ear of corn
  18. Incorrectly
  19. An umbrella
  20. Fire
  21. A towel
  22. Your tongue
  23. A choice
  24. An owl
  25. A pillow
  26.  Chicago
  27.  Lunch and dinner
  28.  A deal
  29.  A stick
  30. A Cold
  31. An actor (this is reported to be the favorite riddle of Teddy Roosevelt)
  32. The letter X
  33. A memory
  34. Footsteps
  35. Weights

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