Did you know that in old English poetry, riddles were commonly used? There are many different forms of riddles like questions, statements and phrases. They come with implied meanings, with the hint of puzzles. Here are some brain riddles with answers that can either be a breeze for some, or could quickly turn into a head scratcher for others.
Five men were eating apples. A finished before B, but behind C. D finished before E, but behind B. What was the finishing order?
C A B D E
If you have one pound of rocks and one pound of feathers, which one will weigh more?
They both weigh a pound
Melissa is 54 years old and her mother, Katie, is 80. How many years ago was her mother, three times the age of her daughter, Melissa?
41 years ago, when Katie was 39 and Melissa was 13
Why are 2006 pennies less worth than 2007 pennies?
One more penny
There was a shipwreck at sea and Doug, Steve, and Phil got washed ashore on a small, isolated island. They were exhausted and fell asleep on the beach. Doug woke up and saw a box of bananas had washed ashore. He ate ⅓ of bananas and went back to sleep. Steve woke up and also ate ⅓ of what was left of the bananas, and went back to sleep. Next, Phil woke up and assuming no one had eaten the bananas, ate only ⅓ of what was left. When he was finished, there were only 8 bananas left. Can you guess how many bananas were in the box?
Why is six afraid of seven?
Because seven eight (ate) nine
What is the word that becomes "shorter" after we add two more letters to it?
What is the question you can ask all day, and no matter what the answer is, it would still be correct?
What time is it?
What is it, that starts with an E, ends with an E, and usually contains only one letter?
What stays where it is even after it goes off?
An Alarm Clock
What did Mrs. Claus say to Santa Claus?
Look at the rain-deer
Riddles for Adults
If I go forward, I will be heavy. But if I go backward, I am not. What am I?
You're in a deep, dark jungle. You have a matchstick, a wooden stove, and a lantern. What will you light first?
What is the thing, that keeps getting wetter the more it dries?
What begins with a T, is full of T, and also ends with a T?
I have two bodies, yet I am joined as one. I stand still and can still run quicker than some. What am I?
If I can go up the chimney down, but can't go down the chimney up; what am I?
Every morning I am at your feet, and I follow you, no matter how fast you walk or run. But during midday I cease to exist. What am I?
There are 3 apples for 2 sons and 2 fathers to eat. Each of them get their own apple. How is it numerically possible?
They are 1 son, 1 father, and 1 grandfather. So each of them get 1 apple
Riddles for Kids
teloiv, ogidni, eulb, ==?==, wolley, egnaro, der. What's the missing word?
I am black when you buy me? I turn red when you use me, and gray when you throw me away? Who am I?
Your sister jumps up and down before she takes her medicine. Why is that?
Because the label says - Shake well before use
What did the 300 lbs. mouse say to the cat?
Here kitty, kitty, kitty!!
I turn yellow-green, yellow-green? Who am I?
Banana working part-time as a cucumber
Do you know how to make an Octopus laugh?
Ten tickles (Tentacles)
For me, funny riddles are something that taunt everyone who tries to attempt it. Hope you had fun solving these riddles, and didn't have to check the answers before trying them.