What can be a better way to kill your free time than solving challenging riddles?
Hard riddles will stretch your brain and leave you scratching your head.
After all the chaos that we feel working on them, decoding the right answer feels so satisfying. Isn’t it? Solving puzzles and challenging riddles not only makes you feel rewarded but puts your mind away from the mundane aspects of life.
You will be glad to know that solving riddles on a regular basis has a long-lasting effect on brainpower. According to psychologists, it’s a wonderful brain exercise that sharpens our memory and improves the functionality of our brain.
We at Mind Journal like to solve interesting puzzles, challenging riddles, and brain teasers.
This time we found 30 challenging riddles, where you need to use your thinking skills and attention to details. If you feel stuck, see the hints before sneak peek at answers.
Are you ready to test your smarts?
Then let’s get started.
1. Hidden treasure
I have forests, but no trees. I have cities, but no houses. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
Hint: Don’t confuse the details. Think of the non-living world.
2. Spring ahead
You can see in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of either month? What is it?
Hint: to solve this, you need to get super literal.
The letter “R.”
3. Match game
I’m tall when I’m young and I’m short when I’m old. You measure my life in hours and I serve you by expiring. The wind is my foe.
Hint: Too many details! Think of the things that wind threatens most.
4. What am I?
I have no mouth, no ears, and no body. But, I can speak and hear. And come alive with wind. What am I?
Hint: Don’t just focus on the details like ears and a mouth. Focus on the wind too and think broadly. Don’t go by literal meaning.
The first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great, while the entire world signifies a great woman. What is the word in English language?
Hint: Not just gender but try to think about one word that holds the others.
6. Good with numbers
What English word has three consecutive double letters?
Hint: Keep in mind all the facts about English language. Think of words with double vowels or consonants. Think of compound words. Then brainstorm which word or words can form one set of double letters.
7. Violent love
A woman shoots her husband, then holds him underwater for five minutes. Next, she hangs him. Right after, they enjoy a lovely dinner. Explain how is this possible?
Hint: Same word can have two different meanings. Focus on the verbs. There lies the whole thing in this kind of riddles.
She took a picture of him and developed it in her dark room.
8. Say my name
What disappears as soon as you say its name?
Hint: Don’t be perplexed! Think logical and in a straightforward way to solve this type of riddles.
9. Family affair
A is the brother of B. B is the brother of C. C is the father of D. So how is D related to A?
Hint: Using letters instead of words like “Uncle john” or “Aunt mary” makes straightforward relationships seem difficult. Just be logical!
A is D’s uncle.
10. Find the key
I have keys that open no locks. I have space but no room. I can allow you to enter but not get in. What am I?
Hint: A single word can have different meanings. Think of keys that can’t open any locks.
11. Wooden case
I am picked from a mine, and kept in a wooden case, from which I am never released. But, almost everyone uses me. What am I?
Hint: Coal would be the common guess! Please focus on the wood details for the right answer.
12. Sibling count
A girl has as many brothers as sisters, but each brother has only half as many brothers as sisters. How many brothers and sisters are there in the family?
Hint: Think simple. Count the sisters and brothers in total and in terms of their own number of siblings.
Four sisters and three brothers.
13. Math time
How can the number four be half of five?
Hint: Think literally, rather than twisting your brain over numbers.
IV. The Roman numeral for four, which is “half” (two letters) of the word “five”.
14. Get wet
What gets wet while drying?
Hint: Tripped up? Think of an object that can, absorb or be both.
A bath towel.
15. Married bachelor
Who has married many women but never has been married who is he?
16. Literally speaking
How many letters are in the alphabet?
Hint: it’s not so easy! Think the other way but get super simple and straightforward.
There are 11 letters in the words “the alphabet”
17. Line up
What are the next three letters in this combination? OTTFFSS
Hint: Think of the pattern and the common strings of words.
E N T (Each letter represents the first letter in the written numbers: One, Two, Three, Four, Five, etc.).
18.Yours or mine
It belongs to you, but everyone else uses it.
Hint: No, it’s not an object! Use critical thinking skills to get it right.
19. Color test
First, think of the color of the clouds. Next, think of the color of snow. Now, think of the color of a bright full moon. Now answer quickly what do cows drink?
Hint: Don’t confuse thinking about a series of associations. That said don’t just focus on the color white.
20. Number line
What makes seven stand out from the rest of the numbers between one and ten?
Hint: Before, starting the complex mathematical calculations, think of a paradigm separate from numbers.
Seven has two syllables and the other numbers only have one syllable.
21. Time bomb
What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
Hint: You must have understood by now, that number riddles rarely involve math. So, think outside the number game.
The letter “M.”
22. Easy peasy
Which word in the dictionary is always spelled incorrectly?
Hint: This is another wordplay! No need to think in a complex way.
23. Hand in hand
What can you hold in your right hand, but never in your left hand?
Hint: Take a look at your hands and apply logic.
Your left hand.
24. Standing issues
How can you physically stand behind your father while he is standing behind you?
Hint: Though your mind will trick you into thinking about impossibilities, keep the physical relationship in your head.
You are standing back-to-back with your father.
25. Out to lunch
First you eat me, then you get eaten. What am I?
Hint: Ponder on who or what the “you” is, before digging into metaphors and concepts.
26. Cruising along
You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but when you look again you don’t see a single person on the boat. Why?
Hint: This riddle is not for straightforward, logical thinking. Think other way round about why there is no single person on the boat.
All the people were married.
27. Bought And Stolen
I can’t be bought, but I can be stolen with a glance. I’m worthless to one, but priceless to two. What am I?
Hint: Instead of thinking in terms of buying and selling or profits, think about broader aspects of life.
28. Four wings around
I have four wings, but cannot fly, I never laugh and never cry; On the same spot I’m always found, toiling away with little sound. What am I?
Hint: It’s not a living organism.
29. Of no use
Of no use to one yet absolute bliss to two. The small boy gets it for nothing. The young man has to lie for it. The old man has to buy it. The baby’s right, The lover’s privilege, The hypocrite’s mask. To the young girl, faith; To the married woman, hope; To the old maid, charity. What am I?
Hint: Think what is useless to a single person but a lover’s privilege.
30. The wierd camel
A camel travels a certain distance each day. Strangely enough, two of its legs travel 30 miles each day and the other two legs travel nearly 31 miles. It would seem that two of the camel’s legs must be one mile ahead of the other two legs, but of course this can’t be true.
Since the camel is normal, how is this situation possible?
Hint: Think of the direction that the camel must be moving so that the two of the camel’s legs travel a greater distance than the other two legs.
The camel operates a mill and travels in a circular clockwise direction. The two outside legs will travel a greater distance than the two inside legs.
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