Do you remember the last time you solved a tricky riddle? Wasn’t it fun and enjoyable? Riddles are not just meant for kids. Adults can solve riddles for a great solo pastime or a fantastic family time.
Solving puzzles or riddles is a wonderful way to keep your brain sharp even in old age. Brain studies show that solving tricky puzzles triggers the growth of the new brain connections. improves short-term memory, increases the speed of processing information, improves problem-solving skills, IQ score, and lowers stress levels.
I think there are plenty of reasons why you should not compromise on solving riddles irrespective of your age.
Are you ready to rack your brain?
Here Are 10 Tricky Riddles That Will Make Your Brain Strain
1. The Bat And Ball Riddle
The total cost price of bat and ball together is $1.10. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
The ball costs 5 cents.
If the ball costs 5 cents and a bat that costs $1.05, that sums to the total cost price $1.10.
Also, $1.05 is exactly $1 more expensive than 5 cents.
2. The Lily Pad Patch Size Problem
The patch of lily pads in a lake doubles in size every day. It takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake. So, how long would it take for the patch to cover half the lake?
The lily pads would cover half the lake in 47 days.
Since the lily pads double in size every day it would only take one day to cover half the lake in comparison to fully covering it. So, 48-1 = 47.
3. The 7 Candles Tricky Riddle
A big round cake has 7 candles placed on its edges in a circle. You need to blow out all of the 7 candles. But there are certain rules.
Once you blow a candle, the candles near it will also be extinguished. When you blow again on the extinguished candle, it will reignite. Blowing on a candle means, it will go from lit to unlit, and vice versa (as well as the candles on either side).
Please remember that blowing on the same candle twice is equivalent to not blowing at all. On the other hand, if you blow on the same candle thrice, it is the same as blowing on it once.
How can you extinguish all of the candles with the fewest blows?
You can extinguish all of the candles with 7 blows.
Start from the first candle, then blow on each candle one by one continuing around the circle. In doing so you will relight several candles. But eventually, candles will be extinguished by an adjacent blow.
4. Apples And Oranges Brain Teaser
You have three boxes.
The first box contains – only oranges.
The second box contains – only apples
The third box contains – both apples and oranges
Sadly, all 3 boxes are labelled wrong, so you have to fix them. But, you can’t peek inside any of the boxes! You can ask for a sample from any box to know what is inside it.
What is the minimum number of samples that you need to ask in order to label all the boxes correctly?
The minimum number of samples that you need to ask to label the boxes correctly is just one.
Ask a sample from the box labelled as “apples and oranges”
Say you got an apple. The box may contain only apples or both apples and oranges.
Please remember that the label is wrong. So, the box contains only apples.
Moving to the box labelled as “oranges”, since the labels are wrong and you know that the previous box contains only apples, this box must have both apples and oranges. And surely the last box contains only oranges. Therefore, all you need is just one sample to solve the riddle.