Need a little break to unwind with some fun brain teasers? Check out our ultimate list of the best riddles of all time.
They start off easy, and some are perfect riddles for kids. Others, however, are hard and may require you to be a math whiz. Many are plays on letters and words, so keep going if you’re undeterred. We even threw in some funny riddles to keep you going. Now, if you make it toward the end, you can try the rest, but beware: The hard riddles for adults will put you to the test!
1. Riddle: What has to be broken before you can use it?
Answer: An egg
2. Riddle: I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?
Answer: A candle
3. Riddle: What month of the year has 28 days?
Answer: All of them
4. Riddle: What is full of holes but still holds water?
Answer: A sponge
5. Riddle: What question can you never answer yes to?
Answer: Are you asleep yet?
6. Riddle: What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?
Answer: The future
7. Riddle: There’s a one-story house in which everything is yellow. Yellow walls, yellow doors, yellow furniture. What color are the stairs?
Answer: There aren’t any—it’s a one-story house.
8. Riddle. What can you break, even if you never pick it up or touch it?
Answer: A promise
9. Riddle: What goes up but never comes down?
Answer: Your age
10. Riddle: A man who was outside in the rain without an umbrella or hat didn’t get a single hair on his head wet. Why?
Answer: He was bald.
11. Riddle: What gets wet while drying?
Answer: A towel
12. Riddle: What can you keep after giving to someone?
Answer: Your word
13. Riddle: I shave every day, but my beard stays the same. What am I?
Answer: A barber
14. Riddle: You see a boat filled with people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?
Answer: All the people on the boat are married.
15. Riddle: You walk into a room that contains a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle and a fireplace. What would you light first?
Answer: The match
16. Riddle: A man dies of old age on his 25 birthday. How is this possible?
Answer: He was born on February 29.
17. Riddle: I have branches, but no fruit, trunk or leaves. What am I?
Answer: A bank
18. Riddle: What can’t talk but will reply when spoken to?
Answer: An echo
19. Riddle: The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it?
Riddles for Kids
20. Riddle: David’s parents have three sons: Snap, Crackle, and what’s the name of the third son?
21. Riddle: I follow you all the time and copy your every move, but you can’t touch me or catch me. What am I?
Answer: Your shadow
22. Riddle: What has many keys but can’t open a single lock?
Answer: A piano
23. Riddle: What can you hold in your left hand but not in your right?
Answer: Your right elbow
24. Riddle: What is black when it’s clean and white when it’s dirty?
Answer: A chalkboard
25. Riddle: What gets bigger when more is taken away?
Answer: A hole
26. Riddle: I’m light as a feather, yet the strongest person can’t hold me for five minutes. What am I?
Answer: Your breath
27. Riddle: I’m found in socks, scarves and mittens; and often in the paws of playful kittens. What am I?
28. Riddle: Where does today come before yesterday?
Answer: The dictionary
29. Riddle: What invention lets you look right through a wall?
Answer: A window
30. Riddle: If you’ve got me, you want to share me; if you share me, you haven’t kept me. What am I?
Answer: A secret
31. Riddle: What can’t be put in a saucepan?
Answer: It’s lid
32. Riddle: What goes up and down but doesn’t move?
Answer: A staircase
33. Riddle: If you’re running in a race and you pass the person in second place, what place are you in?
Answer: Second place
34. Riddle: It belongs to you, but other people use it more than you do. What is it?
Answer: Your name
35. Riddle: What has lots of eyes, but can’t see?
Answer: A potato
36. Riddle: What has one eye, but can’t see?
Answer: A needle
37. Riddle: What has many needles, but doesn’t sew?
Answer: A Christmas tree
38. Riddle: What has hands, but can’t clap?
Answer: A clock
39. Riddle: What has legs, but doesn’t walk?
Answer: A table
40. Riddle: What has one head, one foot and four legs?
Answer: A bed
41. Riddle: What can you catch, but not throw?
Answer: A cold
42. Riddle: What kind of band never plays music?
Answer: A rubber band
43. Riddle: What has many teeth, but can’t bite?
Answer: A comb
44. Riddle: What is cut on a table, but is never eaten?
Answer: A deck of cards
45. Riddle: What has words, but never speaks?
Answer: A book
46. Riddle: What runs all around a backyard, yet never moves?
Answer: A fence
47. Riddle: What can travel all around the world without leaving its corner?
Answer: A stamp
48. Riddle: What has a thumb and four fingers, but is not a hand?
Answer: A glove
49. Riddle: What has a head and a tail but no body?
Answer: A coin
50. Riddle: Where does one wall meet the other wall?
Answer: On the corner
51. Riddle: What building has the most stories?
Answer: The library
52. Riddle: What tastes better than it smells?
Answer: Your tongue
53. Riddle: What has 13 hearts, but no other organs?
Answer: A deck of cards
54. Riddle: It stalks the countryside with ears that can’t hear. What is it?
55. Riddle: What kind of coat is best put on wet?
Answer: A coat of paint
56. Riddle: What has a bottom at the top?
Answer: Your legs
57. Riddle: What has four wheels and flies?
Answer: A garbage truck
58. Riddle: I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I?
59. Riddle: If two’s company, and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?
60. Riddle: What three numbers, none of which is zero, give the same result whether they’re added or multiplied?
Answer: One, two and three
61. Riddle: Mary has four daughters, and each of her daughters has a brother. How many children does Mary have?
Answer: Five—each daughter has the same brother.
62. Riddle: Which is heavier: a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?
Answer: Neither—they both weigh a ton.
63. Riddle: Three doctors said that Bill was their brother. Bill says he has no brothers. How many brothers does Bill actually have?
Answer: None. He has three sisters.
64. Riddle: Two fathers and two sons are in a car, yet there are only three people in the car. How?
Answer: They are a grandfather, father and son.
65. Riddle: The day before yesterday I was 21, and next year I will be 24. When is my birthday?
Answer: December 31; today is January 1.
66. Riddle: A little girl goes to the store and buys one dozen eggs. As she is going home, all but three break. How many eggs are left unbroken?
67. Riddle: A man describes his daughters, saying, “They are all blonde, but two; all brunette but two; and all redheaded but two.” How many daughters does he have?
Answer: Three: A blonde, a brunette and a redhead
68. Riddle: If there are three apples and you take away two, how many apples do you have?
Answer: You have two apples.
69. Riddle: 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?
Answer: Four sisters and three brothers
70. Riddle: What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?
71. Riddle: What begins with an “e” and only contains one letter?
Answer: An envelope
72. Riddle: A word I know, six letters it contains, remove one letter and 12 remains. What is it?
73. Riddle: What would you find in the middle of Toronto?
Answer: The letter “o”
74. Riddle: You see me once in June, twice in November and not at all in May. What am I?
Answer: The letter “e”
75. Riddle: Two in a corner, one in a room, zero in a house, but one in a shelter. What is it?
Answer: The letter “r”
76. Riddle: I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere. I’m the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?
Answer: Also the letter “e”
77. Riddle: What 4-letter word can be written forward, backward or upside down, and can still be read from left to right?
78. Riddle: Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?
Answer: The word “not”
79. Riddle: What is 3/7 chicken, 2/3 cat and 2/4 goat?
80. Riddle: I am a word of letters three; add two and fewer there will be. What word am I?
81. Riddle: What word of five letters has one left when two are removed?
82. Riddle: What is the end of everything?
Answer: The letter “g”
83. Riddle: What word is pronounced the same if you take away four of its five letters?
84. Riddle: I am a word that begins with the letter “i.” If you add the letter “a” to me, I become a new word with a different meaning, but that sounds exactly the same. What word am I?
Answer: Isle (add “a” to make “aisle”)
85. Riddle: What word in the English language does the following: 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?
Really Hard Riddles for Adults
86. Riddle: What is so fragile that saying its name breaks it?
87. Riddle: What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?
Answer: A river
88. Riddle: Speaking of rivers, a man calls his dog from the opposite side of the river. The dog crosses the river without getting wet, and without using a bridge or boat. How?
Answer: The river was frozen.
89. Riddle: What can fill a room but takes up no space?
90. Riddle: If you drop me I’m sure to crack, but give me a smile and I’ll always smile back. What am I?
Answer: A mirror
91. Riddle: The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?
92. Riddle: I turn once, what is out will not get in. I turn again, what is in will not get out. What am I?
Answer: A key
93. Riddle: People make me, save me, change me, raise me. What am I?
94. Riddle: What breaks yet never falls, and what falls yet never breaks?
Answer: Day, and night
95. Riddle: What goes through cities and fields, but never moves?
Answer: A road
96. Riddle: I am always hungry and will die if not fed, but whatever I touch will soon turn red. What am I?
97. Riddle: The person who makes it has no need of it; the person who buys it has no use for it. The person who uses it can neither see nor feel it. What is it?
Answer: A coffin
98. Riddle: A man looks at a painting in a museum and says, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is in the painting?
Answer: The man’s son
99. Riddle: With pointed fangs I sit and wait; with piercing force I crunch out fate; grabbing victims, proclaiming might; physically joining with a single bite. What am I?
Answer: A stapler
100. Riddle: I have lakes with no water, mountains with no stone and cities with no buildings. What am I?
Answer: A map
101. Riddle: What does man love more than life, hate more than death or mortal strife; that which contented men desire; the poor have, the rich require; the miser spends, the spendthrift saves, and all men carry toNo their graves?