50 Amazing Riddles Only Geniuses Can Solve

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50 Amazing Riddles Only Geniuses Can Solve

Step up to test the boundaries of your mind!

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Fact: Few things are quite as satisfying as successfully navigating your way through twisty, tricksy, and maddeningly wits-testing riddles. After all, good riddles will transport you to higher levels of thought, challenging your intellect at every turn, and ultimately make you a smarter person. As lovers of a good, brain-melting experience brought on by riddles, we scoured the Internet to bring you some of the hardest ones we could find.

Now, though these riddles are indeed difficult, they’re definitely not impossible. In fact, we guarantee that you’ll smack your head after you learn their simple yet sublime answers. So settle in and try to decipher 50 of our hand-picked curious conundrums that we think only geniuses can figure out—and for more ways to bolster your mind, know that this is the Single Best Exercise for Your Brain.

Woman walking into riddles

1
The more you take, the more you leave behind…What am I?

Answer: footsteps!

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Source: riddles.com.

woman in thought about a riddle

2
They can be harbored, but few hold water…

…You can nurse them, but only by holding them against someone else. You can carry them, but not with your arms. You can bury them, but not in the earth…What am I?

Answer: A grudge.

Source: thievesguild.cc

Shot of your brain on riddles

3
The man who invented it doesn’t want it…

The man who bought it doesn’t need it. The man who needs it doesn’t know it… What is it?

Answer: A coffin or casket.

For more good, smart fun, see these 40 Random Obscure Facts That Will Make Everyone Think You’re a Genius.

Source: gpuzzles.com

man counting on fingers to demonstrate a riddle

4
A boy has as many sisters as brothers…

…But each sister has only half as many sisters as brothers… How many brothers and sisters are there in the family?

Answer: Four brothers and three sisters.

Source: riddles.com

prison bars and hands to demonstrate a riddle

5
A prisoner is told…

“If you tell a lie we will hang you; if you tell the truth we will shoot you…” What can he say to save himself?

Answer: “You will hang me.”

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Source: riddles.com

Snow outside... Riddles

6
One snowy night, Sherlock Holmes was in his house sitting by a fire…

… All of a sudden a snowball crashed through his window. Holmes looked out and saw three neighborhood brothers disappear around a corner. Their names? John Crimson, Mark Crimson and Paul Crimson.

The following day Holmes got a note on his door that read, simply: “? Crimson. He broke your window.”

Which one should Sherlock question?

Answer: Mark. (“Question Mark.”)

Source: braingle.com

man eyes closed in thought about riddle

7
I walk on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night… What am I?

Answer: Man. (As an infant, he crawls on all fours; as an adult, he walks on two legs and; in old age, he uses a cane.)

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Source: Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

man confused by riddle

8
When I’m used, I’m useless…

…Once offered, soon rejected. In desperation oft expressed, the intended not protected… What am I?

Answer: A poor excuse

Source: riddles.com

marking calendar to demonstrate time riddle

9
There are four days which start with the letter “T”…

…Two of them are Tuesday and Thursday… Name the other two.

Answer: Today and tomorrow.

Source: gpuzzles.com

man confused by riddle

10
It’s shorter than the rest…

…But when you’re happy, you raise it up like it’s the best… What is it?

Answer: A thumb.

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Source: brainzilla.com

Man Shrugging Shoulders about riddle

11
Has a tongue, but never talks. Has no legs, but sometimes walks…What is it?

Answer: A shoe.

Source: brainzilla.com

Man with Head in Hands because he doesn't understand the riddle

12
I am rarely touched but often held, and if you are smart you’ll use me well…What am I?

Answer: A tongue.

Source: brainzilla.com

little boy frustrated by riddle

13
What gets wet when drying?

Answer: A towel.

Source: lolwot.com

confused boy doesnt understand riddle

14
Lives without a body…

…Hears without ears, speaks without a mouth, to which the air alone gives birth…What is it?

Answer: An echo.

Source: brainzilla.com

woman closing eyes in concentration about riddle

15
You are in a room that is completely bricked in…

…On all four sides, including the ceiling and floor. You have nothing but a mirror and a wooden table in the room with you…How do you get out?

Answer: You look in the mirror, you see what you saw, you take the saw and you cut the table in half, two halves make a whole, and you climb out the hole.

For more ways to bolster your mind, see the 50 Best Foods for Your Brain.

Source: riddles.com

woman shushing to demonstrate riddle

16
What must take a bow before it can speak?

Answer: A violin.

Source: brainzilla.com

Woman covering eyes while telling riddle

17
What is it that no man ever saw, which never was, but always will be?

Answer: Tomorrow.

Source: brainzilla.com

man trying to figure out riddle

18
What do you see once in a year, twice in a week, but only twice in forever?

Answer: An “e”.

Source: riddles.fyi

woman telling riddle

19
A shimmering field that reaches far, yet it has no tracks, and is crossed without paths…What am I?

Answer: An ocean.

Source: brainzilla.com

man looking out window thinking about riddle

20
I can only live where there is light, but I die if the light shines on me…What am I?

Answer: A shadow.

Source: lolowot.com

man telling riddle

21
If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you don’t have me…What am I?

Answer: A secret.

Source: reddit.com

lit candle to demonstrate riddle

22
You’re in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove, and a gas lamp…

…You only have one match… Which do you light first?

Answer: The match.

Source: reddit.com

man thinking about riddle

23
I am soft when I am ground…

…But in the wild I am aloft. In nature I am brown, but in a drink, white as a gown.…What am I?

Answer: A coconut.

Source: reddit.com

man thinking about riddle

24
You can carry it everywhere you go, and it does not get heavy… What is it?

Answer: Your name.

Source: riddles.com

girl sitting in window thinking about riddle

25
I can only live where there is light, but I die if the light shines on me… What am I?

Answer: A shadow.

Source: lolowot.com

man riding a horse to demonstrate riddle

26
A man rode out of town on Sunday…

…He stayed a whole night at a hotel and rode back to town the next day on Sunday… How is this possible?

Answer: His horse was named Sunday.

Source: riddles.com

man smacking head because he understands riddle

27
My life can be measured in hours…

…I serve by being devoured. If thin, I am quick; if fat, I am slow. Wind is my foe… What am I?

Answer: A candle.

Source: kent.ac.uk

checking watch to demonstrate riddle

28
You have me today, tomorrow you’ll have more…

…As your time passes, I’m not easy to store; I don’t take up space, but I’m only in one place; I am what you saw, but not what you see… What am I?

Answer: Memories.

Source: riddles.com

man telling a riddle

29
I can be cracked, I can be made. I can be told, I can be played…What am I?

Answer: A joke.

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Source: riddles.com

man shushing to demonstrate riddle

30
If you have me, you want to share me. If you share me, you haven’t got me…What am I?

Answer: A secret.

Source: riddles.com

man brow furrowed in concentration about riddle

31
I can tear down mountains, or build them up; I can blind a man, or enable him to see… What am I?

Answer: Sand.

Source: mentalfloss.com

man shrugging shoulders in an argument about riddle

32
What is so fragile that even saying its name can break it?

Answer: Silence.

Source: mentalfloss.com

Group of Kids Laughing about riddle

33
A woman has six daughters and they each have a brother…

…How many children does she have?

Answer: Seven.

Source: mentalfloss.com

boy struggling to answer riddle

34
What runs, but never walks, has a mouth but never talks?

Answer: A river.

Source: mentalfloss.com

man frustrated when he understands riddle

35
I can’t be used unless I am broken…What am I?

Answer: An egg.

Source: kent.ac.uk

man perplexed by riddle

36
Feed me and I live, yet give me a drink and I die… What am I?

Answer: A fire.

Source: doriddles.com

river to demonstrate riddle

37
You can see me in water, but I never get wet… What am I?

Answer: A reflection.

Source: doriddles.com

kids raising their hands to answer riddle

38
Mary’s father has 4 children…

…Three are named Nana, Nene, and Nini… What is the 4th child’s name?

Answer: Mary.

Source: doriddles.com

man frustrated by riddle

39
What does no man want, yet no man want to lose?

Answer: A job.

Source: doriddles.com

man listening to demonstrate riddle

40
What can you hear but not touch or see and yet still control?

Answer: Your voice.

Source: doriddles.com

apple to demonstrate riddle

41
Bobby likes Jimmy but not Joe…

…Apples but not pears, jeeps but not vans, shinny but not hockey, tennis but not squash… Who will he like, Sara or Sally?

Answer: Sally. He likes things with double letters.

Source: doriddles.com

man thinking about riddle

42
We hurt without moving…

…We poison without touching. We bear the truth and the lies. We are not to be judged by our size… What are we?

Answer: Words.

Source: doriddles.com

kid cant figure out riddle

43
I have an eye but am blind…

…A sea, but no water; a bee, but no honey; Tea but no coffee; and a why, but no answer… What am I?

Answer: The alphabet.

Source: doriddles.com

man thinking about a riddle

44
You will always find me in the past…

…I can be created in the present, but the future can never taint me… What am I?

Answer: History.

Source: doriddles.com

man head in hands because of riddle

45
I can be long, or I can be short…

…I can be grown, and I can be bought. I can be painted, or left bare. I can be round, or square…What am I?

Answer: Fingernails.

Source: doriddles.com

woman in deep thought about riddle

46
As light as a feather, yet can’t be held for 10 minutes… What am I?

Answer: Your breath.

Source: thievesguild.cc

man very frustrated by riddle

47
I go around in circles, but always straight ahead…

…Never complain, no matter where I am led.… What am I?

Answer: A wheel.

Source: thievesguild.cc

man covering face to demonstrate riddle

48
You can see nothing else when you look in my face…

…I will look you in the eye and I will never lie… What am I?

Answer: A mirror.

Source: thievesguild.cc

confused man scratching his head about riddle

49
Three lives have I…

…Gentle enough to soothe the skin, light enough to caress the sky, hard enough to crack rocks… What am I?

Answer: Water.

Source: thievesguild.cc

woman frustrated by riddle

50
They are many and one, they wave and they drum…

…Used to cover a stare, they go with you everywhere… What am I?

Answer: Hands.

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Source: thievesguild.cc

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