149+ Best Riddles With Answers To Test Your Intelligence

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One strand dangles. Two strands twist. Three or more can fashion this.

~ Braids. ~



A home of wood in a wooded place, but built not by hand. High above the earthen ground, it holds its pale blue gems. What is it?

~ A nest. ~



Three or four, I can stab through or rule the seas. You know my cousins. What am I?

~ Fork. ~



What can be swallowed, but can swallow you?

~ Pride. ~



Guided, I am scraping along, leaving behind my snow-white dust against that which I am scraping, for when I am scraping, I must.

~ Chalk. ~



What word of five letters has only one left when two letters are removed?

~ A stone. ~



What gets easier to pick up the larger it gets?

~ A woman. ~



You can tumble in it, Roll in it, Burn it, Animals eat it, Used to cover floors, Still used beyond stall doors. Freshens whatever it is placed on, Absorbs whatever is poured into it. What is it?

~ Hay. ~



What’s red and bad for your teeth?

~  A brick. ~



What kind of cup doesn’t hold water?

~ Cupcake. ~



Two bodies with ribs, exposed.

~ Ladder. ~



Tear one off and scratch my head, what once was red is black instead!

~ A match. ~



Precious stones in a pack of cards.

~ Diamonds. ~



When young, I am sweet in the sun. When middle-aged, I make you gay. When old, I am valued more than ever.

~ Wine. ~



What’s the red stuff between elephant’s toes?

~ Slow pygmies. ~



Take away my first letter and I remain the same. Take away my last letter and I remain unchanged. Remove all my letters and I’m still me. What am I?

~ A mailman. ~



He has one and a person has two, a citizen has three and a human being has four, a personality has five and an inhabitant of earth has six. What am I?

~ Syllables. ~



I follow the orders of only two. I respect the work of only two. I am in constant battles with many, Though one surpassed them all. With forces joined, We created hell, Until our mutual enemy fell. Who am I?

~ Peeves. ~



What is it that leaps and runs and yet, has no feet?

~ A ball. ~



I love to dance and twist and prance, I shake my tail, as away I sail, wingless I fly into the sky. What am I?

~ A kite. ~



Travel a mile and I will change, travel a million and I will end as I started, What am I?

~ An odometer. ~



At the sound of me, men may dream Or stamp their feet At the sound of me, women may laugh Or sometimes weep.

~ Music. ~



Large as a mountain, small as a pea, Endlessly swimming in a waterless sea.

~ Asteroids. ~



What is the end to which we all like to come?

~ Dividend. ~



There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

~ Meat. ~



A child playing on the beach had 6-1/6 sand piles in one place and 31/3 in another. If he put them together, how many sand piles would he have?

~ One big pile. ~



A serpent swam in a silver urn, A golden bird did in its mouth abide, The serpent drank the water, this in turn, Killed the serpent. Then the gold bird died.

~ An oil lamp. ~



When is 1500 plus 20 and 1600 minus 40 the same thing?

~ Military time. ~



In ye fire thou hear me scream! Creaking and whining yet I am dead before thoust layeth me upon ye hearth.

~ Log. ~



What starts with a P, ends with an E and has a million letters in it?

~ Post-Office. ~



I have no wings but I fly, I have no teeth but I bite. What am I?

~ A bullet. ~



I know a thousand faces, and count the tailed heads, feasting bright upon the eyes, of many who have died. Wielding well a mighty power, who hath but humble stature. Masses fall upon their knees, to scarce behold my only side. What am I?

~ A coin. ~



A blue house has blue bricks; a yellow house has a yellow bricks. What is a green house made of?

~  Glass. ~



What do we all put off until tomorrow?

~ Our clothes. ~



What type of dress can never be worn?

~ Address. ~



What has one eye but cannot see?

~ A needle. ~



My father have a grey horse in him yard, ride him nowhere but on him tail.

~ Pipe ~



I’m round at the ends and high in the middle. What am I?

~ Ohio. ~



If I have it, I don’t share it. If I share it, I don’t have it. What is it?

~ A Secret. ~



More precious than gold, but cannot be bought, Can never be sold, only earned if it’s sought, If it is broken it can still be mended, At birth it can’t start nor by death is it ended.

~  Friendship. ~



I don’t have eyes, but once I did see. Once I had thoughts, but now I’m white and empty.

~ Skull. ~



I am a strong as ten men Yet ten men cannot stand me up. What am I?

~ Water. ~



I’m where yesterday follows today and tomorrow is in the middle. What am I?

~ A dictionary. ~



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?

~ History. ~



What is so delicate that even mentioning it breaks it?

~ Silence. ~



I’m a bearer of darkness. I’m feared and often hated. I’m a symbol of the unwanted, An omen that leaves you jaded. Some people can predict my coming, But then you’ll forever see Things lurking around corners… Are you sure that it was me?

~ Grim. ~



What is it that no man wants, but no man wants to lose?

~ A lawsuit. ~



A couple sharing five a piece, Stretching, spreading, loudly meet, We are known to often calm, And yet were better known to harm, To help and build, our team of ten, Connects us to the minds of men. What are we?

~ Hands and fingers. ~



Although I’m not an insect, some people found me very difficult to exterminate. They called me something like ‘insane priest.’ The first half of my name means the same as ‘scrape,’ & my last three letters are a metal. Who am I?

~ I’m Rasputin. ~



What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?

~ A penny. ~



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?

~ Your fingernails. ~



It can be cracked, It can be made, It can be told, it can be played. What is it?

~ A joke. ~



I only have one entrance, but you can come out with three exits. What am I?

~ A blouse. ~



A sugarcane without joints, whose leaves reach heaven.

~ Prayer. ~



If a green man lives in a green house, a purple man lives in a purple house, a blue man lives in a blue house, a yellow man lives in a yellow house, a black man lives in a black house. Who lives in a White house?

~ The President ~



I am something that floats. But after a period of time I fall.

~ A balloon. ~



I have a thing, which I twine and twine and it is covered.

~ Weaving spool ~



A man in prison has a visitor. Afterward a guard asks the inmate who the visitor was to him. The inmate replies: brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son. Who was the visitor to the inmate?

~ His son. ~



My sides are firmly laced about, Yet nothing is within; You’ll think my head is strange indeed, Being nothing else but skin.

~ A drum. ~



Tool of thief, toy of queen. Always used to be unseen. Sign of joy, sign of sorrow. Giving all likeness borrowed.

~ Mask. ~



Why is the math book sad?

~ It has problems. ~



I am taken from a mine, and shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost everybody.

~ Pencil lead. ~



Above the kingdom I reign, Spotted, speckled, with a mane, I travel in packs, And if you’re lucky, you’d ride me. What am I?

~ Giraffe. ~



I have a thousand wheels, but move I do not. Call me what I am, call me a lot.

~ Parking lot. ~



There is a kind of fish that can never swim. What is that?

~ Dead fish. ~



Some are quick to take it. Others must be coaxed. Those who choose to take it gain and lose the most.

~  Risk. ~



Journey without it and you will never prevail, but if you have too much of it you will surely fail.

~ Confidence. ~



What is put on a table, cut, but never eaten?

~ Cards. ~



Early ages the iron boot tread, With Europe at her command. Through time power slipped and fled, ’til the creation of new holy land. Who am I?

~ Rome Italy. ~



What takes hours to pull off Is most satisfying when it’s done And requires consent from the person you’re doing it to?

~ Hypnotism. ~



What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?

~ Queue. ~



People buy me to eat, but never eat me. What am I?

~ A plate. ~



With head without hair. With mouth without tooth.

~  A bottle. ~



I cannot be other than what I am, Until the man who made me dies, Power and glory will fall to me finally, Only when he last closes his eyes.

~ A prince. ~



A way to say boring, minus the dane. Scat. Use, minus the e. Who am I?

~ Mundugus ~



What always goes to bed with its shoes on?

~ A horse. ~



Lovely and round, I shine with pale light, Grown in the darkness, a lady’s delight.

~ Pearl. ~



We travel much, yet prisoners are, and close confined to boot. Yet with any horse, we will keep the pace, and will always go on foot. What are they?

~ Spurs. ~



Black we are and much admired, Men seek us if they are tired, We tire the horse, comfort man, Guess this riddle if you can.

~ Coal. ~



I can be as thin as a picture frame but my insides have many things you can see.

~  Television. ~



Samuel was out for a walk and it started to rain. He did not have an umbrella and he wasn’t wearing a hat. His clothes were soaked, yet not a single hair on his head got wet. How could this be?

~ Samuel was bald. ~



I have an eye but cannot see. I’m faster than any man alive and have no limbs. What am I?

~ A hurricane. ~



I come in many colors, some are blue and white. While some people annoy me, I am not much for the fight. I live where people rarely tread, but you will find me close to bed. What am I?

~ Whales. ~



Round as an apple, deep as a cup, and all the kings’ horses can’t fill it up. What is it?

~ A well. ~



As I went through the garden gap, Who should I meet but Dick Red-cap! A stick in his hand, a stone in his throat, If you’ll tell me this riddle, I’ll give you a groat.

~ A cherry. ~



A man stands outside in the rain. He has no hat, raincoat, or umbrella. His clothes are soaked, but his hair isn’t wet. How is this possible?

~ Heisbald. ~



I have hands that wave you, though I never say goodbye. It’s cool for you to be with me, especially when I say HI. What am I?

~  An electric fan. ~



What has a big mouth, yet never speaks?

~ A jar. ~



I have a pet, his body is full of coins

~ A piggy bank. ~



Everyone has me but nobody can lose me. What am I?

~ A shadow. ~



What is lengthened by being cut at both ends?

~ A ditch. ~



I dig out tiny caves, and store gold and silver in them. I also build bridges of silver and make crowns of gold. They are the smallest you could imagine. Sooner or later everybody needs my help, yet many people are afraid to let me help them. Who am I?

~ Dentist. ~



In the night a mountain in the morning a meadow. What am I?

~ A bed. ~



A mile from end to end, yet as close to as a friend. A precious commodity, freely given. Found on the rich, poor, short and tall, but shared among children most of all. What is it?

~ A smile. ~



I have seven letters and am something you eat. My only anagram can help your pain. If you remove my first 2 letters I wear things down. Removing my first 3 letters is an adjective and removing my first 4 letters leaves a measure of time. What am I?

~ Sausage. ~



If I say, “Everything I tell you is a lie”, am I telling you the truth or a lie?

~ Paradox. ~



A grain of rice that occupies the entire house

~ Light bulb. ~



Squishes, Squashes, Wishes I washes, Can get it in my hair, Makes me not look too fair.

~ Mud ~



Can you think of a crime that is punishable if attempted but not punishable is actually committed?

~ Suicide. ~



Which bird in this world flies yet suckles its young?

~ Fruit bat. ~



What lies in bed, and stands in bed? First white then red. The plumper it gets the better the old women like it?

~ A strawberry. ~



There is bomb on top of a computer; around the computer are a hairbrush, keys, phone and a cup. When the explosion comes, what item destroyed first?

~ The bomb. ~



In the sky it roams, As a dark cloud in the sky, Yet much faster, And not when nearby.

~ Swarm of birds. ~



I have Eighty-eight keys but cannot open a single door? What am I?

~ A piano. ~



What’s that 7 letter word with thousands of letters in it?

~ A mailbox. ~



What makes a loud noise when changing its jacket, becomes larger but weighs less?

~ Popcorn ~



If you eat me, my sender will eat you. What am I?

~ A fishhook. ~



I have no brain but am still smarter than the average human. What am I?

~ Calculator. ~



When pronounced, it sounds nothing like the word.

~ A sentence. ~



What grows in winter, dies in summer, and grows roots upward?

~ An icicle. ~



Whoever makes it, tells it not. Whoever takes it, knows it not. Whoever knows it, wants it not. What is it?

~  Counterfeit money. ~



A hill full, a hole full; yet you cannot catch a bowl full. What is it?

~ A mist. ~



I’m not the sort that’s eaten, I’m not the sort you bake, Don’t put me in an oven; I don’t taste that great, But when applied correctly, around me you will find, Problems are so simple when my digits come to mind.

~ . ~



What has 4 eyes but can’t see.

~ Mississippi ~



I don’t exist unless you cut me, but if you stab me I won’t bleed. I hate no one yet am abhorred by all. What am I?

~ A fart. ~



I have many ears, this may be true But no matter how you shout, I’ll never hear you. What am I?

~ Cornfield. ~



A father’s child, a mother’s child, yet no one’s son.

~ Daughter. ~



A leathery snake, With a stinging bite, I’ll stay coiled up, Unless I must fight.

~ A whip. ~



With me you are blind, To others and what they are, Over me you cannot see, Even though I’m in your head, I am full of myself, I think I’m better than you, I’m a horrible thing to be, Can you tell me, What am I?

~ Ignorance. ~



What jumps when it walks and sits when it stands?

~ A kangaroo. ~



Never ahead, ever behind, Yet flying swiftly past; For a child I last forever, For adults I’m gone too fast.

~ Childhood. ~



What has wings, but can not fly. Is enclosed, but can outside also lie. Can open itself up, Or close itself away. Is the place of kings and queens, And doggerel of every means. What is it upon which I stand? Which can lead us to different lands.

~ A stage. ~



Without a bridle, or a saddle, across a thing I ride a-straddle. And those I ride, by help of me, though almost blind, are made to see. What am I?

~ Spectacles. ~



What gets whiter the dirtier that it gets?

~ A chalkboard. ~



I have a mouth on my head and eat everything. What am I?

~ A backpack. ~



What do people want the least on their hands?

~ Handcuffs. ~



First you see me in the grass dressed in yellow gay; next I am in dainty white, then I fly away. What am I?

~ A dandelion. ~



What goes in the water black and comes out red?

~ A lobster. ~



Thousands of these come together to make a digital image. What is it?

~ Pixel. ~



What English word has three consecutive double letters?

~ Bookkeeper. ~



We are five little objects of an everyday sort, You will find us all in a tennis court.

~ Vowels. ~



Sometimes I am light, sometimes I am dark. What am I?

~ Chocolate. ~



A three-letter word I’m sure you know, I can be on a boat or a sleigh in the snow, I’m pals with the rain and honor a king, But my favorite use is attached to a string. What am I?

~ A bow. ~



Twigs but no roots leaves but no shoots; Faring forever over the sand. Filmmakers love me But ranchers, they hate me. I came here from Russia Isn’t life grand?

~ Russian Thistle. ~



I never ask questions, but always answered. What am I?

~ A doorbell. ~



When the creeper passes, all the grass kneels.

~ Plow. ~



Your reflection can be seen here, as long as you’re not moving.

~ Water. ~



What type of house weighs the least?

~ A lighthouse. ~



Of these things – I have two. One for me – and one for you. And when you ask about the price, I simply smile and nod twice.

~ Sharing. ~



Though I should be unique, you’ve made most of us the same. I would be stronger, if my characters were stranger.

~ A password. ~



Big as a biscuit, deep as a cup, but even a river can’t fill it up. What is it?

~ A strainer. ~



I ate one and threw away two.

~ Oyster. ~



A harvest sown and reaped on the same day In an unplowed field, Which increases without growing, Remains whole though it is eaten Within and without, Is useless and yet The staple of nations.

~ A war. ~



A long snake that smokes. What am I?

~ Train. ~



How many months have 28 days?

~ All twelve months. ~



Who is it that rows quickly with four oars but never comes out under his own roof?

~  A turtle. ~



My first is 3 letters, the mixed around, to make a different, new kind of sound. My second is a word often used to describe something that has an amazing vibe. My third is a number, that part is true. It comes right after zero and right before two. Who am I?

~ The epic one. ~



I grow for a surface, even if you cut me. I continue to grow even after death.

~ Human hair. ~



I am not alive but I grow. I don’t have lungs but I need air. What am i?

~ Fire. ~



Not a priest, not a king but wears different kinds of clothes.

~ Clothesline. ~

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