Riddles purposely toy with how we think, playing with double or veiled meanings that usually mislead our thought process, being formatted as either a:
Riddles play with the notion that things aren’t always as they seem. They either make us scratch our heads or go “Aha!” Below are 10 riddles followed by the solution that will test how you think.
Can you correctly answer these 10 tricky questions?
Q: In a one-story yellow house, there was a yellow person, a yellow cat, a yellow dog, a yellow chair, a yellow table, a yellow telephone, a yellow bathtub—everything was yellow! What color were the stairs?
A: There weren’t any stairs, the house was only one story.
Q: A man was found dead on a Sunday morning. The only other people home were the man’s wife and his staff. The wife claims she was reading a book at the time, the maid said she was getting the mail, the chef said he was cooking breakfast, the butler said he was cleaning the bathroom, and the gardener said he was planting tomatoes. Who was the murderer?
A: The maid. While she claims that she was grabbing the mail, there is no post on Sundays.
Q: Two fathers and their two sons go on a fishing trip together. They each manage to catch one fish to take home with them. They do not lose or consume any fish on their way home, but arrive with only three. How can this be?
A: There are only three fish because there are only three people. A grandfather, his son, and his grandson.
Q: A witty thief was brought before a king to receive punishment for stealing. The king mercifully asked the thief how he would like to die. The thief told him and the king let him go. What did the thief tell the king?
A: He told the king that he wanted to die of natural causes.
Q: I have 7 letters and I am something that you can eat. I only have one anagram, which is something that can help pain. If you remove my first 2 letters, I wear things down. Removing my first 3 letters results in an adjective and removing my first 4 letters is a measure of time. What am I?
A: A Sausage.
Q: A man leaves his home. He goes a little way and then turns a corner. He goes a while and then turns another corner. Soon after, he turns one more corner. As he’s returning home, he sees two masked men. Who are they?
A: The catcher and the umpire.
Q: Trying to gain some more insight into their son Jacob’s future goals, his parents asked their little boy what he wanted to do when he grew up. Jacob told his parents that he wanted to shoot people and blow them up. His parents were proud of his career choice. What is it that Jacob wants to do?
A: Become a photographer.
Q: Bobby went out for a walk in the pouring rain. He leisurely strolled for a good thirty minutes without a hat or umbrella. However, when he got home, he didn’t have a single hair on his head touched by the water. How could this be possible?
A: Bobby is bald.
Q: A man is trapped in a room with only two possible exits: two doors that each have daunting consequences. Through the first door there is a room constructed out of magnifying glass. The blazing sun will instantly fry anything or anyone that enters it. Through the second door there is a fire-breathing dragon. How does the man escape?
A: He waits until night time and then goes through the first door.
Q: A man who is being executed for a crime he didn’t commit has to choose his fate based on three rooms. The first room is full of raging fires, the second room is full of assassins equipped with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven’t eaten in 3 years. Which room will he survive in?
A: The third room. The lions are dead if they haven’t eaten in 3 years.