Popular Riddles

Popular Riddles

Riddles are a fun way to test your intellect and build your brain while having fun. Whether you want hard, tricky, easy or funny riddles, this list of riddles and answers is sure to test your logic and your wit. While this list is mostly riddles for adults, they’re still fun and challenging for kids. For more tricks check our Brain Tricks main page.

We love it more than life, fear it more than death. The rich want it. The poor have it. The miser spends it and the spendthrift saves it. What is it? Nothing

Speak my name and I vanish. What am I? Silence

Though blind it is, it leads the blind. What is it? A walking stick

In the morning, I show up and lie at your feet. All day I follow you anywhere you go. But look for me at lunchtime and I will shrink away. What am I? Shadow

When I am set free, I float away. It’s always regretted when I go astray. But watch them point fingers to see who’s to blame, the one who freed me curses my name. What am I? A fart

The living desire to have it, yet those who have it are rarely cheerful about it. What is it? Old age.

My life can be measured in hours. I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick. Fat, I am slow. Wind is my biggest foe. What am I? A candle

It conquers the lion and the tiger. It conquers kings and queens. The all fall, overcome by it. What is it? Sleep.

I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I? The letter e. End, timE, spacE, Every placE

It goes up the hill and down the hill yet it never moves. What is it? A road.

I can’t be touched and I am weightless, but put me in a barrel and I’ll make it lighter. What is it? A hole

It’s between heaven and earth and it’s not on a tree. I have told you all but can you tell me? What is it? A knot on a tree

Glittering points that downward thrust, Sparkling spears that never rust. What is it? An Icicle

I stand on four legs, arms open and always ready to meet another person. Yet everyone turns their back to me. The mighty and the meek, they all bow to me but I bow to no one. What am I? A chair

At night they come without being fetched. By day they are lost without being stolen. What are they? The stars

Tear one off and scratch my head. What once was red is black instead. What is it? A match

A box holds keys that are useless for opening a lock, but if used correctly, they can unlock your heart. What is it? A piano

In the garden I saw one with a cheerful red face, stick on his head and a stone in his throat. What is it? a cherry

What is it that belongs to you, but others use it more than you do? Your name

There are two brothers. No matter how much or how fast they run, they never meet. What are they? The wheels of a bicycle

What always runs but never walks, often murmurs, never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats? A river

What gets wetter as it dries? A towel

What falls every day yet never breaks? Nightfall

The one who makes it, sells it. The one who buys it, never uses it. The one that uses it never knows that he’s using it. What is it? A coffin

The more you have of it, the less you see of what you have. What is it? Darkness

Thirty white horses upon a red hill, now they tramp, now they champ, now they stand still. What are they? Teeth

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

There is a thing that has no mouth, and yet if you bite it, it will bite back. What is it? A chili pepper

It’s black when you buy it, red when it’s used, and white when it’s done, yet it’s never seen a paintbrush. What is it? Charcoal

I never was, am always to be. No one ever saw me, nor ever will. What am I? Tomorrow

Sometimes white and sometimes black. I have veins but no blood. What am I? Marble

It lays on the stove without burning itself. It sits on the table but no one make it get down. It touches the backsides of a lady and a gentlemen yet neither one minds. It goes through a keyhole but doesn’t pinch itself. What is it? A Sunbeam

You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat? An ear of corn

What is too much for one, enough for two and nothing for three? A secret

It has one eye and a long tail. It can squeeze through the tightest spots yet every time, it gets it tail caught in a trap. What is it? A needle and thread

No mouth have I, but I am always hungry and must be fed if you want me to live. What am I? Fire

What runs around the house all the time, yet never moves? The walls

The box has no doors, no lock or key, but golden treasure lies within. What is it? An egg

I am all around you, but cannot be seen. I can be captured but cannot be held. I have no throat, yet I can be heard. What am I? Wind

What lives without a body and speaks without a tongue. Everyone can hear it but no one can see it. What is it? An echo

If I am not measured, then I am unknown, but many will miss me once I have flown. What am I? Time

Two bodies have I yet joined in one, the stiller I stand the faster I run. What am I? An hourglass

What is full of holes but holds water? A sponge

I build up castles and tear down mountains. I make some men blind and help others to see. What am I? Sand

The more you take, the more you leave behind. Footsteps

I am hated yet you search and search until you find me. What am I? A splinter

What grows without roots? A child

Around I go in circles but always straight ahead. I never complain about the trip no matter where I’m led. What am I? A wheel

Forward I’m heavy, but backwards I’m not. What am I? Ton

A dish filled with all kinds of flowers, yet not one petal within. What is it? Honey

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