15 Riddles That Challenge The Brain A Bit

Riddles can either be great fun or greatly infuriating, depending on how good you are at solving them.

We want to give you some riddles today, but don't want to frustrate you. So read the title, think about it a bit, and then scroll down to the answer to see if you got it right.

You go at red and stop at green. What am I?

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Everyone is immediately thinking of traffic lights, but the answer is just a tad more juicy and delicious (assuming, of course, that you stop at green).

We're talking about watermelons, of course. What else?

The shorter I am, the bigger I am. What am I?

I have an image in my head of something getting squashed down to the point that it expands in size at its base. But this is more of a metaphorical thing than a tangible one.

The answer? A temper.

There's a one-storey house where everything's yellow: yellow walls, yellow doors and yellow furniture. What color are the stairs?

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Read the question carefully, then come back to it. The answer is there, and the answer isn't yellow.

Because it's a one-storey house, there can be no stairs. So the stairs don't have a color, because they don't exist.

I shave every day but my beard never changes. What am I?

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This question's context changes greatly when you consider the fact that the person didn't say they shave themselves every day.

The answer? A barber. Although, now that I think of it, the barber's beard has to change at least a little bit every day.

Spell 80 using only two letters from the alphabet.

This one's more like it. Sound it out phonetically and it becomes clear. Seriously: say "eighty" out loud and you'll get it.

The answer, of course, is A-T.

Ten fish are in a tank. Two drown, four swim away and three die. How many are left.

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It has to be one, right? After all, if you add up the fish that did something else, it comes to nine.

Then again, if you really read carefully, none actually left the tank. The correct answer is that ten were in the tank before, and ten remain.

An old couple went on a picnic. They have five sons and each son has three children. In total, how many people went on the picnic?

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This is a bit like the last one.

Look, forget about their sons and their sons' kids. The description was clear: only the two people — the elderly couple — were confirmed as going on that picnic.

What has four letters, sometimes nine letters, but never five letters.

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Don't think about this one for too long, because there isn't an answer, per se. Note that there's no question mark.

In this case, everything is literal: the word 'what' has four letters, 'sometimes' has nine, and 'never' has five.

I'm so fragile that even if someone says my name, I break. What am I?

In this case, the answer in question is so fragile that if someone says literally anything at all, or even makes a noise, it breaks.

The answer, of course, is 'silence'.

Mr. Smith has four daughters. Each of his daughters has a brother. How many children does he have?

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This one's somewhat simple if you just read the question carefully and take it at face value.

We know that he has four daughters, and each of them have a brother. Of course, it's the same brother, so Mr. Smith has five kids.

You walk into a room. A rabbit is holding a carrot, a pig is eating slop and a chimp is holding a banana. Who is the smartest in the room?

Strip away all of the random details and apply your knowledge, whatever it may be, of biology.

Humans have more cognitive ability than any of those animals, so the smartest one in the room is you, smartie pants!

Michael was 13 years old in 1980 and eight years old in 1985. How is this possible?

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You might need to adjust your thinking on this one. There's a certain historical era where we count the years backwards, and therein lies the answer.

Michael wasn't living in 1980 AD, he was living in the BCE era.

I am a six-letter word. Take away a letter and twelve will remain. What am I?

I see myself as someone with a decent vocabulary, but I wasn't even close on this one.

The answer here is 'dozens', which isn't a word that really springs to mind immediately.

What has multiple hearts, but no other organs?

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If you're thinking that this isn't talking about literal hearts, you're on the right path.

You probably have the answer in a drawer somewhere. The answer is...a deck of cards.

What freezes after it's heated up?

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Think of something that freezes completely if it heats up too much. It isn't ice or anything organic.

The device you're looking at this on is a potential answer, because the answer is "a computer."

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