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30 mind bending riddles for you to solve

Image Credit: Brett Jordan

Phoebe Simcock, 5th Jul 2021
Tags: Life Quiz Challenges


  1. What has many keys but can’t open a single lock? 
  2. Where does today come before yesterday? 
  3. What has a head and a tail but no body? 
  4. Which is heavier, a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?
  5. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? 
  6. What word of five letters has one left when two are removed? 
  7. The day before yesterday I was 21, and next year I will be 24. When is my birthday? 
  8. What gets wet whilst drying? 
  9. What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you do? 
  10. Mr. and Mrs. Mustard have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family? 
  11. Look in my face, I am somebody; Look in my back, I am nobody. What am I? 
  12. I am an odd number. Take away a letter and I become even. What number am I? 
  13. Two fathers and two sons are in a car, yet there are only three people in the car. How? 
  14. What can travel around the world without leaving its corner? 
  15. If you’ve got me, you want to share me; if you share me, you haven’t kept me. What am I?
  16. David’s parents have three sons: Snap, Crackle, and what’s the name of the third son? 
  17. I turn once, what is out will not get in. I turn again, what is in will not get out. What am I? 
  18. A man looks at a painting in a museum and says, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who is in the painting? 
  19. What is so fragile that saying its name breaks it? 
  20. Three doctors said that Bill was their brother. Bill says he has no brothers. How many brothers does Bill actually have? 
  21. The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it? 
  22. A bus driver was heading down a street in Stoke. He went right past a stop sign without stopping, he turned left where there was a "no left turn" sign, and he went the wrong way on a one-way street. Then he went on the left side of the road past a police car. Still - he didn't break any traffic laws.  Why not? 
  23. What has six faces, but does not wear makeup, and twenty-one eyes, but cannot see? 
  24. You have 10 fingers on your hands. How many fingers are there on 10 hands? 
  25. If you throw me out the window, you’ll leave a grieving wife. But leave me in the middle of the door, and you might just save a life. What am I? 
  26. What has 13 hearts but no other organs? 
  27. What has one head, one foot, and four legs? 
  28. Come up and we go, down and we stay. What am I? 
  29. What kind of coat is best to put on wet? 
  30. You see a boat filled with people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?


  1. A piano 
  2. The dictionary  
  3. A coin 
  4. They both weigh a ton 
  5. Short 
  6. Stone 
  7. December 31st, today is January 1st 
  8. A towel 
  9. Your name 
  10. Seven (they all have the same brother) 
  11. A mirror 
  12. Seven 
  13. A grandfather, his son and his son’s son 
  14. A stamp 
  15. A secret 
  16. David 
  17. A key 
  18. The man’s son 
  19. Silence 
  20. None – he has three sisters 
  21. Darkness 
  22. He was walking 
  23. A dice 
  24. Fifty 
  25. The letter ‘N’ 
  26. A pack of cards 
  27. A bed 
  28. An anchor 
  29. A coat of paint 
  30. All the people on board were married

How many did you get?

21-30 correct answers

You’re the Riddler! Your mind works like a machine and you’re constantly problem solving. Escape rooms would be an ideal trip for you.

11-20 correct answers

Riddles are still a bit of a mystery to you. Maybe it’s a certain type of riddle that’s leaving you stumped? Don’t overthink them and try different techniques when finding the answer.  

0-10 correct answers 

You’re completely puzzled! Don’t despair and give them a second try, riddles are meant to leave you guessing.

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