Riddles For Adults

Riddles are the all-time favorite game, for both adults and kids. Some riddles can be funny, while others can be harder than you think. They are language brain teasers that use lateral thinking to conclude.

So, if you are looking for some good, hard, and challenging riddles to sharpen your brain you are at the right place. Here you will find hard riddles mostly for adults.

Don’t worry answers included.


100 Super Tricky Riddles for Adults


Riddles for Adults: Part 1

Riddle: I am sheeny gem, I am transformed, a lady’s pleasure. What am I?

Answer: A diamond


Riddle: Two mothers and two daughters go to dinner and everyone ate one portion each. A total of three portions are eaten, how is that possible?

Answer: It was a grandmother, a mother, and a daughter.


Riddle: What breaks but never falls, and what falls but never breaks?

Answer: Dusk and dawn


Riddle: If it takes 5 elves, 5 minutes to make 5 toys, then how long will it take 100 elves to make 100 toys?

Answer: It takes 1 elf 5 minutes to form 1 toy, so it might take 100 elves 5 minutes to make 100 toys.


Riddle: I am going fast, and I am standing still. I am transferring people and things all over the word. I have seats but I can’t fly. I make a sound that kids would like. What am i?

Answer: Train.


Riddle: I am going out when you are sad or when you are happy. Other times you want to hide me but its hard so please don’t try it. What am I?

Answer: Tears.


Riddle: A person is trapped in a room. The room has only two doors to escape. Through the primary door, there’s an area constructed from magnifying glass. The hot sun instantly fries anyone that enters. Through the second door, there’s a dangerous dragon. How can the man escape?

Answer: He waits until the sun goes down and goes through the first door.


Riddle: What is tall, dark/grey, and invisible?

Answer: The smoke


Riddle: Mr. Brown was killed on Sunday afternoon. His wife said she was reading a newspaper at the time. The butler said he was taking a shower. The chef said he was eating breakfast. The maid said she had been mopping, and the gardener said he had been planting lettuce. Who did it?

Answer: The cook. Mr. Brown was killed in the afternoon and yet the cook claimed he had eaten breakfast?


Riddle: Alex’s dad has 3 daughters, Marie, Christine, what’s the name of the third daughter?

Answer: Alex


Riddle: When Billy’s asked how old he is, he answers, “In two years I will be twice as old I used to be five years ago.” How old is he?

Answer: Twelve years old


Riddle: My head is red, but if you scratch me it’s getting black, what am I?

Answer: Match


Riddle: What’s smelling bad but tasting good?

Answer: Tongue.


Riddle: My thunder comes before the lightning. My lightning comes before the clouds. My rain dries all the land it touches. What am I?

Answer: A volcano


Riddle: This belongs to you, but everyone else uses it

Answer: Your name


Riddle: I come from a mine and am surrounded by wood. I help others to express themselves. What am I?

Answer: Pencil lead


Riddle: I have cities, but not houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have coasts, but no sand. What am I?

Answer: A map


Riddle: You count my life in hours, and I serve you by running out. I’m quick when I’m tall and slow when I’m short. The wind is my biggest fear. What am I?

Answer: A candle


Riddle: I have keys but no locks. I have space but no room. You can enter, but you cannot go outside. what am I?

Answer: A computer keyboard


Riddle: What has four fingers and a thumb but isn’t alive?

Answer: A glove


Riddle: When you need me you throw me away, when I am useless you pull me back, what am I?

Answer: Anchor.


Riddle: What disappears the instant you say its name?

Answer: Silence


Riddle: I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I come alive with the wind. What am I?

Answer: An echo


Riddle: If you have me, you will share me. If you share me, you don’t have me. What am I?

Answer: A secret


Riddle: I have only two words but thousands of letters. What am I?

Answer: Post office


Riddle: Turn me on my side, and I am everything. Cut me in half and I am nothing. What am I?

Answer: The number eight


Riddle: I am really light, but it’s really hard to hold me, what am I?

Answer: Breathing


Riddle: Imagine, you are in a dark room, with no windows and locked door, what am I?

Answer: Just stop imagining the room.


Riddle: What can run but never walk, have a mouth but never talk, have a head that never wails, and a bed that never sleeps?

Answer: A river.


Riddle: How many letters are within “the alphabet”?

Answer: The word “Alphabet” contains eleven letters


Riddles for Adults: Part 2

Riddle: How are you able to throw a ball as hard as you can only to have it come back to you without it bouncing off anything?

Answer: Throw the ball straight into the air.


Riddle: What can fill a whole room without taking over any space?

Answer: Light.


Riddle: Everyone needs it, and everyone gives it, but no one takes it when you give it to them. What am I?

Answer: Advice.


Riddle: What has roots that no one sees and rises much higher than trees? Yet does not grow; what is it?

Answer: A mountain.


Riddle: Two fathers and two sons are coming from fishing. Yet when they arrive home, only three are left. How is that possible?

Answer: They’re a grandfather, father, and son.


Riddle: Which English word retains an equivalent pronunciation, even if you are taking away four of its five letters?

Answer: Queue.


Riddle: A murderer is sentenced to death and given the option of dying in one of the following three rooms: a room full of fire, a room full of murderers with loaded guns, and an area filled with lions who haven’t eaten in years. Which room should he choose?

Answer: The space with the lions because if they haven’t eaten in years then they’re already dead.


Riddle: More you create the more you leave behind. What am I?

Answer: Footprints


Riddle: A man is running away from home. He turns left and keeps running. After a while, he turns left again and keeps running. Later, he turns left one last time and runs back home. Who was the man in the mask?

Answer: The catcher. In the baseball game.


Riddle: I am a hunter, but I don’t have a rifle, I lay net but I am not a fisherman, what am I?

Answer: A spider


Riddle: When you hear about me, I deserve everything but when you find out who am I, I am nothing. Who am I?

Answer: A riddle.


Riddle: What can’t be burned during a fire not either drowned in water?

Answer: Ice.


Riddle: What is in the middle of the earth?

Answer: The letter “R”.


Riddle: I can fly but I even have no wings. I can cry but I even have no eyes. Wherever I go darkness follows me. What am I?

Answer: Cloud.


Riddle: If you are running a race, and overtake the man in second place, in what place are you?

Answer: Second place.


Riddle: Two men are in a desert. They both have packed on. One of the men is dead. The living one has his backpack open, the dead one has his backpack closed. What is in the backpack?

Answer: A parachute.


Riddle: What a child can do that no one can ever see?

Answer: Noise.


Riddle: Most of the times, my color is red, I am beautiful, everyone loves me, especially ladies. Sometimes I can hurt you. I don’t meant it, I am sorry. What am I?

Answer: A rose.


Riddle: I no longer have eyes, but once I could see. I have a mouth, but I can’t talk, now I’m white and empty. What am I?

Answer: A skull.


Riddle: What are you able to hold in your right but never in your left hand?

Answer: Your left hand.


Riddle: Everyone comes and goes they hold it in their hand?

Answer: The door.


Riddle: How many months have 28 days?

Answer: All 12 months


Riddle: What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?

Answer: The letter “M”


Riddle: When you bury me, I grow.

Answer: A seed.


Riddle: The answer I give is “yes”, but what I mean is “no”. What was the question?

Answer: Do you mind?


Riddle: I can be written down, I can be spoken, I can be revealed, I can be broken. What am I?

Answer: News.


Riddle: I have rays, but I am not the sun, I run but I don’t have legs. What am I?

Answer: The bicycle.


Riddle: I can hear everything, but I can’t tell anything. What am I?

Answer: The ear


Riddle: What has four legs but can’t walk?

Answer: the table.


Riddle: If you see you don’t see me and if you don’t see you see me. What am I?

Answer: A dream.


Riddles for Adults: Part 3

Riddle: It can’t be seen, can’t be felt, can’t be heard, and can’t be smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills, empty holes it fills. Ends life and kills laughter. What is it?

Answer: The darkness


Riddle: What is it that given one, you’ll have either two or none?

Answer: A choice


Riddle: Which of the subsequent words don’t belong within the group and why? CORSET, COSTER, SECTOR, ESCORT, COURTS

Answer: Courts. All the others are anagrams of each other.


Riddle: I am four times my daughter’s age. In 20 years, I will be twice her age. How old are we now?

Answer: I am 40 and my daughter is 10.


Riddle: Two fathers and two sons are in a car, but there are only three people in the car. How is that possible?

Answer: It is the grandfather, the father, and the son.


Riddle: who walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?

Answer: The human


Riddle: I see it, it sees me, it seems just like me, I seem just like it. I talk to it, but it does not talk to me back. What is it?

Answer: A photograph (of me)


Riddle: A boy runs home, makes three lefts, and finds two masked men waiting for him, what happened?

Answer: The boy is a baseball player. He runs to home plate and finds the umpire and the catcher waiting for him.


Riddle: What have holes but keep hold the water inside?

Answer: A sponge.


Riddle: I am present at the beginning of love; the start of life and I am the end of evil. What am I?

Answer: The letter ‘L’.


Riddle: What is in front of you, but you can see it?

Answer: Your future


Riddle: It feeds everyone, but it can’t eat?

Answer: A spoon


Riddle: What has fifteen diamonds but isn’t rich?

Answer: A deck of cards.


Riddle: How can you drop a glass on a hard floor without breaking it?

Answer: A glass can’t break a hard floor!


Riddle: What has many keys but cannot open a single lock?

Answer: A piano


Riddle: What is black when it’s clean and white when it’s dirty?

Answer: A chalkboard


Riddle: What gets bigger when more is taken away?

Answer: A hole


Riddle: I go up, I go down but I stan steel. What am I?

Answer: Stairs


Riddle: I’m found in socks, scarves, and gloves; and often in the paws of playful kittens. What am I?

Answer: Yarn


Riddle: What can’t be put in a cooking pot?

Answer: Its lid


Riddle: I can show you numbers, I can make a sound. You don’t like me in the mornings you need me at nights. What am I?

Answer: Alarm clock.


Riddle: What goes up and down but doesn’t move?

Answer: A staircase


Riddle: It’s shorter than the rest and when is happy is up

Answer: The thumb


Riddle: If two’s a corporation, and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?

Answer: Nine


Riddle: What three numbers, none the zero, give the same result when added or multiplied?

Answer: One, two, and three


Riddle: It makes the one person, two.

Answer: The mirror.


Riddle: Which is heavier: plenty of bricks or plenty of feathers?

Answer: Neither—they both weigh a ton.


Riddle: At the summer is cold and at the winter is fired, at the summer is lonely and at the winter has company. What am I?

Answer: The fireplace.


Riddle: A little girl goes to the store and buys twelve eggs. When she goes home, all but three are broken. How many eggs remain unbroken?

Answer: Three


Riddle: It is whistling, it is groaning, it is whirring, it is creaking. What is it?

Answer: The wind

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