10 Brain-Busting Riddles to Give a Try

Riddles are short little enigmas that use ambiguous language to get the cogs in your brain turning. While most people know the answer to the riddle ” I am weightless, but you can see me. Put me in a bucket, and I’ll make it lighter. What am I?” (especially if you were traumatized by any of the old Are You Afraid of the Dark episodes), there are some real brain busters out there to get your gears moving. 

Ready to give it a try for yourself?

1. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with the wind. What am I?

2. I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I? 

3. 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, And empty holes it fills. It comes first and follows after, Ends life, and kills laughter. What is it?

4. What has six faces, but does not wear makeup, has twenty-one eyes, but cannot see? What is it?

5. What disappears as soon as you say its name? 

6. If eleven plus two equals one, what does nine plus five equal?

7. I am not alive, but I grow; I don’t have lungs, but I need air; I don’t have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

8. What is seen in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of either month?

9. Who is that with a neck and no head, two arms and no hands?  What is it?

10. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family?

Ready for the answers? Some of them might surprise you…

1. An echo

2. A map.

3. The dark.

4. A die (dice).

5. Silence. 

6. 11 o’clock plus 2 hours = 1 o’clock. 9 o’clock plus 5 hours = 2 o’clock

7. Fire

8. The letter R. 

9. A shirt

10. There are nine Smiths in the family. Since each daughter shares the same brother, there are six girls, one boy and Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

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