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20 Best Riddles Ever

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Give your brain a workout with these fun riddles!

Give your brain a workout with these fun riddles!

Mental Gymnastics

Riddles exercise the brain and help develop different and more flexible ways of thinking. Some are easy, some are difficult, but all of them will give your brain a fun workout.

I have compiled 20 of the best riddles ever for you to work on. Do the mental gymnastics and see how many you can figure out on your own. Answers are found at the bottom of the page.

No cheating!

20 Best Brainteasers

Riddle #1
Until I am measured, I am not known.
Yet how you miss me when I have flown.

Riddle #2
If you drop me, I'm sure to crack,
but give me a smile, and I'll always smile back.

Riddle #3
What always runs but never walks, often murmurs, never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats?

Riddle #4
It's red, blue, purple and green.
No one can reach it, not even the queen.

Riddle #5
I am the beginning of the end and the end of time and space.
I am essential to creation, and I surround every place.

Riddle #6
The one who makes it always sells it.
The one who buys it never uses it.
The one who uses it never knows he's using it.

Riddle #7
What's black when you get it, red when you use it, and white when you're done with it?

Riddle #8
Each morning I appear to lie at your feet.
All day I will follow no matter how fast you run, yet I nearly perish in the midday sun.

Riddle #9
My life can be measured in hours.
I serve by being devoured.
Thin, I am quick. Fat, I am slow.
Wind is my foe.

Riddle #10
You've heard me before, yet you hear me again,
Then I die 'til you call me again.

Riddle #11
What does man love more than life,
Fear more than death or mortal strife.
What the poor have, the rich require,
and what contented men desire.
What the miser spends and the spendthrift saves,
And all men carry to their graves?

Riddle #12
Three lives have I.
Gentle enough to soothe the skin,
Light enough to caress the sky,
Hard enough to crack rocks.

Riddle #13
At the sound of me, men may dream or stamp their feet.
At the sound of me, women may laugh or sometimes weep.

Riddle #14
I build up castles; I tear down mountains.
I make some men blind; I help others to see.

Riddle #15
Reaching stiffly for the sky, I bare my fingers when it's cold.
In warmth, I wear an emerald glove, and in between, I dress in gold.

Riddle #16
Whoever makes it, tells it not.
Whoever takes it, knows it not.
Whoever knows it, wants it not.

Riddle #17
You saw me where I never was and where I could not be. And yet, within that very place, my face you often see.

Riddle #18
Say my name and I disappear.

Riddle #19
I drift forever with the current down these long canals they've made.
Tame, yet wild, I run elusive, multitasking to your aid.
Before I came, the world was darker. Colder, sometimes, rougher, true.
But though I might make living easy, I'm good at killing people too.

Riddle #20
I am always hungry and will die if not fed; whatever I touch will soon turn red.

Answer Key

1. Time
2. Mirror
3. River
4. Rainbow
5. The letter "E"
6. Coffin
7. Charcoal
8. Shadow
9. Candle
10. Echo
11. Nothing
12. Water
13. Music
14. Sand
15. Tree
16. Counterfeit money
17. Reflection
18. Silence
19. Electricity
20. Fire


Hasumati on July 20, 2020:

Can you send some new riddles ?

Susan Ng Yu (author) on May 31, 2020:

Glad you like them. Reading these riddles again even confused me! Haha!

Bear on May 29, 2020:

Hey— riddle #16 works much better as a fart :)

Atul Anand on May 17, 2020:

I love this riddles.When I ask this to my friend they fully confused

great on December 22, 2019:

this riddles is very interesting

Jeff on November 27, 2019:

Thoes riddles are awsome they crack my friends up but not my parents my aunt loves the riddle number 2. It confusis me how does sand heal the blind and how does it make peopleblind

Vishrudha on November 06, 2019:

What did the traffic light say to the car?

Don’t look I’m changing

cat on October 04, 2019:

Who knew that number 16 was illegal

Vishrudha on April 01, 2019:

It's very good

I can't guess the answers.

Good job .

Go ahead.

U r the best

Tanatswa.Chikowore on February 03, 2019:

Keep it up

GameGrampsFan on January 20, 2019:

Hey Dan or Arin from the past

Catcutie707 on December 30, 2018:

I am trying to find good riddles! I never thought it would be that hard!All the riddles I find are just trash and copied

umulkhayr on December 20, 2018:

what belongs to you but people use more then you.

Liz on October 30, 2018:

What smells but is not alive

Robert from State Farm on August 12, 2018:

These riddles were trash they were too easy

sacla on July 23, 2018:


Tom, Peter and Cami on July 15, 2018:

I did not like these riddles AT ALL. There are plenty of better riddles in the world!

MERCY ROGER on July 08, 2018:

This is great i enjoyed so much

Marvin on May 30, 2018:

Wow great luck, those, I fumbled a lot

Tom on October 26, 2017:

I enjoyed this, but most are way too easy though written poetically

Leanne on September 02, 2017:

Get more games for us

kika on February 21, 2017:

Help with this riddle its new and old at the same time

Hi on December 08, 2016:

My fave riddle is 19

ANKITA on February 14, 2016:

could you please give me the answers?

Lenny on December 15, 2014:

1 the traveller! I do a simalir one with the kids you are the driver of a bus then is any numberof passengers on and off at various stops, to end at how old is the driver use it as a lesson to read questions in exams!

Gertrude on October 23, 2014:

It's coooool and relaxes the mind.

ANSWER TO YOUR RIDDLE on May 26, 2013:

The answer is....


david on May 11, 2013:

riddle me this: the more i am the less you see

DAVID on May 11, 2013:


jasper on April 28, 2013:

these are good but are easy

torrilynn on February 10, 2013:

Really nice hub. Very interesting rhymes. I didn't get a single one right haha. Voted up.

FBNaturalR on September 26, 2012:

It's messed up how they all make easy sense after read the answer and look back at the riddle. But when you read the riddle first and don't know, it is hard to figure out. Good hub.

anonamis on April 15, 2012:

my sister is a pro she got everything right but she only got riddle 2 wrong she said glass frame.


ZeoMoney on March 14, 2012:

Very tricky

kelly on January 13, 2012:

most of them i knew because i read it on other sites others i could figure out but the rest i didn't have a cookin clue what it was :*

Bruce Wayne on January 12, 2012:

It was nice.

I solved them all!

Susan Ng Yu (author) on January 08, 2012:

The answers are at the bottom of the page below the comments. :) on December 13, 2011:


finally a challenge for my superior mind

Susan Ng Yu (author) on January 26, 2011:

Looking forward to that hub, revmjm. And I'm glad everyone is having fun with the riddles. :)

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on January 24, 2011:

Love the riddles and the format to which you displayed them. Thanks for giving the answers. I collect riddles but never thought to share them here. Watch out for a hub from me soon with my favorite riddles.

Beege215e on January 06, 2011:

Really fun hub. thanks

dusy7969 from San Diego, California on December 29, 2010:

That was fun. Thanks!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on December 26, 2010:

Great idea. Voted up, awesome and bookmarked. This is gonna' take me a while. There's nothing better than giving your brain a workout.

Lee Edralas on November 30, 2010:

Thanks for sharing this.