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20 Best Riddles Ever

Updated on June 7, 2016

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 twenty 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!

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.


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      Lee Edralas 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      dusy7969 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      That was fun. Thanks!

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      Beege215e 6 years ago

      Really fun hub. thanks

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      Article Written By Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      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.

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      Susan Ng Yu 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

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

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      finally a challenge for my superior mind

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      Susan Ng Yu 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      The answers are at the bottom of the page below the comments. :)

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      Bruce Wayne 5 years ago

      It was nice.

      I solved them all!

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      kelly 5 years ago

      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 :*

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      ZeoMoney 5 years ago

      Very tricky

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      anonamis 5 years ago

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


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      FBNaturalR 4 years ago

      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.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

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

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      jasper 4 years ago

      these are good but are easy

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      david 4 years ago

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

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      ANSWER TO YOUR RIDDLE 4 years ago

      The answer is....


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      Gertrude 2 years ago

      It's coooool and relaxes the mind.

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      Hi 7 months ago

      My fave riddle is 19

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      kika 5 months ago

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


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

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