Questions tagged [riddle]

This is NOT a general tag for all puzzles that are somehow indirect. A riddle gives indirect clues about an unnamed object or concept to be identified, often in a poem format.

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Some say I'm part of the solution

My prefix has won the fights My infix marks the start of flights My suffix you can almost solve My whole makes friendly rubber revolve What am I? Hint:
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An ever-changing riddle

To find me, you must first find my pairs, A swarm of creatures, skittering inside walls, Torturing the old way, sometimes using a chair, A powerful figure, there until its empire falls, Or some ...
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This was not my original idea

My prefix is old advice My infix will guide you away My suffix is my own My whole was not right the first time What am I?
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A most important riddle

I can burn, I can attack, I can ache, I can break, Add my head, you might find me in a shack, Move my head, you can go on a long trek. I can stop, I can eclipse, I can throb, or be warming, Remove my ...
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I am used to modify a sentence

I am used to modify a sentence. I can be used between two letters, and I can be used to swap two letters. My prefix is commonly used, and my suffix is sometimes found in remote places. What am I? ...
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Be there or be square

When it is just me I have 3 Yet when there are more, I have four My first two are double My last two can clarify Leave my middle one alone, though, and soon you'll be talking to yourself You'll know ...
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Breaking space and time

Within the vast expanse above, You can find some vegetables, Clothing for the bold and mighty, And a few figures of highest power. Within the unstoppable progressing force, One can expel or discharge ...
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A Splity Situation

I use to be one But now that is done Now I am feeling rationed out Wine party is over, bummer about Father is large, mother is small Both were once isolated and all But with this, records stand no ...
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Strange, Scary Creatures

In a land not far away, There live some scary creatures. I'm terrified to see them, Having heard about their features. They have no left, or even right, Or even front or back. They're dedicated ...
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You can make me sink, yet I have no weight. / You can make me wave, but you might regret

You can make me sink, yet I have no weight. You can make me wave, but you might regret. Give me a bird, and I become a non-believer. Give me to a sea, and I won't help you prosper. What am I?
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I’m lost, can you find me?

I am at the furthest distance possible of a major city located 7.53481e-11 parsecs from Canberra. I am at a municipality with over a thousand inhabitants. Now where am I? Hint 1 Hint 2
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Watching out over my domain

What is the word? Watching out over my domain Angry, behold my train Zooming forth with refrain Oh, I see you What am I? How many hints can you find? Hint: Hint: Hint:
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Riddle - Name the Bee [closed]

What is the name of the Bee, Which flew all over the United States in its lifetime?
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Some wordplay that'll make your eyes roll (among other things...)

Turn me right and I was nearly frozen, Turn me left and I'm open, And I was once my own reflection, Well... Before the revolution Hint 1: Hint 2: Answer:
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A bit convoluted puzzle

My beginning is the end of the start of the close My midpoint is the end of the start of the beginning My end is the start of the close of the midpoint What accessible word am I?
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A riddle to invite reflection?

I have an eye, but cannot c. Three of are are inside of me. I share three things with mother, Two with brink, And one with rage. What am I?
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What am I? A Stellar Riddle

Nothing is too hot for me As is everything else I'm the darkest and baldest And the largest and smallest What am I?
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I’m right 4 times

I can be a 2, or a 4. Split me in half and I can become a 6, but do it wrongly and I’ll be an 8. Lengthen my sides and I am not myself. anymore.
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We're sometimes obtuse, we're sometimes right

We're sometimes obtuse, we're sometimes right. We have eight sides, and proffer insight. Columbus likes our shape, seers like our font. As do mages, pirates, and debutantes. Who are we? Three words.
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My prefix is in the game, but I just kind of dangle

My prefix is in the game, but I just kind of dangle. My prefix shouldn't be tipped, but you can give me a bangle. My prefix is noble, yet people stab me right through. My infix goes far, yet I will ...
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Is it Ελλάδα or is it Geometry

Here’s the riddle: If taled is a triangle, ip looks like a table, and ix is ( I ) sideways, what is amoge?
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Albatross Soup Riddle?

A man was deserted on an island with his friends. Food were running low, but fortunately they managed to survive because one of them made some "albatross soup". After a few days, he was ...
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What Am I At 7?

At 1 I was born when my parents parted, And no folds were used. So that's how I started. At 2 I was famous since ages ago, But looked more like three and continued to grow. At 3 I was cover for a ...
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I've Got You Surrounded!

I'm in your house, workplace, and more. Some say I improve the decor. To measure me, you measure twice, But four times to be more precise. My pet's known for its speed. My best friend's name is Matt. ...
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Rileys From The Grave

My prefix is a veggie, My infix is... though, it's on the interblags [citation: xkcd] My suffix is to eat, in Spanish, in English, in Spanish, And altogether I am not GERMANE, but am GERMAN. My ...
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An affix riddle to dip into

My prefix is a great part of what can be found in bird cemeteries My infix is a shortened form of a capturing device's name My suffix sounds like a great quantity of matter, but prefers to dig What am ...
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A Little Brittle Riddle

Riddle I start with half of nothing, end with half of eternity And in the middle lies a town, named "Monster Bakery" Little hint Oh, and it isn't
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I do not exist: A riley puzzle

My prefix is your Spanish, My infix is radioactive, My suffix is what I am not, And I do not exist, like my imaginary friend.
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Three people sit down for a meal in France, who is the time traveller?

As the time traveller and the two others sit down at a table to eat and drink, they discuss who they are (but without giving their names). Then one of the three says, "We are all..." And ...
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Europa and Mars

Well... how do I word this... Dear Puzzling SE: We're doomed. In two days from now, Europa and Mars will collide. They've sent a message, without themselves. They ask what word is needed. one has a ...
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Who Are The Final Two Contenders, and Who Won?

Hello! I'm Mike, and welcome to your 3rd annual "Needle in a Haystack" awards! We'll have just five rounds of competition, followed by judging, then your champ! In each round, the ...
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An animal, posed in a poem

I might sound fe_ _ _ _ Yet I'm in the opposite. Do not count my _ _ _ _s It was one originally. But you can spell out A bright star in me! And please be sure that you're Going to the right direction! ...
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No repeats were found

I am a word, but there only once, Maybe absurd, perhaps naming some dunce. Find how they call me, to get the prize, And solve this riddle, in one or two tries. What is being talked about? Hint: ...
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A wall of friendly, smiling rileys?

My prefix is another country, known for me, My infix is a response, not dangerously, My suffix is a scream, or a rush, for memes, And my whole is the key. My prefix is in this clue, My infix is at ...
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A nice riley, hopefully is fun

Within these lines is a puzzle I've made. With cunning and wit, can you guess my trade? Inside the tome of the element's power, One minute per side, you'll read for an hour. A single number of the ...
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A riley: The Breaking Point

My prefix is crossed out, for ancients, My infix is a valley, for genii, My suffix is charged, for ever, And my whole is a breaking point. What am I, and why?
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A Riley: A Jewish landmark

My prefix is a verb, asking for something badly, My infix is from Rome, we still use it today, My suffix is a drink of courage, or so some say, My whole is, all together, a Jew showing you how to ...
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The riddle and its affixes

My prefix is an increase, a flowing unit, and an acid My infix, with different hearts, can be friends, fruits, or emotions My suffix can make castles, storms, and even paper My all is not the word you ...
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Make 65-57=91 correct by moving one matchstick [closed]

65 - 57 = 91 Not sure how to make this correct by only moving one matchstick.
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Disorganised and riddled

Explain every line, as well as the title. I am here, I am alive, rapidly decaying, moving all the time, I am used by politicians, doctors, or even niche artists, In fiction, I can be custom, achromic, ...
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Mother Nature's Broken Heart

Mother Nature's broken heart sighs, and in reaction start the tears. The weather without him: feminine wrath; Vestal vim.
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My prefix is on a roll

An affix riddle: My prefix is on a roll. My infix is not on board. My suffix isn't so sure. My prefix, infix, and suffix all rhyme, but you'll have to know why. Where am I? Hint (modified): Hint 2:
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Three odd objects run in a race. How did they fare? How was the chase?

Seven minutes, turn it on Put it under, turn it off Dice it, chop it, lay it out Add meat and bun and pour it out It's an old puzzle But I won't be a muzzle Can you guess what they are And how they ...
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the television: a country's finale

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: A-Countries-Journey This is part 3. New country! Welcome to the UN! Here is your task for today: Germany's Cryptics Factory: where the cryptics are always ...
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A tribe's misfortune - A short poem

The first day we arrived, under a strong rain, That night we ate pilau, relieving the pain. We asked, soaked and with only land to bribe: "Will ownership help rebuild our tribe?" But they ...
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Not cringe. Not used in SQL

I save lives, I ruin lives. If you push me, or otherwise, you'd better make sure I'm free. Else, your strength will matter to no degree. Even when I'm tiny. Hint
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What is a phantom in the dark, ghost in the light, and spirit midways?

Another riddle; Phantom in the dark, Ghost in the light, And spirit midways. What or who am I? What is the answer?
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riddle: "My beginning is foggy, / My middle is obscure, / My end is a riddle..."

Another riddle: My beginning is foggy, My middle is obscure, My end is a riddle. My past is winged, My present is dark, My future is stirred. What or who am I? What is the answer?
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Imagine a chess board, but seven-eighths wide

My grandfather wrote me this riddle on a napkin when I was 12. It took me more than a year to solve, but I got it eventually. He said I didn't get it until I had explained the sections, so explain ...
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Welcome to the Documented Discovery Complex!

You have been hired by a new company in town, their offices look like a giant cube, and you've heard the job never gets boring. As you enter the cube-like building, an android salutes you Welcome new ...
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