Questions tagged [riddle]

A riddle gives indirect clues about an unnamed object or concept to be identified. It is often presented in the form of a poem. Do not use this just to mean a difficult problem or puzzle.

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My prefix is food, my suffix is rude

I thought of this riddle myself. Feedback is appreciated. My prefix is food. My suffix is rude. My infix comes in rounds. I keep you off the ground. What am I?
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Word Riddle - you love me or you hate me

With two I’m affirmative With three I’m respectful With four I’m more respectful With all five I’m either loved or hated But when I’m loved, I kill; and when I’m hated, I may save lives.
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Oh, it is greater than God!

What is greater than God, worse than evil, The poor have it, the rich require it, And if you eat it, you die? What is it?
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Riddle of the Unwanted Present

The one who made it didn't want it The one who bought it didn't need it The one who received it didn't wish for it The one who used it never saw it What was it?
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The hangman game backward

So, @JLee has posted a hangman game (Hangman- No misses left) on SE. I would like to create one too, but let's do it backward - guess what was the question, with only 1 letter missing: fill in an "a"...
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I am an expression of a deer mint - Clue One

You wake up one morning, and immediately look over at the letter on your bedside table. It reads: Dear [redacted]: You have been chosen to assemble the most powerful thing in the world - the [...
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This is important. I need you to listen…

Look, you don't know me. We've never met. But, like I said, I need you to listen... I had the most disturbing dream the other night... Woke up in a cold sweat and couldn't get back to sleep. It wasn'...
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See me once, see me twice

A very short riddle just came to my mind, let's see if it can be cracked: see me once, food can usually be found see me twice, thundering typhoons all around hints are coming daily, if needed. ...
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I make billions

I make billions, I never spend less than $1000, I'm a man in black, I'm a force of nature, I'm the original, Audiences of all ages have seen me. Who / what am I?
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See me once, see me twice #2

I had a lot of fun with my "see me once, see me twice" question, so I thought I'd make a series out of them. So here is the next riddle: see me once, the hammer falls. see me twice, the gamer ...
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A short, brutal riddle

Left alone, I'm a word with five letters. I'm honest and fair, I'll admit. Rearranged, I'm of no use to trains. Again, and I'm an overt place, warm and well lit. What am I?
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I make billions (#2)

I make billions (#2) At 9, I met my best friend, At 12, I lived an outdoor life, At 13, I broke my arm right before camp, At 15, I worked my first corporate job, At 17, I was ...
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I, for one, welcome our new

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #30: Metapuzzles... For two months, the ship had hovered above the world ... silent, unmoving, just relentlessly hovering in a fixed spot over a desolate ...
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Four Directions - Where and what am I?

To the North I see headstones, but to my surprise - no grass, no dirt, and no clay. To the South is the smallest you probably can't visit, then nothing for a very long way. To the West is a garden ...
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Simple twisting riddle

One of the riddles we used to have painted on the walls of one of our classrooms in secondary school (with the last part added in :+ ): What runs but doesn't walk, has a mouth yet still can't ...
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Four Directions #2 - Where and what am I?

To the North is a place you could wear on your feet To the South is a place that could mean alone To the West they play a ba' game in the street To the East is where Hallvard sits on his throne I've ...
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I make billions (#3)

I make billions (#3) My products are quite edgy, But most have been a bust, I'm only one of many, Lord knows who we can trust, I'm not a politician, Yet I work with presidents, ...
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Four Directions #3 - Where and what am I?

To the North, a mule may serve you in copper. To the South, you may end up rich or a pauper. To the West, "Keep it Weird" you may hear them mutter. To the East, if you visit, bring plenty of butter. ...
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What is the solution?

What is a word made up of 4 letters, yet is also made up of 3, Sometimes is written with 9 letters, and then with 4, Rarely consists of 6, and never is written with 5 ?
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A hunt for long forgotten treasure …but beware the pirate's curse!

I never really knew my uncle growing up. He seemed nice enough, but I got the sense from the distant, troubled look in his eyes that there was at least some truth to the rumours... Years before I was ...
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I can be 22 intrinsically and have a possible range between 22 and 96 (44 at the start)

I can be formed in many ways, and four parts are always involved. Sometimes the formation can happen with all four parts at once, but sometimes some parts come later than the others. The highest ...
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How do I write a “solid” Riddle?

This is about the objective interpretations/assessment/quantification of riddles. Let us define a riddle as a type of puzzle relying on the usage of only language and context. Using precise English ...
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Riddled and Dismembered

The following is a riddle. Do not solve the riddle. Instead, explain the title. My top is tilted to the light, A trumpet, almost, in its form You court a woman? There I am. I please, palliate,...
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How do you come up with a good classic rhyme riddle?

I'm asking about classic riddles as they appear in books and kids' literature, based on metaphors - not maths problems or tasks, or deceitful questions but just an old good-natured rhyme describing ...
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That's a story for another time

I'm a fan of nested puzzles, and especially puzzles that tell a story. I'm finding that I am quite good at them, so I'd like to post this one for the community. I wish you all the best of luck! ...
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Tired of me yet?

Inspired by Riley's riddle, My prefix is a secret, My suffix sings a stick, My infix is trouble, How sad is it. What am I? Hint 1
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Guess the object - What Am I Riddle (Part 3)

I'm lying down, with a dah-ditty-dah, in the middle of the end, I'd hang upside-down similarly with my friend, Were I to flip over, with a dah-ditty-dah, it'd be the middle of the day, Right way up I ...
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I am a fiery animal

In the same form as my other puzzle here. Me, I am a fiery animal. My anagram goes up. My anagram's homophone will hurt your eyes.
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Piece de Resistance - Introduction & Ace and A's

OP's Words This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Read the following section for the storyAce Two Three Four Five ... Hey guys (and gals), I have worked on this for weeks, took me ...
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Seas Without Water

I have seas without water I have forests without wood I have deserts without sand I have houses with no brick What am I?
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See me once, see me twice #3

You guys seem to like these riddles, so here you have another one: See me once, the winged creatures visiting. See me twice, small children's eyes glistening. See me four times, are you even ...
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See me once, See me Twice #7

Here I am again, with another See me once riddle. Have fun! See me once, at the start of the week See me twice, the men becoming bleak See me once, when gambling on chinese ground See me ...
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I make billions (#4)

I make billions (#4) For years did a sharp little verse, Grow fast in our ears like a curse, A tune on TV, Did subconsciously, Cause all to spend much from their purse, Who / what am ...
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Tokyo Metro puzzle

A riddle based on the Tokyo Metro subway map ...
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The brain-curdling eldritch horrors and the third dimension

We're in the year 2016 so it's finally time to take puzzles to the 3rd dimension! So let's see what those beautiful times bring us today: (click to enlarge) Everyone of you clever sods could as ...
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What prominent figure am I?

My namesakes are plentiful, though some antiquated: A company defunct and a system outdated. One unavoidable an honor shared by few just give it some time it will come into view. Two bearing my ...
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See Me Once, See Me Twice #6 - Fanmade

This is another see me once, see me twice riddle that has been done by @Cashbee. Here is a link to the last one done by them. See me once, I am a change, See me twice, changes have already been ...
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You dirty Mind - What am I?

I may sometimes be rather dry But you prefer moist and hot. The flesh is soft, you must apply Just the right touch, don't get caught. I must be pierced to bring you joy My smell is known and often ...
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riddle - pray you can find the word!

To answer this riddle, solve each of the four lines independently and put all the clues together to get a one-word final answer. Nonsensical abstraction high up in the army; The woman with the wheel ...
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See me once, See me twice #8

See me once, I like riddles so don't be a buzzkill See me twice, tell everyone because I'm really ill First hint: I am prepared to give out more hints if needed. Good luck! Here are the previous ...
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Four Directions #4 - Where and what am I?

To the North a dusty foot philosopher was born To the South as you go, the colder the weather To the West is a brown leaf - wait is that a horn? To the East is a place to get back together I'm with a ...
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See me once, see me twice #5

Here I am again with a fifth See me once riddle. Have fun finding the answer! see me once, I'm taped together as a twist. see me twice, used by both chef and geologist. see me once, icky ...
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Room 3 of the Maze

Exhausted from the effort of solving Room 2, you try to get a good night's sleep, but your sleep is interrupted by vivid dreams of fblthps, numbers, and vectors. The Maze is getting to you a bit, it ...
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See me once, you squeal with glee

See me once, you squeal with glee See me twice, a foul apple I see See me twice, do not pass go Hear me thrice, swing up the radio First hint: Second hint: Here are the previous ...
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Tokyo Metro puzzle #2

This is similar to the previous one, however they are independent. The map is here. Here is the riddle: ...
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End of every race, Who am I?

What is the beginning of eternity, The end of time and space, The beginning of every end, And the end of every race?
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Hearken, now, and listen close!

Hearken, now, and listen close; I have so much to tell. Now lend an ear and do your job; you surely will excel. To find my hidden message, gaze on every word herein. While skimming through it ...
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The Thirteen Doors of Aj Noc'la

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. Having finally defeated the tyrannical wizard Aj Noc'la, your party makes its way through the door at the rear of the throne ...
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if you have one, you have none [closed]

If you have three, you have three. If you have two, you have two. If you have one, you have none. What is it?
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I am the first in Earth, What am I?

I am the first in Earth, The second in Heaven. I appear twice in a week, Never in a month, Once in a year. And I am found in the middle of the sea. What am I?