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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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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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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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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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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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If you only have half of me, then I am of no use

People think a part of me is sticky, but I'm not. I do have a sticky friend though. I can create almost anything, but I'm not very creative. After I have done my thing, you can't tell ...
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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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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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This party ends in tragedy (I planned it from the start, you see)

The DJ from Moscow was pumping out tunes. The house mostly bare but for furniture, strewn; A sofa for three and an armchair for one. The guests started piling in, looking for fun... 'Twas ...
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It's my birthday today - how old am I turning?

It is my birthday today Last year I had 5 candles 4 were lit the last was not But today, I'll light them all How old am I turning today? HINT: I am not turning 5 today and...
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I am a computer’s nightmare, but a programmer’s best friend

I am a computer’s nightmare, but a programmer’s best friend. I am both the cause of a problem and the source of its resolution. What am I?
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The answer to this riddle is a number

I made this up myself a while back, just thought I'd share: The key to this riddle is only for you Below are instructions, above this the clue First strike the one near the head of a year ...
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The Puzzling Times

$$\bbox[orange]{\begin{array}{rcl}\\\hline\huge\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ The&\huge{Puzzling}&\huge{Times\ \ \star\ \ \star\ \ }\\\hline\\\end{array}}$$   Vol. 4, No. 1 $\raise 2pt \tt{\large{\...
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This is it. This is the one. Save your wife

You now know where your wife is, so you hop on a plane and fly over to France. You reach the house and burst through the front door, only to find the house deserted. In despair, you slump into a chair ...
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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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Discover the meaning of life!

You've trekked through jungle and tundra, across mountaintops and deserts, into giant caverns and beneath the ocean to find the person known as The Oracle. Finally, after all your hard work, you find ...
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You've Probably Seen Me Naked

As an alphabet aficionado, I can make you laugh long into the night. As a make of Japanese vehicle, I can keep your surroundings clean and beautiful. As an execution apparatus, I make you laugh ...
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A Riddle Within a Riddle

MY friend, your luck has Turned. i've made tHIs Riddle and it is the best, anD "soon iT sHould bE solved. if it is not, then a QUIet miNd mighT let sEedS be Sown, within which idEas caN grow. ...
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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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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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My jokes may not make you smile, but at least my name will

Stolen from babies as soon as I'm born, Right from my maker by force I am torn Pale at first, weak, and infirm, Oh how I'll change in my ultimate form. Billions of creatures will toil away Changing ...
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I have three fingers. What is this?

I have three fingers, Middle finger has a triangle, Left finger has a circle and, Right finger has a square, What is this?
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Wanted: Family of 6

After many years, authorities are still looking for a family of 6, five of whom are suspected of many multiple-country border crossings with no passports or proper identification. Although no known ...
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The Evicted Tenant

Today, I started my job as a package delivery man. As chances have it, one of the delivery addresses was right on my apartment floor! However, the handwriting was so bad I couldn't even make out the ...
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A seven letter word - the meaning doesn't change if you remove letters

I am a seven letter word. If you remove one letter from me my meaning does not change. If you remove two letters from me my meaning still does not change, and if you remove three letters from me, my ...
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I have three siblings, but some would say four

I have three siblings, but some would say four. They say we are all, from the sky to the floor. My brothers formed a band, but I wasn't invited. Without me, you and the reaper will soon be ...
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How Big is Your Vocabulary?

Can you guess what I am? Sometimes I hang out with the Pope, Other times I spend my time in the country. I do not have just one correct spelling, but two. A botanist would describe ...
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Find the treasure before Dargloc does

Some time ago I met an old man who handed me a scrap of paper and told me: Dargloc - the treasure hunter is searching. You must be quicker. The key to success is to obey the rule: "If Dargloc rests ...
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Is the magic liquid in the bottle safe to drink?

You buy a bottle with a letter from the merchant, the merchant tells you that when you drink the liquid in the bottle it grants you eternal life, he supposedly deciphered this from the letter. ...
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Famous eater. Who am I?

Although I've never been interviewed, I'm famous all over the world. People love to watch me eat, But some disapprove of my habits. I don't mind working for my food, And I like to eat on the run. ...
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Are you clever enough?

I'm always in your thoughts, technically twice If displayed correctly, just to be precise If you see my left you will call me a con and it would tear me apart if you called me John Take down a note ...
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I am both lock and key - who am I?

Enter! Small or large, as the case may be I'll assist you - it's easy! - I'm both lock and key Who am I?
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I last billions of years or a couple of milliseconds

Please help. I've given this riddle much thought and can't get anywhere. I last billions of years or a couple of milliseconds. I embody the Jurassic period and the Renaissance. I am composed of ...
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“Paradoxically my name can be the solution” - what am I?

By definition I cannot exist, but paradoxically my name can be the solution You cannot solve me, but can conclude and resolve me You can try to figure me out, but you cannot figure me out What am I? ...
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You like to have a drink after you kiss me - who am I?

You like to have a drink after you kiss me And if you've got the stomach for it, you can eat me When I am last, I am not least I'm said to overpower beasts And though I'm weak and thin and ...
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Just a bunch of dudes

My prefix is dude. My infix is little dude. My suffix is too loud, dude. I'm a stand-up dude.
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Almost a curse?

What am I? My last three letters serve to clarify.My first four letters are where famous people speak.Dropping all consonants, I am almost a curse. The solution is a single English word and, once ...
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I apologise in advance for this

A man has 17 cigarettes. He gives half of the cigarettes to his oldest son. He gives one third of the cigarettes to his middle son. He gives one ninth of the cigarettes to his youngest son. ...
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You'll never walk out of this room

I'm a kind of room you'll find in most any building. You've walked into me many times I'm sure. But you have never walked out of me and you never will. What am I? To my knowledge I ...
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An untouchable time traveller

I'm needed by a doctor to travel through time, Or a player looking for their keys. When on the plane where the great answer resides, I'm part of the whole Strategy. I can be found in a ...
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A riddle I thought of on the bus

As the silhouette of a ball comes forth Sprouts an arrow pointing North To the left contains round borders To the right lies four corners The road is split between these three sections You ...
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About a man and a bee

A man walks out of his house and over to his flower garden. He holds out his right hand and a bee lands in it. What is in his eye?
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Reassemble the riddles!

I'd just finished writing four short 4-line riddles, painstakingly making sure each line was correct, when a wind caught the slips of paper I'd been using to write on and blew them all over the floor. ...
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Nobody knows me. Nobody wants me

You are going through the belongings of your recently deceased uncle and come upon a small wooden box with the following inscription, presumably describing its contents. Those who take me, won't ...
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I can't die. Who am I?

I meet many people. I treat them equal. I can harvest grain the middle age way. I always go on, I never stay. I can't die. Some believe I can fly. Most people don't like me. And thus try to ...
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My twin was born 16 days before me. Who am I?

We were born out of mankind's unquenchable thirst; Despite my name, I wasn't the first: Because of a difference in trajectory My "younger" twin was born 16 days before me. We were recently ...
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What's cold and hard and doesn't bend?

It's cold and hard and doesn't bend, Can bring a life to a speedy end: It's neither cruel nor kind nor nice. The answer, friend, is here: _____ Your faults and you it judges well: Too ...
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A Very Weird Day

Today was a very weird day for me. First, I saw a rainbow with the colors white, pink, yellow, green, blue, beige, and orange. Then, I drove my car across the sea. Finally, I saw a dog convicted of a ...
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Between the twins when laughing

My family is everywhere, Giant and small, as fitting, I rarely live just by myself, With my kin I'll be keeping. Between the twins when I need help, Between the twins when laughing, ...
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I am hated by the world

They say I am evil: a corrupt influence, a monster. But while it's true that I have many hands and faces, I am no more evil than those around me; I reflect their vice or virtue. Yet ...
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I can turn your pet into a god

I can never see myself. I can turn your pet into a god. I can make sweets unpleasant. I will take your guns away, and you will feel secure. I can turn the sun into a bunch of ...