Questions tagged [riddle]

A riddle gives indirect clues about an unnamed object or concept to be identified.

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Tips wanted on creating a successful short riddle with a unique answer without attracting unconvincing answers

I'm aware of this: Strategies for creating a puzzle with a unique solution. However it is about number puzzles and so not relevant to my query. I am also aware of this How do I write a “solid” Riddle?...
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Are you ready to play me?

I have a color, I have a name, You love to play me, if you are game. If I am under age, you might have to send me back, When I am just the right age, you will be a happy chap. But if I am too old, ...
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Always day and always night - a riddle

Can anyone solve this riddle? Always day and always night, You'll know me when you see the light. But don't look up, don't mess around - In these words is where I may be found. Through ...
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Quick four liners

Perhaps the most famous of all, I was killed a century ago. My fate is well known to all: What bore me, hardened, killed me. Named for an African province, And speedy as I could be. I held the record ...
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Something for the real fans

Terry guessed the key based on clues she got from Jack In a music-linked movie roughly three decades back But you need to start from a more continental track From Harold G to Harrowing (as Schmieder ...
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Simple four liner: what am I?

I have legs and I sometimes move Some without legs put me to use. I'm known to have been musical, my favorite type is rock. If you've been acting badly, you're in for quite a shock. What am I?
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I can be good in a fight

If you are in me My name on your breath Will surely begin me Yet end soon in death I'll shock you when high I'll please you when low But fail to defend me To ...
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I am a basic necessity for survival

I am a basic necessity for survival Drop survival's end and I'm a temple for meditation Repeat temple's last to electrical Replace electricity's first to sleep well at a friend's What on Earth ...
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I am used to comprehend

I am used to comprehend Add one letter and I'm your food Move a letter to be magical Drop a letter to quiver in fear What exactly am I talking about?
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Finding north without a compass

At night, someone is in a completely empty field. He sees absolutely nothing around him and there are no stars in the sky. He does not have a compass, or any other tools that can be used for ...
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I am used to keep people out

I am used to keep people out Divide me in half to gain access Replace access's end to discover your history Replace history's beginning to meet your end What is it I am talking about?
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Guess the twins with something that smells between them [closed]

Here is a quick riddle. We are twins. Between us something smells. Can you guess who we are?? Please place your answers in spoiler tags.
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Just Don't Forget it

You know who I am, and don't forget it. And don't forget what I'm telling you now: Years ago, I was in a similar place So on this occasion I will treat you with grace You have adorned yourself to ...
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A Mathematical Proverb

At any time $t_0$, let $f(a,t_0) = \{a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n\}$, where each $a_i$ is distinct. If some $a_i = b$ such that $f(b,t_0) = \{b_1, b_2, \ldots, b_m\}$, Then all $b_i \in f(b,t_0)$ are said ...
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Treasure hunt 'round the world! (Interlude 1)

If you're interested in starting the treasure hunt from the very beginning, check out the prologue! Upon your arrival at Parc Natural de la Vall de Sorteny, you're greeted by a group of ...
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What Commander Am I?

You cannot accurately predict my arrival. I seem to appear randomly out of nowhere. Without a word, I compel you into action. My demands upon you are always the same. Choose to ignore me, and I'll ...
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To have and to hold

I found this odd list in an abandoned shack, tucked into the first few pages of the Divine Comedy. Can you help me figure out what exactly this person was collecting? The compendium of organs and ...
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Yes, I mean to say that there is more

Long after the insane Mr. $\Delta\Sigma\Upsilon$ incident, you are resting in the same luxurious mansion. It is, however, most unfortunate (or fortunate, depending on your perspective) that you ...
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A children's plaything

A quick little riddle about a peculiar object. See how quickly you can figure it out based on the mysterious clues below. The correct answer will be awarded to the first person to identify the object ...
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My name is a promise, of sorts

Who am I talking about? Try to explain each part. During the square, it was a quite common thing that he said. And lets not forget to chastise the howling canine(of sorts). During the third to six ...
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Discover the secret to eternal happiness!

Your good friend told you about a wise man named The Oracle, who once helped them discover the meaning of life. You've led a content life, but you're dying to discover the secret to true happiness. ...
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What 4-letter word am I?

Change my 1st, I'm quite a leaper. Change my 2nd, I'm something extra. Change my 3rd, I'm a heavy weapon. Change my 4th, I differ in color. What 4-letter word am I?
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A Right Mess Made

To me, you are but a cafe Buffet; souffle; filet; parfait I'll be the hunter, you be the prey Slice me in twain, and leave my tail. Lower, lower, lower yet submerged in water, never wet Pick me and ...
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I hope your brain won't fall apart

I'm the one to be told at the very end just get rid of the old before you descend I'm the tie on your neck if you slice it apart and the third in the group rhyming is hard I'm the first of the ...
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My solution appEars To be Absent!

As f" solved for Saturn and Cain reasoned Stairs While one word you seek Three this riddle bears: Carved from a forest we lie A road built of bone we supply With great walls of black We are known to ...
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Let's put a smile on that face of yours!

I am so optimistic, as happy as can be, But deep inside darkness, violence you may see. To half the population, danger is my name, For after an encounter, they never are the same. For others I'm ...
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A reality for some members. A puzzle for others [closed]

I'm confident that some of the members here will find this one easy. If that applies to you, please use spoiler hiding. If you didn't understand that last sentence, then my guess is you are not one of ...
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Evil Kidnappers are the worst!

You wake up to the sight of a lamp hanging from a grey ceiling. You ask yourself, Where am I? The last thing you remember is falling asleep in bed last night. Sitting up, you look around. You're on ...
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The Anthropomorphized Riddle

Another that rhymes, my author desired 'Twas limericks and riddles that he so admired To hide a relation To earn reputation and brighten your day through wordplay inspired A puzzle I am, though not ...
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What wrote this apology letter?

Dear friend, You've heard the malicious gossip by now, and Although I didn't start it, I must confess that Several times I actively participated in it. I've come to think you are very ...
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Somebody has kidnapped Jason Baker!

Jason Baker(from Sci-fi and Fantasy SE) was kidnapped, and is in a cell where he cannot discern dislocation. His kidnapper, who has a fondness for exclamation marks, left him a very long, confusing ...
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I'm but a speck of fairy dust

A simple riddle of mine, focused towards meter and rhyme. I'm but a speck of fairy dust A glitt'ring jew'l, but only just So small I scarcely can be seen A trinity in me convenes And yet ...
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Just a few numbers

Here are the clues; I'm a riddle inside an enigma wrapped up in a mystery. Some respected scholars won't even agree I'm the right answer when you've found me. You don't have to be a mathematician ...
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Look who just showed up!

Be sure to keep watch, a tough guy just walked in. He's got a reputation in these backwards parts, and he could deliver a real beating. If there's a lady around, he'll just hold his cup. I think, for ...
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Homer's been watching TV

Met up with Homer. He said he had a word in mind, and then told me a riddle. Rough, I'm a couple sharing a pie Smooth, I'm a valley guy from the sky. What's the word? Clues: A big 'ol hint, read at ...
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A letter to my girlfriend, she would have been thirty this year

A letter to my girlfriend. She would have been 30 this year. Who is she, and what experiences did we share together? Hello... I miss you. We all do. You loved to paint. A personal passion: it brought ...
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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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A Tale of a Hero

Oh woe is he! How cruel is fate! He pouts and mopes in this hour late. The subject of some cruel god's whim; Death the gods have in store for him. Suddenly a beast of legend! Our hero's ...
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Riddle from the one-eyed king

Complete me one way - if you do this to friends, you must have many enemies. Complete me another - if you're tough you'll do this to your enemies. Yet in a third way - with this you can keep your ...
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Numbering, Numbered, Hardly related to math ;)

I number myself, for I am numbered;I am as long as I am worth.I run down and up, I've crackled and thundered.Just to come to rest upon the earth.Neither red nor deep slate nor pure white,what remains ...
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End of the Maze

This the final installment of the Maze series. Here is Room 1 and here is the previous room. After you enter the answer from Room 5, you wait for the door to de materialize as usual, but nothing ...
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What thing am I?

Many people don't put a high value on me, even though I have more potential than most. I have certain well-defined tasks to complete, but if I complete them all, then watch out! It's true that I'm ...
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Take care of me, I can give death, but without me life stops

Disclaimer : This is my first riddle, so be nice please! Also, don't forget to give your opinion. ...
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Old dragon returning - hide your children!

I'm ambiguous by nature as I grow tall after all Your puny little earth shall tremble at my call In small as in big, the extremes I will lead My address is surely some superstition's seed Abnormal my ...
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What are we? And where is our brother? Hints galore!

We can be made from addition or subtraction Our best are often a popular attraction Some you can touch, and some you cannot One with a dozen will heal you Another, inumerable, shan't be bought Some ...
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A little baking recipe

My first question on Puzzling.SE, I don't think it should be too hard. Take a bowl and add one. Now add seven. At last mix it all together and bake it at 270 degrees. What will you get?
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Me and my opposite

I am the most powerful, a group of people. My opposite was once my rival, able to change between others. We can both be found in the same surroundings, often doing very different things. For example, ...
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What does 24 have to do with anything?

Novice shipwright, seafarer, navigator. I live in a land removed, Yet my ancestors came from yours. My wife's name is a flower and sick, My tutor was straight out of old times, And my son swapped ...
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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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Met an odd pirate, where was he?

Ran into a pirate at a bar, the old fashioned kind. I asked him where he'd been and he gave me a cryptic response. Sail on, found in utter majesteer', I mean, on 'me, paluk paneer speaking s'...

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