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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 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 ...
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The Late Queen Gives in to Remorse - Reverse Hangman

Add a "C", I am what has been, Add a "G", I might be a queen, Add a "P", I'll turn away from sin Add an "L" and I may just give in. This is a Reverse Hangman puzzle, see here for an example. ...
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Here's what I do, tell me what I am

As a whole, I can Decide how serious or down-to-earth you are, Arrange a trip for you, or even Pull your leg! Remove the first three vital letters of me, and I am Dying of gloom and dullness, ...
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What number should be the answer to this question?

Now that my first puzzle's done and gone it wont be so easy to solve the rest. I've begun to write with reestablished rules. If I've not got your attention I'll start trying harder. So weigh the ...
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What a peculiar animal

One day, as I was wandering in the forest, I came across a most peculiar animal. It came right in front of me and said to me: I watch I salute I am multiple I am myself I sting I dig I ...
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A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever!

I...I've just seen something. Something wonderful. Something beautiful. I don't know what it is...I don't have the least idea, to be honest. But, its innate beauty is unmistakable. $\qquad\qquad\...
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Salt, pepper, herbs and spices

This puzzle is dedicated to an avid violinist. Who is the violinist? I got lots of upvotes for my previous "one-liner wonder" so thank you very much! Since you guys liked it, I have made another. ...
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Who are these hitmen?

There are only 3 hitmen in the city. Here is what each had to say: Perry Don't be fooled by my size. Perry is the go-to name in this city for bringing about "timely endings." Not surprisingly, I'm ...
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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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Confessions of a Riddle Junkie

I'm $\bbox[#fff9c3]{\color{#fff9c3}{\textbf{NO PEEKING!}}}$ and I am alcoholic. I sometimes also take pot; it makes me kind of casual. And crack too, because it makes me highly skilled. As you can ...
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Solving the Same Riddle Twice

My prefix tries to scout out the concealed My suffix reacts to an electric field My infix has a rodent, but not in the middle .. But isn't there a better way to pose this riddle? My prefix ...
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The Language Genie

My friend Arie has a toy called a "Language Genie". If you give it a word in English, it will pick four different languages and find the translation of the English word in each language. Then it makes ...
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I'm largest when I'm five, what am I?

I'm very common and often you see me, Everything's believed to be made of me. Make no mistake, I look largest when I'm seven, But I'm largest when I'm five, it is proven. But alas at ...
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The Exodus (speak the Pharaoh's name)

Once upon a time, Pharaoh sat upon his high throne, overlooking his realm, a dark realm indeed, bounded on four sides. His anger burned against his Hebrew subjects, neither young and old, nor rich ...
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I'm made up of down, what am I?

You see me all day I'm sharp I show you your way But you show me what to show you I exist, but not in your dimension I'm made up of down My older language is by rotation But now through light (...
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Who are these two sisters?

Once each month I slept with you, But unfortunately I'm a young woman. I'll give it to you square: I'm rich! Halfway to perfect in an attack. My sister makes much less sense: Her ...
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How to get water from numbers?

With six, I'm a few of your counterfeit pounds. With twelve, in your body, and a body of water. With eighteen, a body of water to clear the ground. With twenty-two, taking a car swimming in a body of ...
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Who are these teams?

Denny owns a demolition company and has successfully managed a strong, sharp team of more than 30 specialists for over 20 years. His team works well together and has decades of experience, having ...
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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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PRAISE BE UNTO HE

He is everywhere, in the heavens and Earth. He cannot be seen. He can lift you into the sky and bring you gently down. He can take many forms. He can help heal. He can help kill, yet He is noble. He ...
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Sometimes force is the solution [RTFM]

This time we are investigating a well secured safe. Simply breaking it is not possible (I've tried). We need to find the right combination! Can you help me open it? Along with the ...
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My homophone is sad

Here is one of my classic puzzles (1, 2, 3, and 4), but this one includes opposites. Me, I rise, My homophone is sad, My opposite falls, My opposite's homophone saves the day, ...
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A burning sensation

What's the burning sensation in the following Limerick? ...
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The four of us are brothers and sisters. Who are we? And why?

For convenience, the four of us are nicknamed: ONE, TWO, THREE, and FOUR respectively. What are our real names? And why do you think so? We answered the following six questions to give you clues as ...
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There are many different types of men

Disclaimer: no offence intended to Americans, Australians, or any other group! It's all part of the puzzle. What am I talking about in the following riddle? There are many different types of men; ...
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Nine Tall Men Are Standing Tall

This one may turn out to be a little too easy but I really enjoyed writing the Seussian rhymes. Nine tall men are standing tall. Nine tall men here all in all. As they talk amongst each other, "...
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If I described my name, I would do it like this

There's multiple parts to my name. In fact, I'd say there's two short and three long parts. First is two, second is three. But they're the long ones. Then things get a bit trickier, but no harder ...
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Red Herring Bonkers In The Red Herring Bunkers

Please help me! Last weekend I hosted a hell of a party at my workplace (I'll invite you next time, promise). Of course, my boss didn't know about it. The next morning I entered the building and ...
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Bury me alive, and I won’t die. Who am I?

Slice me in half, I’ll have a twin. I’ll mix things up, using my skin. Bury me alive, and I won’t die. I know when it’s light, but have no eyes. Who am I?
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My friend and his six roomies

I got a letter the other day from my friend, who wanted me to meet his roommates. Here's how it read: Hey pal! When are you going to come by to meet my roommates? Here's a little bit about ...
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I live in a quadruple, yet prefer to be a twin - who am I?

I live in a quadruple, Yet prefer to be a twin. All I can do is move up and down, and left and right. You can make me jump, but only once. I will watch my sides, If you will watch my ...
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What country am I? A Riley Riddle

My prefix can be seen in the Greek alphabet My suffix is a kind of tree And my infix is something used to kiss What country am I?
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You stand in a forest… Where are you?

You stand in a forest, So black, dark, Light can’t quite wind around the dry, tough bark. Trees are all you can see, But change your viewpoint even slightly; And a brighter vista it may indeed ...
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Inning with exits

Ice pie with mile. It'll eye something big. Inning with exits. Met a land, would use. Try kit with a Mal. It & it makes a sound. Answer is one word.
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I am a dessert without tea - What am I?

I am a body part in flames The earth and I move the same I am a dessert without tea When it comes to cake, I'm not easy What am I? Overall hint: Hint for Line 1: Hint for Line 2: Hint for Line ...
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An invisible traveller

Maybe not a typical riddle, but here it is: I can travel from there to here by disappearing, but I can also travel from here to there by appearing. What am I?
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Bob has never been a M before

Bob has never been a M before. He boards a plane in his home state. Shortly after takeoff, he becomes a M. Nobody else on the plane is a M. When he arrives at his destination, he's no longer a M. ...
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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-Yet-Another-Riddle!

Let us tell you a story about nothing but us. Unbleached sometimes, sometimes not, that's what they discuss! We were fabricated by some type, and that type had a needless lane. Magical we might ...
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A Boring Riddle

What is the one-word solution to the following riddle? Backward in your leg, forward in red ink. Stung, piece and digit. What is the link?
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I'm quite famous nowadays, mostly because of my owner

I have: An anagram that sharpens your imagination An anagram that doesn't ask for your permission An anagram that is not very original An anagram that is not very important What am I?
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I've been everywhere, man

I am a knight facing a plight My dearest one of all Lives in a tower and won’t come out Unless her name I call I went to pick her up today And though my mind was set To do so, as I ...
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A riddle I made up for my kids a while ago

Explain "Two has three, and four has three, but three has only one".
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What am I? I always play fair

What am I? A word of 6 letters, I always play fair Minus my first I am cold Minus my last and jumbled, I'll give you a massage Jumble my whole, You'll learn nothing from me I always ...
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How did he count my money so fast?

When I was in college, each semester there were companies that would buy back your used textbooks. One semester I brought my books to the book-buyer, who said "We'll pay you $41". He grabbed a thick ...
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A demigod among men

I'm the one who runs, The one who hunts, The one who kills, The one who destroys, In verity I am an oxymoron, The one who erases memories, Yet remembers every detail, The one who is black, But has a ...
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What am I? I am in theaters and computer programs

I am in theaters and in computer programs I sometimes throw things, and at other times help fix broken parts. When away I might reject you, but on election day you are sure to hear from me. ...