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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Are you able to find me in second(s)?

Found somewhere in Peru, I am well behaved and follow the queue. Flipped from the left to right, In a name to the children's like. Switch places with you and me, A comfort place ...
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Queen of all Riddles

I am the leader of merchants, I am the only one of my kind, Yet the smallest of eight. Look up and you'll find me, Or down in the earth. I'll tell you when it's hot or cold. I was ...
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Secure and unhurt

I'm fast asleep, I'm secure and unhurt. The argument's valid, I firmly assert. A body of water, a deafening alert, a tool used by doctors, I'm found in concerts. What am I?
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One, Two, Three, Four, …, Five, Six, Seven, Riley!

My first may sometimes hold my all. My last may sometimes strike a ball. Between, may sometimes make a shawl. And people sometimes say we're small.
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A relaxing glass of Shiraz

You see, I am that what makes you able. What I am is an element stable. Without me a name for oneself's lacking. I'm in fish, Thai, Shiraz and unpacking. You can try and guess what with ...
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A globetrotting riddle, with a twist

This is an entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36: Twisted Classics 1. First time doing an FTC, so let me know what you think. Let's take a little trip around the world, shall we? Make sure to ...
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I'm famously rectangular [closed]

I'm famously rectangular Sometimes it's dark Sometimes it's not I'm penetrable and deep I'm a joy for the kids But if you use me while I'm wet, You might get killed!
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I am taken from a mine, and enclosed up in a wooden case, from which I am never let out, and yet I am used by most people. What am I? [closed]

I am taken from a mine, and enclosed up in a wooden case, from which I am never let out, and yet I am used by most people. What am I? I've been told this riddle, and so far haven't found out the ...
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I am a shape and yet I'm a letter

I take direction and help find density. I am the graph of a function where none of it is negative. But I am not used to make equations Nor am I one to raise to power. What am I?
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A simple four line Riddle

Tirelessly I hammer away yet over time my work frays Making things both new and old but what I make one cannot hold Who or What am I? Edit: Changed last line to rhyme better, credit to ...
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Rock Paper Scissors - Alter Egos

I spoke to Rock, Paper, and Scissors recently and asked them how they deal with their respective nemeses. Rock said: If I spend enough time around scissors, they’ll have a hard time moving ...
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Tricky T Tribute (or: Humble H Homage)

I made up a bunch of riddles over the weekend and wrote them on a stack of cards. Unfortunately, I dropped the stack outdoors. The cards blew everywhere and one of the riddles is missing. Can you ...
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Your magic is very sketchy

Your magic is very sketchy... When I'm put under pressure my insides fall out The lower I fall the darker my snout I own a magic hat that makes things disappear As I shed my skin, ...
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I work miracles. What am I?

I go from water to stone, I am the shades of a rainbow, I help the blind see, I help the thirsty drink, What am I?
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Which US city is it?

This is a more advanced punzzle with a first level based on the same concept as this one. Each of the questions below is answered by the name of a US city which could be pronounced in a way that has ...
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The Riddle of Life, to Ease all Your Strife

-- Side Story: Please skip ahead if you want the riddle -- Intro: Everyone knows of The Oracle: After months of dodging dragons and trolls and sneaky gods and the wrath of the entire world, you are ...
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Riddle to code, What am I saying?

The First provides me with gadgets. The Second is seven doubled. The Third is at the begin of endings. The Fourth is difficult to differentiate in certain languages. The Fifth is in the start ...
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Hints Among Confusion

The Roman gods hid treasure In robes of rose and green A stone lay at the center And gold was in between Fetched by a dog named rover Lee in "Show Me" was seen Sir, move if you are clever ...
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The PSE School of Enigmatics (Part 1)

Update: I fixed up the second image, making it (perhaps) a little bit easier to crack. You leap out of your bed. Today's the day! You check your mailbox, and wow, there it is! The frayed look of the ...
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A Paper Record is What I Hamper

I can be used to mark your place, When, with less than ten, you will face, I can be found at your feet, There is a flat surface at my peak, I come in once the votes are cast, With me you ...
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Riddle - Divided by a wall

I remember hearing this riddle when I was young. Divided by a wall, N and S. Tunnels in between, but no one pass. The West has more, and the East has less. Less is more, but More is less. ...
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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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Two-line “Who am I?” riddle [closed]

John is a man living in London. One day, his friend, a riddle maker, sent him a riddle: I can change but not eliminate Less than no in three have me Who am I? John couldn't solve the riddle. ...
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Beware - this riddle might kill you!

The answer to this riddle is a single word. It should be slightly harder than my simultaneously posted Riddle with a twist, but still fairly easy. From the middle of the sun through all the rain, ...
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I have three brothers

The number of brothers I have is three Though they each deny knowing me Each of them I can swiftly defeat Yet they do not accept they're beat For each shall claim at last "Cheated, thou hast"...
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Help me fix my toilet

It's always the same. There isn't any room left to dispose of the waste due to the lack of a bend. Always the same. Are there lots of socks in there? Or just a couple? Or just one? ...
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Twins. Who are they?

You can find both in Istanbul, but none in water They are the same size, but one of them is smaller In some fields they can cause confusion But if one grows, it will break the illusion ...
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I can be white, I can be pink. What am I?

I am generally white, but I can also be pink. I am popular. You can't live without me, but I can kill you. I am usually bigger than you would use me. Sometimes you add elements ...
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Welcome to Prison

Welcome to the prison! You're here to have fun, so get into your cell. Make sure to get into the right one, just check with the other inmates, to be sure. You will be in one of the 9 ...
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Identify the twins and cousins!

Let me tell you about four friends of mine. They're a close-knit bunch: two pairs of twins who are cousins to each other. The first guy is Adam. He's a devout Christian, going to church every week. ...
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Jester and a Monarch

A jester comes to court one day and entertains the crowd. At one point he makes a remark that reflects poorly of the monarch's intelligence. To preserve his dignity, the monarch challenges the jester ...
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Name the sword aloud to save the castle from the monster

One morning the castle awoke to a shout: "A monster's attacking, come quick!" "Call for the wizard", said somebody else, "He'll save us - his favourite trick". They called him 'Ard Merlin ...
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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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Riley Riddle because you know you want to

Riley Riddle My prefix is humble, my suffix is prime, My infix assisted a Russian in crime, I know all the secrets of this little town And if you need me, just look around. What am ...
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My online dating profile

My hobbies include sailing and collecting ladles. I'm a bit on the heavy side, but people still tell me I'm hot. My spirit animal is a bear, and I never go anywhere without my six best friends. ...
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Was it a cat I saw?

One night whilst walking beside the road I glimpsed something move, and so I slowed It must be a cat, to be so spry but it looked much redder to my eye It disappeared behind a tree What kind of ...
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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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Here I am. What am I?

I have been since nearly the beginning. I endure nearly to the end of all time. At first, I was the one that came after. Now, I am the one that comes before. I am $-1$. I am $3$ ...
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A Riddle Like a Phoenix

Set right within a wood, you see An army group with energy. Addendum in the heart may be Guffawing inappropriately. Behold! O sad remains the key That holds the ace front backwardly The ...
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I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains

I can be found near gentle green hills and stony mountains, Alongside the gas in the clouds and the iron of the earth, At times I can be white and frosty, red and fiery, or blue and stormy, What am ...
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Stare long enough and you will have found the answer

Good luck starting this puzzle. You'll stop where you always do. My middle is in the ending. You can see on the outside that I skipped school, but beneath that you'll find I'm deeper. What am I? ...
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I surround men on all sides

I surround men on all sides, I make them deaf, and I escort them to oblivion—and yet they love me. They have shed the blood of others to obtain me. I appear harmless and yet pierce those who approach ...
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WHAT?! AM I BOTHERING YOU?

So often forgotten, unless accidentally used, How am I so rotten; why am I so often abused? I'm loud and obnoxious, it's obvious when I'm there, For I'm not for the cautious, you might use me ...
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Individually I can show you the way [closed]

Disaster strengthens me I bend what you see Individually I can show you the way I am alive night and day What am I? First time poster here. Thought I would give my first riddle a shot, also ...
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A long riddle: My First is in Apple but not in Lear, …

My First is in Apple but not in Lear My Second is in Fiona and also in Flower My Third is in Integrate and also Interrogate My Fourth is in Neon and Never an "E" My Fifth is not coffee, of course not ...
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Riddle Poem: It can be a celebrity and nothing at once

I just wrote this poem. I hope you guys like it. This thing can be so tiny, That's when it has the most variety. Standing up straight it is surrounded, Otherwise it can make things ...
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Word of the Day #1

Test run of a possible series of "word of the day" riddles! With a light source, I resemble a star; Once fortified, I'm alone at the bar. Then, come the fifth, I shall sail away - Tell me, what am ...
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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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A man I met at a bathhouse that would have been totally quiet if not for the rain outside

DISCLAIMER: This is a mostly fictional story. It's been an incredibly busy start to the year, I've barely had time to rest or relax. So, when I had a free Saturday night a few weeks ago, I went to ...
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Slowly decaying vehicles

It cannot quite talk back (Well, almost cannot), Nor used to measure value. It's sticky but not brown. Clad in warning colours, But ever so good to eat. Often found in winter To make ...