100+ Hard Riddles to Solve

Riddles entail a word puzzle where players ask each other confusing questions, and they have to figure out the meaning. The key to solving riddles is to realize that one of the words is being used in an unexpected way.

There’s no doubt that these hard riddles will have your brain working at full capacity if you badly want to solve them. Similar to playing trivia games, solving these riddles will not only challenge your brain but also encourage you to think outside the box.

Hard Riddles to Solve

The following fun riddles may be harder than others, and if you found them difficult, we have provided answers to guide you accordingly. So, see if the people around you possess stellar problem-solving abilities by challenging them with these hard riddles.

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Explore the following hard riddles and see how you perform!


1. What word starts with E and ends with E but only has one letter in it?

An envelope


2. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I?

An echo


3. It’s shorter than the rest, but when you’re happy, you raise it like it’s the best. What is it?

A thumb


4. You measure my life in hours, and I serve you by expiring. I’m quick when I’m thin and slow when I’m fat. The wind is my enemy.

A candle


5. You can carry it everywhere you go, and it does not get heavy. What is it?

Your name


6. I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?

A map


7. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?



8. What is seen in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of either month?

The letter “R.”


9. The more there is, the less you see. What am I?



10. You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but when you look again you don’t see a single person on the boat. Why?

All the people were married.


11. What is full of holes but still holds a lot of water?

A sponge


12. What English word has three consecutive double letters?



13. A word I know, six letters it contains, removes one letter, and twelve remains. What am I?



14. A woman shoots her husband, then holds him underwater for five minutes. Next, she hangs him. Right after, they enjoy a lovely dinner. Explain.

She took a picture of him and developed it in her darkroom.


15. A barrel of water weighs 60 pounds. What must you put in it for it to weigh 40 pounds?

A hole


16. What word of five letters has only one left when two letters are removed?



17. I come from a mine and get surrounded by wood always. Everyone uses me. What am I?


18. If you have it and you show it to other people, I’m gone. What am I?

A secret


19. What disappears as soon as you say its name?



20. What word looks the same upside down and backward?



21. How do football players stay cool during a game?

They stand next to the fans.


22. How can the number four be half of five?

IV, the Roman numeral for four, which is “half” (two letters) of the word five.


23. My rings are not of gold, but I get more as I get old. What am I?

A tree


24. I have keys, but no locks and space, and no rooms. You can enter, but you can’t go outside. What am I?

A keyboard


25. What is at the end of a rainbow?

The letter W


26. What gets wet while drying?

A towel


27. What has ten letters and starts with gas?

An automobile


28. What spends all the time on the floor but never gets dirty?

Your shadow


29. A is the brother of B. B is the brother of C. C is the father of D. So how is D related to A?

A is D’s uncle


30. How do you know carrots are good for your eyes?

You never see rabbits wearing glasses.


31. First, think of the color of the clouds. Next, think of the color of snow. Now, think of the color of a bright full moon. Now answer quickly what do cows drink?



32. A man goes out in heavy rain with nothing to protect him from it. His hair doesn’t get wet. How does he do that?

He is bald


33. How is seven different from the rest of the numbers between one and ten?

Seven has two syllables and the other numbers only have one syllable.


34. Mike and Pat are in the desert. They both have packed on. Pat is dead. Mike, who is alive, has his pack open. Pat has his pack closed. What is in the packs?



35. First you eat me, then you get eaten. What am I?

A fishhook


36. What has four fingers and thumb, but it is not living?

A glove


37. What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?

The letter “M.”


38. What has a heart that doesn’t beat?

An artichoke


39. Which word in the dictionary is always spelled incorrectly?



40. You are my brother, but I am not your brother. Who am I?

I am your sister


41. The first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great person, while the entire word signifies a great woman.



42. I belong in the month of December, but not in any other month. I am not a holiday. What am I?

The letter “d”


43. What has ten letters and starts with gas?

An automobile


44. When Billy’s asked how old he is, he replies, “In two years I will be twice as old as I was five years ago.” How old is he?

12 years old


45. People in poverty have this. If you eat this you will die. What is it?



46. George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee. Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking Pepsi. Following this pattern, is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda?



47. A is the brother of B. B is the brother of C. C is the father of D. How is D related to A?

A is D’s aunt


48. One of these words does not belong: Which is it and why? Brawl, Carrot, Change, Clover, Proper, Sacred, Stone, Seventy, Swing, Travel.

Carrot. It’s the only word that does not become another word when you remove the first and last letters.


49. There is a single-story blue house where everything is blue; the doors, windows, couch, television, kitchen, etc. are blue. What color is the carpet on the stairs in this house?

There are no stairs, it’s a one-story house.

50. White bird, featherless. Flying out of paradise. Flying over sea and land. Dying in my hand. What is it?

A snowflake


51. A woman shoots her husband and then holds him underwater for five minutes. Next, she hangs him but right after, they enjoy a nice dinner together. How is this possible?

She took a photo of her husband and then developed it in her darkroom before dinner


52. My thunder comes before the lightning. My lightning comes before the clouds. My rain dries all the land it touches. What am I?

A volcano


53. What has roots that no one sees and looms much taller than trees? Up it goes but yet it never grows; what is it?



54. Who has a neck and no head, two arms and no hands?

A shirt


55. Two fathers and two sons come home from the mall. Yet when they arrive home, only three people get out of the car. How is this possible?

They are a grandfather, father, and son.


56. Who spends the day at the window, goes to the table for meals, and hides at night?

A fly


57. What is able to go up a chimney when down but unable to go down a chimney when up?

An umbrella


58. Steve was murdered on Saturday afternoon. His wife said she was reading. The doorman said he was in the shower. The chef said he was making breakfast. The gardener was pruning hedges. From the information given, who committed the murder?

The chef because Steve was murdered in the afternoon yet the chef’s alibi was that he was making breakfast.


59. You see a boat filled with people. It has not sunk, but when you look again you don’t see a single person on the boat. Why?

All the passengers are married.


60. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?



61. It’s best to put this coat on wet.

A coat of paint


62. A man calls his dog from the opposite side of the river. The dog crosses the river without getting wet, and without using a bridge or boat.

The river was frozen


63. A woman shoots her husband. She plunges him underwater for several minutes, then hangs him. Right after, they enjoy a lovely dinner. What happened?

She took a picture of him and developed it in her dark room.


64. I am always hungry and will die if not fed, but whatever I touch will soon turn red. What am I?



65. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I?

An echo


66. I am something people love or hate. I change people’s appearances and thoughts. If a person takes care of themself, I will go up even higher. Some people might want to try and hide me, but I will show. No matter how hard people try, I will never go down. What am I?



67. How is seven different from the rest of the numbers between one and ten?

Seven is the only one with two syllables.


68. Can you write down eight eights so that they add up to one thousand?

888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1,000


69. What is it that, given one, you’ll have either two or none?

A choice


70. I have four legs, but no hair. People ride me for hours, but don’t go anywhere. Without needing to be tugged or turned on, I always manage to be ready for work. What am I?

A desk


71. I am four times as old as my daughter. In 20 years’ time, I shall be twice as old as her. How old are we now?

I am 40 and my daughter is 10.


72. What common English verb becomes its own past tense by rearranging its letters?

Eat and ate


73. What kind of room has no walls or corners?

A mushroom.


74. Spelled forward I’m what you do every day, spelled backward I’m something you hate. What am I?



75. If your uncle’s sister is not your aunt, what relation is she to you?

Your mother


76. What type of cheese is made backward?



77. An electric train is headed east. Where does the smoke go?

Electric trains don’t produce any smoke!


78. If all Wibbles are Criggles, all Borkins are Kwumblins, no Hoggles are Borkins, and all Criggles are Borkins, is it true that all Borkins are Criggles?



79. What can cut like a knife, sting like a bee, bite like a lion. Carry truth and lies but never move or speak. What are we?



80. What word has kst in the middle, in the beginning, and at the end?



81. Little Jimmy is Seven years old. I go everywhere with him. I cast no shadow and breathe no air. I don’t weigh anything and I can’t be seen, heard or touched. Who am I?

Little Jimmy’s imaginary friend.


82. I can be long or can be short, I can be black, white, brown, or purple. You can find me the world over and I am often the main feature. What am I?



83. How can you drop a glass onto a hard floor without smashing it?

A glass won’t smash a hard floor!


84. What connects two people, but touches only one?

A wedding ring


85. What has no beginning, middle or end?

A doughnut


86. Who can finish a book without finishing a sentence?

A Prisoner


87. You walk into a dark room. In the room, there is only an oil lantern, a Candle, and a fireplace. Which do you light first?

You can’t. You don’t have anything to light them with.


88. A man drove from New York City to Los Angeles in four days. At the end of his trip, he discovered that one of his tires had been punctured. How was he able to make the drive?

It was his spare tire.


89. During our life, what are two things we will do but will never remember?

Breathe our first breath and last breath.


90. Which candles burn longer. Church candles or Birthday cake candles?

Neither. Candles only burn shorter.


91. When I was going to my local shop I saw a man and his wife and their two children. How many people were going to the shop?

Only 1 person was going to the shop, me.


92. Seymour wants to travel around the world. He had only travelled halfway around the world before he had to start travelling back home. Why was this?

If you travel halfway around the world away from your starting point the next half you start to travel back towards your starting point.


93. What can be given and can be accepted, is worth a great deal but costs nothing yet has no monetary value?

An apology


94. In a room there is a king, a queen and two twins but nobody is in the room? How is this?

They are all beds.


95. Mary, Anne, Martha and Isobel are all best friends and sisters but each of them is an only child. How is this possible?

They are all Nuns.


96. I bend but I never break. What am I?



97. Why are penguins not afraid of being eaten by polar bears?

Penguins live at the North pole and Polar bears at the South pole.


98. Which is the only number that when divided by itself does not equal 1?



99. Although Lions are feared and fierce creatures, they never attack Tigers or bears. Why is this?

Lions are native to Africa and there are no Tigers.


100. What is something that you have but you can’t touch, you can change whenever you want and you use every day but have never seen me. What am I?

Your mind


101. I stick so strongly, yet I am not sticky in the slightest. What am I?

A magnet


102. What can you catch, but not throw?



103. What waves but never says goodbye?



104. People buy me to eat but never eat me what am I?

Plates and cutlery.


105. When is a door not a door?

When it is ajar.


106. What’s black and white and red all over?



107. As I was walking across the London Bridge, I met a man who drew his hat and drew his cane, and in this riddle, I said his name. What is it?




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