20 of the Best Riddles People Know

There are two types of people in the world – people who love riddles, and people who pretend to be too busy to love riddles.

So basically, there’s no reason that we all can’t read and enjoy these 20 riddles – especially since I’m going to give you the answers, so you don’t even have to think about them to have a good time!

20. Don’t tread on me.

Tread on the living, they make not a mumble.
Tread on the dead, they mutter and grumble.

Answer: leaves

19. It’s actually very simple.

It is the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space.

It is the start of every end, the end of every place.

What is it?

Answer: the letter ‘E’

18. It’s not cards.

One night four men sat down to play;

They played all night ’til break of day.

They played for gold and not for fun

With separate scores for everyone.

When it came time to square accounts,

All men had made quite fair amounts.

Can you the paradox explain,

If no man lost, how could all gain?

Answer: they’re musicians

17. Read it twice.

What has 4 letters, sometimes has 9, but never has 5?

Answer: Yes (what was stated is correct)

16. Sounds creepy!

With pointed fangs and in plain sight, my bloodless victims are bound by my bite.

What am I?

Answer: a stapler

15. E’s for days.

What word begins with e, ends with e, and contains one letter, but is not the letter e.

Answer: an envelope

14. No fat shaming allowed.

I am heavy forward, I weigh a lot. But when I am backwards I’m certainly not.

What am I?

Answer: ton

13. You have to tell it in person.

This one cant be told online but is an absolute brain bender irl.

A farmer has 30 cows, 28 chickens…….how many didn’t?

Answer: 10 because 28 is actually “twenty ate”, but people have 28 in their heads and have a hard time solving it.

12. Till death do you part.

For some I cause joy, for some I cause strife. Treat me well and I last for life.

What am I?

Answer: a wife

11. It’s a lifesaver.

It’s thrown away when needed most, yet brought back when done with it.

Answer: a floatation device

10. A deadly decision.

Two girls went to dinner together and both ordered iced tea. One girl pounded down five of them in about a minute, and the other took her time drinking one.

The girl who drank one died, while the girl who drank five survived. However, all of the drinks that were served turned out to contain poison.

Why did the girl that drank more iced tea survive?

Answer: the poison was in the ice

9. Whistle while you work.

What starts and ends with T, and is filled with T?

Answer: a teapot

8. Pick a switch.

There is a windowless room with only a single door. Inside the room is a lamp, when the lamp is on no light escapes the room.

Outside the room are 3 switches one of which operates the lamp.

You can use the switches in any order any number of times. The door can only be opened once and after you enter the room you can immediately know which switch turns on the light.

How is it possible?


Turn on the first switch, wait a few minutes.

Turn the first off and the second on.

Go into the room. If the light is on, it’s the second switch. If it’s off, touch it. If it’s hot, it’s the first switch, and if it’s cold, it’s the third.

7. One for the ages.

This thing, all things devours, birds, beasts, trees, flowers. Gnaws iron. Bites steel. Grinds hard stones to meal. Slays king. Ruins town. Beats high mountain down.

What is it?

Answer: time

6. Dark humor here.

The maker doesn’t want it.
The buyer doesn’t use it.
The user doesn’t know it.

Answer: a coffin

21. A tragic event.

Andre and Leo are dead on the floor, naked, and surrounded by water and broken glass.

If foul play isn’t at work here, then what happened?

Answer: they’re fish, and their tank broke

4. Think outside the box.

You leave home, take three left turns, and return home.

Who are the two masked men waiting for you?

Answer: a catcher and an umpire

3. Do a slow spin.

You have a square house. All 4 walls face South. A bear steps in your front yard.

What color is the bear?

Answer: white, because you must be at the North Pole

2. A twister, for sure.

What falls but never breaks, and what breaks but never falls?

Answer: nightfall and daybreak

1. Dead in the woods.

A dead man is sitting in a chair. The chair is in a cabin. The cabin is in the woods.

How did the man die?

Answer: an airplane crash

I’m putting these in my back pocket to pull out at a party (if I ever get to go to a part again). I can’t wait to sound smart.

What’s your favorite riddle? Tell it to us in the comments!