Funny and Clever Riddles for Adults
People generally fall into two categories: those who enjoy jokes and want riddles. If the latter describes you, you certainly like any chance to exercise your critical thinking skills. Take a quick glance at our selection of the best riddles for adults if you want to level up.
The same mother gives birth to two boys on the exact same day, at the exact same time, in the exact same month, and in the exact same year, but they are not identical twins. How is that even possible? Answer: They belong to a group of triplets.
What five-letter word retains its meaning when the first, third, and last letters are removed? Answer: 13
What structure has the most stories? Answer: Library
Each of Sara’s four daughters has a brother. How many children does Sara have? Answer: Five—the same brother is shared by each daughter.
Rich people need it, poor people have it, and if you eat it you will die. What is it? Answer: Nothing
Jim stands six feet tall, works as a butcher, and wears size ten shoes. What does he weigh? Answer: Meat, he is a butcher
On a Friday, a cowboy rides into town, stays for three days, and then leaves on Friday. What was his secret? Answer: He leaves on his horse, ‘Friday’.
A rogue wave knock the three men overboard and underwater as they are out fishing in a boat. Only one got his hair wet. Why? Answer: 2 of them were bald
If I’m spelled backward, I’m something you despise; if it’s spelled forwards, I’m what you do every day. Who am I? Answer: Live
With sharp fangs, I sit and wait. With piercing force I crunch out fate, grabbing victims, proclaiming might, physically joining with a single bite. What am I? Answer: A stapler.
A man remarks, “Brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son,” as he examines a painting in a museum. Who is in the painting? Answer: The man’s son.
A young man is taking driving lessons. He passes a police officer while going the wrong way down a one-way street. Despite seeing him, the cop makes no move. Why? The young man is walking.
You notice a boat filled with people. Even though it hasn’t sunk, when you take another look, you can’t spot a single person on the boat. Why? Answer: All the people were married.
How many bananas can you consume on an empty stomach? Answer: One, after that it is not empty anymore.
You will get 80 if you take away one letter. Who am I? Answer: Weighty
Which dictionary entries with five letters still have the same pronunciation when four of those letters removed? Answer: Queue
Funny Riddles for Adults
When does a door stop being a door? Answer: When it’s open
What can you never hold in your left hand but can with your right? Answer: Your left hand
What can you catch, but not throw? Answer: Cold
Why was the chef embarrassed? When he saw the salad dressing.
Your father is standing behind you, but how can you physically stand behind him? Answer: You both must be standing back to back.
What has many keys but can’t open a single lock? Answer: A piano
There are just three persons in the car, even though there are two fathers and two sons inside. How? Answer: They are grandfather, father, and son.
What lacks all other organs and has 13 hearts? Answer: The deck of cards
A girl has as many brothers as sisters, but each brother has only half as many brothers as sisters. How many brothers and sisters are there in the family? Answer: Four siblings
What word in the English language does the following: the first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four letters signify a great, while the entire word signifies a great woman? What is the word? Answer: Heroine
What has three feet yet is able to move? Answer: A yardstick
What has four wheels and flies? Answer: A garbage truck.
What is something that you can touch with your right hand but never with your left hand? Answer: Your left elbow.
What is red and smells like blue paint? Answer: Red paint
What is the difference between a jeweler and a jailer? Answer: A jeweler sells watches and a jailer watches cells.
A woman shoots her husband, then holds him underwater for five minutes. Next, she hangs him. After that, they enjoy a lovely dinner. Answer: She took a picture of him and developed it in her dark room.
Easy Riddles for Adults
There are 10 kids and a bowl with 10 oranges in it. How will you divide up the oranges so that every kid gets an orange but one remains in the bowl? Answer: You give each 9 kids an orange and you give the tenth kid the bowl with the orange in it.
What rock group has four men that don’t sing? Answer: Mount Rushmore.
What band never plays music? Answer: The rubber band
If your uncle’s sister is not your aunt, then who is she to you? Answer: A mother
What has many teeth but can’t bite? Answer: A comb
What is full of holes but still holds water? Answer: A sponge
What gets wet while you’re drying? Answer: A towel.
What goes up but never comes down? Answer: Your age.
What can you find in a cupboard that can never be put in a saucepan? Answer: Its lid.
How can you make six into an odd number? Answer: Remove the letter S and you have IX which is 9 in roman numerals.
I come from a mine and get surrounded by wood always. Everyone always uses me. What am I? Answer: A pencil lead
David’s father has three sons. Two of them are named Snap and Crackle. What is the third son’s name? Answer: David
What begins with the letter P, and finishes with the letter E, which has over a thousand letters in it? Answer: Post Office.
What month do people sleep the least? Answer: February, it’s the shortest month.
Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly? Answer: Incorrectly.
What is more useful when it is broken? Answer: An egg
What fish costs the most? Answer: A goldfish
What’s always found on the ground but never gets dirty? Answer: A shadow
What makes you, young? Answer: Adding the letters “ng”.
The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it? Answer: Darkness