25 of the Toughest Riddles Ever. Can You Solve Them?

Riddle me this, Batman! Why are these brain-twisting riddles so hard? See if you can find the answers!

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Say what?

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This riddle relies on tricking you into thinking about ears and a mouth. You get a tiny hint about wind to encourage you to think broadly and avoid the literal.

The Answer: an Echo

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Match game

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Riddles want to trip you up, and this one works by hitting you with details from every angle. The big hint comes at the end with the wind. What does wind threaten most? You have to stretch your brain to come up with a something tiny and unexpected.

The Answer: a Candle

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Hidden treasure

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This riddle aims to confuse you and get you to focus on the things that are missing: the houses, trees, and fish. You might guess you need to think about something inanimate.

The Answer: a Map

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Spring ahead

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This riddle works by trying to get you to think about the weather or holidays or other events linked to a calendar. To get this one right you actually need to get super literal.

The Answer: the Letter 'R'

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Cruising along

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This brainteaser is hard because it seems to invite straightforward, logical thinking. You may come up with answers like "they all went below deck" or "jumped overboard." But you need to focus on the word "single" and think about its other meanings.

The Answer: All the people were married

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This is hard because it gets you thinking about gender and the ways they're different. You have to think of one word that holds the others. It's easy when you think about it!

The Answer: Heroine

Good with numbers

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This one is pretty impossible, but use the facts you know about English to get on track. First, think of words with double vowels. And you must know this is probably going to be a compound word. The first and last letters of those combined words will form one set of double letters. Now, just wrack your brain!

The Answer: Bookkeeper

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Violent delights

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This puzzle aims to throw you off balance with shock. But pay attention to the first verb, "shoots." What else can you shoot with besides a gun? There lies the key to the whole thing.

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

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The write stuff

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The idea of a mine might lead you to coal or a diamond. The wood detail is your best hint. This riddle is a toughie, but wood might lead you to figure it out.

The Answer: Pencil lead

Sibling squad

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This trick question gives you a bunch of ways to get totally confused if you try to figure out the answer. The key is to keep it simple. Be sure to count the sisters and brothers in total and in terms of their own number of siblings. Then the answer gets a little easier.

The Answer: Four sisters and three brothers

(Only ten percent of people can spot the difference in this picture. Can you?)

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