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12 Detective Riddles Only the Smartest People Can Solve

Do you think you’re observant enough to solve these tough riddles?

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Empty cell mystery

Andy is put in a cell with a dirt floor and only one window. The window is too high for him to reach. The only thing in the cell is a shovel. He won’t be able to get any food or water and only has two days to escape or he’ll die. Andy can’t dig a tunnel because it will take him much longer than two days to do it. How will Andy escape from the cell?

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Answer

Andy has to use the shovel to create a pile of dirt under the window so he can climb up onto it and escape from the cell. Think you're just as smart or smarter than Andy? Up your brain power with these 40 brain games.

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Poisonous drinks

Marissa and Juliana went out for drinks together. They ordered the same drink. Juliana was really thirsty and finished five in the time it took Marissa to finish one. The drinks were poisoned, but only Marissa died. How?

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Answer

The poison was in the ice. Since Marissa's ice had time to melt, she was poisoned but Juliana wasn't. Too easy? Try these 15 word puzzles that will definitely leave you stumped!

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Suicide or not?

A dead female body lies at the bottom of a multistory building. It looks as though she committed suicide by jumping from one of the floors.

When the detective arrives, he goes to the first floor of the building, opens the closed window, and flips a coin towards the floor. He goes to the second floor and does the exact same thing. He continues to do this until he gets to the top floor of the building.

When he comes back down, he states that it was a murder and not a suicide. How does he know that?

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Answer

She couldn’t have jumped from any of the floors because when the detective went to each floor, all of the windows were closed. If you can figure out this puzzle, you could qualify to be a British spy.

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Love at a funeral

A girl is at the funeral of her mother. She meets a nice guy that she didn't know who also was at the funeral and they hit it off. She was busy at the funeral and didn’t have time to ask him for his number before he left. She tried really hard to track him down, but no one knew who he was or how to contact him. A few days later her sister dies and the police suspect it to be a murder. Who killed her sister?

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Answer

She killed her sister. She was hoping that if someone else in her family died, the man she met at her mother’s funeral would show up again. An MIT professor called this "the hardest puzzle ever." Can you solve it?

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Stolen ring

Nicole went to the police to report that someone had stolen her vintage ring. When the police got to her house they notice that the window was broken, there was a total mess inside, and there were dirty footprints on the carpet. But, there were no other signs of a break-in.

The next day, the police arrested Nicole for fraud. Why?

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Answer

As soon as the police got to the “crime scene,” they knew that Nicole has most likely staged the break-in. The glass from the broken window was all outside of the house, meaning that it had been broken from the inside. Prove to your friends that you're a genius by solving this insanely hard math puzzle.

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