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50 Easy Riddles (with Answers) Anyone Can Solve

Looking for a low-key challenge? You're probably not going to have to scratch your head very much to solve these easy riddles.

What do the letter T and an island have in common?rd.com

An island

What do the letter T and an island have in common?

Answer: You’ll find them both in the middle of water. After these easy riddles, check out these word puzzles that will leave you stumped.

I’m the rare case when today comes before yesterday. What am I?rd.com

A question of time

I’m the rare case when today comes before yesterday. What am I?

Answer: A dictionary. Now, can you solve this tricky numbers riddle in less than a minute?

What goes all the way around the world but stays in a corner?rd.com

Circular logic

What goes all the way around the world but stays in a corner?

Answer: A stamp. For more of a challenge after these easy riddles, try these detective riddles only the smartest can solve.

You cannot keep me until you have given me. What am I?rd.com

Giveaway

You cannot keep me until you have given me. What am I?

Answer: Your word. Now, switch up these easy riddles with a math challenge.

What gets bigger the more you take away?rd.com

A question of size

What gets bigger the more you take away?

Answer: A hole. Next, give your brain more of a test with 25 of the hardest riddles ever.

What has four fingers and a thumb, but isn’t alive?rd.com

A handy question

What has four fingers and a thumb, but isn’t alive?

Answer: A glove. An instant classic: here are 11 of the most famous riddles in history.

If you have me, you will want to share me. If you share me, you will no longer have me. What am I?rd.com

Sharing

If you have me, you will want to share me. If you share me, you will no longer have me. What am I?

Answer: A secret. A riddle and a lesson. Here are 60 of the best riddles for kids—can you solve them?

What gets wet when drying?rd.com

All wet

What gets wet when drying?

Answer: A towel. Over 250,000 people have tried to solve this riddle—want to make 250,001?

What two words, added together, contain the most letters?rd.com

Word play

What two words, added together, contain the most letters?

Answer: Post office. Only 2 percent of people can solve Einstein’s riddle—can you?

What has a head and a tail, but no body?rd.com

Tricky question

What has a head and a tail, but no body?

Answer: A coin. This viral riddle has the Internet scratching its head—can you figure it out?

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

A timely question

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

Answer: The letter M.

Two coins add up to 30 cents. One isn’t a nickel. What are they?rd.com

Spare change

Two coins add up to 30 cents. One isn’t a nickel. What are they?

Answer: A quarter and a nickel. The statement said only one of the coins wasn’t a nickel.

I shave every day, but my beard stays the same. Who am I?rd.com

Beard

I shave every day, but my beard stays the same. Who am I?

Answer: A barber. Ok, that one was easy. But we bet you can’t solve this riddle about a scuba diver in a burned forest.

What always ends everything?rd.com

The end-all be-all

What always ends everything?

Answer: The letter G.

The man who invented it doesn’t need it. The man who bought it doesn’t want it. The man who needs it doesn’t know. What is it?rd.com

Supply and demand

The man who invented it doesn’t need it. The man who bought it doesn’t want it. The man who needs it doesn’t know. What is it?

Answer: A coffin.

What is full of holes but still holds water?rd.com

Holy water

What is full of holes but still holds water?

Answer: A sponge.

What question can you never answer yes to?rd.com

Q&A

What question can you never answer yes to?

Answer: Are you asleep yet? Check out these 50 trivia questions only geniuses will get right.

A man who was outside in the rain without an umbrella or hat didn’t get a single hair on his head wet. Why?rd.com

Dry zone

A man who was outside in the rain without an umbrella or hat didn’t get a single hair on his head wet. Why?

Answer: He was bald.

You see a boat filled with people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?rd.com

Nautical nonsense

You see a boat filled with people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?

Answer: Everyone is married.

I follow you all the time and copy your every move, but you can’t touch or catch me. What am I?rd.com

Stalker

I follow you all the time and copy your every move, but you can’t touch or catch me. What am I?

Answer: Your shadow.

What can you hold in your left hand but not your right?rd.com

Hands-on questions

What can you hold in your left hand but not your right?

Answer: Your right elbow.

What can’t be put in a saucepan?rd.com

Saucy rejoinders

What can’t be put in a saucepan?

Answer: Its lid.

What kind of band never plays music?rd.com

Face the music

What kind of band never plays music?

Answer: A rubber band. If you can solve this puzzle, you could qualify to be a British spy (and no, the answer is not “rubber band”).

It stalks the countryside with ears that can’t hear. What is it?rd.com

Silent but deadly

It stalks the countryside with ears that can’t hear. What is it?

Answer: Corn.

What kind of coat is best put on wet?rd.com

Moisture mix-up

What kind of coat is best put on wet?

Answer: A coat of paint.

What has a bottom at the top?rd.com

From top to bottom

What has a bottom at the top?

Answer: Your legs.

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

It’s not a cat

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

Answer: Fire. If you can answer these Mensa questions, you’re probably a genius.

David’s father has three sons: Snap, Crackle, and ____?rd.com

Brothers three

David’s father has three sons: Snap, Crackle, and ____?

Answer: David.

There is one room in the house ghosts will not haunt.rd.com

Boo!

There is one room in the house ghosts will not haunt.

Answer: The living room. Try these 20 scary good Halloween riddles next!

What are moving left to right, right now?rd.com

Direction dilemma

What are moving left to right, right now?

Answer: Your eyes.

The Barber of Seville shaves all men living in Seville. No man living in Seville is allowed to shave himself. The Barber of Seville lives in Seville. Who shaves the Barber of Seville?rd.com

A close shave

The Barber of Seville shaves all men living in Seville. No man living in Seville is allowed to shave himself. The Barber of Seville lives in Seville. Who shaves the Barber of Seville?

Answer: The Barber of Seville is a woman.

What has 13 hearts, but no other organs?rd.com

Game of hearts

What has 13 hearts, but no other organs?

Answer: A deck of cards. Those card hearts can be tricky! Can you spot the hidden queen of hearts in this image?

It cannot be seen, it weighs nothing, but when put into a barrel, it makes it lighter. What is it?rd.com

Barrel o’ laughs

It cannot be seen, it weighs nothing, but when put into a barrel, it makes it lighter. What is it?

Answer: A hole.

Different lights make me strange, for each one my size will change. What am I?rd.com

Light it up

Different lights make me strange, for each one my size will change. What am I?

Answer: A pupil.

The shorter I am, the bigger I am. What am I?rd.com

Oop

The shorter I am, the bigger I am. What am I?

Answer: A temper.

This is easy to lift but hard to throw.rd.com

Throw it out

This is easy to lift but hard to throw. What is it?

Answer: A feather. Alright, this was solvable. But these 20 rebus puzzles? Definitely not.

A bus driver goes the wrong way down a one-way street. He passes the cops, but they don’t stop him. Why?rd.com

Gotcha

A bus driver goes the wrong way down a one-way street. He passes the cops, but they don’t stop him. Why?

Answer: He was walking.

What word looks the same upside down and backward?rd.com

Flip flop

What word looks the same upside down and backward?

Answer: Swims.

A rooster lays an egg at the top of a slanted roof. Which side is the egg going to roll off?rd.com

Cock-a-doodle-who?

A rooster lays an egg at the top of a slanted roof. Which side is the egg going to roll off?

Answer: Roosters don’t lay eggs.

I am a word of five letters and people eat me. If you remove the first letter, I become a form of energy. Remove the first two and I’m needed to live. Scramble the last three and you can drink me. What am I?rd.com

Elephant in the room

What is as big as an elephant, but weighs nothing at all?

Answer: The shadow of an elephant. If you can solve the secret word in this logic puzzle, you might be a genius.

What is as big as an elephant, but weighs nothing at all?rd.com

The walking dead

Walk on the living, they don’t even mumble. Walk on the dead, they mutter and grumble. What are they?

Answer: Leaves.

What’s the coolest letter in the alphabet?rd.com

Cool it down

What’s the coolest letter in the alphabet?

The letter B. It’s surrounded by AC.

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

Shhh

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

Answer: An echo.

Halo of water, tongue of wood, walls of stone, long as I stood. What am I?rd.com

Stonefaced

Halo of water, tongue of wood, walls of stone, long as I stood. What am I?

Answer: A castle. Travel even further back in time and solve these 1950s brain teasers—this one is more like the 1450s.

What has roots as nobody sees, is taller than trees. Up, up, up it goes, and yet never grows?rd.com

A tall order

What has roots as nobody sees, is taller than trees. Up, up, up it goes, and yet never grows?

Answer: A mountain.

Three doctors said Robert is their brother. Robert says he has no brothers. Who is lying?rd.com

Dr. Strange

Three doctors said Robert is their brother. Robert says he has no brothers. Who is lying?

Answer: The doctors are Robert’s sisters.

What when needed is thrown away, when not needed is carried back?rd.com

Give and take

What when needed is thrown away, when not needed is carried back?

Answer: An anchor.

What is it that no one wants, but no one wants to lose?rd.com

Winner’s/loser’s circle

What is it that no one wants, but no one wants to lose?

Answer: A lawsuit. Objection!—these 19 brain teasers are guaranteed to leave you stumped.

The answer I give is yes, but what I mean is no. What was the question?rd.com

Roundabout response

The answer I give is yes, but what I mean is no. What was the question?

Answer: Do you mind?

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Trick o’ the letters

I am a word of five letters and people eat me. If you remove the first letter, I become a form of energy. Remove the first two and I’m needed to live. Scramble the last three and you can drink me. What am I?

Answer: Wheat, heat, eat, tea

Jen McCaffery
Jen McCaffery is an associate editor for Reader’s Digest. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Prevention, Rhode Island Monthly, and other publications and websites. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s growing veggies or trying to figure out the way home from assorted trails.