Can You Pass This Wordplay Riddle Quiz?


By: Isadora Teich

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Are you a true riddle master? Riddles have a long history and have been enjoyed by people around the world for centuries. They even feature prominently in some of the most popular books ever written, like "The Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter." This is for a reason. Riddles capture the imagination and truly test the brain. They are a fun and challenging way to test your mental mettle and see where you stand in comparison to your friends! 

This quiz involves a specific type of riddle. These are wordplay riddles. In them, you will have to guess what is being described in the riddle. These riddles make use of all sorts of devices to trip up those who try to solve them. They include puns and all types of wordplay, so you will have to do your best to pay attention to even the smallest details.  

These riddles will really put your riddle solving savvy to the ultimate test! Make sure to focus to suss out all the clues you need to master them. Read them carefully and have fun flexing those wordplay riddle muscles. Take your time and see if you can crush this tricky and fun quiz!  

If you say my name I disappear. What am I?

When you say the word silence, you are speaking. Where there is any kind of noise, silence disappears.


How many seconds are there in a year?

There is a second day of every month in the year. That is why there are 12 seconds.


If you break me, I do not stop working. If you touch me, I may be snared. If you lose me, nothing will matter. What am I?

Broken hearts still beat. Hearts can also be snared and should never be lost.


Until I am measured, I am not known, yet how you miss me when I have flown. What am I?

Time cannot be known unless it's measured. It also is described as flying.


2 in a corner, 1 in a room, 0 in a house, but 1 in a shelter. What am I?

The letter "r" appears twice in the word corner. It is in the word room once and not in the word house at all.


What plays a big role in most casts?

Actors make up casts, but casts are made from plaster. This is what makes it a trick. The questions asks "what" and not "who."


What thing can you only keep after you give it away?

When you make a promise to someone else, the phrasing often used is that you better keep it. Even though technically you have given someone your word, you must still keep it.


What holds gold inside, but cannot be opened without being broken?

The gold in this riddle refers to the yolks of eggs. You cannot get this yolk unless you break open the egg.


Which word becomes shorter if you make it longer?

Short, as a word, becomes longer when it becomes "shorter." However, the meaning is literally shorter.


An island is like the letter T because they are both:

Islands are surrounded by water on all sides. The letter T also can be found in the middle of the word "water."


I am all about, but cannot be seen. I can be captured, but cannot be held. I have no throat, but can be heard. What am I?

Wind is air currents. It is invisible and can't be caught, but can be heard rustling things and whistling.


I have a neck. I have no head, but I wear a cap. What am I?

Bottles have necks, but no heads. They also have caps on top.


When you want to use me, you throw me away. When you are done with me, you bring me back. What am I?

Anchors are thrown into the sea when they are being used. When not in use, they are pulled back onto the decks of boats.


What letter is missing in the sequence: J F M _ M J J A S O N D

This sequence contains the first letter of every month of the year. A is missing because April is missing.


Which number becomes even if you take away one letter?

The number 7 is spelled "seven." If you take away the letter "s" it becomes "even."


If there are 5 apples on a table and you take away 3, how many apples do you have?

If you take away 3 apples then you have 3 apples. How many there were to start does not affect this.


How many limes can you put in an empty basket?

This is a tricky one. Once you put one lime in a basket, the basket is no longer empty.


Which word starts and ends with "e" and contains one letter?

Envelope begins and ends with "e." They also contain a letter, a written one, each.


What has 4 legs, but only 1 foot?

A bed has four legs, but only one foot. It also has a head.


I travel the world, but always stay in one corner. What am I?

Stamps are put in the corner of letters. Once there, they can be sent anywhere in the world.


My life can be measured in hours, I serve by being devoured. Thin, I am quick. Fat, I am slow. Wind is my foe. What am I?

Candles disappear as they are used. Thin candles burn quickly, fat candles burn slowly, and the wind blows them out.


What kind of coat is always wet when you put it on?

Paint is applied in coats. These always go on wet and must dry.


I have 13 hearts, but no other organs. What am I?

Hearts are one of the suits in a deck of cards. This is why it has hearts, but no other organs.


The poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it you die. What is it?

Poor people have nothing. Rich people need nothing. If you eat nothing, you die.


What is both the beginning of the end and the end of time and space?

The letter "e" is the beginning of the word "end." It also ends the words "time" and "space."


I run but never walk. I have a mouth but do not eat. What am I?

Rivers are described as running, but never walking. They also have features described as mouths, but do not eat.


What is in seasons and centuries, but not days or years?

The letter "n" is in both seasons and centuries. It is not in the words days or years.


The more you have of me, the less you see. What am I?

The more darkness is around you, the less you can see. It is impossible to see in complete darkness.


What is black when you get it, red when it's being used, and white when you're done with it?

Charcoal is initially black. It is red when it is burned and turns white when it's used up.


What is always hungry and must be constantly fed?

Fire must always be fed in order for it to continue burning. It could be described as always hungry.


You heard me before, yet you hear me again, then I die, ’till you call me again. What am I?

Echoes are heard when sound bounces off surfaces and repeats. They only occur after you make noise.


I make some people blind, I help others to see. What am I?

If sand gets in your eyes, it can blind you. However, the lenses of eyeglasses which help others see are also made of sand.


How far can a fast fox run into a meadow?

The fox can only run halfway into the meadow. After it reaches the halfway point, it will be running out of the meadow.


I am a box that holds keys without locks, yet they can unlock your soul. What am I?

A piano has keys, but no locks. The music made with a piano can touch your soul.


I get wetter as I dry. What am I?

Towels absorb water and liquids. As they dry other things, they get wetter.


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