Only Someone With an IQ of 130+ Can Solve All of These Riddles! Can You?


By: Isadora Teich

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Think you are an ultimate master of riddle solving? Humans love puzzles and problem-solving of all kinds, whether it involves words, numbers, physical activity, or a combination of them all. People have been exercising their minds and putting their problem-solving and creative thinking abilities to the test for centuries with all sorts of riddles. These riddles can be deceptively simple, or they can be incredibly complex. It takes a unique and intelligent mind to be an expert solver of riddles. 

Riddles play key parts in many of our favorite stories as well, as there are few things that people have found so consistently frustrating and fascinating over the years. From ancient myths to modern-day best-sellers like the "Harry Potter" stories, myths play a role. These brain teasers help to keep your mind limber. Many people around the world love them. They love the struggle of trying different strategies and perhaps failing miserably, and ultimately the satisfaction of solving them. Nothing feels better than finally figuring out the right answer to a particularly tricky riddle. 

If you are an expert riddle-solver who loves nothing more than wrestling with a mental mind teaser, put your wits to the test with this tricky quiz! 

Which weighs more, a pound of feathers or a pound of concrete?

There is a pound of each thing. This means that they have the same weight.


What thrives if you feed it but dies if you give it a drink?

You can feed a fire. If you wet it, however, it will go out.


I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?

New candles are tall. However, as they are used over time, they melt away and get shorter.


In a one-story blue house, there was a blue person, a blue cat, a blue fish, a blue computer, a blue chair, everything was blue! What color were the stairs?

It is a one-story house. This houses has only one floor and no stairs.


What has hands but cannot clap?

Clocks do have hands. However, these hands cannot clap.


Everyone has me, but no one can lose me. What am I?

Everyone has a shadow. It is also impossible for it to become unattached.


What do both courageous people and books have?

Books are held together by spines. It is also said that cowardly people lack spines.


A boy sits in a house at night in the dark, yet he is reading. How?

The boy is blind. He reads braille with his fingertips.


You walk into a room with a match, a kerosene lamp, a candle and a fireplace. Which thing do you light first?

You would have to light the match first. This is the only way to light everything else.


Everyone has heard me, but no one has ever seen me. I do not speak unless I am spoken to. What am I?

Echoes cannot be seen. They also only occur after a noise has already been made.


What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?

You use a towel to dry things. The drier something gets, the wetter the towel used to dry it becomes.


Two fathers and two sons went out to eat. Everyone ate one burger, yet only three burgers were eaten. How is this possible?

Only three people went out to eat. They were a grandfather, father and son.


A man was outside taking a walk when it started to rain. The man didn’t have an umbrella and he wasn’t wearing a hat. His clothes got soaked, yet not a single hair on his head got wet. How could this happen?

The man was bald. He didn't have any hair on his head, so it couldn't get wet.


You walk across a bridge and you see a boat full of people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How is that possible?

While there are people on board, all of them are married. This means that none of them are single.


What runs but can't walk?

Drops of water are often described as running down objects. This is why they can run, but they can't walk.


How far is it possible for a dog to run into the woods?

A dog can only run halfway into the woods. After it reaches the halfway point, it will be running out of the woods.


If there are six pears and you take away two, how many pears do you have?

If you have taken two pears for yourself, than that is the number of pears you have. The wording makes this riddle tricky.


Jane’s mother has three daughters. One is called Anna, the other one is Collette. What is the name of the third daughter?

Jane's mother has three daughters. If the woman is Jane's mother, than Jane is one of her daughters.


What’s full of holes but still holds water?

Sponges are full of holes. They are still absorbent and hold water.


How can someone fall off a 30-meter ladder and not get hurt?

In this riddle, the person's position on the ladder is not specified. While someone who falls from a great height would get badly hurt, someone falling a few inches would be fine.


What never asks questions but is always answered?

Doorbells do not ask questions. However, when they ring, people answer them.


What belongs to you but is used more by others?

While your name belongs to you, it is likely others use it more often. It is how they address you, introduce you and get your attention.


Which word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

"Short" becomes "shorter" when you add two letters. The lengthening of this describes something of less size.


A man condemned to death has to choose one of three rooms. One is full of fire, one is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the other is full of lions which haven't eaten in years. Which room should he choose to survive?

Lions who have not eaten in years will have died of starvation. The room would be full of dead lions, making them not a threat to him.


What do you throw away when you need it, then bring back when you're done with it?

An anchor is thrown into the sea toward the depths when it is used. When it is no longer needed, it is reeled back in.


What stays in the corner but can travel around the world?

A stamp is placed in the corner of an envelope. However, it can travel far distances in the mail.


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

Your left hand cannot hold itself. It can only be held in your right hand.


A window cleaner with no safety equipment falls on the 25th floor of a skyscraper, but he is not hurt. How?

The window cleaner was cleaning the windows inside the building. His fall was rather small.


I am first in Earth and second in heaven. I appear twice in a week, but only once in a year. What am I?

"E" is the first letter in "Earth" and the second in "heaven." There are also two in "week" and one in "year."


Greta was born in 2004, but she will celebrate her fourth birthday in 2020. How is that possible?

Greta was born on February 29, 2004. Since there is only a February 29 every four years, in leap years, she will technically celebrate her fourth birthday in 2020.


The more you take from me, the larger I get. What am I?

The more you take away from something, the larger the hole in it will get. A hole is an absence.


What is always coming, but never will arrive?

Tomorrow is always on the horizon, but you cannot at the present be a part of it. Even still, today is yesterday's tomorrow.


What has four fingers and a thumb, but can't hold onto anything?

While gloves have four fingers and a thumb, they are inanimate objects. On their own they can't hold onto anything.


What do we know for a fact is at the end of a rainbow?

While myths state that rainbows lead to pots of gold, those are just myths. It is undeniable that "rainbow" ends with the letter "W."


What do the numbers 11, 69 and 88 share in common?

These numbers are readable upside down. They stay the same.


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