A clever riddle begins with the question, "If you were running a race and you passed the person in second place, what place would you be in now?" The answer is second place. A clever joke is, "It's hard to explain things to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally."
Clever jokes that can easily elicit a laugh include, "The dyslexic devil worshipper sold his soul to Santa," "Why can’t you hear a pterodactyl go to the bathroom? Because the P is silent," as well as, "Did you hear about the new corduroy pillows? They’re making headlines everywhere!"
Short one-liner jokes are, "Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana," and, "I'm addicted to brake fluid, but I can stop whenever I want." Another clever one-liner joke is, "My grandfather has the heart of a lion and a lifetime ban from the San Diego Zoo."
A clever riddle begins by asking, "Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?" The answer is Johnny.
Another clever riddle asks, "A bat and a ball cost $1.10. The bat costs one dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?" The answer is 5 cents. One dollar more than 5 cents is $1.05, which would make the sum of the purchase $1.10.