Riddles are essentially word puzzles that use metaphors to describe something very specific. Riddles can also be jokes that are plays on words. These usually take the form of question and answer, for example, "Why was the picture sent to jail?" The answer is that it was framed.Continue Reading
Numerous examples of riddles exist, with some that are simple and many that are not. Complex riddles may be long and may involve obscure cultural references. A simple example is "What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?" The answer is a towel. This illustrates the fact that riddles often seem to present something that does not make sense upon first hearing it. In that riddle, the answer is dependent on thinking of the towel performing the drying action on a person or thing. This illustrates another characteristic of riddles, and that is of the item taking on the role of the speaker in telling the riddle.
Often riddles challenge what people commonly hold as fact. For example, "What is black when clean and white when dirty?" The answer is a blackboard. This challenges because most people associate an item being black with dirtiness, for example, something covered in soot. Sometimes riddles also employ rhyming schemes, such as rhyming every other phrase.Learn more about Jokes
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."Full Answer >
Online collections and bookstores are the best places to find challenging riddles. Good Riddles Now, Riddlers and Brain Den maintain online collections of riddles with answers. Most major bookstores, such as Barnes & Noble, have collections devoted to riddles, brainteasers and word puzzles for all ages.Full Answer >
The following are riddles intended for kids: What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries? What goes up and down the stairs without moving? What has a face and two hands, but no arms or legs? The answers to these riddles are as follows: a towel, a rug and a clock.Full Answer >
A funny trick riddle involves telling someone that she is the driver of a school bus, and nine children get off at the first stop, then another six kids hop off at the following stop. Then, the person telling the riddle asks what color are the bus driver's eyes.Full Answer >