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."
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.
One well-known riddle in Western literature is that of the sphinx: "What moves forward on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three legs at night?" The answer is man, who crawls in infancy, walks as an adult and uses a cane in old age.
"Who am I" riddles are guessing games in which the person guessing must identify the person or animal described. When the subject is a person, sometimes it is a famous person in history, someone from pop culture or just a person known to everyone who plays.
Some riddles about love include: "What makes grown men cry, but humanity would go extinct without it?" and "What causes a sudden increase in heart rate, a loss of memory and overall brain function, but is not a drug?" The answer to both is "love".
What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?" is an example of a tricky riddle that plays on contradiction. The answer is "a towel."
While the answer to a riddle can simply be called an answer, the term "solution" is also applicable. Either term is usually acceptable, although the type of riddle helps delineate which word is best for the riddle in question.
You can find answers to riddles at GoodRiddlesNow.com or at BrainDen.com. Both GoodRiddlesNow and BrainDen have many different riddles to look up and see the answers to.
Short riddles are short word problems that are designed to be slightly challenging to answer. Short riddles can be found on the Internet or in riddle books, and they often have a rating scale indicating how challenging they are.
Riddles are statements or questions that rely on double-meanings and word-play as a means to conceal an answer. Stupid riddles typically rely on simplistic logic or puns for answers. One example from the Brain Candy area of the Corsinet website asks, "Why is the longest human nose on record only ele