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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."


A few popular riddles for adults include, "Is an older $100 bill worth more than a newer one?" The answer is, "Yes. A $100 bill is worth more than a $1 bill." Another example is, "When is homework not homework?" The answer is, "When it's turned in to the teacher."


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.


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 a


An example of a short riddle is, "Brothers and sisters I have none but this man's father is my father's son. Who is the man?" The answer is the man is the riddle teller's son. Another riddle is, "Who can travel around the world while staying in a corner?" The answer is a stamp. Another riddle says,


Some funny, clean and short riddles are "What has two hands and a face but no body? A clock." and "What's bigger than you, but doesn't weigh anything? Your shadow." Another good riddle is "What do you call a priest that becomes a lawyer? A father in law."


A few riddles to work a child's mind include: "I'm tall when I'm young. I'm short when I'm old. What am I?" and "Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it, you will die. What is it?" The answer to the first riddle is "a candle," and the answer to the second riddle is "nothing."


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.