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A Thread Of Riddles And Brain Teasers

Post  Maygirl2 on 9/10/2012, 12:13 pm

This is a thread for sharing riddles and brain teasers. When posting though you should put the answer in spoiler tags.

1. By moving one of the following digits, make the equation correct. 62 - 63 = 1

62 = 63 - 1

2. What is special about the following sequence of numbers?
8 5 4 9 1 7 6 10 3 2 0

They're in alphabetical order

3. A rooster lays an egg at the very top of a slanted roof. Which side is the egg going to roll off on?

Roosters don't lay eggs.

4. During WWII, there was a bridge connecting Germany and Switzerland, and on the German side, there was a sentry tower with a guard in it. He would come out every three minutes to check on the bridge, and he had orders to turn back anyone who tried to get into Germany, and shoot anyone trying to escape without a pass. There was a woman who desperately needed to get into Switzerland, and she knew she didn't have time to get a pass. It would take her at least six minutes to cross the bridge, but she managed to do it. How?

She walked on the bridge towards Switzerland for 3 minutes and just as the guard was about to come out, she turned around walking back to Germany. The guard saw her and asked for her pass but she didn't have one and was sent back (or what the guard thought was back) to Switzerland. In her case it was the very country she wanted to go to.

5. A man is looking at a picture of a man on the wall and states: Brothers and sisters I have none, but this man's father is my father's son. Who is the man in the picture in relation to the man looking at the picture?

The man in the picture is his son. Since he doesn't have any brothers or sisters, the statement my father's son is himself. A shortened version would be this man's father is myself, so he is the father of the man in the picture.

6. You're riding a horse. To the right of you is a cliff and in front of you is an elephant moving at the same pace and you can't overtake it. To the left of you is a hippo running at the same speed and a lion is chasing you. How do you get to safety?

Get off the merry-go-round.

7. You are given eight coins and told that one of them is counterfeit. The counterfeit one is slightly heavier than the other seven. Otherwise, the coins look identical. Using a simple balance scale, how can you determine which coin is counterfeit using the scale only twice?

First weigh three coins against three others. If the weights are equal, weigh the remaining two against each other. The heavier one is the counterfeit. If one of the groups of three is heavier, weigh two of those coins against each other. If one is heavier, it's the counterfeit. If they're equal weight, the third coin is the counterfeit.

8. What do the following numerals represent?
1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2

The syllables in the numbers from 1 to 20

9. A man was killed on Sunday morning. His wife found the body and called the police. The police arrived and questioned the chef, maid, butler, and gardener. Their alibis were:
Chef - making breakfast
Maid - getting mail
Butler - setting table
Gardener - watering plants
The police immediately arrested the criminal. Who was it and how did they know?

The maid. Mail isn't delivered on Sunday

10. This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching.

The letter 'e' does appear in this paragraph at all.

11. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years. Which room is safest for him?

The third room, since the lions would be dead.

12. Name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday.

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

13. Rearrange the letters in the words "new door" to make one word.

One Word.

14. Two men are standing on one side of a bridge and two women are approaching them. One of the men says, "Here comes my wife and daughter" to which the second man replies, "Here comes my wife and daughter". If they have not married the same woman and the women aren't pregnant, how is this true?

The men are widowers and married each others' daughter.

15. Two fathers and two sons go fishing together in the same boat. They all catch a fish but the total catch for the day is 3 fish. How is this possible?

There are three men: A grandfather, a father (the grandfather's son) and the father's son.

16. Stands

No one understands

17. How can you alter the following equation by adding a single to make it correct?
5 + 5 + 5 = 550

5 4 5 + 5 = 550
Add a diagonal line on the top left of the first plus sign to convert + into a 4.

18. There are four suspects for a crime; A, B, C, D & E. They each made the following statements in order:

A: I'm Innocent. It was D.
B: C is lying!
C: B is guilty
D: A is lying. It was B.
E: B and C are lying. It was a.

Who did it? Who is the only one telling the truth.

B. They said it in ORDER. So how would B know if C was lying?


A was lying.
B was lying.
C was lying.
D was telling the truth.
E was half right.

19. What do these represent?

24 = HiaD
26 = LotA
7 = DotW
9 = LoaC
12 = SotZ
88 = PK

24 hours in a day
26 letters of the alphabet
7 days of the week
9 lives of a cat
12 signs of the Zodiac
88 piano keys

20. On a dark, stormy Halloween night, four kids named Luke, John, Sarah and Bob walk into a haunted house during a blackout. Only one can escape. They take a staircase to the second floor, a trapdoor on the left, then go up the ladder to the right, followed by a 28-foot slide to the basement through the mouth of a Giant Panda. In one corner of the murky cellar is a chainsaw, a dagger, a rope with a noose and an electric chair. Written on the wall in blood are the words, "Only one will survive - choose your death!" Bob takes the rope, Sarah picks up the dagger, John chooses the chainsaw and Luke uses the chair.
Who survives?

Luke, because there's no power

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Re: A Thread Of Riddles And Brain Teasers

Post  Guest on 9/10/2012, 12:22 pm

I have some!!!!!

What do the following words have in common?

far, blow, bacon, lather, fasting, wariness, pacemaker

Each of these words becomes a new word when the letter 'e' is placed after the first letter.

fear, below, beacon, leather, feasting, weariness, peacemaker.

gges egsg segg esgg
What does this represent?

Scrambled Eggs.

This problem can be solved by pre-school children in five to ten minutes, by programmers in an hour and by people with higher education...

5555 = 0
8193 = 3
8096 = 5
1012 = 1
7777 = 0
9999 = 4
7756 = 1
6855 = 3
9881 = 5
5531 = 0
2581 = ?

2. Look at the numbers again, see if you can find the pattern.


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Re: A Thread Of Riddles And Brain Teasers

Post  Ccpenguin8 on 9/10/2012, 8:49 pm

Shouldn't this be locked, seeing as a similar thread was posted in you-know-where. Wink

Anyway, I have two for you:

Certain words end in 'gry'. Two examples of this are angry and hungry. There are three words in the English language. The third is one we use every day. If you have listened carefully, you will have noticed I've already told you what it is. What is the third word?


A man is on trial. The judge says 'I'll let you make a statement. If it is true, I'll sentence you to four years in prison. If it is false, I'll sentence you to six years in prison'. The man made his statement, and the judge let him go free. What did the man say?

'You'll sentence me to six years in prison'. If he was sentenced to six years in prison, he would have to be re-sentenced to four years, because that would make the statement true. But, because he would be sentenced to four years, that would mean the statement would be therefore false, right? So, he would have to be re-sentenced to six years. Which would make it true. And so on and so on. To avoid this neverending paradox, the judge just let him go free. (Re-read this again several times if you don't understand)

I'll be back later with more. Great thread. Smile

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Post  Medicinal on 10/10/2012, 12:37 am

I have some excellent brain teasers; they'll make you think!

What gets wetter as it dries?

A towel, assuming it is being used to dry somebody.

What gets stronger as it becomes wetter?

A teabag. I specifcally didn't state how it became stronger, but the flavour and aroma of the tea became stronger as the teabag became wetter.

In a house up for sale, there are three lightbulbs in one room, and the switches leading to the bulbs are in another room. A man interested in buying the house finds this rather peculiar, and the real estate agent sets him a challenge; if he can find out which switch leads to which lightbulb, he can have the house with no charge applied. But the catch is, he can only enter the room once, and it is impossible to see anything from the room with the switches. He correctly answers, and the house is his. How did he figure it out by only entering once? (It might take a bit to understand this one)

He firstly would need a diagram drawn on paper as well as a pen. He would turn on the first switch for about ten minutes, then switch it off. He would then turn the second switch on, and do nothing to the third one.

He then enters the room, and finds out which light is on (which comes from switch two). He then must find out which light is the first and third one.

Turning on the first one for ten minutes, he knows that the lightbulb connecting to switch one must be warm, considering he left it on for a long period of time. He feels both bulbs, and knows the warm one belongs to switch one. The one which is cold and off belongs to switch three considering he hasn't done anything to it.

There is a street containing different coloured bungalows. There is a green, pink, purple, black, grey, orange, white, yellow and red bungalow. There is also a blue bungalow. What colour are the stairs of the blue bungalow?

If you guessed the colour blue, you're wrong. Bungalows are one-story houses, so therefore there are no stairs, as there is no second story.
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