# 10+ Riddles That Look Easy – Until You Try to Crack Them

Riddles have a way of playing tricks on our minds, leading us down one path only to surprise us with an unexpected answer. From tricky wordplay to clever math puzzles, these riddles will test your logic and creativity. Ready to uncover the answers hidden in plain sight? Let’s get started!

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**Riddle #1**

A woman has seven children. If half of them are boys, how can that be possible?

**Riddle #2**

When can three grown men, a woman, two boys, and a dog all fit under the same umbrella and still stay completely dry?

**Riddle #3**

Lily is a hairdresser with an unusual preference: she would rather give two blondes a haircut than one brunette. Why does she feel this way?

A female hairdresser cutting a blonde woman’s hair | Source: Midjourney

**Riddle #4**

A father is currently four times as old as his son. In twenty years, the father will be only twice as old as his son. How old are the father and son now?

**Riddle #5**

Jack, Jill, and Jane went for a walk. Jack walked twice the distance that Jill did, and Jill walked half the distance that Jane did. Together, they walked 18 miles. How far did each person walk?

**Riddle # 6**

You have two hourglasses: one measures seven minutes and the other four minutes. How can you measure exactly nine minutes using only these hourglasses?

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**Riddle #7**

Three friends shared a pizza. The first friend ate half, the second ate a third, and the third ate a sixth. How much pizza is left?

**Riddle #8**

Sarah, Jake, and Emma are siblings. Sarah is twice as old as Jake, and Jake is three years older than Emma. If Sarah is twelve years old, how old is Emma?

**Riddle #9**

You have a five-gallon jug and a three-gallon jug. How can you measure exactly four gallons of water using only these two jugs?

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**Riddle #10**

Consider a three-digit number where the second digit is four times the third digit, and the first digit is three less than the second digit. What is the number?

**Riddle #11**

I am the start of everything and the end of everywhere. I’m the beginning of eternity and the end of time and space. What am I?

**Riddle #12**

Two people were born on the same day, in the same month, and the same year. However, they are not twins. How is this possible?

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**Riddle #13**

A man is looking at a picture. His friend asks, “Who is that you’re looking at?”

The man replies, “Brothers and sisters, I have none. But that man’s father is my father’s son.”

Who is in the picture?

**Riddle #14**

In a family, the sum of the ages of a father and his two sons is 78 years. The father is twice as old as the first son was when the second son was born, and the second son is half the age of the first son. What are their ages?

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**Riddle #15**

A mom and dad have four daughters. Each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the family?

**Riddle #16**

Sarah and her sister Mary are out shopping. As they leave the store, Sarah points out a young man and says, “Look, my nephew is over there.”

Mary replies, “Oh yes, I see him, but he isn’t my nephew.” How can that be?

**Riddle #17**

What can be seen in the middle of March and April but not at the beginning or end of either month?

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**Riddle #18**

You buy this item specifically to eat, but you never actually eat it. What is it?

**Riddle #19**

If you heat me, I turn solid. What am I?

**Riddle #20**

A is B’s brother.

B is C’s brother.

C is D’s father.

What is the relationship between A and D?

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**Riddle #21**

What gets bigger the more you take away from it?

**Time to Check Your Results! How Did You Perform?**

Time to see how well you tackled these brain teasers! Whether you breezed through them or got a little stuck, now is your chance to check your answers. Grab your pen and paper, and let’s see how many you got right. Remember, it’s all about having fun and giving your brain a good workout. Ready? Here are the answers:

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**Answers:**

1. All seven children are boys.

2. When it isn’t raining.

3. Lily prefers to give two blondes haircuts because she earns more money by doing two haircuts instead of one.

4. The father is 40 years old, and the son is 10 years old.

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5. Jack walked 7.2 miles, Jill walked 3.6 miles, and Jane walked 7.2 miles.

Working: Let Jane’s distance be x miles. Jill walked half of Jane’s distance, which is x/2, and Jack walked twice Jill’s distance, which equals x miles. So, the total distance is x + x/2 + x = 18 miles. Combining these gives:

2.5x = 18

x = 18/2.5 = 7.2 miles.

So, Jane walked 7.2 miles, Jill walked 3.6 miles, and Jack walked 7.2 miles.

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6. Start both hourglasses at the same time. When the four-minute hourglass runs out, flip it over. When the seven-minute hourglass runs out, flip it over. When the four-minute hourglass runs out again, flip it over. When the one minute left in the seven-minute hourglass runs out, nine minutes will have passed.

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7. Together, the three friends ate the entire pizza, so there was nothing left.

Working: The first friend ate ½ of the pizza, the second friend ate ⅓ of the pizza, and the third friend ate ⅙ of the pizza. Adding these fractions together gives:

½ + ⅓ + ⅙ = 3/6 + 2/6 + 1/6 = 6/6 = 1

So, the entire pizza is gone.

8. Emma is three years old.

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9. Fill the five-gallon jug, then pour it into the three-gallon jug until it’s full, leaving two gallons in the five-gallon jug. Empty the three-gallon jug, pour the remaining two gallons from the five-gallon jug into the three-gallon jug, fill the five-gallon jug again, and pour into the three-gallon jug until full.

You now have exactly four gallons in the five-gallon jug.

10. The number is 141.

11. The letter “E.”

12. They are triplets (or part of a larger set of multiples).

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13. The picture is of the man’s son.

14. The father is 42 years old, the first son is 24 years old, and the second son is 12 years old.

15. There are seven people in the family: the parents, four daughters, and their one brother.

16. The young man is Mary’s son.

17. The letter “R.”

18. A plate.

19. An egg.

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20. A is D’s uncle, and D is A’s nephew.

21. A hole.

How did you fare? Whether you breezed through these riddles or found yourself pondering over a few, we hope you enjoyed the mental workout. Riddles are a great way to keep your brain active and engaged, and they’re even more fun when shared with friends.

Pass this quiz along and see who among your circle is the true riddle master. Remember, the more you challenge your mind, the sharper it becomes!

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