Brainstorm of an Ishmaelite

Riddles

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Standing by. Quite nearby. Inhaling excrement. What am I?

Answer

A tree.

Yours for now, but not to keep. Dreams of you when you sleep.

Answer

Your body.

Happy birthday my dear. You’re older than your elder now. How?

Answer

The elder died.

Turn me on when it’s nice out; though I keep people in, they’ll go out.

Answer

A heater.

In my presence fowl fly. In my absence they fall and die.

Answer

Air.

Said B to A “I had breakfast tomorrow.” Said A to B: “I’ll have it yesterday.” Where are they?

Answer

At an airport.

More precious than diamonds, more common than soil.

Answer

Water or air.

A stone, harder than bone. A pencil led for which many have bled.

Answer

Diamond.

I’m all you see, yet I don’t exist. When the sun shines, I smile over mist.

Answer

Color or a rainbow.

You can taste me, feel me, steal me; but your senses can’t reveal me!

Answer

Air.

I’m everywhere you see. You’ll go blind if you look at me.

Answer

Light.

When I look at you, you stare. Though you see me, nothing’s there.

Answer

A reflection.

By any means race, I’ll keep apace. I can’t be outrun by anything under the sun.

Answer

A shadow.

The end and the start; the atom’s heart. Deadly to eat, to think or feel. Imaginary but real.

Answer

Nothing.

I am before and after birth, in the womb, in the tomb, and when earth returns to earth.

Answer

Death.

A mother’s child died. For this she was tried. She left her alone for some time. Is she guilty of crime?

Answer

No, because she is dead.

Though there is nothing in me there can be nothing without me.

Answer

Emptiness.

Traditional

No sooner spoken than broken.

Answer

Silence.

There are 3 apples for 2 sons and 2 fathers to eat. Each gets his own apple. How is it possible?

Answer

Father, son, grandfather.

You have a jug of milk, and you need to measure out just one cup. How do you do this if you only have a three-cup measuring container and a five-cup container?

Answer

Fill the 3-cup container with milk and then pour all three cups of milk into the 5-cup container. Fill the 3-cup container with milk again and then use it to fill the 5-cup container the rest of the way. The remainder left in the 3 cup container will equal one cup.

The ages of a father and son add up to 66. The father’s age is the son’s age reversed. How old could they be?

Answer

There are three possible solutions for this 51 and 15, 42 and 24, 60 and 6.

Mom and dad have four daughters, and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the family?

Answer

Seven, since the brother is the same for all five.

If I say everything I tell you is a lie, am I telling you the truth or a lie?

Answer

A lie, because if true, it would contradict itself, whereas if it is a lie the truth of the statement is incidental.

Captain Cook is captured by cannibals. The chief of the tribe allows him a last word. If he lies, he will be boiled. If he is truthful, he will be fried. What could he say to save himself?

Answer

“Boil me.” That way, if they do boil him, he would have said the truth, so he should be fried. If he is fried, he would have lied, so he should be boiled. So he can neither be fried nor boiled.

A person went to a prison and said to the warden that he needed to talk to a prisoner. The warden said that he needed to be a relative of the prisoner. The man said: “I am a relative because ‘brothers and sisters I have none, but that man’s father is my father’s son.'” How is the prisoner related to the man?

Answer

He is the prisoner’s father.

A mother pig has nine piglets. She grabbed an umbrella and the pigs surrounded her. Which pig got wet?

Answer

No pigs get wet. I didn’t say it was raining!

A woman was reading in the basement of her house when her husband walked by and, thinking that the basement was empty, switched off the light and closed the door. The woman paused in her reading for a moment then continued. There were no lamps, flashlights, windows or any other form of light in the basement. The light that her husband switched off never came back on. How was she able to continue reading?

Answer

She was blind, reading Braille.

When you have me, you feel like sharing me. But, if you do share me, you don’t have me. What am I?

Answer

A secret.

Which is heavier: a pound of rocks or a pound of feathers?

Answer

They both weigh the same.

What appears once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?

Answer

The letter M.

What starts with ‘T’, ends with ‘T’ and is filled with tea?

Answer

A teapot.

After teaching his class all about roman numerals (X = 10, IX=9 and so on) the teacher asked his class to draw a single continuous line and turn IX into 6. The only stipulation the teacher made was that the pen could not be lifted from the paper until the line was complete.

Answer

SIX.

You are standing in front of a room with one light bulb inside it. You cannot see if it is on or off. Outside the room there are 3 switches in the off positions. You may turn the switches any way you want to. You stop turning the switches, enter the room and know which switch controls the light bulb. How?

Answer

Turn on two switches and then turn off one switch just before you enter the room. If the light bulb is warm but off it has to be the last switch you turned off. If it is on, then it has to be the switch you left on. If it is cold and off, then it has to be the switch you left off.

A man went on a trip with a fox, a goose, and a sack of corn. He came upon a stream which he had to cross and found a tiny boat to use to cross the stream. He could only take himself and one other – the fox, the goose, or the corn – at a time. He could not leave the fox alone with the goose or the goose alone with the corn. How does he get all safely over the stream?

Answer

Take the goose then come back. Take the fox and bring the goose back. Come back alone then take the corn. Then take the goose.

You live in a place wherein, 6 months is extreme summer and the other 6 months, the mercury goes ‘really really’ down! You own a lake where there is a small island. You want to build a house over there and need to carry the required stuff. Sadly, you have no boat, ship or anything which you can use to transport all the material to the island! What will you do in order to carry the stuff to the island?

Answer

Wait until winter for the lake to freeze.

I fasten it and it walks. I unfasten it and it stops.

Answer

Shoes.

Joe bought a bag of oranges on Monday, and ate a third of them. On Tuesday he ate half of the remaining oranges. On Wednesday he looked in the bag to find he only had two oranges left. How many oranges were originally in the bag?

Answer

6.

An apple begins with me and age too. I am in the midst of a man and foremost in every apprehension. You will find me in everyday and see me in all Autumns. It’s a pity that you cannot see me in the air and yet it’s so wonderful to be a part of the great Atlantic ocean! Guess what am I?

Answer

The letter ‘A’.

You work at a post office. There are 9 boxes to ship that you forgot to label. 8 of them weigh 13 grams and one of them weighs 15 grams. You try lifting them, but you can’t tell them apart. It costs a dollar each time to use the scale. How could you use the scale as few times as possible to determine which box weighs 15 grams?

Answer

Once, by stacking the boxes on top of each other one at a time.

Some pencils are erasers. All erasers are papers. Some papers are pens and some pens are erasers. So pencils are obviously pens? True or false?

Answer

False. Some pencils may be pens, but not all of them.

You have 15 bars of gold and a scale. One bar is slightly lighter than the others, and you can’t tell the difference by feel. What is the least number of times you could use the balance scale to determine which silver bar is the light one?

Answer

Twice, if you’re lucky!

I am a three digit number. My tens digit is five more than my ones digit. My hundreds digit is eight less than my tens digit. What number am I?

Answer

194.

I am not alive, but I grow; I don’t have lungs, but I need air; I don’t have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

Answer

Fire.

What can bring back the dead, make us cry, make us laugh, make us young, born in an instant yet lasts a life time?

Answer

Memories.

What is that which goes with a carriage, comes with a carriage, is of no use to a carriage, and yet the carriage cannot go without it?

Answer

Noise.

Matt’s mom had twelve children named: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and _______ ?

Answer

Matt.