Can You Solve These Classic Riddles?


By: Heather Cahill

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Riddles have been around for centuries and continue to stump and pick our brains today. Think you can answer some of these classic riddles? Take the quiz to find out!

I can bring tears to your eyes, resurrect the dead, make you smile and reverse time. I form in an instant but last a lifetime. What am I?

The answer is a memory. Memories are quickly made and can easily fill you with emotion, as this riddle suggests. The riddle captures the power that memories can have over people.


It's red, blue, purple and green, no one can reach it, not even the queen. What is it?

The answer to this riddle is the rainbow. Although the Queen has a lot of power, she still can't have the colorful beauty found in the sky.


I'm full of holes yet I'm filled with water. What am I?

The answer to this riddle is a sponge. Although they have holes, they are still able to absorb water. The riddle could lead you to think that this could be impossible!


Lovely and round, I shine with pale light. Grown in the darkness, a lady's delight. What am I?

The answer to the riddle is a pearl. The round gem makes for a beautiful piece of jewelry to please a significant other with and has a nice shine to it.


Say my name and I disappear. What am I?

The answer to this riddle is silence. The explanation is that if you speak the word "silence" while it is silent, the silence has disappeared.


What can travel the world while staying in a corner?

The answer is a stamp. It can travel all around the world, but it will always stay where it was placed in the corner of the envelope.


The one who makes it sells it. The one who buys it never uses it. The one who uses it never knows he's using it. What is it?

The answer is a coffin. The first line refers to the person who created the coffin for use. The second refers to the person who is going to buy the coffin for their loved one and the third refers to the person who is deceased.


How much dirt is there in a hole that's four feet by five feet by six feet?

The answer is none. This riddle might have you pulling out a pen and paper to calculate, but the answer is simple. The explanation is that there is no dirt in a hole!


What has an eye but cannot see?

The answer is a needle. You might have been thinking of a living thing when trying out this riddle! The needle has an eye that is solely used for putting thread through.


What grows when it eats, but dies when it drinks?

The answer is a fire. A fire eats the wood that is given to it, which makes it grow. When it drinks water, however, it is put out, resulting in its "death."


I have two hands, but I can't clap. What am I?

The answer is a clock. When trying this riddle you may have thought about a living thing. A clock has hands that tell time.


A man shaves several times a day, yet he still has a beard. Who is this man?

The answer is a barber. You might have been thinking that this person would be able to grow an endless beard. A barber would shave many times a day, but other people rather than himself!


If you have me, you want to share me. But if you share me, you no longer have me. What am I?

The answer is a secret. Keeping a secret can be tempting for some, and once it is told, it is no longer a secret.


The more you have of it, the less you see. What is it?

The answer to this riddle is darkness. Many riddles have a metaphor, but this one has a simple explanation in that the darker it is, the less you're able to see.


What often falls but never gets hurt?

The answer to the riddle is rain. An alternate answer could be hail or snow. Since rain is an inanimate object, it will never get hurt despite how hard it falls.


What begins with T, ends with T and has T in it?

The answer is a teapot. The word "teapot" begins with the letter 'T' and ends with the letter 'T.' The actual teapot has tea inside of it!


You can see me in water, but I never get wet. What am I?

The answer to this riddle is a reflection. A reflection can appear in water but will never physically be there, making it impossible for it to be wet.


I go around in circles, but always straight ahead. Never complain, no matter where I'm led. What am I?

The answer to this riddle is a wheel. Wheels always drive straight ahead, spinning in circles, no matter which way they are turned.


I am lighter than air, but a million men couldn't lift me up. What am I?

The answer is a bubble. Although a bubble is light, it is also fragile. One simple touch can pop it, meaning a million men could never touch the bubble.


Until I am measured, I am not known. Yet how you miss me, when I have flown. What am I?

The answer to this riddle is time. This riddle makes you feel a bit bittersweet once you've figured out the answer. It seems that time can go by so fast that it is often referred to as "flying by."


The more you take, the more you leave behind. What is it?

The answer to this riddle is footsteps. The more footsteps you take, the more you have left behind as you. The more you walk, the more footsteps there are.


People buy me to eat, but never eat me. What am I?

The answer is plates. You might have been thinking about food while trying to solve this riddle! Plates are instead bought to eat with but are never eaten.


Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

The answer is the word "incorrectly." Did you find yourself wracking your brain for any word that might be misspelled? The only word that is spelled exactly "incorrectly," is incorrectly!


A boy fell off of a 100-foot ladder but did not get hurt. Why not?

The answer to this riddle is that the boy was on the first step. The riddle leads you to believe that the boy was very high on the ladder.


At night they come without being fetched. By day they are lost without being stolen. What are they?

The answer is the stars. The explanation to the riddle is that at night, the stars appear on their own, but they also disappear on their own during the day.


What is as light as a feather, but is impossible to hold for 20 minutes?

The answer to the riddle is your breath. Although the riddle deems it impossible, the current world record for holding the breath is 24 minutes and 3.45 seconds!


You're running a race and you pass the person in second place. What place are you in now?

The answer is second. After passing the person in second place, you've taken their spot in the race. This leaves you in second place.


Soft and fragile is my skin, I get my growth in mud. I'm dangerous as much as pretty, for if not careful, I draw blood.

The answer to this riddle is a thorn. Although thorns on the stem of roses can look pretty, they can hurt a lot if you're pricked by one!


What gets wetter as it dries?

The answer to this riddle is a towel. As you're drying something off using a towel, it absorbs water making the towel, wetter. This fun riddle can really make you think!


You answer me, but I never ask you a question. What am I?

The answer to the riddle is a telephone. Of course, we all answer our telephones, but usually, it is the other person on the line who answers us back!


I am the beginning of the end and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation and I surround every place. What am I?

The answer is the letter "E." This riddle, although easy to overthink, is quite simple. The answer to this one, is right in the question.


What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?

The answer is a person. The explanation for this riddle is that as a baby, we walk on four feet. As an adult, we walk on two feet. As an elderly person, we often use a cane to walk, resulting in three feet. It is a metaphor for life.


People need me, but they always give me away. What am I?

The answer to this riddle is money. Money is always given away to pay for many different things that we want and need in life, leading to why we also need money.


There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it?

The answer to the riddle is a school. The meaning of the riddle is that after going to school and learning new things, you'll be able to see things that you hadn't seen before.


I talk but I do not speak my mind. I hear words but I do not listen to thoughts. When I wake, all see me. When I sleep, all hear me. Many heads are on my shoulders, many hands are at my feet. The strongest steel cannot break my visage, but the softest whisper can destroy me. The quietest whimper can be heard. What am I?

The answer to this riddle is an actor. The riddle details an actor's versatility in performances as well as facts about the actor's job.


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