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10 Tricky Riddles to Challenge the Mind

Joe Akins
Jun 14, 2021
09:00 P.M.
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Riddles are a great way to challenge the mind. Here are some benefits of riddles and then ten tricky riddles to challenge and sharpen the mind today.


Complex puzzles and riddles are some of the best ways to maintain mental activity and ensure that one's wits are sharpened. Here are ten tricky riddles that challenge the mind and can be played with children, friends, family, and colleagues.

Q: Almost everyone asks for it, needs it, and gives it, but almost nobody takes it. What is it? A: Advice.

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Q: A man was driving a truck. His headlights were not turned on. A lady was crossing the street, and before he could reach her, he applied his brakes. How did the man see her? A: It was a bright sunny day.

Q: A man went to town with a fox, a goose, and a sack of corn. He came to a stream which he had to cross in a tiny boat, but he could only take one across at a time.

He could not leave the fox alone with the goose or the goose alone with the corn. How did he get them all safely over the stream?

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A: He took the goose over first and came back. Then, he took the fox across and brought the goose back. Next, he took the corn over. He came back alone and took the goose.

Q: I get the opportunity to travel the world but prefer staying in the corners of everywhere I visit. What am I? A: A stamp.

Q: This coat is always wet when it is being put on? A: A coat of paint

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Q: I have 13 hearts but no organ. What am I? A: A deck of playing cards.

Q: A man and a dog were going down the street. The man rode, yet walked. What was the dog's name? A: Yet.

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Q: What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment but never in a decade or thousand years? A: The letter M

Q: Your mother's brother's only brother-in-law is asleep on your couch. Who is asleep on your couch? A: Your father.

Q: A doctor and a boy were fishing. The boy was the doctor's son but the doctor was not the boy's father. Who was the doctor? A: The boy's mother.

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While these riddles might make for a great conversation starter, there are other benefits of answering puzzles such as mental fitness, inspiration for education, meditation, improving the IQ, and enhancing concentration.