5 Quick Brain Teasers to Keep Your Mind Sharp

As you play riddles, you develop patience, learn to listen, interpret, pay attention, associate ideas, motivate yourself, and so on. An all-encompassing hobby indeed.

Riddles are also a lot of fun for the whole family. By playing with your family, you will be reminded of the love and attachment you share through cooperation, trust, and shared time.

In this article, we present five different riddles that are appropriate for children, teenagers, and adults alike, as well as the answers if any of these riddles can be too challenging for you. 

Family preparing food in the kitchen. | Photo: Pexels

Family preparing food in the kitchen. | Photo: Pexels

1. RAPID BUT DEADLY

I can be quick and then I'm deadly. I am a rock, shell, and bone medley.

If I was made into a man, I'd make people dream. I gather in my millions by ocean, sea, and stream.

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Couple having bonding time. | Photo: Pexels

2. THE HIDDEN ANIMALS

What 13 animals do you find hidden in these words? Pheasantoadderaturtleechareelionewtiger

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Woman and children sitting on bed while using tablet. | Photo: Pexels

3. EACH DAWN 

Every dawn begins with me, at dusk, I'll be the first you see,

And daybreak couldn't come without. What midday centers all about.

Daisies grow from me, I'm told. And when I come, I end all cold.

But in the sun I won't be found. Yet still, each day I'll be around.

Grandmother and her granddaughter having interesting conversation. | Photo: Pexels

Grandmother and her granddaughter having interesting conversation. | Photo: Pexels

4. FINDING SYNONYMS

There is no relation between these word pairs. However, when their synonyms are found, these words will rhyme. Example : Over-sized Feline = Fat Cat

Kiss Dog, Funny Cat, Movie Monster, Unusual Rabbit, Copper Teapot, Wedding Limo, Untamed Minor

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Family having fun in a bedroom. | Photo: Pexels

5. A PRISONER

You have been sentenced to death as a prisoner. However, you had the opportunity to live by playing a simple game offered by the Emperor. You were given 50 black marbles, 50 white marbles, and two empty bowls.

After that, he said, "Split the 100 marbles between these two bowls. It doesn't matter how you divide them as long as all of the marbles are used. Once you're blindfolded, I'll mix the bowls up."

Two children reading a fairy tale book. | Photo: Pexels

Two children reading a fairy tale book. | Photo: Pexels

The Emperor added that it is possible to choose one bowl and take out one marble. In case the marble is white, you will live. However, if it is black, you will die.

What is the best way to divide up the marbles so that you have the highest probability of choosing a white marble?

Father and daughter having fun while reading a fairy tale book. | Photo: Pexels

Father and daughter having fun while reading a fairy tale book. | Photo: Pexels

THE ANSWERS

1. Rapid but deadly: Sand

2. The hidden animals: Pheasant, ant, toad, adder, rat, turtle, leech, char, hare, eel, lion, newt, tiger.

3. Each dawn: The letter D

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Men having fun together. | Photo: Pexels

4. Finding synonyms: Smooch Pooch, Witty Kitty, Feature Creature, Rare Hare, Metal Kettle, Marriage Carriage, Wild Child

5. A prisoner: In one bowl, place a white marble, and in the other bowl, place the remaining marbles (49 whites and 50 blacks). 

With this method, there is a 50/50 chance of choosing a bowl with only one white marble, and therefore life. But regardless of your choice, there's a fair chance you'll take one of the 49 white marbles.

Family get together during an event. | Photo: Pexels

Family get together during an event. | Photo: Pexels

Would you like to solve more riddles? Here is another riddle involving five brothers.

There are five brothers gathered in a room: Tim reads the newspaper, Cameron bakes a cake, Jesse plays chess, Michael does the dishes. How does the fifth brother spend his time?

Answer: He plays chess with Jesse since chess requires two players.

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