Riddles I

The Fork in the Road

The Wisest Man

Defeet the Lies

To Live or Not to Live

Blue Eyes

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The Driving Dog

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The Tractor

Mad Hatter's Riddle

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A traveller comes to a fork in the road which leads to two villages. In one village the people always tell lies and in the other village the people always tell the truth. The traveller needs to conduct business in the village where everyone always tells the truth. A man from one of the villages is standing in the middle of the fork, so there is no indication of which village he comes from. The traveller approaches the man and asks him just one question. From the man's answer, he knows which road to follow.

What did the traveller ask?


The King is about to die. He sends messengers throughout the land looking for the three smartest people. Finally, three are found. He gives them a task to see which one is the wisest. He tells them, "I will seat you in a triangle so that each of you faces the other two. Then I will blindfold you and paint either a yellow or a blue dot on each of your foreheads. When I remove the blindfolds you must each raise your hand if you see any yellow dots. As soon as you have worked out what colour your own dot is, lower your hand and tell me." So he seats them, blindfolds them, and then paints a yellow dot on all three foreheads. When the blindfolds are removed, all three hands go up. After a long pause, one hand comes down and the man says, "Your Highness, I have a yellow dot." How did he know?


You are visiting an island on which two tribes of natives live. One tribe has black soles and always lies; the other tribe has white soles and always tells the truth. There are three natives standing near you. You can't see the bottoms of their feet, and indeed you find out it is extremely rude to look at another's soles, but you are curious so you ask the first man, "Sir, what colour are your soles?" Now he happens to understand English, but he can't speak it, so he replies in his native tongue, "Glub Glub." You turn to the second man and ask, "Sir, what did he say?" The second man replies, "He said he has white soles." Now to be sure, you turn to the third and ask, "Sir, what colour soles does this second man have?" The third man replies, "Sir, he has black soles." Now the question is, what colour are the third native's soles?


You are travelling in a deep, dark forest and get lost. A trapdoor suddenly opens and you fall down into a dark chamber. You hear a voice, "You are trespassing and the penalty is death. In five minutes you will be buried alive. However, due to our exceeding kindness and mercy, we will allow you to earn your life back. In this dark chamber there are two doors. You may choose to open either one - if you choose correctly, you will go free. If you choose incorrectly, well, then your fate has not changed and you will still be buried alive. To help you choose, you may ask a question. However, you should know that two people will hear you; one of them always lies and the other one always tells the truth. One of them will answer your question, but you will not know which one. They both know which door leads to freedom. Good luck, you have four and a half minutes left." What question do you ask to win your freedom? (At least two solutions.)


  1. If you have it, you want to share it. If you share it, you don't have it.
  2. He who makes it does not want it. He who buys it does not use it. He who uses it does not know it.
  3. You can hold me just for a short time, sometimes you lose me, and yet I will stay with you all your life.
  4. It belongs to you, but it will be used by others a thousand times more often than by you yourself.
  5. Dead men eat it all the time. If a live man eats it, he will soon die.
  6. Why is six afraid of seven?
  7. What breaks as soon as you speak of it?
  8. What grows when given food, but dies when given water?
  9. The more you take, the more you leave behind.
  10. There's a house that has every window oriented to North. Where could that be?
  11. People run away from her when she is pregnant, but they rejoice when she has delivered.
  12. What runs about all day and lies under the bed at night?
  13. It has a mouth but never speaks, it has a bed and never sleeps.
  14. Which book of the Bible tells the story of how Abel slayed Cain?
  15. You must keep it after giving it.
  16. What is better: 4.5 and 4.5 makes 10.5, or 4.5 + 4.5 = 10.5?
  17. Two bodies have I, though both joined in one. The more still I stand, the quicker I run.
  18. How far can a dog run into the forest?
  19. What does a dog do that a person can step into?
  20. What grows up while growing down?
  21. What is the longest English word?
  22. Which moves faster, heat or cold?
  23. What bird does what another bird is?
  24. If there's H2O on the inside of the fireplug, what's on the outside of that fireplug?
  25. Why do programmers often confuse Halloween and Christmas?

What are the answers?


  1. A man remembered The Quest he once pursued, when he looked at the photo and sighed, "Brothers nor sisters I have, but the father of this man was the son of my father". Who was the person the photo?
  2. A man picks up a photo and says "I don't have a brother or a son, but this person's father is my father's son". Who is the person on the photo?
  3. A guy said to his brother: "I was born just a few minutes before you, in the same place, on the same day of the month of the same year, of the same parents. We have no brothers and we are not twins." How can this be?
  4. Two people are walking in Picadilly Square. The smallest is the son of the biggest. However, the biggest is not the father of the smallest. Who is who?
  5. Is it lawful for a man to marry his widow's sister?
  6. On a hunting trip: Two fathers and two sons each shoot and kill a duck, nobody shot the same duck. Yet no more than three ducks fell down. How can this be?
  7. These are times of living in the fast lane. They say it's possible for one's granddad to be younger than one's father. What do you think?
  8. Well, if you thought the riddle of the young granddad seemed impossible, try this one for size! My father was eight years old on his first birthday.
  9. "I have as many brothers as sisters," says a brother to his sister. "That's nothing," replies his sister, "I have twice as many brothers as sisters." How many brothers and sisters are there?
  10. My ex-wifes son is now my ex-brother-in-law, explain.
  11. What relationsip to you, is your father's only brother's wife's only brother in law?
  12. I am my mothers son's brother's sister's brother. What is the minimum number of siblings I have?
  13. There are two sisters. The second gave birth to the first. Who are they?


  1. This creature, part man and part tree, hates the termite as much as the flea. His tracks do not match, and his limbs detach, but he's not a strange creature to see.
  2. A man plants a quick-growing lily in a pond with an area of 2049 m2. Every day the area covered by the lilies doubles. After 48 days the entire water surface is covered. On which day was the pond half covered?
  3. What is the name of the person who let Norah see Sharons telegram?
  4. A shepherd had 18 sheep. He kept 1/3 on the right side of the field and the rest on the left side. All but nine sheep were killed by an epidemic. How many sheep did the shepherd have left?
  5. An archeologist proudly told that he had found four silver coins which, according to the inscription "649 B.C.", should now be 2720 years old. The press considered him a fraud and a dreamer. Why?
  6. I have got two minutes to catch the train and I am 2 miles from the station. If I travel the first mile at a average speed of 30 miles an hour, how high must my average speed be for the second mile if I am still to catch the train?
  7. Thiz sentense hav fife faults. Is this statement right or wrong?
  8. I like biology; I can prove that every cat has three tails. Can you?
  9. What five letter word has the same pronunciation when you remove four of its letters?
  10. Why would you rather have, half a cheese sandwich than eternal life of peace and happieness?


  1. A man leaves home and makes 3 left turns. When he returns home he is met by two men, one of whom is wearing a mask. Who are they?
  2. A guy is 20 years old in 1980, but only 15 years in 1985. Why?
  3. What goes up and down but never moves?
  4. Although aeronautics has set many speed and reliability records, one aircraft is still unable to fly a distance greater than one mile, despite considerable research and the fact that it's in perfect flying condition and properly maintained. What class of aircraft is this?
  5. Which four letter sport begins with a 'T' ?
  6. What has 20 eyes and 2 hands but can't see or take anything?
  7. No-legs lay on one-leg, two-legs sat near on three-legs, four-legs got some. Explain!
  8. How much money do you get when you put 50 female pigs with 50 male deer?
  9. How do you write "A Hungry Horse" in 4 letters?
  10. If you've finished a signed letter from Mr Ing in Germany, what have you just done?
  11. Some might say i'm fate, but that is not my function. What am I?
  12. What has keys that open no locks, space but no room, and you can enter but not go in?


A man comes home from work by train every day. He gets to the train station at 5 pm and from there his dog picks him up in the car. One day the man arrived at the station at 4 pm and decided to start walking and meet his dog somewhere between the train station and home. His dog drove the car as usual, met him on the road before reaching the station, and took him home. That day, they got home 20 minutes early.

How long had the man been walking?


1. In the forest, a hotel has an infinite number of rooms. An infinite number of forest people arrive and each takes a room. So far, so good. Now you would like a room.

Can the hotel accommodate you? If so, how?

2. The hotel has an infinite number of rooms. An infinite number of forest people arrive and each takes a room. So far, so good. Now another infinite number of guests arrive.

Can the hotel accommodate them all? If so, how?


You are on an island and you see a forest person ploughing a field with a large tractor. There are no bridges or tunnels to the island and you wonder how the tractor got out to the island.

"That's a good question," says a nearby forest person, reading your mind. "I have the only boat around here and it's not big enough to carry that tractor over. I didn't drop off any parts, either, so he couldn't have built it there. And no one has an airplane or helicopter to drop it off."

So how did the tractor get on the island?

(Notes: 1. the tractor was not built on the island
2. even with tides, the water is too deep to drive across
3. it was not driven across the bottom of the ocean or under water
4. it was not disassembled)


The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on on hearing this; but all he said was, "Why is a raven like a writing-desk?"... "Have you guessed the riddle yet?" the Hatter said, turning to Alice again. "No, I give it up," Alice replied. "What's the answer?" "I haven't the slightest idea," said the Hatter.



There is an island that is considered to be paradise. All the inhibitants of the island are Perfect Logicians, and every knows of every that they are Perfect Logicans. Exactly 100 of these persons have blue eyes, 100 have brown eyes, and 1 has green eyes. The inhibitants do not know what his/her color eyes is. Everyone is constantly aware of everyone elses eye color but no person knows that there are 100 blue eyed, 100 brown eyed, and 1 green eyed person on the island. If a person finds out his/her own eye color she/he must leave the island at midnight of the day she/he finds out! There are no mirrors or reflections of any kind on the island. Also, nobody on the island ever speaks except the Guru, who is the person with the green eyes, (she does not know her eye color and if she found out she would have to leave the island at midnight). The Guru says one sentence every fifty years. One day the Guru arrives and tells everyone on the island the following: I SEE SOMEONE WITH BLUE EYES. Who (if anyone) leaves the island and when?