Can You Solve These Impossible Riddles?

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Can we stump you? All of these riddles have hidden and sometimes double meanings. Think twice before answering, these puzzles may not be as easy or simple as you think! If you can solve them, give yourself a pat on the back for being in the 1%!

What goes down but never comes up? What do you have to give away to keep? Care to put your brain to the test? Will you be able to look past all the fluff and solve these fun riddles? It's time to find out in this quiz.

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1. What goes up but never comes down?

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  1. Your age
  2. Time
  3. A broken umbrella
  4. The sun
As much as you try to age backwards, we can't all be Benjamin Button! Leading a healthy lifestyle -- or plastic surgery, if you want to go that route -- might help, though!
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2. What kind of tree do you carry in both hands?

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  1. Palm
  2. Tamarind
  3. Oak
  4. Walnut
Are you laughing yet? The upside of your hand is called the palm, which also happens to be a tropical tree. Time for the beach?
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3. This has a tail, a head, but NO body:

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  1. The headless horseman
  2. A coyote
  3. A ghost
  4. A coin
Flip a coin, and it'll either land on heads or tails. The coin itself is bodiless. Magic!
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4. What can run but can't walk?

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  1. A dog
  2. Water
  3. A cheetah
  4. A human
Animals and human beings can walk AND run, but have you ever seen water walking? Water can only run. Not physically, but you get our drift...
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5. Mr. Pink lives in the pink house, Mr. Black lives in the black house, and Mr. Blue lives in the blue house. Who lives in the White House?

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  1. The President
  2. Mr. Yellow
  3. Mr. Purple
  4. Mr. Brown
If you look carefully, you'll notice that the words "White House" were capitalized. All the other houses were distractions. The president, of course, lives in the White House.
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6. Which bank NEVER has money?

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  1. The national bank
  2. The piggy bank
  3. The local bank
  4. The riverbank
The riverbank isn't exactly a safe place to store your money. That's probably why it's the only "bank" that has no money.... unless it's buried, of course.
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7. What's the only coat you can put on when it's wet?

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  1. A coat of paint
  2. A fur coat
  3. A fringe coat
  4. A leather coat
A coat of paint isn't exactly clothing, but it's still a coat of sorts. It's one that can only be applied when wet. We'd like to see you try and apply a dry coat of paint.
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8. What belongs to you, but is used more by others?

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  1. Your teeth
  2. Your clothes
  3. Your name
  4. Your life
We would hope that you didn't answer your clothes, teeth or your life. The answer should be your name. It's definitely YOURS, but you rarely use it to refer to yourself.
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9. This has one head, one foot, and four legs?

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  1. Your friend, Bob
  2. A dog
  3. A bed
  4. A parrot
Theoretically, a maimed animal could have one head, one foot, and four legs, but we're talking about something much more run-of-the-mill. A bed!
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10. Which of these words becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

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  1. Telephone
  2. Rose
  3. Short
  4. Salmon
This riddle is as literal as they get. The answer you're looking for is "shorter." Ad -er to short, and that's exactly what you'll get!
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11. Why can't cats play basketball with pigs?

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  1. Because they play in mud
  2. Because they can fly
  3. Because they're always sleeping
  4. Because they hog the ball
It's a play on words! "Hog" is another word for pig. We don't know, of course, how pigs would play basketball, but we suspect they wouldn't want to give the ball up.
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12. What has an eye but can't see?

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  1. Needle
  2. A cyclops
  3. A dolphin
  4. People
That tiny hole that you put the thread in? That's called the needle's "eye". Unfortunately, it can neither blink, nor see.
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13. What kind of room has no doors or windows?

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  1. A bedroom
  2. A kitchen
  3. A mushroom
  4. A bathroom
Bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens all either have doors and/or windows. But we have never seen a mushroom with doors or windows... except in children's books.
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14. This goes up and down, but NEVER moves:

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  1. An elevator
  2. A bicycle
  3. The temperature
  4. A rollercoaster car
Elevators, bicycles, and rollercoasters can move, but the temperature can't physically go from one spot to another.
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15. If you take two apples from the three hanging on the tree, how many do you have?

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  1. Twenty
  2. None
  3. Two
  4. Ten
Don't overthink this one. If you take two apples, there's really no math you need to do. You have two apples, that's it.
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16. Which everyday item has a neck but no head?

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  1. A bottle
  2. A human
  3. A snake
  4. A bird
Snakes, humans, and birds all have heads, but bottles don't. They do have necks, though.
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17. Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it, you'll die. What is it?

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  1. Nothing
  2. Jobs
  3. Health
  4. Money
Find this answer through the process of elimination. None of the options quite fit to the question like the word "nothing".
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18. This has a face and two hands but no arms...

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  1. A sphynx
  2. A clock
  3. A man
  4. A boy
Clocks share a few body parts that humans do, but they can't exactly do the things that we can... maybe because they have no arms?
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19. What needs an answer but never asks a question?

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  1. An exam
  2. A telephone
  3. A child
  4. A professor
Telephones are annoying that way. They always need you to answer them when they ring!
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20. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?

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  1. Money
  2. Footsteps
  3. Work
  4. Food
The more footsteps you take, the more you leave behind. Test this by walking through mud... or wet sand.
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21. Despite having four legs, THIS can't walk:

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  1. A table
  2. A staircase
  3. A clock
  4. A pillow
Clocks, staircases, and pillows don't have legs, but a table does.
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22. What comes down but never goes up?

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  1. Your age
  2. Toys
  3. Rain
  4. Basketballs
Stairs don't come down or go up. Your age certainly doesn't come down, and neither do toys. But rain does.
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23. What has been around for millions of years, but is never more than a month old?

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  1. The moon
  2. A tree
  3. An adult
  4. The Mona Lisa
The moon! It's been around since before mankind, but each of its cycles only lasts for 30 days!
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24. You cannot keep this until you give it. What is it?

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  1. A coin
  2. A kiss
  3. Your word
  4. A laptop
A promise -- or your word -- is the only thing you need to give away to be able to keep. Think about it!
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25. What has many rings but no fingers?

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  1. A telephone
  2. A table
  3. A hand
  4. A chair
A telephone can ring many many times in one day. But you'll never find one that has fingers... we hope.
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26. What is something you'll never see again?

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  1. Your face
  2. Yesterday
  3. Your TV
  4. Your food
Unless you have the Time Stone (like the Avengers do) you'll never see yesterday again. You can see your face, TV and food again, however.
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27. What did the outlaw get when he stole the calendar?

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  1. A fine
  2. A good lashing
  3. 12 months
  4. Nothing
He may or may not have gotten a sentence. But he did get 12 months-- hope it was worth it!
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28. What goes all around the world but stays in a corner?

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  1. Grapes
  2. An airplane
  3. A stamp
  4. Leaves
A stamp can be mailed around the world, while staying in the corner of an envelope (top right or left depending on where you're from).
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29. What's full of keys but can't open a door?

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  1. A car key
  2. An office key
  3. A house key
  4. A piano
One of the only kinds of keys that doesn't open a door is piano keys. They do make beautiful sounds, though!
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30. What begins with T, ends with T, and has T in it?

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  1. Talent
  2. Teapot
  3. Toilet
  4. Toot
The trick in this riddle is the clue, "has T in it". That "T" stands for tea, which makes the answer a teapot.
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31. Why isn't your nose 12 inches long?

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  1. Because then it would be a foot
  2. Because long noses make no sense
  3. Because that wouldn't be cute
  4. Because you're not Pinocchio
There are 12 inches in one foot. If your nose was twelve inches long, it'd be a "foot". Get it? Permission granted to start laughing.
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32. How do oceans say hi to each other?

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  1. They text
  2. They call each other
  3. They go to brunch
  4. With a wave
Oceans greet each other the same way we greet our friends, and that's with a wave.
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33. Why did the boy bury his flashlight?

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  1. Because the batteries died
  2. Because he was tired
  3. Because he's smart
  4. Because he had nothing better to do
Apparently, the boy thought it was best to have a funeral for his flashlight since its batteries died.
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34. What has branches but no fruit, trunk, or leaves?

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  1. A bank
  2. A flower
  3. A tree
  4. A wire
A bank, of course! There are probably about three or more branches of any given bank in your city alone.
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35. What runs around the yard without moving?

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  1. A child
  2. A leaf
  3. A dog
  4. A fence
A fence runs around the perimeter of your yard, without actually moving! Clever, are we right?
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36. Sandra's dad had five daughters: Sarah, Suzie, Samantha, and Sierra. What's the fifth daughter's name?

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  1. Sophia
  2. Serenity
  3. Stella
  4. Sandra
If you reread the riddle, you'll see that we gave you the name of the fifth sibling first. It's Sandra! The other sisters were listed after: Sarah, Suzie, Samantha, and Sierra.
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37. Which of these words is spelled incorrectly?

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  1. Incorrectly
  2. Pillow
  3. Mango
  4. Teddy bear
Did we get you? The word that is spelled "incorrectly" is none other than "incorrectly".
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38. What can you catch but not throw?

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  1. A ball
  2. A cold
  3. A bouquet
  4. A teddy bear
You can throw a ball, a teddy bear, and a bouquet, but you can't throw a cold. You can, however, catch it.
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39. What starts with a P, ends with an E, and has thousands of letters?

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  1. Paradise
  2. People
  3. Post office
  4. Patience
Post offices house thousands of letters, don't they? The phrase also happens to start with a 'P' and end with an 'E'.
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40. Where does Friday come before Thursday?

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  1. In the dictionary
  2. In the horoscope
  3. On the calendar
  4. Never
Thursday always comes before Friday, EXCEPT in the dictionary. 'F' comes before 'T'.
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41. Which of these letters holds the most water?

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  1. D
  2. C
  3. E
  4. Q
The trick to this question is to not look at the letters, but to focus on their sound instead. C sounds like "sea", which, of course, holds a ton of water!
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42. Why are ghosts bad at lying?

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  1. Because they stink
  2. Because you can see right through them
  3. Because they don't brush their teeth
  4. Because they're dead
Legend has it that all ghosts are see-through. It's safe to assume that you'll "see through" any lies they tell.
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43. If an electric train is going south, what direction would its smoke be going?

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  1. South
  2. Electric trains don't have smoke
  3. West
  4. All over the place
The kicker here is that the train is electric, which means that it doesn't produce smoke.
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44. Which weighs more: a pound of coins or a pound of feathers?

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  1. They weigh the same
  2. The coins
  3. Only Einstein knows
  4. The feathers
A pound is a pound, no matter what's being weighed. So the feathers and the coins are equal.
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45. What word begins and ends with an E, but only has one "letter" in it?

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  1. Eagle
  2. Envelope
  3. Eve
  4. Edge
This riddle requires you to think a bit outside the box. First, narrow down your options. Then, think about which of the words can hold a letter. Not a letter of the alphabet, but one that you would send to a friend.
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46. What has to be broken before you can use it?

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  1. A TV
  2. A promise
  3. A glass
  4. An egg
Plates, glasses, and TVs are of little use broken, but an egg is. You need to break it in order to cook it.
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47. Throw THIS out when you want to use it, but take it in when you DON'T:

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  1. Hope
  2. Garbage
  3. An anchor
  4. Clothing
Anchors are one of the only things that people really throw out in order to use. Think about it -- it's thrown into the sea when it needs to be used, and pulled back in when it's not.
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48. Which months have 28 days?

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  1. All of them
  2. March and May
  3. February
  4. September, October, November, December
Did we get you? It's true that February usually only has 28 days... but every other month ALSO has 28 days. Whether the last day is the 30th or 31st, they all have 28.
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49. Three men were in a boat that sunk. Only two got their hair wet. Why?

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  1. One got saved after he got wet
  2. One could swim
  3. One was bald
  4. One had long nails
The third man's hair didn't get wet because he had no hair on his head to begin with!
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50. Do you know which of these funky cheeses is "made" backwards?

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  1. Cheddar
  2. Edam
  3. Brie
  4. Parmesan
The word "made" when spelled backwards is "Edam". Tada! You've answered the riddle
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