20 Clever Brain Teasers and Witty Riddles for Kids and Adults

February 14, 2013 17:40 by kelly

Are you ready to give your brain a hearty workout? These clever brain teasers & witty riddles will require mental acuity, lateral thinking, and… a generous sense of humor! ;)

We've compiled twenty brainy puzzles of varying levels of difficulty - some are mathematical in nature, some will test your verbal cunning, and some are just plain silly. If you can't get one, don't fret, just move on to the next!

Now, there ARE answers at the bottom of the page, but... no peeking! You want to keep building those brain muscles - that IS why you're here, right? When you're finished, please leave us a comment & let us know how you did!

Good luck and have fun getting smarter!

The Questions:

1) Q: What 5-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

 

2) Q: Find a number less than 100 that is increased by one-fifth of its value when its digits are reversed.

 

3) Q: A farmer is trying to cross a river with a bag of corn, a hen, and a fox. The farmer's boat is only big enough to take himself and one other item per trip. The hen cannot be left alone with the corn or she will eat it. Likewise the fox cannot be left with the hen, or the hen will be eaten. How does the farmer get all three items across the river?

 

4) Q: A bat and a ball cost $1.10. The bat costs one dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

 

5) Q: What letter comes next in the following sequence? D R M F S L T_

 

6) Q: Johnny's Mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?

 

7) Q: A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

 

8) Q: If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

 

9) Q: How many times can you subtract the number two from the number fifty?

 

10) Q: It's a stormy night and a plane takes off from JFK airport in New York. The storm worsens, and the plane crashes - half lands in the United States, the other half lands in Canada. In which country do you bury the survivors?

 

11) Q: In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

 

12) Q: What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?

 

13) Q: Given these equations, what does 4500 equal?

8898=7

4566=2

1203=1

2313=0

4566=2

5464=1

7774=0

1003=2

9856=4

9955=2

1886=5

1231=0

8764=3

4500=

 

14) Q: What's full of holes but can still hold water?

 

15) Q: Can you think of a common word that contains double C, double S and double L? Can you think of a second one?

 

16) Q: What number comes next in the following sequence? 2 4 8 10 20 _

 

17) Q: Without it, I'm dead. If I'm not, then then I'm behind. What am I?

 

18) Q: If you wrote all of the numbers from 300 to 400 on a piece of paper, how many times would you have written the number 3?

 

19) Q: You are in a place called Jack's World and there is only one law. There is a mirror, but no reflection. There is pizza with cheese, but not sausage. There is pepper, but no salt. There is a door, yet no entrance or exit. What is the law?

 

20) Q: I come in different shapes and sizes. Parts of me are curved, other parts are straight. You can put me anywhere you like, but there is only one right place for me. What am I?

Ready for the answers?

The Answers:

1) A: Short

2) A: 45 (1/5 of 45 = 9, 9 + 45 = 54)

3) A: The farmer takes the hen across first, and leaves her on the other bank. Next, he comes back, loads the fox onto his boat, and takes him back across the river. He drops off the fox on the opposite bank, picks up the hen, and brings her back to the original bank. He swaps the hen for the corn, and returns to the far bank with the corn - leaving it with the fox. Then, he returns once more to the original bank to get the hen. Once he brings her across, all four are happy to be on the other side!

4) A: The ball costs 5 cents. One dollar more than 5c is $1.05. The sum of which is $1.10.

5) A: D - each letter represents one note in the diatonic musical scale: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do

6) A: Johnny

7) A: Meat

8) A: 2nd Place

9) A: Once. After that, you'd be subtracting from 48.

10) A: You don't bury survivors!

11) A: You can't take a picture with a wooden leg; you need a camera.

12) A: Incorrectly

13) A: 2 - Each answer given equals the number of circles present in the numbers. So, 5699 would equal 3 and 4444 = 0

14) A: A sponge

15) A: Successfully. Unsuccessfully.

16) A: 22 (the sequence alternates +2, x2)

17) A: Ahead.

18) A: 120 (100 threes in the hundreds place + 10 threes in the tens place + 10 threes in the ones place)

19) A: Everything (each word) in Jack's World must contain double letters.

20) A: A jigsaw puzzle piece (how appropriate!)

 

A special thank you to Vernice, one of our Serious Customer Advocates and to Rob, our Serious Content Manager for contributing some ideas for this post!



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