A riddle is a word puzzle in which one person asks a confusing or puzzling question, and the other person has to figure out its meaning. Riddles often depend on puns and double-entendre – in other words, the key to solving the riddle is to realize that one of the words is being used in a surprising or unexpected way. A phrase could have two meanings or it could be understood in two different ways.

A riddle can be a statement, question, or phrase that has a double meaning. A riddle can also be described as a puzzle to be solved. Riddles can be great brain busters or conversation starters to get you to think. When someone uses a riddle, it can be a thought-provoking challenge to figure it out on own, or it can be a funny comment that makes you laugh. 

Riddles can be a question with a quick witty answer.
Mainly, riddles are just games – they’re told for fun, and to pass time. Riddles are also called brain teasers. Riddles are just one form of a brain teaser, alongside crosswords, Sudoku puzzles, and even math problems. In addition to being fun, riddles can also be useful! That’s because solving them requires you to think hard about the words involved, and this enhances the parts of the brain that deal with language.

Different Types of Riddles

A riddle is a puzzle or joke in which you ask a question that seems to be nonsense but which has a clever or amusing answer. A mysterious, deceptive, or confusing question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed.

There are two types of riddles, enigmas and conundrums.
  • An enigma is a problem in which the solution is expressed metaphorically. You have to wisely think about the riddle to come up with the solution.
  • A conundrum is a question that opens either the question or the answer.
When presented with a riddle, the brain looks through all the words and its meanings. The more riddles you work on, the faster your brain gets at this process, which means it is getting better at processing words and ideas.

Take a look at Fun Riddles with answers:

  1. “Three eyes have I, all in a row; when the red one opens, all freeze.” The answer is traffic light.
  2. If you are in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove and a gas lamp. You only have one match, so what do you light first? THE MATCH!
  3. I'm as big as an elephant but lighter than a feather. What am I? The Wind
  4. What is once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in a thousand years? The letter M.
  5. What can point in every direction but can't reach the destination by itself. Your finger.
  6. The more I appear the less you see. So riddle me this: What could I be? Darkness
  7. No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?” It is silence.
  8. Imagine you are swimming in the ocean and a bunch of hungry sharks surround you. How do you get out alive? Stop imagining
  9. I have a head, and I have a tail, but I have no body. I am NOT a snake. What am I? A coin.
  10. What falls, but does not break, and what breaks but does not fall? Night falls and day breaks.
  11. A green man lived in a green house. A blue man lived in a blue house. Who lived in the white house? The President
  12. What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?” A towel of course. 
  13. The more you take the more you leave behind. Footsteps.
  14. Which is faster, hot or cold? Hot is faster. You can catch a cold but you can't catch hot!
  15. What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps? A river.