Mind-Bending Riddles You Can Use to Impress Your Friends | 22 Words

Riddle me that, riddle me this...How many of these answers did you really miss?

That's right. It's time to warm up your brain and check out some of the best offerings from Propensity for Curiosity, gathered by Bored Panda, guaranteed to make you think, probably get frustrated when you see the answer, and then think, "Why didn't I think of that?"

If nothing else, they're great to share with your friends so you can sound super smart.

Ready? Let's begin.

A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms:

The first is full of raging fires; the second, assassins with loaded guns; and the third, lions who haven't eaten in years. Which room is the safest?

Answer: The lion room.

Those poor things would have died of starvation long before the assassin even entered that room.

16, 06, 68, 88, ?, 98.

What number belongs where the '?' is?

Answer: The '?' should be '78'.

All of the numbers, when read upside down, are the numbers 86-91.

This five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it.

Can you figure out what it is?

Answer: Short.

Get it? 'Short' literally becomes 'shorter' when you add 'e' and 'r' to the end of it! Don't worry. I didn't get it either.

When you need me, you throw me away. But when you're done with me, you bring me back.

What am I? And no, it's not that ex that you had a toxic relationship with.

Answer: An anchor.

It took me a LONG time to get this next one...

I stay in the corner but travel around the world.

What am I?

Answer: A stamp.

This is a great riddle for mail carriers to use on their co-workers! ...I'm assuming all they do is talk about the mail and mail-related accessories all day long.

What rock group has four men that don't sing?

Try to think outside the box for this one.

Answer: Mount Rushmore.

They might not sing, but they sure have that stony gaze down. It makes for an epic band picture.

What was the largest island in the world before Australia was discovered?

And no, you don't have to be a geography expert to get this one.

Answer: Australia.

It was still there, just wasn't discovered yet! Okay, so that was kind of a trick question...

What can you hold in your right hand...

...but not in your left?

Answer: Your left hand.

I seriously cannot believe I missed this next one...

Two girls ate dinner together. They both ordered iced tea.

One girl drank them very fast and had finished five in the time it took the other to drink just one. The girl who drank one died while the other survived. All of the drinks were poisoned. How did the girl who drank the most survive?

Answer: The poison was in the ice.

As she slowly drank her one drink, the melting ice released the poison.

A woman shoots her husband, then holds him underwater for five minutes.

A little while later, they both go out and enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

Answer: She shot her husband with her camera...

...and then developed the photo.

Many have heard me, but no one has seen me, and I will not speak back until spoken to.

What am I?

Answer: An echo.

You got that one, right? No? Try not to beat yourself up. You'll get the next one for sure.

A window cleaner is cleaning a window on the 25th floor of a skyscraper when, suddenly, he slips and falls.

He has no safety equipment and nothing to soften his fall, and yet he is not hurt. How can this be?

Answer: He was inside cleaning the windows.

I also would have accepted 'The window cleaner was actually Spider-Man' as an answer.

Name the next number in the sequence:

1 11 21 1211 111221 312211

Answer: The next number is 13112221.

Each number describes the previous number. Starting with 1, the second line describes it 1 (one 1). Then the third line describes 11 as 21 (two 1's). Then the fourth line describes 21 as 1211 (one 2, one 1). That is the pattern.

I am the first on earth, and the second in heaven.

I appear twice in a week though you can only see me once in a year. What am I?

Answer: The letter E.

See? These are actually pretty simple! The secret is not to overthink them.

A woman was born in 1948 but only celebrated her 16th birthday quite recently.

How is this possible?

Answer: She was born on February 29th.

AKA, Leap Day. I'm guessing she looks pretty rough for a 16-year-old...

A man is found murdered on a Sunday morning. His wife calls the police, who question the wife and the staff, and are given the following alibis:

The wife says she was sleeping. The butler was cleaning the closet. The gardener was picking vegetables. The maid was getting the mail. The cook was preparing breakfast. Immediately, the police arrest the murderer. Who did it, and how did the police know?

Answer: The maid.

There is no mail on Sundays. Plus, 'getting the mail' takes about five seconds. Pretty flimsy excuse, don't you think?

Four men were fishing in a boat on the lake.

The boat turned over and all four men sank to the bottom of the lake. And yet, not one single man got wet. How can this be?

Answer: All of the men were married.

Get it? Not one 'single' man got wet? Talk about clever wordplay!

If it's information you seek, come and see me.

If it's pairs of letters you need, I have consecutively three. What am I?

Answer: A bookkeeper.

Bookkeepers also do your taxes. That doesn't have anything to do with this riddle, I'm just reminding you how helpful bookkeepers are. Let's move on.

We hurt without moving.

We poison without touching. We bear the truth and the lies. We are not to be judged by our size. What are we?

Answer: Words.

That's it! Now you can try these riddles out on your friends and family members and feel smugly superior as they struggle to answer them. You're welcome.