We all love solving good old riddles. They are fun, helps develop logic and reasoning skills, and are great icebreakers. This post is a collection of top 100 short riddles which have stayed popular because of their simplicity as well the ability to surprise us. The answers to these riddles are so obvious and yet obfuscated by our own thinking. This selection of classic riddles include some old favorites and some new ones that will surely give your brains a good workout! Click on the ‘Show Answer’ beneath each riddle to check out the answers. Have fun!!!

Top 100 Short Riddles and Brain Teasers

 

A women and daughter walked into a restaurant. A man walked past and the women both said, “Hello, Father”. How is this possible?

 

The shorter I am, the bigger I am. What am I?

 

I am as simple as a circle, worthless as a leader but when I follow a group, their strength increases manyfold. What am I?

 

What is something you will never see again?

 

Whats 3/7 chicken, 2/3 cat, and 2/4 goat?

 

top 100 short riddles - what can you hear but not touch
solve riddles – what can you hear but not touch

What can you hear but not touch or see and yet control?

 

What is easy to get into, but hard to get out of?

 

riddle - what did the thief get
riddle – what did the thief get

What did the thief get for stealing the calendar?

 

Teddy bears are never hungry because they are always what?

 

What do you call a 100-year-old ant?

 

A man was driving a black car. His lights were off. The moon shown no light. A cat was in the middle of the road. How did he know to stop?

 

math puzzle - what 3 positive numbers same result
math puzzle – what 3 positive numbers same result

What 3 positive numbers give the same result when multiplied and added together?

 

math puzzle - 12 kids in a classroom
math puzzle – 12 kids in a classroom

There are 12 kids in a classroom. 6 kids are wearing socks and 4 are wearing shoes. 3 kids are wearing both. How many are bare feet?

 

What two things can you never eat for breakfast?

 

I have six faces and 21 eyes but cannot see. What am I?

 

top 100 short riddles - what is black when you buy it
riddles for kids – what is black when you buy it

What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

 

What doesn’t get any wetter, no matter how much rain falls on it?

 

Everyone has me but nobody can lose me. What am I?

 

You go at red, but stop at green. What am I?

 

I’m not an air plane, but I can fly through the sky. I’m not a river, but I’m full of water. What am I?

 

I only point in one direction, but I guide people around the world. What am I?

 

What is unusual about the following words: revive, banana, grammar, voodoo, assess, potato, dresser, uneven?

 

riddles for kids - whats orange and sounds like parrot
classic puzzle – whats orange and sounds like parrot

What’s orange and sounds like a parrot?

 

You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?

 

It can be cracked, It can be made, It can be told, it can be played. What is it?

 

There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

 

There were an electrician and a plumber waiting in line for admission to the Home Show. One of them was the father of the others son. How could this be possible?

 

Take me with you and I’ll lead you anywhere. Flip me around and I’ll annoy you.

 

What type of house weighs the least?

 

What has cities, but no houses; forests, but no trees; and river, but no fish?

 

How many books can you put into an empty backpack?

 

What makes my left hand, my right hand?

 

A boy fell off a 100 foot ladder. But he did not get hurt. Why not?

 

A truck driver is going opposite traffic on a one way street. A police officer sees him but doesn’t stop him. Why didn’t the police officer stop?

 

What invention lets you look right through a wall?

 

Mr Brown was killed on Sunday afternoon. The wife said she was reading a book. The butler said He was taking a shower. The chef said he was making breakfast. The maid said she was folding clothes, and the gardener said he was planting tomatoes. Who did it?
The chef. Mr Brown was killed in the afternoon and yet the chef claimed he was making breakfast?

 

You can see him, but not me. You can hear me, but not him. What am I?

 

You can hold me in your hand and yet I can fill the entire room. What am I?

 

Solve Top 100 Short Riddles in Timed Format – Part 1

When I live I cry, if you don’t kill me I’ll die. What am I?

 

What word of five letters has only one left when two letters are removed?

 

There is one in every corner and two in every room. What am I?

 

Mary’s father has 5 daughters Nana Nene Nini Nono. What is the 5th daughter name?

 

Cloud is my mother. Wind is my Father. I come down but never go up. What am I?

 

Tear off my skin. I won’t cry but you will. What Am I?

 

What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?

 

I’m tall when I’m young. I’m short when I’m old. I can light up your world. What am I?

 

He has married many women but has never been married. Who is he?

 

What invention lets you look right through a wall?

 

I make billions of dollars selling windows. Who am I?

 

What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

 

What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?

 

Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?

 

What starts with the letter T is filled with T and ends in T?

 

The more it dries the wetter it becomes. What is it?

 

riddle - what can go up a chimney down
riddle – what can go up a chimney down

What can go up a chimney down but can’t go down a chimney up?

 

I have a face and two hand but I have no arms or legs. Six plus seven is one. What am I?

 

riddles kids - i always wear a tuxedo
riddles kids – i always wear a tuxedo

I’m an animal. I love marching. I always wear a tuxedo. What am I?

 

What can you catch but not throw?

 

riddle - if you have it you don't share it
riddle – if you have it you don’t share it

If you have it you don’t share it. If you share it you don’t have it. What is it?

 

What side of a cat has the most fur?

 

What is harder to catch the faster you run?

 

Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

 

I have four fingers and a thumb but I’m not living. What am I?

 

I have an eye but I can’s see. I usually have to work with something in my eye. What am I?

 

Tear one off and scratch my head what was red is black instead. What is it?

 

What has 88 keys but can’t open a single door?

 

Mr. Red lives in the red house. Mr. Blue lives in the blue house. Mrs. Pink lives in the pink house? Who lives in the white house?

 

They come out at night without being called. They are lost in the day without being stolen. What are they?

 

Tuesday Sam and Peter went to a restaurant. After eating lunch they paid the bill. Sam and Peter did not pay. Who did?

 

If there is a bee in my hand what is in my eye?

 

What goes through towns and over hills but never moves?

 

What gets broken without being held?

 

What is always coming but never arrives?

 

riddle - i have a neck but no head
riddle – i have a neck but no head

I have a neck but no head. I have a body but no arm. I have a bottom but no leg. What am I?

 

If I drink I die. If I eat I am fine. What am I?

 

It is so delicate that saying its name breaks it?

 

I have a head but never weeps. I have a bed but never sleeps. I can run but never walks. I have a bank but no money. What am I?

 

Solve Top 100 Short Riddles in Timed Format – Part 2

What loses its head in the morning but gets it back at night?

 

riddle - if 2 is company and 3 is crowd
riddle – if 2 is company and 3 is crowd

If two is company and three is a crowd what is four and five?

 

What goes through a door but never goes in and never comes out?

 

You walk into a room with a rabbit holding a carrot, a pig eating slop, and a chimp holding a banana. Who is the smartest animal in the room?

 

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