20 Incredibly Hard Riddles With Answers

Hard riddles both challenge your mind and take patience to answer, they’re fun and rewarding at the same time. Very few things are funnier and more entertaining than riddles. If you want to get some hard riddles to pass the time, you have come to the right place. Below are a ton of hard riddles with answers to go with them.

Here are the 20 incredibly hard riddles with answers:

Riddle 1: What has 4 fingers and a thump but is not living?

Answer to riddle 1: A clove.

Riddle 2: I can only live where there is light, but I die if the light shines on me. What am I?

Answer to riddle 2: I am a shadow.

Riddle 4: I have keys but no locks. I have a space but no room. You can enter, but you can’t go outside. What am I?

Answer to riddle 4: I am a keyboard.

Riddle 5: What flies when it is born, lies when it is alive and runs when it is dead?

Answer to riddle 5: A snowflake.

Riddle 6: Every night I am told what to do, and each morning I do what I am told. But I still do not escape your scold. What am I?

Answer to riddle 6: I am an alarm clock!

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Riddle 7: What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?

Answer to riddle 7: The letter “M”

Riddle 8: If you give me food, I will live. But if you give me water, and I will die. What am I?

Answer to riddle 8: I am fire.

Riddle 9: I am a mother and a father at the same time. But I have never given birth. Also, I am rarely still and yet I never wander. What am I?

Answer to riddle 9: I am a tree.

Riddle 10: Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

Answer to riddle 10: The answer is more obvious than you think. The word that is spelled incorrectly in the dictionary is “incorrectly”.

Riddle 11: We hurt without moving. We poison without touching. We bear the truth and the lies. We are not to be judged by our size. Do you know what we are?

Answer to riddle 11: We are words.

Riddle12: I am always there, some distance away. Somewhere between land or sea and sky, I lay. You may move toward me, but distant do I stay. What am I?

Answer to riddle 12: I am the horizon.

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Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Things are just about to get even harder.

Riddle 13: You have been asked to transport 3,000 apples. The distance that you need to cover is 1,000 miles, all the way from Appleland to Bananaville. You have to pay taxes along the way: one apple for every mile toward Bananaville. There is no tax when you go toward Appleland. Your goal is to take as many apples. How many apples can you take to Bananaville after paying your taxes?

Answer to riddle 13: The answer is that you will be able to take 833 apples. The way you would achieve that is by making 3 trips of 1,000 apples each for 333 miles. Once you have completed that you will still have 2,001 apples and 667 miles to get to Bananaville. Then, take 2 trips of 500 miles, taking 1,000 apples with you in each of them. Then go the last 167 miles with 1,000 apples and you will get to Bananaville with 833 apples.

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Riddle 14: A deep fried chicken restaurant sells chicken in three kinds of orders: 6, 9, and 20 chickens. What is the largest number of pieces of chicken that you just cannot order?

Answer to riddle 14: 43. After 6 pieces of chicken, all numbers that you can order are divisible by 3. That is how you will get to 26. From then on, you will be able to divide by three as long as you subtract 20.

Riddle 15: My first is often at the front door. My second is found in the cereal family. My third is what most people want. My whole is one of the United States. What am I?

Answer to riddle 15: I am Matrimony (mat + rye + money), a union.

Riddle 16: Smell me, purchase me, delivery me. I will not change. What am I?

Answer to riddle 17: I am cent, scent, and sent.

Riddle 18: I am a natural state. I am sought by all. Go without me and you will fail. You do me when you spend, and you use me to no end when you eat. What am I?

Answer to riddle 18: I am balance.

Riddle 19: What is he that builds stronger than the mason, the carpenter, or the shipwright?

Answer to riddle 19: The gravedigger because the houses he or she builds are meant to last forever.

Riddle 20: Joe has three daughters. All his daughters are unmarried. The youngest daughter always lies, the oldest always tells the truth, and the middle one either tells truth or lies. They all look the same age. When a wealthy young man comes to Joe’s house, he says he wants to marry one of his daughters. He needs to choose between the oldest or the youngest. Joe agrees but asks the young man to ask the girls a yes or no question. What question should the young man ask the three daughters to figure one who is the youngest or the oldest?

Answer to riddle 20: The young man should ask each of them is the other daughter is older than the last one. The question should be “is she older than her?”  He should then the daughter that appears to be the youngest based on the answers he gets. If the young guy asks the older daughter and gets yes for an answer, then he’ll know who the youngest daughter is. If he asks the youngest daughter and she says yes, then she’ll pick the oldest. And if he asks the middle daughter, her answer doesn´t matter.

Juan Ramos

When people ask me why I write, I tell them that I do it so I can learn. The main reason I became a writer is my insatiable curiosity. My favorite part of writing is researching and learning about new topics.

I hold a BA in English Studies from the University of La Laguna and an MA in English literature from the Open University.

Cite this article as:
Juan Ramos. 20 Incredibly Hard Riddles With Answers, Science Trends, 2018.
DOI: 10.31988/SciTrends.18914
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