Riddles to solve with your kids (or on your own!)

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Question:

What is bigger when new and grows smaller with use?

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Pencil/crayon/chalk/soap

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What call for help, when written in capital letters, is the same forwards, backwards and upside down?

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SOS

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What word becomes a palindrome (word that reads the same backwards and forwards) when viewed upside down and backwards?

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SWIMS

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What runs around a house but doesn’t move?

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A fence

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This thing devours all,
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers,
Gnaws iron, bites steel,
Grinds hard stones to meal,
Slays kings, ruins towns,
And beats high mountains down.
(by J. R. R. Tolkien)

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Time

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What gets wetter the more it dries?

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A towel.

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What has one head, one foot and four legs?

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A bed.

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We see it once in a year, twice in a week, and never in a day. What is it?

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The letter “E”

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What goes up but never comes down?

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Your age!

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What starts with the letter “t”, is filled with “t” and ends in “t”?

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A teapot!

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A traveller comes to a fork in the road which leads to two villages. In one village the people always tell lies, and in the other village the people always tell the truth. The traveller needs to conduct business in the village where everyone tells the truth. A man from one of the villages is standing in the middle of the fork, but there is no indication of which village he is from. The traveller approaches the man and asks him one question. From the villager’s answer, he knows which road to follow. What did the traveller ask?

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“Which road goes to your village?” because both the liar and the person telling the truth will point to the truthful village.

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The more of them you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?

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Your footsteps.

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

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Mary

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What travels around the world but stays in one spot?

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A stamp!

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What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment and never in one thousand years?

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The letter M

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What has hands but can not clap?

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A clock

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What can you catch but not throw?

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A cold

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What is so delicate that saying its name breaks it?

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Silence

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What has one eye but cannot see?

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A needle

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Date Created: April 9, 2014 Date Modified: September 19, 2018