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Easier Riddles

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Two roads diverged in the wood and I, 
I took the one less traveled by, 
and that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

Riddles are perhaps some of the oldest examples of lateral thinking, common in Greek and Roman literature and also Anglo-Saxon stories. Riddles are statements with a hidden meaning, in the form of a word puzzle you have to solve as in the following thirty examples. See how many you can get right. They start easy and gradually become harder!

What is being described:

  1. Lighter than what I'm made of,
    I hide more of myself than you can see. What am I?

  2. I can’t be used unless I am broken. 
    What am I?

  3. I always go up and never come down. 

  4. I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right, and my middle. 
    But still I hold water. What am I?

  5. Wetter and wetter I get the more I dry, 
    Ring me and I will cry. 

  6. I weigh nothing, but still you can see me. 
    Put me in a bucket, and I'll make it lighter. 

  7. Glittering points downward thrust,
    Sparkling spears that do not rust.

  8. I am in the centre of Paris, at the end of the Eiffel Tower and I start every race.

  9. If you carried my burden,
    It would break your back.
    I am not rich,
    But I leave silver in my track.clock

  10. I am as light as a feather, 
    but the strongest man cannot hold me for long.  

  11. You use a knife to chop off my head 
    And weep beside me once I am dead. 

  12. At night I come without being fetched, 
    And by day I am lost without being stolen. 

  13. I am all about, but cannot be seen,
    I can be captured, but cannot be held,
    I have no throat, but am often heard.

  14. Catch me you can but you cannot throw me.

  15. It takes one word to separate me, 
    otherwise I am inseparable.

  16. I, all things devour:
    Birds, beasts, trees and flowers;
    I slay great kings, and ruin towns,
    I beat the highest mountains down
    Until I am measured,
    I am not known.
    Yet how you miss me,
    Once I have flown!

  17. My life can be measured in hours;
    I serve by being devoured.
    If thin, I am quick; if fat, I am slow.
    Wind is my foe.

  18. What can run but never walks, 
    Has a mouth but never talks, 
    Has a head but never weeps, 
    Has a bed but never sleeps? 

  19. What does man love more than life?
    Fear more than death or mortal strife?
    What do the poor have, what the rich require,candle
    And what contented men desire?
    What does the miser spend, the spendthrift save,
    And all men carry to their graves? 

  20. I can run but not walk. 
    Wherever I go, thought follows close behind. 

  21. I dig out tiny caves,
    and store gold in them.
    I build bridges of silver and make crowns of gold
    - the smallest you could ever imagine.
    Sooner or later you need my help, yet
    your are afraid to let me help you.



  • 16 or more. Excellent: you could be Tolkien himself
  • 12-15. Very good
  • 9 - 12. Quite Good
  • Below 9. Perhaps you need to read "The Hobbit" again!



  1. I am cold
  2. Drop me and you wil break me
  3. Measure me in years
  4. I am full of holes
  5. I am soft
  6. I am nothing
  7. I am cold
  8. I am from the alphabet.
  9. I am slow
  10. You can hold me
  11. I make you cry
  12. I come when you sleep
  13. I blow leaves
  14. I come in winter
  15. I am soft and red
  16. You carry me on your wrist
  17. I bring light
  18. I wind and wend
  19. I am no thing
  20. You can blow me
  21. Where do you find crowns that don't sit on your head?


  1. An iceberg
  2. An egg
  3. Age
  4. A sponge
  5. A towel
  6. A hole
  7. An icicle
  8. The letter r
  9. A snail
  10. Breath
  11. An onion
  12. Dreams (or perhaps stars)
  13. The wind
  14. A cold
  15. Lips
  16. Time
  17. A candle
  18. A river        
  19. Nothing
  20. Your nose   
  21. A dentist



  • For even more riddles see here


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