80 Riddles for Adults That'll Have You Scratching Your Head

There are a few things in life for which you are never too old, like corny one-liners, silly knock-knock jokes, and — of course — classic riddles. Brainteasers can serve as the perfect icebreaker or conversation starter in any situation, and if you're in need of some riddles for adults to add to your arsenal, then we've got you covered. Just like your daily Wordle puzzle, these riddles will really make you think (and then, once you learn the answer, smack your head and exclaim, "Why didn't I think of that?"). But that's exactly what makes them so fun!

Maybe you're looking to learn some jokes that are equal parts funny and clever. Perhaps you want some easy riddles you can share with your kids or tricky ones you can use to stump your friends. Maybe you're even the kind of person who loves a good logic puzzle that really puts your brain to the challenge. No matter your preference, we've got some fun riddles (with answers!) that all adults will love... even if it takes them a moment or two to puzzle out the answer. If you're ready to find out what tastes better than it smells, or what has a head and a tail but no body, then read on to find out.

Funny Riddles for Adults

1. When is a door no longer a door?

Answer: When it's ajar.

2. What tastes better than it smells?

Answer: Your tongue.

3. What building has the most stories?

Answer: A library.

4. What has a bottom at the top?

Answer: Your legs.

5. What has four wheels and flies?

Answer: A garbage truck.

6. What month of the year has 28 days in it?

Answer: All of them.

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7. What can you put in a bucket to make it weigh less?

Answer: A hole.

8. What starts with T, ends with T, and has T in it?

Answer: A teapot.

9. Where is the only place where today comes before yesterday?

Answer: The dictionary.

10. What goes all around the world but stays in a corner?

Answer: A stamp.

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11. What has 13 hearts but no other organs?

Answer: A deck of cards.

12. What comes at the end of everything?

Answer: The letter "g."

13.What do the letter "t" and an island have in common?

Answer: They're both in the middle of water.

14. What type of cheese is made backwards?

Answer: Edam.

15. What kind of ship has two mates but no captain?

Answer: A relationship.

16. Who has married many people but has never been married himself?

Answer: A priest.

17. If you throw a blue stone into the Red Sea, what will it become?

Answer: Wet.

18. Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

Answer: Incorrectly.

19. What has three feet but cannot walk?

Answer: A yardstick.

20. What do you call a nose that's 12 inches long?

Answer: A foot.

Easy Riddles for Adults

21. What has to be broken before you can use it?

Answer: An egg.

22. What gets shorter as it grows older?

Answer: A candle.

24. What can you catch but never throw?

Answer: A cold.

25. What runs around a whole yard without moving?

Answer: A fence.

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26. What begins with an "e" and only contains one letter?

Answer: An envelope.

27. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

Answer: Short.

28. What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs?

Answer: A clock.

29. What has many keys but cannot open a single lock?

Answer: A piano.

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30. What's always found on the ground but never gets dirty?

Answer: A shadow.

31. What gets wet while drying?

Answer: A towel.

32. What has a head and a tail but no body?

Answer: A coin.

33. What is full of holes but still holds water?

Answer: A sponge.

34. What has many teeth but cannot bite?

Answer: A comb.

35. What has one head, one foot, and four legs?

Answer: A bed.

36. What goes up but never comes down?

Answer: Your age.

37. What can you find in a cupboard that can never be put in a saucepan?

Answer: Its lid.

38. What's a single-digit number with no value?

Answer: Zero.

39. What gets smaller every time it takes a bath?

80 Riddles for Adults That'll Have You Scratching Your Head

Answer: Soap.

40. What's always running but never gets hot?

Answer: A refrigerator.

Hard Riddles for Adults

41. What do you see once in June, twice in November, and not at all in May?

Answer: The letter "e."

42. What word is pronounced the same if you take away four of its five letters?

Answer: Queue.

43. What can fill a room but takes up no space?

Answer: Light.

44. What is so fragile that saying its name breaks it?

Answer: Silence.

45. What five-letter word has one left when two letters are removed?

Answer: Stone.

46. What has branches, but no fruit, trunk, or leaves?

Answer: A bank.

47. What word contains 26 letters but has only three syllables?

Answer: The alphabet.

48. What do you bury when it's alive and dig up when it's dead?

Answer: A plant.

49. What can't talk but will reply when spoken to?

Answer: An echo.

50. What is taken before you can get it?

Answer: Your picture.

51.What do you throw out when you want to use it but take in when you don’t want to use it?

Answer: An anchor.

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52. What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in 1,000 years?

Answer: The letter "m."

53. What do you lose the moment you share it?

Answer: A secret.

54. What thrives when you feed it but dies when you water it?

Answer: A fire.

55. What belongs to you but is used by everyone you meet?

Answer: Your name.

56. What do you buy to eat but never consume?

Answer: Cutlery.

57. What's lighter than a feather but impossible to hold for much more than a minute?

Answer: Your breath.

58. What makes more as you take them?

Answer: Footsteps.

59. What never walks but always runs?

Answer: A river.

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60. What's bought by the yard and worn by the foot?

Answer: A carpet.

Logic Riddles for Adults

61. You see a boat filled with people, yet there isn’t a single person on board. How?

Answer: All the people on the boat are married.

62.Two fathers and two sons are in a car, yet there are only three people in the car. How?

Answer: They are grandfather, father, and son.

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63. If your uncle’s sister is not your aunt, then who is she to you?

Answer: Your mother.

64. Two people are born at the same moment, but they don't have the same birthdays. How?

Answer: They were born in different time zones.

65. The person who made it doesn’t need it. The person who bought it doesn’t want it. The person who needs it doesn’t know it. What is it?

Answer: A coffin.

66. A man goes outside in the rain without an umbrella or hat but doesn't get a single hair on his head wet. How?

Answer: He's bald.

67. A bus driver goes the wrong way down a one-way street. He passes the cops, but they don’t stop him. Why?

Answer: He was walking.

68. If you are running a race and pass the person in second, then what place are you in?

Answer: Second place.

69. If an electric train is traveling south, then which way is the smoke going?

Answer: There is no smoke—it's an electric train.

70. You enter a room that contains a match, kerosene lamp, candle, and fireplace. What should you light first?

Answer: The match.

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

Answer: Nothing.

72. A mother and father have four daughters, and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the family?

Answer: Seven.

73. David’s father has three sons. Two of them are named Snap and Crackle. What is the third son's name?

Answer: David.

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74. A cowboy rides into town on Friday. He stays three days, then rides out of town on Friday. How?

Answer: His horse is named Friday.

75. If the day before yesterday was the 23rd, then what will be the day after tomorrow?

Answer: The 27th.

76. Whoever makes it doesn't tell. Whoever takes it doesn't know. Whoever knows it doesn't want. What is it?

Answer: Counterfeit money.

77. What common English verb becomes its own past tense by rearranging its letters?

Answer: Eat.

78. What was the biggest island in the world before the discovery of Greenland?

Answer: Greenland was always the biggest—people just didn't know it yet.

79. A is B's father but B isn't A's son. How?

Answer: B is A's daughter.

80. What is one thing that all people, regardless of their politics or religion, have to agree is between heaven and earth?

Answer: The word "and."