Riddles for Adults – 99 Best Riddles

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99 Riddles for Adults That’ll Test Your Smarts and Hurt Your Brain!

Riddles for adults are always a fun way to test your intelligence and see how quickly you can think on your feet. But for adults, some of the classic riddles can be a bit too easy. So, we’ve gathered 99 hard-hitting riddles that will make your brain hurt! Ready to test your cognitive thinking? Let’s go!




  1. Forward I am heavy, and backward I am not?

Answer: A ton


  1. First, you eat me, and then you get eaten. What am I?

Answer: A fishhook


  1. What are two things you can never eat for dinner?

Answer: Breakfast and lunch


  1. What goes through cities and fields but never moves?

Answer: Roads


  1. A certain crime is punishable if attempted but not punishable if committed.
    What is it?

Answer: Suicide


  1. I am a box that holds keys without locks, yet they can unlock your soul.
    What am I?

Answer: A piano


  1. What has no hands but might knock on your door, and if it does, you better open the door?

Answer: Opportunity


  1. What goes up but never comes down?

Answer: Your age


  1. I do not speak and cannot hear, but I will always tell the truth.  What am I?

Answer: A mirror


  1. How can you physically stand behind your best friend while he is standing behind you?

Answer: You are standing back-to-back with your best friend


Adult Riddles




  1. What won’t break if you throw it off the highest building in the world but will break if you put it in the ocean?

Answer: A tissue


  1. Spelled forwards, I’m what you do every day; spelled backward, I’m something you hate. What am I?

Answer: Live


  1. What belongs to you, but everyone else uses it?

Answer: Your name


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

Answer: An anchor


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

Answer: Queue


  1. What is seen in the middle of March and April that can’t be seen at the beginning or end of the month?

Answer: The letter “R”


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

Answer: An Egg


  1. Eddie’s father has three sons: Snap, Crackle and…?

Answer: Eddie


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

Answer: A coin


  1. What has many hearts but no other organs? 

Answer: A deck of cards


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Adult riddles




  1. I have cities but no houses. I have mountains but no trees. I have water but no fish. What am I?

Answer: A map


  1. The strongest people cannot hold me for more than 5 minutes, even though I am the lightest thing. What am I?

Answer: Your breathe


  1. I can’t be bought, but I can be stolen with a glance. I’m worthless to one, but priceless to two. What am I?

Answer: Love


  1. What do the letter “T” and the word island have in common?

Answer: They are both found in the middle of water


  1. How is seven different from the rest of the numbers between one and ten?

Answer: seven has two syllables, and the others have only one syllable


  1. What can you catch but not throw?

Answer: A cold


  1. I begin with an “E” and contain just one letter. What am I?

Answer: An envelope


  1. What has four wheels and flies?

Answer: A garbage truck


  1. What can be stolen, mistaken, or changed but never leaves you?

Answer: Your identity


  1. The airplane was full of people even though there was not a single person on board. How is that possible?

Answer: All the people on board were in a relationship


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Adult Riddle




  1. What has 21 eyes but cannot see?

Answer: A die (plural: dice)


  1. What gets wet while drying?

Answer: A towel


  1. What kind of band never plays music?

Answer: A rubber band


  1. What is the end of everything?

Answer: The letter “G”


  1. If your uncle’s sister is not your aunt, what relation is she to you?

Answer: Your mom


  1. Take me out and scratch my head, I am now black but once was red. What am I?

Answer: A match


  1. What word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

Answer: Incorrectly


  1. What has ten letters and starts with gas?

Answer: Automobile


  1. What building has the most stories?

Answer: A library


  1. A cowboy rides into town on Sunday. He stays three days, then rides out of town on Sunday.  How is this possible?

Answer: The horse’s name is Sunday


Adult Riddle




  1. What can travel around the world without leaving its corner?

Answer: A postage stamp


  1. If you’re running a marathon and pass the person in second, then what place are you in?

Answer: Second place


  1. A delivery driver goes the wrong way down a one-way street. She passes the police, but they don’t stop her.  Why?

Answer: She was walking


  1. What occurs in a minute, twice in a moment, and never in 10,000 years?

Answer: The letter “M”


  1. What can’t talk but will reply when spoken to?

Answer: An echo


  1. What has a bottom at the top?

Answer: Legs


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

Answer: Footsteps


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

Answer: Silence


  1. What can go up a chimney when down but unable to go down a chimney when up?

Answer: An umbrella


  1. What five-letter word stays the same when you take away the first, third, and last letter?

Answer: Empty


Adult Riddle




  1. What kind of table doesn’t have legs?

Answer: Periodic and multiplication tables


  1. What word looks the same upside down?

Answer: SWIMS


  1. The faster you run, the harder it is to catch me.

Answer: Your breath


  1. I have two eyes and a mouth. Water gives me life, and the sun brings me death. What am I?

Answer: A snowman


  1. What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?

Answer: The future


  1. I turn everything around while standing still. What am I?

Answer: A mirror


  1. What can provide food before it’s alive, while it’s alive, and after it’s dead?

Answer: A Chicken


  1. I belong in the month of December, but not in any other month. I am not a holiday. What am I?

Answer: The letter “D”


  1. What has a neck and no head, two arms and no hands?

Answer: A shirt


  1. I’m everywhere and part of everyone. I am at the end of space and time and existence itself. What am I?

Answer: The letter “E”


Riddles for Adults




  1. If three different racecar drivers said that Doug is their brother, yet Doug claims he has no brothers, who is lying?

Answer: No one is lying because the three doctors are Doug’s sisters.


  1. I come from a mine and am surrounded by wood. I help others to express themselves. What am I?

Answer: A pencil


  1. What English word has three consecutive double letters?

Answer: Bookkeeper


  1. I am not a king, but I can cause much pain, and my name would suggest otherwise. What am I?

Answer: A ruler


  1. What disappears the moment you say its name?

Answer: Silence


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

Answer: Light


  1. What goes up but never comes down?

Answer: Your age


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

Answer: An egg


  1. What can you keep after giving it to someone?

Answer: Your word


  1. The more of this there is, the less you see. What is it?

Answer: Darkness


Adult Riddle




  1. What can you hold in your left hand but not in your right?

Answer: Your right elbow


  1. What gets bigger when more is taken away?

Answer: A hole


  1. Where does today come before yesterday?

Answer: The dictionary


  1. What has one eye, but can’t see?

Answer: A sewing needle


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

Answer: A bed


  1. What breaks yet never falls, and what falls yet never breaks?

Answer: Day and Night


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

Answer: A river


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

Answer: Queue


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

Answer: Stone


  1. What 4-letter word can be written forward, backward or upside down, and can still be read from left to right?

Answer: NOON


Adult Riddle




  1. A word you know has six letters; remove one letter, and 12 remain. What is it?

Answer: Dozen


  1. If there are three supercars and you take away two, how many supercars do you have?

Answer: Two supercars


  1. What tastes better than it smells?

Answer: Tongue


  1. What has many needles but doesn’t sew?

Answer: A Christmas tree


  1. What invention lets you see right through a wall?

Answer: A window


  1. A man dies of old age on his 25th How is this possible?

Answer: He was born on February 29th


  1. What question can you never answer yes to?

Answer: Are you asleep yet?


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

Answer: A Sponge


  1. What do Alexander The Great and Winnie The Pooh have in common?

Answer: They have the same middle name


  1. What rock group has four men that don’t sing?

Answer: Mount Rushmore


Adult Riddle




  1. What is the least spoken language in the world?

Answer: Sign language


  1. Why would a lady in New York never be buried in California?

Answer: Because she is still alive


  1. What begins with the letter P, finishes with the letter E, and has over a thousand letters in it?

Answer: A Post Office


  1. Two coins add up to 30 cents, and one of them isn’t a nickel. What are they?

Answer: A quarter and a nickel.


  1. What grows when it eats but dies when it drinks?

Answer: A fire


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

Answer: Short


  1. Can you write down eight eights so they add up to one thousand?

Answer: 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1,000


  1. Which month has 28 days?

Answer:  All of them


  1. Take off my skin, and I won’t cry, but you will.

   Answer: An onion


Thanks for challenging your brain with these 99 riddles for adults. They may not be easy, but they’re definitely fun. And who knows, you might even learn something new. Do you have a favorite riddle? Let us know in the comments.


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