We have collected 101 of the best trick questions to get your mind working. Remember what makes them difficult is that the obvious answer is usually wrong. There is a hidden level of difficulty. You are forced to think beyond your first solution.
However, the good news is that after solving some of these types of puzzles, you will start to get the hang of it. Go through our entire list and you'll likely be prepared for any difficulty.
If you're just looking for a good riddle or two, our panel of experts* have identified the top ten below. But more serious players will want to work through this entire site. Good luck - you might need it!
Best trick questions with answers
1.) 12 blackbirds sat on the branches of a tree. A man shot 1 blackbird with his gun. How many are left on the tree?
none. The rest flew away.
2.) What was the name of the President in 1992?
3.) John's mother had three children. The first child's name was April. The second child was called May. What was the name of the third child?
4.) What was the highest mountain in the world before Mount Everest was discovered?
5.) Imagine falling into a deep hole full of spiders and poisonous snakes. how would you survive
It seems imaginary.
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6.) If you were to race and overtake the runner-up, what position would you be in now?
Second place. (If you passed the person first, you would be first.)
7.) A boy kicks a soccer ball. He walks 10 feet and comes back to him. How is that possible?
He kicked it up in the air directly above him. heaviness!
8.) A truck driver drives the wrong way down a one-way street and overtakes at least five police officers. Why isn't he caught?
He walks on the sidewalk and is not driving at the moment.
9.) How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
Don't worry as you won't find one.
10.) If you only had one match and walked into a dark room with an oil lamp, newspaper, and some wooden sticks, what would you light first?
Tricky riddles with answers
11.) What do you call a woman who always knows where her husband is?
12.) A farmer had 500 cows and he got them well. how did he do it
A Panorama photo.
13.) If you were to throw a red rock into a green sea, how would it come back?
Wet. (Don't think about it.)
14.) How do you make number one disappear?
Add the letter "G" to the front and voila.
15.) How many sides does a circle have?
Two. In and out.
16.) What gets bigger the more you take?
17.) Why is it against the law for a man living in North Carolina to be buried in South Carolina?
You may not bury a living person.
18.) Which two words together contain the most letters?
post and office.
19.) In Nova Scotia, you are not allowed to photograph a man with a wooden leg. Why not?
They would need some kind of camera.
20.) You have two coins that add up to 30 cents and one of them is not a quarter. What two currencies are there?
A Quarter and a Nickel - One isn't a quarter, but one is.
21.) There was a terrible plane crash. All people on board died, but two people survived. How is that possible?
The surviving couple were married.
22.) How many 6" x 6" books fit in a 2ft x 2ft container before it is empty?
For one thing, it's no longer empty afterwards.
23.) Which letter of the English alphabet flies, sings and stings?
24.) John fell off a 20 foot ladder. However, he was not hurt in the slightest. Why?
He was low to the ground on the step.
Difficult questions to answer
25.) What is broken without insurance?
26.) What kind of tree can you hold in your hand?
A palm tree.
27.) Some months have 31 days and some months have 30 days. How many have 28 days?
All 12 do.
28.) Which word in the dictionary is almost always misspelled?
29.) What do an island and the letter "t" have in common?
Both are in the middle of the water.
30.) She has married many men but has never been married. Who is she?
31.) What is at the end of the rainbow?
The letter "w".
32.) What is the best way to drop an egg onto a concrete floor without breaking it?
So to. The egg will likely crack, but the bottom will not.
33.) A woman dressed all in black walks down a city street. Suddenly, a big black car with no lights comes around the corner and hits the brakes. How did the car know the woman was there?
It was day.
34.) Can you spell enemy in three letters?
35.) I'm a bug, and the first part of my name is the name of another bug. What I am?
36.) What needs to be answered, but never has a question?
37.) A capital of Kentucky when pronounced Louisville or Luee-ville?
Yet. The capital is Frankfurt.
38.) The Creator does not want; the buyer does not use it and the user does not see it. What is that?
39.) What has 4 fingers and a thumb but is not alive?
40.) Which side of the chicken has more feathers?
41.) What always ends everything?
The letter "g".
42.) How can a man who shaves several times a day still have a long beard?
He's a hairdresser.
43.) Which coat looks better wet?
A coat of paint.
44.) How many letters does the alphabet have?
11 letters are in the "alphabet".
45.) How do you go 20 days without sleep?
sleep at night.
46.) If Brenna had 4 piles of sand and Sarah had 5 piles of sand and they put them together, how many piles would it be?
A big bunch!
47.) The teacher asked the two girls, who looked exactly the same, the following questions: a.) Do you come from the same family? b.) Do you have the same parents? c.) Were you born on the same day? They truly answered "yes" to those questions, and yet they were telling the truth when they stated that they weren't twins. How can that be?
They were triplets.
48.) How long does it take to answer this question?
How much time.
49.) John's father had three children: Snap, Crackle and... who?
50.) What are the next three letters in this sequence: OTTFFSS?
ENT. One, two, three... It's the first letter of each number, counted from one.
51.) John is a butcher. He is 5'10" and wears size 11 shoes. What does he weigh?
52.) What is full of holes but still contains liquid?
53.) A man claimed to have special powers, saying he could predict the outcome of any baseball game before it even started. And he was right. how did he do it
Before the game starts it is 0:0.
54.) A woman pushes her car into a hotel and later tells the owner that she is broke. Why?
She is playing the Monopoly game.
Trick questions for kids
55.) What is the next number in the sequence: 8 5 4 9 1 7 6 10 3 _?
Two. The numbers are arranged alphabetically.
56. Brothers Ben and Bob went to play checkers in the park. Everyone played 5 games. Ben told his mother he won 4 games. Bob told his mother that he won 3 games. Both told the truth. How was it?
They didn't play against each other.
57.) There is a water lily bed in a pond. The size of the patch doubles every day. If it takes 50 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long will it take for the patch to cover half the lake?
49 days. Because if it doubles that day, it will have covered the whole lake.
58.) Why was six afraid of seven?
For seven, eight [ate], nine.
59.) What is round and extremely violent?
A vicious circle.
60.) How do you know when a clock is hungry?
He comes back four seconds.
61.) Which word is the longest in the English language?
Smile because there's a mile between the beginning and the end. Check out the most direct answer to thatlongest word.
62.) How do you catch a unique animal?
single on top.
63.) How do you get a tamed animal?
The soft way.
64.) Why do hippos wear red sneakers?
To hide in the cherry trees.
Have you ever seen a hippopotamus in a cherry tree?
See how well it works?
65.) What did the inventor of the door knocker win?
The no-bell price.
66.) What is correct? "Penguins fly" or "A penguin flies"?
A penguin doesn't fly either.
67.) Who is bigger, Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger or the baby?
Your baby is a little bigger.
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68.) How do you put an elephant in the fridge?
Open the door, place the elephant and close the door.
69.) How do you put a giraffe in the fridge?
Open the door, take out the elephant, bring in the giraffe and close the door.
70.) The Lion King throws a party and invites all the animals. All but one of the animals take part. Which?
The giraffe. It's still in the fridge.
71.) You receive an invitation to the Lion King party. Eight kilometers from Casa do Leão you have to cross a river known to be full of crocodiles. How do you communicate?
By swimming. Remember that all the animals except the giraffe are at the party.
72.) A rope tied around a bull's neck is 10 feet long and his feeder is 15 feet away. How did the bull successfully eat without breaking or cutting the rope?
He approached. The rope was only attached to the bull's neck.
73.) Four footballers stood under an umbrella and didn't get wet. how could it be
It did not rain.
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74.) How could Tom walk out in the rain without a hat or any protection and still not have wet hair on his head?
Show the answer: Tom was bald.
75.) The cowboy rode into town on his mule. Why?
He couldn't wear it.
76.) If an electric train is going north at 100 mph and the wind is blowing west at 10 mph, how does the smoke blow?
An electric train has no smoke.
77.) A rooster laid an egg on the barn roof. Which way did it roll?
It didn't happen because roosters don't lay eggs. chickens yes
78.) What goes up and down but stays in the same place?
79.) How many times can you subtract 10 from 100?
Once. Subtract 10 from 90 next time.
80.) A plane crashes on the US-Canada border. Where do they bury the survivors?
They don't bury survivors... only the dead.
81.) Which President is on the $100 bill?
There is no. Benjamin Franklin was never the President.
82.) How far can you walk in the forest?
On the half way. Then you leave the forest.
83.) If I have it, I don't share it. If I share, I don't have. What is that?
84.) Tom's father has five children named Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty and...guess what the fifth would be called?
Tom would be the fifth child.
85.) Two mothers and two daughters went out to eat, they each ate a slice of pizza, but only three slices were eaten. How is that possible?
The dining group consisted of a grandmother, her daughter, and her daughter's daughter.
86.) How do you interpret that: "Ban ana"?
87.) How about this: OdOoOmO
88.) Try this: "landing time."
The Land Before Time.
89.) And this: Nasandwich, Nasandwich
90.) Heavy... what does that mean? REST IN PEACE.
A serious mistake. (Should be "RIP")
91.) A simpler one: age, beauty
Age before beauty.
92.) I love this one: Pol Mom Ice
93.) And another one: HoRobod
94.) Harder than you think...
I've eaten too much.
95.) Can you name a word that is pronounced differently if the first letter is capitalized?
herb or polish.
96.) What is the answer here? good day
97.) How about this? |r|e|a|d|
Read between the lines.
98.) And that? a photo in kle
99.) Try this:
Three degrees below zero.
100.) If you have three, you have three. If you have two, you have two. But if you have one, you don't have one. What is that?
The most famous trick question of all time
101.) The Greeks believed that the Sphinx of Egypt would devour all travelers who could not correctly answer the riddle she posed: “What is the creature that walks on four legs in the morning, two at noon and three at night? “This is a great example of thatWhat am I riddle
The Greek hero Oedipus found the convincing answer: "Man". This caused the death of the Sphinx.
So the moral of the story is that if you know the answers to tricky riddles, then you have a lot of power. Now do you want to go back and double check the answers above?
By Tim Moodie and Mike O'Halloran
Our *Panel of Experts: Tim, an author and toy inventor, and Mike, an author and editor of Greeting Card Poet, have always loved good puzzles, brain teasers, and trick questions. But even in compiling this collection, they were amazed more than a few times.
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Math puzzles and riddles
The answer is “no”, you can't answer the riddle because the answer doesn't exist! @onlyjayus commented on the trending TikTok video: “I'm sorry to tell you all that the answer is “no” it's hard because the over-complication makes people not realize what the question is.”What can run but not walk? ›
Answer: A River!What goes from Z to A? ›
The Word Zebra starts with the Letter 'Z' and ends with the Letter 'A'. So, the correct answer to the riddle is Zebra.What is 3x 1 answer? ›
In the 3x+1 problem, no matter what number you start with, you will always eventually reach 1. problem has been shown to be a computationally unsolvable problem.What are the 7 hardest math problems? ›
Clay “to increase and disseminate mathematical knowledge.” The seven problems, which were announced in 2000, are the Riemann hypothesis, P versus NP problem, Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, Hodge conjecture, Navier-Stokes equation, Yang-Mills theory, and Poincaré conjecture.What has an eye but Cannot see? ›
The answer to the “what has an eye but cannot see” riddle is a needle. Get it… the eye of a needle. There have been a lot of classic riddles going around at the moment, but this may be considered a lesser known gem.What has a head but no body answer? ›
What has a head and a tail, but no body? - from brainfans ... Answer: A coin...What can 21 eyes but Cannot see? ›
Answer: a die(dice) is the answer, it has six faces but dont wear makeup, but 21 eyes but cannot see, that is die.What has a bed but doesn't sleep? ›
Bread and a bank made of sand!What has 88 keys? ›
A standard piano has 88 keys: 52 white and 36 black.
Answer: a tongs. Four legs up, four legs down, soft in the middle, and hard all round.What flower has 2 lips? ›
Tulips (Two Lips) For Lovers Flower Bouquet.What is the end of a rainbow? ›
If you say that something is at the end of the rainbow, you mean that people want it but it is almost impossible to obtain or achieve. The promise of a cure–the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow–often makes sensible people do irrational things.What can fly but no wings? ›
- Ballooning Spider.
- Flying Squid.
- Flying Fish.
- Flying Squirrel.
- Colugos (Flying Lemur)
- Gliding Possum.
- Flying Snake.
Subtract 1 from 13 to get 12. Divide both sides by 3. Since 3 is positive, the inequality direction remains the same. Divide 12 by 3 to get 4.Has 3x 1 been solved? ›
After that, the 3X + 1 problem has appeared in various forms. It is one of the most infamous unsolved puzzles in the word. Prizes have been offered for its solution for more than forty years, but no one has completely and successfully solved it .What is the answer 1 3x1 5? ›
1/3 * 1/5 = 115 ≅ 0.06666667
Spelled result in words is one fifteenth.
A "googol" is the number 1 followed by 100 zeroes. The biggest number with a name is a "googolplex," which is the number 1 followed by a googol zeroes.What's the hardest math question? ›
Today's mathematicians would probably agree that the Riemann Hypothesis is the most significant open problem in all of math. It's one of the seven Millennium Prize Problems, with $1 million reward for its solution.What's the answer to x3 y3 z3 K? ›
The equation x3+y3+z3=k is known as the sum of cubes problem. For decades, a math puzzle has stumped the smartest mathematicians in the world. x3+y3+z3=k, with k being all the numbers from one to 100, is a Diophantine equation that's sometimes known as "summing of three cubes." ∴ The required result will be 3xyz.
The head of a comet often glows green; the tail mostly does not.What word begins and ends with an E? ›
The answer is: envelope.Who has teeth but cannot bite? ›
What has teeth but doesn't bite? A comb!What has a face and no arms? ›
A clock.What gets sharper the more you use it? ›
What gets sharper the more you use it? Answer: Your brain.What has a head but no hair? ›
A Pin Has a Head, But Has No Hair.What are 4 problem solving strategies? ›
- Guess (includes guess and check, guess and improve)
- Act It Out (act it out and use equipment)
- Draw (this includes drawing pictures and diagrams)
- Make a List (includes making a table)
- Think (includes using skills you know already)
- Define the problem.
- Gather information.
- Generate possible solutions.
- Evaluate ideas and then choose one.
- Define the problem. Diagnose the situation so that your focus is on the problem, not just its symptoms. ...
- Generate alternative solutions. Postpone the selection of one solution until several problem-solving alternatives have been proposed. ...
- Evaluate and select an alternative. ...
- Implement and follow up on the solution.
Step One: Define the Problem
Once the group has a clear grasp of what the problem is, they investigate the wider symptoms to discover the implications of the problem, who it affects, and how urgent/important it is to resolve the symptoms.
- #1 Whose problem is it? ...
- #2 Should it be solved? ...
- #3 Should it be solved now? ...
- #4 Do we understand the root problem? ...
- #5 Should we solve the root problem? ...
- #6 What are the possible solutions? ...
- #7 What are some non-obvious solutions? ...
- #8 What new problems might our solutions propagate?
- Step 1: Identify and define the problem. State the problem as clearly as possible. ...
- Step 2: Generate possible solutions. ...
- Step 3: Evaluate alternatives. ...
- Step 4: Decide on a solution. ...
- Step 5: Implement the solution. ...
- Step 6: Evaluate the outcome.
Problem-Solving Skills Examples
Problem-solving includes three main parts: identifying the problem, analyzing possible solutions, and deciding on the best course of action.
Five whys (or 5 whys) is an iterative interrogative technique used to explore the cause-and-effect relationships underlying a particular problem. The primary goal of the technique is to determine the root cause of a defect or problem by repeating the question "Why?" five times.What are the 8 problem-solving strategies? ›
- Step 1: Define the Problem. What is the problem? ...
- Step 2: Clarify the Problem. ...
- Step 3: Define the Goals. ...
- Step 4: Identify Root Cause of the Problem. ...
- Step 5: Develop Action Plan. ...
- Step 6: Execute Action Plan. ...
- Step 7: Evaluate the Results. ...
- Step 8: Continuously Improve.
The 5 Whys Problem Solving technique is a simple process to follow to solve any problem by repeatedly asking the question “Why” (five times is a good rule of thumb), to peel away the layers of symptoms that can lead to the root cause of a problem. This strategy relates to the principle of systematic problem solving.What is the most common problem-solving technique? ›
A brainstorming session is one of the most effective ways to learn the art of problem solving. The gist of it is to generate as many ideas as you can and in the problem solving process, come up with a way to solve a problem.What is a 4 step math problem? ›
The “Four-Step Problem Solving” plan helps elementary math students to employ sound reasoning and to develop mathematical language while they complete a four-step problem-solving process. This problem-solving plan consists of four steps: details, main idea, strategy, and how.What is 4d problem-solving? ›
The 4 D Method for Creative Practice is a framework designed to help teams of students in marketing classrooms generate creative solutions to wicked problems (Buchanan, 1992). The framework guides creative-problem solvers through four phases of creative work: discovery, defining, developing and delivering.What are the three methods of solving? ›
There are three methods used to solve systems of equations: graphing, substitution, and elimination. To solve a system by graphing, you simply graph the given equations and find the point(s) where they all intersect. The coordinate of this point will give you the values of the variables that you are solving for.