Hard riddles for kids
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# Hard riddles for kids

Do you like to exercise your mind and logic? If you are here, you surely do. And it is always great fun to do that together with your kids. There are many tricky riddles that are solved not with academic knowledge but with smart thinking exercises. If your brain is used to that, don’t wait and start solving our tasks. They can be hard for smaller kids, but teenagers and adults can enjoy them and think together, with the younger ones involved in listening and understanding the logic of the tasks.

1. A man went to a supermarket to buy some things and asked the price of the items. The salesman answered him:

• one costs \$ 1;
• eight are for \$1 as well;
• thirteen are for \$2;
• one hundred sixty-eight are for \$3;
• four thousand nine hundred and eighty-six are for \$4.

2. You are standing in front of a closed room. There is one light bulb and no windows and slits to see the light inside the room.

To the right of the door leading into the room, there are three switches that are in the “off” position, and only one of them is connected to the lamp. You need to find out which switch turns on the light. You can change the position of the switches as many times as you need, but you can enter the room only once.

3. The builder has 8 bricks, 7 of which are of the same weight, and one is heavier. How can a builder identify a defective brick with a scale in just two weighings?

4. The guy asked the girl: “How old are you?”. She answered: “The day before yesterday, I was 22, and next year I will be 25”. How can that be? Try to guess when the girl’s birthday is and what date the conversation between the couple took place.

5. How do I draw a triangle so that all its angles are 90 degrees?

6. Write down eight eights so that they add up to 1,000.

7. You have two strands of the same length, and it is known that if one end of any of them is ignited, one thread will burn in one hour. How to measure 45 minutes with just two such threads and matches without touching the threads with your hands?

8. One night, a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker went to a hotel. When they got their bill, however, it was for four people. Who was the fourth person?

9. A man was cleaning the windows of a skyscraper. He slipped and fell off the ladder but wasn’t hurt. How did he do it?

10. A man and his son were injured in an accident. Two ambulances came and took them to different hospitals. The man’s son was in the operating room, and the doctor said, “I can’t operate on you. You’re my son.” How is that possible?

11. What instrument can you hear but never see?

12. What do you call a bear without claws and teeth?

13. What happens to a chicken when it is lying on its back?

14. If a blue house is made of blue bricks, a red house is made of red bricks, a yellow house is made of yellow bricks. What is a green house made of?

15. A building has four walls. All of the walls are facing South, and there is a bear inside it. What color is the bear?

16. In a one-story white house, there was a white person, a white cat, a white fish, a white computer, a white chair, a white table, a white telephone, a white shower — everything was white!

What color were the stairs?

17. A man was walking in the park when it started to rain outside. The man did not have a hat and an umbrella with him, and he could not find shelter between the trees because of the heavy downpour. As a result, all the clothes were wet, but not a single hair on the man’s head got wet. How could this have happened?

18. In a camp deployed in the field during the battle, a soldier was on guard at night. At about 4 o’clock in the morning, he woke up the commander and said that that night he had seen in a dream their enemies attacking their camp from the south. And although the commander was not a superstitious person, he still posted observers over the southern part of the plain.

After some time, the enemy attacked exactly from the side shown by the soldier, but since the measures were taken in advance, the army was able to easily repulse the attack and attack in response to the enemy, defeating him. After a grueling battle and victory, the commander put the soldier in prison. Why?

19. Looks like water,
But it’s heat.
Sits on sand,
Lays on concrete.
People have been known,
But it gets them no place,
And all they can do is stare.

20. A man was driving his car. His lights were not on. The moon was not out. Up ahead, a girl was crossing the street. How did he see her?

21. Napoleon Bonaparte, Queen Elizabeth, Neil Armstrong, Sherlock Holmes, William Shakespeare, Nostradamus, Barack Obama. Who is superfluous on this list?

22. I have three syllables. Take away five letters, and a man will remain. Take away four letters, and a woman will remain. Take away three letters, and a great man will appear. The entire word shows you what Joan of Arc was.

23. Eight girls are in the house, and each of them is busy with some business:

• the first one is preparing dinner;
• the second one is firing up the fireplace;
• the third one is reading a book;
• the fourth one is playing chess;
• the fifth one is drawing a picture;
• the sixth one is cleaning the house;
• the seventh one is hanging the curtains.

What is the eighth girl doing?

24. What word starts with E and ends with E but only has one letter in it?

25. You take it everywhere you go, and it is never heavy. What is it?

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

27. The more it is, the less you see. What is it?

28. You see a boat filled with people. You look again but don’t see a single person on the boat, though it didn’t sink. Why?

29. If you show it to others, it is gone forever. What is it?

30. How do football players keep cool during a match?

32. My rings are not made of silver or gold, but I get more of them as I get old. What am I?

33. What can you find at the end of a rainbow?

34. How many bricks does it take to complete a house?

35. Take away the whole, and some will remain. What is it?

36. This is an insect whose name contains the name of another insect. What is it?

37. What is the size of an elephant but weightless?

38. What can fill a big hall without taking up any space?

39. If it rains cats and dogs at midnight, can you know if it will be hot and sunny in 96 hours?

40. Anna’s parents have three kids. The elder son is called Paul. His younger brother is Peter. What is the name and gender of the third child?

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