I started collecting brain-teasers and riddles to send my godson when I write letters to him. I usually write one or two on the envelopes and then write the answer inside in the letter or inside the envelope flap.


Now my four oldest grandchildren, 8-11, are crazy about them. It’s fun to watch them try to work out the answers or to see their reactions when they do not figure out the answers. Sometimes they also come up with good alternative responses.  Here are some favourites with mine.  Try some with yours:

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

A clock


I am always hungry and will die if not fed, but if you water me, I’ll die. What am I? 

A fire


What is always in front of you but cannot be seen?

The future.

What has to be broken before you can use it? 

An egg

Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?

Mount Everest.

What gets wetter & wetter the more it dries?

A towel

Jeff’s dad has three sons: Snap, Crackle, and ___? (Similar: Johnny’s mom has four kids. The first three are named April, May, June. What is the name of the next child?)


A man went outside in the pouring rain with no protection, but not a single hair on his head got wet. How come?

The man was bald

If a plane crashed on the border of England and Scotland, where would they bury the survivors?

You don’t bury survivors

A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat.

How did the dog do it?

The river is frozen.

A girl fell off a fifty foot ladder without getting hurt. How did she do it?

She was only standing on the bottom rung.

What is light as a feather but even the world’s strongest human couldn’t hold it for any longer than a minute?

Your breath.

What can travel around the world while staying in the same small corner?

A postage stamp.

Carl the butcher is 5’10”. What does he weigh?

He weighs meat.

Which is heavier? A pound of feathers or a pound of rocks?

They weigh the same, a pound.


What word begins and ends with an E but only has one letter?


In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, a pink telephone, a pink shower — everything was pink! What color were the stairs?

There are no stairs. It’s a one story house.

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  1. 6 arrows
    Posted October 11, 2020 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Regarding the 50-foot ladder: I pictured someone standing on it as it lay flat on the ground, then falling off that. 😉

    • Headmistress
      Posted October 13, 2020 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

      That also works!

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