We’re back again with yet another set of riddles that only a genius could solve.
10. A farmer purchased some chickens and goats. When his wife asked how many of each he bought, the farmer said he had a total of 54 animals with a total of 140 feet between them all. How many chickens and how many goats did he purchase in total? The answer is: 38 chickens and 16 goats. The chickens have two legs each, so that’s 76 feet. And the goats have four legs each, so that’s 64 feet, which brings the total to 140 feet in total.
9. Jenn gave Sue as many dollars as Sue had to start with. Sue then gave Jenn back as much as Jenn had left. Jenn then gave Sue back as many dollars as Sue now had, which left Jenn broke and gave Sue a total of $80.00. How much money did Jenn and Sue have at the beginning of their exchange? The answer is: Jenn had $50 and Sue had $30.
8. A horse is tied to a 15-foot rope and there is a bale of hay 25 feet away. The horse is able to eat from the bale of hay. How is this possible? The answer is: One end of the rope is tied to the horse, and the other end of the rope isn’t tied to anything, so the horse is able to roam free and go anywhere he wants to go.
7. Start with the word “snowing.” Delete one letter at a time and continue to form a legitimate word each time until you have only one letter left which should also be a word. Are you ready for the answer? If you start with “snowing,” you can remove the “n” and get the word “sowing.” Then remove the “s” and you have “owing.” Remove the “o” and you have “wing.” Get rid of the “g” and you have “win.” Ditch the “w,” and you have “in.” Then, remove the “n” and you’re left with the word “I.”
6. I’m one of seven and these are the others: biggest, smallest, cold, dark, and two brothers. What am I? The answer is: Europe, one of the 7 continents.
5. A man wanted to enter an exclusive club but he didn’t have the secret password. He waited by the door and listened. A club member knocked on the door and the doorman said, “Twelve.” The member replied, “Six” and was let in. Another member came to the door and the doorman said, “Six.” The member replied, “Three” and was also let in. The man thought he had heard enough and walked up and knocked on the door. The doorman said, “Ten” and the man replied, “Five.” He was not let in. What should he have replied? The answer is: Three. The doorman lets in those who answer with the number that is equal to the number of letters in the word he says.
4. You have two ropes. Each takes exactly 60 minutes to burn. They are made of different material so even though they take the same amount of time to burn, they burn at separate rates. In addition, each rope burns inconsistently. How do you measure out exactly 45 minutes? The answer is: Take one rope and light it at both ends. At the same time, light one end of the other rope. When the first rope finishes burning, light the other end of the remaining rope. When it burns out, the 45 minutes will be up.
3. Joan was self-conscious about her weight, so when she signed up at the gym and was asked how much she weighed she said, “I weigh 115 pounds plus half my weight.” How much does Joan weigh? The answer is 230 pounds. If Joan weighs 115 pounds plus half her body weight, the 115 pounds is the other half.
2. A snail is at the bottom of a well and wants to get out. He manages to crawl up the wall 3 feet each day, but at night he must rest, and so he slips back down 2 feet. If the well is 30 feet deep, how long will it take him to get out? The answer is: 28 days. The snail averages 1 foot each day, so after 27 days he has reached 27 feet. On the 28th day, he crawls up 3 feet during the day, but since he is now at 30 feet and out of the well, he no longer slips back 2 feet.
1. All of my ties are red except two. All of my ties are green except two. All of my ties are black except two. How many ties do I have? Do you give up? The answer is: One red tie, one green tie, and one black tie.
How many of these tricky riddles did you get right?