Riddles 30

Many Words From One

There is a common English word that is nine letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word – from nine letters right down to a single letter. What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing one letter at a time?

The base word is Startling.

Football Bet

Joe bets Tony $100 that he can predict the score of the football game before it starts. Tony agrees, but loses the bet. Why did Tony lose the bet?

Joe said the score would be 0-0 and he was right. “Before” any football game starts, the score is always 0-0.

Gentle Touch Will Do

What force and strength cannot get through, I with a gentle touch can do. And many in the street would stand, were I not a friend at hand.What am I?

I am a Key.

Plenty of Backbone

I can sizzle like bacon,
I am made with an egg,
I have plenty of backbone, but lack a good leg,
I peel layers like onions, but still remain whole,
I can be long, like a flagpole, yet fit in a hole,
What am I?

I’m a snake.

Sides of a Circle

How many sides does a circle have?

Two. The inside and the outside.

I Don’t Belong

Which does not belong in this group: Apple, Grape, Banana, Cherry, Pear.

The Banana. It’s the only one that needs peeling before eating.

To Cut and Grind

I’m white, and used for cutting and grinding.When I’m damaged, humans usually remove me or fill me. For most animals I am a useful tool. What am I?

I am a tooth!

Food, Not Water

Give me food, and I will live; give me water, and I will die. What am I?


Only in the Ocean

Throw it off the highest building, and I’ll not break. But put me in the ocean, and I will. What am I?

A wave.

Swaying in the Wind

I am mother and father, but never birth or nurse. I’m rarely still, but I never wander. What am I?

I am a tree.

Stretching Horse

A horse is tied to a 15 foot rope and there is a bail of hay 25 feet away from him. Yet the horse is able to eat from the bail of hay. How is this possible?

The rope isn’t tied to anything, so the horse can go freely to anywhere it pleases.

Cabin in the Country

A man goes into a cabin deep in the country. All walls within this cabin face south and are made of wood. A bear walks by the window. What color is he?

Since all walls within this cabin face south, the only location on the face of the earth this is possible is the North Pole. So thus the bear is a polar bear and the color would have to be white!

Land of What?

There’s a land where there’s mummies and daddies but no babies. Books but no libraries. Mirrors but no reflections. Kittens but no cats. Cattle but no cows. Lollipops but no candy and trees but no forests. It’s the land of what?

The land of double letters.

Reflect Sun Rays

We capture light, and yet we don’t.
We reflect rays of sun, and yet we don’t.
Without us all the world is gray and dull for everyone.
What are we?


Everyday Sort

We’re 5 little items of an everyday sort, you’ll find us all in A Tennis Court.
What are we?

The 5 Vowels: A E I O U.

Same Upside Down

What 5 letter word typed in all capital letters can be read the same upside down?



What 7 letter word becomes longer when the third letter is removed?


No Wings, Can Fly

What animal has no wings, but yet will fly?

A caterpillar has no wings, but will fly when it matures and becomes a butterfly.

Left Handed

What are the 2 longest words in the English language that can be typed using only your left hand on the keyboard?

1: Stewardesses
2: Reverberated

State and Capital

What are the only 2 states that have their state name in their capital?

Oklahoma City and Indianapolis.

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