6 of our favourite riddles to amaze your friends with


You would be forgiven for thinking of Winzum as an endless box of tricks, because our blog really is quite broad, but something that threads it all together is our insistence on helping you lovely lot out with anything we can. From online security concerns [some online security basics], through to money saving advice [how to save money on weekly essentials]… At Winzum we have you covered!

Something a little more obscure, however, is the world of riddles. Riddles for kids and riddles for adults aren’t exactly the most popular things these days, however they actually have so many benefits. It’s why we’ve compiled 6 of our favourite riddles to amaze your friends with. And don’t worry, these riddles come with answers!

Riddles: A long and interesting history

Before we get into examples our favourite riddles we thought it would be interesting to take a quick look at the history of riddles. You know what we’re like here at Winzum – big lovers of niche histories! Just check out eye-opening brief history of quizzes as an example [a brief history of quizzes].

Riddles are some of the oldest examples of human writing in the world, with the oldest fully preserved riddle dating back to 2350 BC Sumeria. In all likelihood, however, riddles were around for thousands of years before this too, especially seeing as most riddles are remembered through talking, rather than the written word.

Why should I care about riddles in the 21st century?

Here at Winzum we’re very ready for the question – why should I care about riddles in the 21st century? For many of us riddles are simply an old relic of the so-called “olden times”, and it probably doesn’t sound particularly cool to be a master of riddles either.

But here’s the thing: learning a few riddles can do wonders for your memory, cognition and ability to amaze people at a party. Furthermore, if you are a keen quiz contestant you might just find that learning riddles can help you answer obscure quiz questions. We have more of that here if you fancy a gander [obscure quiz questions to remember]…

6 of our favourite riddles

Right then, it’s time to list 6 of our favourite riddles with answers of course! Get stuck into these riddles for adults and riddles for kids below:

  1. What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs? A Penny.
  2. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday? Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
  3. What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening? A human.
  4. This thing all things devours; Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays king, ruins town, And beats mountain down. What is it? Time.
  5. What goes up but never comes down? Age.
  6. I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation, and I surround every place. What am I? The letter E.

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