25 Hardest Riddles Ever (Sure To Stump You)

Posted by , Updated on November 14, 2023

Do you consider yourself to be smart? Well, if even you do, we’re going to put your intelligence to the test. Keep in mind, however, that people are smart in different ways. While one person may be good with facts, another may have “street smarts.”

The type of intelligence that these hard riddles require is more “out of the box.”

So get ready because these are the 25 Hardest Riddles Ever (Sure To Stump You)!



What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?

Red_Panda_Simon_Tail_01Source: reddit

A penny


Before Mount Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain on Earth?

Mount EverestSource: reddit

Mount Everest


The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?

FootstepsSource: reddit



I move very slowly at an imperceptible rate, although I take my time, I am never late. I accompany life, and survive past demise, I am viewed with esteem in many women's eyes. What am I?

smiles and flowersSource: riddles.com

I am your hair


You can carry it everywhere you go, and it does not get heavy. What is it?

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Your name


David's father has three sons : Snap, Crackle and ______?

got itSource: reddit



I am taken from a mine and shut up in a wooden case from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost everybody.

wooden-boxSource: reddit

Pencil lead


A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, an attractive girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?

appleSource: reddit

An apple a day keeps the doctor away!


What is it that when you take away the whole, you still have some left over?

puzzleSource: reddit



They have not flesh, nor feathers, nor scales, nor bone. Yet they have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they?

thumbs-upSource: reddit



What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away?

black red greySource: reddit



What room do ghosts avoid?

ghostsSource: reddit

The living room


What has many keys, but can't even open a single door?

bunch of keysSource: reddit

A piano


I am as light as a feather but no man can hold me for long. What am I?

BreathSource: reddit



I pass before the sun, yet make no shadow. What am I?

windSource: reddit

The wind


I am not alive, but I grow; I don't have lungs, but I need air; I don't have a mouth, but water kills me. What am I?

FireSource: reddit



Mr. and Mrs. Mustard have six daughters and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the Mustard family?

calculatorSource: reddit

9. There are 6 daughters, 1 brother, and 2 parents.


No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?

SilenceSource: reddit



This old one runs forever, but never moves at all. He has not lungs nor throat, but still a mighty roaring call. What is it?

Riddle2Source: reddit



You live in a one story house made entirely of red wood. What color would the stairs be?

one story houseSource: reddit

It’s a one story house…


A prisoner is told "If you tell a lie we will hang you; if you tell the truth we will shoot you." What can he say to save himself?

nooseSource: riddles.com

You will hang me.


The names of three trees are hidden in the sentences below. The letters are in consecutive order. Can you find them? On this farm, we get ham from a hog any time. The farmer will help in every possible way. He faced two very similar choices, both bad.

3_Trees_in_a_field_-_geographSource: riddles.com

Mahogany, pine and larch


There is an ancient invention still used in some parts of the world today that allows people to see through walls. What is it?

wall with lampSource: reddit

A window


When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?

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In the dictionary paperwriter.org



An 8 letter word can have a letter taken away and it still makes a word. Take another letter away and it still makes a word. Keep on doing that until you have one letter left. What is the word?

startingSource: reddit

starting –  starting, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in, i

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