Perplexing Puzzles




I have hands that wave at you, Though I never say goodbye.

It’s cool for you to be with me, Especially when I say “HI.”

What am I?



Five pieces of coal, a carrot and a scarf are lying on the lawn. Nobody put them on the lawn but there is a perfectly logical reason why they should be there.  What is it?



The rope ladder of a boat hangs over the side of the boat and just reaches the water. Its rungs are 8 inches apart.

How many rungs will be under the water when the tide rises 4 feet?




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No answers, though—you still have to think!



Why don’t polar bears eat penguins?


What goes around the world but stays in a corner?


Each letter below stands for the name of something. What should the last three letters be?

M V E M J S ? ? ?


Which is swifter, heat or cold?


I am weightless, but you can see me.  Put me in a bucket, and I’ll make it lighter.  What am I?


If a cow eats the grass in a quarter of a field in a year, how long does it take for the cow to eat the grass in the whole field?


A man jogs from home, takes three left turns, then jogs back home, where he is confronted by two masked men.  He isn't worried. 

Why not?


In the year 1201, a woman was 35 years old. In the year 1206, the same woman was 30. How is this possible?


What’s green and comes out after St. Patrick’s Day?


Why can't you take a picture of a Uzbekistani woman with hair curlers?


What are the next three letters in this series?

w a t n t l __ __ __


A man rode into town on Friday. He stayed for three nights and then left on Friday. How can this be?


A seagull flying 100 feet from the ground casts a shadow whose wingspan is exactly three feet.  If the same seagull flies at 200 feet, how wide is the wingspan of its shadow now?


Two students are sitting on opposite sides of the same desk. There is nothing in between them but the desk. Why can't they see each other?


A man is lying dead in a field. Next to him there is an unopened package. There is no other creature in the field. How did he die?


There is three errers in this sentence; what are they?


A sheikh tells his two sons to race their camels to a distant city to see who will inherit his fortune. The one whose camel is slower will win. The brothers, after wandering aimlessly for days, ask a wise man for advice. After hearing the advice they jump on the camels and race as fast as they can to the city.

What does the wise man say?


How can you throw a ball as hard as you can and have it come back to you, even if it doesn't hit anything, there is nothing attached to it, and no one else catches or throws it?


Jake was standing on one side of the river, and his dog Scruffy was standing on the other side. "Come on Scruffy, come, boy!" shouted Jake. Scruffy crossed the river, ran to Jake, and got a treat for being a good dog.

The amazing thing was that Scruffy didn't even get wet! How did Scruffy do that?


Johnny's mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child's name?


I went into the woods and got it. 

I sat down to seek it.  I brought it home with me because I couldn’t find it.

What is it?


This is an English word, spelled with regular rules:  how is it pronounced?  (Hint: it is not “goaty!”)



These numbers are arranged in a particular order. 

What is it?

8 5 4 9 1 7 6 3 2 0


Anthony and Cleopatra are lying dead on the floor of a villa in Egypt. Nearby is a broken bowl. There is no mark on either of their bodies and they were not poisoned. How did they die?


How much dirt is in a round hole that is 9 feet deep with a diameter of 3 feet?


A girl who was just learning to drive went down a one-way street in the wrong direction, but didn't break the law. How come?


You throw away the outside and cook the inside.  Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside.  What is it?


What Did We Do?


Old Testament





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