Perplexing Puzzles




Twice nine of us are eight of us

And six of us are three

Twelve of us are six of us

Whatever can it be?

If you still don't know the answer

And wish to find out more

Then three of us are five of us,

And five of us are four!




5 + 5 + 5 = 550


How can you make this equation correct by adding one straight line?




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No answers, though—you still have to think!




What is the largest ant in the world?


S    O    N    I    A

Which one of these letters is unlike the others, and why?


Why are manhole covers round, not square?


What is it that goes when a wagon goes, stops when the wagon stops, is no use to the wagon, yet the wagon cannot move without it?


What’s green and comes out after Saint Patrick’s Day?


A man walks into a restaurant and asks the waiter for a glass of water. The waiter pulls out a gun and points it at the man. The man says, “Thank you,” and walks out.   Why?


True or False: 

A white-tailed deer can jump higher than the average five-story  building.


I am weightless, but you can see me. 

Put me in a bucket, and I’ll make it lighter.  What am I?


What goes around the world but stays in a corner?


A man pushed his car. He stopped when he reached a hotel, at which point he knew he was bankrupt. Why?


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?


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


How can a woman living in New Jersey legally marry 3 men, without ever getting a divorce, be widowed, or becoming legally separated?


Two fathers and two sons own 21 horses.  Each person is moving to a different part of the country, and they want to divide their horses evenly among them, without resorting to surgery.  Is it possible?  How?


What animal should you never play games with?


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?


Each letter below stands for the name of something. What should the last three letters be?       M V E M J S ? ? ?


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?


An alphabetical Christmas tree is missing one letter: L.  How does this spell a winter holiday?


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?


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?


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?


Why don’t polar bears eat penguins?


Which is swifter, heat or cold?


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?


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?


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


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


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?


What goes up and down the stairs without moving?


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?


How do you fix a broken jack-o-lantern?


I’m as light as a feather, but the strongest man can’t hold me for more than a minute.  What am I?


What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?


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


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?


Here on earth it is true that yesterday is always before today, but there is a place where yesterday always follows today. Where?


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?


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?


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


What are the next three letters in this series?  w a t n t l __ __ __


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


What order are these numbers in?      8  5  4  9  1  7  6  3  2  0


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