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A Few Good Brain Teasers and Riddles

You'll find brain teasers, riddles, and lateral thinking puzzles here on this page and throughout the website. On the page "Lateral Thinking Puzzles," you'll find an old one that requires you to connect nine dots with four straight lines. There is also a scenario you can set up, if you wish, that challenges you to get a ping-pong ball out of a pipe with limited materials.

Many jokes and riddles are really just lateral thinking puzzles that hopefully make you smile. For example: Two cannibals were talking while eating dinner. One confessed that he really didn't like his new mother-in-law. What advice did the other give him? "So just eat your vegetables." I'll have more pages of riddles and jokes soon, and it will be announced here and on the homepage. In the meantime, here are some brain teasers riddles that sometimes have more than one answer (but just one is given for each, at the bottom of the page).

Classic Brain Teasers Riddles

1. A woman proves in court that her husband was murdered by her sister, but the judge decides that the sister cannot be punished. Why?

2. A woman is found hanging by her neck from the high ceiling in an otherwise empty locked room with a puddle of water under her feet. How did she kill herself?

3. A man is lying drowned in a dead forest, far from water. How did this happen?

4. Two men are served identical drinks at the bar. One lives, but the other dies. Why?

5. A man dies of dehydration in his own home. Why?

6. A man runs along a hall with a piece of paper. When the lights flicker, he drops to his knees and begins to cry. Why?

7. A pipe, a carrot, and a couple sticks are lying together in a field. Why?

8. A woman lives on the tenth floor of an apartment building. Every morning she takes the elevator all the way down, and goes to work. In the evening, she gets into the elevator, and, if there is someone else in it she goes back to her floor directly. Otherwise, she goes to the seventh floor and walks up three flights of stairs to her apartment. Why?

9. A man grabbed a woman's ring and pulled on it, then dropped it. How did this save her life?

10. A man was just doing his job when his suit was torn. Why did he die three minutes later?

A Video Brain Quiz

Here's a fun quiz in the form of a video...

Did you answer any of the questions correctly?

Now let's move on to the solutions to our 10 original questions...

The Solutions

1. The sisters are Siamese twins.

2. She stood on a block of ice to hang herself.

3. A fire fighting plane filled its tanks with water from a lake, sucking a scuba-diver in (Is this an urban legend, or did I see this on the news?). He drown while the plane was in flight and was dumped onto a burning forest with the water.

4. Poisoned ice cubes in the drinks: one man drinks slowly, giving them time to melt, but the other man drinks fast and doesn't get much of the poison.

5. His lives on a houseboat, and was out to sea when he ran of drinking water.

6. He is running to deliver a pardon, and the flickering lights indicate the convict to be pardoned has just been electrocuted.

7. They're what's left of a melted snowman.

8. The woman is a midget. She can't reach the upper elevator buttons, but she can ask people to push them for her. She can also push them with her umbrella.

9. They were skydiving, and she was unconscious. He pulled the rip cord ring for her, and the parachute opened.

10. He was an astronaut on a space walk, doing repairs.

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There are more brain teasers on the page, "More Free Brain Teasers," and on the page "Hard Riddles."

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