Classical riddles

Here you will find interesting and fun classical riddles, sayings and puzzles of all kinds. To solve the puzzles, you have to let your imagination run wild and see beyond logic to find the correct answer!

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A spirited jig it dances bright,
Banishing all but darkest night.
Give it food and it will live;
Give it water and it will die.

Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Fire

Alive as you but without breath,
As cold in my life as in my death;
Never a thirst though I always drink,
Dressed in a mail but never a clink.

Category: Animal Riddles, Classical riddlesTopics: Death, Drink

Always wax, yet always wane: I melt, succumbéd to the flame.
Lighting darkness, with fate unblest, I soon devolve to shapeless mess.

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Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Darkness, Flame

At night they come without being fetched,
And by day they are lost without being stolen.

Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Space

Close to the words of life stay I,
But I wither, wane, and grow dry.

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Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Flower, Life

Every time you stand up, you lose this. What is it?

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Category: Classical riddles, What Is ItTopics: Time

How can you avoid hitting your fingers when driving in a nail with a hammer?

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Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Nail, Tools

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

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Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Building

I am free for the taking through all of your life,
Though given but once at birth.
I am less than nothing in weight,
But will fell the strongest of you if held.

Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Life


I never was, am always to be,
No one ever saw me, nor ever will
And yet I am the confidence of all
To live and breathe on this terrestrial ball.

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Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Time

I welcome the day with a show of light,
I steathily came here in the night.
I bathe the earthy stuff at dawn,
But by the noon, alas! I'm gone.

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Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Light, Night

If 20 blackbirds are on a fence and you shoot one, how many remain?

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Category: Animal Riddles, Classical riddlesTopics: Bird, Sound

If you see a bird sitting on a twig, how could you get the twig without disturbing the bird?

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Category: Animal Riddles, Classical riddlesTopics: Bird

Large as a mountain, small as a pea,
Endlessly swimming in a waterless sea.

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Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Mountains, Water

Lighter than what I am made of,
More of me is hidden than is seen,
I am the bane of the mariner,
A tooth within the sea.
Speak my name.

Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Sea

My first wears my second; my third might be what my first would acquire if he went to sea. Put together my one, two, three, and the belle of New York is the girl for me. What one word am I?

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Category: Classical riddles, What I AmTopics: City

Only one color, but not one size,
Stuck at the bottom, yet easily flies,
Present in sun, but not in rain,
Doing no harm, and feeling no pain.
What am I?

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Category: Classical riddles, What I AmTopics: Weather


The beginning of eternity
The end of time and space
The beginning of every end,
And the end of every place.

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Category: Classical riddles, Letter RiddlesTopics: Eternity, Space, Time

The life I lead is mere hours or less,
I serve all my time by being consumed.
I am quickest when thin, slowest when fat,
And wind is the bane of the gift that I bring.

Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Light

The man who invented it,
Doesn't want it for himself.
The man who bought it,
Doesn't need it for himself.
The man who needs it,
Doesn't know it when he needs it.

Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Death

They come to witness the night Without being called,
A sailor's guide and a poet's tears.
They are lost to sight each day Without the hand of a thief.

Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Light, Night

They follow and lead, but only as you pass.
Dress yourself in darkest black,
And they are darker still.
Always they flee the light,
Though without the sun there would be none.

Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Darkness

To you, rude would I never be,
Though I flag my tongue for all to see.

Category: Animal Riddles, Classical riddlesTopics: Dog

What has 4 wheels and flies?

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Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Vehicle

What has five eyes, but cannot see?

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Category: Classical riddlesTopics: Eyes, Water