21 riddles to train lateral thinking

Edward de Bono introduced the term Lateral Thinking. Nowadays it is used quite commonly. Lateral thinking requires an open mind and you need to be very aware of hidden assumptions. It’s an important skill in finding different solutions than the obvious ones to all kinds of questions. Einstein even took it a level deeper:

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.
- Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

Riddles are a good way to train your lateral thinking skills. Here’s a list of 21 riddles (Update: here’s 21 more)

  1. The strongest chains will not bind it
    Ditch and rampart will not slow it down
    A thousand soldiers cannot beat it
    It can knock down trees with a single push
  2. The one who made it
    Didn’t want it
    The one who bought it
    Didn’t need it
    The one who used it
    Never saw it
  3. Buckets, barrels, baskets, cans;
    What must you fill with empty hands?
  4. Five pieces of coal, a carrot and a scarf are lying on a hill near a
    remote house. Nobody put them on the lawn but there is a perfectly
    logical reason why they should be there. What is it?
  5. Every creature in the world has seen it
    But to their dying day they’ll never see
    The same one again
  6. Look in my face
    I am somebody
    Look at my back
    I am nobody
  7. A man leaves home and makes 3 left turns.
    When he returns home he is met by two men
    one of whom is wearing a mask. Who are they?
  8. We love it more than life
    We fear it more than death
    The wealthy want for it
    The poor have it in plenty
  9. The light one breaks but never falls
    His brother falls but never breaks
  10. Which four letter sport begins with a ‘T’ ?
  11. Assume there are approximately 6,000,000,000 (6 billion) people on
    Earth. What would you estimate to be the result, if you multiply
    together the number of fingers on every person’s left-hands? (For the
    purposes of this exercise, thumbs count as fingers, for five fingers
    per hand.) If you cannot estimate the number then try to gues how long
    the number would be.
  12. An archeologist proudly told that he had found four silver coins which, according to the inscription “649 B.C.”, should now be 2720 years old. The press considered him a fraud and a dreamer. Why?
  13. He got it in the woods
    And brought it home in his hand
    Because he couldn’t find it.
    The more he looked for it
    The more he felt it. When he
    finally found it he threw it away.
  14. This wondrous thing, though not
    An herb, can help comfort the weak
    And the dying. It can even be used to
    Rally the troops, or make one start
    Laughing or crying
  15. A New York city hairdresser recently said that he would rather cut the hair of three Canadians than one New Yorker. Why?
  16. This sparkling globe
    Can float on water
    And weighs no more
    Than a feather
    Yet despite its weight
    Ten giants could
    Never pick it up
  17. How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live?
  18. Whoever has it is angry
    Whoever loses it is even angrier
    Whoever wins it has it no more
  19. This engulfing thing
    Is strange indeed
    The greater it grows
    The less you see
  20. It can pierce the best armor
    And make swords crumble with a rub
    Yet for all its power
    It can’t harm a club
  21. Today he is there to trip you up
    And he will torture you tomorrow
    Yet he is also there to ease the pain
    When you are lost in grief and sorrow

Please post your answers in the comments. I’m sure you’ll be able to solve all of them :)

Warning: If you scroll down from here, there are answers and spoilers in the comments!

Numbers 7, 10 and 12 are from Creative Puzzles
Numbers 4, 11 and 15 are from Lateral Thinking Problems
Visit their sites for a lot more riddles.

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{ 93 comments }

Sjefke June 9, 2007 at 17:01

Hi Lodewijk,

Found you through PickTheBrain. Here are some of my answers:

1: Wind
2: Coffin
3: Handcuffs\gloves
4: The Snowman died :-(
5: Light of life
6: Mirror
7: Himself and his alter ego
8: The simple life
9:
10:
11: “multiply together” – is that English for adding? It would be 30 Billion left-hand fingers.
12: “Before” Christ….
13: Solitude
14: Belief\hope\faith
15: New Yorkers don’t sit still\they keep talking
16: Sun
17:
18:
19: Darkness
20:
21:

Matt June 27, 2007 at 14:34

9. A Fuse
10. Golf. It begins with a tee, then a ball.
15. He’d get more money.
16. A bubble

Lodewijkvdb June 27, 2007 at 19:53

There are a total of 10 correct answers in the comments above. Thanks guys for taking the time to post answers!

Multiplying together is not the same as adding.
Multiplying = * , Adding = +
If you adding was the question, you’d be correct…give or take a couple of thousand ;)

Charlotte July 3, 2007 at 23:32

11. Zero. It would only take one person to have no fingers on their left hand to make it zero as anything multiplied by 0 is 0 and many have lost fingers.
16. Air/oxygen/love
17. The building was underground with the 20th floor at ground level. He had a parachute. He was a baby bird and could fly.
18. Temper
20. My singing
21. self confidence?

Swanee July 5, 2007 at 01:47

5. Snowflake
7. Catcher, umpire
13. Tick
20. Rust

Drew July 5, 2007 at 11:29

I got all but three:
1) Wind.
2) A coffin.
3) Gloves.
4) A snowman melted.
5) The sunrise/sunset.
6) A coin.
7) The catcher and umpire. (Incidentally, the umpire at home would also be wearing a mask.
8)
9)
10) Golf.
11) Zero.
12) In 649 B.C, no one knew it was 649 B.C, so no one would have put it on a coin.
13) A splinter.
14) A speech.
15) You would make more money off of three people than you would one.
16) A bubble.
17) The baby fell from the ground floor of a twenty story building.
18) A temper.
19) Darkness.
20) Rust.
21)

Lodewijkvdb July 5, 2007 at 12:58

Hey guys, thanks for all the answers. You sure are a creative bunch, some of the answers are not the same as the original ones but creative enough to be correct.

@Charlotte: You are so close with 17. LOL @ 20

@Swanee: 5 is not the original answer, as is 13. But they both could be true.

@Drew: You sure got a lot of them! You’re closer than you think with the answer to question 8 (as is Sjefke).

thalia June 20, 2010 at 23:48

7) catcher and umpire (baseball)

shawn July 5, 2007 at 19:31

1) Wind
2) coffin
3) Gloves
4) A snowman
5) sunrise
6) mirror
7) The catcher and umpire.
8) Nothing
9) light switch/fuse
10) Golf.
11) 1. 1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1
12) no one knew it was BC
13) splinter
14) words
15) 3 people is more money
16) bubble
17) fell from ground floor of building
18) temper
19) Darkness
20) Rust
21) mind

Lodewijkvdb July 5, 2007 at 23:34

It surprises me that no-one has 21 correct yet. I thought that was an easy one, but maybe that says something about me.

Shawn, your reasoning for 11 surprised me. If you like at it like that, one would be the correct answer indeed. But it was not intended that way.

And Temper to 18 was not what I had in mind, it’s close though.

Eric June 11, 2012 at 00:02

#5 is the only one I’m unsure about I think…

1) wind
2) grave/coffin
3) gloves
4) snowman melted
5) sunset/sunrise *
6) mirror
7) umpire/catcher
8) nothing
9) day and night
10) golf
11) zero
12) people never put “BC” on a coin
13) splinter
14) music/speech
15) 1 customer versus 3… (more money)
16) a bubble
17) it was on the ground floor
18) lawsuit
19) darkness
20) rust
21) alcohol

menotu3169 July 6, 2007 at 00:14

The way I understand number 11 is that the first person has 5 fingers, the second does as well. Multiply them together you get 25. A third person has 5 fingers, multiplied by the 25 from the first two and we have 125 . . . . et cetera.

The answer, as i see it, would be 5^6,000,000,000, which is one huge number

kerri January 25, 2012 at 20:06

To: menotu3169
the way i understud question 11 was to multiply 6 billion by 10 which is
12000,000,000,000,000,000. But i also understand your way to get that answer.

Lodewijkvdb July 6, 2007 at 01:02

That’s pretty straightforward indeed, but then again these riddles are for lateral thinking ;)

Kitwench July 6, 2007 at 03:16

21. Time

Chris B. Behrens July 6, 2007 at 07:22

14. Music
18. An argument
21. Forgetfulness

Lodewijkvdb July 6, 2007 at 10:27

More correct answers…but still 21 is left unanswered.

Amanda July 6, 2007 at 13:02

21. Ego

Scott July 6, 2007 at 17:47

1. Wind
2. A coffin
3. Gloves
4. A snowman melted
5. Sunrise/sunset/(birth?)/(a day?)
6. A mirror
7. The catcher and umpire
8. Nothing
9. Day/Night
10. Golf
11. 0
12. No one knew it was B.C. until after the fact…
13. A splinter
14. Faith
15. He gets 3x the money
16. A bubble
17. He fell from the ground floor
18. Temper
19. Darkness
20. Rust
21. Several for this one…rope could be one (it can trip you, you can be bound and tortured with it, and you can hang yourself if overcome with sorrow) but forgetfulness seems more appropriate. Some have suggested self confidence, and I guess it could work. All three seem plausible to me, though.

ANyway, I think this should be all of them…

Scott July 6, 2007 at 17:51

Oh wait…is 21 booze/alcohol? it doesn’t fit the second line though…

Dean July 6, 2007 at 18:56

“Oh wait…is 21 booze/alcohol? it doesn’t fit the second line though…”

Hangover?

Scott July 6, 2007 at 19:14

For some reason my answers won’t post

John Ellis July 6, 2007 at 22:53

1: Wind
2: Coffin
3: gloves
4: The Snowman died :-(
5: Sunrise – sunset
6: Mirror/coin
7: The catcher and umpire.
8: The simple life
9: light switch/fuse
10: Golf. It begins with a tee.
11: 25 or Zero. It would only take one person to have no fingers on their left hand to make it zero as anything multiplied by 0 is 0 and many have lost fingers.
12: “Before” Christ…. Did not exist then
13: A splinter.
14: Words
15: He would make more money.
16: A water bubble
17: In a cartoon; use an elevator
18: Temper / argument
19: Darkness
20: A mother bear
21: Time

dgupta66 July 9, 2007 at 01:33

1-4 i accidently looked at the answers
5. morning, moment, day, sunrise/set…etc
6. picture, nametag
7. couldnt get it so i looked
8. nothing
9. working and not working circuit, or something related
10.”team” sports
11.5^6 billion seems too obvious
12.felt stupid when i read the answer
13. aging, youth
14. love
15. more money
16. bubble
17. in a dream, falls from the first couple steps of the stairs of the first floor
18. war
19. ego
20. rust
21. time, friends, siblings

i know im reposting some, but i only looked at the ones i couldnt figure out

rubal July 9, 2007 at 06:00

6) i think this is a mirror

John July 9, 2007 at 06:50

21) Jack Daniels?

Michael July 10, 2007 at 03:46

1) Chuck Norris
2) Chuck Norris
3) Chuck Norris
4) Chuck Norris
5) Chuck Norris
6) Chuck Norris
7) Chuck Norris
8) Chuck Norris
9) Chuck Norris
10) Chuck Norris
11) Chuck Norris
12) Chuck Norris
13) Chuck Norris
14) Chuck Norris
15) Chuck Norris
16) Chuck Norris
17) Chuck Norris
18) Chuck Norris
19) Chuck Norris
20) Chuck Norris
21) Chuck Norris

Sean July 11, 2007 at 02:28

I think 21 is memory.

Jimmy July 11, 2007 at 14:58

For 5. I’ve heard snowflake, sunrise, sunset. That’s wrong. The question says “every creature on earth has seen this”, well what about deep sea fish where it’s completely dark, or spiders that live in basements and never come out, and I’m guessing most lions haven’t seen a snowflake. What a bollocks riddle.

BT July 11, 2007 at 19:01

I think 5 is the earth/soil. Everything that’s lived has seen it, but once we die, we are buried in it, and never see it the same way again. Or even if something is not buried, it eventually becomes dust, a part of the earth, and therefore seeing it differently.
Either that or a moment in time. Once we die, we no longer see that. And, depending on your view of the afterlife, some say a moment is like 1000 years in heaven.

I’m not satisfied with anyone’s answers for 21. I would guess addiction, but that’s pushing it…

sunny July 11, 2007 at 19:09

Arrrgh! I’ve got them all, but what about 21??? I can’t stand it!

Jasmine September 7, 2011 at 09:19

I’m pretty sure 21 is alcohol or some type of liquor.

sunny July 11, 2007 at 19:11

OHHH! Is 21 MEMORY? (or, memories?) I know my memory “trips me up” sometimes ;) and one can be tortured by memories, and…yes, comfort, etc–okay! that’s my vote for #21!!!

xoxosbt July 12, 2007 at 00:14

I think Scott and Dean got it right. 21 is definitely alcohol.

creamberry July 12, 2007 at 07:30

1)wind/lightning
4)frosty died
6)mirror
11)5^6,000,000,000
12)people dont know in how many years christ will come
13)splinter
14)words
15)because then he gets payed three times as much…
17)it’s a baby cat
19)light pollution/eye cancer/fog/mist/smoke/ANYTHING that grows and obscures vision..
20)any metal corrosive chemical
21)parents

Thomas July 12, 2007 at 13:54

1. The wind
2. A coffin
3. Gloves
4. The snowman melted
5. Birthday (you’ll never relive your 10th birthday for example)
6. A photograph or mirror
7. Umpire and catcher
8. Nothing
9. Day and night
10. Golf
11. Zero
12. The birth of Jesus could not be predicted beforehand
13. A thorn or a tick
14. Hope or music
15. He would get three times more money
16. The sun or a bubble
17. He fell from the bottom story
18. Argument
19. Darkness or a cataract
20. Rust
21. Alcohol

bob July 15, 2007 at 17:51

21. A trainer/coach?

Bruce Meyer July 15, 2007 at 22:41

My answers to those I didn’t get.

3. Pockets
5. Shadow.
11. One
14. Beer
16. The Suns reflection on the Horizon of the ocean.
19. Jealousy
20. Words
21. The Holy Spirit
22. Chuck Norris

Baby Jesus July 16, 2007 at 00:17

On 5, im guessing birth… All creatures doesnt live to be more than a day but we are all born.

stilldreamin July 19, 2007 at 06:27

21: your thoughts

jojop0tato July 21, 2007 at 18:07

11 is not 5^6,000,000,000 as many have suggested…
Its zero.
All you need is one person on earth to have no fingers on his/her left hand and the answer becomes zero.

PS:21) is it love?

Dani July 21, 2007 at 21:33

Maybe number 21 is laughter? It’s torturous if someone is laughing at you but if you’re upset, laughter makes you feel better…

Jade July 22, 2007 at 20:15

21. Id?

Andre July 23, 2007 at 01:44

Umm number 5.) is yesterday

Lodewijkvdb July 24, 2007 at 17:23

Wow! I just got back from holidays and it’s great to see so much response :)

@Scott: Akismet caught your answers as spam, I de-spammed it and it now shows. You did very well with your answers (including the extra comment).

@John Ellis: Nice find for 8 (simple life), yet I doubt that the poor have a simple life. The main thing about money is that you mustn’t have too little, that makes life very complicating.

@dgupta66: No need to feel stupid, these riddles are supposed to challenge your thinking. And amidst hard riddles, the obvious answers are often overlooked.

@Michael: LOL! I hope that Chuck Norris is not the answer to everything for you ;)

@Jimmy: True, blind creature can never see it, yet no-one ever sees this in the literal sense.

@Thomas: Those are all correct (although 5 is a variation of the original answer)

There are a lot of creative answers to the riddles, which I enjoyed very much. Thanks a lot all of you, I’ll post some new riddles soon.

Spoiler guy September 23, 2007 at 23:22

You snagged a bunch of these verbatim from an old game named Betrayal at Krondor. I have one for you tho… three Men on a boat in the middle of the ocean with four cigarettes among them and nothing else but the clothes on their backs. No lenses, matches, or anything else that you could start a fire with conventionally. Somehow all of them smoked though. How did they do it?
don’t scroll down unless you want the answer ruined for you or you have a guess.
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Lodewijkvdb September 24, 2007 at 05:39

Hi Spoiler Guy,
I have played a lot of games when I was young. But I don’t think I ever played Betrayal at Krondor. I love the books of Raymond E. Feist by the way (assuming that the game has to do with his books…). A part of these riddles come from a game called Robin Hood if I remember correctly. You had to open chests with them.

Thanks for your riddle by the way. I totally love it, but failed to solve it.

Girish Lakshminarayana November 22, 2007 at 11:23

went thru a few.. will attempt the rest when i have the time
1. wind
3. rings
4. snowman
6. mirror
8. how abt the word change?.. apply change in 2 different convenient meanings
9. shouldnt it be fall instead of fail?.. the answer day and night
10. golf
12. lol.. someone knew Christ was coming

Lodewijkvdb November 22, 2007 at 17:03

Hmm, you’re right about the fail -> fall.
I fixed it now.

Christine O'Kelly December 2, 2007 at 16:29

Thank you for these – I love riddles! I printed them out and will ponder them later… What a cool idea to post these on your blog…

Doc December 30, 2007 at 01:21

1. wind
2. coffin
3. your hands
4. A melted snowman
5. day of their birth
6. a footbal player named “nobody”
7. umpire/catcher
8. nothing
9. dawn/dusk
10. Golf
11. 0
12. BC is “before Christ” and since he wasnt born yet, they couldnt date the coins that way.
13. sliver
15. he makes more money cutting 3 heads vs. 1
16. reflection of the sun on water
17. fall out of the ground floor window, though it is not recommended to do so.
18. lawsuit against them
19. darkness
20. time

lucas March 31, 2008 at 06:56

1 wind
2 coffin
3 gloves
4 melted snowman
5 day
6 mirror
7 the catcher and umpire
8 nothing
9 dawn and dusk
10 golf
11 0
12 no one knew it was BC
13 splinter
14 talking
15 3times the money
16 a bubble
17 out the ground floor window
18 arguement
19 darkness
20 rust
21 alcohol

qaz1qaz1qa May 13, 2008 at 05:54

1 Wind
2 Coffin
3. Gloves
4. melted snow man
5. Birthday
6. Mirror
7. Umpire and catcher
8. Nothing
9. The LIGHT one breaks but never falls (Day)
His brother falls but never breaks (night)
10. Golf (I did not get this on my own)
11. Most math riddles are simply to confuse you. I would say 0 because at last one person would be missing his hand or all his fingers 0 X y = 0
12. B.C. You have to know the future to say this date is before something by so many years.
13. Splinter or thorn.
14. Hope
15. Cuting 3 heads will make 3x the money
16. bubble (one Giant could for a moment but only if they exist)
17. Fell from the front door or 1st floor.
18. temper
19. Darkness
20. Rust (clubs are wood)
21. Booze or alcohol
Today he is there to trip you up ( as you drink you loose balance)
And he will torture you tomorrow (Hangover)
Yet he is also there to ease the pain
When you are lost in grief and sorrow (Drown your sorrows)

qaz1qaz1qa May 13, 2008 at 06:11

O btw Riddle 12 which is B.C., The birth of Jesus WAS predicted before hand in the book of Danial 9:24-27 (compare Luke 3:15 people expecting the Christ). However, it’s Writings chronicle the contemporary years 618 B.C.-536 B.C.(competed) So if the coin was say 500 B.C. and Babylonian (where Danial was captive) I could be believable ;P

Emy June 18, 2008 at 09:26

it is so interesting to answer all the riddles. Would put down my answers but they all are given by the previous readers!!!

elly July 5, 2008 at 11:44

1. Wind
2. Coffin
3. Gloves
4. Remains of a melted snowman
5. Yesterday
6. Mirror
7. Umpire and catcher
8. Nothing
9. Day – night
10. Golf
11. End up being 0. anyone with no fingers on their left hand would make it o.
12. No one knew that Christ was to come. It wouldn’t have been on a coin
13. thorn
14. music
15. more money
16. bubble
17. fell from ground floor (question only said how many floors the building had)
18. Dispute
19. Darkness
20. Rust
21. Alcohol

Ben August 6, 2008 at 23:22

1. Wind
2. A Coffin
3. Gloves/mittins
4. frosty (whats left)
5. The light of life
6. A Mirror
7. Umpire and catcher
8. Nothing
9. Day – night
10. Golf
11. End up being 0. anyone with no fingers on their left hand would make it o.
12. B.C was on the coin. they had no isea when christ would come
13. a thorn
14. A voive
15. more money
16. bubble
17. didn’t fall from the 20th floor, could have been any distance.
18. a temper
19. the universe
20. Rust
21. A brother ( anoying = torture “trip you up” is to make you look like an ideot in front of freinds)and when something bad happends, he is there to help you.

Michael@ Awareness * Connection August 21, 2008 at 23:44

I need to work on these. They aren’t my strength. I’m good at divergent thinking in other ways, but ones with convergent answers…that’s another story. Good exercises.

Michael@ Awareness * Connection’s last blog post..Hamsterbilities: Preparing Kids for Responsibilty

Demloir September 3, 2008 at 09:50

1)wind
2)coffin
3. gloves
4)snowman melted
5)birthday
6. mirror
7. catcher and umpire
8. nothing
9. sun
10. golf
12.649 years before christ was born nobody knew christ would exist
13. splinter
14. words
15. currency exchange
16. bubble
17. didn’t fall from 20th floor
18.temper
19. darkness
20. rust
21.alcohol

Bonnie September 5, 2008 at 05:38

2) coffin
6) mirror
8) nothing
9) Dawn breaks, dusk falls
15) He doesn’t like red necks.

All the others I had seen the answers.

riddleman September 27, 2008 at 02:34

the riddles are very interesting though some of them depend on language. For example, 9. is only valid in English (night falls, day breaks). In Polish we’d say that night, uhmn, “falls down” (zapada) but the day “gets up” or “wakes up” (wstaje). So it would look like “one brother falls down but never gets up, the second one gets up but never falls down”.

15. is for the people who’ve ever visited New York…

21. is definitely alcohol:) and the “next day syndrome”.

Roger October 5, 2008 at 05:30

21. Forgetfullness. :D

Ron November 15, 2008 at 03:48

My God, people! #18 is not “temper”! Great, you can “lose your temper” – how very clever. But you can’t ‘win’ it!

The answer is obviously an argument/dispute/quarrel, or something of the sort.

Jamie A January 7, 2009 at 18:27

21. is a bully :D i think

plus.. 8. is nothing

Matt February 6, 2009 at 15:35

Hi, thanks for these, I have been enjoying them but I can’t see how five is sunrise/sunset. There are surely lots of creatures who never see it, ranging from fish to bats.

Musa March 12, 2009 at 12:33

21. Life Insurance

Musa March 12, 2009 at 12:47

21. or a lawyer

John Robinson April 20, 2009 at 02:26

Uh, wouldn’t “Diamonds” work for number 20?

Medha_caramel April 22, 2009 at 13:34

hi, can somebody please consolidate the correct answers to these 21 riddles?? i had a few answered but was not sure how many of them are correct..thanks

DJ May 7, 2009 at 03:09

1:Wind
2:Coffin
3:Gloves
4:Snowman melted
5:Day
6:Mirror/Clock
7:Catcher and Umpire
8:Nothing
9:Day/night
10:Golf
11:30 Billion(since it is an estimation, you have to assume that all 5 finger’s are present. However; since it is said as “The number of fingers on every person’s left-hands” that implies a single use variation, Ergo 5 and only 5 one time. of course 5x6Billion)
12: BC wasn’t considered a real date-time till after the death of Christ
13:Splinter
14:Words/Speech
15:More money for more people
16:A bubble
17:It says “fall out of a 20 story building” it never says which floor.
18:Argument
19:Darkness
20:Rust
21:It could (technically) be alcohol; love; law; government or even life experience, but i’m gonna say that i don’t have an answer for that one. Literally speaking, It is there specifically to trip you up. those aren’t always there specifically to trip you up and you aren’t always tortured by them the next day. Lateral thinking implies it’s an “always or never” type of action.

Nate June 8, 2009 at 07:05

1. gravity
2. coffin
3. gloves
4. snowman
5. something. (everything changes, but no experience is universal to all creatures. you can say they all experience something though…)
6. mirror
7. catcher and umpire (had to look this one up, not a sports guy)
8. social life (assuming the poor is small-town poor over big-city poor)
9. break of dawn, and dusk
10. toss
11. 0 (someone has to have no left hand)
12. “BC” labels didn’t exist in BC.
13. splinter
14. hope
15. the new yorker was bald.
16. the moon/sun reflection
17. on the first floor
18. faith (lol) honestly though – arguments
19. darkness
20. rust (assuming the club is wood)
21. older brothers :D.

some of these only had one right answer, not a lot of lateral thinking and more word-puzzle solving. others were fun to come up with.

esmeralda October 27, 2009 at 02:09

for number 8 i think it is love.

esmeralda October 27, 2009 at 02:19

I think it`s the simple life .

esmeralda October 27, 2009 at 02:22

I think that fo rnumber 8 it is the simple life.

Joe November 19, 2009 at 23:50

1. Wind
2. Coffin
3. Gloves
4. A Snowman Melted
5. Today
6. Mirror
7. Catcher and Umpire
8. Nothing
9. Day and Night
10. Trap
11. 0 – some hands have no fingers
12. Coin minter did not know it was B.C.
13. Thorn
14. Music
15. He gets three times the money
16. A bubble
17. He fell out of the first floor
18. Dispute
19. Darkness
20. Rust
21. Alcohol

Rupe March 1, 2010 at 04:48

I thought #21. was God, but maybe that’s just me?

tiffanie March 16, 2010 at 22:35

7. the man is playing baseball. the people are the empire and a player from the other team.

teniika May 26, 2010 at 03:02

the answer to 18 is obviously an argument bcuz i guessed it for the riddle on ks95 and won tickets!!well im going to but im too scared to do it.

teniika May 26, 2010 at 03:10

i think the answer to number 5 is their mothers womb. from the inside that is

Joe July 27, 2010 at 23:19

Seeing as no-one got it right yet i thought id take a crack at it
21. Brother

CHUBABA August 18, 2010 at 23:16

The strongest chains will not bind it
Ditch and rampart will not slow it down
A thousand soldiers cannot beat it
It can knock down trees with a single push
WIND

The one who made it
Didn’t want it
The one who bought it
Didn’t need it
The one who used it
Never saw it
COFFIN

Buckets, barrels, baskets, cans;
What must you fill with empty hands?
GLOVES

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

Every creature in the world has seen it
But to their dying day they’ll never see
The same one again
YESTERDAY

Look in my face
I am somebody
Look at my back
I am nobody
MIRROR

A man leaves home and makes 3 left turns.
When he returns home he is met by two men
one of whom is wearing a mask. Who are they?
CATCHER AND UMPIRE AT BASEBALL

We love it more than life
We fear it more than death
The wealthy want for it
The poor have it in plenty
NOTHING

The light one breaks but never falls
His brother falls but never breaks
DAYLIGHT

Which four letter sport begins with a ‘T’ ?
GOLF

Assume there are approximately 6,000,000,000 (6 billion) people on
Earth. What would you estimate to be the result, if you multiply
together the number of fingers on every person’s left-hands? (For the
purposes of this exercise, thumbs count as fingers, for five fingers
per hand.) If you cannot estimate the number then try to gues how long
the number would be.
O

An archeologist proudly told that he had found four silver coins which, according to the inscription “649 B.C.”, should now be 2720 years old. The press considered him a fraud and a dreamer. Why?
NO DATES AND WAY OF TELLING IN THOSE DAYS..

He got it in the woods
And brought it home in his hand
Because he couldn’t find it.
The more he looked for it
The more he felt it. When he
finally found it he threw it away.
THORN

This wondrous thing, though not
An herb, can help comfort the weak
And the dying. It can even be used to
Rally the troops, or make one start
Laughing or crying
MUSIC

A New York city hairdresser recently said that he would rather cut the hair of three Canadians than one New Yorker. Why?
CANADIANS PAY MORE

This sparkling globe
Can float on water
And weighs no more
Than a feather
Yet despite its weight
Ten giants could
Never pick it up
BUBBLE

How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live?
BABY FELL FROM THE GROUND FLOOR

Whoever has it is angry
Whoever loses it is even angrier
Whoever wins it has it no more
DISPUTE

This engulfing thing
Is strange indeed
The greater it grows
The less you see
DARKNESS

It can pierce the best armor
And make swords crumble with a rub
Yet for all its power
It can’t harm a club
RUST

Today he is there to trip you up
And he will torture you tomorrow
Yet he is also there to ease the pain
When you are lost in grief and sorrow
ALCOHOL

Rowan November 2, 2010 at 18:18

Well, these are what I got:
1: Wind
2: Coffin
3: Gloves
4: There was a snowman there, and he melted :D
5: Birthday? Everyone’s had one, but you’ll never have the same one twice.
6: Mirror
7: Catcher and Umpire at a baseball game
8: Nothing
9: Day and Night
10: Golf
11: 0. If one person had no fingers on one hand (through an accident or genetic deformity) then any number multiplied by 0 is 0.
12: Why would BC be on the coin? They had never heard of Jesus Christ, he hadn’t been born yet, so BC wouldn’t mean anything.
13: Splinter
14: Music or a song
15: Because three people pay more than one person.
16: A bubble
17: It fell out of the ground floor
18: An argument
19: Darkness
20: Rust
21: Alcohol – trip you up= get drunk, torture you tomorrow= hangover

Airrider52 March 19, 2011 at 11:46

I think that number 16 is actually Saturn , probably wrong though.

Regan April 2, 2011 at 11:44

Q)15 – it is not to make more money!

There is nothing of “lateral thinking” in that kind of answer. My guess is he would rather cut the hair off three Canadians instead of cutting one New Yorker (say, in half).

Jasmine September 3, 2011 at 06:53

I am being completely honest. I didn’t look at other people’s answers or the real answers. I didn’t get very much.

2. A coffin.
4. A snowman that has melted.
8. Nothing
11. Zero
12. In 649 BC no one would have heard of Christ or when he would come so how could they possibly state that they were in 649 BC?
15. Canadians pay more?
16. Saturn?
17. Underground building – 20th floor is ground floor.
19. Darkness
20. Rust

sangeethapriya September 7, 2011 at 08:43

8.peace
16.The baby fall down from ground floor
21.Money

Bill November 29, 2011 at 03:20

Theres alot of debate about 21. However the correct answer is alcohol. I’m playing a riddle game on my iPhone and that is the correct answer.

april March 17, 2012 at 23:25

21.memory, i think it fits.

Trikkie April 11, 2012 at 03:50

Too all the people trying to find only 1 working answer for each riddle, it does not neccesary has to be just 1 answer, there are more ways of perspective.
for example, the answer to riddle 1 could be…
Snow(lawine) or water(flood) or lava or wind or a very powerfull explosion or radition.
Heck with the right perspective the solution could even be the internet.
The terms definied in most riddles are very objective and mostly undefined.

Keenan July 24, 2012 at 00:33

My guess on 21 would probably be beer.. Or wine, I guess..
Well, any alcohol would fit the profile, I suppose..

:) October 21, 2012 at 02:22

8.) Nothing (P.s. this is the correct answer)

Travis Yard November 24, 2012 at 06:19

I object to the term “lateral thinking” as it is used in this post. Almost a third of these puzzles aren’t technicaly lateral thinking riddles at all. A better example is as follows:

Jeremy walks into a bar and askes John, the bartender, for a glass of water. John pulls out a revolver and aims it directly at Jeremy’s heart. Jeremy thanks John, shakes his hand, and walks out of the bar. Why?

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Jeremy had a bad case of the hiccups, and asked John for a glass of water, hoping that it would cure him. John, being clever and thoughtful, scares Jeremy with his gun to scare Jeremy’s hiccups away. Jeremy thanks John feverantly and happily skippes away into La-La Land.

OK, so mabey I got carried away on that last line…

Grant May 28, 2013 at 04:36

2- a rufie

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