Puzzles & Riddles



A man died and went to Heaven. There were thousands of other people there. They were all naked and all looked as they did at the age of 21. He looked around to see if there was anyone that he recognized. He saw a couple and he knew immediately that they were Adam and Eve. How did he know? Scroll down for the answer

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Solution:
He recognized Adam and Eve as the only people without navels. Because they were not born of women, they had never had umbilical cords and therefore they never had navels. This one seems perfectly logical but it can sometimes spark fierce theological arguments.

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A man went to a party and drank some of the punch. He then left early. Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. The man did not poison the punch. Why did the man not die?
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The poison in the punch came from the ice cubes. When the man drank the punch, the ice was fully frozen. Gradually it melted, poisoning the punch.


Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones? This is logical rather than lateral, but it is a good puzzle, which can be solved by lateral thinking techniques. A very well known software company as an interview question supposedly uses it for prospective employees.
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A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal of the manhole. A round manhole cannot be dropped down the manhole. So for safety and practicality, all manhole covers should be round.


One day Kerry celebrated her birthday. Two days later her older twin brother, Terry, celebrated his birthday. Why?
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At the time she went into labor, the mother of the twins was travelling by boat. The older twin, Terry, was born first early on March 1st. The boat then crossed a time zone and Kerry, the younger twin, was born on February the 28th. Therefore, the younger twin celebrates her birthday two days before her older brother.


A man is wearing black. Black shoes, socks, trousers, jumper, gloves and balaclava. He is walking down a black street with all the street lamps off. A black car is coming towards him with its light off too but somehow manages to stop in time. How did the driver see the man?
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Solution:
It was day time.


A man and his son are in a car accident. The father dies on the scene, but the child is rushed to the hospital. When he arrives the surgeon says “I can’t operate on this boy, he is my son!” How can this be?
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Solution:
The surgeon is the boy’s mother.


Two boxers are in a boxing match (regular boxing, not kick boxing). The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds but ends after 6 rounds, after one boxer knocks out the other boxer. Yet no man throws a punch. How is this possible?
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Solution:
They are female boxers.

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