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Hard riddles are universal, and continue to leave a lasting impression on many different cultures across the globe. Here are some interesting facts:
  • The mere definition of what a riddle is, is something that has drawn a large amount of debate between scholars for centuries.
  • Complex riddles have been used since ancient times, and extensively in ancient/medieval literature.
  • There is only one riddle in the Bible appearing in the book of Judges. It is known as "Samson's riddle."
  • Charades is a popular contemporary game created with the use of riddle.
  • In author J. R. R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' Bilbo Baggins is given a challenging riddle by Gollum, and his life was dependent upon getting the correct answer.
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    Really Hard & Short Complex Riddles To Challenge You

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    This compilation of very difficult riddles is one of the best riddle collections on the web. With short challenging riddles like these you may go a bit crazy at times but the mental stretching that you'll receive from completing these incredible riddles will make it worth your while.

    While some hard riddles are meant for mastering instantly, these are the best of the best and more than likely will not be able to be answered promptly.

    Whether you are an exceptional thinker who is ready to take on one of the greatest advanced riddles collections known to man or whether you're a teacher that is just looking for some really hard riddles with answers to give out to students, at Riddles and Answers we find the most complex riddles known to man, daily.

    Remember before starting that these brain teasers are very tough riddles with answers readily available. If you find yourself stuck on one problem for too long, it's ok to move on to the next one. Just be sure to attempt these challenging riddles every day to help keep your brain functioning at a high level.

    Shoe Man Whistle

    Hint:
    The third equation has a term with a pair of whistles. The last line involves a single whistle.

    Furthermore, the man in the second and third lines are wearing a whistle, but the man in the last line is not wearing a whistle. Presumably the value of the whistle should be accounted for to get the correct answer.

    The pictures can be translated into the following equations:

    shoes + shoes + shoes = 30
    shoes + (man + whistle) + (man + whistle) = 20
    (man + whistle) + 2(whistles) + 2(whistles) = 13
    shoes + (man) x (whistle) = ?

    From the first equation we can solve for the shoes value:

    shoes + shoes + shoes = 30
    3(shoes) = 30
    shoes = 10

    We can then solve the second equation for the (man + whistle) value:

    shoes + (man + whistle) + (man + whistle) = 20
    10 + 2(man + whistle) = 20
    2(man + whistle) = 10
    man + whistle = 5

    Then we solve the third equation for the whistle:

    (man + whistle) + 2(whistles) + 2(whistles) = 13
    5 + 4(whistles) = 13
    4(whistles) = 8
    whistle = 2

    We also need to solve for the value of the man:

    man + whistle = 5
    man + 2 = 5
    man = 3

    Now we can evaluate the final expression, remembering the order of operations that multiplication should be evaluated before addition:

    shoes + (man) x (whistle) = ?

    10 + 3 x 2
    = 10 + 3 x 2
    = 10 + 6
    = 16
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    A Single Candle On A Cake

    Hint:
    1 of your 7 year cycles! You go through 7 cycles every year. The first cycle starts on your birthday, and each of the 7 cycles lasts 52 days. (7x52=364).

    You only have to find your personal cycle numbers once, because it's always the same, year after year.
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    $100 Bill Grocery Store Thief

    Hint:
    The best answer from the choices is the owner lost $100. The $100 bill that was stolen was then given back to the owner. What the owner loses is the $70 worth of goods and the $30 in change, which makes for a total of $70 + $30 = $100. The owner has lost $100.

    Technically, the owner lost $30 plus the value, V, of the $70 of goods. Since stores typically sell goods at a markup, the value may be less than $70. But in the case of a loss leader, the owner may have lost more than $70.
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    Five Rows Of Four Christmas Trees Riddle

    Hint:
    Just imagine a 5 pointed star, and then plant one tree at each point, and one tree where the sides intersect.

    There are actually several distinct solutions. All of them can be constructed as follows:

    Draw a nice long straight line.
    Draw a second straight line that intersects the first.
    Draw three more straight lines making sure each line intersects all the lines youve already drawn and avoiding any of the previous points of intersection. That is, no three lines should intersect at the same point.

    With the first four lines, theres only one topologically distinct configuration, but by varying the position of the fifth line, several different distinct configurations can be created.
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    A Train Leaves From Halifax Riddle

    Hint:
    Both trains would be at the same spot when they meet therefore they are both equally close to Halifax.
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    An Island That Has 3 Gods

    Hint:
    Question 1: (To any of the three gods) If I were to ask you "Is that the random god," would your answer be "ja?" (This questions, no matter the answer, will enable you to tell which god is not random i.e. the god who is either False or True)

    Question 2: (To either the True or False god) If I asked you "are you false," would your answer be "ja?"

    Question 3: (To the same god you asked the second question) If I asked you "whether the first god I spoke to is random," would your answer be "ja?"
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    Fooled By Thunder

    Hint:
    Stampede
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    Under The Cup Riddle

    Hint: Write down the possibilities. Remember that there are only three cups, so if the rightmost cup wasn't touched...
    The rightmost cup.

    The rightmost cup has a half chance of holding the coin, and the other cups have a quarter chance.

    Pretend that Os represent cups, and Q represents the cup with the coin.

    The game starts like this:

    OOQ

    Then your friend switches the rightmost cup with another, giving two possibilities, with equal chance:

    OQO
    QOO

    Your friend then moves the cups again, but doesn't touch the rightmost cup. The only switch possible is with the leftmost cup and the middle cup. This gives two possibilities with equal chance:

    QOO
    OQO

    Lastly, your friend switches the rightmost cup with another cup. If the first possibility shown above was true, there would be two possibilities, with equal chance:

    OOQ
    QOO

    If the second possibility shown above (In the second switch) was true, there would be two possibilities with equal chance:

    OOQ
    OQO

    This means there are four possibilities altogether, with equal chance:

    OOQ
    QOO
    OOQ
    OQO

    This means each possibility equals to a quarter chance, and because there are two possibilities with the rightmost cup having the coin, there is a half chance that the coin is there.
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    Dropping Coconuts Riddle

    Hint: They break when dropped from the same height and they don't weaken from getting dropped.
    You could drop it at floor 1 first (because you start at floor 1). Then you would go to the floors: 14, 27, 39, 50, 60, 69, 77, 84, 90, 95, 99, and 100. Whatever floor your first coconut breaks at, go to the floor above the last floor the coconut survived and drop the second coconut from this floor. Then go up by one floor until the second coconut breaks and that is the lowest floor it will break at.
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    Coconut Sentence Riddle

    Hint: Listen closely...
    This.

    If 'this' is a coconut, and 'that' is a coconut, then 'is' 'this' a coconut.
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