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RIDDLES

Riddles are very useful to learn a language. Many of them are the same in other languages but others are specially British or American. Many of them play with words, meanings and similar sounds. Try to guess the answer to these riddles without translating them!

 

Why was Cinderella taken off the basketball team?
She always ran away from the ball.

What is the difference between a jeweller and a jailer?
One sells watches and the other one watches cells.

What do you call a deer with no eyes?
No idea. (No-eye deer).

What goes dot-dash-squeak-dash-dot-squeak-squeak?
Mouse code.

Why do bees always have sticky hair?
Because they have honeycombs.

What is at the end of everything?
The letter G.

What starts with "t", ends with "t" and is full of "t"?
A teapot.

What starts with "e", ends with "e" but only has one letter?
An envelope.

What starts with "p", ends with "e" and has 10,000 letters?
The post office.

If you drop a white hat into the Red Sea, what does it become?
Wet.

Why are pianos difficult to open?
Because the keys are inside.

How do you stop a cock from crowing on Sunday
morning and waking you up?
Have it for dinner on Saturday night.

What bone will a dog never eat?
A trombone.

Why are Saturdays and Sundays strong days?
Because the other five are weak days.

When is a door not a door?
When it's ajar. ("ajar" significa entornada)

What kind of animal can jump higher than a house?
All animals can jump. House cannot.

What do you serve that you cannot eat?
A tennis ball.

What do you call a great dog detective?
Sherlock Bones.

How can you tell if someone is jealous of the Irish?
They are green with envy.

How does Easter end?
With the letter R.

What do you call a fish without an eye?
A fsh.

What do sea monsters eat?
Fish and ships.

Brothers and sisters have I none, but that man's father is my father's son. Who is that man?
My son.

Why do white sheep eat more than black sheep?
There are more white sheep.

Which word becomes shorter when you add a syllable to it?
Short.

Where does Friday come before Thursday?
In the dictionary.

What goes up and down stairs without moving?
A carpet.

Who can shave 20 times a day and still have a beard?
A barber.

What has many keys but can't open any door?
A piano.

What word is always pronounced wrong?
The word "wrong".

What has two hands and a face, but no arms and legs?
A clock.

What goes up and down stairs without moving?
The carpet.

What Christmas carol is a favourite of parents?
Silent Night.

Take off my skin. I won't cry, but you will. What am I?
An onion.

What nail should you never hit with a hammer?
Your fingernail.

What is in the middle of water but is not an island?
The letter T.

I can help keep things safe, keep the unwanted at bay; but if you forget me, you may be outside all day. What am I?
A key.

I run all day but I'm always at the same place. What am I?
A clock.

They come at night without being called and are lost in the day without being stolen. What are they?
The stars.

I may have a blanket, but I'm never warm. What am I?
Snow. (A blanket of snow means 'un manto de nieve').

I have a head, a tail, but no body. What am I?
A coin.

I run but I have no legs. What am I?
A nose.

What does a cat have that no other animal has?
Kittens.

What has a horn but doesn't honk?
A rhinoceros.

What is as big as an elephant, but weighs nothing at all?
The shadow of an elephant.

What belongs to you but others use it more than you do?
Your name.

What follows a horse wherever he goes?
His tail.

When do dogs have 16 legs?
When there are four of them.

What has four legs but cannot walk?
A table.

What can you found in the middle of nowhere?
The letter H.

What walks all day on its head?
A nail in a horseshoe.

What has five eyes but cannot see?
The Mississippi River. (five i's)

What letter is the cleanest in the alphabet?
The letter H because it's in the middle of washing.

What has to be broken before you can use it?
An egg.

What can you catch but you cannot throw?
A cold.

What kind of nut has a hole?
A donut.

A cowboy rode into town on Sunday, stayed three days and left on Sunday. How is this possible?
His horse's name was "Sunday".

How many men were born last year?
None. Only babies were born.

Where do you find roads without vehicles?
On a map.

Why did the boy throw a bucket of water out the window?
He wanted to see the waterfall.

Which letter of the alphabet has the most water?
The letter C.

Where is the ocean the deepest?
On the bottom.

What are two things people never eat before breakfast?
Lunch and dinner.

Why did the man throw his watch out of the window?
He wanted to see time fly.

What do you call a boomerang that won't come back?
A stick.

What goes 'Oh, Oh, Oh'?
Santa Claus walking backwards.

What goes up and never comes down?
Your age!

Why do birds fly south in the winter?
Because it's too far to walk!

Why is the "A" like a flower?
Because the "B" is after it (the bee is after it).

I'm full of holes, but I can hold water. What am I?
A sponge.

Why are elephants poor?
Because they work for peanuts.

What letter of the alphabet is an insect?
B (bee).

What relatives are dependent on you?
Aunt, uncle and cousin. They all need U (you).

What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment but not once in a thousand years?
The letter M.

Why is "U" the happiest letter?
Because it's in the middle of "fun".

What has a head, a tail, is brown and has no legs?
A penny.

How many books can you put into an empty backpack?
One! After that, it's not empty.

If you were in a race and passed the person in second place, what place would you be in?
Second place.

What had one head, one foot and four legs?
A bed.

Where does success come before work?
In the dictionary.

What is the center of gravity?
The letter V.

What English word has three consecutive double letters?
Bookkeeper.

What's the best thing to put into a Christmas cake?
Your teeth.

What did the computer do at lunchtime?
Had a byte! (bite means 'bocado', byte means 'unidad de datos')

How many peas are there in a pint?
There is just one P in a 'pint'.

What has forty feet and sings?
The school choir.

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