As children, we always wanted to test the cleverness of our classmates and friends, therefore, we asked them riddles. As we grew up, we for some reason forgot all about puzzles and started to solve only the 'riddles of life'. However, for some entertainment and also to keep our logic sharp, we should get into the habit of solving some riddles, which often times are brain teasers.

Here is one for you, "Which is the word in the English language, that is pronounced exactly the same even after you remove four alphabets from a total of its five alphabets?". These brain teasers are actually just puzzles that need lateral thinking, which are meant to bring a smile to your face - hopefully.

1. What is as big as you are and yet does not weigh anything?

2. Two cannibals were chatting as they had their dinner. One complained that he really quite disliked his new mother-in-law. What was the advice given to him by his companion?

3. Paul's height is six feet, he's an assistant at a butcher's shop, and wears size 9 shoes. What does he weigh?

4. What types of words are these: madam, civic, eye, level?

5. What ends everything always?

6. When you have me, you feel like sharing me. But, if you do share me, you don't have me. What am I?

7. A cowboy rode into town on Friday, stayed three days, and rode out again on Friday. How did he do that?

8. The person who makes it has no need for it. The person who purchases it does not use it. The person who does use it does not know he or she is. What is it?

9. It is an insect, and the first part of its name is the name of another insect. What is it?

10. 2 fathers and 2 sons go fishing. Each of them catches one fish. So why do they bring home only 3 fish?

11. Which is the longest word in English?

12. You can hold it without using your hands or arms. What is it?

13. What do the letter 't' and an island have in common?

14. Which is the word in English that has nine letters, and remains a word at each step even when you remove one letter from it, right up to a single letter remaining. List each letter as you remove them, along with the resulting word at each step.

15. Complete this sequence of letters: o, t, t, f, f, s, s, _, _, _.

16. From the beginning of eternity
To the end of time and space
To the beginning of every end
And the end of every place.
What am I?

17. I go all around the world but I still stay in a corner. Who am I?

18. What's black and white and red all over?

19. I can run but I can't walk, a mouth but I can't talk, a head but I can't think, a bed but I can't sleep. Who am I?

20. I'm where yesterday follows today, and tomorrow's in the middle. What am I?

21. Until I am measured,
I am not known.
Yet how you miss me,
When I have flown!
What am I?

22. What does man love more than life?
Fear more than death or mortal strife?
What do the poor have, what the rich require,
And what contented men desire?
What does the miser spend, the spendthrift save,
And all men carry to their graves?

23. I stand when I'm sitting, and jump when I'm walking. Who am I?

24. A certain five letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it. What is the word?

25. How long is the answer to this question.

I am sure after reading through these riddles you would have traveled into the past. These were a mere drop in the endless ocean of riddles that test your wit, tickle your funny bone. There are many riddles in English poetry as well, which are a great amount of fun to solve. Before I end this write-up, the answer to the question I asked in the first paragraph is 'queue'. Hope you had fun. So long then!
Rita Putatunda
Last Updated: August 6, 2016