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Coined by mathematician Raymond Smullyan, this riddle's most famous appearance was in the film Labyrinth, and essentially goes like this. There are two identical doors guarded by identical guards. One leads somewhere good, the other somewhere bad. One guard always tells the truth and the other always lies. What question do you ask to figure out which is which?
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Coined by mathematician Raymond Smullyan, this riddle's most famous appearance was in the film Labyrinth, and essentially goes like this. There are two identical doors guarded by identical guards. One leads somewhere good, the other somewhere bad. One guard always tells the truth and the other always lies. What question do you ask to figure out which is which?
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In Labyrinth, Sarah figures out that the door on the left leads to certain death by asking its guardian if the one on the right would lead to the castle. Just watch her figure it out here.
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In James Joyce's Ulysses, one of his characters poses this riddle:
"The cock crew,
The sky was blue: 
The bells in heaven
Were striking eleven.
‘Tis time for this poor soul
To go to heaven.”
What is the answer he gives?
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In James Joyce's Ulysses, one of his characters poses this riddle: "The cock crew, The sky was blue: The bells in heaven Were striking eleven. ‘Tis time for this poor soul To go to heaven.” What is the answer he gives?
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The traditional answer is “The fox burying his grandmother under a hollybush.” Does it make sense? No. That's pretty much the point, though.
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The traditional answer is “The fox burying his grandmother under a hollybush.” Does it make sense? No. That's pretty much the point, though.
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In Oedipus Rex, a sphinx asks Oedipus to solve a riddle or face certain death. This is the riddle: "What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?"
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In Oedipus Rex, a sphinx asks Oedipus to solve a riddle or face certain death. This is the riddle: "What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?"
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Oedipus correctly guesses that a person crawls on all fours as a baby (morning), walks on two legs during the prime of life (day), and uses a cane as a third leg to walk in old age (evening).
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Oedipus correctly guesses that a person crawls on all fours as a baby (morning), walks on two legs during the prime of life (day), and uses a cane as a third leg to walk in old age (evening).
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This riddle was a favorite of Teddy Roosevelt's:
"I talk, but I do not speak my mind
I hear words, but I do not listen to thoughts
When I wake, all see me
When I sleep, all hear me
Many heads are on my shoulders
Many hands are at my feet
The strongest steel cannot break my visage
But the softest whisper can destroy me
The quietest whimper can be heard."
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This riddle was a favorite of Teddy Roosevelt's: "I talk, but I do not speak my mind I hear words, but I do not listen to thoughts When I wake, all see me When I sleep, all hear me Many heads are on my shoulders Many hands are at my feet The strongest steel cannot break my visage But the softest whisper can destroy me The quietest whimper can be heard."
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The answer here is an actor! Actors' lines aren't from their own head and they, according to the riddle, aren't listening to their partners onstage. A lot of actors would probably disagree with that, but that's the answer regardless.
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The answer here is an actor! Actors' lines aren't from their own head and they, according to the riddle, aren't listening to their partners onstage. A lot of actors would probably disagree with that, but that's the answer regardless.
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In The Hobbit, Gollum asks: 
"Voiceless it cries,
Wingless flutters,
Toothless bites,
Mouthless mutters."

What is it?
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In The Hobbit, Gollum asks: "Voiceless it cries, Wingless flutters, Toothless bites, Mouthless mutters." What is it?
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The wind cries voiceless, flutters without wings, can be biting without a mouth, and can mutter without a mouth!
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The wind cries voiceless, flutters without wings, can be biting without a mouth, and can mutter without a mouth!
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J.K. Rowling included a sphinx as one of the challenges Harry faces in the Triwizard Tournament maze in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Her sphinx is a little more verbose, asking:
"First think of the person who lives in disguise,
Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies.
Next, tell me what’s always the last thing to mend,
The middle of middle and end of the end?
And finally give me the sound often heard
During the search for a hard-to-find word.
Now string them together, and answer me this,
Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?"
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J.K. Rowling included a sphinx as one of the challenges Harry faces in the Triwizard Tournament maze in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Her sphinx is a little more verbose, asking: "First think of the person who lives in disguise, Who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies. Next, tell me what’s always the last thing to mend, The middle of middle and end of the end? And finally give me the sound often heard During the search for a hard-to-find word. Now string them together, and answer me this, Which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?"
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This riddle asks its ponderers to sound out the answer, what you end up with is spy (a person who deals in secrets) d (the middle letter of middle and last letter of end) and er (a sound British people make when trying to think of an answer to things). Put it all together, and you get a spider, which you wouldn't want to kiss.
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This riddle asks its ponderers to sound out the answer, what you end up with is spy (a person who deals in secrets) d (the middle letter of middle and last letter of end) and er (a sound British people make when trying to think of an answer to things). Put it all together, and you get a spider, which you wouldn't want to kiss.
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In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter asks her: "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" Which of the following is the author's answer?
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In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter asks her: "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" Which of the following is the author's answer?
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Although the Mad Hatter and his creator, Lewis Carroll, initially had no answer to the riddle, readers wrote him so often asking for one that he eventually decided to give this response: "I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: 'Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!' This, however, is merely an afterthought; the Riddle, as originally invented, had no answer at all."
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Although the Mad Hatter and his creator, Lewis Carroll, initially had no answer to the riddle, readers wrote him so often asking for one that he eventually decided to give this response: "I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: 'Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!' This, however, is merely an afterthought; the Riddle, as originally invented, had no answer at all."
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Finally, here's one from 18th Century England that you might be familiar with thanks to Die Hard with a Vengeance:
"As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?"
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Finally, here's one from 18th Century England that you might be familiar with thanks to Die Hard with a Vengeance: "As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives, Each wife had seven sacks, Each sack had seven cats, Each cat had seven kits: Kits, cats, sacks, and wives, How many were there going to St. Ives?"
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The man going to St. Ives is the only person confirmed here to be going to St. Ives. He just met the other 2000+ entities and sacks on the way there.
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This riddle comes from ancient Sumeria, and is possibly the world's first:
"There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it?"
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This riddle comes from ancient Sumeria, and is possibly the world's first: "There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it?"
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The answer to this ancient riddle is that a school opens people's eyes to new knowledge!
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The answer to this ancient riddle is that a school opens people's eyes to new knowledge!
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