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Riddles for EFL/ESL learners.

The riddle is a form of guessing game that has been a part of the folklore of most cultures from ancient times.
Here is a collection of simple riddles for entertaining reading with the purpose of memorizing words.
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1Q. A cowboy rode into town on Friday, stayed 2 days, then rode out of town on Friday. How did he do that?
His horse is named Friday.

2Q. A kind of tree can you carry in your hand?
A palm.

3Q. All of Jenny’s pets are dogs except one, and all of her pets are cats except one. How many cats and dogs does Jenny have?
Jenny has one cat and one dog.

4Q. An old fashioned bike wheel has 21 spokes. How many spaces are between the spokes - 20, 21, or 22?
21

5Q. I am full of holes, I can hold water. What am I?
A sponge (synthetic or natural material used for bathing).

6Q. I bind it and it walks. I loose it and it stops.
A sandal.

7Q. I can speak all the languages of the world. What am I?
An echo

8Q. I have a little house in which I live all alone. It has no doors or windows, and if I want to go out I must break through the wall.
A chicken in an egg.

9Q. I sleep in the day and I fly in the night. I have no feathers to aid my flight.
A bat.

10Q. If you drop me I'll probably crack, but give me a smile and I'll always smile back. What am I?
A mirror.

11Q. I'm sometimes full, but I never overflow. What am I?
The moon.

12Q. It stands on one leg with its heart in its head.
A cabbage

13Q. It's been around for millions of years, but it's no more than a month old. What is it?
The moon.

14Q. Mr. Smith has 4 daughters. Each of his daughters has a brother. How many children does Mr. Smith have?
He has 5 children.

15Q. Poor people have it. Rich people need it. If you eat it you die. What is it?
Nothing

16Q. Some months have thirty days and some months have thirty-one days. How many months have twenty-eight days?
All twelve months have 28 days.

17Q. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What are they?
Footsteps.

18Q. What are two things people never eat before breakfast?
A lunch and a supper.

19Q. What asks no question but demands an answer?
A doorbell or a ringing telephone.

20Q. What belongs to you but others use it more than you do?
Your name.

21Q. What bird can lift the most?
A crane.

22Q. What can't be used until it's broken?
An egg

23Q. What fastens two people yet touches only one?
A wedding ring.

24Q. What gets wet when drying?
A towel.

25Q. What goes round and round the wood but never goes into the wood?
The bark of a tree.

26Q. What goes round the house and in the house but never touches the house?
The sun.

27Q. What has 4 legs and only 1 foot?
A bed.

28Q. What has a head and a tail but no body?
A coin!

29Q. What has a head like a cat, feet like a cat, a tail like a cat, but isn't a cat?
A kitten.

30Q. What has a neck, but no head?
A bottle.

31Q. What has five eyes, but cannot see?
The Mississippi River has five eyes!

32Q. What has many keys but can't open any doors?
A piano.

33Q. What has teeth but can't bite?
A comb.

34Q. What has three feet but no legs or arms?
A yard.

35Q. What has two hands and a face, but no arms and legs?
A clock.

36Q. What is as big as an elephant but doesn't weigh anything?
The shadow of an elephant.

37Q. What is that you will break even when you name it?
Silence

38Q. What is it that we often return but never borrow?
Thanks.

39Q. What is it that you can keep after giving it to someone else?
Your word.

40Q. What is it the more you take away the larger it becomes?
A hole.

41Q. What is the hardest thing about learning to roller skate?
The ground.

42Q. What is the longest word in the English language?
SMILES - there is a mile between the 1st and last letters.

43Q. What is the shortest month?
May, it has only 3 letters.

44Q. What is the tallest building in the world?
A library because it has the most stories.

45Q. What teaches without talking?
A book.

46Q. What walks all day on its head?
A nail in a horseshoe.

47Q. When is the best time to have lunch?
After breakfast.

48Q. Where does Friday come before Thursday?
In the dictionary.

49Q. Who are the two brothers who live on opposite sides of the road yet never see each other?
Eyes.

50Q. You are my brother, but I am not your brother. Who am I?
I am your sister.

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