On the following pages you'll find our collection of difficult riddles. There are different types, some are logic, some are math, some are thinking and others are just fun to try to figure out.
1. A woman goes into a hardware store to buy something for her house. When asked the price, the clerk replies, "the price of one is twelve cents, the price of forty-four is twenty-four cents, and the price a hundred and forty-four is thirty-six cents. What does the woman want to buy?
2. Ten people, all wearing hats, were walking along a street when a sudden wind blew their hats off. A helpful boy retrieved them and, without asking which hat belonged to which person, handed each person a hat. What is the probability that exactly 9 of the people received their own hats?
8. A farmer was going to town with a fox, a goose and a sack of corn. He came to a stream that he had to cross. There was a tiny boat; he could only take one thing across at a time. However, if he left the fox alone with the goose, the fox would eat the goose, and if he left the goose alone with the corn, the goose would eat the corn. How does he get them all safely across the stream?
9. There is a wine barrel with no lid and some wine in it. "This barrel of wine is more than half full," says Larry. "No it's not, says Joe. It's less than half full." Without any measuring implements and without removing any wine from the barrel, how can they determine who is correct?
10. Paul boasted to his friends that he had done 20 percent better on his math test than Pete did. Pete got an 80 on his test; so Paul's friends all believed that Paul got a 100. Were Paul's friends correct?