3 Easy Riddles to Keep Your Mind Sharp

By American Geriatrics Society (AGS), Health in Aging Foundation

If logic puzzles appeal to you, you’ll probably like riddles as well. These two types of puzzles are close cousins; however, riddles are often shorter than logic puzzles and involve plays on language.

As with logic puzzles and other puzzle types, each riddle should have just one unique answer. If you can think of two or more reasonable answers to the same riddle, chances are you’ve outwitted the puzzle constructor!

Riddles are a great way to introduce kids to the joy of playing with language. And for adults, they’re a great way to keep the mental gears cranking even when you have only a short time each day to devote to puzzling.

  1. What becomes larger the more you take away from it and smaller the more you add to it?
  2. What grows up at the same time it grows down?
  3. What gets larger as it eats but smaller as it drinks?

Riddle answers

  1. A hole in the ground
  2. A goose
  3. A fire