Riddles

A woman walked into a police station  “I want report a pickpocket” she announced. A man staggered in behind her, his hand in her coat pocket. “Arrest that man,” she continued, pointing at him. He was arrested, tried, and convicted of picking pockets. Why did he enter the police station in a posture that obviously suggested his crime?

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In this true story, a neighborhood pickpocket was caught by a woman, the wife of 18th century inventor Peter Cooper who sewed fish hooks into her coat pocket. When he caught his hand on the hooks, she said “I am going to the police station and you are coming with me.” He cooperated to prevent serious injury to his hand.

Rocky Redneck carried a gun, he had a state issued firearm permit that allowed him to do so and he was careful to obey the law. One day, he went to visit his relatives across the country, in another state. Rocky had firearm permit from that state too and he could legally carry his gun there. He found out from the airlines that he could take his gun with him if it was declared to the airline staff and it was in checked baggage. Ever the law abiding citizen, Rocky packed the gun in a suitcase, told the airline clerk about it, and had the suitcase checked. So why was Rocky arrested for weapons possession?

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Short Answer: Rocky had a layover in another state and didn’t have a permit in that state but decided to get his bag.

Full Answer: (Buckle up for this one, it’s a doozy and shows fundamental misunderstandings on how flying in the US works) Rocky took one airplane to an intermediate stop, got out, and got into a second airplane to his final destination. If he had told the airline that he was doing so, then his fare would have been higher. He was trying to save money by noting that the fares for the separate parts of the trip, were less than the equivalent fare for the whole trip (JPC rightfully found this ridiculous, that’s not how bag check-in works). Therefore he could not check the suitcase directly to the final destination, but had to retrieve it and recheck it at the intermediate stop. Rocky did not have a firearm permit for the state in which he made the intermediate stop, but was carrying the gun, He was arrested for that reason.

A burglar broke into a house, intending to steal from it. While still in the house he called the police, why?

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Once inside the house, he fell breaking his leg. Pulling a telephone down from a table, he called an emergency police number for help and, though arrested, he received treatment for his leg.

You wake up in a room with no windows or doors. In the room is a table and a mirror, how do you get out?

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You look in the mirror; you see what you saw. You take the saw and cut the table in half. You put the table halves together to make a whole. Then you put the hole in the wall and you climb out.

An old apartment building caught fire, most apartments were damaged badly and many people were left homeless. An investigator arrived from the fire department. A shady man pulled him aside into a dark corner of the building and handed five hundred dollar bills. “It would be better for both of us,” said the shady man, “if something went wrong with the investigation. Those the papers or whatever.” The investigator looked at the money and protested, “But the landlord will want to file an insurance claim and needs a report.” “He won’t mind,” the shady man replied, “be nice to other victims and don’t ask questions.” The investigator pocketed the money and conveniently forgot the case. Why did the landlord not get upset?

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The landlord set fire to his own building. It was occupied by tenants who paid a low rent that was restricted by law. If they moved out, then he would vacant apartments that could be offered at much higher rent than before. Incurring fire damage was a sensible investment for it removed low rent tenants and permit elegant remodeling into luxury apartments that could fetch very high rent.

Which flower

Once long ago there lived two Rulers of different lands famed for their wisdom as well as their beauty.
The Queen of Sheba and King Solomon.
Upon his visit to her land the queen decide to test King Solomon’s wisdom by a series of tests in riddles.
He passed each one with ease until she led him into a room filled with flowers of every shape and colour.
The Queen had the finest craftsmen and magicians in her land construct the flowers so that they look exactly like the real flowers from her garden. “The test” she told King Solomon “is to find the one real flower amongst the thousands of artificial ones”.
King solomon looked carefully from flower to flower and back again, searching for even the smallest of difference.
He looked for any sign of welted leaves or petals but found lifelike leaves and petals in all conditions on every flower. And fragrance was of no help as well for the room was filled with fragrances.
“Please” King Solomon pleaded “the room is so warm. Could we open the curtains and let in a breeze? The fresh air will help clear my head for thinking”
The Queen of Sheba kindly agreed and within minutes after the curtains opened King Solomon new which of the many flowers was the real one.
How did he know?

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When the curtains were opened a bee flew in the window and immediately went to the real flower

The clever bride
There was once a bride who lived with her husband and mother-in-law. The bride was very fond of chick peas. The mother-in-law had a barrel full of chick peas in the kitchen. Every couple of days the bride would steal some chick peas and roast them in secret. Eventually, the barrel became half-empty and the mother-in-law became suspicious of the bride because she was new to the household and no one had ever taken the chick peas before. The bride knew of her suspicious. Once when they were cleaning the kitchen, the bride found a chick pea on the floor. She said three words to the mother-in-law that made the mother-in-law think she didn’t take the chick peas. What were they?

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“What is this?” If she didn’t know what a chick pea was, why would she steal them?

The cleverest son

Once there lived an old man who had three sons. When he grew old and ill he knew that he would soon die. He called all three sons into his room.

“There is no way I can divide the house and Farm to support all three of you. The one who proves himself the cleverest will inherit the house and Farm. There’s a coin on the table for each of you. The one who can buy something that will fill this room will inherit all I own”.

The eldest son took his coin, went straight to the marketplace in filled his wagon with straw. The second son thought a bit longer, then also went to the marketplace with his coin, where he bought sacks and sacks of feathers. The youngest son thought and then quickly went to the shop he bought two small things and put them into his pocket.

That night the father called them to show what they had bought. The oldest son spread his straw but it filled only one part of the room. The second son dumped his sacks of feathers but they filled only two quarters of the room. Then the youngest son smiled, pulled out two small things from his pocket and soon filled the room.

“Yes”, the father said, “you are indeed the cleverest and have filled my room when the others could not. You shall inherit my house and farm”.

What had the youngest son bought and how had he filled the room?

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The two things he bought were a match and a candle. He filled the room with light.

One word solves a mystery

A local merchant was preparing to go on a selling trip. After loading his boat he waited on board for his servant. Seeing the merchant waiting alone the boatman decided it would be easy to kill him and steal his goods. The boatman quickly attacked and drowned the merchant and took the goods to his own house. Then he created an alibi. He went to the merchant’s house and asked why he had not come to the boat. The merchant’s wife had all her servants go looking but they could find no trace of him. In time the investigation reached the magistrate who send everyone out the room except the merchant’s wife and asked her for an exact description of the event at the time when the Boatsman first came to ask about her husband.

“My husband had already been gone quite a while”, said the wife, “when the boatman came to our gate and called: mistress why hasn’t the merchant come down yet“.

Next the magistrate talked to the boatman who repeated exactly what he had said when he went to the merchants House.

“That’s it”, the magistrate told the boatman, “The merchant was killed and you are the killer. You just confessed”. “What confession?” protested the boatman.

Do you know what confession?

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When the boatman went to the merchant’s house he called only for the Mistress, because he knew that the merchant would not be at home, but dead.

Left alone, I’m a word with five letters. I’m honest and fair, I’ll admit. Rearranged, I’m of no use to trains. Again, and I’m an overt place, warm and well lit. What am I?

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A LIAR

Each of the lines is a lie.
Left alone, I’m a word with five letters – The word is actually 4 letters
I’m honest and fair I’ll admit- Obviously, a liar is the antithesis of honest and fair.
Rearranged, I’m of no use to trains– RAIL, an anagram of LIAR, is an incredibly important facet to the function of trains.
Again, and I’m an overt place, warm and well-lit – LAIR, another anagram of LIAR, is a hidden, dark place, the opposite of the adjectives provided.

A married couple went to a hospital to have their baby delivered. Upon their arrival, the doctor said he had invented a new machine that would transfer a portion of the mother’s labor pain to the baby’s father. He asked if they were willing to try it out. They were both very in favor of it. The doctor set the pain transfer to 10% for starters, explaining that even 10% was probably more pain than the father had ever experienced before. However, as the labor progressed the husband felt fine and told the doctor to go ahead and kick it up a notch. The doctor then adjusted the machine to 20% pain transfer. The husband was still feeling fine. The doctor checked the husband’s blood pressure and was amazed at well he was doing. At this point, they decided to try it out for 50%. The husband continued to feel quite well. Since the pain transfer was obviously helping his wife considerably, the husband encouraged the doctor to transfer all of the pain to him. The wife delivered a healthy baby with virtually no pain, she and her husband were ecstatic. Why wasn’t he in any pain?

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The machine transfers the pain to the baby’s father. The wife cheated on the husband with the mailman it wasn’t the husband’s baby. According to the original riddle, the mailman is dead on the doorstep when the couple returned home (which Erin intentionally left out because it make the answer too obvious for professional riddie solvers)

Two spies want to get in an enemy’s military base. In order to get in, they have to give the correct countersign to the guard at the gate after he gives them a sign. So they wait hidden nearby the gate so that they will overhear the countersign from another soldier. One soldier comes and the guard gives the sign: “6”. The soldier answers “3”. The guard lets him pass. Another soldier comes. The guard says “12” and the soldier gives the answer “6”. The guard lets him pass. So, the first spy goes at the gate and the guard says “10”.The spy, sure that he knew the answer as he was, says “5”. Immediately, the guard shoots him dead. Then the other spy, who saw that the first spy was killed when he gave the countersign, had now understood what the right answer would be, whatever the guard’s sign was. So, he walks to the gate and the guard says “8”.The spy gives the correct answer and the guard lets him in. What was the answer that the spy gave?

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5. It’s the number of letters it takes to spell the word the guard says.