The Riddling Monk - Answers

Can you solve the following brainteasers by the Riddling Monk? Or will you go mad trying to think of the answer?

Riddle #1

Which is heavier: a ton of gold or a ton of feathers?

Answer: Both would weigh the same, a ton!

Riddle #2

Where’s the bottom at the top?

Answer: Your legs!

Riddle #3

If a grasshopper halves the distance to a wall on every jump, how many jumps will he need to reach the wall if he starts from ten feet away?

Answer: He will never reach the wall. If each jump only goes half the distance, the grasshopper will get closer and closer to the wall but never actually get there.

Riddle #4

Jin is standing behind Kuzo, but Kuzo is standing behind Jin. How can that be?

Answer: They are standing back-to-back!

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Riddle #5

I have no voice yet I speak to you, I tell of all things in the world that people do.
I have leaves, but I am not a tree.
I have pages, but I am not a bride.
I have a spine and hinges, but I am not a man or a door,
I have told you all, I cannot tell you more.
What am I?

Answer: A book!

Riddle #6

No legs have I to dance, No lungs have I to breathe, No life have I to live or die And yet I do all three. What am I?

Answer: A fire!

Riddle #7

You are in a room with two doors - one leads further into the dungeon, one leads to freedom. There are two guards in the room, one at each door. One always tells the truth. One always lies. What one question can you ask one of the guards that will help you pick the door to freedom?

Answer: If you just wanted to determine which one tells the truth and which lies, you would ask: "If I were to ask the other guard whether you always tell the truth, what would he say?" A reply of "no" means you are talking to the truth teller, a reply of "yes" means you are talking to the liar. So since you only have one question to select the right door, you would have to ask "If I were to ask the other guard, which door would he say leads to freedom?" You would then select the door opposite to the one he picked.

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