15 Mind Boggling Riddles That Only a Genius Can Solve

Entertainment | By Cole Damon | January 27, 2018

What are the traits which separate a true genius from among the rest? Does one need a degree in Physics or Machine Learning to be classified as a genius? No. Those are all superficial definitions of intellect. A true genius does not require such meaningless parameters to affirm their intellect. Experts however argue that solving these 15 riddles can be the difference between an average guy and true genius.

An age old question

This person was born in 2005 BC. People count the BC calendar backwards. Which means that instead of going forwards, you actually go backwards. This was done to create more consistency between historical records which now allow us to maintain proper documents.

The angle in clockwork

This is isn't so simple. The clock is 360 degrees the clock hand turns through 30 degree each hour. To answer this question, the minute hand will exactly lie at three hours but the hour hand will be a quarter of the way between three and four hours. Hence 7.5 degrees.

Why are manholes round?

Round manholes do not change their diameters based on their orientation. This cannot be said about squares shapes which can - based on their orientation - fall short of the minimum distance required to not fall down the manhole.

A trick question

You should be able to recognize the difference between a genuine question and a trick. This question is impossible to answer because there are far too many windows with varying price structures. The answer can vary depending from person to person.

Life and death

A normal person would lose their wits at the prospects of a looming death. But this captain knows his way around business lingo and cunningly decides to divide the gold between 51% of the team. He survives, everyone gets to be happy.

A daily observance

Although clocks are a daily part of our lives, we take them for granted and don't really appreciate exactly how much they contribute to us. But some observant people have the answer, the minute hand revolves exactly 22 times around the clock.

Classic game

It doesn't matter how young or old you may be we've all played Monopoly at least once in our lives. But the advent of smartphones and technology has changed that routine and few people play that game if ever. The man parks in front of an enemy's hotel.

How to explain concepts to children

Children are young and have extremely creative minds. They tend to think outside of the box and usually don't accept straightforward answers. So you will have to add a few twists to a straightforward answer such as, "Database is a place where lots of people store their information. Now go outside and play."

If I am holding a bee, what do I have in my eye?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In this case you are the 'bee holder', hence beauty is in your eyes. Various riddles are created around classic proverbs such as the one we just solved. Easy peasy right?

Turn it on its side, and its everything. Cut it in half and it's nothing.

This requires thorough knowledge of numbers and infinity. The answer is the number 8. If you turn it on its side, it resembles the symbol of infinity. If you cut it in half, it becomes zero, hence, nothing.

When you need me, you throw me away, when you don't need, me you bring me back. What am I?

It's an anchor. When ships need to park their heavy weight on the fluid surface of the oceans and seas, they drop the anchor. But when ships need to move around and reach their destinations, they reel it back in.

What starts with an 'e' and ends with an 'e' but contains only one letter?

This one requires you to have a degree in English literature, or at least gain some competency over vocabulary and spellings in general. The answer is "ENVELOPE". Starts with an 'e' and ends with an 'e' and incidentally contains only one letter.

Imagine that you are in a closed room with no window and no doors. How do you get out?

Stop imagining and start calculating. This is so true for most situations in our lives, we spend a large portion of our times just imagining scenarios and not coming up with solutions. SO let this be a lesson to you. Stop Imagining.

How far can you walk in to the woods?

This one isn't so straightforward. But the answer will make sense to you. We walk into the woods only "Halfway". Because once you're halfway, you're walking OUT the woods. This required the proper user and understanding of semantics.

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