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Riddle Solutions

Riddle solutions are not always easy to find. The easiest way to solve a riddle is to look up the exact text of the riddle in a search engine, and chase the answer down via the Internet. However, the purpose of riddles is to stretch the brain and teach different and more flexible ways of thinking. The only way to benefit from this kind of brain workout is to do the mental gymnastics without help. Keep these few simple principles in mind to make finding riddle solutions, if not quite easy, then at least possible.

Use the Right Approach

Riddle Solutions

When working on riddle solutions, it's key to approach the riddle in the right frame of mind. Be relaxed and keep an open mind. Every riddle does have a solution; it just takes time and creativity to find it. Be persistent, and keep trying even when the solution seems impossible.

Break It Up

Some riddles are very short, but others may have several clues. Break these longer riddles into chunks. Write each line down on a piece of paper with space between for writing, and tackle each separately. Since riddles rely on double meanings or puns, so try brainstorming different meanings for each word or phrase. Start trying each possible meaning with other parts of the riddle, and eliminate the ones that obviously don't work.

When All Else Fails

Sometimes riddle solutions are very elusive, and can't be found with any amount of brainstorming, list-making, or creative thinking. After trying everything else, it's time to try these techniques to solve the unsolvable.

Take a Break

When the words start to look like a foreign language and the letters look like squiggles, it's time to step back and take some time away from the riddle. Sleep on it, and look at the riddle again in the morning. Try working on the riddle in different surroundings, or take a walk while thinking.

Get Some Help

If taking a break doesn't help, talk it over with friends. Sometimes fresh ideas will make the riddle clearer, In fact, riddles started as a way to pass the time at dinner parties and social gatherings. Riddles were sometimes printed on one side of a paper fan, allowing young ladies to easily strike up a conversation with any nearby gentleman. Since the riddle's answer was printed on the opposite side of the fan, the lady was free to drop as many hints as she liked, according to her interest in the gentleman in question.

If after trying all of the above suggestions, the riddle is still proving to be especially stubborn, it may be time to look it up on the Internet. There are a few sites that offer an excellent database of riddles and solutions, and some even offer hints for those who just need a little nudge in the right direction.

The Best Sites For Riddle Solutions

Riddles.com offers a database with thousands of riddles and their answers. The site's users submit some of the riddles, but others are written by Jim Taylor, the site's webmaster. This site does offer a clue option if users would rather not be given the answer right away, but a link to the answer is located on the same page as each riddle. The riddles are divided into sections: easy riddles, hard riddles, and most popular are included among the categories.

Thinks.com offers a list of forty riddles that have been around for quite awhile. Links to answers are included, but make sure your pop-up blocker is turned off; the answers come up in a separate window.

Justriddlesandmore.com boasts a huge collection of riddles, as well as a message board for users to post their own riddles. Site users also use the message board on this site to ask for help with riddle solutions, so this could be a great place to find answers to a particularly difficult riddle.

Solving a Riddle

Riddles are a great way to pass the time at home or in the classroom. With a lot of persistence and a bit of creativity, anyone can solve a riddle. For those who don't have the time for lengthy puzzles, several sites offer answers to some of the most common riddles.

By Myrrh Hector