A riddle is a statement, question or phrase having a double or veiled meaning, put forth as a puzzle to be solved. Riddles are of two types: enigmas, which are problems generally expressed in metaphorical or allegorical language that require ingenuity and careful thinking for their solution, and conundra, which are questions relying for their effects on punning in either the question or the answer.
Archer Taylor says that "we can probably say that riddling is a universal art" and cites riddles from hundreds of different cultures including Finnish, Hungarian, American Indian, Chinese, Russian, Dutch and Filipino sources amongst many others. Many riddles and riddle-themes are internationally widespread.
In the assessment of Elli Köngas Maranda (originally writing about Malaitian riddles, but with an insight that has been taken up more widely), whereas myths serve to encode and establish social norms, "riddles make a point of playing with conceptual boundaries and crossing them for the intellectual pleasure of showing that things are not quite as stable as they seem" — though the point of doing so may still ultimately be to "play with boundaries, but ultimately to affirm them".

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  1. B

    I've got a riddle for you

    What stays in the corner but travels all over the world? Hidden content
  2. V

    [Game] Riddle

    You are stuck in a cement room with no windows or doors. There is no light. The only things on the room with you are a table and a mirror. How do you get out?
  3. P

    Riddle Time

    Bugtong bugtong... anung isda ang nagsisimula sa letter "F"?
  4. J

    Closed Re-post: brain twister

    3 carry 1 bring down water? wala kasi pumansin :D
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    3 carry 1 bring down water?
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    Closed ρáíd exclusive open vpn account ( pasok )

    ok guys .. dahil nagsawa nako sa number game .. ito brain twister nalang tayo .. patalinuhan .. ang makakaunang makatama ng answer bibigyan ko ng ( ρáíd exclusive open vpn account ) .. isa palang ang nabigyan ko nito .. valid for 10 days ( singapore server +Low ping ) answer this : What is...
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    Closed Riddle

    bigyan ko globe mac kung sino makakasagot ng tama at kung bakit yun yung sagot .. "may dalawang mag tatay sa ilog nangingisda .. nakahuli sila ng tatlong malalaking isda .. bago sila umuwi pinaghatian nila yung nahuli nila .." Tanong : pano nila pinaghatian yung mga isda ng walang lamangan ...
  8. Z

    Closed meron pa pala, murder riddles

  9. Z

    Closed last riddle ko na tu

    What occurs twice in a week, once in a year, but never in a day?
  10. Z

    Closed riddle as per requested ni ms. soul

    It's been around for millions of years, but it's no more than a month old. What is it?
  11. Z

    Closed Favorite riddle ko tu nung bata pa ako. Pakisagutan nalang.

    What makes the oil boil?
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    Closed Dami nyo Riddle ito naman sagutin nyo :sneaky:

    What goes up and up, but never comes down? sige sa tagalog.. Ano ang laging tumataas pero hindi na ito bababa kaylanman? :sneaky: zegen sagot mo wait ko :sneaky: