Looking for a fun conversation starter to share with your coworkers? We’ve curated the best list of trick questions to challenge how you think and test your logic!
What Are Trick Questions?
Trick questions are questions with hidden answers. The answer is often so obvious that it can leave you feeling silly that you didn’t think of it.
Imagine it this way: If a riddle and a dad joke had a love child, they would give birth to the trick question.
The answer to trick questions can be a play on words, something that challenges your assumptions, or makes you consider things from a different perspective.
What Are Examples of Trick Questions?
While trick questions are never fun on a test, they are great for conversations with friends or coworkers to challenge your brain! Historically, trick questions have been used to pass information, entertain, and educate. Some examples of trick questions are puzzles, riddles, and brain teasers.
Let’s break it down even more.
Puzzles. Puzzles are questions or activities requiring you to find the missing pieces, look for connections, find a solution, or complete an image. Puzzles are often physical—such as a jigsaw, a word problem, or a puzzle box.
Riddles. Riddles are written or oral puzzles that require mental dexterity to solve. In a riddle, you are given a statement that provides clues. The answer to the riddle is often hidden within the riddle itself.
Brain Teasers. Brain teasers take time and concentration to unravel a word puzzle. A brain teaser is different than just a challenging question because rather than requiring knowledge to answer the question, a brain teaser requires concentrated thinking, wit, and problem-solving skills.
Trick questions don’t (usually) test your memory or knowledge base like trivia questions do. Instead, they challenge you mentally and test your ability to think critically and in the abstract.
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Easy Trick Questions
Get your brain in gear with these easy trick questions before moving on to the harder ones.
- What has a thumb and four fingers but isn’t alive?
- What can be broken but is never held?
- What is something that you can catch that isn’t thrown?
- If a plane crashes on the border between the United States and Canada, where do they bury the survivors?
Survivors aren’t buried.
- A boy kicks his soccer ball ten feet, and comes back to him on its own. How is this possible?
He kicked it up in the air.
- What has a head and a tail but no body?
- What can travel around the world while staying in the same corner?
- What only has one foot, one head, and four legs?
- How many letters are in the alphabet?
Eleven. T-h-e -a-l-p-h-a-b-e-t
- How do you make the number one disappear?
Add the letter “g” to it, and it’s gone.
- If two’s company and three’s a crowd, what do four and five make?
- If you were running a race and passed the person in second place, what place would you be in now?
- She has married many men but has never been married. Who is she?
- Spell enemy in three letters.
Funny Trick Questions
Some of these funny trick questions are just as good as any dad joke!
- A man went outside in the pouring rain without an umbrella. Not a single hair on his head got wet. How is this possible?
- What happened when the wheel was invented?
It caused a revolution.
- Who is bigger: Mr. Bigger, Mrs. Bigger, or their baby?
The baby, because he’s a little Bigger.
- What did one campfire say to the other?
Shall we go out tonight?
- What is the biggest problem with snow boots?
- Where is an ocean with no water?
On a map.
- What happens if you throw a white hat into the Black Sea?
The hat gets wet.
- How can you lift an elephant with one hand?
You can’t. Elephants don’t have hands.
- A man runs out of his home, yelling, “Help a thief!”. Instead of stopping the thief, his neighbor hands her car keys to the thief. Why?
The man didn’t use a comma.
- How much dirt is there in a hole 3 feet deep, 6 feet long, and 4 feet wide?
None, there’s no dirt in a hole.
- Why did the woman run around her bed at night?
To catch up on her sleep.
- If a monkey, a squirrel, and a bird are racing to the top of a coconut tree, who will get the banana first?
None of them; you can’t get a banana from a coconut tree.
- What two words, when combined, hold the most letters?
- If a rooster lays an egg on top of the barn roof, which way will it roll?
Roosters don’t lay eggs.
- Why do some fish prefer to stay at the bottom of the pond?
Because they dropped out of school
- What happens if you make a wooden car with wooden wheels and a wooden engine?
It wooden move
- Which button cannot be unbuttoned?
- What is always on the ground but is never dirty or soiled?
- What do you say to water that gets evaporated?
You will be mist
Mind Trick Questions
These mind trick questions may leave you stumped, but don’t worry; we’ve included all the answers!
- A man lives on the 100th floor of an apartment building. On rainy days he rides the elevator all the way up. However, on sunny days, he goes halfway and takes the stairs the rest of the way. Why?
The man is short and can only reach the button for the 50th floor on the elevator. On rainy days, he uses his umbrella handle.
- A man dressed in all black is walking down a country lane. Suddenly, a large black car with no lights on comes around the corner and screeches to a halt. How did the car’s driver know he was there?
It was daytime.
- Why are 1968 pennies worth more than 1967 pennies?
Because there is one more penny in 1968 pennies than in 1967 pennies.
- You see a truck driver going the wrong way down a one-way street. He passes at least 10 police but doesn’t get stopped. Why?
The truck driver was walking, not driving.
- You see two girls on the street who look identical. You ask them the following questions: Do you come from the same family? Do you share the same parents? Are your birthdays on the same day? Both girls answered yes to all your questions, but they said no when you asked if they were twins. How is that possible?
Because they aren’t twins, they are triplets.
- Two security guards arrive for work at the same time in the morning. They have both guarded the same bank vault for the past 10 years. Neither of them ever takes a sick day, but they have never once laid eyes on each other. How is this possible?
They guard the vault on different days.
- How can a man who shaves several times a day still sport a long beard?
He’s a barber.
- If Brenna had four piles of sand and Sara had five piles of sand, and they put them all together, how many piles would there be?
One big pile.
- It’s 7:00 AM. You are asleep, and there is a sudden knock on the door. Behind the door are your parents, who came to have breakfast. In your fridge are bread, milk, juice, and jam. Which will you open first?
The door! Your parents are waiting outside.
- The Jones family started driving south for their summer vacation, going through five states.
The Bradfords drove in the opposite direction and only went through three states. What direction did they drive?
- You’re riding an electric train at 120mph, moving north with the wind blowing east at 15 mph. Which way does the smoke blow?
Electric trains don’t smoke.
- A woman ran away from home, turning left three times only to return home, where she came face to face with two guys wearing masks. Who were those guys?
The umpire and the catcher.
- There are two things you can never eat at breakfast. What are they?
Lunch and dinner.
- What five-letter word becomes smaller when you add two letters and even smaller when you add three?
- What’s the only word that grows when you add two letters to it?
- What building has more stories than any other building in the entire world?
Trick Questions For Adults
- Can a man legally marry his widow’s sister in Mississippi?
It’s hard to marry anyone when you’re dead.
- How many triangles are in the picture?
- Larry lied on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays but told the truth every other day of the week.
Ken lied on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays but told the truth every other day of the week.
Larry: I lied yesterday.
Ken: I lied yesterday, too.
What day of the week was yesterday?
- There are ten fingers on two hands. How many fingers are there on ten hands?
- There were ten cars in the shop. Customers bought all but nine of them. How many remain in the shop?
- If you have a cube, each edge two inches long, how many total square inches are there among all eight sides?
Cubes have six sides.
- Is it correct to say, “the yolk of eggs is white” or “the yolk of eggs are white”?
Neither, egg yolks are yellow.
- When is a door not a door?
When it’s ajar.
- Dead on the field lie ten soldiers in white, felled by three eyes, black as night. What happened?
A bowling ball knocked down ten pins.
- It is weightless, and you can see it. If you put it in a bucket, it will make the bucket lighter. What is it?
- Where can you find cities, towns, shops, and streets but no people?
- Brothers and sisters have I none, but that man’s father is my father’s son. How can this be?
You’re looking at yourself in a mirror.
- George, Helen, and Steve are drinking coffee. Bert, Karen, and Dave are drinking soda. Is Elizabeth drinking coffee or soda?
Elizabeth is drinking coffee. The letter E appears twice in her name, as it does in the names of others drinking coffee.
- The sharp, slim blade that cuts the wind. What is it?
- A house with two occupants, sometimes one, rarely three. Break the walls, eat the borders. What am I?
- I can sizzle like bacon; I am made with an egg,
I have plenty of backbone but lack a good leg.
I peel layers like onions but still remain whole.
I can be long like a flagpole yet fit in a hole.
What am I?
- I travel the world, and I am drunk constantly. Who am I?
- I’m where yesterday follows today, and tomorrow is in the middle. What am I?
- How far can a dog run into the woods?
Only halfway. After that, he’s running out of the woods.
- What was, before was was was?
- Where can you add 2 to 11 and get 1?
Trick Questions For Kids
Kids love trick questions. Just be prepared for your family to descend into giggles when you deliver some of these answers!
- Mrs. Lionel’s one-story house is decorated completely in yellow. The walls, carpet, and furniture are all shades of yellow. What color are the stairs?
There are no stairs.
- Some months have 31 days, others have 30 days, but how many have 28 days?
- Beth’s mother has three daughters. One is called Lara, and the other one is Sara. What is the name of the third daughter?
- Ronald eats 1 carrot on Sunday, 2 carrots on Monday, 4 carrots on Tuesday, and so on. How many carrots does he eat every week?
- If tomorrow I said, “the day before yesterday was Saturday,” which day is today?
- Sophia ordered six bowls of ice cream with three scoops in each. Toby wants as many scoops as Sophia but in just two dishes. How many scoops are in each of his dishes?
9 scoops in each
- If every month had exactly 30 days instead of some with 29, some with 30, and some with 31, would each year be longer or shorter?
Shorter. A year would be 360 days.
- The cars started at the same time. The yellow car reached the finish line in 5 minutes, while the red car reached it in 7. Which car was faster?
The yellow car.
- I have no sword, I have no spear, yet rule a horde which many fear, my soldiers fight with wicked sting, I rule with might, yet am no king. What am I?
A queen bee.
- What peels like an onion but remains whole?
- When is it bad luck to meet a white cat?
When you’re a mouse
- MT_TF_S What are the missing letters? Why?
W and S for days of the week
- What do pandas have that no other animal has?
- What fish came first?
- What king can you make if you take the head of a lamb, the middle of a pig, the hind of a buffalo, and the tail of a dragon?
- I run around the city, but I never move.
- You are in a room with 3 monkeys. One monkey has a banana, one has a stick, and one has nothing. Who is the smartest primate?
- 2 people in front of 2 people. 2 people behind 2 people, and 2 people beside 2 people. How many people are there?
- What part of a fish weighs most?
- What’s higher than the king?
- The sun bakes them,
The hand breaks them,
The foot treads them,
The mouth tastes them.
Trick Questions To Ask Your Friends
These questions are getting more complicated as we go! Test your friends’ problem-solving skills with these questions.
- Look at this series: 12, 11, 13, 12, 14, 13, … What number should come next?
15. This is an alternating number of subtraction series. First, 1 is subtracted, then 2 is added.
- A man has 53 socks in his drawer: 21 identical blue, 15 identical black, and 17 identical red. The lights are out, and he is completely in the dark. How many socks must he take out to make 100 percent certain he has at least one pair of black socks?
- Sally and Lynn decided to play pickleball against each other. They bet $1 on each game they played. Sally won three bets, and Lynn won $5. How many games did they play?
Eleven. Because Lynn lost three games to Sally, she lost $3. So, she had to win back that $3 with three more games, then win another five games to win $5.
- If a giraffe has two eyes, a monkey has two eyes, and an elephant has two eyes, how many eyes do we have?
Four eyes. Assuming the person asking the question has two eyes, and the person being asked has two eyes, the total is four.
- One boat is overtaking another. Which boat must give way?
The boat which is overtaken must give way to the boat which is overtaking.
- There are only two barbers in town. One of them has a nice, neatly trimmed head of hair. The other one’s hair is a complete mess. Which of the two barbers should you go to and why?
The one with messy hair, as they cut the neat barber’s hair.
- Two fathers took their sons to a fruit stall. Each man and son bought an apple, But when they returned home, they had only 3 apples. They did not eat any, lose any, or throw any away. How could this be possible?
There were only three people. Son, father, and grandfather.
- What is so delicate that even mentioning it breaks it?
- What two keys can’t open any door?
A monkey and a donkey.
- Thanks to me, you can see straight through walls. What am I?
- What can you hold without touching it at all?
- What belongs to you but gets used by everyone else more than you?
- How can a girl go 25 days without sleep?
She sleeps at night.
Trick Math Questions
These math questions are sure to challenge your number skills and strengthen your lateral thinking.
- What do you get if you divide 30 by half and add ten?
70. Half is .5, and if you divide 30 by 0.5, you get 60. Add ten, and you have 70.
- You are standing on top of a 200ft cliff face. There is a ledge halfway up (100ft from the ground). A suitable anchor point is also at the top and near the ledge.
You have a knife and a rope that is 150 feet. How do you get to the bottom?
Hint: You cannot splice the rope, fall more than a few feet, or any other lateral thinking answer, but you can assume that tying the rope to an anchor takes up zero length.
I would cut a 50-foot length of the rope, tie it to the anchor point at the top and fashion a small loop at the other end. Then thread the 100-foot length halfway through the loop so that it extends the rope by 50 feet.
Then I would climb down to the lower ledge and pull on one end of the rope to unthread it from the loop. Using the 100 feet of rope, I would reach the bottom by attaching it to the lower anchor and climbing down.
- There are three matches on a table. Without adding any other match stick, make a four with them. You should not break any of the matches.
Use the three matchsticks to make the shape of a roman number four: IV.
- Can we add five to nine to get two?
Yes. This is possible if we add 5 hrs to 9 am/pm to get 2 am/pm.
- 9876, 6987, 7698, What is the next number in the series?
The last digit of the number is moved to the beginning to make the next number.
- How can you get 720 using 98 by using just one letter or character?
98 in words is ninety-eight. Putting an ‘X’ between ninety and eight would make it ninety x eight, i.e., 90 x 8 = 720
- If it is two hours later, it will take half as much time till midnight as it would be if it were an hour later from now. What time is it?
Nine o’clock. When adding two hours to 9, it becomes 11 o’clock, and it would take half of two hours after an hour till midnight, i.e., 10 o’clock + 1 hour would be 11 o’clock.
- In a town with farms, there are farmers and cows. In all, there are 24 heads and 78 feet. How many farmers and how many cows are in the town?
15 cows and 9 farmers
15 x 4 = 60, as cows have 4 legs and 9 x 2 = 18, as humans have two legs. The total would be 78.
- How many times can you subtract 4 from 8?
Only once. Once 4 is subtracted from the total of 8, it is no longer 8.
- How can you get the number 28 using five 2s?
- If there are four apples and you take away three, how many do you have?
You took three apples, so you have three.
- A 300 ft. train is traveling 300 ft. per minute and must travel through a 300 ft. long tunnel. How long will it take the train to travel through the tunnel?
Two minutes. It takes the front of the train one minute, and the rest of the train will take two minutes to clear the tunnel.
- When Miguel was 6 years old, his little sister, Leila, was half his age. If Miguel is 40 years old today, how old is Leila?
She is 37 years old.
- A duck was given $9, a spider was given $36, and a bee was given $27. Based on this information, how much money would be given to a cat?
$18 ($4.50 per leg)
- Which weighs more, 16 ounces of soda or a pound of solid gold?
Neither. They both weigh the same.
- The clothing store owner has made his own method of pricing items. A vest costs $20, socks cost $25, a tie costs $15, and a blouse costs $30. Using the method, how much would a pair of underwear cost?
$45. The pricing method charges $5 for each letter required to spell the item.
- What 4 days of the week start with the letter T?
Tuesday, Thursday, Today, and Tomorrow.
- A farmer had 17 sheep. All but 9 of them ran away. How many sheep does she have left?
- If 3 cats can catch 3 bunnies in 3 minutes, how long will it take 100 cats to catch 100 bunnies?
- I was 10 years old the day before yesterday. By next year, I will be 13 years old. How is that possible?
You are making this statement on January 1st of the new year, and your birthday was on the 31st of December.
- Regardless of what number you start with, if you add it to itself, then multiply by 4 and again divide the number by 8, it will give you what number?
The number you started with.
- If 1=5
Did you guess 54325? The correct answer is 1. The first line is 1=5 and that means 5 is equal to one.
- What is the number of the parking space the car is parked in?
If you look at the parking spaces the way the driver would have pulled in, you’ll see the numbers facing us are upside down.
- You’re in a boat with a big rock, in a swimming pool. You toss the rock overboard. What happens to the level of the water in the pool?
It goes down.
Interview Trick Questions
Google1https://www.thejournal.ie/google-interview-questions-preparation-2-4071230-Jun2018/ used to be known for their trick questions and long interview process, but they’ve discovered these aren’t effective for hiring the best people. Instead of picking tricky questions for your next interview, try these behavioral questions instead; they are still a bit tricky!
- What’s something you used to believe that you no longer do?
- Tell me about your best and worst days at work.
- If I called your current boss, what would they say about you?
- Are you working on anything exciting outside of work?
- You have two teleportation devices. Where do you place them and why?
- If you didn’t have to work, why would you come into the office?
- Describe the last significant conflict you had at work and how you handled it.
- Is there something I didn’t ask that I should have asked you?
Trick Love Questions
We’re also not a proponent of trap questions. Instead of asking trick questions to trap your significant other or potential love interest, ask some of these tricky but interesting questions to build relationship.
- Would you like to be famous? In what way?
- Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you’re going to say?
- What would constitute a perfect day for you?
- When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
- If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you choose?
- Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
- Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
- For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
- If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
- If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
Trick Yes Or No Questions
These trick questions are great conversation starters, especially for introverts. Like trick love questions or interview questions, the answer depends on the person you’re asking!
- Would you start a relationship if you knew you had to part ways in 6 months?
- If tomorrow was the end of the world, would you be happy with how your life has turned out?
- Do you sing silly, made-up songs in the shower?
- Do you believe you should never go to bed angry?
- Have you ever accidentally hit “reply-all” to an email?
- Would you ever appear on a game show?
- Do I have any habits that annoy you?
- Would you tell me if I smelled bad?
- Do you ever pick your nose when you think no one is watching?
- Do you have an embarrassing nickname?
- Have you ever told an outrageous lie to someone?
- If you learned that I was secretly royalty, would you be surprised?
- Do you feel like you belong at work?
- Do you daydream?
- Would you hang out with your coworkers outside of work?
- Would you betray a friend for a million dollars?
- Would you want to know if you could find out how you would die?
- Would you commit a crime to protect your family?
- Do you know my middle name?
- Are you good at keeping secrets?
- Would you defend me, even if you knew I was wrong?
- Have you ever said something nice about me behind my back?
Trick Trivia Questions
- With what country is France’s longest land border?
Brazil, because of French Guyana.
- Where is the world’s largest desert?
- Which of these is a dinosaur? A chicken or a pterodactyl?
Chickens are descendants of dinosaurs, while the pterodactyl is not considered a dinosaur.
- Are Bugatti cars made in France or Italy?
- What’s Paul McCartney’s middle name?
Paul. His full name was James Paul McCartney.
- What company is the world’s largest distributor of toys?
Macdonald’s with nearly 1.5 billion toys annually worldwide.
- What mountain peak is farthest from the center of the earth?
Chimborazo in Ecuador. Because of the equatorial bulge, it is farthest from the earth’s core.
- Which US president is on the $100 bill?
None. Ben Franklin is on the $100 bill but was never president.
- Which city is further west: Reno or Los Angeles?
Reno, Nevada is further west.
- What is the official language of the United States?
At a federal level, there is no official language.
- What is the only officially bilingual province in Canada?
New Brunswick. Quebec’s official language is only French.
- How many wings does a flea have?
None. Fleas don’t have wings.
- What company produces the most tires in the world?
- What city is farther north, Rome or New York?
Rome is a little bit further north than New York.
- Household dust is mainly made up of what ingredient?
Dead skin cells.
- What country has the most pyramids in the world?
Sudan. While Egypt has 138, there are around 255 in Sudan.
- What continent covers all four hemispheres?
- The first animated feature film was made where?
Argentina. El Apóstol debuted in Argentina 20 years before Walt Disney’s famous animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- Where was German chocolate cake invented?
- Why do lemons float and limes sink?
Limes are denser than lemons.
- Only one letter doesn’t appear in any US state name. What is it?
The letter Q
- Peanuts aren’t nuts. What are they?
- No number before 1,000 contains which vowel?
None of the numbers before 1,000 contain the letter A.
- Why does the Eiffel Tower grow up to six inches during the summer?
High temperatures make iron expand.
- What is the Latin word for “watering place for cattle.”
- What grade did Martin Luther King Jr. get in public speaking at seminary?
Hardest Trick Questions
These questions will test your logic, assumptions, and lateral thinking. Think you can handle it?
- My father is a chemist, and my mother is a mathematician. They gave me a codename that could be translated into my real name. My codename is “Iron59” what is my real name?
Felix. Iron for Fe, and 59 as the Roman word for Lix.
- You are driving down the road on a wild, stormy night when you pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus:
1. An old lady who looks like she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. Your first love that you’ve never gotten over.
There can only be one passenger in your car. If you don’t reunite with your first love now, you won’t have another opportunity. But you can’t let the old lady die, and you can’t call for an ambulance.
What can you do?
After helping the old lady into the car, give your keys to your friend, and wait with your lost love for the bus.
- Acting on an anonymous phone call, the police raid a house to arrest a suspected murderer. They don’t know what he looks like, but they know his name is John, and he is inside the house. The police bust in on a carpenter, a lorry driver, a mechanic, and a fireman, all playing poker. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately arrest the fireman. How do they know they’ve got their man?
The fireman is the only man in the room. The rest of the poker players are women.
- You are driving a bus. The bus is empty when you begin your route. At the first stop, three people get on. At the second stop, nine people get on, and two get off. At the third stop, four people get off, and two get on. What color are the bus driver’s eyes?
You are the bus driver—what color are your eyes?
- A couple enters a grand ballroom only to find the occupants are dead. There has been no crime committed. The couple is not concerned by what they have found. How is this possible?
The couple is scuba diving on a sunken cruise ship. The occupants in the ballroom had drowned when the ship sank suddenly in a terrible disaster at sea.
- A man pushes his car until he reaches a hotel. When he arrives, he goes bankrupt. What happened?
He’s playing Monopoly, and his piece is the car. He lands in a space with a hotel and doesn’t have the money to pay the fee.
- A woman in a department store fills her basket to the top and leaves the store without paying. Although she is seen, no one calls the police or attempts to stop her. Why?
The woman works there. She fills the basket with trash and takes it to the dumpster.
- Why are manhole covers round?
A square manhole cover can be turned and dropped down the diagonal of the manhole. A round manhole cover cannot be dropped down the manhole. So for safety reasons, all manhole covers should be round.
Tips and Tricks to Solve Trick Sections
- Slow down. Your immediate answer is probably not the correct one when it comes to trick questions.
- Listen carefully. Listen to all the details, and think about what is being said—literally and figuratively.
- Ask to hear it again. If you’re unsure, ask them to repeat the trick question so you can process it again.
- Think creatively. Many trick questions require logic or creative thinking. Pause for a moment and look at the words in your mind from different angles.
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