Riddle of the Day: Answer Archive

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October 25, 2011 Updated May 25, 2016 at 3:59 AM CDT





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Wednesday, May 25

What has 13 hearts, but no other organs?


Answer: ?

Tuesday, May 24

What kind of coat is always wet when you put it on?

Answer: A coat of paint

Monday, May 23

With pointed fangs I sit and wait; with piercing force I crunch out fate; grabbing victims, proclaiming might; physically joining with a single bite.  What am I?

Answer: Stapler

Friday, May 20

Who was the only unanimously elected President by the Electoral College?

Answer: George Washington

Thursday, May 19

Before the Twelfth Amendment was passed in 1804, how was the Vice President determined?

Answer: The candidate who received the 2nd largest number of electoral votes

Wednesday, May 18

Which presidential candidate was elected, defeated, and then reelected?

Answer: Grover Cleveland (He was elected in 1884, defeated in 1888, and reelected in 1892)

Tuesday, May 17

Who was the only president elected four times?

Answer: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933 to 1945)

Monday, May 16

How many U.S. presidents were elected President, even though they did NOT win the popular vote?

Answer: 4 (John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and George W. Bush)

Friday, May 13

In which state is the geographic center of the 48 contiguous United States located?

Answer: Kansas (Lebanon, Kansas)

Thursday, May 12

The Sacramento River, Colorado River, and San Joaquin River all located in which state?

Answer: California

Wednesday, May 11

What state's name means "homeland"?

Answer: Hawaii

Tuesday, May 10

What is the southernmost continental state?

Answer: Florida

Monday, May 9

Which is the only state with a different design on the front and back of its flag?

Answer: Oregon

Friday, May 6

The firsts Blues home game in 1994 in the new Kiel Center was played against what big rival team?uis Blues and the arena?

Answer: The Chicago Blackhawks

Thursday, May 5

What was the St. Louis Arena called when Ralston Purina owned the St. Louis Blues and the arena?

Answer: Checkerdome

Wednesday, May 4

What team did the St. Louis Blues hire coach Joel Quenneville away from?

Answer: Colorado Avalanche

Tuesday, May 3

Who is the only St. Louis Blues player to have worn a uniform number in the sixties (between 60-69)?

Answer: Pat Hickey

Monday, May 2

What St. Louis Blues player was in the movie "Forrest Gump"?

Answer: Brendan Shanahan

Friday, April 29

In the movie "The Shining", a child repeatedly says this word or phrase and then writes in on a door, which terrorizes his mother when she sees the reflection in the mirror.  -Redrum  -The Blackest Night  -White Terror

Answer: Redrum

Thursday, April 28

During an election year, U.S. states are often referred to by different colors depending on which way the majority of their inhabitants vote.  Which color refers to the a state that votes primarily for the Republican Party?  -Red  -Black  -White

Answer: Red

Wednesday, April 27

What color is a giraffe's tongue?  -Red  -Black  -White

Answer: Black

Tuesday, April 26

Which famous pirate was the captain of the ship named Queen Anne's Revenge?  -The Red Devil  -Blackbear  -Alexander White

Answer: Blackbeard

Monday, April 25

Of the choices listed below, which color stars are the hottest by temperature?  -Red -Black -White

Answer: White

Friday, April 22

I am always there, some distance away. Somewhere between land or sea and sky I lay. You may move toward me, yet distant I'll stay.

Answer: The Horizon

Thursday, April 21

I am a nut, but have no shell.  Too many of me will make you swell.  Sweet on the outside, I don't always have a middle.  Should be enough clues to solve this yummy riddle.

Answer: Donut

Wednesday, April 20

I start in July and end in November.  What's my name - can you decipher?

Answer: JASON (July, August, September, October, November)

Tuesday, April 19

If the wind blows only from the north, Where must I be on planet earth?

Answer: South Pole

Monday, April 18

Break me to make me better - I am immediately set.  But now harder to break again - In sport, the best result yet.

Answer: Record

Friday, April 15

Our description may cause surprise. We have twelve faces and forty-two eyes. Yes, we are a pair of _ _ _ _? 

Answer: DICE

Thursday, April 14

I am a blade, yet strange, but true.  My fate is often to be cut by you.  Cruelly mown down because I grew.

Answer: Grass

Wednesday, April 13

The more you take, the more you leave behind.  What are they?

Answer: Footsteps

Tuesday, April 12

What begins with T, ends with T, and has T in it?

Answer: TeapoT

Monday, April 11

A word I know, six letters in contains. Subtract just one, and twelve is what remains.

Answer: Dozens

Friday, April 8

Rat poison can be an effective means of dealing with a rat problem.  Which one of these is a major contributing factor to the efficacy of the poison?  -Rats are greedy and will eat all the poison  -Rats cannot vomit  -Rat poison smells good  -Rat poison tastes good 

Answer: Rats cannot vomit

Thursday, April 7

Which of these animals can die if fed avocado?




-All of them 

Answer: All of them

Wednesday, April 6

Why do llamas spit?

Answer: To show rank in the herd

Tuesday, April 5

What color is the fur of a polar bear?

Answer: Transparent

Monday, April 4

What determines the gender of a baby alligator?

Answer: The temperature of the nest in which the egg is hatched

Friday, April 1

What is the April birthstone?

Answer: Diamond

Thursday, March 31

We hurt without moving.  We poison without touching.  We bear the truth and the lies.  We are not to be judged by our size.  What are we?

Answer: Words

Wednesday, March 30

Every night I'm told what to do, and each morning I do what I'm told.  But I still don't escape your scold.  What am I? 

Answer: An alarm clock

Tuesday, March 29

What flies when it's born, lies when it's alive, and runs when it's dead?

Answer: A Snowflake

Monday, March 28

I can only live where there is light, but I die if the light shines on me.  What am I? 

Answer: A Shadow

Friday, March 25

In Vietnam, it's called nýớc mắm. In Thailand, it's called nam pla. In Burma, ngan bya yay. In Laos, nam pa. In Cambodia, teuk trei. What is it?

Answer: Fish sauce

Thursday, March 24

In U.S. and Canadian kitchens, what is a ricer?

Answer: A perforated utensil through which soft-cooked foods, such as potatos and squash, can be extruded to produce bits about the size of rice

Wednesday, March 23

You are shopping for pots and pans. You come across some shiny ones which are labeled 18/10. What does 18/10 mean in reference to metal pots and pans?

Answer: The pan is made of stainless steel which contains 18% chromium, 10% nickel and the remainder iron.

Tuesday, March 22

Nicolas Cage played Captain Corelli in the 2001 film version of the 1993 novel "Corelli's Mandolin."  A mandolin is a stringed instrument with frets, rather like a lute.  In the kitchen, what is a mandoline?

Answer: A hand-operated device into which adjustable blades are inserted for slicing fruits, vegetables and (sometimes) fingertips

Monday, March 21

Pottery may be glazed.  Windows may be glazed.  And sometimes your eyes glaze over.  What does it mean to glaze food?

Answer: To coat food with a sweet or savory liquid which will set up with a smooth and shiny surface

Friday, March 18

What holiday always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox?

Answer: Easter

Thursday, March 17

Where was St. Patrick born?

Answer: Britain

Wednesday, March 16

Why is there more daylight in Spring?

Answer: Because the Earth's axis is increasing its tilt toward the sun.

Tuesday, March 15

Which holiday does not occur during Spring?

Answer: St. Patrick's Day 

Monday, March 14

The first day of Spring is called the vernal equinox.  What does "vernal equinox" actually mean in Latin?

Answer: 'Vernal' is Latin for Spring, while 'equinox' is Latin for 'equal night'

Friday, March 11

Phil asks his friend Stan when his birthday is.  Stan replies that he was 32 the day before yesterday and next year he'll be 35.  When is his birthday and how is this possible?

Answer: Today is Jan 1st and his birthday is on December 31st. He was 32, then turned 33 on Dec 31st, and this year on Dec 31st he'll turn 34, so next year he'll be 35.

Thursday, March 10

How is 7 different from the rest of the numbers 1-10?

Answer: 7 (seven) is the only one with 2 syllables

Wednesday, March 9

What is the highest regular counting number that is spelled without the use of the letter "N"?

Answer: Eighty-eight

Tuesday, March 8

Which letter of the alphabet is the only one that does not appear in any of the names of the 50 United States?

Answer: Q

Monday, March 7

What can you add to one to make it go away?

Answer: The letter "g".  Then it's GONE.

Friday, March 4

If you go into space, do you get taller?

Answer: Yes; the cartilidge in your spine expands in zero gravity.

Thursday, March 3

Who has more hair follicles, blondes or brunettes?

Answer: Blondes

Wednesday, March 2

The Soviet Union put the first man in space, and the United States put the first man on the moon, but which country built and launched the first rocket that flew into space?

Answer: Germany

Tuesday, March 1

What element is in square one of the Periodic Table of the Elements?

Answer: Hydrogen

Monday, February 29

This basic unit of all living organisms was first described by Robert Hooke in his publication "Micrographia" in 1665.  Named for the small rooms that monks lived in, what did he call them?

Answer: Cells

Friday, February 26

What was the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture?

Answer: "Beauty and the Beast"

Thursday, February 25

What is the lowest-grossing Best Picture winner of all time? (adjusted for inflation)

-No Country for Old Men  -Marty  -The Hurt Locker  -Crash

Answer: "The Hurt Locker"

Wednesday, February 24

What is the only X-rated movie to win an Academy Award for Best Picture?

Answer: "Midnight Cowboy" (1969)

Tuesday, February 23

What movie is the only movie to ever completely sweep the Academy Awards by winning every award it was nominated for?

Answer: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"

Monday, February 22

What movie sequel was the only one to win an Oscar for Best Picture after the orginal won Best Picture?

Answer: "The Godfather Part 2" (1974)

Friday, February 19

The little ant is always confused.  Do you know why?

Answer: Because all his uncles are aunts/ants

Thursday, February 18

Who is silent in the Parliament?

Answer: The letter 'A' is silent in the Parliament

Wednesday, February 17

Which is correct to say, "The yolk of the egg are white" or "The yolk of the egg is white"? 

Answer: Neither. The yolk of the egg is yellow.

Tuesday, February 16

I am the strongest when you see me as round, but I am often viewed in other forms.  I lift and drop the sea with my tremendous strength, and a man with a name like 'powerful bicep' was the first to tread on me.  What am I? 

Answer: The Moon

Monday, February 15

If you wrote all the numbers from 300 to 400 on a piece of paper, how many times would you have written the number 3? 

Answer: 120 times

Friday, February 12

What percentage of flowers bought on Valentine's Day are bought by men? 

Answer: 65%

Thursday, February 11

Who was the first television couple to share a bed on air (instead of twin beds)?

Answer: Mike & Carol Brady

Wednesday, February 10

What fruit is also known as the "love apple?"

Answer: Tomato

Tuesday, February 9

What is the most popular way to say "Be Mine" - Flowers, Cards, or Candy?

Answer: Candy

Monday, February 8

What state produces a majority of America's roses?

Answer: California

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