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1. Riddle: Three people check into a hotel room that costs $30. They each contribute $10, handing $30 to the hotel clerk. Later, the hotel clerk realizes there was a mistake and the room only cost $25. The hotel clerk gives $5 to the bellboy to return to the guests. The bellboy, however, decides to keep $2 for himself and gives $1 back to each guest. Now, each guest has paid $9 (a total of $27) and the bellboy kept $2, which adds up to $29. What happened to the missing dollar?

2. Riddle: A snail is at the bottom of a 30-foot well. Each day, the snail climbs up 3 feet, but at night, it slides back down 2 feet. How many days will it take for the snail to reach the top of the well?

3. Riddle: You have 10 stacks of coins with 10 coins in each stack. All the coins in one stack are counterfeit, and all the other coins are genuine. A genuine coin weighs 10 grams, and a counterfeit coin weighs 11 grams. You have a digital scale that you can use only once. How can you determine which stack contains the counterfeit coins?

4. Riddle: What has a hundred legs but cannot stand, a long neck but no head, and is responsible for making everyone late?

5. Riddle: A boy was asked to multiply a certain number by 25. He accidentally multiplied it by 52 instead and got the answer 2600. What was the original number?

6. Riddle: A clock with a regular 12-hour display loses two minutes every hour. It was last set to the correct time at midnight. When the clock shows 6:00 AM, what is the actual time?

7. Riddle: The ages of a father and his son add up to 66 years. The father's age is the son's age reversed. How old are the father and son?

8. Riddle: You have two containers: one holds five liters and the other holds three liters. Using only these containers, how can you measure exactly four liters of water?

9. Riddle: There are 100 light bulbs lined up in a row, all turned off. You start by switching on every second bulb. Then, you go back and toggle every third bulb (turning off if it's on, turning on if it's off). You continue this process with every fourth bulb, every fifth bulb, and so on, until you finish with the 100th bulb. After you've gone through this process, how many light bulbs will be on?

10. Riddle: Two trains are 250 miles apart, traveling toward each other along the same track. Train A travels at 65 miles per hour, and Train B travels at 85 miles per hour. A fly is hovering just above the nose of Train A and decides to fly to Train B. When it reaches Train B, it immediately flies back to Train A. The fly continues this back-and-forth journey until the two trains collide. If the fly travels at 120 miles per hour, how far will it have flown when the trains collide?

11. Riddle: A square room has a width of 8 meters. A spider is located at one of the bottom corners, while a fly is at the diagonally opposite top corner. If the spider can only walk on the walls, ceiling, and floor, what is the shortest distance it must travel to reach the fly?

12. Riddle: A shepherd has 17 sheep. All but nine of them run away. How many sheep does the shepherd have left?

13. Riddle: At a party, everyone shook hands exactly once with every other person present. There were 66 handshakes in total. How many people were at the party?

14. Riddle: I am a three-digit number. My tens digit is five more than my ones digit, and my hundreds digit is eight less than my tens digit. What number am I?

15. Riddle: A man has 53 socks in his drawer: 21 identical blue, 15 identical black, and 17 identical red. The room is dark, and he cannot see the color of the socks. What is the minimum number of socks he must take out of the drawer to guarantee he has a matching pair?

16. Riddle: You have three boxes: one labeled "Apples," another labeled "Oranges," and the third labeled "Apples and Oranges." Each label is placed incorrectly. You are allowed to pick one fruit from one box without looking inside. How can you determine the correct labels for all three boxes?

17. Riddle: A ladder is leaning against a vertical wall, with its bottom 4 feet from the wall. The ladder touches the top of a 6-foot fence that is 2 feet from the wall. How tall is the ladder?

18. Riddle: A man gave one of his five sons a gift of $100. He divided the rest of the money equally among the remaining four sons. If each of the other sons received $80, how much money did the man originally have?

19. Riddle: A gardener plants 100 trees in a perfect square grid, with each tree equidistant from its neighbors. The gardener plants one more tree directly in the center of the square, making the distance between it and each of the four center trees equal to the distance between any two neighboring trees. How many trees are in each row of the square grid?

20. Riddle: In a certain country, half of the people who live there are 25 years old or younger, and ⅔ of the people are 35 years old or younger. What percentage of the population is between 26 and 35 years old?

21. Riddle: A palindrome is a word, phrase, number, or other sequences of characters that reads the same forward and backward. If a number is a palindrome and the sum of its digits is equal to the product of its digits, what is the number?

22. Riddle: A group of people is traveling to a mountain cabin that is 100 miles away. They can travel at an average speed of 50 miles per hour. If they leave at noon, stop halfway for an hour to eat lunch, and then continue to the cabin, what time will they arrive?

23. Riddle: There is a number that is 3 times the sum of its digits. When the digits are reversed, the number increases by 396. What is the number?

24. Riddle: A store is selling apples and oranges at the same price per pound. A customer buys 3 pounds of apples and 5 pounds of oranges for $16. Another customer buys 8 pounds of apples and 2 pounds of oranges for $18. What is the price per pound of apples and oranges?

25. Riddle: A clock chimes 5 times in 4 seconds. How long will it take to chime 12 times?

26. Riddle: A factory produces 500 units of a product every 8 hours. Each unit requires 10 minutes of labor from a worker. How many workers are needed to maintain this production rate?

27. Riddle: A circle with a radius of 10 cm is inscribed in a square. What is the difference between the areas of the square and the circle?

28. Riddle: In a class of 40 students, 12 students play soccer, 14 students play basketball, and 18 students play neither sport. How many students play both soccer and basketball?

29. Riddle: A bus leaves from City A to City B, which is 240 miles away. At the same time, another bus leaves City B to City A. The bus from City A travels at an average speed of 60 miles per hour, while the bus from City B travels at an average speed of 40 miles per hour. At what distance from City A will the two buses meet?

30. Riddle: If a number is divisible by both 9 and 12, it must also be divisible by which other number?

31. Riddle: A person walks up a moving escalator in 60 steps. When the person stands still on the escalator, it takes 90 steps to reach the top. How many steps would the person take if they walked up the non-moving escalator?

32. Riddle: There are 3 consecutive numbers that add up to 57. What are the numbers?

33. Riddle: A man buys a sandwich for $10 and a drink for $5. He gives the cashier a $20 bill. How much change should he receive?

34. Riddle: I am a two-digit number. If you subtract my digits from me, the result is 9. If you add my digits together, the result is also 9. What number am I?

35. Riddle: A train travels 20 miles per hour for 2 hours and then 30 miles per hour for 3 hours. What is the train's average speed during the entire trip?

36. Riddle: A triangle has side lengths of 10 cm, 24 cm, and 26 cm. Is the triangle a right triangle?

37. Riddle: A car rental company charges a flat fee of $20 per day and an additional 15 cents per mile driven. How much will a customer pay if they rent a car for 3 days and drive 150 miles?

38. Riddle: A baker uses 1 cup of sugar for every 2 cups of flour when making a cake. If the baker uses 6 cups of flour, how many cups of sugar are needed?

39. Riddle: At a fruit stand, 5 oranges cost the same as 3 apples. If 15 oranges cost $9, how much do 9 apples cost?

40. Riddle: A number is divisible by 4 and 6. If the number is also divisible by 5, what is the smallest possible value for the number?

41. Riddle: A man gives half of his money to his wife and one-third to his son. He has $200 left. How much money did he originally have?

42. Riddle: A movie theater charges $7 for adults and $5 for children. If 25 people attend a movie and the theater collects $150, how many adults and children attended the movie?