Some riddles don’t mess around from the start. They look tough and they are tough, challenging only the brightest of minds to find the right answers. Other riddles are meant to be simple, which can be tricky in its own way.

These 12 riddles fall somewhere in the middle, because though the questions might appear to be solvable if you just give it some quick thought, you might end up spending more time noodling out the answers than you first thought.

12. The liar in the room.

Riddle: Three doctors said that Robert is their brother. Robert says he has no brothers. Who’s lying?

Answer: No one is lying– Robert has 3 sisters who all happen to be doctors.

11. So many kids.

Riddle: Mom and dad have four daughters, and each daughter has one brother. How many people are in the family?

Answer: 7– each daughter has the same brother.

10. The police figured it out.

Riddle: A man was found murdered on Sunday morning. His wife immediately called the police. The police went to the crime scene and question the wife and staff and got these alibis:

The wife said she was sleeping, the cook was eating breakfast, the gardener was picking vegetables, the maid was getting the mail, the butler was cleaning the closet.

The police instantly arrested the murderer. Who did it and how did they know?

Answer: It was the Maid. She said she was getting the mail but there’s no mail on Sundays!

9. Numbers and letters.

Riddle: I am an odd number but once you take away a letter, I become even. What number am I?

Answer: Seven.

8. This is PG, folks.

Riddle: If two’s a company and three’s a crowd, what are four and five?

Answer: Nine.

7. Get out your calculator.

Riddle: What three numbers, none of which are zero, give the same result whether they’re added or multiplied?

Answer: One, two, and three.

6. Is this a trick?

Riddle: Which is heavier: a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?

Answer: Neither because they both weigh a ton.

5. A lucky trick.

Riddle: Can you drop a full glass but spill no water?

Answer: Yes, if the glass was full of milk.

4. Sons and fathers.

Riddle: Two fathers and two sons are in a car yet there are only three people in the car. How is this possible?

Answer: They are a grandfather, father, and son.

3. That’s a bad day.

Riddle: A girl goes to the store and buys one dozen eggs. As she walks home, all but three break. How many eggs are left unbroken?

Answer: Three.

2. Apples to apples.

Riddle: If there are five apples and you take away three, how many apples do you have?

Answer: Three.

1. A five-letter word.

Riddle: Which five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

Answer: Short.

I struggled with some of these, and I’ve read a lot of riddles.

Did you solve all of these on the first try? Brag about it in the comments!