Yes-No Riddles

My cousins, sister, and I used to spend hours solving yes-no riddles.

One person or team tells the riddle. The others can ask only yes/no questions (as many as needed)  to fill in the missing information and solve the riddle.

Best done with older learners, a big bowl of popcorn, and lots of curious patience.


A man lives on the 50th floor of an apartment building. Each day he takes the elevator down to the 1st floor, and goes to work. When he comes home he takes the elevator to the 25th floor, and walks up the stairs the rest of the way, unless it’s a rainy day, in which case he takes the elevator all the way to the 50th floor.

That’s the riddle. I know the answer, and you can only ask me yes/no questions for as long as you need to.

There’s a huge collection of these riddles on Neil/Fred’s list of riddles page, but no answers, so check out the book links at the top of the page.


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