Some challenging Riddles

Here are some challenging riddles that I put forth to two different sets of students. One was a group of 4th graders (8-9 year olds) – and the other was a group of 14-16 year olds.

I am something no one wants to have, but if you have me, you do not want to lose me. What am I?

Voiceless, it cries. Toothless, it bites.  What is it?

I come either before or after – never in between.  I cannot be felt, heard, seen or smelled. (Additional clue: I can hide behind stars and in empty caves.) What am I?

I am a small bag. I am sitting on the floor- but you cannot jump over me. Why not?

I can slay kings, crumble mountains to dust. I cannot be heard, smelt, felt or seen. What am I?

Joe is 13 years old today. He turns 16 tomorrow. How is that possible? 

What can you put in a box of wood to make it lighter ?

What’s white when it’s dirty ?  

What is it that everybody does at the same time?  

A man convicted to death has to pick between a room filled with raging fires, a room full of poisonous snakes, a room full lions that haven’t eaten for 3 years. Which room does he pick?

How much water can you put in an empty jar?

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