50+ "What Can" Riddles - Riddles that ask the Question "What Can?"

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1. Riddle: What can point in every direction but can't reach the destination...

What can point in every direction but can't reach the destination by itself?

Answer: Your finger or a compass.

Riddle:  What can point in every direction but can't reach the destination by itself?

2. Riddle: Heads Up

What can you catch but never throw?

Answer: A cold.

3. Riddle: Tricky Hands

What can you hold in your right hand, but not in your left?

Answer: Your left hand!

4. Riddle: What can run but never walks Riddle

What can run, but never walk; has a mouth, but never talk; has a head, but never weeps; has a bed, but never sleeps?

Answer: A river.

5. Riddle: No Movement

What can go up and come down without moving?

Answer: The temperature.

6. Riddle: What holds water with holes

What can hold water even though it has holes?

Answer: A Sponge.

Riddle:  What can hold water even though it has holes?

7. Riddle: What can be swallowed riddle

What can be swallowed, but can also swallow you?

Answer: Pride.

8. Riddle: Touching

What can be touched but can't be seen?

Answer: Someone's heart

9. Riddle: It Never Leaves You

What can be stolen, mistaken, or altered, yet never leave you your entire life?

Answer: Your identity.

10. Riddle: No Space Necessary

What can fill a room but take up no space?

Answer: Light.

11. Riddle: Picked by Not Chosen

What can be picked but not chosen?

Answer: A nose.

Riddle:  What can be picked but not chosen?

12. Riddle: Center of Gravity

What can you find in the center of gravity?

Answer: The letter V

13. Riddle: The Middle of March and April

What can be seen in the middle of March and April that cannot be seen at the beginning or end of either month?

Answer: The letter R.

14. Riddle: Riddle me this?

What can be lost, but not returned?

Answer: Life.

15. Riddle: Break without Holding

What can you break without holding it?

Answer: A promise.

16. Riddle: What can't be put into a saucepan?

What can't be put into a saucepan?

Answer: It’s lid.

Riddle:  What can't be put into a sauce pan?

17. Riddle: Never Out of Style

Fashions change but what can a person wear that is never out of style?

Answer: A smile.

18. Riddle: What Is More Precious Than a Ruby

What's more precious than ruby, more lasting than gold, what can never be traded stolen, or sold, What comes with great effort, takes time but then once yours will serve you again and again?

Answer: Knowledge.

19. Riddle: Runner But Not Walk

What can run but can't walk?

Answer: A refrigerator

20. Riddle: Fill a Room

What can fill a room and a bowl but not change shape?

Answer: Air.

21. Riddle: Can't Be Burned or Drowned

What can't be burned in fire, nor drowned in water?

Answer: Ice.

22. Riddle: Make a Barrel Lighter

What can you put in a barrel, that will make the barrel lighter?

Answer: A Hole.

23. Riddle: Use This Once and Then It's Gone

What can be used only once and after it's used it will be gone?

Answer: A bomb!

24. Riddle: Saved But Not Made, Taken But Not Giver

What can be saved but not made, can be taken but not given, can be short or long, and can be happy or sad?

Answer: Life.

25. Riddle: Walk On Me

What can climb mountains, cross streams, and handle hundreds of feet each day, yet never move? What is it?

Answer: A trail!

26. Riddle: Chew But Not Eat

What can chew, but can't eat?

Answer: A train.

27. Riddle: A Prisoner Stuck in a Room

A prisoner was stuck in a metal room with a metal door that was locked. There were no windows and nothing in the room but a piano. What can he do to escape?

Answer: Play the piano till he finds the right key.

28. Riddle: Wound Up But Never Annoyed

What can be forever wound up but never annoyed?

Answer: A jack in the box.

29. Riddle: What can you break without hitting or dropping it?

What can you break without hitting or dropping it?

Answer: A promise.

30. Riddle: Put In a Cup But Never Removed

What can be put in a cup, but never be taken out?

Answer: A crack.

31. Riddle: Held Without Hands

What can be held without hands but has to be let go?

Answer: A grudge.

32. Riddle: What Can Bring Back The Dead

What can bring back the dead; make us cry, make us laugh, make us young; born in an instant yet lasts a lifetime?

Answer: Memories.

33. Riddle: Throw But Never Catch

What can you throw but never catch and throw it again?

Answer: A tantrum!

34. Riddle: Cut Like A Knife

What can cut like a knife, sting like a bee, bite like a lion? Carry truth and lies but never move or speak. What are we?

Answer: Words.

35. Riddle: Forward or back?

What can go forward but never back?

Answer: Time.

36. Riddle: Bring Tears To Your Eyes

What can bring tears to your eyes, make you move faster, make you move slower, and knock you over?

Answer: The wind.

37. Riddle: Hear But Not See Or Touch

What can you hear, but not see or touch, even though you control it?

Answer: Your voice.

38. Riddle: Burn The Eyes and Sting The Mouth

What can burn the eyes, sting the mouth, yet be consumed?

Answer: Salt.

39. Riddle: Under Water, Under Fire, On Fire and Taking Water

What can be underwater, under fire, on fire, and taking water all at the same time?

Answer: Submarine. Underwater means in water. Under fire means getting shot at. On fire means burning. Taking water means water is flooding into or through something.

40. Riddle: Forgive and Forget

What can be given and can be accepted, is worth a great deal but costs nothing, yet has no monetary value?

Answer: An apology.

41. Riddle: What can be seen, but cannot be touched, and when put in a barrel, will make the barrel lighter?

What can be seen, but cannot be touched, and when put in a barrel, will make the barrel lighter?

Answer: A beam of light!

42. Riddle: Know your states

What can you find in Texas but not in the states of Ohio, Utah, or Iowa?

Answer: The vowel “e”.

43. Riddle: Opposition of permanence

I'm two for one, I speckle and I sparkle, I give and I take, and I come in many forms. Who or what can I be?

Answer: A present.

44. Riddle: Equals

If every second equals a minute every minute equals an hour every hour equals a day every day equals a month and every month equals a year. What can equal one year?

Answer: one second because one second equals everything to equal one year.

45. Riddle: Act of kindness

What can be done but not undone?

Answer: A rude word to someone.

46. Riddle: Hiker

What can someone do that a fish has?

Answer: Scale.

47. Riddle: Umbra y luz

What can emit an umbra on the earth, and provide phosphorescence for all its creatures, all while altering the visual surface of itself within phases?

Answer: The moon.

48. Riddle: What can only move by jumping?

What can only move by jumping?

Answer: The Knight chess piece.

49. Riddle: Prospect of the world

What can grasp the world's edges with great precision, yet always perceive the imagery as vague conceptions?

Answer: Peripheral vision.

50. Riddle: Oddity

What can double in number, but is still singular?

Answer: The letter U. It becomes "UU" or "W".

51. Riddle: The Prisoner

A prisoner is told, "If you tell a lie we will hang you; if you tell the truth we will shoot you." What can he say to save himself?

Answer: You will hang me.

52. Riddle: One Way Out

What can go up a chimney down, but cannot go down a chimney up?

Answer: An umbrella.

53. Riddle: Catch me if you can

What can be heard and caught but never seen?

Answer: A Remark.

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