6 Detective Riddles That Only the Most Sharp-Witted Can Solve

The deductive method can come in useful not only to detectives. It helps us make the right decisions and develop observation skills and systematic thinking.

Bright Side has a few engrossing detective riddles for you to crack. If you find yourselves at a loss, have a quick peek at the answers at the end of the article.

1. Prison break

Three prisoners intend to escape from their cell. To get out, they climbed onto each other’s shoulders, but the one on the top is still a few inches short of the window. What should they do to escape?

2. Gunshots

Which bullet hole was made first?

3. A light-fingered neighbor

One of the neighbors committed theft half an hour ago, but they all insist they were home at the time. Which of them is lying?

4. Café theft

10 minutes ago, someone stole money from the café. Everyone claims they weren’t at the café in the last 10 minutes, but it is known that the thief is one of the four. Who is lying?

5. About to go off

When is the bomb going to detonate?

6. Who’s the odd one out?

Find a criminal who hides among the guests of a costume party.

Bonus: The water riddle


1. The tallest prisoner should climb on top of the others. He has the longest arms and will be able to reach the window.

2. The second one, since the cracks from holes 1 and 3 stop at the cracks from hole 2.

3. The one who lives in the house on the left. The ground under the purple and green cars is dry, while there is a puddle under the red car. It means its owner has just arrived home.

4. The thief is the man with the ice cream. If he had bought it more than 10 minutes ago, it would have already melted.

5. Never: the wires going from the bomb are not connected to the timer.

6. The criminal is the man on the right. He is the only one who didn’t prepare for the party and put on whatever turned up.

Bonus: 3 and 4.

Illustrated by Leonid Khan for BrightSide.me

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