Trivia Games – Exercise Your Brain

Remembering something you once knew, or was in the news recently, to answer a trivia question is only one type of trivia question. Figuring out an answer in an analytic way requires you to exercise your brain in a completely different way.

 trivia games, riddles and puzzles

Trivia riddles and puzzles – questions you have to think about…


There are riddles from hundreds of different cultures as well as old English, including Finnish, Hungarian, American Indian, African, Chinese, Russian, Dutch and Filipino sources amongst many others, riddling is a universal art.

A riddle is a statement, phrase, or short rhyme with a double or veiled meaning. The format suggests it is a puzzle to be solved, the question may be implied, or added at the end of it, such as who am I – or what am I?

Riddles may be enigmas, which are problems expressed in metaphorical or allegorical language that require ingenuity and careful thinking for their solution. Try your skill at solving these riddles. Look for the consecutive answers at the bottom of the page.

‘Tween marble walls, white as milk, lined with a skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain, crystal clear, a golden apple doth appear.
No doors or locks has this stronghold,
Yet thieves break in, and steal the gold.

Riddles can also be conundra, which are questions relying on punning in either the question or the answer.

Why is an unpaid bill like the moisture of the morning?

Riddles may also take the answer and split off the first or last letter (in the clue), or describe several different meanings for a word. The answer word may be spelled differently but sound the same, and the clues give meanings for each.

As a whole, I am both safe and secure. Behead me, and I become a place of meeting. Behead me again, and I am the partner of ready. Restore me, and I become the domain of beasts. What am I?

Complete Trivia writes original riddles to include in our quizzes. Try our “What am I?”

I am a type of garden but my numbers all agree
I usually have fifty-four yet also thirty-three
In Greece I am one-hundred strong and also in Turkey
Buddhists may have one-o-eight and Russians one-o-three – What am I?


A matchstick visual puzzle

Move 3 matches to show 2 squares.

There are many other types of questions that require careful thinking to puzzle out the answer, some of which we sometimes use in “picture” quizzes, which players can work on at the table during the trivia show.

An example of a visual puzzle is “matchstick” puzzles, where you have to move a matchstick in a particular way to make a different shape. Tangrams and jigsaws are others, with pieces that need to be rearranged to fit together.

rebus puzzle

Find the Name of the Play written by Shakespeare

Old fashioned Rebus puzzles have images that must be “translated” into words to solve the puzzle.

There are many other types of puzzle games such as math puzzles and brain teasers like Sudoku or Beehive Hidato.


These puzzles all require you to use math, logic, deduction, lateral thinking or the recognition of patterns to get the right answer. There are also many word puzzles like the simple find-a-word and crosswords (normal and cryptic) that we are all familiar with.

Multiple Answer Trivia Questions and Spot Prizes

Trivia questions that allow a guess at the answer like “multiple choice” or “true and false” are questions where more than one answer is given with the question, so players have better odds of getting it right. Another type of question is a list question, which asks for several answers – some of which may be easy to think of, while others are more obscure.

Trivia games become part of the entertainment when a host includes them to make the show more fun. These questions or games are not scored as part of the trivia quiz, but gain the winner an on-the-spot prize. This evens the playing field a bit for teams that may never be able to beat constantly high scoring teams and make it more fun for everyone.

Trivia Puzzle Game Resources

Play some free trivia games and puzzles at the following websites (follow the links)

Dmoz List of Websites with Puzzles
List of Free Recreational Riddles & Puzzles
Wikipedia’s List of Puzzle Video Games
History of Puzzle Games
Alex Bellos’s Monday Science Puzzle

Answers for Questions from Above

Matchstick puzzle answer

Matchstick puzzle answer

  1. An egg
  2. Because its Due/Dew
  3. Stable
  4. Rosary
  5. Alls Well That Ends Well (3 awls/2 Ns)