I flop around on sticks and sometimes you cheer me as I do, I desperately need a white powder to do what needs to be done, and looking at me you might wonder why I look like I am about to go swimming. What am I?
You're a pirate captain and your crew is about to divvy up the gold you've plundered. They are waiting for your wisdom on the subject.
However, if less than half the pirate crew agree with your division of the gold, they will make you "walk the plank".
How would you divvy up the gold in a way that will keep you alive and with your pockets full of gold?
(The 'Google Riddles' are interview questions those who wish to get hired were asked).
Share the gold with only 51% of the pirates. The other 49% will want to kill you but who cares - they're the minority! This way you'll get the max amount of gold with the majority of pirates voting to keep you alive.
In a recreational activity, you are given four different jars of 2 liters, 4 liters, 6 liters and 8 liters respectively with an unlimited water supply. Then you are asked to measure exactly 5 liters of water using them.
How will you do it?
"Great Job You Got It"
This riddle is named after Julius Caesar, who is thought to be first to use this cipher.
Simply count the letters and arrange them in groups of the same number, here 4 will be easiest. It will be make 4 rows of 4. Then you put the rows one above the other and read up down, like so:
G T Y O
R J O T
E O U I
A B G T
Until you find the message.
I have a clock in my house, on the wall.
On a summer's day I forgot to wind it and it stopped. Then I went to visit a friend who had a watch that was always right on time. After I stayed for a bit, I went home, made a simple alteration and set the clock just right.
Now how did I do this when I had no watch on me to tell how long it took me to come back from my friend's place?
Before I left, I wound the wall clock. Upon my return, the amount of change that I could see in the clock is how long it took to go to my friends place and come back, adding to that the time I spent there, which I know because the clock at my friend's place is accurate.
Subtracting the time of the visit from the time I was absent from my house, and dividing by 2, I obtained the time it took me to return home. I added this time to what my friend watch showed when I left, and set the sum on my wall clock.
A hundred stones are placed, in a straight line, a yard distant from each other. How many yards must a person walk, who undertakes to pick them up, and place them in a basket stationed one yard from the first stone?
To collect the stones, the person must walk 1 yard to pick up the first stone, and then they had to double the distance each time - 2 yards, 4 yards, 8 yards etc.
To find the answer we multiply 202 by 50 = 10,100 yards.
This was Gollum's final riddle from The Hobbit:
"This thing all things devours;
Bird, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slay king, ruins town,
and beats a mountain down."