Ideas for treasure hunt riddles

Updated February 21, 2017

Treasure hunts can be a fun way to entertain large groups of people. Successful treasure hunts typically have some sort of a theme, such as pirates or explorers. Clues often fall in line with this theme. For example, if the party has a pirate theme, clues will be written in pirate speak, utilising words like "matey" and "ahoy." To make your treasure hunt extra challenging, you may wish to disguise your clues in riddles.

Theme Riddles

Treasure hunts that use themes can benefit from the use of theme-inspired riddles. For example, if the theme for your treasure hunt is pirates, incorporate the theme into your riddles. According to the party-planning website "Peppers and Pollywogs," "An old matey could take me down, and make me into a boat to sail around." The answer to this clue is a tree.

Poetic Riddles

Although riddles don't have to rhyme, they can. These short rhyming riddles are often referred to as poetic riddles or riddle poems and they can be a useful addition to your treasure hunt. J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of "The Lord of the Ring" series, was very fond of poetic riddles. Here's one of his as an example: "A box without hinges, key or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid." The answer is an egg.

Topical Riddles

If you are hosting an adult treasure hunt and wish to inject some humour and wit, consider topical riddles. These are riddles that rely on knowledge of current events to solve. Topic areas include politics, entertainment and sports. For example, "The treasure is hidden between Clinton and Obama." The clue for the hunt can be hidden in a bush.

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For three years, Etch Tabor worked as the technology and online editor at "InsideCounsel" magazine, a national publication for in-house counsel. He currently is a full-time freelance writer, specializing in legal, technology and comedy writing. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in journalism.