Christmassy Riddles December 2016

30th November 2016

We hope you enjoy these Christmas themed riddles, jokes and head-scratchers, do share them with your friends and family and see who can get the answers first!


​If two elves can wrap ​two presents in two minutes, ​how many elves will it ​take to wrap eighteen presents in six ​minutes? 


Each elf takes two minutes to​ wrap a present so can wrap three presents ​in six minutes. ​This means that 6 elves will​be needed to wrap 18 presents.


According to the traditional song 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas' the singer received a different number of presents from their true love for each day of the 12 days of Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas (25th December they received

A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas (26th December), their true love sent THREE presents:

 Two turtle doves


A partridge in a pear tree

This carries on until the twelfth day of Christmas, when they receive:

Twelve drummers drumming

Eleven pipers piping

Ten lords a-leaping

Nine ladies dancing

Eight maids a-milking

Seven swans a-swimming

Six geese a-laying

Five gold rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves

A partridge in a pear tree

At the end of the twelve days Christmas, how many presents has the singer received from their true love in total?


 1 + 3 + 6 + 10 + 15 + 21 + 28 + 36 + 45 + 55 + 66 + 78 = 364 – only one day less than the number of days in the year!


What Christmas Carol is a favourite of teachers during exam time?


Silent Night.


If Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus had a child, what would he be called?


A subordinate clause.


James, Katty, Larry, Mike, and Naty each performed a solo recital during a Christmas Presentation.  Each of them played a different song, using a different musical instrument.

Katty played the guitar.

One played "The Twelve Days of Christmas" using the violin.

Larry played "We Three Kings".

"O Christmas Tree" was played using the flute by a male.

Naty played "The First Noel", but not with a cello, which another one of them used.

Mike did not use the violin.

One of them play "Jingle Bells".

One of them played the piano.

Which song did each play, and which musical instrument did each of them use?


James played "The Twelve Days of Christmas" using the violin.

Katty played "Jingle Bells" using the guitar.

Larry played "We Three Kings" using the Cello.

Mike played "O Christmas Tree" using the flute by Mike.

Naty played "The First Noel" using the piano.


One group of carollers goes to every 6th house in a neighbourhood, another goes to every 8th house. At which house will they first meet?


They will meet at the 24th house.


Which moves faster: heat or cold?


Heat.  Everybody can catch a cold.


A large mulled wine tank has three inlet pipes and one outlet pipe.  One inlet pipe, coloured red takes 2 hours to fill the tank.   Another inlet pipe, coloured blue, takes 3 hours to fill the tank.  The third inlet pipe, coloured green, takes 4 hours to fill the tank.  The outlet pipe empties the whole tank in 12 hours.

If the tank is initially empty, how long would it take to fill the tank if all the pipes are fully in operation?

The rates for the pipes are:

red pipe = 1/2 tank per hour

blue pipe = 1/3 tank per hour

green pipe = 1/4 tank per hour

outlet pipe = -1/12 tank per hour


1 full tank = rate x time

1 = (1/2+1/3+1/4-1/12) time

time = 1 hour

Therefore, it would take 1 hour to fill up the tank.

One from William the Maths Bear!


A man builds a house with four sides ​of rectangular construction, each ​side having a southern exposure. A ​big bear comes along. What colour is ​the bear?​


White. If all walls face ​south, the house must ​be on the North Pole.


Some months have 30 days, some  have 31 days. How many ​months have 28 days?​


All months have at least ​28 days!