Art-Inspired Riddles!

TGIF!  Get ready for weekend fun and games by trying a few of our art-inspired riddles.  Look closely, each artwork holds the clue you need to solve the riddle.  Riddles first, answers at the end.

1. What has hands but cannot clap?


2. A seven letter word containing thousands of letters. What is it?


3. What has 88 keys but can’t open a single door? 


4. Feed me, I grow.  Give me water, I die.  What am I?


5. What can travel around the world while staying in a corner?



Another Year by the Old Clock, 1870, Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910), wood engraving. Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1942.1414.

The Mail Box, 1937, Walter Leroy Flint (American, 1909-1991), wood engraving. Gift of the Print Club of Cleveland 1937.76

Love: Our Souls in Slight Gestures, 1892-1898, (published 1911), Maurice Denis (French, 1870-1943), Ambroise Vollard, Paris 1911, color lithograph. John L. Severance Fund 1998.39 

Woman in front of a fireplace, c. 1803, Louis Leopold Boilly (French, 1761-1845), black chalk and gray wash, heightened with white chalk, squared in black chalk. Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund, 1974.93.

The Letter, 1934, Carl Hofer (German, 1878-1955), oil on canvas. Hinman E. Hurlbut Collection, 194.1939.


1. A Clock

2. A Mailbox

3. A Piano

4. A Fire

5. A Stamp

Looking for a way to travel the world without leaving the city, plus solve puzzles, play games and answer riddles?  Join us for Family Game Night Traveler’s Edition 2017, February 24, 5:30-8:00 pm.  Expect super-sized games in the atrium such as Snakes and Ladders and Twister, and family-friendly competition with our “What in the World?” Quiz Show.  Our Time Traveler will lead you through the galleries as you solve his scavenger hunt.  Complete his story and you’re sure to win a prize!  $30 per family, $25 members.  $30 day of event.  Register through the Ticket Center- phone 216-241-7350 or online.

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