The ‘I have cities but no houses’ riddle will certainly leave you scratching your head but what’s the answer to this tricky teaser?

As the world went into lockdown earlier this year, millions of us were left stuck at home, searching for ways to keep ourselves entertained.

And while endless amounts of TV on Netflix and Disney+ were fine to begin with, many of us have been looking for more engaging forms of entertainment.

As a result, riddles and brain teasers have flooded social media in recent weeks and months and have provided us with the perfect solution to boredom.

The latest teaser to make its way onto social media is the ‘I have cities but no houses’ riddle but just what is the answer to this puzzling problem?

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Riddle: I have cities but no houses

The ‘I have cities but no houses’ riddle is as follows:

  • I have cities but no houses. I have mountains but no trees. I have water but no fish. What am I?

Now, this is a riddle to get your brain into gear. Any ideas on what the answer might be?

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Answer: I have cities but no houses

  • A map

That’s right, the answer to the ‘I have cities but no houses’ riddle is a map.

You can easily see where this riddle is coming from as notable landmarks such as cities are pointed out in maps but finer details are often missed.

However, you could argue with this answer that some maps do show forests and have technically do have trees as a result.

And on top of that, if you had maps of Washington D.C. or London for example, they’d likely include the White House, the Houses of Parliament and 10 Downing Street, so would also technically contain houses.

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