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Offline saturnschild

Re: Riddles
« Reply #25 on: March 14, 2009, 01:52:16 PM »
Bingo.

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Re: Riddles
« Reply #26 on: March 19, 2009, 06:25:08 PM »
Why is a Raven like a writing desk?

Lewis Carroll never gave an answer, but there are a few good ones.

Oh, he did. He answered it in 1896. "Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!"

*adjusts monocle*

How about this one -

'Twas whispered in heaven, 'twas muttered in hell,
And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell;
On the confines of earth 'twas permitted to rest,
And the depths of the ocean its presence confessed.
'Twill be found in the sphere when 'tis riven asunder;
'Tis seen in the lightning, and heard in the thunder.
'Twas allotted to man from his earliest breath;
It assists at his birth, and attends him in death;
It presides o'er his happiness, honour, and health;
Is the prop of his house, and the end of his wealth.
In the heap of the miser 'tis hoarded with care,
But is sure to be lost in his prodigal heir.
It begins every hope, every wish it must bound,
It prays with the hermit, with monarchs is crowned.
Without it the soldier and seaman may roam,
But woe to the wretch who expels it from home.
In the whispers of conscience 'tis sure to be found;
Nor e'en in the whirlwind of passion is drowned.
'Twill soften the heart, and though deaf to the ear,
'Twill make it acutely and constantly hear.
But, in short, let it rest like a beautiful flower;
Oh, breathe on it softly, it dies in an hour.

Offline MHajiTopic starter

Re: Riddles
« Reply #27 on: March 20, 2009, 03:47:21 AM »
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"Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!"

Huh! I've heard that one, but never attributed to Carroll. I prefer the simple, "Poe wrote on both."

I won't answer Eden's second, because I've heard it, and it's one of the greatest riddles ever - not for its concept and answer, but for the sheer brilliance of the wordplay. It's over 200 years old, I believe.

Here's one that I love:

My first in my third is most awful at sea,
But many survive it, and so, then, may we.
My third in my first is the voice of the wood,
And type of all things that are noble and good.
You ask for my second? I've mentioned it twice;
In these very lines you will meet with it thrice.

Offline MHajiTopic starter

Re: Riddles
« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2009, 10:21:17 PM »
Requests like these, long as they may be,
Stop just short of common courtesy.


- Dorothy Sayers

Offline Hippie

Re: Riddles
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2009, 02:53:42 PM »
Why is a Raven like a writing desk?

yeah try to figure that on out.
Actually.. The answer to this riddle is there is no real answer. He created this riddle to make people think. He knew people would come up with ridiculous answers that seem like they could be right.. but in the end are all wrong. Peple think just because its a riddle there should be an answer, but in the end, there is no real answer.

Offline saturnschild

Re: Riddles
« Reply #30 on: April 03, 2009, 03:43:17 PM »
A man pushes his car to a hotel to find that he is bankrupted. Why is that?

Offline Hippie

Re: Riddles
« Reply #31 on: April 03, 2009, 04:28:26 PM »
A man pushes his car to a hotel to find that he is bankrupted. Why is that?

He was playing monopoly!!!

Offline Hippie

Re: Riddles
« Reply #32 on: April 03, 2009, 04:30:11 PM »
One word in this sentence is misspelled. What is it?

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Re: Riddles
« Reply #33 on: April 03, 2009, 04:44:35 PM »
One word in this sentence is misspelled. What is it?

"Misspelled?"

Here's an ancient one from Finland, roughly translated:
"Old hag, twinkly-eyed, roams from home to home begging for a light, while from beneath her black hem peek out a thief and a lover."

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Re: Riddles
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2009, 01:25:06 AM »
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"Old hag, twinkly-eyed, roams from home to home begging for a light, while from beneath her black hem peek out a thief and a lover."

My instinct is to say "nightfall." The nightfall rides across the land from east to west as the sun sets, its eyes the twinkling stars. The lamps and candles of houses light up in its wake, thieves poach, lovers make their assignations.

But this seems overcomplicated.

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Re: Riddles
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2009, 01:36:20 AM »
This is a classic:

What crawls on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the evening?

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Re: Riddles
« Reply #36 on: April 04, 2009, 03:55:48 AM »
But this seems overcomplicated.

Actually, you're quite right: nightfall is the correct answer.

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Re: Riddles
« Reply #37 on: April 04, 2009, 11:04:24 AM »
This is a classic:

What crawls on four legs in the morning, two in the afternoon and three in the evening?

Man

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Re: Riddles
« Reply #38 on: April 04, 2009, 02:13:39 PM »
Man

Yep ^_^ It's the question the sphinx asks.

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Re: Riddles
« Reply #39 on: April 04, 2009, 05:38:22 PM »
Actually.. The answer to this riddle is there is no real answer. He created this riddle to make people think. He knew people would come up with ridiculous answers that seem like they could be right.. but in the end are all wrong. Peple think just because its a riddle there should be an answer, but in the end, there is no real answer.

But he did answer it. See my previous post.

Offline saturnschild

Re: Riddles
« Reply #40 on: April 04, 2009, 08:33:42 PM »
Six glasses are in a row.
The first three are full of juice; the second three are empty.
By moving only one glass,
can you arrange them so empty and full glasses alternate?

Offline MusicNeverDies

Re: Riddles
« Reply #41 on: April 04, 2009, 08:35:36 PM »
Six glasses are in a row.
The first three are full of juice; the second three are empty.
By moving only one glass,
can you arrange them so empty and full glasses alternate?
Lift the second glass and pour the contents into the 5th glass, then put the empty second glass back in place.

Offline saturnschild

Re: Riddles
« Reply #42 on: April 04, 2009, 09:52:35 PM »
Bingo

Offline Duncan

Re: Riddles
« Reply #43 on: April 13, 2009, 09:24:38 AM »
Young I am tall , Old I am short what am I?

Offline MusicNeverDies

Re: Riddles
« Reply #44 on: April 13, 2009, 10:29:18 AM »
Young I am tall , Old I am short what am I?
DNA and candles come to mind.

Offline Duncan

Re: Riddles
« Reply #45 on: April 13, 2009, 10:33:03 AM »
candles it is love.