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Think of words ending in -GRY. Angry and hungry are two of them.
There are only three words in the English language. What is the third word?
The word is something that everyone uses every day. If you have listened
carefully, I have already told you what it is.
What does man love more than life
Fear more than death or mortal strife
What the poor have, the rich require,
and what contented men desire,
What the miser spends and the spendthrift saves
And all men carry to their graves?
Five hundred begins it, five hundred ends it,
Five in the middle is seen;
First of all figures, the first of all letters,
Take up their stations between.
Join all together, and then you will bring
Before you the name of an eminent king.
I am, in truth, a yellow fork
From tables in the sky
By inadvertent fingers dropped
The awful cutlery.
Of mansions never quite disclosed
And never quite concealed
The apparatus of the dark
To ignorance revealed.
I turn polar bears white
and I will make you cry.
I make guys have to pee
and girls comb their hair.
I make celebrities look stupid
and normal people look like celebrities.
I turn pancakes brown
and make your champagne bubble.
If you squeeze me, I'll pop.
If you look at me, you'll pop.
Can you guess the riddle?
I drift forever with the current
down these long canals they've made
Tame, yet wild, I run elusive
Multitasking to your aid.
Before I came, the world was darker
Colder, sometimes, rougher, true
But though I might make living easy,
I'm good at killing people too.
Every dawn begins with me
At dusk I'll be the first you see
And daybreak couldn't come without
What midday centers all about
Daises grow from me, I'm told
And when I come, I end all cold
But in the sun I won't be found
Yet still, each day I'll be around
Three brothers share a family sport:
A non-stop marathon
The oldest one is fat and short
And trudges slowly on
The middle brother's tall and slim
And keeps a steady pace
The youngest runs just like the wind,
A-speeding through the race
"He's young in years, we let him run,"
The other brothers say
"'Cause though he's surely number one,
He's second, in a way."
It's true I bring serenity,
And hang around the stars
But yet I live in misery;
You'll find me behind bars
With thieves and villains I consort
In prison I'll be found
But I would never go to court,
Unless there's more than one
There is one word that stands the test of time and holds fast to
the center of everything. Though everyone will try at least once in
their life to move around this word, but in fact, unknowingly, they use
it every moment of the day. Young or old, awake or in sleep, human or
animal, this word stands fast. It belongs to everyone, to all living
things, but no one can master it. The word is?
My days are in the summer
When you'll eat me when I'm hot
In fact I'll even eat myself
Where battles tough are fought
But when you find me in a fight
'Twill be high in the sky
And if you catch me napping
I suggest you let me lie
When you're bad come to my house
From Ma get thoughts profound
Am I big or am I small?
Some say I'm just a pound.
This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out
what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary you'd think nothing was
wrong with it - and in fact, nothing is wrong with it. It is unusual
though. Why? Study it, think about it, and you may find out. Try to do
it without coaching. If you work at it for a bit it will dawn on you.
So jump to it and try your skill at figuring it out. Good luck -
don't blow your cool!
A mile from end to end, yet as close to as a friend.
A precious commodity, freely given. Seen on the dead and on the living.
Found on the rich, poor, short and tall, but shared among children most
of all. What is it?
The four suits in a deck of standard playing cards
The Spade is a gardener's tool.
The Diamond is the hardest gem to break. "Little Girl and Queen" is a
Mother Goose rhyme, in which the Queen gave the girl a large diamond
for picking the Queen some roses.
The Heart bonds with the mind to form love. Absence makes the
heart grow fonder.
The Club, or Clover, is three dots connected around a stem.
I am a word of meanings three.
Three ways of spelling me there be.
The first is an odour, a smell if you will.
The second some money, but not in a bill.
The third is past tense, a method of passing things on or around.
Can you tell me now, what these words are, that have the same sound?
A pearl. They're found underwater. Removing the head (p)
leaves Earl, a guy who could be at your door. Removing the tail (l)
leaves pear, a fruit and if you cut both off you're left
with ear, which is with you because it's attached to your head.
Feed me and I live, give me drink and I die. What am I?
Before any changes I'm a garlic or spice. My first is altered and I'm a hand-warming device. My second is changed and I'm trees in full bloom. The next letter change makes a deathly old tomb. Change the fourth to make a fruit of the vine. Change the last for a chart plotted with lines.
What was I? What did I become? What did I turn out to be?
A fish. A fish bowl or aquarium is the fish's house and the people inside are the decorative divers that offer no reply (one might ask how the fish knows, given that they aren't a talkative bunch themselves).
The word vex. "v" is Roman numeral 5, which is odd. "x" is Roman numeral 10, which is even. "e" is the base of the natural logarithm and is irrational (e = 2.718281828...). Its mantissa (the part to the right of the decimal point) is infinitely long.
When a bird flies over the ocean a part of the body touches the water but doesn't get wet. What part is it?
In the marble walls as white as wilk,
Lined with skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden apple does appear.
No doors are there to this stronghold
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.
An egg or egg yolk (this is a variation of a riddle found earlier on this page - Box without hinges...)
I am here, I am there
I am burned into the mind of none
I walk on fire and live on ice
My words are meaningless for I talk not
I hate everyone yet fear no one
I have lived for centuries
Yet I have never existed
What am I?
The first is a person who lives in disguise who deals in secrets and tells nothing but lies.
Then think of a letter that's last to mend the middle of middle and end of end.
Now think of a sound which is often heard in search of every unknown word.
Put it together and answer me this, which creature would you be unwilling to kiss?
I have palms but not on hands,
I offer foods from distant lands,
When at my peak you'll see me smoke,
I'm famous for my friendly folk,
My flowers grow and yet they lay,
There's fire where a man will play,
I'm sure you know we're family,
You're welcome to come stay with me.
What am I?
The answer to each clue is a single, 100-point word, or a word whose letters add up to 100, with a = 1, b = 2. I wrote this word value calculator so you can easily check your guesses.
i. Peanut butter tastes like this.
ii. The hat a Dad wears.
iii. To fire a chef,
iv. A smart timepiece.
v. Figured it out again.
vi. Where a kid can sleep.
vii. The magical fruit leaves you doing this.
viii. Betrayed for this much silver.
ix. A baked good that is height challenged.
x. A sticky way to neaten your hair.
Stars awash in a sheen of light
It calls out loud in vile delight.
Listeners endure in fright.
Vicious brute that reigns at night,
Evil whelped of heinous bite,
Renewed by wax, it regains might.
A leading way to slay the beast,
Get the hidden weapon thus released.
What is this describing?
Hint: The first letter of each line has a clue
A mushroom. A variation of this riddle is 'I am a room with no doors and no windows, what am I?'
I'm not the sort that's eaten, I'm not the sort you bake,
Don't put me in an oven, I don't taste that great,
But when applied correctly, around me you will find,
Problems are so simple when my digits come to mind.
This walks on graves at night yet in homes during the day,
Men are scared of it, women like it, children play with it,
It lives on dates and salt,
It is covered in hair,
Its name starts with 'M' and it is mentioned in the Quran.
What is it?
Most species of moths are nocturnal, yet they are attracted to light and can be found in homes. Men, in the most generic sense, can be scared of moths (see Mottephobia) as well as the damage they can cause as pests to bee hives, grain, flour, trees and agriculture. Women like moths because of the silk they produce. Children frequently chase and play with moths. Moths are attracted to salt and love to eat rotting fruit (such as dates). Some species of moths are densely covered with tiny hairs and of course it starts with the letter 'm'. Lastly, moths are mentioned in the Quran (101:4 (Asad) [It will occur] on the Day when men will be like moths swarming in confusion)
We are four against the masses. We are trying to find the one who is the whole package. We sigh, we laugh, we frown while we hope that the next one will be the one. Who are we?
I'm up and down and round about,
yet all the world can't find me out.
Though thousands have employed their leisure,
they never yet could find my measure.
I'm found in almost every garden,
In a compass or a farden.
There's neither chariot coach nor mill
may move one inch except I will.
What am I?
Empty. (mpt, emty or mt depending on your interpretation)
I lack much reason, but often rhyme,
And require logic to pass the time,
To get the words to tell your kin,
Look for clues that lie within,
Though all are different, they act the same,
The answer is practically in the name.
What am I?
My first is in FLOWER and in ROSE
My second is in FORK and well as HOSE
My third is in CROCUS but not in GNOME
My fourth is in RAKE never in HOME
My fifth is in HOE and also in WEEDS
My sixth is in SHEARS though not in SEEDS
My seventh is in LADYBIRD not in CREATURE
What am I?
I saw a strange creature,
Long, hard, and straight,
Thrusting in a round, dark, opening,
Preparing to discharge its load of lives,
Puffing and squealing noises accompanied it,
Then a final screech as it slowed and stopped.
I am pronounced as one letter but written as three,
There are two of me,
I am single, I am double,
I can be blue, brown, black or green.
I can be read from right to left or left to right and am still the same.
What am I?
I am something many people don't enjoy having as a friend, including you. But I am called upon anytime someone is injured. I have 5 letters and when my last letter is put before my first letter, I become a country. What am I?
I have five letters and people eat me. When you remove my first letter I become a crime. Remove my first two letters and I am an animal. If you remove my first and last letters I'm a form of music. What am I?
"Mother" Earth. The family of eight are the eight planets, all of the world's population is quite a load, the earth is always spinning (or turning around) and unless you're an alien, you've been on earth your whole life.
Mouthless but I will tell you a name that is not mine,
I will show you the years I have seen but I have no eyes,
Memory I have but I have no mind.
What am I?
A gravestone. The stone bears the name of the deceased and the memories and recollections of their life are represented by the grave site.
First think of a person who lives in disguise, who deals in secrets and tells naught but lies. Next tell me what's the last to mend, the middle of middle and the end of end. Finally give me the sound often heard during the search for a hard to find word. Now string them together and answer me this, which creature are you unwilling to kiss?
A spider. The person in disguise is a spy, the letter d is the last letter in mend, in the middle of middle and the last letter of end. When someone can't think of a word they often say, "Err". And lastly, I don't know about you, but I'm not keen to kiss a spider.
I can turn into a car, building or even a robot. I'm manmade and my siblings and I outnumber you 62 to 1. My name means, "Play well" in my creator's native tongue. What am I?
Legos. They can be turned into all sorts of things, including cars, building and robots. If you divided up all the legos ever made, each person on the planet would get 62. Lego is based on the Danish phrase leg godt which means, "play well".
Round and round and round it goes,
The source but not the birth of clothes,
Wench and warrior, child and crone,
Without it dressed near barer bone.
I am a wonderful help to women,
The hope of something to come.
I harm no citizen except my slayer.
Rooted I stand on a high bed. I am shaggy below.
Sometimes the beautiful peasant's daughter, an eager-armed,
Proud woman grabs my body,
Rushes my red skin, holds me hard,
Claims my head. The curly-haired
Woman who catches me fast will feel
Our meeting. Her eye will be wet.
What am I?
begin, binge, being. Everything has a beginning, Thanksgiving dinner is known for being a meal of excessive consumption and the mortal state of being (or the state of a human being) is one which, for all our efforts to extend, will eventually end.
Twenty one points divide and dance,
Twirling and leaping about,
Ladies, Romans and knights of France,
Craving a victor's rout,
Wrought of wood, ivory or bone,
An exciting yet vicious pursuit,
Ancient, forbidden and crooked,
All in search of the loot.
A die. The standard die has 21 pips (or points), divided up on the six sides of the die which dance around when rolled. Ladies, knights and Romans all played dice as a pastime (though not together). Dice can be made of wood, ivory and bone, among other materials. Dice have been used in Asia since before recorded history and many governments tried unsuccessfully to outlaw the game. Professional gamblers were common and often used loaded dice. Desperate German chaps even bet their own liberty on a single roll of the dice.
What has a tongue that can't taste, a throat that can't swallow, eyes that can't see and a soul that will never die?
A shoe. It has a tongue, a throat, eyes (or eyelets) and a sole. I used soul here or else it would have given the answer away, but this riddle works best when told rather than read. And as the joke goes, old shoes never die, they just lose their sole.
Lovely and round,
I shine with pale light,
Grown in the darkness,
A lady's delight.
What am I?
Pencil lead. While modern pencils don't contain lead, that's still what we call the graphite compound. When real lead was used in pencils it was mined and nearly everyone has used a pencil at some point in their life.
I'm a medication with three parts. The first part is the surname of someone who has been a Mary and a Maria. The second part is a vital organ and the last is plentiful in the ocean. What am I?
Andrews Liver Salts, an antacid. Julie Andrews played the role of Mary Poppins in the movie of the same name, and Maria in the Sound of Music. It's tough to live without a liver and a taste of the ocean always includes a touch of salt.
This is a place. The first letter is after A and before Z but nowhere in between. You can bring as many people as you want, as long as they're all dead. Where is it?
The cemetery. The letter C is after A and before Z, and it's not found in the word "between". The cemetery won't take live ones. Fortunately I don't speak from experience on that.
My first is in alphabet, my third is in Guinness, my sixth is in donut and my eighth is in elephant. My fifth doesn't appear in walrus, my second isn't in stealth, but my seventh is in tremendous and my fourth is in horse. I can create peace. What am I?
A worm. Worms don't have eyes or ears, but they can sense light and their bodies can detect vibrations in the ground. Fishers use worms as bait and the term bookwork is used for someone who loves to read.
I am a king but also a common device of measure. What am I?
A bow. It has three letters, the bow of a boat is the front, bows are found on the presents on Santa's sleigh, rainbows come with the rain, one bows before a king and a bow and arrow requires a string.
I'm in an elevator with two other people. When it reaches the first floor, one person gets out and six get in. When it reaches the second floor, three people get out and twelve get in. At the third floor, five leave and nine enter. Suddenly, the elevator cable snaps and the car smashes to the ground. No one survives the fall, yet I'm alive. How is this possible?
Someone bowled a strike. The ten white men are the pins, the dirt road is the bowling alley (it's not dirt, but it's the color of dirt, and if it said a smooth wooden alley it wouldn't be much of a riddle). Three eyes as black as night are the finger holes in the bowling ball.
We are not flesh, feather, scales nor bone;
Yet we still have fingers and thumbs of our own.
What are we?
Makeup. Makeup is used to make people look different, but wearing makeup can give you the courage to do things you wouldn't normally do.
I am two-faced, but bear one head.
Men spill their blood for me.
I have no legs but travel widely.
I make kings immortal.
I am potent when shared,
Yet lust for my power keeps me locked away.
What am I?
Money (coins specifically). Coins have two faces, heads and tails. People fight for money, and money travels far and wide. Kings live on when they're depticted on a coin. Sharing money with others is a meaningful experience yet many people keep their money locked up.
What is in your body for free the first and the second time but the third time you have to buy yourself?