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Perhaps he is in an office where a window separates the receptionist from the waiting room and he jumped through it.

Or he could be in the penthouse that has a balcony or the roof of the main building outside of it.

Then again he could be standing on the window ledge and just jumps back into the building, This is the simplest answer, so must be the correct one.


(Most riddles are easier to understand if you step outside of the box to look at them.)
Ive heard this one before.

They werent buried, they were survivors.you dont bury survivors, unless you WANT to kill them! duh! heehee lol

[Edited on 17/4/2003 by Delidia]
The suggestive first riddle on the first page is driving me nuts: it's in a class like the "sits under the bed with its tongue hanging out" style of riddle that blatantly seems to mean one thing but is actually another. But I can only see the obvious, indiscrete answer, which can't be the right one, because that's not how these riddles work.

And for that matter the "golden bow" was answered "rainbow" which I doubt is right... why would it be golden? But it's not a banana, because that's not endless. Ergh. Finally, there's one that people said "photograph" that I'm almost certain is really "memory".


I love the old-style riddles, not modern logic puzzlers, but unfortunately I'm not much good at either of them. Nevertheless:

(to explain my comment above)

1. Runs over fields and woods all day
Under the bed at night sits not alone,
With long tongue hanging out, A-waiting for a bone.

And a few more, for fun.

2. A pearl on black velvet
encicled by a necklace of diamonds.

3. Light as a feather,
nothing in it.
A stout man can't hold it
for more than a minute.

(this one hurt my head so much when I was a kid, and I was fascinated by it)

4. What goes down the chimney down,
Up the chimney down,
But never down the chimney up?

This one's a bit like one of Bilbo's:

5. There was a green house. Inside the green house there was a white house Inside the white house there was a red house. Inside the red house there were lots of babies. What is it?

Here is a lovely, old, traditional-style riddle:


6. Iam the black child of a white father, a wingless bird, flying even to the clouds of heaven. I give birth to tears of Mourning in pupils that meet me, even though there is no cause for grief, and at once on my birth I am dissolved into air. What am I?

And here's one I invented:

7. Bury this seed and my children die;
Leave in the sun-- they'll reach the sky,
Yet never bear leaf. Who am I?


Well Sepdet, I will try a couple:

1. shoe
2. moon
3. breath
4 ?
5. watermelon
6. smoke
7. hope


What animal keeps the best time?
4. What goes down the chimney down,
Up the chimney down,
But never down the chimney up?

An umbrella Big Laugh Smilie
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What animal keeps the best time?
The watchdog.

4. A feather?

I agree with the rest of Nell's answers, but didn't reach 7 on my own.

I think the end of the last line of number 1 refers to a bone button hook, which was used prior to shoelaces, to manipulate the button closures on shoes. This was obsolete, even before my time. Elf With a Big Grin Smilie
:elfembar:
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An umbrella
Oh how obvious. Big Laugh Smilie
You folks are sharp; I'm particularly impressed someone figured out the umbrella riddle. It's my favorite, but it is so very odd.

The only one no one's figured out yet is #7.
#7:Beanstalk? Probably not, but I might as well try. Big Smile Smilie
Legata_GreenLeaf
posted on 2/5/2003 at 03:07 in "Riddles" Under "Return of the King"

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here is a riddle that i had to write for english bc we r readin the hobbit.

black on white
cold as ice
sweet as sugar
but twice as nice

when you solve it make up your own



Peredhil posted on 2/5/2003 at 17:05

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I can see this being moved to the Ivy Bush pretty soon.


And he was right....
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Whoever makes it, tells it not.
Whoever takes it, knows it not.
And whoever knows it wants it not.


I belive the answer is "coffin".
I`m no good at riddles though, sorry... Sad Smilie Very Sad Smilie
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Whoever makes it, tells it not.
Whoever takes it, knows it not.
And whoever knows it wants it not.


Counterfeit money!

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There are 3 light switches outside the room, and 3 lightbulbs inside the room. the room is completely closed(exept for a door), and you can't see inside the room when you're standing outside. Once you go inside the room , you can't come out. And you have 2 hours to figure out which light switch goes to which lightbulb...
How do you do it ?


1. Turn on Lightswitch A for one hour and fifty minutes
2. Turn off Lightswitch A
3. Turn on Lightswitch B
4. Enter the room

The lighbulb that is hot belongs to lightswitch A
The lightbulb that is on belongs to lightswitch B
The other lightbulb belongs to lightswitch C

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7. Bury this seed and my children die;
Leave in the sun-- they'll reach the sky,
Yet never bear leaf. Who am I?


An evergreen tree?


Here's modern riddle:

A man is suspected of stealing $50,000 from a bank at 12:31 PM. When the police pull up to his house that night he is playing in the driveway with his three year old nephew. The nephew is sitting on the hood of the car while the police are questioning the man. When questioned the man says he had been just gotten back from a vacation and had been driving home from the airport for all day and just got home fifteen minutes ago. The police immediately arrest him. Why?

And a few older ones:

An iron horse with a flaxen tail
The farther the horse does run
The shorter his tail does become.

What goes through the door without pinching itself
And sits on the stove without burning itself
And sits on the table and is not ashamed?

Fifty is my first
Nothing is my second
Five is my third
My fourth is the end of time and beginning of all eternities

I die in the morning
At dusk I awaken
Night I am present
But not always there

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The police immediately arrest him. Why?
The hood of the car from the engine was not warm or even hot as it should have been were he telling the truth. (logic)

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Fifty is my first
Nothing is my second
Five is my third
My fourth is the end of time and beginning of all eternities
LOVE ( I didn't know this, I spent five minutes working it out.)

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I die in the morning
At dusk I awaken
Night I am present
But not always there
The planet Venus? (A guess)

These are good ones; I wish I could make them up or had a source for new ones. Oh yeah, we could always google "riddles" and certainly come up with a bunch of new ones for use in this thread. No fair googleing for the answers though, at least not until they had been up unanswered for a couple days.
Bury this seed and my children die;
Leave in the sun-- they'll reach the sky,
Yet never bear leaf. Who am I?

A birds egg?

[Edited on 28/6/2003 by Rhodry*of*Aberwyn]
Out of the eater came forth meat
and out of the strong came sweetness?





With no wings I fly
with no eyes I see
with no arms I climb
More frightening than any foe
I am cunning, ruthless and tall, in the end I rule all.
What am I?
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Out of the eater came forth meat
and out of the strong came sweetness?
I thought that was familiar. Sure enough, it is Samson's Riddle and I found it in The Book within 30 seconds of looking for it. I'll leave it for someone else to come up with the answer. Teacher Smilie
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With no wings I fly
with no eyes I see
with no arms I climb
More frightening than any foe
I am cunning, ruthless and tall, in the end I rule all.
What am I?
Time works for some of the clues, but probably not all.
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An iron horse with a flaxen tail
The farther the horse does run
The shorter his tail does become.
The smoke from a steam locomotive?
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What goes through the door without pinching itself
And sits on the stove without burning itself
And sits on the table and is not ashamed?
Salt?
Heres one i just made up, this is my first crack at making one so it's probably not very good, but here goes.

By four i stand
The more I eat the more I feed
Life i give to one and pleasure to the other
What am I?
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The police immediately arrest him. Why?


The hood of the car from the engine was not warm or even hot as it should have been were he telling the truth. (logic)

Fifty is my first
Nothing is my second
Five is my third
My fourth is the end of time and beginning of all eternities


LOVE ( I didn't know this, I spent five minutes working it out.)


Right. The LOVE one's similar to the DAVID one earlier in the thread.

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I die in the morning
At dusk I awaken
Night I am present
But not always there


The planet Venus? (A guess)


No, though it would work.

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An iron horse with a flaxen tail
The farther the horse does run
The shorter his tail does become.


The smoke from a steam locomotive?

What goes through the door without pinching itself
And sits on the stove without burning itself
And sits on the table and is not ashamed?


Salt?


Not quite.

Here's another one:

I am one away
But am never seen
Once you reach me
I have jumped ahead
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I am one away
But never seen
Once you reach me
I have jumped ahead


Tomorrow works for two of them, except the second, though i think theres a saying that goes*tomorrow is never seen*, but i'm not sure.

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I die in the morning
At dusk i awaken
Night I am present
But not always there.



The moon maybe?
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By four i stand
The more I eat the more I feed
Life i give to one and pleasure to the other
What am I?

An udder?

A hoard of rings am I,
but no fit gift for a bride;
I await a sword's kiss.
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By four i stand
The more I eat the more I feed
Life i give to one and pleasure to the other
What am I?




An udder?


close enough, the answer was a cow, though it probably was very bovious,sorry
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I am one away
But never seen
Once you reach me
I have jumped ahead


Tomorrow works for two of them, except the second, though i think theres a saying that goes*tomorrow is never seen*, but i'm not sure.



Quite right. You never see tomorrow, because once it is tomorrow, it is really today.

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Quote:

I die in the morning
At dusk i awaken
Night I am present
But not always there.



The moon maybe?


Grondy was very close with Venus. Try thinking on a broader scale.

the stars?


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A hoard of rings am I,
but no fit gift for a bride;
I await a sword's kiss.


is it Chain mail nell?
OK here's a real easy one:
What is today if tomorrow is the day before yesterday?
Heres a riddle that will raddle your brain(I do believe so):
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


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OK here's a real easy one:
What is today if tomorrow is the day before yesterday?
Like how about today?
fork lightning?
Very good Rhodry, its lightning. Smile Smilie
I have not been able to guess any of yours though Sad Smilie
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Like how about today?

Yep!

Here's another one:
2 mothers and 2 daughters went fishing. They caught 3 fish, and each was able to take home a fish for themselves. How is this possible? Hint: they didn't cut the fish in half.
a girl, her mother and her birth grandmother.
The girl and her mother are the two daughters, and the mother and the grand mother are the two mothers.
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I die in the morning
At dusk i awaken
Night I am present
But not always there.


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stars


yep. I guess that riddle might sound better if it was 'we die in the morning' etc.

Here's a few very well known ones:

This thing all things devours
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers--
Gnaws iron, bits steel,
Grinds hard stones to meal,
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountains down.

A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

Many white horses on a red hill
First they champ, then they stamp, then they stand still.

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This thing all things devours
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers--
Gnaws iron, bits steel,
Grinds hard stones to meal,
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountains down.

A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

Many white horses on a red hill
First they champ, then they stamp, then they stand still.

Yup very familiar; their from The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien
Gotta love the classics!

I'm getting lost in which riddles have and haven't been answered, so here are all the riddles that have not been answered as of yet:

What goes through the door without pinching itself
And sits on the stove without burning itself
And sits on the table and is not ashamed?

An iron horse with a flaxen tail
The farther the horse does run
The shorter his tail does become.

I sought my first in starry skies
Where shines the April sun;
My second came before my eyes,
And warned me to be done.

'Tis very hard to lose one's sight;
I'm blind as bat or mole;
Once hills and fields were my delight,
Now I'm no more my whole.

This thing all things devours
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers--
Gnaws iron, bits steel,
Grinds hard stones to meal,
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountains down.

A box without hinges, key, or lid,
Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

Many white horses on a red hill
First they champ, then they stamp, then they stand still.

Out of the eater came forth meat
and out of the strong came sweetness?


Oh, and this one as well:

With no wings I fly
With no eyes I see
With no arms I climb
More frightening than any foe,I am cunning, ruthless and tall, in the end I rule all
What am I?


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This thing all things devours
Birds beasts trees and flowers--
Gnaws Iron,bits steal,
Grinds hard stones to meal,
Slays kings, ruins town
And beats high mountains down


Been a while since i read the Hobbit so i can't remember the answer, but my guess would be *time*?

Quite right. That is one of my favorites.



box without hinges: egg
many white horses: teeth
what goes through the door: Sun
iron horse: needle and thread
Spider. I would know that even IF i hadnt read HP.
An old man wanted to leave all of his money to one of his three sons, but he didn't know which one he should give it to. He gave each of them a few coins and told them to buy something that would be able to fill their living room. The first man bought straw, but there was not enough to fill the room. The second bought some sticks, but they still did not fill the room. The third man bought two things that filled the room, so he obtained his father's fortune. What were the two things that the man bought?
I don't know the actual answer, but music, laughter, children's happy voices, and the aroma of flowers, should all be capable of filling a room.

As you can't really buy laughter and shouldn't buy children, maybe he bought a aromatic bouquet of flowers and a musical instrument that he proceeded to play, causing his father and brothers to fill the room with laughter at the simplicity of the task. Cool Elf Smilie
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What were the two things that the man bought?
Has noone gotten it right yet? Well I'll just share my theory then. I think he bought a candle and a match(box), lit the candle and filled the room with light. And maybe the sticks and straws caught fire so he filled the room with flames too. *hehe*
AmariŽ's light is more simplistic than my room filling ideas (I had forgotten the sense of sight); therefore, it should be the correct answer, as the simpler answers are usually best.

Though according to Ockham's Razor, when we are face with two theories which have the same predictions and the available data cannot distinguish between them, then the Razor directs us to study in depth the simplest of the theories. It does not guarantee that the simplest theory will be correct, it merely establishes priorities.

A rule to related Ockham's Razor, which can be used to slice open conspiracy theories, is Hanlon's Razor: "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity". Teacher Smilie

Ignore Smilie No Grondy even though it is applicable, you may not talk world politics on this Website. Moderator Smilie

[Edited on 17/12/2003 by Grondmaster]
I have a riddle, well it's more like a stupid test type of thing:

What does a brown haired butcher who is six feet tall weigh?



I dont rightly care, as long as that butcher's knife isn't aimed for me.
hehehehehehe
Another fan of my twisted humor! Two in one day, I'm on a role!
If you want to know the answer just ask!!!
He weighs his meat. I love stupid tests.
You got it!! I guessed 300pounds the first time someone asked me that!!
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