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Transcript of Riddles

Riddles, riddles, riddles
Until I am measured, I am not known, yet how you miss me when I have flown.
What do we see once in a minute, twice in a moment, yet never in a thousand years?
The letter "m"
This can be swallowed, yet it can also swallow you.
Your pride
What two things can you never eat for breakfast?
Lunch and dinner
While on my way to St. Ives, I saw a man with 7 wives. Each wife had 7 sacks. Each sack had 7 cats. Each cat had 7 kittens. Kitten, cats, sacks, wives, How many were going to St. Ives?
What never gets wetter no matter how much rain falls on it?
The ocean
I am large as a castle, yet lighter than air.
A hundred men and their horses cannot move me. What am I?
The shadow of a castle
What is put on a table and cut but never eaten?
A deck of cards
When they are caught, they are thrown away. When they escape, you itch all day.
When they are caught, they are thrown away. When they escape, you itch all day.
Different lights do make me strange so that into different sizes will I change.
a pupil
What always goes to sleep with shoes on?
a horse
Who rows quickly with four oars, yet never comes out from under his roof?
a turtle
What stays where it is when it goes off?
a gun
What is it that is deaf, dumb and blind, yet always tells the truth?
a mirror
What has one foot on each side and one in the middle?
a yardstick
At night they arrive without being fetched. By day, they are lost without being stolen.
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 does this describe?
a watermelon
There is a word in the English language in which the first two letters signify a male, the first three letters signify a female, the first four signify a great man, and the whole word, a great woman. What is the word?
How many three-cent stamps are in a dozen?
a dozen
When John was six years old he hammered a nail into his favourite tree to mark his height. Ten years later at age sixteen, John returned to see how much higher the nail was. If the tree grew by five centimeters each year, how much higher would the nail be?
It would be the same height. Trees grow from the top.
A beggar's brother died, but the man who died had no brother. How could this be?
the beggar was a woman
What common English verb becomes its own past tense by rearranging its letters?
How can you physically stand behind your friend as he physically stands behind you?
stand back to back
There is a clothing store in Bartlesville. The owner has devised his own method of pricing items. A vest costs $20, socks cost $25, a tie costs $15 and a blouse costs $30. Using the method, how much would a pair of underwear cost?
If three cats catch three mice in three minutes, how many cats would be needed to catch 100 mice in 100 minutes?
Four men were in a boat on the lake. The boat turns over, and all four men sink to the bottom of the lake, yet not a single man got wet! Why?
they were all married
When can you add two to eleven and get one as your answer?
on a clock
A black dog stands in the middle of an intersection in a town painted black. None of the street lights are working due to a power failure caused by a storm. A car with two broken headlights drives towards the dog but turns in time to avoid hitting him. How could the driver have seen the dog in time?
It was daytime.
Four men sat down to play. They played all night till break of day. They played for gold and not for fun. With separate scores for everyone. When they had come to square accounts. They all had made quite fair amounts. Can you the paradox explain. If no one lost, how all could gain?
What is it the more you take, the more you leave behind?
They were hired musicians.
What do you use to hoe a row, slay a foe, and wring with woe?
your hands
Be you ever so quick, with vision keen, by your eyes, we are never seen. Unless perchance it should come to pass, you see our reflection in a looking glass. What are we?
Your eyes
You use it between your head and your toes, the more it works the thinner it grows. What is it?
What can bring back the dead; make us cry, make us laugh, make us young; born in an instant yet lasts a life time?
Hands she has but does not hold, teeth she has but does not bite, feet she has but they are cold, eyes she has but without sight. Who is she?
a doll
I make you weak at the worst of all times. I keep you safe, I keep you fine. I make your hands sweat, and your heart grow cold, I visit the weak, but seldom the bold. What am I?
your fears

Where will you find roads without cars, forests without trees and cities without houses?
a map
In spring I am happy in handsome array; in summer more clothing I wear; when colder it grows I fling off my clothes; and in winter quite naked appear. What am I?
a tree
Old Mother Twitchett had but one eye, and a long tail which she let fly; and every time she went through a gap, a bit of her tail she left in a trap. What is she?
a needle and thread
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