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Riddle Time

Posted by JG on May 24, 2011 – 10:01 am

Answer each riddle:

1. Im a part of the bird thats not in the sky. I can swim in the ocean and yet remain dry.

2. Im at the beginning of eternity, the end of time, the start of every event, and the end of every place.

3. It is greater than God and more evil than the devil. The poor have it, the rich need it and if you eat it you’ll die. What is it?

4. What always runs but never walks, often murmurs, never talks, has a bed but never sleeps, has a mouth but never eats?

5. At night they come without being fetched. By day they are lost without being stolen. What are they?

6. 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.

7. The person who makes it, sells it. The person who buys it never uses it and the person who uses it doesn’t know they are. What is it?

8. Whoever makes it, tells it not. Whoever takes it, knows it not. Whoever knows it wants it not. What is it?

9. 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.”

10. There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first.


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  1. 1. Karl Sharman Said:

    I have seen many of theses before, so I’ll not post yet, but number 6 always gets me started!!!!

    6. a. Gry – Gry the smallest unit of measurement; a collection of anything of little value, as the parings of nails — Johnson, 1755.
    6. b. Language – you missed the parentheses around the words “the english language”
    6. c. Gryphon – the puzzle does not specify placement in the word.

    There are plenty more!!

  2. 2. Chris Said:

    2. the letter “e”.
    3. nothing.
    4. a river.

  3. 3. Paul H Said:

    Here’s my submission

    1. Shadow
    2. E
    3. Nothing
    4. River
    5. Dew
    6.
    7. Excuse or a lie
    8. Rumor (I thought a fart at first)
    9. They’re a clock
    10. Day and Night

  4. 4. MY NAME Said:

    1 shadow
    2 the letter E
    3 nothing
    4 a river
    5 stars
    6 gry or ingry IDK
    7 coffin
    8 fake money
    9 its a clock
    10 daytime and nighttime

  5. 5. JG Said:

    Sorry Paul H, 5, 7, and 8 are wrong. Read post 1 for a hint on number 6.

  6. 6. Karl Sharman Said:

    Paul H – I went with stars for No 5. Probably wrong, mind! No 8 – definitely Fa…..

  7. 7. Eketahuna Said:

    1. A shadow
    2. The letter e
    3. Nothing
    4. A river
    5. Dreams
    6. Language
    7. A coffin
    8. Counterfiet money
    9. The hands of an analogue clock
    10. Day and Night

  8. 8. Karl Sharman Said:

    The possible answers (if obsolete words, names, and hyphenated compounds of “angry” and “hungry” are allowed) are plentiful. Those listed below were in the 1933 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, and all have appeared in some major dictionary of English:

    affect-hungry fire-angry MacLoingry Seagry
    aggry Gagry mad-angry self-angry
    Agry girl-hungry mad-hungry selfe-angry
    ahungry gonagry magry sensation-hungry
    air-hungry gry malgry sex-angry
    anhungry haegry man-hungry sex-hungry
    Badagry half-angry managry Shchigry
    Ballingry hangry mannagry shiggry
    begry heart-angry Margry Shtchigry
    bewgry heart-hungry maugry sight-hungry
    boroughmongry higry pigry mawgry skugry
    bowgry hogry meagry Sygry
    braggry hogrymogry meat-hungry Tangry
    Bugry hongry menagry Tchangry
    Chockpugry hound-hungry messagry Tchigry
    Cogry houngry music-hungry tear-angry
    cony-gry huggrymuggry nangry th’angry
    conyngry hund-hungry overangry tike-hungry
    cottagry Hungry Bungry Pelegry Tingry
    Croftangry hwngry Pingry toggry
    diamond-hungry iggry Podagry ulgry
    dog-hungry Jagry Pongry unangry
    dogge-hungry job-hungry pottingry vergry
    Dshagry kaingry power-hungry Vigry
    Dzagry land-hungry profit-hungry vngry
    eard-hungry Langry puggry war-hungry
    Echanuggry leather-hungry pugry Wigry
    Egry ledderhungry red-angry wind-hungry
    euer-angry life-hungry rungry yeard-hungry
    ever-angry Lisnagry scavengry yird-hungry
    fenegry losengry Schtschigry Ymagry

    My favourites are Chockpurgry and Huggrymuggry.

  9. 9. Eketahuna Said:

    Karl, I think the original #6. is a spoken riddle, so it’s more effective. If you put the quotes around the 3 words then it’s written the answer is too easy.

  10. 10. Eketahuna Said:

    then -> when

  11. 11. Karl Sharman Said:

    Eketahuna – Tell me about it! There are so many answers depending on how it is said or written. At Stirling University in 2008 there was a series of lectures over 1 semester dedicated to this very puzzle, which earned participants 7.50% of their degree course!

  12. 12. DP Said:

    Karl, are you gettting the answer yet? Scratch the first two sentances of that riddle. Simply: “There are only three words in ‘the English language’. What is the third word”?Answer: ‘Language’

  13. 13. Eketahuna Said:

    Karl, Brilliant – where do I get a grant/funding to host a similar series on something equally trivial ? I can make a fortune ! I’ll give up trying to get profitable eggs out of my chickens (any eggs would be a bonus at this stage) … hey, maybe that can be my subject, something about chickens and eggs, and maybe roads. But my course will be more involved, so be worth substantially more than 7.50%

    :)

  14. 14. JG Said:

    Good job DP, you finally got it. Nice list Karl. Good job Eketehuna for getting all the rest.

  15. 15. Chris Said:

    Hi JG. That was a good set of riddles. Thank you.

  16. 16. JG Said:

    No problem.

  17. 17. DP Said:

    To be fair, post 7 has the answer, and post 9 gives the reasoning. I was just combining all the pieces into one post.

  18. 18. JG Said:

    Eketehuna, you got #5 wrong, it was stars

  19. 19. JG Said:

    Ok DP All credit goes to Eketehuna except for #5, which goes to MY NAME.

  20. 20. Karl Sharman Said:

    Sorry Eketahuna – don’t know about grant funding for inanely trivial university courses in UK, but as far as chickens go, I have a nice little party trick – I can “hypnotise” a chicken!

    Follow this link to check out the funding competition you might come up against….
    http://bigstupididiot.com/2009/09/28/20-ridiculous-college-courses/

  21. 21. Eketahuna Said:

    Thanks Karl – that’s all right, I’m not sure I’m allowed back there anyway.

    I’m also not sure I want to imagine why you’d need a hypnotised chicken at a party. Odds are it’s something legitimate, but I’m no good at odds calculations so I could be wrong, so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt anyway.

    Hmmm, I may now have to sell my tractor, as I didn’t marry my cousin.

  22. 22. Michelle Said:

    1. A shadow
    2. The letter E
    3. Nothing
    4. A river
    5. Stars
    6. Language
    7. A coffin
    8. Counterfeit money
    9. They are hands on a clock (hour, minute, and second)
    10. They are night and day

  23. 23. Fireball Said:

    1. A shadow

    2. The letter E

    3. nothing

    4. A river

    5. dreams

    6.Language

    7.Coffin

    8.Something that’s fake

    9.Hands on a clock

    10. Day and night

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