Riddles

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  1. Riddle of the Sphinx. I walk on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three legs in the evening. What am I?
  2. A girl was born in the summer, but now has her birthday in the winter.  How can this be?
  3. How many months have 28 days?
  4. Alive without breath, as cold as death; never thirsty, ever thinking, all in mail, never clinking.
  5. I occur once in every minute, twice in every moment, and yet not once in a hundred thousand years.
  6. I am full of holes, yet I can hold water. What am I?
  7. I often murmur, but never weep. 
    Lie in bed but never sleep.
    My mouth is larger than my head, in spite of the fact I'm seldom feed.
    I have no feet, yet swiftly run; shimmering, saying dancing in the sun.
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  9. I never ask questions, but am often answered. What am I?
  10. I'll give you my first letter, my second letter and my third letter.  In fact I'll give you all my letters, yet I'll always be the same.  What am I?
  11. I'm as round as the moon, people crush me, drink my blood and throw my skin away. What am I?
  12. It can't be seen, can't be felt, can't be smelt. It lies behind stars and under hills and empty holes it fills.  It comes first and follows after, ends life and kills laughter.
  13. This thing all things devour: birds, beasts, trees, and flowers; gnaws iron, bites steel: grinds hard stones to meal; slays kings, ruins towns, and beats high mountains down.
  14. What belongs to you, but other people use it more than you?
  15. Voiceless it cries, wingless it flutters toothless bites, mouthless mutters.
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  17. You saw me where I never was and where I can't be; and yet within that very place, my face you often see.
  18. You walk into a room with a match, a karosene lamp, a candle, and a fireplace. Which do you light first?
  19. What starts with T has T in it and ends in T?
  20. A boy is rushed to a hospital emergency room. The doctor sees the boy and says, “I cannot operate on this boy. He is my son.” But the doctor is not the boy’s father. How could this be?
  21. What is brown with a head and tail, but no legs?
  22. A word with three double letters in a row.
  23. Forward I’m heavy, but backwards I’m not. What am I?
  24. I get wetter when I dry. What am I?

 

Answers:

 

  1. man
  2. See moved north or south of the equator.
  3. All
  4. fish
  5. m
  6. sponge
  7. river, stream, creek
  8. doorbell
  9. letter carrier, postman,
  10. grape, orange, ...
  11. space
  12. time
  13. your name
  14. wind
  15. reflection
  16. the match
  17. teapot
  18. the doctor is the boy's mother
  19. penny
  20. bookkeeper
  21. ton
  22. towel

 

 

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