I enjoy a good riddle. Not to ponder, meditate on or try to solve. No way. I like to witness the concentration, disbelief and ultimate annoyance when someone can’t figure out my little puzzle.
Fortunately, I’m wise enough to save this snarky goodness for my friends and family.
Whether you’re a riddle solver or a riddle-hander-outer, you’ll enjoy the riddles below. They’re included in Charles Stuart Pratt’s Riddle-Rhymes, which was published in 1905. Now that’s one old school read.
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Be a doll, and put your best guess in the comments below. When you’re done, check out the answers and explanations to 7 Riddles to Annoy Your Friends.
I roam the world,
And surely every one
My voice has heard,
Since first the world began;
Yet never one,
By star or moon or sun,
My form has seen—
Nor child, nor oldest man.
All summer long they stay, high up,
Each safe within its own green cup;
Then Jack Frost turns them golden brown,
And sends them rattling dancing down;
While boys and girls, and squirrels, too,
Hunt all the lady hollows through —
And Grandpa says, a smiling slow,
Without beginning, without end,
Howe’er I go, I always bend;
Where’er I go, companions nine,
One, two, or more, are often mine:
And less am I than e’en the least,
Yet, one and all, they are increased
Ten-fold if I beside them stand,
The humblest one of all the band!
They go in pairs, like gloves and hose,
Yet have no fingers and no toes;
And, ‘most as bad, whatever comes,
Alas, “their fingers are all thumbs!”
What day is least of all the days,
And why the least, for works and plays—
The day of all the months and years
With fewest smiles and fewest tears?
By roadside wild, or garden path,
Alike I gladly grow;
By cottage door, or palace gate,
In yellow, white and red I blow.
Though I a country child make glad,
Or some great queen adorn,
I send my fragrance freely forth,
But guard my beauty with a thorn.
I have no wings,
And yet I fly,
With just a tail,
Up in the sky.
And when you try
To pull me low,
The higher up
I try to go.
But when you let
Me have my way,
I fall to earth,
And there I stay.
There you have it folks. If you’re a riddle fan, you may also be interested in “The Great Book of Riddles: 250 Magnificent Riddles” or “Riddles: Riddle Me This – The Ultimate Collection Of Riddles & Brain Teasers”, both available on Amazon.
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