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    Wee, wee man; and staff in hand; don't fit.

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    This is like beskep's coconuts. It IS a cherry. The staff is the stem of the cherry - and a man in a red coat i'm sure is not talking about a human being.

    If you don't believe me, I'm sure the internet could probably give you the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddo
    This is like beskep's coconuts.




    :wink:

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    I'm thinking 'cherry', too.

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    Today's entry on my puzzle calendar:

    Andrew's father is a king who lives in seclusion deep in a pine forest. The king has called his children together for a sumptuous meal; he is delighted to see them for the first time in years.

    The king has five children. The oldest is named Quartz. The second oldest is named Calcite. The third oldest is named Diamond, and the fourth oldest is named Amethyst. What is the name of the youngest child?
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    Andrew

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    Well, at least hide the answer so others can think about it for a while!
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    Does everybody know what the difference is between roast beef and pea soup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Well, at least hide the answer so others can think about it for a while!
    Too easy. I'm not really a puzzle whizz but got that within about 30 seconds (and no, I haven't seen it before).

    Replacement puzzle (which I didn't get):

    I live above a star, and yet I never burn,
    I have eleven neighbors, and yet none of them turn,
    I am visited in sequence, first, last or in between,
    PRS (& sometimes Q) are my initials,
    now tell me what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Musashi
    Quote Originally Posted by freddo
    This is like beskep's coconuts.




    :wink:

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    I live above a star, and yet I never burn,
    I have eleven neighbors, and yet none of them turn,
    I am visited in sequence, first, last or in between,
    PRS (& sometimes Q) are my initials,
    now tell me what I mean.
    Note: couldn't solve this when I was a kid.

    7 on a phone pad. I just glanced over from my monitor and noticed it.

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    If two's company and three's a crowd
    and bees live in a hive,
    tell me, for crying out loud,
    what are four and five?
    When I first heard that one it was (works better spoken than read)

    If Two 'n One is shoepolish
    And Three 'n One is oil
    What's Four 'n One?

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    #1
    It makes men blind
    and lets them see.
    It tells the time;
    a crystal be.
    Quartz makes sense.

    I think we can pass on mirror.
    How is a mirror a crystal?
    Sand isn't a crystal, neither is glass.
    the Sun isn't a crystal either

    #2 water
    #3 wind
    #4 smoke
    #5 glove
    #6 path or road
    #7 river
    #8 hole
    #9 teeth
    #10 youth
    #11 key
    #12 breath
    #13 shield
    #14 coconut
    #15 brute
    #16 pen
    #17 anchor
    #18 rooster
    #19 bow
    #20 egg in a nursery rhyme
    #21 fire
    #22 mirror
    #23 nine
    #24 shoes
    #25 cherry

    Bonus Riddles:I'll give them the numbers for easy reference


    "The following riddle was submitted by a fan who included the notation:
    "An interesting stat: 70% of Stanford University students couldn't work it out, however 80% of Kindergarten kids could."
    Let's see how you do..."

    #26
    The poor have it.
    The rich need it.
    What is greater than God?
    What is more evil than the devil?
    If you eat it you'll die...
    I guessed this one right away but I'll wait to say it. I guess I'm closer to a 5 year old than I realized.


    Additional Riddles:

    The following riddle was submitted by riddlemaster Adam W Voshall:

    #27
    A harvest sown and reaped on the same day
    In an unplowed field,
    Which increases without growing,
    Remains whole though it is eaten
    Within and without,
    Is useless and yet
    The staple of nations.

    The following riddle was submitted by riddlemaster Wayne Racher:

    #28
    I am a monster, strange and alien.
    Neither on land, in the air or in the sea is there a beast
    whose limbs can have so many shapes;
    no one piece of me conforms with another,
    anymore than if one is white, the other is black.
    A band of hunters often follows behind me looking for the tracks made by my feet.
    I inhabit the darkest places, and if I pass from the shadows
    into bright light my soul quickly slips away
    with the coming of the day and my tired limbs fall away,
    and I lose my being with my life and with my name.

    the submitter, Marquis L Everett

    #29
    'Twas in Godshome pronounced, 'twas the Abyss denounced,
    And in the presence of Mishakal it shall be trounced.
    >'Twas rumored to exist in Valhalla's sweet air,
    'Twill be found in an evocationists sensible lair.
    The silence bore tightly the sound of its whisper,
    And where the sound of water falls are roaring faster.
    Through the lies of an ancient curse it was permitted rest,
    In the depths of the sea its presence was confessed.
    'Twill be found in the Plain of Stones if it were parted,
    And on the backs of mutilated trees this silver will be carted.
    In the miser's hoard 'tis this treasure heaped with care,
    Yet it shall surely be lost on his son - the prodigal heir!
    Woe to the wretch who expels it from his sight,
    Fore the wrath of the spectre will instill its terrible fright!
    Through natures heavens will fall this majestic shower,
    Ah... caress it's nuturing breath, - it will soon turn sour.
    .... What is it?"
    ToSeek's
    #30
    answered, Andrew

    Mike A's pea soup
    #31

    Mike A's astronomy quiz
    #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    #1
    It makes men blind
    and lets them see.
    It tells the time;
    a crystal be.
    Quartz makes sense.
    How does quartz make men blind?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    #1
    It makes men blind
    and lets them see.
    It tells the time;
    a crystal be.
    Quartz makes sense.
    How does quartz make men blind?
    I agree. I didn't mean to list it as a confirmed answer. I should have put :-? after "It makes sense."

    I don't think any of the answers to #1 fit with an 'ahhah!'

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    I'm still going with sand.

    Encarta

    Quote Originally Posted by encarta
    Crystal Structure

    Solids may be either amorphous or crystalline in their molecular structure. In amorphous solids, the molecules are arranged haphazardly. Glass is an example of an amorphous material. Like other amorphous materials, glass does not melt at a particular temperature, because the long, randomly intertwined glass molecules cannot easily become disentangled. As a result, glass softens bit by bit as the temperature is raised, eventually becoming liquid. Crystalline materials, on the other hand, have a definite orderly array of atoms, ions, or molecules, as would a pyramid of oranges or cannonballs. The orderly arrangement of particles in a crystal is called a crystal lattice. Sand, salt, sugar, diamond, and graphite are examples of common crystalline materials. Each crystalline material has a unique melting temperature (provided the material is not chemically changed by the heat before it melts, as happens with sugar).
    While encarta is not the most definitive of authorities, from this and other websites I looked at it seems that Sand does fit criteria 4, at least for a riddle.

    (Sorry for the huge quote, I found the whole thing quite interesting).

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    Sand is often composed of tiny pieces of quartz, though it can be made of other minerals too. One example are the black and green sands found in Hawaii. I guess you could be specific and say the answer is "quartz sand".

    One nitpick with the Encarta definition
    In amorphous solids, the molecules are arranged haphazardly.
    I would not used the term "haphazardly". Amorphous solids usually have short range order (neighbor-to-neighber and next-nearest-neighbor molecules), but not the long-range order of a crystal (sorry, I'm a solid-state chemist).

    Even if you say quartz and sand are the same, "sand" would be a strange answer for telling time. Quartz crystals are used for that, and the ones in a watch are tiny, but no one would call them sand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fra Mauro
    I'm still going with sand.

    Encarta

    Quote Originally Posted by encarta
    Crystal Structure....
    .....(Sorry for the huge quote, I found the whole thing quite interesting).
    Excellent quote, but I'm not sure Encarta has it right about the sand. I shall get back on this matter. But sand can only make men see if it is changed to glass, and only then if it is in a particular shape.
    Sand doesn't exactly fit. :-k

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift
    One nitpick with the Encarta definition
    In amorphous solids, the molecules are arranged haphazardly.
    I would not used the term "haphazardly". Amorphous solids usually have short range order (neighbor-to-neighber and next-nearest-neighbor molecules), but not the long-range order of a crystal (sorry, I'm a solid-state chemist).
    Nitpick noted. "...examples of common crystalline materials." is what I was going for there. This being a riddle I thought it would be ok to go with "Sand is a crystal." Or is this one of those things I always thought was ture but turns out not to be?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swift
    Even if you say quartz and sand are the same, "sand" would be a strange answer for telling time. Quartz crystals are used for that, and the ones in a watch are tiny, but no one would call them sand.
    However, sand does fill an Hourglass, which could either be used to tell time or in a diabolical plot to smother Batman and Robin in a 60's TV show.

    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    But sand can only make men see if it is changed to glass, and only then if it is in a particular shape.
    So am I wrong in thinking that glass is made from sand?

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    Struck me that context can be helpful. If #1 is, for example, a very old riddle (100 years or more) then 'quartz' is inappropriate because no one was using it as an oscillator then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    #26
    Quote:
    The poor have it.
    The rich need it.
    What is greater than God?
    What is more evil than the devil?
    If you eat it you'll die...
    I guessed this one right away but I'll wait to say it. I guess I'm closer to a 5 year old than I realized.
    Nothing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gethen
    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    #26
    Quote:
    The poor have it.
    The rich need it.
    What is greater than God?
    What is more evil than the devil?
    If you eat it you'll die...
    I guessed this one right away but I'll wait to say it. I guess I'm closer to a 5 year old than I realized.
    Nothing?
    #-o
    Of course!
    Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn

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    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    #27
    A harvest sown and reaped on the same day
    In an unplowed field,
    Which increases without growing,
    Remains whole though it is eaten
    Within and without,
    Is useless and yet
    The staple of nations.
    People (or perhaps "citizens").

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    A harvest sown and reaped on the same day
    In an unplowed field,
    Which increases without growing,
    Remains whole though it is eaten
    Within and without,
    Is useless and yet
    The staple of nations.
    I'm not going to say sand here, but I will say a Newspaper.

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    #28

    I am a monster, strange and alien.
    Neither on land, in the air or in the sea is there a beast
    whose limbs can have so many shapes;
    no one piece of me conforms with another,
    anymore than if one is white, the other is black.
    A band of hunters often follows behind me looking for the tracks made by my feet.
    I inhabit the darkest places, and if I pass from the shadows
    into bright light my soul quickly slips away
    with the coming of the day and my tired limbs fall away,
    and I lose my being with my life and with my name.
    A Comet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fra Mauro
    However, sand does fill an Hourglass, which could either be used to tell time or in a diabolical plot to smother Batman and Robin in a 60's TV show.

    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    But sand can only make men see if it is changed to glass, and only then if it is in a particular shape.
    So am I wrong in thinking that glass is made from sand?
    #-o Of course, an hourglass!
    And yes, glass is commonly made from sand.

    Ok, I vote sand.
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    Hah! I found a Bad Riddle!

    Riddle:
    There is a house that has every window oriented to North.
    There is a bear in front of this house.
    What color is the bear?
    Answer: The bear is white, because the only house having all its windows oriented to North is a house placed at South Pole. So the bear is white. Ah yes, the South Polar Bear.
    And this one isn't Bad, but it's...ummm...

    Riddle:
    I'm the source of all emotion, but I'm caged in a white prison.
    What am I?
    Answer: The heart. #-o
    As mentioned earlier, context counts.

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    COuld #28 be either Ignorance or Fear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    Quote Originally Posted by Musashi
    Quote Originally Posted by freddo
    This is like beskep's coconuts.

    :wink:
    At least I didn't refer to them in a row!! ops: ops: ops:

    In seriousness, I know I'm right. I'll find the answer on the net - it's gotta be there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fra Mauro
    A harvest sown and reaped on the same day
    In an unplowed field,
    Which increases without growing,
    Remains whole though it is eaten
    Within and without,
    Is useless and yet
    The staple of nations.
    I'm not going to say sand here, but I will say a Newspaper.
    Well my seldom travelled cartographer, that is an interesting answer, but my guess is money. Although i will say the first two lines don't quite fit.

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    Turns out the walnut one was a song!

    Here!

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