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    A few answers:

    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.
    War.
    Cheated on this one, whilst looking for another riddle yesterday, found the answer to this one. My only mitigation is that I wasn't actually looking for this particular answer.

    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 Riddle (no, really the answer is: A Riddle). Here's the reasoning.

    "...anymore than if one is white, the other is black." Riddles can be easy or hard. Or maybe this line refers to text being black and white.

    "A band of hunters often follows behind me looking for the tracks made by my feet." Looking for clues in the riddle.

    "...no one piece of me conforms with another". Riddles are unique.

    "I inhabit the darkest places, and if I pass from the shadows
    into bright light..."
    Seeing the light ie. solving the riddle.

    "...and I lose my being with my life and with my name." Once a riddle is solved, it ceases to become a riddle.


    '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?"
    There is no definitive answer to this as the statement above the riddle reads,
    I have guesses for this riddle, but the submitter, Marquis L Everett, never replied if I was right.
    What's your best guess?
    Having done some net research, this riddle is based on Norse Mythology and/or role playing games. My best guesses so far are: Rainbow Bridge or Pot of Gold or just Rainbow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarongsong
    XLNT, AGN Fuel; I was going with W for your B---wrong!
    ...The fourth, what Heaven and Hell in common hold...---Monoxide Child
    How you get a 'T' out of this?
    Savages don't drink tea...

    Here's another:

    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?

    Although my OWN riddle created about 1.2 minutes from now) is:

    Gander between, and you'll find what is not,
    A title of tittle, and a lot full or rot.
    The time is a teller of what titles are true,
    Though the teller knows not of what tittles I do.
    The spines they are thin, the hems they are true,
    And covers me legs, to waist, that it do.
    A cincture in time erases what time had has done,
    And binders have followed in reducing - I'm mum
    Alas, me whiskers, more often not than some,
    Crowned my glory in ways not undone.

    Ok - what am I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrator
    A few answers:

    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.
    War.
    I don't get it, did the site have an explanation?

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    #32 Pertrator's quiz, answer is the 7 button on a phone. I solved this one on the way home from work.

    #31 Diff between roast beef and pea soup? No answer yet.

    #26 I had heard before but didn't remember the answer. Had to resolve, but knew it was a trick question. The key seems to be that the difficulty of this riddle is inversely proportional to experience/age, by virtue of the more complex and abstract your thought, the harder it is. This is because the solution is by means of elimination of alternatives, but the more abstract your thought, the more alternatives there are that could be out there that you don't know how to eliminate.

    #27 The official answer doesn't fit, but maybe it's just the symbolic language is too symbolic. I was thinking "news" works better.

    #28 Night. Although that was a good argument for "a riddle", I still say night.

    #29 Time. Don't know Mishakal. Not sure what an evocationist is.

    #1 has to be sand. Sand turned to glass helps men see.

    genebujold, a book?

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    All this has gotten me thinking about riddles, and what makes a good riddle.

    1. Commonplace. The answer must be something common, so everyone has experience with it. A riddle is no good if the audience has no experience and so cannot see how the clues fit.

    2. Presented in an uncommon way. A good riddle doesn't lie. Every statement must be true. However, a good riddle finds an alternate way to look at the situation. Speaking in metaphor is a typical way to obscure the answer. Calling something by a different descriptive term can obscure the answer by misdirecting the reader/listener. For example, refering to the ribcage as a "white cage".

    3. Well-phrased. A good riddle not only is a puzzle, but it is artistically presented. In verse is good. Being terse is good. You want something that flows, something easily remembered.

    4. Consistent. Every line should have content that leads toward the answer. Extra "comments" in the lines are also clues themselves. Every comment should reflect the answer - no analogies or cliches or turns of phrase that do not apply to the answer.

    If you understand what goes into making a good riddle, that can help in trying to solve the riddle.


    I suppose everyone knows the Riddle of the Sphinx?

    What walks on four legs in the morning,
    two legs at night,
    and three legs in the evening?

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    I can roast beef but I can't pea soup (Mind you, Asparagus..)

    Irishman, I think you meant:
    What walks on four legs in the morning,
    two legs in the afternoon,
    and three legs in the evening?

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    Gee, I totally bungled my own riddle.

    What walks on four legs in the morning,
    two legs at noon,
    and three legs in the evening?


    Noon, not night.

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    Roy got the roast beef right.

    The leg one is the old Sphinx riddle: man (which I never liked).

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    What does a man do standing up, a woman do sitting down, and a dog do standing on three legs?
    Everything I need to know I learned through Googling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TriangleMan
    Quote Originally Posted by Patrator
    A few answers:

    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.
    War.
    I don't get it, did the site have an explanation?
    I don't get it either and, unfortunately the site only provided a one word answer. Did a quick net search and found a couple of other sites with that same riddle but again, no explanations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek
    What does a man do standing up, a woman do sitting down, and a dog do standing on three legs?
    Shake hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeeek
    What does a man do standing up, a woman do sitting down, and a dog do standing on three legs?
    Err... pee? 8-[

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    Digging back into grade school now, aren't we?

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    (If we're taking turns, pardon the interruption.)

    An American went into a pub in Dublin. He started talking with the bartender. Turns out they both enjoyed a good riddle, and they began trying some on each other.

    Finally, the bartender stumped the American with this one:

    It's not my sister
    And it's not my brother,
    Yet it's a child
    Of my father and mother.

    Who is it?
    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by ignorance or stupidity.
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    You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They donít alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    Digging back into grade school now, aren't we?
    Well, you started it with the soup thing! :P

    BTW, in medicine, one might pee soup... EEEWWWWWW!!!

    OK, enough of those type of riddles please. We don't need to give any of the little ones new jokes to take to school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim
    (If we're taking turns, pardon the interruption.)

    An American went into a pub in Dublin. He started talking with the bartender. Turns out they both enjoyed a good riddle, and they began trying some on each other.

    Finally, the bartender stumped the American with this one:

    It's not my sister
    And it's not my brother,
    Yet it's a child
    Of my father and mother.

    Who is it?
    Me (or He or She).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim
    An American went into a pub in Dublin. He started talking with the bartender. Turns out they both enjoyed a good riddle, and they began trying some on each other.

    Finally, the bartender stumped the American with this one:

    It's not my sister
    And it's not my brother,
    Yet it's a child
    Of my father and mother.

    Who is it?
    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    Me (or He or She).
    Thge American gave up, and the bartender answered (as beskep did), "Why, me, of course!"

    The American went home and was telling his friends about his trip. He mentioned the riddle and asked if they knew the answer. No one did.

    "Why," exclaimed the American, "it's a bartender I met in Dublin!"
    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by ignorance or stupidity.
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    You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They donít alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beskeptical
    Quote Originally Posted by mike alexander
    Digging back into grade school now, aren't we?
    Well, you started it with the soup thing! :P
    I dunno what exactly they did, but i'm inclined to blame enron.

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    What goes up the chimney up,
    Down the chimney down,
    But can't go down the chimney up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrator
    Quote Originally Posted by TriangleMan
    Quote Originally Posted by Patrator
    A few answers:

    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.
    War.
    I don't get it, did the site have an explanation?
    I don't get it either and, unfortunately the site only provided a one word answer. Did a quick net search and found a couple of other sites with that same riddle but again, no explanations.
    During battle, both sides sew violence, and even the victor reaps casualties.

    War is waged (sewn and reaped) on unplowed, open fields as often (perhaps more?) than it is wages amidst crops.

    Fighting escalates, but it doesn't grow.

    Although troops die (eaten by war), the war itself continues.

    Wars are often useless, definately an option of last resort, yet the "staple," or common crop, of most nations. In fact, there isn't a nation on this planet that doesn't have either a standing army, or at least a provision for creating one from previously-trained troops, fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genebujold
    Wars are often useless, definately an option of last resort, yet the "staple," or common crop, of most nations. In fact, there isn't a nation on this planet that doesn't have either a standing army, or at least a provision for creating one from previously-trained troops, fast.
    Except Canada :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Irishman
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    genebujold[/b], a book?
    Well, thanks for playing, but not even close:

    Although my OWN riddle created about 1.2 minutes from now) is:

    Gander between, and you'll find what is not,
    A title of tittle, and a lot full of rot.
    The time is a teller of what titles are true,
    Though the teller knows not of what tittles I do.
    The spines they are thin, the hems they are true,
    And covers me legs, to waist, that it do.
    A cincture in time erases what time had has done,
    And binders have followed in reducing - I'm mum
    Alas, me whiskers, more often not than some,
    Crowned my glory in ways not undone.

    Ok - what am I?

    Answer: An old, skirt-wearing lady with her hair in a bun.

    Need a line-by-line explanation, or are you good to go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinemarten
    What goes up the chimney up,
    Down the chimney down,
    But can't go down the chimney up?
    An umbrella.
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    Interesting. I can see the connection but if that is what the author of the riddle had in mind I don't think he did a great job in crafting the riddle.
    Quote Originally Posted by genebujold
    During battle, both sides sew violence, and even the victor reaps casualties.
    War is waged (sewn and reaped) on unplowed, open fields as often (perhaps more?) than it is wages amidst crops.
    Fighting escalates, but it doesn't grow.
    Although troops die (eaten by war), the war itself continues.
    Wars are often useless, definately an option of last resort, yet the "staple," or common crop, of most nations. In fact, there isn't a nation on this planet that doesn't have either a standing army, or at least a provision for creating one from previously-trained troops, fast.
    Too much "sometimes" and "often" to make the riddle work well. It would be like writing a riddle describing the Sun as a red orb justifying that "sometimes" the Sun is red.

    Troops being "eaten" by war doesn't work either as it should be War that is eaten ("remains whole though it is eaten").

    Oh well, not a big deal, if the author says it's War then War it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genebujold
    Wars are often useless, definately an option of last resort, yet the "staple," or common crop, of most nations. In fact, there isn't a nation on this planet that doesn't have either a standing army, or at least a provision for creating one from previously-trained troops, fast.
    Costa Rica has no army at all.
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    30 men with ladies two
    gathered for a festive do
    dressed quite formal, black and white
    yet movement turned to nasty fight.
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    I start with the letter e,
    I end with the letter e.
    I contain only one letter,
    Yet I am not the letter e!
    What am I?
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    Quote:

    I start with the letter e,
    I end with the letter e.
    I contain only one letter,
    Yet I am not the letter e!
    What am I?
    an envelope

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    A simple one:

    What begins as a circle and ends up as a triangle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbtuna
    Quote:

    I start with the letter e,
    I end with the letter e.
    I contain only one letter,
    Yet I am not the letter e!
    What am I?
    an envelope
    With a letter in it, yes.
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