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TobinMueller
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Registered: 01/28/04
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25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 09:50 AM CDT

About 10 years ago, I translated a bunch of Old English riddles. I posted them on ArtsForge and occasionally get answers. I realize this has nothing to do with music, but some people love riddles, so I thought I post it as a sort of diversion. As correct answers come in, I will fill in the answers and answer's name, so be quick before the answers are filled in!

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

ANSWER: Sand (SmokeyVW)

#2
From thin air comes and to air goes,
'tis a mirror that cannot break.
Home to some, to some a grave,
with salt a tear does make.

ANSWER: Water (kristyjo)

#3
It comes through doors yet leaves no tracks.
Can pass the sun without a shadow.
Sifts your grain, stokes your fire,
and chills you to the marrow.

ANSWER: Wind (kristyjo)

#4
Can fill a house, can fill a room;
cannot catch it in a spoon.
Used to preserve, to say hello,
yet often portends tragedy below.

ANSWER: Smoke (kristyjo)

#5
What has four fingers and a thumb
but neither flesh nor bone?
A digit protectorate
seldom alone.

ANSWER: Glove (jgurner)

#6
It runs about the forest yet does not move.
Be warned: Always keep it in sight.
It casts no shadow, makes no sound,
but will lead you to the light.

ANSWER: Path (SmokeyVW, virtualruffy, Faelin, apb)

#7
Has fork and mouth
but cannot eat.
Forever runs
but has no feet.

ANSWER: Stream/River (jgurner)

#8
Here's a riddle you should know:
What, when you take from it,
will always larger grow?

ANSWER: Hole (SmokeyVW)

#9
Thirty-two stallions on a rose-red hill.
They dance and stomp,
whistle and chomp.
Now they stand still.
Brush them so they gleam.
Rinse them in a stream.

ANSWER: Teeth (Diviner)

#10
The first letter a question eternally pending.
The second forms a line never ending.
The third: What I am called, but never me.
The fourth: Upon which a ball percheth for thee.
The fifth: What heaven & hell in common hold.
But, alas, the rub: This riddling grows old.

ANSWER: Youth (futzpucker)

#11
I bring great power with my little mite.
I open closed doors, but close opened ones tight.
I protect the home of my master discerned
and am protected wisely by him in return.
I guard great treasures, my poking nose to seek,
and keep secret my profile unique.

ANSWER: Key (Diviner)

#12
For ten minutes you could not hold it,
yet it's lighter than a feather.
In the cold it is fog.
In the heat, feels like smog.
But you need it in all weather.

ANSWER: Your Breath (futzpucker)

#13
By nature I am solitary,
scarred by spear and wounded by sword.
I reflect the face of my enemy
and protect my liege from the horde.
But my wounds are tended by smithy alone;
no doctor heals my bitten bones.

ANSWER: Shield (futzpucker)

#14
You wait in shade for me to drop.
Making squirrels away to hop.
As soft as silk, as white as milk,
as bitter as gall, a thick wall,
and green coat covers me all.

ANSWER: Chestnut (Diviner)

#15
The first letter has wings but cannot sing.
The second is to AM as WE is to I.
The third is all others, as I, of course am I.
The fourth letter we drink
(but not a savage, do you think?)
The fifth begins every END.
No brain, all brawn, this sorry friend.

ANSWER: Brute (apb)

#16
Big enough to hold a pig.
Small enough to be twig.
Rumored to be stronger than the sword.
A real blue blood when hollow bored.

ANSWER: Pen (apb)

#17
I must fight the waves wipped by the wind
when I dive to earth beneath the sea.
I hold thee fast to harbors of thy choice
yet my own country is unkown to me.
With explorer's zeal I'm pulled from the waves
to, again, be cast and drowned,
and, later, them tame.
You know my nature, now guess my name.

ANSWER: Anchor (Ejh, apb)

#18
Though not a soldier, I often fight.
Though not a musician, I sing before light.
Though not a clock, I wake people up.
What am I, then, if on mere chicken feed I sup?

ANSWER: Rooster (jgurner)

#19
If you work it out, Wob's my name;
'tis better to hold me backwards to front,
for frontwards to back may cause ye pain.
My sons and daughters always outward I sling
away from my master as far as can be
so to lay my foe with a sting.
From my hair is my quick song sung;
yet I serve no master when unstrung.

ANSWER: Bow (as in Bow & Arrow) - (borisluxx)

#20
Roly Poly did something rash.
He rolled off a wall and hit with a splash.
And almost as soon as off he rolled,
Roly Poly turned into gold.

ANSWER: Egg (jgurner)

#21
Here's a warrior that if let be too proud
may savage ye in a smoky shroud.
Some women and some men too
may fetter him to better their food.
Yet it is he that foe bears against foe
and scorches the land faster than the hoe.
Sometimes to destroy, sometimes to make grow.
Do not let Earth's lips be dry
else this fellow may blind the eye.

ANSWER: Fire (Ejh)

#22
Into it you look
yet still look out.
There opposites clash
yet never alone to pout.

ANSWER: Mirror (jgurner)

#23
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?

ANSWER: Nine (mikey_d, Ejh)

#24
Two brothers we are,
great burden we bear
by which we are bitterly pressed.
In truth we may say
we are full all the day
but empty we go to our rest.
(Here's one more hint:
put on a glint
if you want to be properly dressed.)

ANSWER: Pants (aclarke)

#25
A wee, wee man
in a red, red coat,
staff in hand
and a stone in my throat.
Hanging from a tree
dangling prettily,
I'm a pie in the sky virgin's gloat

ANSWER: Cherry (Ejh)

CONGRATS TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS!
kristyjo
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Registered: 12/04/05
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Location: Marshfield, WI United States
 
Re:25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 09:56 AM CDT

Number 2 is 'water', 3 is wind, 4 is smoke. I'll leave the rest for others to answer. Are you making a musical suite of these? That would be kind of a cool idea. A two person show, where the riddles are sung, offering audience participation, maybe a loose storyline of some sort of competition. . .
TobinMueller
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Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 1783
Location: Rowayton, CT USA
 
Re:25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 10:02 AM CDT

Quote by: kristyjo
Number 2 is 'water', 3 is wind, 4 is smoke. I'll leave the rest for others to answer.

CORRECT!

Quote by: kristyjo
Are you making a musical suite of these? That would be kind of a cool idea. A two person show, where the riddles are sung, offering audience participation, maybe a loose storyline of some sort of competition. . .

Cool idea. Any takers?
jgurner
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Registered: 05/20/04
Posts: 1984
Location: The Valley, Mississippi USofA
 
Re:25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 10:22 AM CDT

I'm guessing #5 is a glove and #7 is a stream.

#18 I'll guess a roster, #20 an egg, and #22 a mirror.

As for the rest, I got nothing.

This is fun Tobin, thanks.
TobinMueller
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Re:25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 10:33 AM CDT

Quote by: jgurner
I'm guessing #5 is a glove and #7 is a stream. #18 I'll guess a roster, #20 an egg, and #22 a mirror.

CORRECT!

Now that you guys have the easy ones...
SmokeyVW
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Registered: 06/13/06
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Re:25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 10:34 AM CDT

1. sand grains

you can make computer chips with them too!
TobinMueller
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Re:25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 10:36 AM CDT

Quote by: SmokeyVW
1. sand grains

CORRECT!
borisluxx
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Registered: 03/24/06
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Location: San Diego, CA U.S.A.
 
Re:25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 10:46 AM CDT

These are great, Tobin. #19: Bow. As in bow and arrow. Sorry for only doing one f these so far, but time is limited today. Nice diversion, BTW. Take cae!

-Boris

Boris Luxx™ - 'The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.' -- Albert Einstein
TobinMueller
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Re:25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 10:50 AM CDT

Quote by: borisluxx
#19: Bow. As in bow and arrow.

CORRECT!
 
SmokeyVW
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Re:25 RIDDLES
Saturday, October 27 2007 @ 10:57 AM CDT

8. a hole?