I run, though I have no legs to be seen. I possess no heat, yet I do have steam. I have no voice to let words out, but from far away you can still hear me shout. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a waterfall"

I have many feathers to help me fly. I have a body and head, but I'm not alive. It is your strength which determines how far I go. You can hold me in your hand, but I'm never thrown. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "an arrow"

You must keep this thing, its loss will affect your brothers. For once yours is lost, it will soon be lost by others.

Highlight here for the answer: "your temper"

What goes down the cellar with four legs, but comes back with eight?

Highlight here for the answer: "a mouser (cat and mouse)"

You seek it out, when your hunger's ripe. It sits on four legs, and smokes a pipe. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a wood stove"

Inside a burning house, this thing is best to make. And best to make it quickly, before the fire's too much to take!

Highlight here for the answer: "haste"

We travel much, yet prisoners are, and close confined to boot. Yet with any horse, we will keep the pace, and will always go on foot. What are they?

Highlight here for the answer: "spurs"

Often talked of, never seen. Ever coming, never been. Daily looked for, never here. Still approaching, coming near. Thousands for its visit wait, but alas for their fate. Tho' they expect me to appear, they will never find me here. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "tomorrow"

Two legs it has, and this will confound: only at rest do they touch the ground!

Highlight here for the answer: "wheelbarrow"

With sharp edged wit and pointed poise, it can settle disputes without making a noise. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "sword"

Be you ever so quick, with vision keen, by your eyes, we are never seen. Unless perchance it should come to pass, you see our reflection in a looking glass.

Highlight here for the answer: "your own eyes"

We love it more than life. We fear it more than death. The wealthy want for it. The poor have it in plenty.

Highlight here for the answer: "nothing"

No mouth, no eyes, nor yet a nose, two arms, two feet, and as it goes, the feet don't touch the ground, but all the way the head runs round. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a wheelbarrow"

From house to house I go, sometimes narrow, sometimes wide. And whether there's rain or snow I always stay outside.

Highlight here for the answer: "a path"

First you see me in the grass dressed in yellow gay; next I am in dainty white, then I fly away. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a dandelion"

Hands she has but does not hold, teeth she has but does not bite, feet she has but they are cold, eyes she has but without sight. Who is she?

Highlight here for the answer: "a doll"

What is it that makes tears without sorrow and takes its journey to heaven?

Highlight here for the answer: "smoke"

This is in a realm of true and in a realm false, but you experience me as you turn and toss.

Highlight here for the answer: "a dream"

What book was once owned by only the wealthy, but now everyone can have it? You can't buy it in a bookstore or take it from a library?

Highlight here for the answer: "the telephone book"

Always invisible, yet never out of sight. What are they?

Highlight here for the answer: "the letters I and S"

This runs fore to aft on one side of a ship, and aft to fore on the other. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "the name of the ship"

I am a box that holds keys without locks, yet they can unlock your soul.

Highlight here for the answer: "a piano"

I am nothing but holes tied to holes, yet am strong as iron.

Highlight here for the answer: "a chain"

I make you weak at the worst of all times. I keep you safe, I keep you fine. I make your hands sweat, and your heart grow cold, I visit the weak, but seldom the bold. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "fear"

Some try to hide, some try to cheat, but time will show, we always will meet. Try as you might, to guess my name. I promise you'll know, when you I do claim.

Highlight here for the answer: "death"

Only one color, but not one size; stuck to the ground, yet easily flies. Present in sun, but not in rain; doing no harm, and feeling no pain. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a shadow"

It is in a rock but not in a stone, it is in marrow but not in a bone. It is in a bolster but not in a bed, it is not living, nor is it dead.

Highlight here for the answer: "the letter R"

My children are near and far, no matter that I know where they are. The gift I give them makes their day. But if I were gone they would wander away.

Highlight here for the answer: "the sun"

What do you use to "hoe a row, slay a foe, and wring with woe"?

Highlight here for the answer: "your hands"

I was born in the 18th century, yet still live on today. Appearing on TV when I have something to say. Called everything from "honest" to a dirty rotten "crook", I used to wear a wig, but have had several looks. I've always had a party, but never disturb the neighbors. I've been shot at many times - major stories for the papers. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "the office of the President of the United States"

It is a part of us, and then replaced. It escapes our bodies, to a better place. The world becomes its sizable home; its passions unrestraint, the planet it roams. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "water"

A word I know, six letters it contains. Subtract just one, and twelve is what remains.

Highlight here for the answer: "The word 'dozens'. Take away the 's', and you have the word 'dozen', which is twelve."

In the eyes, it causes blindness. In the nose, it just makes sneezes, but people seek it out, and act as though it pleases. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "smoke AND smoking"

My voice is tender, my waist is slender and I'm often invited to play. Yet wherever I go I must take my bow or else I have nothing to say. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a violin"

No head has he but he wears a hat. No feet has he but he stands up straight. On him perhaps a fairy sat, weaving a spell one evening late!

Highlight here for the answer: "a toadstool"

My first is in football but isn't in shoot, my second's in treasure but isn't in loot. My fourth is in swallow and so is my third, my whole on a sunday is far and wide heard.

Highlight here for the answer: "church bells"

The sun bakes them, the hand breaks them, the foot treads on them, and the mouth tastes them. What are they?

Highlight here for the answer: "grapes"

He's a boastful, puffed-up fellow, wearing spurs; eyes gleaming yellow. As he proudly struts about, he's in charge, there is no doubt. What is he?

Highlight here for the answer: "a cockerel"


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