What's long and thin, covered in skin; red in parts, and put in tarts?

Highlight here for the answer: "Rhubarb"

Drapes the hills all in white, swallows not but hard it bites.

Highlight here for the answer: "frost"

Without a bridle, or a saddle, across a thing I ride a-straddle. And those I ride, by help of me, though almost blind, are made to see. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "spectacles"

What can touch someone once and last them a lifetime?

Highlight here for the answer: "love"

I never was, am always to be, no one ever saw me, nor ever will. And yet I am the confidence of all to live and breathe on this terrestrial ball. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "the future"

What demands an answer, but asks no question?

Highlight here for the answer: "a telephone"

When spring turns to winter and winter to fall. When noon turns to morning and love conquers all.

Highlight here for the answer: "never"

We try to kill what we save.

Highlight here for the answer: "time"

The higher I climb, the hotter I engage, I can not escape my crystal cage.

Highlight here for the answer: "a thermometer"

The man who makes it sells it. The man who buys it never uses it. The man who uses it never sees it. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a coffin"

What has four legs in the morning, two legs in the afternoon, and three legs at night?

Highlight here for the answer: "a human being (who crawls on hands and feet in childhood, walks on his or her own legs during adulthood, and who goes about with the help of a cane in old age)"

Feed me and I live, give me a drink and I die. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "fire"

This is as light as a feather, yet no man can hold it for long. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "one's breath"

What is worse than the Devil and better than God? Dead people eat it always, live people who eat it die slowly.

Highlight here for the answer: "nothing"

What builds up castles, tears down mountains, makes some blind, helps others to see?

Highlight here for the answer: "sand"

What lives in winter, dies in summer, and grows with it's roots upward?

Highlight here for the answer: "an icicle"

Man walks over, man walks under, in times of war he burns asunder. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a bridge"

There is a thing that nothing is, and yet it has a name. It's sometimes tall and sometimes short, joins our talks, joins our sport, and plays at every game. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a shadow"

What is everything to someone, and nothing to everyone else?

Highlight here for the answer: "one's mind"

Little Nanny Etticoat, in a white petticoat, and a red nose; the longer she stands, the shorter she grows. What is she?

Highlight here for the answer: "a candle"

I went to the woods and got it; I sat me down to look for it; and brought it home because I couldn't find it. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a thorn"

Read my riddle, I pray. What God never sees, what the king seldom sees, and what we see every day. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "an equal"

Unmoving horses, ever in motion. The lights, tiny suns, the sound of commotion. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a merry-go-round"

This thing all things devours, birds, beasts, trees, flowers; gnaws iron, bites steel; grinds hard stone to meal, slays king, ruins town, and beats high mountains down. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "time"

A house with two occupants, sometimes one, rarely three. Break the walls, eat the boarders, then throw away me. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a peanut"

What goes with a train, and comes with a train, and the train doesn't need it, but can't go without it?

Highlight here for the answer: "noise"

The sharp slim blade, that cuts the wind. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "grass"

Formed long ago, yet made today, employed while others sleep; what few would like to give away, nor any wish to keep. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a bed"

What is long and slim, works in light; has but one eye, and an awful bite?

Highlight here for the answer: "a needle"

What is it that was given to you, belongs only to you, and yet your friends use it more than you do?

Highlight here for the answer: "your name"

What's the difference between a gossip and a mirror?

Highlight here for the answer: "one speaks without reflecting and the other reflects without speaking"

What is red and blue, and purple and green? No one can reach it, not even the queen.

Highlight here for the answer: "a rainbow"

You can carry it everywhere you go, and it does not get heavy. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "your name"

Who is that with a neck and no head, two arms and no hands?

Highlight here for the answer: "a shirt"

What is it that you cannot hold for half an hour, even though it's lighter than air?

Highlight here for the answer: "one's breath"

What is too much for one, enough for two, and nothing at all for three?

Highlight here for the answer: "a secret"

What is it that you must give before you can keep it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a promise"

A man without eyes saw plum's on a tree. If he neither took plum's nor left plum's, how can this be?

Highlight here for the answer: "he has one eye, saw two plum's and took one. (hint - the key to the riddle is the s's)"

A mile from end to end, yet as close to you as a friend. A precious commodity, freely given, seen on the dead and on the living. Found on the rich, poor, short or tall, but shared among children most of all.

Highlight here for the answer: "a smile"

A home of wood in a wooded place, but built not by hand. High above the earthen ground, it holds it's pale blue gems. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a nest"

The Pope has it but he does not use it. Your father has it but your mother uses it. Nuns do not need it. Your lady friend's husband has it and she uses it. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a last name"

Say, what's in a mousetrap? What can be seen in a bed, in a watch, and a new trampoline? It's there in your step and it quenches your thirst, and it always recurs though it's never rehearsed.

Highlight here for the answer: "a spring"

Two bodies have I, though both joined in one; the longer I stand the quicker I run. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "an hourglass"

I am the outstretched fingers that seize and hold the wind, wisdom flows from me in other hands; upon me are sweet dreams dreamt, my merest touch brings laughter. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a feather"

My first master has four legs, my second master has two. My first I serve in life, my second I serve in death. Tough I am, yet soft beside, 'gainst ladies cheeks I oft reside. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "fur"

Metal or bone I may be, many teeth I have and always bared, yet my bite harms no one and ladies delight in my touch. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a comb"

Golden treasures I contain, guarded by hundreds and thousands. Stored in a labyrinth where no man walks, yet men come often to seize my gold. By smoke I am overcome and robbed, then left to build my treasure anew. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a bee hive"

Though liquid in nature, don't push me too far; for then I will break, and the damage may scar. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a piece of glass"

My host thinks I'm an irritation, a bother, a pain. But he can't evict me, so here I will remain. Then one day I'm taken and ranked among my peers. Can you guess just what I am? Then you might call me dear.

Highlight here for the answer: "a pearl"

My thunder rolls beneath me, my lightning flares above. I dust the crust, and when I bust, all I touch will I shove. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a volcano"

I'll lap at your heels, if you give me the chance. Though I won't fetch or stay, I surely will dance. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "fire"

I weaken all men for hours each day. I show you strange visions while you are away. I take you by night, by day take you back, none suffer to have me, but do from my lack. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "sleep"




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