Although my cow is dead, I still beat her... what a racket she makes!

Highlight here for the answer: "a drum"

You can spin, wheel and twist, but it can turn without moving. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "milk"

Today he is there to trip you up and he will torture you tomorrow. Yet he is also there to ease the pain, when you are lost in grief and sorrow.

Highlight here for the answer: "alcohol"

You hear it speak, for it has a hard tongue. But it cannot breathe, for it has not a lung. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a bell"

When they are caught, they are thrown away. When they escape, you itch all day.

Highlight here for the answer: "fleas"

He stands beside the road in a purple cap and tattered green cloak. Those who touch him, curse him.

Highlight here for the answer: "thistle"

Who killed one-fourth of mankind?

Highlight here for the answer: "Cain (who killed Abel, leaving only himself, Adam and Eve)"

No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "silence"

I pass before the sun, yet make no shadow. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "the wind"

If you break me I'll not stop working. If you can touch me, my work is done. If you lose me, you must find me with a ring soon after. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a heart"

What can go up a chimney down, but cannot go down a chimney up?

Highlight here for the answer: "a lady's parasol (an umbrella)"

We are very little creatures; all of us have different features. One of us in glass is set; one of us you'll find in jet. Another you may see in tin, and a fourth is boxed within. If the fifth you should pursue, it can never fly from you. What are we?

Highlight here for the answer: "A,E,I,O and U (the vowels of the high speech)"

I have a hundred legs but cannot stand, a long neck but no head; I eat the maid's life. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a broom"

Cannot be seen, cannot be felt, cannot be heard, cannot be smelt. It lies behind the stars and beneath the hills. Ends life and kills laughter. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "the dark"

What does no man want, yet no man want to lose?

Highlight here for the answer: "work (employment"

Old Mother Twitchett had but one eye, and a long tail which she let fly; and every time she went through a gap, a bit of her tail she left in a trap. What is she?

Highlight here for the answer: "a needle and thread"

A hill full, a hole full; yet you cannot catch a bowl full. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "the mist"

A riddle, a riddle, as I suppose; a hundred eyes and never a nose! What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a sieve"

Brothers or sisters have I none, but that mans father is my fathers son. Who is that man?

Highlight here for the answer: "Well, I am my fathers son, so that mans father must be me. So that man must be my son."

I have four wings, but cannot fly, I never laugh and never cry; On the same spot I'm always found, toiling away with little sound. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a windmill"

What's the difference between a penniless man and a feather bed?

Highlight here for the answer: "one is hard up, and the other is soft down."

Two brothers we are, great burdens we bear, all day we are bitterly pressed; Yet this I will say - we are full all the day, and empty when we go to rest. What are we?

Highlight here for the answer: "a pair of shoes"

What is it that is deaf, dumb and blind and always tells the truth?

Highlight here for the answer: "a mirror"

What can you break without hitting or dropping it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a promise"

White bird, featherless, flyin' out o' paradise, flyin' over sea and land, dyin' in my hand. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a snowflake"

Who is it that rows quickly with four oars but never comes out from under his own roof?

Highlight here for the answer: "a turtle"

Patch upon patch, without any stitches; if you tell me this riddle, I'll give you my breeches!

Highlight here for the answer: "a cabbage"

Long and slinky like a trout, never sings till it's guts come out. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a gun"

If you look, you can't see me. If you see me, you cannot see anything else. I can make you walk if you can't. Sometimes I speak the truth, and sometimes I lie. If I lie, I am nearer the truth. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a dream"

Who was born before their mother, died before their father, and was buried in their grandmother's arms?

Highlight here for the answer: "Abel (of Adam & Eve)"

I am sometimes strong and sometimes weak, but I am nobody's fool. For there is no language that I cannot speak, though I never went to school. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "an echo"

Always old, sometimes new, never sad, sometimes blue. Never empty, sometimes full, never pushes, always pulls.

Highlight here for the answer: "the moon"

High born, my touch is gentle, purest white is my lace; silence is my kingdom, green is the colour of my death. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "snow"

I am a window, I am a lamp, I am clouded, I am shining, and I am coloured; set in white, I fill with water and overflow. I say much, but I have no words. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "an eye"

I am two-faced but bear only one, I have no legs but travel widely. Men spill much blood over me, kings leave there imprint on me. I have greatest power when given away, yet lust for me keeps me locked away. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a coin"

Not born, but from a Mother's body drawn, I hang until half of me is gone. I sleep in a cave until I grow old, then valued for my hardened gold. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "cheese"

We are all around, yet to us you are half blind. Sunlight makes us invisible, and difficult to find. What are we?

Highlight here for the answer: "stars"

Marking mortal privation, when firmly in place. An enduring summation, inscribed in my face.

Highlight here for the answer: "a tombstone"

They try to beat me, they try in vain. And when I win, I end the pain.

Highlight here for the answer: "death"

When I'm used, I'm useless, once offered, soon rejected. In desperation oft expressed, the intended not protected. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a poor alibi or excuse"

Some will use me, while others will not, some have remembered, while others have forgot. For profit or gain, I'm used expertly, I can't be picked off the ground or tossed into the sea. Only gained from patience and time, can you unravel my rhyme?

Highlight here for the answer: "knowledge"

'Twas in heaven pronounced, 'twas muttered in hell, and echo caught faintly the sound as it fell. On the confines of earth it was permitted to rest, and in the depths of its presence there was confessed.

Highlight here for the answer: "the letter H"

Many things can create one, it can be of any shape or size, it is created for various reasons, and it can shrink or grow with time. What is it?

Highlight here for the answer: "a hole"

Used left or right, I get to travel, over cobblestone or gravel. Used up, I vie for sweet success, used down, I cause men great duress. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a thumb"

I dance four feet to ev'ry line, with A and A I try to rhyme. And B and B make couples two, the answer my friend stands in front of you.

Highlight here for the answer: "this riddle!"

Iron roof, glass walls, burns and burns and never falls.

Highlight here for the answer: "a lantern!"

My second is performed by my first, and, it is thought, a thief by the marks of my whole might be caught. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a footstep"

Come up and let us go; go down and here we stay.

Highlight here for the answer: "an anchor"

I come out of the earth, I am sold in the market. He who buys me cuts my tail, takes off my suit of silk, and weeps beside me when I am dead.

Highlight here for the answer: "an onion"

What is the thing which, once poured out, cannot be gathered again?

Highlight here for the answer: "rain"

When I live I cry, if you don't kill me I'll die. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a candle"

My first is a creature whose breeding is unclear. My second, a price you must pay. My whole can be found in the river of Time and refers to events of today. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "current"

I can not be seen only heard and I will not speak unless spoken to.

Highlight here for the answer: "an echo"

Often held but never touched, always wet but never rusts, often bites but seldom bit, to use me well you must have wit.

Highlight here for the answer: "your tongue"

I'm as small as an ant, as big as a whale. I'll approach like a breeeze, but can come like a gale. By some I get hit, but all have shown fear. I'll dance to the music, though I can't hear. Of names I have many, of names I have one. I'm as slow as a snail, but from me you can't run. What am I?

Highlight here for the answer: "a shadow"

Consumes all and lays to waste, pull out of its mouth for better taste.

Highlight here for the answer: "fire"

A gray flower with no pattern to bloom, as likely at sunrise as at night as at noon. When the bulb's grown and thoroughly drowned, the whole thing shatters and the plant crashes down.

Highlight here for the answer: "a cloud"

Break it and it is better, immediately set and harder to break again.

Highlight here for the answer: "a record"

Twigs and spheres and poles and plates, join and bind to reason make.

Highlight here for the answer: "a skeleton"

Can not be bought, can not be sold, even if it's made of gold.

Highlight here for the answer: "a heart"




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