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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAPPENS ONCE IN A MINUTE, TWICE IN A MOMENT,
BUT NOT ONCE IN A THOUSAND YEARS?
A: THE LETTER M

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): AN ACTION (Q) ; COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-10-1967

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COUNTRY RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS FOUND IN THE CENTER OF AUSTRALIA AND AMERICA?
A: THE LETTER R

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; PARTICULAR AREAS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS A TIGHT BOOT LIKE AN OAK TREE?
A: BECAUSE THEY BOTH GIVE CORNS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS ; NATURAL PHENOMENON (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-23-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT S TWO ROWS OF BLACK HORSES ON A RED HILL?
A: A WATERMELON.

Submitter comment: YOU THOUGHT ELEPHANT JOKES WERE BAD?

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ANIMALS (Q) COLOR ; NUMBERS ; PARTICULAR AREA (Q) COLOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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CARPENTER'S RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS THE NAME OF A CARPENTER'S TOOL THAT CAN ALSO BE SPELLED
BACKWARDS?
A: LEVEL

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: YOU CAN HANG IT ON A WALL; BUT IF YOU TAKE IT DOWN, YOU CAN'T
HANG IT UP AGAIN.
A: WALLPAPER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; PUZZLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS IT THAT GOES FAST BUT NOT FAR?
A: A DOLLAR BILL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; MONETARY ITEMS (A) ; WISDOM

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN OUTRUN A HORSE AND CAN CROSS THE WATER WITHOUT GETTING
WET?
A: THE SUN.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ALWAYS GOES UP BUT NEVER GOES DOWN?
A: AGE.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS YOUR ARM ONLY ELEVEN INCHES LONG?
A: BECAUSE IF IT WAS TWELVE IT WOULD BE A FOOT.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT HAS THREE FEET BUT CAN'T WALK?
A: YARDSTICK.

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NUMBERS ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GROWS LONGER THE MORE IT IS CUT?
A: A DITCH.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PARTICULAR AREAS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT ROOF NEVER KEEPS OUT THE WET?
A: THE ROOF OF YOUR MOUTH.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BUILDINGS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SAYING (RIDDLE)

Q: NO MATTER HOW SMART YOU ARE, WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ALWAYS
OVERLOOK?
A: YOUR NOSE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; PARTS OF THE BODY (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT'S ROUND AS THE FULL MOON, BLACK AS THE NIGHT AND HAS A TAIL?
A: A FRYING PAN.

Submitter comment: UPON ASKING A FRIEND, MISS ROSE VARIEUR, WHAT SHE WAS LOOKING FOR,
SHE ASKED THE ABOVE RIDDLE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ANIMALS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; UTENSILS (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHICH IS THE BEGINNING OF ETERNITY,
THE END OF TIME AND SPACE,
THE BEGINNING OF EVERY RACE,
AND AT THE END OF EVERY RACE?
A: THE LETTER E

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: A HOUSEFUL, A HOLE FULL; YOU CANNOT CATCH A BOWLFULL.
A: SMOKE

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; NATURAL ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q) ; UTENSIL (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 10-12-1965

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Q: HIGH IT FLIES/ LOW IT FLIES/ YET HAS NO WINGS/ ON WHICH TO RISE.
A: SMOKE.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (A) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-20-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: VERY NICE, VERY NEAT -/ HAS TEETH, CANNOT EAT.
A: A COMB

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; NOTION ITEMS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; ASSONANCE ; REPETITION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-29-1967

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( 20 ) RIDDLES

Q: 1. DUI SESLES PER KALNELIZ NESOEINA. - TWO SISTERS DO NOT MEET
OVER A HILL.
A: EYES.
Q: 2. DU RATU PAGIRY STOUI. - TWO WHEELS STANDING BY THE FOREST.
A: EARS.
Q: 3. PILNA LUKTELE BALTEZ VISTELIZ. - A HOUSE FULL OF WHITE HENS.
A: MOUTH AND TEETH.
Q: 4. MIZSLIUZ TEVAS KALNE GULI. - THE FATHER OF RIDDLES IS LYING
IN THE HILL.
A: TONGUE.
Q: 5. ZIBA DIENA, ZIBA NAKTIZ. - SPARKLES AT NIGHT, SPARKLES DURING
THE DAY.
A: WINDOW.
Q: 6. VISI JODO, NIEKAS NEPASERIA. - EVERYONE FOR IODINE, NO ONE
FEEDS IT.
A: DOOR STEP.
Q: 7. NEI PATI VDGO, NEI KITAM DUODA. - NEITHER DOES SHE EAT HERSELF,
OR GIVE TO ANOTHER.
A: A LOCK.
Q: 8. MASA MOTERELE VISAZ PASAULIZ APRENGIA. - A SMALL WOMAN DRESSES
THE WHOLE WORLD.
A: A SEWING NEEDLE.
Q: 9. MAZAS PUODELIS, SKANI KOSELE. - A SMALL POT, GOOD BROTH.
A: PEANUT. ?M Q: 10. PRAMUSI LEDAZ, RASI SIDABRAZ; PRAMUSI SIDABRAZ, RASI AUKSAZ. -
BREAK THE ICE, YOU'LL FIND SILVER; BREAK THE SILVER, YOU'LL FIND
GOLD.
A: AN EGG.
Q: 11. DVIEM PUPOM VISAZ LAUKAZ APSEJA. - WITH TWO PEAS YOU SOW A
WHOLE FIELD.
A: WITH EYES.
Q: 12. DU BEGA, DU VEJA. - TWO RUN, TWO CHASE.
A: WHEELS.
Q: 13. ATLEKE PAUKSTIS BE SPARNUZ, IZKANDO ZINOQUI BE DANTUZ. - A
BIRD FLEW BY WITH NO WINGS, BIT A MAN WITH NO TEETH.
A: BULLET.
Q: 14. SUDEGE AZUOLAS BE ANGLIUZ, BE PELENIZ. - AN OAK BURNED WITH
NO COAL, WITH NO ASHES.
A: A CANDLE
Q: 15. MISKE GIMEZS, IMSKE ANGES, PAREINA NAMO KEPUIUZ KILNOTI. -
BORN IN A FOREST, GREW UP IN A FOREST, COMES HOME TO RAISE HATS.
A: CROSS.
Q: 16. ILGAS - BE GALO, GILUS - BE DUGNO. - LONG - WITH NO END, DEEP
- WITH NO BOTTOM.
A: A RING.
Q: 17. PENKI TVARTAI, VIENOS DURYS. - FIRE BURNS, ONE DOOR.
A: GLOVES.
Q: 18. PER VANDENIZ EIDAMAS NEPRIQERIA, PER UGNIZ - NESUDEGA.
WALKING THROUGH WATER, DOESN'T DROWN; THROUGH FIRE - DOESN'T BURN.
A: A SHADOW.
Q: 19. JOKI ZIRGAS ZVENGIA, NET KAMANOS SKAMBA. - FAR DOES A HORSE
NEIGH, EVEN THE ROOF TOPS ECHO.
A: THUNDER.
Q: 20. KAD ATSIKELTUZ, DANGEZ PAREMTUZ, KAD RENKAS TURETUZ, VAGIZ
PAGAUTUZ. - IF COULD GET UP, HOLD UP THE HEAVEN; IF HAD HANDS,
WOULD CATCH A THIEF.
A: A ROAD.

Submitter comment: IN LITHUANIAN, THESE RIDDLES RHYME. HOWEVER, THE TRANSLATION DOES NOT
BRING OUT THE TRUE AND REAL RHYTHM OF THEM.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; BUILDINGS (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; NATURAL

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 03-24-1972

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