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Riddle:

Why is a nail, fast in the wall, like an old man?

Answer:

Because it is in firm (infirm).

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Riddle:

I am a word of three syllables, each of which is a word; my first is an article in common use; my second, an animal of uncommon intelligence; my third, though not an animal, is used in carrying burdens. My whole is a useful art. What am I?

Answer:

Pen-man-ship.

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Riddle:

My first is a part of the day,

My last a conductor of light,

My whole to take measure of time,

Is useful by day and by night.

What am I?

Answer:

An Hour-glass.

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Riddle:

A hundred stones are placed, in a straight line, a yard distant from each other. How many yards must a person walk, who undertakes to pick them up, and place them in a basket stationed one yard from the first stone?

Answer:

In solving this question it is clear that to pick up the first stone and put it into the basket, the person must walk two yards, one in going for the stone and another in returning with it; that for the second stone he must walk four yards, and so on increasing by two as far as the hundredth, when he must walk two hundred yards, so that the sum total will be the product of 202 multiplied by 50, or 10,100 yards. If any one does not see why we multiply 202 by 50 in getting the answer, we refer him to his arithmetic.

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Riddle:

The head of a whale is six feet long; his tail is as long as his head and half his body, and his body is half of his whole length. How long is the whale?

Answer:

Forty-eight feet.

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Riddle:

In camps about the centre I appear;

In smiling meadows seen throughout the year;

The silent angler views me in the streams,

And all must trace me in their morning dreams,

First in the mob conspicuous I stand,

Proud of the lead, and ever in command.

What am I?

Answer:

The letter M.

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Riddle:

Why is a parish bell like a good story?

Answer:

Because it is often tolled (told).

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Riddle:

Why is a man with wooden legs like one who has an even bargain?

Answer:

Because he has nothing to boot.

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Riddle:

What river in Bavaria answers the question, Who is there?

Answer:

I, ser.

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Riddle:

Why is an avaricious man like one with a short memory?

Answer:

Because he is always for getting.

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