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Steve: Riddle me!

Hello everyone,

As the COVID 19 situation gets worse you may be forced to think of fun things to do that don’t involve going outside and breathing all those nasty germs! Well you can stop looking! If you are reading this then you have already found a whole lot of fun! Because today my blog is all about riddle’s.

What’s a riddle I hear you ask? Well I’m sure the Oxford dictionary can help us out with this! According to the great book a riddle is….

a question or statement intentionally phrased so as to require ingenuity in ascertaining its answer or meaning.

Thanks Oxford! I’m sure that makes it clear for everyone! Hmmm? No? Still a bit confused? Actually I’m not surprised, thanks for nothing Oxford!

To put it in a more understandable way a riddle is a statement, question or phrase which has more than one meaning or a double meaning or even a hidden meaning, put forth as a puzzle to be solved, otherwise known as a brain teaser.

To help your understanding more here is a simple riddle as an example,

What has to be broken before you can use it?

Yes that’s right the answer is of course an egg. I can tell I have your interest and I’m sure you are looking forward to trying to solve a few riddle’s yourself but before that I just wanted to give you a little background about riddle’s.

I is not actually known when riddle’s were first invented but the oldest one on recorded is a riddle from ancient Egypt and is dated back to 1650 BC, and here it is,

There are seven houses;
In each house there are seven cats;
Each cat catches seven mice;
Each mouse would have eaten seven ears of corn;
If sown, each ear of corn would have produced seven hekat of grain.
How many things are mentioned altogether?

Do you want to know the answer? Well unfortunately the riddle is so old that no one actually knows the answer and it is thought that the answer could be one of 9 possible answers!

Anyway back to your fun! here are some riddles for you to try, I’ll warn you they get progressively harder, good luck!

1) I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old. What am I?

2) What is full of holes but still holds water?

3) What question can you never answer yes to?

4) There’s a one-story house in which everything is yellow. Yellow walls, yellow doors, yellow furniture. What colour are the stairs?

5) I am the beginning of everything, the end of everywhere. I’m the beginning of eternity, the end of time and space. What am I?

6) What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?











Understand now why they call them brain teasers? How did you think you do? Check out the answers below.

1) A candle
2) A sponge
3) Are you asleep?
4) There aren’t any stairs—it’s a one-story house.
5) The letter ‘e’
6) A river

I’m sure they were way too easy for you all! I will put some really tough ones up next time (ういんく)

Stay safe.




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