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1 - If you have three oranges and you take away two, how many will you have?

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2. It walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon and three legs in the evening.

What is it?

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3. I am the beginning of the end, and the end of time and space. I am essential to creation

and I surround every place. What am I?

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4. What always runs but never walks, often murmurs, never talks, has a bed but never sleeps

has a mouth but never eats?

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5. 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 breath on this terrestrial ball. What am I?

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6. At night they come without being fetched. By day they are lost without being stolen.

What are they?

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7. There was a green house. Inside the green house there was a white house.

Inside the white house there was a red house. Inside the red house there were lots of babies.

What is it?

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8. What is in seasons, seconds, centuries and minutes but not in decades, years or days?

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9. Think of words ending in -GRY. Angry and hungry are two of them. There are only three

words in the English language. What is the third word? The word is something that

everyone uses every day. If you have listened carefully, I have already told you what it is.

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10. The person who makes it, sells it. The person who buys it never uses it and the person

who uses it doesn't know they are. What is it?

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11. The more you have of it, the less you see. What is it?

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12. What has a head, a tail, is brown, and has no legs?

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13. What English word has three consecutive double letters?

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14. What's black when you get it, red when you use it, and white when you're all through with it?

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15. You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw

away the inside. What did you eat?

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16. I am always hungry,


I must always be fed,

The finger I touch,

Will soon turn red

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17. Ripped from my mother's womb,

Beaten and burned,

I become a blood thirsty killer.

What am I?

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18. I know a word of letters three. Add two, and fewer there will be

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19. I give you a group of three. One is sitting down, and will never get up. The second eats as

much as is given to him, yet is always hungry. The third goes away and never returns.

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20. I have four legs but no tail. Usually I am heard only at night. What am I?

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21. Half-way up the hill, I see thee at last, lying beneath me with thy sounds and sights

-- A city in the twilight, dim and vast, with smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights.

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22. When young, I am sweet in the sun.


When middle-aged, I make you gay.


When old, I am valued more than ever.

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23. All about, but cannot be seen,

Can be captured, cannot be held,

No throat, but can be heard.

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24. If you break me

I do not stop working,

If you touch me

I may be snared,

If you lose me

Nothing will matter.

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25. Until I am measured

I am not known,

Yet how you miss me

When I have flown.

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26. I drive men mad

For love of me,

Easily beaten,

Never free.

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27. What insect does a blacksmith manufacture?

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28. Lighter than what

I am made of,

More of me is hidden

Than is seen.

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29. Each morning I appear

To lie at your feet,

All day I will follow

No matter how fast you run,

Yet I nearly perish

In the midday sun.

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30. My life can be measured in hours,

I serve by being devoured.

Thin, I am quick

Fat, I am slow

Wind is my foe.

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31. I am seen in the water

If seen in the sky,

I am in the rainbow,

A jay's feather,

And lapis lazuli.

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32. Glittering points

That downward thrust,

Sparkling spears

That never rust.

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33. You heard me before,

Yet you hear me again,

Then I die,

'Till you call me again.

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34. Three lives have I.

Gentle enough to soothe the skin,

Light enough to caress the sky,

Hard enough to crack rocks.

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35. At the sound of me, men may dream

Or stamp their feet

At the sound of me, women may laugh

Or sometimes weep

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36. What does man love more than life

Fear more than death or mortal strife

What the poor have, the rich require,

and what contented men desire,

What the miser spends and the spendthrift saves

And all men carry to their graves?

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37. I build up castles.

I tear down mountains.

I make some men blind,

I help others to see.

What am I?

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38. Two in a corner,

1 in a room,

0 in a house, but 1 in a shelter. What am I?

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39. Five hundred begins it, five hundred ends it,

Five in the middle is seen;

First of all figures, the first of all letters,

Take up their stations between.

Join all together, and then you will bring

Before you the name of an eminent king.

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40. It cannot be seen, it weighs nothing, but when put into a barrel, it makes it lighter. What is it?

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41. How far will a blind dog walk into a forest?

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42. What happens when you throw a yellow rock into a purple stream?

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43. What starts with a T, ends with a T, and has "T" in it?

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44. As I went over London Bridge

I met my sister Jenny

I broke her neck and drank her blood

And left her standing empty

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45. Whoever makes it, tells it not.

Whoever takes it, knows it not.

Whoever knows it, wants it not

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46. I am, in truth, a yellow fork

From tables in the sky

By inadvertent fingers dropped

The awful cutlery.

Of mansions never quite disclosed

And never quite concealed

The apparatus of the dark

To ignorance revealed.

-- Emily Dickenson

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47. You saw me where I never was and where I could not be. And yet within that very place

my face you often see. What am I?

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48. I turn polar bears white

and I will make you cry.

I make guys have to pee

and girls comb their hair.

I make celebrities look stupid

and normal people look like celebrities.

I turn pancakes brown

and make your champagne bubble.

If you squeeze me, I'll pop.

If you look at me, you'll pop.

Can you guess the riddle?

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49. Say my name and I disappear. What am I?

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50. What is it that after you take away the whole, some still remains?

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51. A box without hinges, lock or key, yet golden treasure lies within. What is it?

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52. Forward I'm heavy, but backwards I'm not. What am I?

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53. Why doesn't a mountain covered with snow catch cold?

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54. I can be long, or I can be short.

I can be grown, and I can be bought.

I can be painted, or left bare.

I can be round, or square.

What am I?

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55. One by one we fall from heaven

down into the depths of past

And our world is ever upturned

so that yet some time we'll last

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56. I drift forever with the current

down these long canals they've made

Tame, yet wild, I run elusive

Multitasking to your aid.

Before I came, the world was darker

Colder, sometimes, rougher, true

But though I might make living easy,

I'm good at killing people too.

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57. Reaching stiffly for the sky,

I bare my fingers when it's cold

In warmth I wear an emerald glove

And in between I dress in gold

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58. Kings and queens may cling to power

and the jester's got his call

But, as you may all discover,

the common one outranks them all

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59. Every dawn begins with me

At dusk I'll be the first you see

And daybreak couldn't come without

What midday centers all about

Daises grow from me, I'm told

And when I come, I end all cold

But in the sun I won't be found

Yet still, each day I'll be around

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60. Kings and lords and christians raised them

Since they stand for higher powers

Yet few of them would stand, I'm certain,

if women ruled this world of ours

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61. Soft and fragile is my skin

I get my growth in mud

I'm dangerous as much as pretty

For if not careful, I draw blood.

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62. Three brothers share a family sport:

A non-stop marathon

The oldest one is fat and short

And trudges slowly on

The middle brother's tall and slim

And keeps a steady pace

The youngest runs just like the wind,

A-speeding through the race

"He's young in years, we let him run,"

The other brothers say

"'Cause though he's surely number one,

He's second, in a way."

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63. It's true I bring serenity,

And hang around the stars

But yet I live in misery;

You'll find me behind bars

With thieves and villains I consort

In prison I'll be found

But I would never go to court,

Unless there's more than one

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64. I am a box that holds keys without locks, yet they can unlock your soul. What am I?

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65. There once was a strange man who loved wordplay, he had a very important and successful

business that would take insect shipments from all across the world and distribute them to zoos

across the US.

What was the name of his company?

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66. There is one word that stands the test of time and holds fast to the center of everything.

Though everyone will try at least once in their life to move around this word, but in fact,

unknowingly, they use it every moment of the day. Young or old, awake or in sleep,

human or animal, this word stands fast. It belongs to everyone, to all living things, but

no one can master it. The word is?

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67. My days are in the summer


When you'll eat me when I'm hot

In fact I'll even eat myself

Where battles tough are fought


But when you find me in a fight


'Twill be high in the sky


And if you catch me napping


I suggest you let me lie


When you're bad come to my house


From Ma get thoughts profound


Am I big or am I small?


Some say I'm just a pound.

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68. My first is twice in apple but not once in tart. My second is in liver but not in heart. My third is

in giant and also in ghost. Whole I'm best when I am roast. What am I?

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69. What gets wetter as it dries?

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70. This is a most unusual paragraph. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it?

It looks so ordinary you'd think nothing was wrong with it - and in fact, nothing is wrong with it.

It is unusual though. Why? Study it, think about it, and you may find out. Try to do it without coaching. If you work at it for a bit it will dawn on you. So jump to it and try your skill at figuring

it out. Good luck - don't blow your cool!

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71. When you went into the woods you got me.


You hated me yet you wanted to find me.


You went home with me cause you couldn't find me

What was it?

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72. An iron horse with a flaxen tail.


The faster the horse runs,


the shorter his tail becomes.

What is it?

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73. You have to travel far before you turn it over. What is it?

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74. A mile from end to end, yet as close to as a friend. A precious commodity, freely given. Seen

on the dead and on the living. Found on the rich, poor, short and tall, but shared among

children most of all. What is it?

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75. I'm full of holes, yet I'm full of water. What am I?

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76. Four of us are in your field

But our differences keep us at yield

First, a one that is no fool

Though he resembles a gardener's tool

Next, one difficult to split in two

And a girl once had one as big as her shoe

Then, to the mind, one's a lovely bonder

And truancy makes it grow fonder

Last, a stem connecting dots of three

Knowing all this, what are we?

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77. I am a word of meanings three.

Three ways of spelling me there be.

The first is an odour, a smell if you will.

The second some money, but not in a bill.

The third is past tense, a method of passing things on or around.

Can you tell me now, what these words are, that have the same sound?

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78. It's red, blue, purple and green, no one can reach it, not even the queen. What is it?

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79. What question can you never honestly answer yes to?

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80. What has a neck and no head, two arms but no hands?

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81. I live in water

If you cut my head I'm at your door,

If you cut my tail I'm fruit,

If you cut both I'm with you

What am I?

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

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83. What begins and has no end? What is the ending of all that begins?

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84. A man went to the hardware store to buy items for his house.

1 would cost $.25

12 would cost $.50

122 would cost $.75

When he left the store he had spent $.75, what did he buy?

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85. What makes a loud noise when changing its jacket, becomes larger but weighs less?

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86. The more you take, the more you leave behind.

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87. I am a word of 5 letters and people eat me. If you remove the first letter I become a form of

energy. Remove the first two and I'm needed to live. Scramble the last 3 and you can drink me.

What am I?

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88. Before any changes I'm a garlic or spice. My first is altered and I'm a hand-warming device.

My second is changed and I'm trees in full bloom. The next letter change makes a deathly

old tomb. Change the fourth to make a fruit of the vine. Change the last for a chart plotted

with lines. What was I? What did I become? What did I turn out to be?

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89. A woman shoots her husband, then holds him under water for five minutes. Finally,

she hangs him. Five minutes later they enjoy a wonderful dinner together. How can this be?

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90. Remove six letters from this sequence to reveal a familiar English word. BSAINXLEATNTEARS

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91. Alive without breath,

As cold as death,

Clad in mail never clinking,

Never thirsty, ever drinking

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92. I can always go up, never down,

I can always turn left, never right,

I am always hot when I'm cold

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93. A cowboy rides into town on Friday, stays for three days and leaves on Friday.

How did he do it?

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94. What has roots that nobody sees,

Is taller than trees,

Up, up it goes,

Yet it never grows?

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95. This thing all things devours,

Birds, beasts, trees, and flowers.

Gnaws iron bites steel,

Grinds hard stones to meal,

Slays king, ruins town,

And beats high mountain down

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96. It cannot be seen, it cannot be felt,

Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,

Lies behind stars and under hills,

And empty holes it fills.

Comes first follows after,

Ends life kills laughter.

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97. An eye in a blue face

Saw an eye in a green face.

'That eye is like this eye'

Said the first eye,

But in a low, not high place.

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98. I'm lighter than air but a million men can't lift me. What am I?

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99. A man is born in 1946 and dies in 1947, yet he was 86 years old. How is that possible?

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100. I go in hard.

I come out soft.

You blow me hard.

What am I?

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101. Two words is my answer. In order to keep me, you have to give me. What am I?

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