Exercise Your Ancient Mind
Lord & Lady of The Chambre
Jens & Andaeryk
1. What goes around the world but stays in a corner?
2. I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right, and in the middle. But I still hold water. What am I?
3. If you are in a dark room with a candle, a wood stove and a gas lamp, and you have only one match, which should you light first?
4. A man wanted to enter an exclusive club but did not know the password that was required. He waited by the door and listened. A club member knocked on the door and the doorman said, "twelve." The member replied, "six " and was let in. A second member came to the door and the doorman said, "six." The member replied, "three" and was let in. The man thought he had heard enough and walked up to the door. The doorman said, "ten" and the man replied, "five." But he was not let in. What should he have said?
5. You use a knife to slice my head and weep beside me when I am dead. What am I?
6. I run over fields and woods all day. Under the bed at night I sit not alone. My tongue hangs out, up and to the rear, awaiting to be filled in the morning. What am I?
7. What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?
8. I am weightless, but you can see me. Put me in a bucket, and I'll make it lighter. What am I?
9. I went into the woods and got it. I sat down to seek it. I brought it home with me because I couldn't find it. What is it?
10. No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?
11. Though I exist alone, there are often many of us interconnected like the threads of a web. If I am worn, there is an expression that indicates you should not leave me. A man with a name meaning something like 'knowledgeable one' once said that I was number four of a certain set, & had less than ten folds. What am I?
12. You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?
13. What goes up and never goes down?
14. I have no voice and yet I speak to you, I tell of all things in the world that people do. I have leaves, but I am not a tree, I have pages, but I am not a bride or royalty. I have a spine and hinges, but I am not a man or a door, I have told you all, I cannot tell you more. What am I?
15. There is a frog, dead in the middle of an island. If he swims north, the distance to the mainland is 2 metres. If he swims south, the distance to the mainland is 3 metres. If he swims east or west, the distance is 4 metres. Which way does he swim?
16. There is an ancient invention still used in some parts of the world today that allows people to see through walls.
17. My tines be long, my tines be short, my tines end ere, my first report. What am I?
18. My thunder comes before the lightning; My lightning comes before the clouds; My rain dries all the land it touches. What am I?
19. What kind of coat can only be put on when it is wet?
20. What jumps when it walks and sits when it stands?
21. You can have me but cannot hold me; gain me and quickly lose me. If treated with care I can be great, And if betrayed I will break. What am I?
22. What does man love more than life, fear more than death or mortal strife, do the poor have, the rich require, and contented men desire; does the miser spend, the spendthrift save, and all men carry to their grave?
23. I can be quick and then I'm deadly, I am a rock, shell and bone medley. If I was made into a man, I'd make people dream, I gather in my millions by ocean, sea and stream. What am I?
24. 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. What am I?
25. I'm often seen around a lot, referred to many ways, see me black and you may find misfortune haunts your days. Tell a thing, that should have been kept quiet, to all around, then look inside the sack, there I'm no longer to be found. Nosiness, prying, snooping, leaves me fearing, full of dread, for all these things are likely to see me soon lying dead. These clues combined should start to give a picture, an idea, of who or what I am, so can you tell me? Is it clear?
26. The colour 'orange' was named after the fruit of the same name. What was the name of the colour orange, before the fruit made its way into the Old English language?
Message your answers to Jens or Andaeryk to see if they're correct. :)
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