7
$\begingroup$

You'll toss me on the ground
I'll jump at you just in case
You'll help me off a horse
I'll lift you up instead
You'll mount me on your boat
I'll shout the time for you
You'll wager your house with me
Then take things back illegally

Who/what am I?

Hint 1:

The answer is a single word.

Hint 2:

You can wager other things as well, not just your house. Usually it'll just be money.

Hint 3:

The ground will usually be grass, though I've seen people toss it on gravel many times.

Hint 4:

I won't literally shout the time out loud, just make loudly sure you know it.

Hint 5:

The wager will take place in a specific family of casino/gambling games.

Hint 6:

I'll lift you up a short distance off the ground. You won't fly.

Hint 7:

You'll usually mount me on warships, rather than lowly boats, and you'll take me off while under way.

Hint 8:

This item is tossed on the ground as part of a game.

Hint 9:

The answer is a four-letter word.

$\endgroup$
5
$\begingroup$

My guess is

Horseshoe
Jack

You'll toss me on the ground

This refers to the "jack" (target ball) in a game of bowls

I'll jump at you just in case

Referring to "Jumping jacks"

You'll help me off a horse

Refers to a well-known phrase about bad grammar: "Helping your Uncle, Jack, off a horse"

I'll lift you up instead

Referring to a car jack, designed to lift a car to enable repairs

You'll mount me on your boat

Refers to a jack staff, mounted on the bow of a boat to fly a flag

I'll shout the time for you

Jack refers to the figure of a man striking the bell on a clock.

You'll wager your house with me

Black Jack

Then take things back illegally

Jack is a verb which means to take things back illegally.

This now fits with all the hints also.

$\endgroup$
2
$\begingroup$

answer:

a traitor of a criminal gang

a criminal will attack a traitor thus toss it on the ground
a traitor will jump back at you when the betrayal is revealed
the traitor will pretend to receive help off a horse whilst capturing you instead.
a traitor is someone you used to trust as a companion hence "mount on the boat"
The traitor is thought to help organise plans for the other but will make it obvious for the person's enemies.
the next line either refers to betting in bridge card game (thus "with me" as a partner or sharing houses literally using mortgage contracts.
Finally the last line refers to the other person stealing from the traitor's house which is against the contract that the reader has made.

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ This is not the direction I was thinking about. also, perhaps you should use the spoiler tag >! to hide the answer, just in case it was the right one... I'll add a hint to the question now. $\endgroup$ – scf Feb 14 '16 at 7:17
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Welcome to puzzling SE. Here are the reasons why it is not a good answer. 1. You didn't use spoiler tag. 2. It is not lateral thinking question and your answer is full of it. 3. It's answer is a word. You should have a look at How to Answer $\endgroup$ – manshu Feb 14 '16 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ @scf thank you for letting me know and sorry I am new here I will not repeat the mistake. In future I will think more carefully. $\endgroup$ – 3.1415926535897932384264 Feb 14 '16 at 15:41
  • $\begingroup$ @manshu this isn't really lateral thinking... $\endgroup$ – question_asker Feb 15 '16 at 11:09
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ @manshu right, and this is not that. "Lateral thinking" refers to a very specific type of problem, not just interpreting wordplay, like we're seeing here and on all riddles $\endgroup$ – question_asker Feb 15 '16 at 11:21
1
$\begingroup$

I think it might be a

ball

although I'm still missing some explanations.

You'll toss me on the ground

There are games where balls are tossed, especially ones with grass fields

I'll jump at you just in case

A ball thrown at the ground jumps back

You'll help me off a horse

No idea about this one

I'll lift you up instead

A ball can lift a person, if it is a gym ball for sitting on, or a child playing in the pool and climbing onto an inflatable ball

You'll mount me on your boat

You mount cannons, which shoot cannonballs

I'll shout the time for you

Again, no idea here

You'll wager your house with me

You wager on a ball when playing roulette

Then take things back illegally

Also no good guess here

I hope others can provide ideas for the missing clues if they agree my guess fits.

$\endgroup$
  • $\begingroup$ Your answer is surprisingly close to the right one, though for all the wrong reasons :) Nice try! $\endgroup$ – scf Feb 16 '16 at 12:15

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.