How do you know if you're addicted to riddles?

1.

I use my head, I move the earth,

So ancient none recall My birth,

One of me spells death and yet,

You'd call me as I am I'll bet,

You know me well, you've got my card,

Who am I? it isn't hard.

2.

A game of fortune,

Dice will roll,

Name and goal the same,

I have two kinds,

And just one chance,

Can you speak my name?

3.

A head of thick, wet, braided hair,

I carry more than can be seen,

And in my wake a brightening glare,

A slick, treacherous sheen,

My story short, but often told,

Me in your hands, what would you hold?

4.

My string tightens as I loose weight,

To remain full, my desired fate,

I can be woven, plastic, skin,

With nothing, coin or fish within,

I travel pressed to many hips,

Surely my name is on your lips?

5.

A random chance will see you fold,

I am not one for the old,

A vibrant grid to break your back,

Colours Prime I do not lack,

More difficult the more that try,

Can you tell me, what am I?

6.

I'm something with an antique feel,

A binding, thing to hold and seal,

Breaking me takes no strength,

Just weakness and time of unknown length,

Made by many, kept by few,

Know my name? Speak if you do.

7.

By clever folk I can be read,

Less clever folk will ask instead,

I stole the likeness of my home,

Else here without direction roam,

Providing clues a familiar game,

So can you tell me, what's my name?

8.

I'm not a doll on strings,

But my steps are not my own,

Just one hole in such things,

Unless we're torn or blown,

The wind blows now I'll help you see,

Now if you can, you should name me.

up vote 6 down vote accepted

FULL ANSWER: CREDIT TO EVERYONE

1. Spade (Credit to Reibello)
2. Yahtzee (Credit to Jason Horner)
3. Mop (Credit to Reibello)
4. A Purse (Credit to Mohirl)
5. Twister
6. An Oath, (Credit to Reibello)
7. A Map
8. Sock (Credit to hagfy)

The answer of each line spells,

SYMPTOMS


I'm pretty sure #5 is

Twister.

A random chance will see you fold,

Refers to the twisting body shapes you make.

I am not one for the old,

It most certainly is not.

A vibrant grid to break your back

The game is set up in a grid.

Colours Prime I do not lack,

The dots are made up of the four basic colors, red, green, yellow, and blue.

More difficult the more that try,

Twister gets much harder with more people.

I think #7 is

A map

By clever folk I can be read,

Because of technology, people don't read maps anymore (which is really a shame, because they can be really useful. Especially when camping.)

Less clever folk will ask instead,

People will ask for directions.

I stole the likeness of my home,

Maps resemble the place they are showing.

Else here without direction roam,

Without a map, you are lost.

Providing clues a familiar game,

Maps are used for scavenger hunts.

  • 1
    Getting there 2/8 +1 Joe – Brent Hackers Aug 20 at 18:09
  • Joe, I think 1 might be Reibello's answer instead of mohirl's; I think that one fits better. – El-Guest Aug 20 at 18:28
  • @El-Guest, oh, you're right. – Joe-You-Know Aug 20 at 18:32
  • @Joe-You-Know Nicely done. I've fixed #6 now. BNGU – Reibello Aug 20 at 18:36

Partial

I think 8 is

A SOCK

I'm not a doll on strings,
But my steps are not my own,

A sock puppet

Just one hole in such things,

Socks have a single hole

Unless we're torn or blown,
The wind blows now I'll help you see,

A ripped sock would have another hole, and a windsock has holes at both ends

Partial answer

Some of #1 sounds like a description of

Tarot cards

#2 sounds like

A game of craps.

#3 might be

Some kind of brush

I'm fairly sure #4 is

A purse

Number 2 has got to be:

Yahtzee

Dice will roll,

It's a dice game.

Name and goal the same,

Yahtzee is the name of the game, as well as what you are trying to get.

I have two kinds,

It has two "kind" spaces (three and four of a kind).

And just one chance,

It one chance space where any kind of result can be placed.

Partial Answer:

Number 1 might be a

Spade

I use my head, I move the earth,

The head of a shovel (spade) moves dirt

So ancient none recall My birth,

Shovels seem like they've been around for awhile (Cursory Google search says the Neolithic period / Early Bronze Age)

One of me spells death and yet,

According to Wikipedia, the Ace of Spades is a "Death Card"

You'd call me as I am I'll bet

To call a spade a spade

You know me well, you've got my card

Spades are a common suit in playing cards

Who am I? it isn't hard.

You're a Spade

I think #3 is a

mop

A head of thick, wet, braided hair

Sounds like the business end of a mop

I carry more than can be seen

Picks up grime off the floor

And in my wake a brightening glare

Leaves the floor nice and shiny

A slick, treacherous sheen

But also wet, and easy to slip on

My story short, but often told

Doesn't take long to do, but should be done often

Me in your hands, what would you hold?

A mop

Six could be a

Oath

  • Getting there 2/8 +1 – Brent Hackers Aug 20 at 18:09
  • Changed answer to six. How is my score now? – Reibello Aug 20 at 18:31
  • Thanks, I think you're right. It'd be great if we could change my answer to a Community Wiki, so everyone can add their explanations and get credit. – Joe-You-Know Aug 20 at 18:38

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