# I was inspired by an addiction to riddles

Inspired by this Addicted to Riddles puzzle by @BrentHackers, I have created my own addicted to riddles puzzle. So...

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

1.

My silky feathers serve a rest,
Beneath a gentle crown of dreams.
The eight hours I manifest,
Is often quicker than it seems.

2.

I am the wool of a sheep,
But I cannot ever be sheared.
I can be found never deep,
Unless when thoughts have appeared.

3.

I am the shield of a mind,
Bringing death to the heart;
I am a sword for pirate kind,
Showing life for a mortal start.

4.

As the present of the past,
I am still, but never idle.
Thus, I keep it with a smile.

5.

I thank the trees as a pencil’s friend,
So pale though never in fright.
In shedding a tear, I will likely bend,
Though eyes only earn my despite.

What do all of these riddles have in common?

There are two answers: the obvious one, and the not-so-obvious one.

HINT RIDDLE: $\;\dagger$

I’m made of glass, this much is true;
But when you look, you won’t see through;
When there is one, I can make two;
Reflect on this to find a clue!

$\dagger$.

This riddle is not mine. I will credit the source of the riddle after it has been solved in order to not spoil the answer, for those who wish to look at the hint. It can be found here.

SECOND HINT RIDDLE:

When together, we might have a spine,
On a shelf, though we have not one bone.
Either blank, with a graph or a line,
I'm a sheet with no cotton to own.

The last answer is what I define,
But it might just already be known;
And although I've a simple design,
Via me complex art might be shown.

Pillow. Eight hours of sleep go by rather quickly.

2

Wool-gathering credit to Mohirl. Also known as "preoccupation" or "inattention".

3

Skull. "Shield of the mind" as it protects our brain. And pirates are usually depicted with a skull. It strikes fear into the hearts of others and maybe that is a metaphorical sword?

4

The answer is "Still" a synonym of photograph. Logic credited to Gareth

5

An eraser (Also known as a rubber ). "Friend of pencils" as it erases the mistakes made by them. Bends in shedding a tear, this can either mean bending while erasing a drawing of a tear or it can tear the paper if used too roughly. And lastly "Eyes earn my despite", poking holes into them to make eyes only ruin it.

Thanks to Gareth and Mohirl. These should fit the answers in the riddle with the hint

Mirror

• Doh! I was thinking that for #3 but I somehow failed to link it to pirates Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 11:57
• Haha. But the hint confuses me. How is it useful? Unless it's just there to confuse us. But there are two answers to this as per the question. It's not over yet.
– R.D
Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 11:59
• @user477343 they all contain a double letter.
– R.D
Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 12:13
• That wasn't my observation lol. @GarethMcCaughan said that XD
– R.D
Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 12:15
• Oh sorry I didn't see this comment earlier. (Make sure to put @[username you are commenting to] in your comment(s).) Yes, that is the answer. $\ast$ (ROT13) gur npghny nafjre vf cncre (orpnhfr gurer pna or "tencu" cncre naq "oynax" cncre naq "yvar" cncre, abg arprffnevyl sbe cntrf, gubhtu), $\ast$ but your answer is close enough so I will give you that. Also, the Rot13("zrgncubevpny fjbeq") in the explanation of 3. is just part of the Rot13(Wbyyl Ebtre cvengr synt) and the answer to 2. is a Rot13(pybhq). Why am I revealing this? Because your answer is sufficient $\color{green}{\checkmark}$ :D Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 9:10

Theese are probably the obvious ones!

1. My silky feathers serve a rest, Beneath a gentle crown of dreams. The eight hours I manifest, Is often quicker than it seems.

Obviously something to do with sleep - a pillow is generally made of feathers and lies "Beneath a gentle crown of dreams"

2. I am the wool of a sheep, But I cannot ever be sheared. I can be found never deep, Unless when thoughts have appeared.

Missing this one as answer confirmed wrong

Fairly sure this is wrong, but woolgathering is absent minded, aimless thought - which obviously can't be sheared

1. I am the shield of a mind, Bringing death to the heart; I am a sword for pirate kind, Showing life for a mortal start.

Thanks to @R.D., this is

Skull

1. As the present of the past, I am still, but never idle. Your mem’ry may not last, Thus, I keep it with a smile.

A photograph? People generally smile in it, and it's a memento of the past that may outlast a memory

1. I thank the trees as a pencil’s friend, So pale though never in fright. In shedding a tear, I will likely bend, Though eyes only earn my despite.

Paper thanks trees since that's where it comes from, and is usually pale.

Hint 1 seems fairly obviously

A mirror.

Hint 2 part 1:

Books

• Yes, the 2nd answer is incorrect. But all the others are correct. You haven't answered 3. though! Anyway, once you figure out 2., what do all the answers have in common? Commented Aug 21, 2018 at 12:13
• Yes, @R.D is right. $\ast$ (ROT13) gur fjbeq cneg ersref gb gur fxhyy naq fjbeq (be obarf) ba n cvengr synt; v.r., gur wbyyl ebtre. $\ast$ :D Commented Aug 23, 2018 at 10:55
• Yes, Hint 1 is correct, but Hint 2 is not. "When together we might have a spine." That also does not explain the "graph, line, blank" part. Close, though :P Commented Aug 26, 2018 at 9:11