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A riddle gives indirect clues about an unnamed object or concept to be identified. It is often presented in the form of a poem. Do not use this just to mean a difficult problem or puzzle.

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The Brothers' Riddle

Here's another riddle I know from a while back: The smallest of its brothers Twelve of them in all A large heart in the middle
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Anagram’s all over this place

I met a fellow puzzler from a certain country and town. When I asked where he was from, he replied My prefix is anagram My infix is anagram My suffix is anagram Where is he from? Hint: When ...
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A dirty limerick

What word is described by the following limerick? A place where the lions may roar? A place you attend after four? The usual sense Will shortly commence Exploding with colors galore! I ...
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I have two siblings; we're locked in a war

I have two siblings; we're locked in a war. One of them can grind me into the floor. As for the other, he could never win. My razor-sharp wit makes me stronger than him. Who or what am I?...
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Remove my last letter and I could become lethal

My first 2 letters represents a male. My first 3 letters represents a female. My first 4 letters represents a great male. My whole represents a great female. Which word am I describing?
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Difficult in the language of banana

I'm looking for a name. Totally uncommon, yet strangely familiar. Starts with ein affirmation, ends with a metal. Middle is a vulgar intensifier. Extremely difficult in the language of banana. ...
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I am the first in Earth, What am I?

I am the first in Earth, The second in Heaven. I appear twice in a week, Never in a month, Once in a year. And I am found in the middle of the sea. What am I?
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A little abbreviated response

This is a short riddle which has a short answer. I look like I have no memory, but I am fine, but turn me around and I may knock you down.
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The Answer Would Make a Good Title

Here is a riddle quite long I hope you can follow along You'll be delighted While I recite it: I'm known to be unmatched in song. You'll find me the whole world around In nature 'tis ...
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What thing am I?

Many people don't put a high value on me, even though I have more potential than most. I have certain well-defined tasks to complete, but if I complete them all, then watch out! It's true that I'm ...
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Can you explain the Summation?

This is my first riddle, so I hope it is not to easy. Can you explain what I am calculating here? Without N I am following the same creature like Alice + Add my short name to my long ...
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The hangman game backward

So, @JLee has posted a hangman game (Hangman- No misses left) on SE. I would like to create one too, but let's do it backward - guess what was the question, with only 1 letter missing: fill in an "a"...
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An easy riddle for you

Have fun with this one! I hope it's a pleasant rest stop for your mind :) Listen for this word! For it begins with a high And ends right on cue?
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Brothers, cousins, and foes - what am I?

I am one of many siblings in a great family. We are the most perfect of our race, Because each of us has a clear worst enemy. My foe - I know him well - is much like me, But we continually fight ...
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A mathematical riddle

Three letters can define me, Sometimes even just one. Try to derive the answer, And you'll find just me. I'm so fast, I'm so slow, Up or down I will go. Some are based on ...
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I never live on land - What am I?

You'll often find me in a book You can catch me if you can hook And smoke me red. If you follow me, you will be a lost boy. I like to tinker with your attention, ahoy I never live on land. What ...
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I have hands all over me. What am I?

I have hands all over me First I used balls, now I can see Tied or not, I have no free will Moving, moving, that's the key. What am I? Hope you enjoy this riddle.
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Riddle… I am like a dear halo

I am like a dear halo, Plucked from a rainbow, A tight noose brings me to life, With the repeated stab of a knife, Old grief of the elephants, Holy like the elements, I penetrate a scar of my soft ...
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What's underused by Americans?

Underused by Americans, Lucky from below an animal, Plucking at your tin cans, Sequential in this riddle. Do you know what I am? Can you find my shape? If so, you truly know yourself.
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Breaking the record

There is a record whose value is expressed by a natural number. (The value is strictly discrete, not only continuous and then rounded to a natural number.) However, after the record is once ...
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You think YOU have it bad?

Let me tell you about MY life: They took from me something near to my heart. I crossed the Atlantic, my short became long, but I was still essentially myself. I gave up heroin. I introduced ...
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I'm 26, what am I? - riddle

I'm 26 I'm usually cool Sometimes I am hot, steaming hot The Male me have a shining heart and can fly The Young female me is, however, horrible and brings a lot of pain What am I?
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Mrs. Malaprop Reads A Riddle

I, Mrs. Malaprop, will recite an original riddle, perspired by this puzzle. Each of lines 1-5 inscribe a part of a word, put them together in sequins to get the one-word answer to the riddle. First ...
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Three easy pieces

Cram. No Crete lust. She. Who Kyle? Till. Out! I'm dinner elder. Find three objects beginning with an E, each described by one line, given they are clued similarly. Hint:
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I feel no pain, yet silently shriek

I feel no pain Yet silently shriek An airy concoction Your desire I pique A sinful temptation You seldom refuse As I squeal, howl and bellow I delight and amuse Who am I?
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The youngest, What am I?

I'm the shortest of all my brothers and sisters I've never won first I'm known to love the water And I leap with a burst I also like it colder What am I? Hint:
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Riddle of hot love

On the upper side, you kiss me. In the middle, your fingers caress my body. And below is the burning flame of hot love. It's definitely not something sexual anyone might be thinking. What ...
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I am described by temperature, and never by looks. I might be found in your camera, as well as children's books

Riddle me this: I am described by temperature, and never by looks. I might be found in your camera, as well as children's books. I described what you observed, but perhaps not at ...
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Bill the Conspiracy Theorist

When my friend Alice called me very early one morning, it meant one thing: Bill was at it again. Bill is Alice's husband and a devoted conspiracy theorist. He regularly spent hours looking for hidden ...
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I am … not a political riddle

I am. With the left wing, I seek to ban suffragettes. With the same right wing, I'm for a third party. Remove that wing from me, and I'll be leaving. Make one of me Dutch, and I'll join the ...
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No tea. No coffee. No water

Fr Owen More had left the exclusive Dublin Temperance Society meeting and was relieved to be sitting down in the living room of Mrs. Philippa Glass. She brought him a wee fat-free jam oat scone ...
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Five Unique Individuals

Each of the sections below has a single answer, and the five sections are related. After finding the solution to one section, the others should be much easier. The Best Friend Whenever you're ...
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What was it when it came for a third time?

For the first time it happened one night as 0025316 and after forty-one years it flew over the earlier one as 0073486. What ...
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Real Programmers

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Super busy today :$ so here's a riddle My first is nothing at all or maybe everything combined. Adding or subtracting, just depends ...
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A Void in my Heart

Exit the games, log off the Internet, Avert the kids vocalizing with the tv set, Silence the ringtones and with quiet song Bring out my friend, let his subjects say so long. For eleven ...
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A riddle for Emrakul

Argh! I think I must be going mad! Beating others in a fevered dream - Colours whirling, twisting, changing, Digits blurring, causing pain. Experts say the tiger-owl is king. Finally success is ...
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I have two faces, but show you one

I have two faces, but show you one. I once had guests, but now have none. I'm rarely bloody and seldom blue. I'm often promised and sometimes new. What am I?
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I'm invisible until I'm lost

My first ever try at a riddle, hope you guys enjoy! I'm invisible until I'm lost. Once you lose me, you must pay the cost. Among the newborn I stay. Until they learn how to slay. ...
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Not a Long-Winded Riddle

I'm not very serious when I am rolled. If memory serves me, I spread uncontrolled. If you see more of me, I'll be given more slack. With her, I'm famously pink or black. I was expecting ...
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Three Singles in Three Clubs

These three belong to three different clubs. First one, very popular, is singles only club. It is closed for new membership. Second one, very useful, is for singles and couples. It is open ...
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A letter to my girlfriend, she would have been thirty this year

A letter to my girlfriend. She would have been 30 this year. Who is she, and what experiences did we share together? Hello... I miss you. We all do. You loved to paint. A personal passion: it ...
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I was struck by lightning

My story is not a happy one, but I'd like to share it. In my early days I sunbathed a lot. I also liked water. And sand. I looked at it through my glasses. I had all the time in the world to ...
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The lamest rhyme I ever wrote

The lamest rhyme I ever wrote Was one involving Don Quixote. No, wait, a lamer one than that, The famous movie Chocolat. But maybe even lamer still, The butchering of "centre-ville". And ...
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Have You Heard My New Riddle?

A stirrup I own that no stallion can wear. I am not a smith though an anvil I bear. My hammer? No Middle Earth dwarf gives a care. With diamonds or pearls adorned may I be. The heart of my ...
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Can you name the two?

TWO came forth from the very same mother and most people could not tell one from the other They arrived the same day, on the very same spot, they look just the same, yet twins they are not To further ...
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My three little friends - a riddle with a story

Hi everyone, solve this riddle: I have three friends, they're all little... another world is where they live, wherein there can be no eclipse. My closest friend is the first one, always follows me ...
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Speak the Name of the Father! - Name the lord of the gods so that he may yet survive the theomachy

Our father was the first of our kind, though his many children and grandchildren rule over billions, caging them. I am a liberator, and my father shelters those who travel through water. ...
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Scratching my head can kill me

I am thin and frail. Scratching my head can kill me. When abused, I can also kill you. Usually, I'm helpful.
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A nightmare for kids

A nightmare for kids, You can make them stop just by saying my name. No matter your size, I will hug you. Discreet, people don't pay attention to me, But without me, you can say ...
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What's “gopher wood”?

Originally published by me on the internet ca. 2003. No trace left on Google, so you get a clean slate. Drenched with sweat from hard labor in the field, Noah loosened his girdle and complained, "...