Classic Riddles 201-243

So, by popular demand (ok, one person asked), here are the last 45.

Found a repeat? You can keep it – no extra charge! My favourite? The anti-riddle 238!


  1. Half-way up the hill, I see thee at last
    Lying beneath me with thy sounds and sights —
    A city in the twilight, dim and vast,
    With smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights.
        The Past
  2. I’m pleasing to the eye
    A tool for many absent of mind
    A tapestry of fickle lies
    Blind to even the most pensive spies
    I’m often the breeder of fervent lust
    But I am by far one you shouldn’t trust
  3. An eye in a blue face
    Saw an eye in a green face.
    ‘That eye is like to this eye’
    Said the first eye,
    ‘But in low place
    Not in high place.’
        Sun shining on daisies which are growing in a field
  4. All about, but cannot be seen,
    Can be captured, cannot be held
    No throat, but can be heard.
  5. What goes through the door without pinching itself?
    What sits on the stove without burning itself?
    What sits on the table and is not ashamed?
        The sun
  6. A red cap on my head,
    a stone in my throat,
    if you tell me the answer,
    I’ll give you a Groat.
    What am I?
        A cherry
  7. What gets wetter and wetter as it dries?
  8. I have four legs but never walk
    I may be covered in flowers but have no soil
    I hold food three times a day but never eat a meal
  9. What measures out time,
    Until in time
    All is smashed to it?
  10. Ripped from my mother’s womb,
    Beaten and burned,
    I become a blood-thirsty slayer
    What am I?
        Iron ore
  11. Iron roof, glass walls
    Burns and burns
    And never falls.
    What am I?
        A Lantern
  12. I weaken all men for hours each day.
    I show you strange visions while you are away.
    I take you by night, by day take you back,
    None suffer to have me, but do from my lack.
    What am I?
  13. First you see me in the grass dressed in yellow gay;
    next I am in dainty white, then I fly away. What am I?
        A Dandelion
  14. The more of these you take, the more appear behind you
  15. Inside the green house there was a white house
    Inside the white house there was a red house.
    Inside the red house there were lots of babies.
  16. If you break me, I’ll not stop working.
    If you can touch me, my work is done.
    If you lose me, you must find me with a ring soon after.
    What am I?
        The heart
  17. Creatures of power, creatures of grace,
    Creatures of beauty, creatures of strength.
    As for their lives, they set everything’s pace,
    For all things must come to live under their emerald embrace. . .
    Either in their life, or in their death.
    What am I?
  18. I have the same name as a porcelain face,
    yet I carry great loads from place to place.
  19. It has a long neck,
    A name of a bird,
    Feeds on cargo of ships,
    It’s not alive.
  20. I cut through evil
    like a double edged sword,
    And chaos flees at my approach.
    Balance I single-handedly upraise,
    Through battles fought with heart and mind,
    Instead of with my gaze.
    What am I?
  21. Always invisible, yet never out of sight. What are they?
        The letters I & S
  22. You are trapped in a room made of dry cement, with four walls, a ceiling, floor, no windows nor doors, holes are scarce, and all you have is a box of matches.
    How do you get out of the room?
        Three strikes, and you’re out
  23. Placed above it makes greater things small.
    Placed beside it makes small things greater.
    In matters that counts it always comes first.
    Where others increase it keeps all things the same.
    What is it?
  24. I’m by nature solitary, scarred by spear
    and wounded by sword, weary of battle.
    I frequently see the face of war, and fight
    hateful enemies; yet I hold no hope
    of help being brought to me in the battle,
    before I’m eventually done to death.
    In the stronghold of the city sharp-edged swords,
    skilfully forged in the flame by smiths,
    bite deeply into me. I can but await
    a more fearsome encounter; it is not for me
    to discover in the city any of those doctors
    who heal grievous wounds with roots and herbs.
    The scars from sword wounds gape wider and wider;
    death blows are dealt to me by day and by night.
  25. What is put on a table, cut, but never eaten?
  26. As I was going to St Ives,
    I met a man with seven wives.
    Each wife had seven sacks,
    Each sack had seven cats,
    Each cat had seven kits;
    Kits, cats, sacks and wives –
    How many were going to St Ives?
  27. How can a woman living in New Jersey, legally marry 3 men, without ever getting a divorce, be widowed, or becoming legally separated?
        She’s a Justice of the Peace
  28. Within, I clean all that is bad and is old.
    I make juice that’s the colour of gold.
    Should I die, a filter machine would you need assembled to replace me
    … and beans I resemble.
  29. What travels alone but is never alone, has a name but doesn’t exist
        A shadow
  30. I turn around once,
    What is out will not get in.
    I turn around again,
    What is in will not get out.
  31. What runs around a city
    but never moves?
        City Wall
  32. An arm points north, east, south, then west.
    Ever in circles, never pausing to rest.
    It passes its brother twenty three times,
    As the sun passes by and the moon starts to climb.
  33. It comes only before,
    It comes only after,
    Rises only in darkness,
    But rises only in light.
    It is always the same,
    But is yet always different.
    What am I?
  34. Name-called And favourite to eat,
    Has only two toes on print of feet,
    Colours many,
    Almost any Country child would have seen one
  35. My thunder comes before my lightning.
    My lightning comes before my rain.
    And my rain dries all the ground it touches.
    What am I?
        A volcano
  36. There are 3 words in the English language. These three words all end in -gry. One is hungry, the other is angry. The third is one that you use every day, if you were paying attention I already gave you the answer.
        The English Language
  37. I am born in fear, raised in truth,
    and I come to my own in deed.
    When comes a time that I’m called forth,
    I come to serve the cause of need.
  38. What can you sit on, sleep on, and brush your teeth with?
        A chair, a bed, and a toothbrush.
  39. What happens four times in every week, twice in every month and once in a year?
        The letter E
  40. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and grey when you throw it away?
  41. What makes noise,
    stops noise,
    and does not like noise?
        Your wife
  42. What work is it that the faster you work,
    the longer it is before you’re done,
    and the slower you work,
    the sooner you’re finished?
        Roasting meat on a spit
  43. A beggar’s brother died, but the man who died had no brother.
    How could this be?
        The beggar was a woman

2 Responses to Classic Riddles 201-243

  1. some have more than a hundred some have has many colours and we see it every morning” What is it?

  2. ireriarts says:

    Its old n new at the same time…….. Pls solve

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