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Riddle Competition

Michele du Plessis

In the previous edition of GPS News, a riddle competition had young and old guessing and enjoying the riddles. As the riddle competition was such a success, considering all the entries that we received, that Valerie Kemp, Editor, decided that another riddle competition is a must.

The winner of the first riddle competition is Chris Colverd from Sabie. Congratulations, Chris!

The Dark Tower is a bestselling fantasy series spanning eight books by the foremost horror writer, Stephen King. Riddles take on an interesting and important role in the Dark Tower Series, especially in “The Waste Lands” and “Wizard and Glass”. The intro to “Riddle-De-Dum”, one of two books Jake Chambers brings from him when/where into Mid-World, says “Riddles are perhaps the oldest of all the games people still play today. The gods and goddesses of Greek myth teased each other with riddles, and they were employed as teaching tools in ancient Rome. The Bible contains several good riddles.

Answer the following riddles and email it to us before May 7th. Please add your name and a contact number.

  1. There is a thing that nothing is, and yet it has a name. It’s sometimes tall and sometimes short, joins our talks, joins our sport, and plays at every game.
  2. Feed me and I live. Give me a drink and I die. What am I?
  3. I pass before the sun, yet I make no shadow. What am I?
  4. This is as light as a feather, yet no man can hold it for long.
  5. 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?
  6. What may go up a chimney down but cannot go down a chimney up?
  7. We are very little creatures; all of us have different features. One of us in glass is set; one of us you’ll find in jet. Another you may see in tin, and a fourth is boxed within. If the fifth you should pursue, it can never fly from you. What are we?
  8. I have a hundred legs but cannot stand, a long neck but no head; I eat the maid’s life. What am I?
  9. Cannot be seen, cannot be felt, cannot be heard, cannot be smelt. It lies behind the stars and beneath the hills. Ends life and kills laughter. What is it?
  10. This thing runs but cannot walk, sometimes sings but never talks. Lacks arms, has hands; lacks a head but has a face. What is it?
  11. Man walks over; man walks under; in time of war, he burns asunder?
  12. In a tunnel of darkness lies a beast of iron. It can only attack when pulled back. What is it?
  13. Walk on the living, they don’t even mumble. Walk on the dead, they mutter and grumble. What are they?
  14. I am emeralds and diamonds, lost by the moon. I am found by the sun and picked up soon. What am I?
  15. Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came sweetness.


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