28.10.2003 // Rack Your Brains // by Tatyana Chepkova

Riddles

Today I am happy to present five beautiful pieces of English classical riddles. I hope you will enjoy them. Try to resist a temptation to have a peep at the answer (which you can make visible by selecting the hidden text), let your brains get it for you! Good luck!

1.
Who makes it, has no need of it.
Who buys it, has no use for it.
Who uses it, can neither see nor feel it.
[ coffin ]

2.
It is said among my people that some things are improved by death.
Tell me, what stinks while living, but in death, smells good?
[ pig ]

3.
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?
[ roast meat on the spit ]

4.
I know a word of letters three.
Add two, and fewer there will be.
[ few ]

5.
My love, when I gaze on thy beautiful face,
Careering along, yet always in place —
The thought has often come into my mind
If I ever shall see thy glorious behind.
[ the moon, poem by Sir Edmund Gosse ]

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