This is so that those who missed the Riddling Contest can keep riddling.
This is an old riddle (the book it came from is approx 1,000 years old). As such, I will give a big clue:
A curiosity hangs by the thigh of a man, under its master's cloak. It is pierced through in the front; it is stiff and hard and it has a good standing-place. When the man pulls up his own robe above his knee, he means to poke with the head of his hanging thing that familiar hole of matching length which he has often filled before.
The form of this object has changed over the years. For most examples of this object, the riddle is no longer an accurate description. However, there are some examples where the riddle is still a pretty accurate description.
Clare, if you would like the answer and the reasoning behind the riddle and the clue, just e-mail me.
Can we guess yet? :)
You can guess at any time.
Well, I figured it's a key?
I only know one riddle in return (that isn't a Dutch word-joke):
What's both yellow and blue?
Correct. How did you guess that?
You don't need to answer a riddle to post one, feel free to post a riddle.
It reminded me of opening long-locked doors (like in old houses). If the lock is old (or not very good) then one solution is to try every key you can find. We found a door that led to stairs that led to the roof in one of the student houses, for example.
But now you have to guess! What's both yellow and blue?
The sky during the day because it's blue but has the sun in it.
Part of the clue states that:
It is pierced through in the front
and people think of keys as solid things these days. However, in the past keys usually had a hole in their front:
Photos from Jorvic Viking Centre (scroll down to keys)
How ancient padlocks worked (see "Viking-Era padlock with ward springs and push key" and "Viking-Era padlock with ward springs and turning key")
Whilst most keys don't have a hole in the end, tubular keys could be considered to have that.
I have an old key (that's still in use) that is formed by a tube, with the teeth going out (not in like with a tubular key). I like to blow into it to make a sound.
I also have plenty of riddles. Which one to start with...
You have nine billiard balls that look exactly alike. One is slightly lighter than the others, but not enough to feel the difference by hand. You have an old fashioned double-pan balance that you are allowed to use only twice. How do you find out which is the lighter billiard ball?
... an easy one:
Divide the nine balls into three sets of three each.
First weighing: choose any two sets and weigh them against each other. If they're the same, you know the lighter ball is in the third set. Otherwise the lighter ball is in the set the scale tells you is lighter than the other.
Second weighing: Choose any two balls from the set that you now know contains the lighter ball and repeat the logic from the first weighing.
People often start out by trying to divide the nine balls in two, they don't think of not on the scale as a category, so they get confused. So, someone else?
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