I really like the following riddle, though some of the lines are not completely precise (remember, a really GOOD riddle will have only one solution that fits EVERY part).

Love More Than Life

What is it--
That we love more than life,
Fear more than death,
The rich want it.
The poor have it,
The miser spends it,
And the spend'rift saves it?

-- Antiguan (West Indies) (Cousineau, p. 35)

A spend'rift is someone who spends money freely. This riddle works best for people who really love their lives and really fear death. John 12:25 would disagree. Nothing No explanation is necessary


In Marble Walls

In marble walls as white as milk,
Lined with skin as soft as silk,
Within a fountain crystal clear,
A golden apple doth appear.
No doors there are to this stronghold,
Yet thieves break in and steal the gold.

-- Templar Co., Chapter IV, Riddles & Puzzles, page 3.

The walls are not ACTUALLY marble. The "golden apple" is not made of actual gold. An egg No explanation is necessary


Alive Without Breath

Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.

-- From The Hobbit (Tolkien, p. 76)

Some would say it does actually breath, but not in the "normal" way. "Mail" refers to scales. A fish No explanation is necessary


This next one is an example of a "word riddle" -- one that is about the different uses of a word, rather than the riddle being about a single specific thing. As I have said, these are not the BEST riddles, but some are still well-written and fun to solve, so I have included a handful throughout this riddle collection..

Becomes A Nine

How a three becomes a nine.
Three hearty meals on which you dine.
With four you have a children's game
Or sides exactly all the same.

-- Rick Smith, Riddle of the Unicorn (p. 36)

What do you do to three to get nine? Show your work. What are some children's games that have "four" in the title? Square 3 squared is 9; 3 square meals; four square; a square has 4 equal sides


Taller Than Trees

What has roots as nobody sees,
Is Taller than trees,
Up, up it goes,
And yet never grows?

-- From The Hobbit (Tolkien, p. 73)

It is not a plant. "Roots" is more figurative than literal. A mountain No explanation is necessary


Add Zero

Add zero, it would mean no motion.
Add value, a mathematical notion.
As an adverb, it's an affirmation.
With power could corrupt a nation.

-- Robin Marks, Quest For The Riddle Stone (p. 9)

"Add" the words to the answer. Each line is a different use for the word. Absolute Absolute zero; absolute value; absolutely; absolute power.


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