Thirteen times each year you see me,
Wearing ivory horn.
Thirteen times I'm fat and dreamy.
Thirteen times I'm born.
Thirteen times my visage darkens,
Then I'm hard to spy.
Thirteen times the werewolf harkens.
Thirteen times I die.

-- Blake Montana, Tower Of The Riddle Master (p. 72)

If you are looking at your feet, you are looking the wrong way. Line 2 describes this thing well, but it actually occurs MORE than 13 times each year. Moon There are 13 lunar cycles per year (28 days each). Line 2 = crescent moon, line 3 = full moon, line 5 = new moon, line 8 = disappearing as a new moon.


This is more of a word riddle, but I liked it enough to include it.

My First Is In Blue

My first is in blue, but not in glue;
My second in old but not in new;
My third in look but not in see
My last in ask but not in plea
My whole has leaves but not a flower
'Twill help you pass an idle hour. ?

-- English (Cousineau, p. 72)

The first 4 lines are referring to letters. The first line tells us that the first letter of the word is "b" Book No explanation is necessary


Many riddles are based on the following thing. I like this version used by Tolkien in The Hobbit.

Devours All Things

This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.

-- From The Hobbit (Tolkien, p. 77)

Think more abstract than literal. This is not an object you can touch. Time Given enough time, all things come to ruin.


Top Regard

I demand top regard, seeking first prize.
I'm gone ere the fall and shunned by the wise.
Whatever you do, I'll claim you do more.
To find me just look where the lions roar.

-- Robin Marks, Quest For The Riddle Stone (p. 73)

What "goeth before a fall"? "Where lions roar" refers to a group of lions (which is called what?) Pride No explanation is necessary


This is another classic English riddle. It is not my favorite in this collection, but so classic it is worth including.

Old Mother Twitchet

Old Mother Twitchet had one eye,
And a long tail that she let fly,
And every time she went through a gap,
She left a bit of her tail in the trap.

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

"Old Mother Twitchet" is not an actual person. "Tail" is also figurative. A needle and thread No explanation is necessary


This is a classic English riddle. I have some disagreement with its precision as a good riddle (see Hints #1 & #2), but it is still too classic of a riddle to exclude from this collection.

As I Was Going To St. Ives

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?

-- Templar Co., Chapter IV, Riddles & Puzzles, page 4.

This riddle assumes you are not travelling faster than anyone going your way. This riddle assumes you are not going slower than anyone else going your way. One It assumes the only people you passed were coming FROM St. Ives.


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