Riddle 13


I’m sharing a riddle from Blind Pig Reader Ann Applegarth.

Railroad crossing!
Look out for the cars!
Now can you spell that
without any Rs?


The last riddle I shared was from the book “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still. More than a few of you figured out the answer to it-which was a woodstove or cookstove.

“Listen, Big Buddy. What is black as a
crow, stands on four legs, smokes a pipe, and
has to be fed morning, noon, and night?”


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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    June 23, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Is your riddle about stands on 4 legs, smokes a pipe, has to be fed, day and night:

    A wood heater? Or a wood stove? That’s my guess for that riddle.

    And here’s the riddle about the train spelled without r’s: Only mine doesn’t rhyme very well.; I probably could have worked w/it longer an gotten it to rhyme w/out using same word, go twice,, but, well, it’s late on Saturday night”

    Choo choo passes close by.
    Watch for that fast vehicle come and go.
    Stay out of its way, or it will take you away
    If you get too close, then it may be you to go!

    -Georgianne Ethelene Dyer Jones, born and reared in Choestoe–The Place Where Rabbits Dance, and where we have no trains, even in 2019!

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    June 22, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Is it STOP or THAT?

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    June 22, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Nebuchadnezzar, King of the Jews; can you spell that with four letters?

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      Ann Applegarth
      June 22, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      Super! Gaye, you got me for a full minute!!!!! Also: Stop, look, and listen before you cross the street. You use your eyes, you use your ears, and THEN you use your feet.

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    Sanford Mckinney, Jr.
    June 22, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Yep, I missed the answer because “that” is never spelled with an r!

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    June 22, 2019 at 11:46 am

    I think I agree with Stop, Look and Listen – at least that is what I was always told to do.

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    Ann Applegarth
    June 22, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I remember Aw Griff’s riddle, too, but a longer version : As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with 7 wives. Every wife had 7 sacks, and every sack had 7 cats, and every cat had 7 kittens. Kits, cats, sacks, and wives — how many were going to St. Ives? But, being terrible at math then and now, I don’t know the answer!

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      aw griff
      June 22, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      Ann, I’m glad you have a better memory than me. I forgot about the cat sacks.

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        Ann Applegarth
        June 22, 2019 at 7:55 pm

        . . . .now if I could just remember what day it is or where I put. . . . . . . . . .

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          aw griff
          June 22, 2019 at 9:38 pm

          Ann, I laughed out loud when I read your comment. I know what you mean.

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    Tamela Baker
    June 22, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Probably the 1st riddle I ever heard – – THAT was a memorable one. And for AW Griff: “I” was going to St. Ives – another “oldie”but goodie”!

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    June 22, 2019 at 10:42 am


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    Ron Stephens
    June 22, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I remember it. The answer is ‘that’.

    On another subject, we made cups out in the woods using a single leaf of an umbrella magnolia (wahoo). You make them by taking a cold in one side of the leaf about halfway down and hold the gold against the main leaf rib. It makes a cone, like a coffee filter.

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      Ed Ammons
      June 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      We made a cup with our hands and drank from that . Or we laid down on our bellies and drank directly from the stream. Of course we made sure nobody lived upstream.

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    Ed Ammons
    June 22, 2019 at 8:48 am

    “that” has never had any rs! This applies to many riddles.

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    June 22, 2019 at 8:15 am

    It seems I recall that from way back in my childhood, but not the answer. Mr. McKinney’s answer looks good, so I will go with it. We grow up, and we think we just dither away our childhood, but through your posts I see that I actually learned an amazing lot while growing up. At least a couple of times a week I will hear an expression or word, and I will wonder if Tipper has heard it. Even though my sis never reads The Blind Pig I have her doing it also.
    I am able to spend some time with my Aunt (younger than me) since she moved back from Ohio. Just the other day we were demonstrating how we used to make a great cup from a sheet of notebook paper. It was a sturdy little cup, and we used it to drink from the mountain springs we ran across. It was just one of the many things Appalachian children always learned, because most of us were exposed to mountain springs and streams. I am talking mountain streams so far back in the sticks and so remote there was no way they were contaminated. One of my favorite was one called Sherd Branch. The paper made from wood, so none of the problems we now have with styrofoam. We knew the mountain, and we played on the mountain. We always stopped for a refreshing drink when we passed it. Sorry I strayed so far from your riddle, but your blog has a way of conjuring up memories.

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    carol harrison
    June 22, 2019 at 7:23 am


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    aw griff
    June 22, 2019 at 7:01 am

    I’m not good at riddles but I remember the riddle. Heard THAT one as a kid. This made me think of another one I heard growing up. As I was going to St. Ives I met a man with 7 wives and each wife had 7 cats and each cat had 7 kittens. How many were going to St Ives?

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    Sanford Mckinney, Jr.
    June 22, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Stop, Look and Listen

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      June 22, 2019 at 9:14 am


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        aw griff
        June 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm

        One. Ever man, wife, cat, and kittens were going the other direction.

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