Riddle 22


I’m sharing another riddle from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still.

“A host of eyes buried deep.
Eyes staring yet cannot peep,
Eyes that never close in sleep;
And oh! the cruel, cruel hand
Gouging the eyes into a pan.”


The last riddle I shared was from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still. I don’t think anyone got this one, the answer was a flea.

“It’ll bite you. But if you know its name, you’ll understand what to do the next occasion you meet.”


canning jars full of food

Come cook with me!

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, August 23 – Saturday, August 29, 2020
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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    March 14, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Easiest one yet!

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    March 14, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    I think a potato.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 14, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    What’s a potato?

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    patricia ann mulligan
    March 14, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    i got riddle 22 quick potato (eyes) a buried memory came up of my granny telling me & my cousin this riddleong ago

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    Ed Ammons
    March 14, 2020 at 1:27 pm


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    Sue Simmons
    March 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    A potato or A trout LOL

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    March 14, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Potatoes. Always one to overthink, I wonder what else has eyes! Also a sweet potato, which I have grown by making cuttings from those beautiful eyes after elevating the potato with toothpicks in a glass of water.

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    Pamela Danner
    March 14, 2020 at 8:57 am


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    Ron Stephens
    March 14, 2020 at 7:57 am

    I agree with rhe first three – potatoes.

    I found a few holdovers the other day when turning the garden. It’s fun to find them, a buried treasure. But I will nor be planting any this year. Saving the room for other things.

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 14, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Me too potato, also my first answer

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    Miss Cindy
    March 14, 2020 at 7:10 am

    At first I thought a potato, but I’m not so sure.

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    March 14, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Sounds like potatoes

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    March 14, 2020 at 5:34 am

    Finally, I get a riddle answer! It’s a potato!

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