Appalachia Riddles

Riddle 23


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

“Whim-wham, shim-sham, jog-along, shift,
There’s a weightless thing you can’t lift.”


The last riddle I shared was from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still. A lot of folks got figured out the answer: a potato.

“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.”


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    April 16, 2020 at 11:01 am

    I know im way late on this one Tipper. Could it be shadow

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    April 11, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    My first thoughts were air or fog or smoke; but looking at that first line again, “wind” or “sound” seem most likely.

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    April 11, 2020 at 9:45 am

    My first thought was the wind.

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    Ed Ammons
    April 11, 2020 at 8:58 am

    It’s not really weightless but is it air?

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    Rick Shepherd
    April 11, 2020 at 8:31 am

    Air or a cloud depending whether you are standing on the mountain or in the valley…..Then it might be fog…..It might have more than one answer.

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    Ron Stephens
    April 11, 2020 at 8:27 am

    My first thought was air also. But then I thought maybe trouble?

    This must be dogwood winter. Still got blackberry winter to go.

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      David Frost
      April 11, 2020 at 10:16 am

      It is Blackberry winter her. I am thankful their blossoms aren’t as big as the Bigleaf Magnolia’s blossoms. It would be an Ice Age if they were.

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    John Hickman
    April 11, 2020 at 6:33 am

    The answer I guess is air.

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    J. David Chrisman
    April 11, 2020 at 6:28 am

    Too fun!

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