Riddle 25


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

“Pinch it to make it pinch,
What it pinches doesn’t flinch. ”


The last riddle I shared was from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still. Most everyone got the answer to the last riddle-which was a spider.

“Of weavers the best am I,
My own yarn do I supply,
None can match me, did they try,
To wear my cloth is to die.”


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    Ed Ammons
    June 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    You know I got to thinking about clothespins and remembered the oldtimey split wood clothespins. They don’t have a spring and a fulcrum which makes modern clothespins work. You don’t have to pinch them. You let the natural springiness of the wood hold them and their assigned clothing in place. They are the ones that people in cartoons used when something smelled horrific. Look up vintage wooden clothespins.

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    June 1, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    A clothespin

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    May 31, 2020 at 1:40 pm

    Pliers/wrench… ? Clothes pen is a good guess as some others have stated.

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    May 30, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Clothespins, if not correct should be. I only guessed the because I use clothespins for everything. They are there to pinch together the top of the chip bag, fasten top of my potting soil, and of course hang clothes on clothesline which is a good Summer workout.t I used to find the old cartoons funny where they would pinch the nose to prevent smelling bad odor. I daresay that is probably the only thing I haven’t used the handy dandy clothespin for.

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    Bob Jones
    May 30, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    A clothespin?

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    Wanda Devers
    May 30, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Can’t believe it since I’m the world’s worst at riddles–is it a clothespin??

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      May 31, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      I think I’ve got ya beat on the world’s worst at riddles… 🙂

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    Ed Ammons
    May 30, 2020 at 9:22 am

    I was gonna guess a crawfish but then I read Miss Cindy and Margie Goldstein’s comment. Now I’m guessin it ain’t a crawfish. Clothes pins are girl things anyway and I ain’t no girl.

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    Sanford McKinney Jr
    May 30, 2020 at 8:56 am

    A vise?

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    Ron Stephens
    May 30, 2020 at 8:52 am

    Well, clothespin sounds like a good fit. But would ice tongs or logging tongs not work to?

    By the way, if it is clothspins, wonder how many remember the ones without the spring, just a slot? And I wonder if those can still be found. I have not seen one of then in a long time.

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    Margie Goldstein
    May 30, 2020 at 7:57 am


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    Miss Cindy
    May 30, 2020 at 6:25 am

    A closepen?

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