Riddle 28


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

“Riddle, riddle, randy crow,
I can’t move but here I go;
Two black hands to cover my face,
Key to set my daily pace;
Though I’m one you’ll likely shelve
I can point you twice to twelve.”


The last riddle I shared was from James Still: “Black as midnight, heavy and thick, long flat tail straight as a stick. A few of you got the answer: a cast iron frying pan.


Subscribe for FREE and get a daily dose of Appalachia in your inbox

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    October 25, 2020 at 1:23 am

    Before I downloaded the Blind Pig for Today, and opened it, I had read the riddle and guessed an old-fashioned wind-up clock! So the answers above were already in my mind before I accessed the post, except as it comes up before clicking onto the site itself! Wow! As several others have said, I’m no good, usually, at riddles, but I got this one! Enjoyed!

  • Reply
    October 24, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    A clock.

  • Reply
    Wanda Devers
    October 24, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Can’t believe I know what it is!! A clock!! I am the world’s worst at riddle solving.

  • Reply
    October 24, 2020 at 11:56 am

    Clock! I’m no good at riddles in general.

  • Reply
    October 24, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Wow, I finally got one…..I think it is a Mantle Clock. They had a key to wind them up.

  • Reply
    Ann Applegarth
    October 24, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Yep, a clock — not an electric clock, but one that must be wound daily.

  • Reply
    Yecedrah Beth Higman
    October 24, 2020 at 11:15 am

    I would say a mantle clock or an alarm clock.

  • Reply
    October 24, 2020 at 11:02 am

    Clock is my guess. With the move toward digital, I used to make certain I always had a wind up clock. We had such frequent power outages at one time, and I could always made sure I was on time ’cause Mickey Mouse never let me down.

  • Reply
    October 24, 2020 at 9:28 am

    A clock! I finally got one!

    • Reply
      October 24, 2020 at 11:47 am

      Clock. I am really bad at riddles so smiled whrn I finally got one

  • Reply
    Ed Ammons
    October 24, 2020 at 8:54 am

    A key wound mantel clock?

  • Reply
    Sanford McKinney Jr
    October 24, 2020 at 8:38 am


  • Reply
    Jim Casada
    October 24, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Tipper–I’m usually too dense to determine the answer to your riddles, but this one has enough clues that, like a clock being right twice daily, I know the answer. It’s a key-wind clock.

    Jim Casada

  • Reply
    Ron Stephens
    October 24, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Yep, a clock, specifically a wind up clock.

    Reminds me of “The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat” where the clock put its hands before its face.

  • Reply
    Gene Smith
    October 24, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Mantel clock, anyone?

  • Reply
    Miss Cindy
    October 24, 2020 at 6:41 am

    A clock!

  • Reply
    John Hickman
    October 24, 2020 at 6:23 am

    My guess for the riddle answer is a clock.

    • Reply
      Margie Goldstein
      October 24, 2020 at 8:52 am

      I too think a clock that needs winding with a key.

    • Reply
      Joshua Dykes
      October 24, 2020 at 11:09 pm

      A clock

    Leave a Reply