Riddle 32

solve learning riddles from appalachia

Today’s riddle is from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek” written by James Still.

Big at the bottom
Little at the top
Thing in the middle
Goes ker-flippety-flop.

The last riddle I shared was from family friend Wayde Powell.

Riddle: Six set and seven sprung, out of the dead the living come.

Answer: A chicken (a small one I guess) made a nest in an animal skull. She hatched out six baby chicks. She and the chicks made seven. When they left the skull – out of the dead the living come.

Wayde said his grandmother taught the riddle to him.


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    August 17, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Butter churn.

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    August 14, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    I also read The Bookwoman- such a tale! It really kept me on the edge.
    I am absolutely no good at riddles, though.

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    Ed Ammons
    August 14, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    The first thing I thought of was a playground swing. The thing in the middle that goes ker flippity-flop is the kid falling out.

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    Miss Cindy
    August 14, 2021 at 4:14 pm


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    Paula Rhodarmer
    August 14, 2021 at 11:55 am

    A butter churn

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    Rita F Speers
    August 14, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Sounds like me, trying to jog up the street!

  • Reply
    Ed Ammons
    August 14, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Here lately about ever time I read a post of yours it either reminds me of song or incites me to write one.

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    Ray Presley
    August 14, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Speaking of Troublesome Creek, has anyone ever read the book, “Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek?” Don’t recall author, but it’s a good read.

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      Sanford McKinney
      August 14, 2021 at 10:05 am

      Kim Michele Richardson?

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        Ray Presley
        August 14, 2021 at 7:03 pm

        Thanks, Sanford. I should have “Googled” her before posting.. She is indeed the author, and apparently she’s also from Kentucky.

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      August 14, 2021 at 4:45 pm

      It’s a good book! I read it a year or two ago.

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    Ray Presley
    August 14, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Thanks Tipper. I used to really enjoy those riddles from the Bible. And what I found even more entertaining were wise men, probably including Jesus, interpreting dreams. I always thought it was a case of the interpreter taking an opportunity to teach the dreamer a lesson.

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    Sanford McKinney
    August 14, 2021 at 7:32 am

    A Churn?

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    Donna M Wood
    August 14, 2021 at 7:11 am

    That’s like the riddle Samson told in the Bible: “And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.” Judges 14:14.

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