Riddle 35

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

Pot belly,
One dark eye,
Poke its ribs,
Make it sigh.


The last riddle I shared was from Blind Pig reader Larry DePuy:

Marble walls as white as milk, with a lining as soft as silk, within a fountain crystal clear a golden apple doth appear. There are no doors to this stronghold, but thieves break in to steal the gold.

What is it?

Most everyone got the answer: an egg.

Last night’s video: Dorie Woman of the Mountains 7.


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    Luann Benge
    March 12, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    I agree with the others who’ve said the answer is a stove. It sounds like a pot-belly stove.

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    March 12, 2022 at 8:26 pm

    The only thought that comes to mind is a bellows, but I can’t square that with the whole riddle.

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    Ron Stephens
    March 12, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Can’t think of anything other than pot-bellied stove. But it seems a poor description. Or maybe I just don’t know the features of one. Did they have a single “eye” on top? I think of those little spinner draft wheels that might be in a stove door as a sort-of eye. Can’t figure the “make it sigh” part though.

    Hope you all get a snow picture (through the window). Somebody might ought to save the weather forecast for the day for the sake of future anniversary memories.

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    March 12, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    A stove

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    Ed Ammons
    March 12, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    At first I thought of a pot belly stove. Obviously it has the pot belly and some had an eye on top. But, the ribs and the sigh escape me. I don’t know a lot about pot belly stoves and they may very well be the answer to the riddle. I’ve been around a lot of woodstoves but I don’t think I have seen a pot belly stove in operation.

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    March 12, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Tipper, hope you got the snow. We got about 6 inches here in NE.KY.

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    Lisa Michelle
    March 12, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Is it to clean the great of the pot belly stove out in the morning , Stoke up the embers and get the fire going again!

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    Maxine Appleby
    March 12, 2022 at 11:07 am

    A blacksmith’s bellows

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    Gloria Hayes
    March 12, 2022 at 10:39 am

    I also think it’s pot belly stove. I remember seeing ones that were small used just for heating. My uncle had one in his old country store. Congratulations once again to Austin and Corie on their big day today. Prayers and blessings to all of you!

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    March 12, 2022 at 10:27 am

    For your riddle I thought like others a pot bellied stove but it could also be that little dough guy:) I enjoyed your reading Dorie woman of the mountain.
    I woke up this morning to snow and now cold temperatures here in SC PA. I thought of Corie’s Wedding last night so I was praying all goes well for you all today. I’m sure the wedding will be beautiful!! God bless!

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    Jane ODell
    March 12, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Pot belly stove?

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    Sherry Whitaker
    March 12, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Sounds like an excellent or pot belly stove to me!
    Praying for your family today! God bless you all for a happy wedding today!

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    Margie G
    March 12, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Gotta be an old wood stove or pot belly. Riddles are NOT my thing so I can only hope here. The egg riddle totally blew past me…

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    Gail Allen
    March 12, 2022 at 7:45 am

    Bread dough?

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    Tina Huffman
    March 12, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Makes me think of one of those pot belly stoves. Other than a pig that’s the only pot belly I can think of. Well, one more pot belly might be my husband. LOL. Don’t tell him I said that.

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      Sandra henderson
      March 12, 2022 at 7:57 am

      I agree. That’s what I thought when I read it. An eye on a pot belly stove.

      Need a wood stove today. Snow here in Franklin, n.c. Thought of y’all today,on Corie wedding. Maybe get one of granny’s shawls to wrap around our sweet bride.

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