Riddle 36

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

Beefhide, Zilpo, Mouthcard, Stop, Sideway, Redash, Spoutspring, Drop, Select, Tobacco, Eighty-Eight, Dimple, Sixty-six, Soldier, Threelinks, Sample, Gad, Gabe, Wisdom, Zag, Weed, Speck, Stepstone, Bigbone, Snap, Bent, Keck, Bromo, Blackjoe, Sip, Honeybee—

How many are in Ken-tuck-ee?


The last riddle I shared was from “Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek Appalachian Riddles & Rusties” by James Still.

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

A lot of folks got the answer: a stove.

Last night’s video: Dorie Woman of the Mountains 15.


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  • Reply
    Ron Bass
    May 8, 2022 at 7:26 am

    All the letters in Ken-tuck-ee are listed

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    Glenda G. Page
    May 7, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Can’t wait for next Friday…Thanks

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    Marylou Sweat
    May 7, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Names of Kentucky towns

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    May 7, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    I haven’t a clue about Kentucky;)
    I sure enjoyed your reading on Dory Woman of the Mountain 15! My husband and I have traveled through all that area and celebrated our 50th Anniversary in Pigeon Forge. We’ve been to Brasstown, Townsend, Gatlinburg and over the mountain to Cherokee more than once. My people came there in the late 1700’s and then moved on over to east Tennessee and NW Alabama. and later those in the timber business went to NE MS and Tyronza, Arkansas. Like Pap telling you about the Chestnut Tree, my daddy told me the same story and it made me feel a sadness for the loss of that tree.
    You mentioned the young man that went to Jamestown, TN., to finish school. My husband and I had watched that old movie “Sargent York” of WW1. One year we drove through Jamestown to Pall Mall, TN., where Sargent York was from and actually went to the old church where he taught Sunday School.
    I love and respect the wisdom, faith, and strength (gumption) of those who came before me.

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    May 7, 2022 at 10:00 am

    I’m terrible at riddles but being from Ken-tuck-ee, I immediately knew this one, so I won’t give it away.

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      Darlene Bruffey
      May 8, 2022 at 7:43 pm

      My father’s family is buried in stop cemetary, Kentucky. Names of cemeteries.

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    May 7, 2022 at 9:46 am

    All I know is Bee-fied and Mouthcard are located in the county where I was born and raised.

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    Ed Ammons
    May 7, 2022 at 9:21 am

    I’d say none! Where is Ken-tuck-ee?

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    Larry Paul Eddings
    May 7, 2022 at 9:01 am

    All of them!

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    May 7, 2022 at 8:57 am

    I must have missed seeing the riddle that was a stove. After reading that last riddle I knew it was a stove before seeing the answer. The description reminded me of an old Buck Stove we use to have when my hubby and I were first married living in WV. I loved that wood and coal burning stove. Good memories!
    However, this new riddle has me stumped. I’ll be excited to see that answer. I have a feeling it’s going to be way simpler than it appears to be, but then most riddles are. Thanks for challenging us! It helps keep our minds turning! 🙂

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    May 7, 2022 at 8:32 am

    I think these are names of towns, communities or cities in Kentucky but not sure if all of them are.

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    Ron Stephens
    May 7, 2022 at 8:17 am

    There probably is a trick to it I am not seeing that leads a different way, such as maybe the answer is “none”? But being a KY boy, I took.it serious. I know Beefhide and Honeybee are in KY. Honeybee was just a few miles away from Indian Creek Baptist Church that I grew up in. One of the members had the Honeybee store and post office. And I’m pretty sure Redash is just across the state line from Jellico, TN. And Bigbone ( as in Big Bone Lick) is a locality in the Bluegrass. Some several of those other names look like Kentucky to. I’ll bet AW knows a few more.

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      May 7, 2022 at 2:30 pm

      Ron, I do know several other places, but I took it serious too and your first answer of none must be right. ED also said none and after reading ED’s comment first I seen the trick of the rhyme.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 7, 2022 at 7:00 am

    I don’t have a clue how many of those are in Kentucky! I do know that that is a passel of unusual names…go Kentucky!

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