Appalachia Riddles

Riddles 10


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

“Use three letters to
sour cream
grow whiskers,
ripen pears,
turn tadpoles into frogs,
boys into men,
mules into fools.”

A lot of you guessed the last riddle. The answer was scissors.


Appalachian Cooking Class details

Come cook with me!

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.

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    Ron Stephens
    April 13, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Well, it pretty clearly is, as Miss Cindy says, a reference to time. But the three-letter restriction doesn’t leave much. “Day” is too short. “Era” is time but a ridiculous amount of time to grow whiskers or for a boy to become a man. I agree with the others that “age” best means all the needs because it has the idea of ‘the amount of time sufficient to the subject’.

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    LC Barn
    April 13, 2019 at 10:30 am


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    April 13, 2019 at 10:18 am

    I think age.

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    April 13, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I’d say a g e (age).

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    Ed Ammons
    April 13, 2019 at 8:34 am


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    Leilani Worrell
    April 13, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Might the three letters be a-g-e?

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 13, 2019 at 7:24 am

    It would be nice to be reminded of the riddle we are getting the answer to. I forget the riddle by the time I get the answer.

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      April 13, 2019 at 9:41 am

      Sheryl-you can click on the redish orange “last riddle” words to go back to the last riddle 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    April 13, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Seems to me that the answer should be time but that’s four letters, not three.

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