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RIDDLE

IT'S NOT ON LAND,
IT'S NOT ON SEA,
I'LL BET MY OLD HAT
IT'S (A) NOT (KNOT) ON A TREE.
WHAT IS IT?

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; TRAVERSE CITY

James Callow Keyword(s): PUN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

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GUESS

QUESTION: WHAT IS ROUND AS A BISCUIT, BUSY AS A BEE AND THE
PRETTIEST LITTLE THING YOU EVER DID SEE?
ANSWER: WATCH.

Submitter comment: SHE TOLD THIS ITEM TO ME IN A SNAPPY MANNER, BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T HAVE
MUCH TO CONTRIBUTE AND I ASKED FOR TOO MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT HER.
I ASKED FOR THE ITEMS RIGHT BEFORE SHE WAS TO TAKE AN EXAM SO I
SUPPOSE THAT EXPLAINS HER ATTITUDE FOR NOT WANTING TO EXPLAIN THE
ITEM.
THIS ITEM IS A RIDDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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RIDDLE

IT NEVER MOVES BY DAY OR NIGHT
YET KEEPS ON GOING OUT OF SIGHT. (A ROAD).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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RIDDLE

OVER THE GROUND,
UNDER YOUR NOSE
IT HAS AS MANY HEELS AS TOES. (A PAIR OF SHOES).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): CLOTHING (A) WEARING APPAREL (A)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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RIDDLE

WHAT IS VERY NICE AND VERY NEAT, HAS SOME TEETH, BUT JUST CAN'T
EAT? (A COMB).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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RIDDLE

THIS IS AS PLAIN AS THE END OF YOUR NOSE THE MORE YOU TAKE FROM IT ,
THE BIGGER IT GROWS. (A HOLE)

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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RIDDLE

THIRTY-TWO WHITE CALVES STANDING IN A STALL, ALONG
COMES A RED
COW AD LICKS THEM ALL. A: N TEETH AND TONGUE

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; FARMINGTON ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL (Q) ; BODY PARTS (A)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 09-26-1972

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RIDDLE

Q: COTO JEST?/ MA WASIKI, PAZURY/ LOWI MYSZY I SCZURY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; ANIMAL (Q) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; VERSE RIDDLE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle
RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: COTO JEST?/ BIEGA PO DWORZE I SZCZEKA/ A CZASEM IKASI CZTOWIEKA.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (A) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; PERSON (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle
RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE IN VERSE

Q: MY TRUNK ALAS. IT HAS NO LOCK./ IT HASN'T ANY KEY./
BUT YET WHEREVER I MAY GO/ I TAKE MY TRUNK WITH ME.
A: AN ELEPHANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; LUGGAGE (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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RIDDLE IN VERSE

Q: I TALK BACK TO FOLKS IT IS TRUE/ AND I LIKE CRACKERS AS WELL
AS YOU.
A: PARROT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (A) ; EATABLES (Q) ; LITERAL ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: WHO AM I?/ PERKY EARS AND WIGGLY NOSE,/
BUSHY TAIL AND PAINTED ( POINTED? ) TOES,/ BRIGHT BLACK EYES AND
FURRY DRESS,/ WHO AM I? YOU NEED NOT GUESS,/
IF YOU'LL LOOK, YOU'LL PLAINLY SEE
A: I M A SQUIRREL, UP IN A TREE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (Q) ; ANIMALS (A) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; WEARABLE (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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Language: Games

Q: I STAND ALONE UPON A ROCK/ THE ANGRY WAVES I DAILY MOCK/
THE SHIPS THAT PASS ME IN (THE) NIGHT/ ARE SAFELY GUIDED BY MY LIGHT
A: A LIGHTHOUSE.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated and Motifs / 02-28-2011 / TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING ; GAME ; Guide ; Language ; LIGHT ; Lighthouse ; Night ; RHYME ; RIDDLE ; Rock ; Ship ; TRANSPORTATION ; VERSE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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TRUE RIDDLE

Q: THE BEGINNING OF ETERNITY,/ THE END OF TIME AND SPACE,/
THE BEGINNING OF EVERY END/ AND THE END OF EVERY PLACE.
A: THE LETTER E.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT THIS WAS A POPULAR RIDDLE CIRCULATED IN HER

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 10-20-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHICH IS THE BEGINNING OF ETERNITY,
THE END OF TIME AND SPACE,
THE BEGINNING OF EVERY RACE,
AND AT THE END OF EVERY RACE?
A: THE LETTER E

Data entry tech comment: ANOTHER EXAMPLE IN THE 5 X 8 CARD FILES.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 10-08-1967

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Q: RAILROAD CROSSING, LOOK OUT FOR CARS,
CAN YOU SPELL IT WITHOUT ANY R'S?
A: IT IS SPELLED I - T.

Submitter comment: A VERY TRADITIONAL CHILDHOOD RIDDLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; COMMUNICATIONS AND ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE IN VERSE

Q: I AM BLACK AND WHITE/ AND I'M VERY AMUSING/ I'M VERY INSTRUCTIVE/
BUT NEVER CONFUSING.
A: NEWSPAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED ; STATE OF BEING (Q) COLOR

James Callow Keyword(s): CATCH ; INITIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 10-00-1967

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SILLY SALLY RIDDLE

Q: SILLY SALLY LIKES APPLES, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE FRUIT.
SILLY SALLY LIKES GLASS, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE WINDOWS.
SILLY SALLY LIKES JEFF, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE JOHN.
SILLY SALLY LIKES BOOKS, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE PAGES.
SILLY SALLY LIKES HIPPIES, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE BEATNIKS.
SILLY SALLY LIKES COOKIES, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE CRACKERS.
SILLY SALLY LIKES SKIING, BUT SHE DOES NOT LIKE SNOW.
SILLY SALLY LOVES MISSISSIPPI.
WHAT DOES SILLY SALLY LIKE?
A: SILLY SALLY LIKES WORDS WITH DOUBLE LETTERS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM CLASSMATES

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORT GOODS (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; PARTICULAR

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; INITIAL ITERATION ; MEDIAL ITERATION

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle
RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 10-12-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: RIDDLE COME RIDDLE COME RARLET/ MY PETTICOAT'S LINED WITH SCARLET/
A STONE IN THE MIDDLE AND STICK AT THE TAIL/ TELL ME THIS RIDDLE
WITHOUT ANY FAIL.
A: A CHERRY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (Q) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; NATURAL PHENOMENA (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 03-01-1968

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Q: TASTY TO SOME FOLKS,/ AND USED THE WORLD ROUND./ NOT MADE OF DIRT,
BUT IT ALWAYS IS GROUND.
A: COFFEE.

Submitter comment: I FOUND THIS ACTIVITY BOOK IN THE ATTIC. FROM:
"LOTS OF THINGS TO DO"
(AKRON, OHIO, THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING CO., 1951)
THE PAGES ARE NOT NUMBERED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): EATABLES AND DRINKS (A) ; EATABLES AND DRINKS (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Riddle True Riddle

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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