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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: KAS PIRMAS ZEINA IZ BAZNYCIZ? WHO GOES FIRST INTO CHURCH?
A: RAKTAS - A KEY

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; LITERAL NONOPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-20-1968

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GOES THROUGH THE DOOR, BUT DOES NOT PASS ON EITHER SIDE
OF THE DOOR?
A: A KEYHOLE.

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

Where learned: RUSSELL INDUSTRIAL CENTER

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; HARDWARE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 12-03-1967

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CARPENTER'S RIDDLE

Q: WHAT IS THE NAME OF A CARPENTER'S TOOL THAT CAN ALSO BE SPELLED
BACKWARDS?
A: LEVEL

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATED MATTER (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: NEI PATI VALGO, NEI KITAM DUODA. - SHE DOES NOT EAT IT HERSELF,
NOR GIVE IT TO ANOTHER.
A: SPYNA - A LOCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ANTITHETICAL OPPOSITIONAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; PERSON IN ACTION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT GOES UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS BUT CAN NEVER LEAVE THE ROOM?
A: STAIR RAIL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) PARTICULAR AREA ; ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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RIDDLE

Q: YOU CAN HANG ME ON THE WALL , BUT IF YOU TAKE ME DOWN YOU CANNOT
PUT ME UP AGAIN.
A: WALLPAPER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) PARTICULAR AREA ; ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-00-1970

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RIDDLE

Q: YOU CAN HANG IT ON A WALL; BUT IF YOU TAKE IT DOWN, YOU CAN'T
HANG IT UP AGAIN.
A: WALLPAPER.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; CAUSAL OPPOSITIONAL ; HARDWARE (A) ; PUZZLE

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WHEELBARREL (RIDDLE)

Q: WHAT GOES AROUND THE HOUSE AND MAKES ONE TRACK?
A: WHEELBARREL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IN CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): BUILDING (Q) AND ACTIONS ; HARDWARE (A) ; PRIVATIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 03-06-1971

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MIZSLE - LITHUANIAN RIDDLE

Q: LIBA DIENG, ZIBA NAKTIZ. IT SHINES BY DAY, IT SHINES BY NIGHT.
A: LANGAS - A WINDOW.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (A) ; LITERAL NONOPPOSITIONAL ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

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RIDDLE

Q: I AM FOUND BETWEEN TREES, I SHOW EVERYTHING BUT SEE NOTHING.
A: A WINDOW.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) AND NATURAL PHENOMENA ; HARDWARE (A)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT CAN GO UP A CHIMNEY DOWN, BUT CAN NOT GO DOWN A CHIMNEY UP?
A: AN UMBRELLA.

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANTITHETICAL ; HARDWARE (Q) ; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS (A)

James Callow Keyword(s): CHIASMUS

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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RIDDLE

Q: TWO ENDS, TWO RINGS WITH A NAIL IN THE MIDDLE.
A: SCISSORS.

Submitter comment: TRANSLATED FROM LITHUANIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): HARDWARE (Q) ; NOTION ITEMS ; NUMBERS AND MEASUREMENTS (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 02-17-1971

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RIDDLE

Q: WHAT KEY IS THE HARDEST TO TURN?
A: A DONKEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PLAYGROUND

Keyword(s): ANIMAL (A) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; METAPHORICAL NONOPPOSITIONAL

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

Date learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

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RIDDLE

Q: WHY IS A RAILROAD ENGINE LIKE THE FAMILY WASH?
A: BECAUSE BOTH OF THEM GO ON A LINE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): CLOTHES (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; METAPHORICAL ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- Riddle Question

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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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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PATCHES

Q: PATCH UPON PATCH, HOLE IN THE MIDDLE, GUESS THE RIDDLE
I'LL BUY YOU A GOLD FIDDLE.
A: A CHIMNEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): ENTERTAINMENT (Q) ; HARDWARE (A) ; STATE OF BEING (Q)

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

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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WHO AM I? RIDDLE

Q: I SQUEEZE/ THROUGH THE TINIEST CRACK./ I RACE/ LIKE A TRAIN ON
A TRACK./ I WHISTLE AND ROAR/ AND RATTLE THE DOOR./ AND AS SOON AS
I GO/ I AM BACK./ WHO AM I?
A: THE WIND.

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): ACTIONS (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; NATURAL ; TRANSPORTATION (Q)

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

Date learned: 08-00-1964

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RIDDLE VERSE

Q: OLD MOTHER TWITCHETT HAD BUT ONE EYE, / AND A LONG TAIL WHICH
SHE LET FLY;/ AND EVERY TIME SHE WENT THROUGH A GAP,/ A BIT OF HER
TAIL SHE LEFT IN A TRAP.
A: A NEEDLE

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

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WYANDOTTE

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; PARTS OF THE BODY (Q) ; PERSONS (Q)

James Callow Keyword(s): LONG TAIL= THREAD

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

Date learned: 11-12-1968

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( 20 ) RIDDLES

Q: 1. DUI SESLES PER KALNELIZ NESOEINA. - TWO SISTERS DO NOT MEET
OVER A HILL.
A: EYES.
Q: 2. DU RATU PAGIRY STOUI. - TWO WHEELS STANDING BY THE FOREST.
A: EARS.
Q: 3. PILNA LUKTELE BALTEZ VISTELIZ. - A HOUSE FULL OF WHITE HENS.
A: MOUTH AND TEETH.
Q: 4. MIZSLIUZ TEVAS KALNE GULI. - THE FATHER OF RIDDLES IS LYING
IN THE HILL.
A: TONGUE.
Q: 5. ZIBA DIENA, ZIBA NAKTIZ. - SPARKLES AT NIGHT, SPARKLES DURING
THE DAY.
A: WINDOW.
Q: 6. VISI JODO, NIEKAS NEPASERIA. - EVERYONE FOR IODINE, NO ONE
FEEDS IT.
A: DOOR STEP.
Q: 7. NEI PATI VDGO, NEI KITAM DUODA. - NEITHER DOES SHE EAT HERSELF,
OR GIVE TO ANOTHER.
A: A LOCK.
Q: 8. MASA MOTERELE VISAZ PASAULIZ APRENGIA. - A SMALL WOMAN DRESSES
THE WHOLE WORLD.
A: A SEWING NEEDLE.
Q: 9. MAZAS PUODELIS, SKANI KOSELE. - A SMALL POT, GOOD BROTH.
A: PEANUT. ?M Q: 10. PRAMUSI LEDAZ, RASI SIDABRAZ; PRAMUSI SIDABRAZ, RASI AUKSAZ. -
BREAK THE ICE, YOU'LL FIND SILVER; BREAK THE SILVER, YOU'LL FIND
GOLD.
A: AN EGG.
Q: 11. DVIEM PUPOM VISAZ LAUKAZ APSEJA. - WITH TWO PEAS YOU SOW A
WHOLE FIELD.
A: WITH EYES.
Q: 12. DU BEGA, DU VEJA. - TWO RUN, TWO CHASE.
A: WHEELS.
Q: 13. ATLEKE PAUKSTIS BE SPARNUZ, IZKANDO ZINOQUI BE DANTUZ. - A
BIRD FLEW BY WITH NO WINGS, BIT A MAN WITH NO TEETH.
A: BULLET.
Q: 14. SUDEGE AZUOLAS BE ANGLIUZ, BE PELENIZ. - AN OAK BURNED WITH
NO COAL, WITH NO ASHES.
A: A CANDLE
Q: 15. MISKE GIMEZS, IMSKE ANGES, PAREINA NAMO KEPUIUZ KILNOTI. -
BORN IN A FOREST, GREW UP IN A FOREST, COMES HOME TO RAISE HATS.
A: CROSS.
Q: 16. ILGAS - BE GALO, GILUS - BE DUGNO. - LONG - WITH NO END, DEEP
- WITH NO BOTTOM.
A: A RING.
Q: 17. PENKI TVARTAI, VIENOS DURYS. - FIRE BURNS, ONE DOOR.
A: GLOVES.
Q: 18. PER VANDENIZ EIDAMAS NEPRIQERIA, PER UGNIZ - NESUDEGA.
WALKING THROUGH WATER, DOESN'T DROWN; THROUGH FIRE - DOESN'T BURN.
A: A SHADOW.
Q: 19. JOKI ZIRGAS ZVENGIA, NET KAMANOS SKAMBA. - FAR DOES A HORSE
NEIGH, EVEN THE ROOF TOPS ECHO.
A: THUNDER.
Q: 20. KAD ATSIKELTUZ, DANGEZ PAREMTUZ, KAD RENKAS TURETUZ, VAGIZ
PAGAUTUZ. - IF COULD GET UP, HOLD UP THE HEAVEN; IF HAD HANDS,
WOULD CATCH A THIEF.
A: A ROAD.

Submitter comment: IN LITHUANIAN, THESE RIDDLES RHYME. HOWEVER, THE TRANSLATION DOES NOT
BRING OUT THE TRUE AND REAL RHYTHM OF THEM.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN BY COLLECTOR

Keyword(s): ACTIONS (Q) ; ANIMALS (Q) ; BUILDINGS (Q) ; HARDWARE (Q) ; NATURAL

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

Date learned: 03-24-1972

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