My house has four doors. I go in at one.
Then I come out at three doors all at once.
When is an old hat like a deposed king?
(When it has lost its crown.)
Примечание. Игра слов: a crown 1. корона, 2. верх шапки.
I sit astride, but on what I don't know. I jump off whenever I meet an acquaintance.
What am I?
When you come in, you take it off, but when you go out, you put it on. It is long and is hung on a peg near the door.
Two little boats without any sails,
With ten passengers on board.
They do not go on the river or sea,
But travel on dry land.
All day boats pass to and fro,
But at night they are both empty.
Two brothers we are,
Great burdens we bear,
On which we are bitterly pressed;
The truth is to say,
We are full all the day,
And empty when we go to rest.
What has no head, no arms, no legs, and still has a tongue?
Two deep wells.
Full by day,
Empty at night.
We are twins,
We walk together,
We never part,
We make a pair for ever.
(Boots or shoes.)
We travel much, yet prisoners are,
And close confined to boot.
With the swiftest horse we keep pace,
Yet always go on foot.
What is it that walks with its head downwards?
(A nail in the shoe.)
By day – a hoop, at night – a snake.
Two shafts behind the ears, two wheels in front of the eyes, and a little saddle on the nose.
What is it?
Who are these twins that bridge a man's nose every morning?
Who of you knows?
What fastens two people yet touches only one?
(A wedding ring.)
What do you find easiest to part with?
Примечание. Игра слов: to part (with) 1. расставаться (с), 2. расчесывать на пробор.
My teeth are sharp,
But I don't bite,
And you make use of me
My humble duty's
Plain and fair –
To help you comb
Your lovely hair.
What is it that never uses its teeth for eating?
What has teeth, but cannot bite?
What is that that is sometimes with a head and sometimes without a head?
What is full of holes but still holds the water?
What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
I am the only thing that always tells the truth. I show off everything that I see. I come in all shapes and sizes.
So tell me what I must be!
You can see nothing else
When you look in my face.
I will look you in the eye
And never lie.
(Your reflection in a mirror.)
Five cupboards, but only one door.
What has eight fingers and two thumbs, but cannot pick up anything by itself?
(A pair of gloves.)
What goes up when the rain comes down?
When the rain –
Pat, pat, pat –
Starts its usual talk,
Its best friend,
Will be out for a walk.
A flower planted in the hand that blossoms when it rains.
It's true, I have both face and hands,
And move before your eyes;
Yet when I go, my body stands,
And when I stand, I lie.
What goes without moving from its place?
I can tell you all the day
Time to sleep and time to play.
One face, two hands.
It goes, yet stands.
My hands and face I never wash,
But, not a sloven, I look posh!
Don't wash them: I'll stop to chime,
And you'll never know the time.
What has a face, but no head and hands, but no fingers?
I have a face, two arms, and two hands, yet I cannot move. I count to twelve, yet I cannot speak. I can still tell you something every day.
I can tell the time.
What am I?
I have a face. I have a little hand. I have a big hand. My face is white. My hands are black. I have no feet. I can run.
What am I?
I go at night and all the day,
And yet I never go away.
It does not have legs, but it goes.
What always keeps both hands in front of its face?
I run all day, but I stay on one place. I keep what I tell you without talking.
What can stand and go at the same time?
I strike each hour.
But don't forget,
You mustn't strike me,
My good friend!
It is running night and day, but it never runs away.
What hands can take nothing?
(The hands of a clock.)
Whose face needs no washing?
(The face of the clock.)
I have no legs.
But I can run.
I have no tongue,
But I tell everyone,
“Time to start work!”
“Time to go to bed!”
“Time to get up again,
When it burns, it makes no smoke.
Little Nancy Etticoat
With a white petticoat,
And a red nose;
She has no feet or hands,
The longer she stands
The shorter she grows.
Four legs, but not a beast. Full of feathers, but not a bird.
Formed long ago, yet made today,
Employed while others sleep,
What few would like to give away,
Nor any wish to keep.
What is it that has four legs, one head and a foot?
What is higher without the head than with the head?
There are two sisters in my house.
One says, “I wish the day would come.
Then I can lay my burden down.”
The other says, “For me the night is best.
Then it is my turn to rest.”
(A bed and a door.)
They stare at one another all the time, but never meet.
What are they?
(The ceiling and the floor.)
When you look at it, it is not there, but it is there when you touch it.
It's like ice that doesn't melt, and water that doesn't flow.
What force and strength cannot get through,
I with a gentle touch can do,
And many in the streets would stand,
Were I not as a friend in hand.
What goes through a door, but never goes in or comes out?
It is not very big, but it hangs in the middle of the room.
In the daytime nobody wants it, but at night everyone needs it.
In a ball of glass there lives this light.
It sleeps in the daytime and works at night.
(An electric bulb.)
We are four brothers living under one roof.
Do you know us?
(The legs of a table.)
I have four legs, but I can't walk.
(A table or a chair.)
What has four legs, but is not an animal?
(A chair or a table.)
It has four legs,
Either straight or bandy.
Though it cannot walk,
It comes in quite handy.
What has legs but can't run?
What has arms and legs, but no head?
What can go for a walk, but cannot stand by itself?
(A walking stick.)
What is round as a dishpan, and no matter the size, all the water in the ocean can't fill it up?
A riddle, a riddle,
As I suppose;
A hundred eyes,
And never a nose.
I bought a new one and it was full of holes.
What was it?
With a round black body!
Three legs and a wooden hat;
(The boiler on three legs with a wooden cover or an iron pot.)
What starts with “t”, ends with “t” and is full of “t”?
On the cooker I'm puffing and puffing.
Why are they torturing me
My lid is tinkling.
Do make some tea!
Switch off the cooker,
And set me free.
What has a neck but no throat?
It swims to and fro
On a white sea.
It leaves a smooth surface
Quite pleasant to see.
What goes over the floor and then stands in the corner?
A watchdog at your door am I,
You turn me round and still I lie.
I never bark and I never bite,
I keep your things quite safe at night.
I'm long and thin and made of steel.
I cut the mutton, beef and veal,
When not in use, I lie and wait
Beside my owner's round white plate.
What is it?
What plate can't you eat off?
(An empty one.)
I am up, and I am down.
Up and down! Up and down!
I am made of string and wood.
Would you like me? Yes, you would!
So, you see, I am not shy,
Now, please, tell me,
What am I?
It is always round,
It can jump and fall,
In the air, on the ground
We can see a rubber ... .
It is blue and green, and red,
It bounces higher than my head.
It does not want to stop at all.
What is it? It is my… .
It does not have legs, but it jumps.
Has no legs, but just for fun
It is always on the run.
A blue box hangs on a wall; people put letters and greetings into it. And then a man comes to take them away.
It is an iron house, and the lodgers in it carry the news.
What is black and white, and yet read all over?
Who always finds things dull?
What has a tongue and has to be answered, and yet cannot speak a word?
What has fifty heads but can't think?
(A box of matches.)
What flies, but gets nowhere?
Why is a train ticket like a difficult riddle?
(Because you have to give it up.)