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Some old riddles from a Lit class in College:

1) I went into the forest and I got it. When I got it I looked for it, but couldn't find it, so I brought it home in my hand.

2) Born long ago, but made yesterday.

and only employed when others sleep.

What few would wish to give away,

But none would wish forever to keep.

3) I went to Boston and stopped there, and I never went there, and I came home again.

My attempt to make one: (I think it's not that bad )

4) Earth and Water, Fire and Air

Look o'er the earth, you’ll not see me there

Water I make when fire ignites

As air a harbinger of final rites

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Those were good riddles. Couldn't figure out a single one of them. I understand the answers but i don't get the 2nd part to the 3rd one. "I never went there and I came home again?" what do you mean?

same thing here but how did martini guess them?

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Some old riddles from a Lit class in College:

1) I went into the forest and I got it. When I got it I looked for it, but couldn't find it, so I brought it home in my hand.

2) Born long ago, but made yesterday.

and only employed when others sleep.

What few would wish to give away,

But none would wish forever to keep.

3) I went to Boston and stopped there, and I never went there, and I came home again.

My attempt to make one: (I think it's not that bad )

4) Earth and Water, Fire and Air

Look o'er the earth, you’ll not see me there

Water I make when fire ignites

As air a harbinger of final rites

I think you did great its really cool how you did it B)):lol::D

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Munkifisht,

In response to your Personal Message to me, Martini correctly answered all of the riddles in post #2. The answers are:

1. A splinter (sliver)

2. A bed

3. A wristwatch (watch) (waistclock) (pocketwatch)

4. Hydrogen

I only take credit for writing number 4, as I had heard the other 3 elsewhere.

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I think the answer to number 2 is dreams

I have a comment on #2 as well:

"Born long ago, but made YESTERDAY" - did the person not sleep last night?

Maybe it should be made TODAY (as in this morning).

Also, as written, I think The Moon would fit (and is a slightly more 'riddle-ish' answer).

The moon was "born" long ago, rose last night (hence yesterday), none would wish to give it up, yet few would wish to keep it forever (i.e., have eternal night).

The bed answer is good too though, I did not get it.

I was close on #4 - I thought combustion since the products are carbon dioxide and water.

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Thanks for the comment Hoj. The first three are all traditional riddles that have been around for a long time, I only wrote #4, so I'd say if you can fully support a different answer then it's probably equally valid. :)

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