School: Gusserane

Gusserane, Co. Wexford
Bríghid, Bean Nic Fheorais
The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0871, Page 300

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0871, Page 300

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  1. Riddles
    Long legs, crooked thighs, little head and no eyes? Tongs.
    Black and white yet red (read) all over? Newspaper.
    What goes with its head down? A nail in a shoe.
    What is taken from your before you get it? Your photograph.
    What is it that the longer it lives the shorter it becomes? A lighted candle.
    I walked up the road, and I walked down the road, and then I took the road on my back? A ladder.
    What is it that has a tongue and many eyes, yet has no face? A boot.
    What is the shyest thing in the house? The clock, because it always keeps its hands on its face.
    What are the loudest things in the world? Candles, because they wake (awake) the dead.
    What goes from here to Dublin yet never stirs? A road.
    What is it (take) that the more we take from it, the larger it becomes? A hole.
    What is it that which never asks questions yet requires many answers? The door bell.
    What ship should we all avoid?
    When should you lose your temper? When it is a bad one.
    What has a tongue and no mouths? A whip.
    What has ribs yet no body? An umbrella.
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    Transcribed by a member of our volunteer transcription project.
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    Peggie Doyle
    Nash, Co. Wexford