RULES: A riddle for your thoughts? Write a rhyming riddle, any length and paste it in the comments section below with your name and area of residence. Do not include the answer. Let people guess and then respond at your discretion. One submission per contestant. Submissions should be originally written just for this contest. No submission fee. See our Riddles Section for inspiration.

DEADLINE: July 31 midnight EST. Winner announced August 10.

PRIZE: Official Winner’s Certificate.

JUDGE: Society staff and the Advisory Board will judge (those who choose not to participate in judging may participate in the contest)

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58 Responses

  1. Alex Andy Phuong

    I might be a simple peasant,
    But I am a princess whose name sounds very pleasant.
    Who am I?

    Name: Alex Andy Phuong
    Area of residence: Alhambra, California

      • Alex Andy Phuong

        Hi Juanita,

        That was a good guess, but I was actually thinking of “Belle” from “Beauty and the Beast.” (I can still understand why you thought the answer was “Cinderella.”)

        Thank you!

        Alex Phuong

  2. David Watt

    As storm clouds gathered nearer, deeper, darker overhead,
    I took up my position by the window, on the bed.
    First came bolts of lightning – thunder followed close behind.
    The rain fell up, not downwards, but somehow I didn’t mind.

    Rain came up in buckets where the gutter water flows.
    Puddles became torrents, became rivers as they rose.
    Water bombs exploded with a terrifying blast;
    While suspended snails on silver trails proudly shuffled past.

    Branches grew delightfully beneath the trunks of trees.
    Leaves settled higher, higher, stolen downward by the breeze.
    I caught a glimpse of distant trucks traversing stormy roads,
    Driving past on cabin tops, transporting upturned loads.

    Washing flew aloft like kites – a most unusual sight.
    The neighbor’s gate had turned around, latched on bottom right.
    Passers-by in raincoats held umbrellas by my feet,
    As they darted into doorways from the overhanging street.

    Barking dogs defeated gravity, like flies upon a wall.
    Flowers wet and sodden stood up straighter, didn’t fall.
    Droplets on the window trickled up the window pane,
    While birds flew topsy-turvy, seeking shelter from the rain.

    What am I watching and from which vantage point?

    • David Watt

      I should have mentioned my area of residence is Canberra, Australia.
      David Watt

      • David Watt

        Hello Juanita, a flood from the bottom is pretty much a thunderstorm (or flooding rains resulting from) viewed from the bottom (an upside down vantage point). Well done!

  3. Gabriel Griffin

    ‘What’s got no flesh nor bone,
    No hands or feet to call its own,
    No fist to punch you, though I‘ve a hunch you
    Won’t get by without a blow?’

  4. Juanita H. from Michigan

    The only U.S. president
    Who still is as hard as granite,
    And yet is cuddily and soft,
    Still with us but died with a cough.

  5. Zachary Dilks

    A riddle I propose
    Of a king who owned a castle with a strong and sturdy pony in the stable
    And sat beside his thrown
    His lovely queen that shined and dazzled like the treasures from a child’s bedtime fable
    The queen, before their marriage came from money from the start
    And she had a horse and castle just the same
    So they both wrote up a contract, though they married from the heart
    That should they part they do so with what they have to their names
    And though they lived and prospered time went on and they grew cold
    And so they figured that the two should split
    Divided up the castles and the horses and the gold
    But the queen got custody of all eight of their kids

    What is it?

    Austin, TX

  6. Mark McPHEE

    From a whale of a tale I came to be;
    Now a mariner’s myth you hold in your hand.
    With froth and foam upon a Black Sea;
    I am short and tall and grand.

    What am I?

  7. Yolanda from Michigan

    I could be narrow and tall,
    Or wide and small,
    But never too far from the wall.
    You look at me
    To search and see
    What wonders could be binding all.

  8. Shawn Chang

    In the poem below, each and every line,
    Holds a missing word “CANDY” does replace;
    Clues — allusions — are all commonly heard,
    Take the letter first of each missing word
    To together piece and find the answer — just a Christmas phrase.

    Don’t be such a CANDY Scrooge, sing a song extraordinaire,
    And write to dear young CANDY, “Yes, he certainly is there.”
    Carols roam and CANDY hence as if hunted by a bear,
    And through five golden CANDY drifts the music fine and fair.

    Mister CANDY, meanest one, what a green-faced heel to sight!
    You ought to try to brighten just like CANDY’s nose of light…
    CANDY eye and willing ear pleased a Christmas very white,
    To dine upon green CANDY and the ham bite after bite.

    Twilight fades and so we must in the silent CANDY go
    To pray that Vixen, CANDY will with Dancer, Prancer show;
    In this one-horse CANDY sleigh bells are jingling row on row,
    And up we trim our CANDY and our aunts from head to toe.

    Loving thanks exchanged tonight, like the Magi’s CANDY fine
    And next morning all will find, CANDY heroes, yours and mine.

    • Shawn Chang

      Oops I forgot.
      Name: Shawn Chang
      Area of Residence: Richmond, BC, Canada

  9. Cathy Bryant

    Medical Riddle

    My first is in bandage but not in wrap
    My second’s in drip but not in tap
    My third’s in suture and also in stitch,
    and my fourth is in doctor and also in rich.
    My fifth’s in operation but not in pre-med
    My sixth’s in a mattress but not a clean bed.
    My seventh’s in forceps and also in knife
    My eighth is in mortal, so not in life
    My ninth is in nursing but not in kind
    My tenth is in treatment but not in mind
    As a patient you’ll hear it again and again
    – for my whole is what doctors say when they mean ‘pain’.

    – Cathy Bryant, from Disley, Cheshire, UK

  10. James A. Tweedie

    I have a body and a head,
    When steamed I sometimes get quite red.
    Yet whether weak, robust or strong,
    You’ll see me hoisted with a song,
    By urban dilettantes and sots
    In carboys, growlers, stoups and pots.
    But pale or dark, or thin or stout,
    The house is sad if I run out.
    It now is time to end this game.
    You’re now on tap to guess my name.

    James A. Tweedie, Long Beach, Washington

  11. Angela Porter, Gloucestershire, England

    They lurk and swirl, en masse with force.
    A hungry group, mouths open wide.
    The shadows of a human sought,
    Their blotches black, red-orange swiped.

  12. Mauricio Gonzalez Jr

    I come in second always and create something sweet. You can catch me in the sky even on a sheet. What am I?

    Area of Res: CA, USA

    • Joan Carol Fullmore

      This riddle is driving me crazy!!! It is the best so far in my opinion! I guessed Belle for the very first one but he gave the answer before I could submit so I have to try this one!! I have had 3 ideas so far and none make total sense:

      I am going with BANANA for my first guess

    • Damian Robin

      Are you a shifty ‘s’ being deviously expressed? That’s what I have guessed. All the best.

  13. Kay Yendole

    Riddles competition

    What am I?

    what am I if full of woe?
    You sold me down the river so
    I nearly died out for your greed
    Of fur coats that you think you need
    But I’m back and now you can’t
    Get rid of me oh no you shan’t
    For I have joined the rank of those
    You fear and greatly oppose
    Just like the rat, the vermin plague unrefined
    Haunts you, can you guess my name so mustalined?

  14. Benjamin L. Perez

    What’s between, what’s beyond,
    What’s little, what’s long,

    What’s nigh, what’s never,
    What’s hence, what’s hither,

    What’s tended, what’s taken,
    What’s here, what’s hidden,

    What’s behind, what’s before,
    What’s ahead, what’s afar,

    What’s steady, what’s still,
    What’s up, what’s until,

    What’s late, what’s latter,
    What’s always, what’s after,

    What’s in, what’s idle,
    What’s first, what’s final,

    What’s leading, what’s lost,
    What’s passing, what’s past,

    What’s nearing, what’s near,
    What’s more, what’s mere,

    What’s last, what’s left,
    What’s since, what’s set,

    What’s bound, what’s broken,
    What’s out, what’s open,

    What’s stopping, what’s stretching,
    What’s retreating, what’s returning,

    What’s coming, what’s come,
    What’s going, what’s gone?

    Benjamin L. Pérez
    Fuchu, Japan

  15. Daniel Galef

    I’ll tell you of a fearsome beast
    That’s quite bizarre, to say the least:
    A Satyr’s trunk is at its core,
    And legs of a mighty Minotaur.
    A Mermaid’s arms to these are wed,
    Then topped with the Sphinx’s noble head.
    Such a monstrous mix this beast would be,
    Which I should never hope to see!
    (To make this piecewise picture clearer,
    Just look into the nearest mirror.)

    • Benjamin L. Perez

      That’s a good one. And fun to read. “Man” (“human”), right?


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