Archive for April, 2010

Thursday Morning Riddle

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

I’m the gearbox that translates from engine to wheels;
I’m a radio message by Rangers or Seals;
I’m the Zen Master’s faith his disciple now feels;
And the spread of disease through contaminate meals.

Who am I?

UPDATE: Riddle solved by Bronx Richie. See comments for answer.

Your Move: Thursday Morning Riddle

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The Shakespeare Teacher is out. It’s your move.

Today’s challenge is the Thursday Morning Riddle. The answer is:


CHECK

CHECK is correct. Way to go, Bill!

Now, you write the riddle.

Entries should follow the same format as earlier riddles: four lines of anapestic tetrameter with rhyme scheme AAAA (all four lines rhyme). Riddles are written in the first person (i.e., from the point of view of “Check”). Semicolons are used to mark a change in word meaning. The word “Check” should not be in the riddle.

Entries are due by April 28, and a winner will be chosen after that time.

UPDATE: Contest won by Anonymous. See comments for all entries.

Thursday Morning Riddle

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

I’m a witty riposte; I’m the punch of a joke;
I’m the words in a play that a character spoke;
I am customers waiting; a serving of coke;
And a string used in fishing that’s easily broke.

Who am I?

UPDATE: Riddle solved by Fermi. See comments for answer.

Metrocard

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

with apologies to Elizabeth Bishop

This is a school in Brooklyn.

This is a student out in the yard
Who needs his Student Metrocard
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

These are the books that are much too hard
For the struggling student who needs a card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

This is a principal with budget cut short
Who is forced to scale back and is needing support
To replace the books that are much too hard
For the curious student who needs a card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

This is the yearly progress report
For the desperate principal needing support
To replace the books that are much too hard
For the sleeping student who needs a card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

This is the panel that serves as a Board
That looks at the tests to see how we scored
To issue a yearly progress report
To the desperate principal needing support
To replace the books that are much too hard
For the hard-working student who needs a card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

This is the Mayor who’s closing the schools
And like it or not we must follow his rules
For he chooses eight of thirteen on the Board
That looks at the tests to see how we scored
To issue a yearly progress report
To the desperate principal needing support
To replace the books that are much too hard
For the faceless student who needs a card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

This is a city in fiscal dismay
That inflated its scores for Election Day
To support the Mayor who picks the Board
That looks at the tests to see how we scored
To issue a yearly progress report
To the desperate principal needing support
To replace the books that are much too hard
For the hungry student who needs a card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

This is a state that pulls funds away
From its largest city in fiscal dismay
That elects the Mayor who picks the Board
That looks at the tests to see how we scored
To issue a yearly progress report
To the desperate principal needing support
To replace the books that are much too hard
For the creative student who needs a card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

This is the Congress with heavy mandate
That sends rules but not money to the crowded state
That diverts precious funds away
From its largest city in fiscal dismay
That elects the Mayor who picks the Board
That looks at the tests to see how we scored
To issue a yearly progress report
To the desperate principal needing support
To replace the books that are much too hard
For the failing student who needs a card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

This is a country that lives only to borrow
And spend money on yesterday, not on tomorrow,
With the help of the Congress with heavy mandate
That sends rules but not money to the crowded state
That diverts precious funds away
From its largest city in fiscal dismay
That elects the Mayor who picks the Board
That looks at the tests to see how we scored
To issue a yearly progress report
To the desperate principal needing support
To replace the books that are much too hard
For the brilliant student who needs a card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

These are the teachers who catch the blame,
Year after year it is always the same,
In a country so broke it must constantly borrow
And spend money on yesterday, not on tomorrow,
With the help of the Congress with heavy mandate
That sends rules but not money to the crowded state
That diverts precious funds away
From its largest city in fiscal dismay
That elects the Mayor who picks the Board
That looks at the tests to see how we scored
To issue a yearly progress report
To the desperate principal needing support
To replace the books that are much too hard
For the innocent student who’s losing his card
To get to his school in Brooklyn.

Thursday Morning Riddle

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I’m what loans always cost you; what savings can make;
I’m what draws your attention to snap you awake;
I’m romantic potential; your claim to a stake;
And a subject or hobby you choose to partake.

UPDATE: Riddle solved by Asher. See comments for answer.

Thursday Morning Riddle

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I’m found up in the air, on the birds, on the planes;
I’m a unit of squadrons the Air Force maintains;
In the West, I’m a place where the Oval remains;
And to lack preparation, but count on your brains.

Who am I?

UPDATE: Riddle solved by Asher. See comments for answer.