Thursday Morning Riddle

February 5th, 2015

I’m a tar black as night; I’m a fork to toss bales;
I’m the angle of planes; I’m the key set for scales;
Throw the ball from the mound; give a speech to make sales;
And to put up a tent along camping site trails.

Who am I?

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

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Thursday Morning Riddle

January 29th, 2015

I’m a forwarded letter; the stores of one brand;
A reaction extended; the line of command;
Hierarchy of food; to securely remand;
And the path of suppliers fulfilling demand.

Who am I?

UPDATE (1/31/15): Nothing yet? Here’s the next riddle in the series:

I’m a strong type of mail; I make bicycles go;
Connect ankle to ball; help your tires in the snow;
I’m a calculus rule; smoking eight in a row;
And I measure first downs so the referees know.

Now, who am I?

UPDATE: Riddle(s) solved by Peter Jenkins. See comments for answer.

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Thursday Morning Riddle

January 8th, 2015

I’m a World War II fighter, flown out of Japan;
In Producers and Forum, their films’ leading man;
I am nothing to speak of; hone in from a span;
And the hour we go, as described by the plan.

Who am I?

UPDATE (1/12/15): Nothing yet? Zip? Zilch? Here are some more clues:

I’m the Ground of New York 9/11 attacks;
The original Patient who plague first contracts;
I’m the Dark Thirty prefix, as Jessica acts;
And this blog’s total readers, when postings it lacks.

Now, who am I?

UPDATE (1/14/15): Still nothing? Nada? Goose Egg? Here are some more clues:

I’m a Schoolhouse Rock hero; a diet Coke name;
I’m the green on the wheel; a dress size with thin frame;
I’m a white-colored candy bar; sum of a game;
And this riddle’s times three, but my value’s the same.

Okay, now who am I?

UPDATE: Riddle(s) solved by Peter Jenkins. See comments for answer (plus one more riddle).

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Eight Years

January 1st, 2015

Today is the blog’s eighth birthday. There are currently 1,067 posts in 97 categories and 3,011 approved comments. There have been 152,588 unique hits to the blog. Because of the long hiatus earlier this year, I am no longer listed on Technorati. But, also because of the hiatus, maybe that’s a good thing.

Happy New Year to all within the sound of my voice! I’m looking forward to a happy and productive 2015!

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Top Five Posts of 2014

December 31st, 2014

So… it’s been a light blogging year.

There seems to be a cycle where the more I write, the more people visit, and the more I want to write. But the same phenomenon works in the other direction. I also think that blogs are generally in decline these days. Many thanks to the readers who have stuck with the blog while it has been mostly riddles and anagrams. I hope to have more for you in the new year.

Still, we did manage to reach 150,000 views last month, just two short years after hitting 100,000, so that’s not nothing. Let’s have some cake.

The 150,000th hit came in at 11:02pm on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 from Denver, Colorado. The mile-high milestone found the site via a Google search and viewed the Teach Along with the Frozen Soundtrack post.

So I’m not giving up yet, and I’ve paid to renew the domain name and hosting services for another three years. So the blog will be here for us if we wish to be here for it, at least until December 2017.

And there were a few posts this year that I was proud to write and happy to see find an audience. There weren’t ten of them, but I’d put the top five up against the best of the rest, so let’s get right to it!

5. Thursday Morning Riddle: Ambiguous Edition (December 18)

This was a riddle that had two possible answers, each of which fit all of the clues. I’ve never done that before, and don’t expect to be doing it again any time soon.

4. A Good Pairing (February 9)

In a rare digression into teaching Shakespeare, I compare the literary devices between popular song lyrics and a Shakespeare sonnet. This pairing has been teacher-tested and student-approved!

3. Plantagenetics (December 2)

Do recent revelations about infidelity in the royal family cast doubts on the legitimacy of the Queen? No. No, they don’t.

2. Teach Along with the Frozen Soundtrack (June 2)

This is an exploration of some of the literary, poetic, and rhetorical devices in the soundtrack for Disney’s Frozen that you can point out for students, or have them find for you.

1. Family Trees for Shakespeare’s Histories (September 19)

I’ve been meaning to do this for years, and I finally did it! Each play’s tree shows who’s living, who’s dead, who’s related to whom, who is actually in the play, and what names might be used to reference them. Enjoy!

Have a Happy New Year, and I’ll see you in 2015! (Probably…)

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A Christmas Enigma

December 25th, 2014

I’m a week-by-week challenge you often have claimed;
I’m a wire mesh sieve that is handled or framed;
I’m to pepper with holes; I’m a band-leader famed;
And the birth name of Lord He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!

Who am I? (You-Know-Who…)

UPDATE: Enigma solved by Rebecca. See comments for answer.

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Thursday Morning Riddle: Ambiguous Edition

December 18th, 2014

Today’s riddle has two possible answers.

If you’re not wearing pants, I’ll leave marks on your rear;
When you’re taming a lion, I’m time-honored gear;
A Congressional leadership role for the year;
And I’m used in a punishment most find severe.

Who am I? And who am I?

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

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Shakespeare Anagram: Love’s Labour’s Lost

December 13th, 2014

Inspired by recent discoveries

From Love’s Labour’s Lost:

The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men; for thus sings he

Shift around the letters, and it becomes:

Somerset Y-chromosome not even King Richard Three’s.

Cue the funk.


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Thursday Morning Riddle

December 11th, 2014

I’m the opening scenes before “Shrew” has begun;
I’m to prove a first case, and then prove the plus one;
The event where you join; how electrons can run;
And to bring about birth, once a pregnancy’s done.

Who am I?

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

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Thursday Morning Riddle

December 4th, 2014

I’m that unpleasant reflex that comes when you choke;
I’ve been worn on the mouth so that nought could be spoke;
I’m a present that’s funny — a practical joke;
And an order from courts that’s a secrecy cloak.

Who am I?

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

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