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  • What does man love more than life? Fear more than death or mortal strife? What do the poor have, what the rich require, And what contented men desire? What does the miser spend, the spendthrift save, And all men carry to their graves?


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    You use a knife to slice my head and weep beside me when I am dead. What am I?

    (An Onion)

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    What kind of tie does a ghost wear to a formal party?

    (A Boo—Tie)

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    At night they come without being fetched, and by day they are lost without being stolen.


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    You can have me but cannot hold me; Gain me and quickly lose me. If treated with care I can be great, and if betrayed I will break. What am I?


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    You throw away the outside and cook the inside. Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside. What did you eat?

    (An Ear Of Corn / A Chicken)

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    What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, has a bed but never sleeps?

    (A River)

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    I can run but not walk. Wherever I go, thought follows close behind. What am I?

    (A Nose)

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    What does a skeleton order at a restaurant?

    (Spare Ribs)

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    I am the black child of a white father, a wingless bird, flying even to the clouds of heaven. I give birth to tears of mourning in pupils that meet me, even though there is no cause for grief, and at once on my birth I am dissolved into air. What am I?


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    What is it that, after you take away the whole, some still remains?


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    Lighter than what I'm made of, more of me is hidden than is seen. What am I?

    (An Iceberg)

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    What goes up and down the stairs without moving?

    (A Rug)

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    In a marble hall white as milk lined with skin as soft as silk within a fountain crystal—clear a golden apple doth appear. No doors there are to this stronghold, yet thieves break in to steal its gold.

    (An Egg)

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    Until I am measured, I am not known. Yet how you miss me, when I have flown! What am I?


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    As a whole, I am both safe and secure. Behead me, and I become a place of meeting. Behead me again, and I am the partner of ready. Restore me, and I become the domain of beasts. What am I?

    (A Stable)

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    I'm light as a feather, yet the strongest man can't hold me for much more than a minute. What am I?


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    You do not want to have me, but when you have me, You do not want to lose me. What am I?

    (A Lawsuit)

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