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Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.


Puzzle ID:#19118
Fun:**** (3.12)
Difficulty:*** (2.7)
Submitted By:cnmne*us*****




Five siblings are they, their color is true;
One belongs to one, four are shared by two.
Connected together, some by locks;
Many meet their fate upon the rocks.
Arrange their initials, and you should
Find things that are found in a neighborhood.

What has just been described?


The Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario

There are five, lakes being blue (as in true blue). Lake Michigan belongs to the United States, the other lakes are shared by the United States and Canada. The lakes are part of a chain, with locks between some of them. Many shipwrecks occur by grounding on rocks in shallow water. The initials spell "homes", which are found in neighborhoods.


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Oct 11, 2004

wow this teaser is cool
Oct 11, 2004

I enjoyed this! Very well done
Oct 15, 2004

I am very impressed!!! this is a great teaser!
Nov 09, 2004

This is excellent and brilliantly written. Good job!
Nov 10, 2004

very good one
Nov 13, 2004

Nov 19, 2004

Excellent one.
Though I am not from an American country and do not know much about it, I must confess that even I had, I wouldn't have solved it.
Well done.
Nov 19, 2004

I liked this too, but I thought the line about the locks was a giveaway. And I wasn't sure about the line about most meeting their fate on the rocks -- does that refer to Niagara Falls?

I grew up in upstate New York, so I definitely had an edge here.

You know, I haven't actually CHECKED the answer -- it would be kind of embarrassing if I were wrong about it being the Dionne Quintuplets...

Can anyone identify the following:

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the rooms of her ice water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams,
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.
And further below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of november remembered.
Nov 19, 2004

This riddle was impossible to get. Who in this world could think up something as crazy as that! It was really fun to try though. I will tell all of my friends! It was really good!
Nov 19, 2004

I thought of water.. but never lakes lol
Nov 19, 2004

hey qnosys, I Believe that's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot. That's a good tune!
Nov 19, 2004

The last clue made it all clear. A good one!
Nov 19, 2004

VERY IMPRESSIVE! Althought even after I looked at the hint I was still cluless. I guess I a simple minded person
Dec 03, 2004

Dec 03, 2004

Oh sorry, I accidentally hit the comment button before I even wrote my comment.

Anyway, this was a really good teaser. I found it easy, but of course I had a bit of an edge. I live right on Lake Ontario and I was taught the "HOMES" acronym in public school.

Still, the way it was written was very clever and well thought out. Nice job!
Dec 07, 2004

wow that was awesome! very im pressed I soooo did not get it! i had NO clue! very good. def. one of my favs!
Dec 07, 2004

*IMpressed ooops
Jan 06, 2005

I think that should have been in trivia. but it was good
Apr 09, 2005

Splendid!! One of my favorites!
Apr 10, 2005

Very good teaser. I didn't even come close to the correct answer!
Jul 05, 2005

the teaser was great, i liked it a lot
Jul 12, 2005

Great teaser! Too bad I couldn't figure it out.
Sep 24, 2005

great teaser!
I remember I was taught the HOMES acronym in third or second grade, but I still couldn't figure it out.
Very good teaser though.
Nov 12, 2005

Awesome teaser
Mar 26, 2006

i thought it was the oceans at first then i realized that didn't work
Apr 17, 2006

very clever! loved the rhyming!

this one is going into my favorites!!!!!
Apr 17, 2006

This is written beautifully! Excellent piece of poetry... I did not get the answer though, but it was absolutely a great fit!
Apr 17, 2006

With the locks I was first thinking Panama, but neighborhood things, "HOMES" did it for me. Very good teaser.
Apr 17, 2006

i didnt like it
it was to hard
Apr 17, 2006

Apr 17, 2006

Made sense after I read it. Very good.
Apr 17, 2006

very creative!!!
a too much 4 me.....
Apr 17, 2006

This is an excellent teaser. I didn't get it, but I had fun trying to figure it out. Once I saw the answer, ofcourse, it all made sense.Great Job.
Apr 17, 2006

excellent!! I too had the Dionne Quints in mind at first, but ah well...
keep `em coming
Apr 17, 2006

Wow! That one was a toughie!! I don't think I would have come up with the answer in a million years! Good teaser, though.
Apr 17, 2006

I guessed fingers! That was the first thing that popped into my head. It was very difficult. Great- but difficult.
Apr 17, 2006

I thought this one was easy--but I am from Michigan so the Great Lakes are a part of my life!
Apr 17, 2006

Well-Written teaser! Those who didn't know the answer learned something new today ... a good thing ANY day!
Apr 17, 2006

Too tough to solve for a person not from USA/Canada! I am stumped. An excellently worded and carefully thought out teaser. Keep it up!
Apr 17, 2006

Today I agree with Iteachkids. Any day you can learn something is a good day. Great teaser and I did learn something. It was very well written with great poetry.
Apr 17, 2006

Slendid teaser!
Into my favs it goes.
Keep up the good work!
Apr 17, 2006

Wow, I guess I was really lucky on this one as I grew up in Chicago. It definitely took a second, but I got it! True Blue is what really tipped me off to it being about water. Great teaser, keep em comin'!
Apr 17, 2006

Apr 17, 2006

you really stumped me
it was really a good riddle!!
Apr 17, 2006

great one- thanks!
Apr 17, 2006

I think if you had written- Many meet their fate upon "THEIR"
rocks, I would have gotten it. I think. Well done.
Apr 17, 2006

nice! liked it a lot!
Apr 17, 2006

p.s., I love how everyone who can't get it b/c it's too hard complains that it should be in the trivia section! I didn't get it, I live nowhere near the Great Lakes, and I still liked it!
Apr 17, 2006

cool teaser! I havnt heard of any of those lakes tho' so i had i prob with it!

keep 'em coming tho'!
Apr 17, 2006

That was really good! For some reason though, I found it really easy...Weird. Usually I'm bad at these!

Keep 'em coming!

Apr 17, 2006

nice teaser
Apr 17, 2006

I've seen this before, but it's possible it was copied from here: is it original?
Apr 17, 2006

Great teaser..could only think blue clouds in a neighborhood...shows how far off I was. But I loved trying to figure it out.
Apr 17, 2006

did not really git it must have a wking knowledge of the goe area of michigan,and that of the termonology,but a interesting puzzle
Apr 17, 2006

wow i actually got this one right!! nice teaser, very impressive!! i liked it a lot!
Apr 17, 2006

this was cool. i got the arrange the letters and you get something you find in neiborhoods good teaser
Apr 17, 2006

Awesome!!! Best teaser I have read in a long time
Apr 17, 2006

that was a great teaser, great job
Apr 21, 2006

woh that was hard coz i liv in australia and wouldnt know anything about it but... OMG thats was a great and creative and really smart teaser!!! GREAT WORK!!
Apr 21, 2006

VERY VERY WELL DONE! i totally did not get past true blue but this is goin into my favs. gr8 wrk!
Nov 04, 2006

WOW! This is GREAT!!!! One of my favorites for sure!!
Jan 03, 2007

I liked that one a lot! I can't believe I got it! Homes gave it away for me though. This is my favorite teaser yet!
Apr 17, 2007

Well written!! Excellent!
Apr 17, 2007

nice one n well worded. definitely hard
i thought of true blue and kinda thought of homes but never connected any of dots.

Apr 17, 2007

I loved it! I didn't get the answer but some of that could be that I am functioning on only 4 hours of sleep. College life is hard! I was really impressed at how well written this teaser was one of the other brainsters said...I did learn something. I know all the great lakes but I guess it never dawned on me that we share them with Canada. Really impressive riddle. Thank you.
Apr 17, 2007

it's clever but irrelevent to those who aren't american/canadian!
Apr 17, 2007

boo..yuck.dah.can you figuer out what i am saying..hint yore teaser was lame....
Apr 17, 2007

Very cool...
I think "locks" was the way in
(so to speak)
Apr 17, 2007

I remember this from last year so ofcourse I got it. I still think this is a really good teaser.
Apr 17, 2007

it was first until i got it!!!
Apr 17, 2007

Like I said yesterday!!! Repeats,repeats,repeats.
Apr 17, 2007

hard. to me. but i think ive heard it before.....

Apr 17, 2007

loved it!!!!
horray for michigan!
Apr 17, 2007

A Very well-written teaser! Keep up the fantastic work!
Apr 17, 2007

I believe that was the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I'm a Canuck so three lashes with a wet noodle if I'm wrong.

Got the Locks part & Rocks gave away the water but still didn't get answer . EXCELLENT PUZZLE!!
Apr 17, 2007

Congrats on making teaser of the day!
Apr 17, 2007

Being from Ohio and now living in Wisconsin I was able to get it right away but it was really fun and well thought out!! I will be sending this one to a few of my friends!!
Apr 17, 2007

I couldn't figure out the HOMES thing, but figure this out all the same. Guess my initial educators were a bit lacking the the acronym sector...or I slept through more of gradeschool than I realize.

Killer riddle.
Apr 17, 2007

I should have gotten it, but didn't. I got as far as water-related! I know HOMES but I didn't think of it. Yes, THEIR rocks would have been fairer since grammatically it was implied that the siblings crashed on the rocks. I didn't know that there were locks on the lakes, as I'm 'just a Long Islander' (for those of you who know where I'm talking about!) And now I'll remember which sole lake is within U.S. borders!

Excellent job! Thank you!

And thanks for the reference to Gordon Lightfoot--loved his sound. (loved Sundown even better than Wreck)
Apr 17, 2007

very, of course, I didn't get it. Should have, though, cuz I live in Chicago. Keep up the good work.
Apr 17, 2007

very, of course, I didn't get it. Should have, though, cuz I live in Chicago. Keep up the good work.
Apr 17, 2007

Apr 17, 2007

I grew up near the Great Lakes! Nice teaser!
Apr 17, 2007

I got this right off, probably because the only canals with locks that came to mind were Panama and the Great Lakes! Thanks for the well written teaser.
Apr 17, 2007

good one

now that its over im bored

Apr 17, 2007

I don't get the 'true blue' thing
Apr 17, 2007

Hard ,but very interrrresting
Apr 17, 2007

haha nice
Apr 18, 2007

I live in Michigan...I did'nt get it,absolutely noooo excuse for me.Great(no pun intended)one
Apr 18, 2007

Thats definitely going on my fsvorites!
Apr 25, 2007

Tough - even though I live by Lake Superior. The four belong to two threw me, but the locks and homes saved me. Thank you!
Apr 27, 2007

I should have got that one! I'm a Michigander! I feel so stupid
Jun 07, 2007

WOW! That was awesome. Maybe I just think so because I struggled through it and got the right answer, but I don't believe I'm really that biased. I agree that "their" would have made that line clearer, because I was thinking that the siblings were crashing on rocks.. but disregarding that, and realizing that neither the five oceans nor the five continents that are represented by the Oylmpic ring logo worked to spell out anything neighbourly, I thought just a little harder... rivers? hmm noo there's too many of them, and I don't know how they're linked... ohh but I do know of five lakes that are nearby.... and lo and behold, that was it!

Anyways, I think that if the states that border the lakes would like to join Canada, we should be able to negotiate some kind of awesome deal that helps preserve this wonderful stock of fresh water, and say, not have to ship it down to California or anything silly like that. Yeah.
Apr 17, 2010

What's true blue? Great teaser!
Apr 17, 2010

Connected by locks gave it away.
Apr 17, 2010

For me, I didn't get it until the arranged initials forming things in the neighborhood--and then went back and appreciated the opening lines more!! I don't usually get riddles (I hope that's what it was!), so answering this was exciting for me.
Apr 17, 2010

I got it!
I just knew living in WI would pay of one day!
Excellent teaser!
Apr 17, 2010

Well written, fun, and dang it, I didn't get it!
Apr 17, 2010

Nicely written.
Apr 17, 2010

I grew up on Lake Michigan's shore, so I got it right away. In those days we could actually go to the beach all day and the water was clear and the sand was fairly clean! (Oh, oh--I'm giving my age away!)
Apr 08, 2011

jcann- and HOW old are you?

(Also, 101st comment!)
Apr 18, 2013

I guess I am in the minority here. I did not like it at all. When it said many meet their fate upn the rocks,like another reader, I thought it still referred to the siblings. I knew it had something to do with water, but just did not care for it. Good you all liked it.
Apr 18, 2013

It was okay. Three of the lakes are wihin an hour or less drive so i have been to each of those on a fairly regular basis (despite my dislike of summer, sun and water). Michigan and Superior are much further away but I have also been to both of those.

I am not sure how many "meet their fate" on the rocks - the only shipwreck I am familiar with is the Edmund Fitzgerald and that happened in the open water, not at shore.
Apr 18, 2013

An oldie but goodie. Going away tomorrow on a much needed vacation. See you in 2 weeks.
Apr 18, 2013

I got the correct answer and I liked this puzzle. Being from Michigan made it easy for me. But the line that told me the answer is about the initials of the lakes spelling "homes" - we all knew that at a young age. Thanks for posting! CB, Enjoy your vacation!
Apr 18, 2013

The last two lines helped. Everyone knows "HOMES".
Apr 18, 2013

I enjoyed the quiz. Like many others, it took the last two lines for the answer to come to me, then reading back through the whole thing, I was certain! Good going!
Apr 18, 2016

Fun puzzle. I LOVE the Great Lakes, being from Michigan and surrounded by 3 of them. Thanks for posting.

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