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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:#36320
Fun:*** (2.95)
Difficulty:* (1.09)
Submitted By:bookworm91******




I'm called by three letters
Though I have a long name.
I'm in all of you,
But I'm never the same.

I'm all coiled up
So that I am quite small,
But if you stretch me out
I'll be really tall.

I could be the root
Of certain disease;
If man can unlock me
He'll solve many mysteries.

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Apr 19, 2007

Nicely phrased! Tick VG
Apr 19, 2007

brings back memories of biology class, thank you!
Apr 19, 2007

EZ but fun!!! Nice job!!
Apr 20, 2007

well-made! it was pretty easy but u gotta love this
Apr 20, 2007

i liked it
Apr 23, 2007

Nice job. Great information for something that is quite common. More please.
Apr 23, 2007

very well done and great job
Apr 24, 2007

I actually thought of that answer when I was reading the title (just completely randomly thought of it)! I like it, it really is put together and worded well. Great job!
May 04, 2007

Thanks for the comments, guys!
Sep 14, 2007

wowie.... that one was EASY
Nov 03, 2008

nicely written
Nov 03, 2008

Well written, but I got it from the "ladder" and "3 letters". I was just talking about DNA last night though...
Nov 03, 2008

I also go it immediately, but really enjoyed reading about DNA. Never knew the facts about it until now, just knew that it works. Thanks so much for posting.
Nov 03, 2008

Quite easy, but interesting
Nov 03, 2008

I got it with the first lines - fun!
Nice info, too. Thanks.
Nov 03, 2008

Easy but fun. Well written. A+ on this one.
Nov 03, 2008

I couldn't get "the alphabet" out of my head as the answer.
I'm called by three letters
Though I have a long name. (ABC's / alphabet).
I'm in all of you,
But I'm never the same. (different names spelled differently – I admit the "never" makes it not quite right.)
If man can unlock me
He'll solve many mysteries. (through language and vocabulary)
Nov 03, 2008

too easy
Nov 03, 2008

I loved the long answer. If it was easy who cares, because it was really fun and worded well. Nice job bookworm!
Nov 03, 2008

I got it after the hint. Good teaser.
Nov 04, 2011

opps, i guessed "gut" lol. i totally didnt pay atttention to the title, and i didnt even notice there was a hint. XD XD
Nov 04, 2011

I guessed 'gut' too. I feel a bit guilty about not getting it because I've been studying for a biology test.
Nov 04, 2011

Interesting subject. Amazing how DNA can solve mysteries. Well written puzzle - thanks! Happy, beautiful autumn day to friends in CT, NY and PA!
Nov 04, 2011

My DNA is to keep commenting about the teasers. I want to thank all of you wonderful people that asked me to stay on this site. Your overwhelming confidence was greatly appreciated. And a special to all my great friends.
Nov 04, 2011

I didn't get it until I read the hint then it was quit obvious
. One point however - not everyone's DNA is different: identical twins/triplets etc have the same DNA.
Nov 04, 2011

Sometimes they just seem too easy. This is one of those. I got it by as I was reading it. Good poem.
Nov 04, 2011

had it after 3 lines
Nov 04, 2011

Too easy. Well written, but too easy.
Nov 04, 2011

Very, VERY easy (title and 2 lines) but also well-written. Great info for middle-schoolers first learning this stuff (except for the part about 'never the same'; identical twins come from the same fertilized egg and therefore share the same genetic material!) (My students know science is my worst subject area, but I do know THAT much!!)
Nov 06, 2011

i figured it out by the 5th line("I'm all coiled up")
extremely easy
fun however
Nov 04, 2014

I thought your gene, but that is 4 letters so that made me wrong. Nice one though
Nov 04, 2014

Don't know what I found so difficult in 2011 but got it straight away this time. Seemed painfully obvious to me.
Nov 04, 2014

EZ I had it by the third line.
Nov 04, 2014

I enjoyed this quiz and I learned a few things, too Thanks for posting!
Nov 04, 2014

Well done, very informative. Easy as pie.
Nov 04, 2014

Too easy sure of it by line 4

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