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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:#39791
Fun:*** (3.04)
Difficulty:*** (2.55)
Submitted By:grilledcheese*




A dagger thrust at my own heart
Dictates the way I'm swayed
Left I stand, and right I yield
To the twisting of the blade.
What am I?

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Dec 27, 2007

woah! waay cool. I'd never have guessed. It sounded like some kind of murder scene! lol
Dec 27, 2007

I thought it was a rudder on a sail boat. Tricky...
Dec 27, 2007

Ooh, I like this one! It sounds very...poetic, or like something out of a murder story! Nice!
Dec 27, 2007

clever thanks for the riddle.
Dec 31, 2007

it totally sounded like a murder to me! LOVED it!! great job
Jan 01, 2008

Sounded a bit emo at first. Wouldn't have known... very criminal!
Jan 02, 2008

Good one - thought it was a weather vane...
Jan 08, 2008

Nicely written
Jan 28, 2008

Really good riddle, grilledcheese.I never would have guessed it, so have to say you got me!! Thanks for posting.
Jan 28, 2008

what does a dagger have in common with a key?i give this quizz an f..
Jan 28, 2008

liked it, I voted it as Fun & Hard (cos I didn't solve it), but it sure was fun trying to figure it out.
Jan 28, 2008

good one! never would have guessed it!
Jan 28, 2008

I SO AGREE WITH puttumup.
Jan 28, 2008

Great teaser! Very clever!
Jan 28, 2008

It was hard. I didn't get it. Good teaser, though.
Jan 28, 2008

Very clever!
Jan 28, 2008

I agree with putummut--and apparently no one has solved it so far. Too esoteric for my taste.
Jan 28, 2008

great teaser and well written!
Jan 28, 2008

I was also thinking murder, but I was way off base. Good one, it had me scratching my head. Also very poetic. Thanks grilledcheese.
Jan 28, 2008

For putummut:

It is, in fact, a riddle. The answer really isn't supposed to be obvious in the teaser. For example, it wouldn't really be interesting if I put, "A metal thing went into a hole in a door handle". Riddles make you think.
Jan 28, 2008

I couldn't get it, but it sounded very nice and poetic.
Jan 28, 2008

oh WOW!! If anyone thought all about GOTH it'd be you!! Great Job!!
Jan 28, 2008

Very nice! I was thinking a hand puppet...
Jan 28, 2008

Nice teaser...It came to me immediately (don't know why, it just did)..Well Done!!
Jan 28, 2008

Ahhhh, but I think I have another answer:

A water faucet: turn to the left and its "on"
turn to the right and a blade
inside cuts the water off

Jan 28, 2008

Is the "blade" the key? I don't think I get it.
Jan 28, 2008

Great teaser. I didn't know what it was, but after I read the answer it made sense. Thanks for posting.

Jan 28, 2008

Yes, the blade is the key
Jan 28, 2008

Yea What a great teaser Way too clever for me I loved it
Jan 28, 2008

I must say, this teaser TOTALLY ROCKS!!! Make more please! Very clever. Did you make this up yourself?
Jan 28, 2008

Very fun and clever, NICE!!
Jan 28, 2008

That was a very clever teaser. You made it sound like murder, when it wasn't. I thought you worded it very nicely. I didn't think it was too hard though, keep up the fantastic work!
Jan 28, 2008

Would a screw work here, with a screwdriver as the knife?

just wondering
Jan 28, 2008

Didn't get it, very clever though
Jan 28, 2008

Good stuff...very clever! Hey Bob347 ... that was my answer, but I knew it was wrong because a screw yields either way you turn it.

Hey grilledcheese ... don't waste your time trying to explain poetry to the clueless ... they'll never get it.
Jan 29, 2008

Nice one... it could be other types of locks too, like the type you get on house doors with a push button on one side and a lock on the other
Jan 29, 2008

("lock" in the last sentence being the hole for the key... I should have re-read it before pressing submit :-/ )
Jan 29, 2008

i thought it was a screw
Feb 01, 2008

great job once again cheese... at first i thought it was the key to the lock... upon rereading it i realized the key was the dagger, thus the answer having to be the lock itself... love your riddles
Feb 03, 2008

nice one. couldnt come up with an answer for the life of me.
Feb 09, 2008

whoa cool I didnt get at first
Oct 03, 2010

Wow, That was great
Jan 28, 2011

A key is not a dagger. I rate this one with a capital F.
Jan 28, 2011

Still stumped me. Good one.
Jan 30, 2011

Some of you don't belong here. Dagger towards the heart. Key inserted into the lock. It's a riddle, and a darn good one. It's you complainers that dot to go. nuff said.
Jan 28, 2014

Most people liked it, but nobody solved it. How great can it be? Poetry was very good, but that is the best I can say!
Jan 28, 2014

A key is a dagger? A bit far fetched. Sorry but this was pretty bad.
Jan 28, 2014

Don't most key-locks open (yield) when you turn the key left and lock (stand) when you turn it right?
Jan 28, 2014

I'll lend poetic license to dagger, yet question what distinguishes the answer from similar mechanisms, i.e. grandfather clock or car door?
Jan 28, 2017

Sbuske, I agree with you. This was a very cleverly written riddle. The dagger was symbolic of the key. Just because no one was able to figure it out doesn't make this a bad riddle - it makes it a great riddle! Extremely clever - thanks for posting!
Jan 28, 2017

Very nice riddle. It sounds very poetic, too!
Jan 28, 2017

Oh, and to those who are frustrated at the key being referred to as a dagger: It's very common for riddles to refer to items in peculiar ways--symbolism within riddles often makes them more exciting, in my opinion
Jan 30, 2017

I've been picking locks in video games too much, hah!

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