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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:#4462
Fun:*** (2.96)
Difficulty:*** (2.34)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:Saraha*
Corrected By:FatHead

 

 

 



What, when you need it you throw it away,
but when you don't need it you take it back?




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Comments

freerange_egg
Jun 13, 2002

LOL Very Good
Dina_2002*
Jun 19, 2002

i heard it before. its really clever
odcsurferchick
Jun 21, 2002

GOOD 1!
nickdelag
Jul 05, 2002

Another answer might be 'money.' When you need it, you get rid of it; when you don't, you keep it.
(user deleted)
Jul 05, 2002

Excellent. I didn't get it.
sk8babe
Jul 17, 2002

interesting!!! it's a gdun -- to har 4 me!!!
=p
sk8babe
Jul 17, 2002

*too hard
zangel3000
Jul 30, 2002

Let's c...would've figured that one out in...about...never! Well done!
dsquared*nz*
Aug 21, 2002

Good one... I thought it was fishing line.
chinasteve
Jul 06, 2003

Nice...though I thought it was a garbage bag myself! ;-)
(user deleted)
Jul 06, 2003

nope didnt get that 1
gcriotgurl
Jul 06, 2003

first i thought a trash can or trash bag....then i thought money....who woulda thought?
kuya_kei
Jul 06, 2004

i thought the answer was an 'insult'. oh well good 1 :p
(user deleted)
Jul 06, 2004

My answer was on a similar nautical theme - I thought it was a lifeline
vbfreak55
Jul 06, 2004

2 hard 4 me, but i liked it!
redraptor50*us*
Oct 09, 2005

I didn't get the right answer either, thought it was money good one
bob_the_mang_o*
Oct 09, 2005

YEAH, I was definately thinking along the lines of something abstract, like love, but nothing I came up with worked well...good job!!!
speediebean**
Oct 09, 2005

This was a good one!!! I got it wrong, of course! (have no idea why, but couldn't stop thinking along the lines of baseball and the pitcher.) eeesh!
bluehawk*us*
Oct 09, 2005

i had been thinking of answer, low and behold, i looked down and the answer was showing. am a little embarrassed , it was a cute teaser. thanx
bluehawk*us*
Oct 09, 2005

i had been thinking of answer, low and behold, i looked down and the answer was showing. am a little embarrassed , it was a cute teaser. thanx
smarty_blondy*ro*
Oct 09, 2005

I like this one, very creative.
bobbet**
Oct 09, 2005

well I thought it was toilet paper ha ha
formation007*
Oct 09, 2005

Very creative and fin teaser but there are quite a few other things it could be like: money etc.
ceeyaaa**
Oct 09, 2005

very good
geniesue**
Oct 09, 2005

very good, didn't figure it out
dede*
Oct 09, 2005

got me on that one good job how do you guys come up with these
Chakoteya*en*
Oct 09, 2005

Neat. Bet that fooled the landlubbers!
jimmyb**
Oct 09, 2005

If there is a lotto game in your area, look around to see what everyone else is doing and, MONEY seems to be the right answer!
Oh, don't listen to me. I'm lost at sea and an anchor isn't going to do me any good. barf
edgwood**
Oct 09, 2005

i also thought money then settled on trash can never seen the anchor coming. good teaser lots of fun.thank you & God bless you.
lazy-boyAus*
Oct 09, 2005

good one . I don't understand how so many people think it could be money "when you don't need it you take it back" How does money fit that part??
upper90xox**
Oct 09, 2005

great!
redneck_woman**
Oct 09, 2005

Loved this one, Saraha! Can't wait to test my fishing fool of a husband with it...
Aarghonautsus*
Oct 09, 2005

Very good! I didn't get it, as usual, but I enjoyed it!!
jabdrAus*
Oct 09, 2005

Good one! I got stuck on it being a compliment..even though it didn't really fit.
lorelle_b*us*
Oct 09, 2005

I didn't figure it out...I thought it was boredom lol.
PENANDINK*
Oct 09, 2005

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thimblenogginus*
Oct 09, 2005

Well, we see now that comments apparently have no space limit.
gumdrop480**
Oct 09, 2005

I NEVER woulda gotten that one!
lindquist_25Aus*
Oct 09, 2005

Clever, but I would have used a different phrase than "throw it away".
kimberlykayAus*
Oct 09, 2005

Well, anchor nor money occurred to me. Actually the first thing that came to my mind was "AN OPINION"....guess I was wrong again, but had a good time trying. Fun teaser....keep up the good work.
momyent
Oct 09, 2005

oh yeah like aweigh
POPSca*
Oct 09, 2005

Thought it might be a garbage bag Kinda cute
NTaliesen**
Oct 09, 2005

I was going for boomerang, I guess everyone had a wrong (alternative) answer for this one.
randomind223
Oct 09, 2005

It was okay but it was sort of difficult
positiveneutron*
Oct 09, 2005

i got real stumped on that one
chaotic_chyk**
Oct 09, 2005

hey good job! that was really clever, me...i thought it was money . ehh but urs was ok too .........................jk LOL
seriously, i loved it! great job.
keep 'em coming!
solidgordy*
Oct 09, 2005

I thought of other answers also, but none of them really work, money, you don't throw it away when you need it, an insult i thought was close, also, a resolution, likee if you need to smoke you throw out your resolve, if you don't need to you take it back! I also thought of a fishing line, which was pretty close too, i think. But, I think the reason anchor is the best answer is becuse of what i saw someone else, only one person here, thought of, and that's AWEIGH! ANCHORS AWEIGH! THAT'S the reason that anchor is the only really good answer.
solidgordy*
Oct 09, 2005

oh, also, trash, trashbag, can, etc., none of those work because you don't take them back when u dont need them.
bballer21Agr*
Oct 09, 2005

i thought it was, well, nvr mind
i couldnt get & felt stupid

good job
srichardson1066**
Oct 09, 2005

Yo-ho-ho! Good one, very clever!
precious1026Aus*
Oct 09, 2005

First, the teaser was a thinker. Secondly, I thought the answer was money, b/c we always throw money away when there are better usages for money. Then I thought Advice. We never take the advice we need. The teaser was very good. I only give a teaser two, to three guesses anyway. It was greatttttt.
TsunamiSurfer**
Oct 10, 2005

Hi Saraha:
This teaser is one of the most moving ones I have come across on this forum. Wonderful, amazing and handsome, I rate it. Congratulation. quack -quack
Haylie1506*
Oct 10, 2005

Good job! This was nice!
bbbz*
Oct 09, 2008

the phrase "throw it away" seems a little clumsy after you see the answer. you "drop anchor", common term when using one, admittedly into the water. I guess one could think of it as throwing it away from you or the boat and then into the water. still, not a bad teaser.
TanCWAsg*
Oct 09, 2008

i thought of fishing line...
good one
FredSAus*
Oct 09, 2008

Argh! Nice riddle.
doeheadAus*
Oct 09, 2008

Heard this one many times
bradon182001*us*
Oct 09, 2008

Never would have gotten it. Thanks for posting.
FatHeadAus*
Oct 09, 2008

Clever!
UptheHillA*
Oct 09, 2008

NICE ONE!!!
abrainus*
Oct 09, 2008

Never saw that coming. Splendid teaser.
kp52Aus*
Oct 09, 2008

Good teaser. But I think the wording of it could have been better.
getoffursausageAus*
Oct 09, 2008

Clever!!! like it!
avonmaAus*
Oct 09, 2008

Good one. Got me.
auntiesisAus*
Oct 13, 2008

Didn't have a clue. Cute answer.
Babe*
Oct 09, 2011

I was way off! I thought it was an apology. OOPS!
doeheadAus*
Oct 09, 2011

AWOR It's time to sink this one somewhere deep.
gaylewolfAus*
Oct 09, 2011

Good teaser - I liked it!! Loved your comment, Doehead. You're an original! Have a great weekend, friends!
eamonca*
Oct 09, 2011

What, when you need it you throw it away,
but when you don't need it you take it back?

Clumsy and misleading as one does NOT throw an anchor AWAY. The term "anchor's aweigh" is a report that the anchor is clear of the sea bed and the boat/ship can get moving. To weigh or hoist or lift the anchor means it's being retrieved onto the vessel. The opposite of what's seemingly suggested above.

Might one suggest:

When you need me, you throw me out. When you no longer need me, you take me back in. What am I.

Still retains the fun without misinformation. Thanks.
jcann*us*
Oct 09, 2011

I liked your rewording of the riddle, eamon. I was thinking the same thing. Just a minor change, but it does make more sense.
MikeGus*
Oct 09, 2011

I think fishing bait/lure/line makes more sense as an answer, but I like the riddle nonetheless.
KarateGirl098tus*
Oct 09, 2011

Hehe, I thought it was a frisbee. Good one.
auntiesisAus*
Oct 10, 2011

Very funny doehead. AROB
gaylewolfAus*
Oct 09, 2014

Clever teaser and I got the answer this time! Thanks for posting!
catmom*us*
Oct 09, 2014

I thought favors or opinions. Anchors never occurred to me.



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