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Give & Take

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

 

Puzzle ID:#7443
Fun:*** (2.86)
Difficulty:*** (2.5)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:majd****!!
Corrected By:Dave

 

 

 



My work is based on give and take
I can make a difference by a hand shake
The older I get the smaller I grow
And my best friend is my worst foe

What am I?




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Comments

floating_dreamer
Sep 22, 2002

Very interesting
JTJS
Sep 26, 2002

VERY CLEVER.
jazzkay
Oct 04, 2002

Good one!
(user deleted)
Oct 16, 2002

great job...would have never guessed in a million years...maybe a million but not in a lifetime...
adamant545
Oct 16, 2002

cool beans. this is a great teaser
dizzydesien
Oct 16, 2002

Very good 8-)
jizzyhuggs*
Oct 16, 2002

This was great! Wouldn't have got it in a million years.
(user deleted)
Oct 16, 2002

I had guessed "Deadline", for work to be completed. I now can see a similarity!
mastervivi131
Oct 16, 2002

Nice one. I thought it was a sponge, but the last requirement didn't work out.
DEL719
Oct 19, 2002

that's a good one...i'll need to remember it
marinersrulz
Oct 22, 2002

good 1
marinersrulz
Oct 22, 2002

good 1
Ember
Oct 23, 2002

Very good. I would have never guessed it even if I had a bar of soap while trying to solve it.
alexbrunelle
Nov 17, 2002

Great brain teaser! :-)
spazgurl
Oct 17, 2003

great lob did yopu think of that one on your own???
MysticGohan789
Oct 21, 2003

i thought that it was a pencil
does that make sense to anyone else
I_am_the_Omega**
Oct 17, 2004

No, no it doesn't.

And jeeeeeeeeeeeze this was impossible lol.

T.T O_o
BrenBeadSP**
Oct 17, 2004

Thanks - I actually got one - made my day!
wawa132
Oct 27, 2004

the answers to this were a bit of a stretch
Brainy_1Aus*
Oct 19, 2005

I had no idea! Good one tho...into my favorites so I can remember it! I'm brain dead tonight!
xPandax
Oct 19, 2005

i enjoyed this one

good work
sweetmamaAus*
Oct 19, 2005

I didn't get this one, but I liked it anyway!!!
dragon-B*bz*
Oct 19, 2005

A hard one. Very good me like
bluehawk*us*
Oct 19, 2005

I liked this one. It's so very true
coldfire*
Oct 19, 2005

I didn't even think about that very good 1
brainy_girl
Oct 19, 2005

Cute one!!!!!!
spec4p*us*
Oct 19, 2005

very nice
maximo3491**
Oct 19, 2005

good job
ilovejesus
Oct 19, 2005

This is a good one.
jabdrAus*
Oct 19, 2005

Great one! Nice way to start the day with a smile on my face.
bobbet**
Oct 19, 2005

I haven't used a bar soap in years soap comes in plastic bottles now

That was a good one though
redneck_woman**
Oct 19, 2005

not bad. What is up with the "this is offensive" notations on everyone's comments??????
solidgordy*
Oct 19, 2005

I liked this, it was very hard,, especially "I can make a difference by a hand shake." I just didn't understand that line, but I'm not making excuses (soap still does come in bars, and I still use a bar of soap). I don't know how I would ever have thought of soap. Btw, the guy above: PENCIL is good! Pencil does so work, it works perfectly well with all four clues, good work, both of ya!
CHICANA812**
Oct 19, 2005

Most Excellent!
LiaHarley**
Oct 19, 2005

I agree. The pencil thing would also work! But well done! I would never have guessed soap. YOU GOT ME!!!WELL DONE AGAIN
kimberlykayAus*
Oct 19, 2005

Awwww...that's so cute. I love this one even though I didn't get the answer. Bravo...great riddle.
johanne
Oct 19, 2005

boooo.... sucks...

culturally biased.. some people don't use soap....
christine77**
Oct 19, 2005

I found this one to be pretty hard, I thought it could have been a number of things. But good one, I enjoyed trying.
kman613**
Oct 19, 2005

Nice one. I was thinking more along the lines of "the common cold" but it didn't quite fit the "older I get the smaller I am" part. Regardless, I didn't get it right...
dreamcatcher**
Oct 19, 2005

Got me on that one too!!!
Way to go seems as if you stumped us all...
lindquist_25Aus*
Oct 19, 2005

I don't have anything nice to say, so I won't say anything at all.
redneck_woman**
Oct 19, 2005

Checked back in - glad to see the "offensive" comments are now gone
redneck_woman**
Oct 19, 2005

Now it's back after posting last comment--what the heck are you peeps doing there????
NorthWord*
Oct 19, 2005

This is really good! Excellent timing, too, considering all the colds going around (or is just here where I'm living?). Soap's a good defense against that common enemy. Anyway, glad to give my foggy brain a bit of a workout first thing in the morning.
MS-Queen
Oct 19, 2005

good one. didn't get that one. loved it
orphen*
Oct 19, 2005

this one was easy but it was pretty cool

think: what get smaller with every use and makes some sort of a difference to your hands?
jennrenee23Aus*
Oct 19, 2005

I thought this was hard, but very clever, and I too thought that the pencil would have made perfect sense as well.
dopy13*us*
Oct 19, 2005

that was stupid, i would never give anyone my soap yuck!!

i thought imaginary friend but with that the give and take one didn't make sense.

good one on the pencil
iteachkidsAus*
Oct 19, 2005

Dopy - they didn't suggest you give soap to anyone. Re-read the answer.
I LIKED this, and the pencil answer was fitting, too. Way2Go!
jaydecoAus*
Oct 19, 2005

Nice one.........of course I didn't figure it out but it was a good one!
boriqua*
Oct 19, 2005

Cool
goosh*
Oct 19, 2005

that was great!
djblackwidow1
Oct 19, 2005

Awesome! I wouldn't have guessed. It actually had my brain working! Great job!
Huntress
Oct 19, 2005

I didn't get the pencil answer...or the soap answer...nice I thought money would work though
angeleyes_7*
Oct 19, 2005

Good job! Stumped me!!
jimmyb**
Oct 19, 2005

If you could rewrite this a little and set it to music, you could make a fortune with a commercial jingle aired on day time soaps!


Ps RedneckWoman, you need a bath!
redraptor50*us*
Oct 19, 2005

That was great, but got me..rats...... keep them coming
carolina_bug**
Oct 19, 2005

I thought it was a wallet. you put money in and everyone wants to Take it out.
congbyrd
Oct 19, 2005

NICE!!! THAT WAS AWE...SOME!!! lvd it!! cyuz l8r!!! bi.

Chrissie
graffiti_cave
Oct 19, 2005

Very clever, never would have guessed
thimblenogginus*
Oct 19, 2005

My first thought was that it was a candle. Penc il is good, too. Maybe it is too vague?
thimblenogginus*
Oct 19, 2005

Didn't anyone else think "candle"?
bagogirlAus*
Oct 19, 2005

OMG, i am probably the only one to mention that dissolve was spelled wrong in the third line! editors need to do better jobs!
THAT WAS A GREAT TEASER THOUGH!!!!!!!!!
Haylie1506*
Oct 19, 2005

This was good teaser...tough, though...
POPSca*
Oct 19, 2005

Tough one but Good!!!! Ya got me
realm2346*
Oct 19, 2005

This was a great teaser....I never would've guessed it was soap. At first, I thought "compromise" would be a good answer, until I got to the third line: The larger I grow, the smaller I get . I understood it once I saw the answer, though. Did anyone else think it was compromise until they reached the third line..Darn, without that line, "compromise would be a good answer. Oh well. GREAT TEASER!!!!!!!
omarion_ericka
Oct 19, 2005

ummm, i thought that one was pretty cool, i would have NEVER guessed!!!
KatelinAus*
Oct 19, 2005

I like this teaser a lot, it is very cute!
kimberlykayAus*
Oct 19, 2005

bagogirl....the reason that nobody mentioned that dissolve was spelled incorrectly on the 3rd line is b/c they ask that you NOT suggest spelling or grammar corrections.....it says that right above the box where you post your comment!!!
Tangle
Oct 19, 2005

Did anyone think a of a thermometer? I was surprised when the answer was soap.
michelle3617Aus*
Oct 19, 2005

That was really really good. I had absolutely no idea, but wow.
sportzaholic7
Oct 19, 2005

Yuck, i so didn't get the connection. O well maybe its just me
FulanitoGM*sv*
Oct 19, 2005

Sorry, but I can't be onboard with everyone about this one. 2 of the 4 clues work very well for the answer, I'll grant you that. But the "give and take" part (a bar of soap "giving" foam) is a bit of a stretch. And "make a difference by a handshake...?" That's REALLY a stretch. You have to be able to make a mental connection between the clues and the answer, and I think most ppl not only got stumped by the "handshake," they were actually mislead. I know I was, because shaking hands with a bar of soap isn't something I normally do. I understand that you have to leave it vague enough so that it isn't too easy, but the clues also have to make some sort of sense. All I'm saying is that it could use a little tidying up, you know? Don't get all mad at me, everyone...
momyent
Oct 20, 2005

tht wareally good by the way redneck woman that does NOT mean it's offensive it means it is bewildering, duh
tinak77*
Oct 20, 2005

this one was a little too hard for me. i did not think of soap. it was a good one, though!!!
paintballa944**
Oct 20, 2005

Not one of the best I've seen................
schatzy228*us*
Oct 20, 2005

the harder the better
with water get wetter
so jump right in
and do it again
GOOD JOB please keep them coming
kimmymarie69
Oct 20, 2005

cute...but i was WAY off! good one!
riddlelover**
Oct 23, 2005

Hey! This is cute! I like it! It's a "clean" riddle Oh...I'm just hilarious. J/k...I like this! Keep em comin' and good job!
riddlelover**
Oct 23, 2005

And hey! Johanne! Chill! It wasn't bad at all! Culturally biased? Absolutely not!
meme2559**
Oct 24, 2005

I didn't get that one but it was fun and clever.
pnguinsrule
Oct 25, 2005

You spelled dissolve "disolve." An important thing about riddles is thate they are "smart" teasers, they are precise, and convention errors take away from that. Otherwise, interesting idea!
Nicky101Aus*
Aug 23, 2009

Very nice ;). I was thinking along the lines of germs, but then the last two lines stumped me. Very original teaser .
dalfamnestAnz*
Aug 23, 2009

I'm not great with riddles, but I think the classic riddle is designed to give clues that make you say, 'Aha! of course' when you get the answer. This one, and others submitted, require stretching and almost random usage of the clue vocab. e.g. 'Give and take'.

But it was fun nevertheless - I just wanted to be able to say, Aha! rather than Duh! after checking.

Oh, and surely that comment by Johanne was tongue-in-cheek!
dalfamnestAnz*
Aug 23, 2009

I'm not great with riddles, but I think the classic riddle is designed to give clues that make you say, 'Aha! of course' when you get the answer. This one, and others submitted, require stretching and almost random usage of the clue vocab. e.g. 'Give and take'.

But it was fun nevertheless - I just wanted to be able to say, Aha! rather than Duh! after checking.

Oh, and surely that comment by Johanne was tongue-in-cheek!
doeheadAus*
Aug 23, 2009

The clues were a bit weak and far fetched.
UptheHillA**
Aug 23, 2009

VERY VAGUE!!!
bestgirl*
Aug 23, 2009

Sorry, it really isn't much fun (IMO) when the clues are so far fetched.
patiencewithaP*us*
Aug 23, 2009

I got it right away...the third line and the bit about handshakes gave me the clue. Good one!
bradon182001*us*
Aug 23, 2009

I didn't get it. Good teaser, but for some reason it went right over my head. Thanks for posting.
bradon182001*us*
Aug 23, 2009

I didn't get it. Good teaser, but for some reason it went right over my head. Thanks for posting.
4princessesus*
Aug 23, 2009

I think the riddle was waaayyyyy to vague to be able to get the answer. Wasn't my favorite.
auntiesisAus*
Aug 23, 2009

I actually got this one before I finished reading the whole thing. Clever, but easy.
avonmaAus*
Aug 23, 2009

I couldn't think of it, either. I knew it was something simple. For give and take, I was thinking of something like a vending machine, the growing smaller bit, should have given it to me. All I could think of for "hand shake" was dice and the last clue didn't give me anything.
However, it WAS a good teaser! Thanks!
Babe*
Aug 24, 2012

I have to agree with those that said the answers were a bit of a stretch. A couple of them did not really make sense, but it was a good try!
jaycr*us*
Aug 24, 2012

I was thinking along the lines of a debt or loan. Oh well, it's Friday!
cutebugAus*
Aug 24, 2012

As others stated,the clues were very vague.
stm8r1us*
Aug 24, 2012

I was thinking a two handled saw, like lumberjacks of old used. They're held with a "handshake, they go back and forth (give and take), as they get older the teeth wear down, and a log is their worst foe since they are designed to cut through a log, but yet must be their best friend as well since without logs/trees the saw wouldn't need to exist.



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