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Family Sport

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


Puzzle ID:#38111
Fun:**** (3.2)
Difficulty:*** (2.29)
Submitted By:grilledcheese*




Three brothers share a family sport:
A non-stop marathon
The oldest one is fat and short
And trudges slowly on
The middle brother's tall and slim
And keeps a steady pace
The youngest runs just like the wind,
Speeding through the race
"He's young in years, we let him run,"
The other brothers say
"'Cause though he's surely number one,
He's second, in a way."


The hands on a clock (hour, minute, and second).

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Sep 04, 2007

I thought that was a hard'un!
Sep 04, 2007

nice one cam
Sep 04, 2007

A great one! Thanks for sharing.
Sep 04, 2007

Very fun!! Great teaser
Sep 05, 2007

LOL! Great teaser!!!

"He's young in years, we let him run,"
The other brothers say
"'Cause though he's surely number one,
He's second, in a way."
And I say:
Sep 05, 2007

wo0ow (imagine it there)

I love this one *favourites*
Sep 15, 2007

Fun and clever! I love the "pun" using the word "second"! Going into my faves!
Oct 05, 2007

For some reason, I found it easy... the non-stop and the second gave it away.
Oct 05, 2007

I don't know where brothers comes into the logic.
Oct 05, 2007

Fantastic, I loved it
Oct 05, 2007

Great job there Cam. Nicely written. More please
Oct 05, 2007

Very clever. I didn't get it, but it sure makes sense after seeing the answer.
Oct 05, 2007

Good job on this one! I got it right and thought it was cleverly written.
Oct 05, 2007

this is one of the best teasers I have read in a long time....good job
Oct 05, 2007

excellent teaser...i thought he was named after their father which would make him a "second" (commonly known as Jr.) stupid me...keep 'em coming
Oct 05, 2007

Great teaser--I think it is one of the best
Oct 05, 2007

I agree with the above praises. Beautifully done.
Oct 05, 2007

Could have been a clever riddle, but there was no explanation of what we're solving so I'm quite disappointed. Where did it say to explain what the 3 brothers represented, versus why the youngest could be considered "second".
Oct 05, 2007

Wow!! Excellent teaser - did you write it yourself? Well done! Thanks!
Oct 05, 2007

Excellent teaser! Well written and concise.

I found this one to be rather easy but not so much so as to make it a bore.

Oct 05, 2007

good one! I didn't figure it out but it became much clearer after I seen the answer! You had me stumped!
(user deleted)
Oct 05, 2007

How about George W. Bush as the answer. 3 brothers. second to his dad...
Oct 05, 2007

Good teaser,grilled cheese (cam?). The answer came to me in a second. It's nice to get one quicklly, rather than in minutes or hours, or never.
Oct 05, 2007

Need more coffee, nice one, would have never guessed it though!!
Oct 05, 2007

Huhh???? It passed me by
Oct 05, 2007

I didn't get the riddle.
but it was obvious after reading

I think too one of the best in a
Oct 05, 2007

Thanks for all the positive comments every one
Oct 05, 2007

Oct 05, 2007

Very good ! I didn't understand the title, Family Sport. But it was a great puzzle, even though I had no clue.
Oct 05, 2007

Good one!
Oct 05, 2007

Brilliant teaser!
Oct 05, 2007

Great teaser! How can people not understand this? They're brothers because they're all closely related, living in the same area, joined together, etc. The youngest is "second" because he's the second hand.
Oct 05, 2007

I had to read it twice, but I got it. It was really fun and it took a bit of thinking so I absolutely loved it! Good job.
Oct 05, 2007

I love it!

Great teaser.
Oct 05, 2007

very good...I happened to get this one, but that's not to say it was easy as I am a genius!
Oct 05, 2007

Great one Grilledcheese! You have some of my favorites on the site! Really well written!
Oct 05, 2007

absolutely marvelous!
Oct 08, 2007

Thought it was very clever, seemed very forthright to me...kudos
Oct 12, 2007

That was very good. I liked that one. It took me a few minutes but I got it. Thanks for the teaser.

Nov 14, 2007

Beautiful. Simple and, yet, fun. One of the best around. Congratulations!
Dec 11, 2007

GREAT TEASER!!! you got me... was no-where near the answer!
Jan 10, 2008

really GREAT teaser! Took some thinking, but was not too obscure!
Jan 28, 2008

I got it the very "second" I read it
Feb 14, 2008

Great but ambigous.

I couldn't figure out what the question was for a bit.
May 21, 2008

its very sportive
May 24, 2008

Brilliant!! I didn't get it but I went D'oh! when I read the answer.

Great job!
Jul 25, 2008

Loved it--the rhyme was perfect too.
Dec 05, 2008


Great! That one got me stumped until I read the answer...and even then I had to re-read the teaser. Poor sleep-deprived me. I'm definitely gonna check out your other teasers. Nice one!
Dec 16, 2008

You know why it's hard to find the answer? Because the bloke forgot to ask the question...I'm sorry, did I miss the question? Good rhyme, but the only way I was able to figure out the question...was to look at the answer!!
Mar 10, 2009

That was an awesome riddle Cameron! I didn't understand what it was asking of me though! haha
But when I saw the answer I was like oooh. haha

VERY good.
Mar 16, 2009

Loved it... I got it right off, but I think it was just a fluke that my mind went ehre. Well done!
Apr 19, 2009

Very good
Oct 05, 2010

How are they 'oldest', 'middle' and 'youngest'? Aren't they all the same age? Actually, if you want to get really technical about it, from the beginning of time seconds have been around before hours have; 3599 of them actually.
Oct 05, 2010

Terrific puzzle!
I didn't get it, but once I saw the answer I realized how very clever it was!
Thanks for a good one - well done!
Oct 05, 2010

elentir wrote:[quote]How are they 'oldest', 'middle' and 'youngest'? Aren't they all the same age?[/quote]

As I recall what I learned about the history of clockmaking, the earliest clocks had only an hour hand. Minute hands came along some centuries later, followed by second hands as a more recent innovation.
Oct 05, 2010

I enjoyed this teaser immensely, especially the getting it part!! The first time I read it, I also thought, "The question's missing!" Next time through, the youngest going fastest but also second led me to the clock and then the other descriptions fell into place! Loved it! Congrats, grilled cheese!
Oct 05, 2010

OK, that makes a little more sense then. Thanks Talanpoe!
Oct 05, 2010

ummm.....where's the riddle? this is a poem. i also don't understand why the hands of the clock have different ages? a nice poem, but a terrible riddle.
Oct 05, 2010

I thought we were guessing the sport, since that was in the title. A question would have really helped, i.e., Who are we?

I like the riddle overall. It was well written and doesn't have a dozen different answers. Though the answer is obvious once you know it, that in my mind is a hallmark of a good riddle.
Oct 05, 2010

Wandering Goat, explained the idea of this Teaser in such simple terms that this Teaser is quite brilliant and funny. I like Teaser like this one. I didn't get the answer, but its nice to see that so many did get the correct answer. My answer was Way off. I thought he came in second because running like the wind only gives you first place when there is Wind, but without the Wind, as the Air is calm,then he gets second place. So what, I told you I was way off. By the way, the Title "Family Sports" makes the Teaser even more believable. I am Out---->
Oct 05, 2013

I did not get it, but I liked it. Clever!
Oct 05, 2013

Loved this one! Great job grilledcheese. A little on the easy side, but that's good. Very well-written, a true poem. Great outside-the-box clues. A lot of thought went into this -- what percentage of teasers on this site can you say that about?
Oct 05, 2013

The last line gave it away. Well written and enjoyable.
Apr 22, 2015

//Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a QUESTION that NEEDS answering. //

This "riddle" would have been better if the question is clear.
May 04, 2015

The riddle should have asked us what to identify.
Oct 05, 2016

Back in 2013 I was content with it, but his time, like some of the others I did not know what we were supposed to be looking for. Usually the author will say "what is it?" or "who is it? or "what am I?"This time we were given nothing to know which way to go. As a teaser it was very good, except for that!'
Oct 05, 2016

What does "family sport" have to do with anything?
Oct 05, 2016

I love this riddle. It reads so nicely, almost poetically. It's just wonderful.
Feb 07, 2017

Fabulous. This should be in a published collection: a standard that everyone should read and enjoy. Amazingly good.

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