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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.


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Submitted By:cnmne


A wheel with ten holes,
No lugs to see;
Numbers with letters,
Mostly with three.

Spin me, spin me,
Again and again;
Though I always return,
You can still reach a friend.

What is being described?

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Posted by eighsse on Nov 09, 2013

I like this one. Very easy, but a good one.

Posted by eighsse on Nov 09, 2013

Although I do have a couple of nitpicks on this one.

The answer, being the "narrator" of the riddle, is the dial on a rotary phone, not the entire rotary phone.

The last two lines are of the form "Though ____, ____." The two blanks should contain things that seem to be opposing, at least a little bit, yet are both true. Am I missing something, or do the two clauses have absolutely no conflict, nor appearance thereof, whatsoever?

Posted by Abecksav on Nov 16, 2013

I thought this was very clever!

Posted by Luke400 on Dec 04, 2013

Oh, I thought it was a yo-yo. I guess that's why I was confused about the "hole" part.

Posted by spikethru4 on Dec 04, 2013

eighsse, the apparent contradiction in the last two lines is that the connection is eventually completed even though the dial keeps returning after each step (suggesting an incomplete transaction).

Posted by Babe on Dec 12, 2013

When I can guess the answer as quickly as I did, then you know the teaser is a very easy one. Don't know why anyone could miss it.

Posted by jaycr on Dec 12, 2013

Like the phone at grandma's house. I wonder how many "youngsters" will pick up on this one.

Posted by HABS2933 on Dec 12, 2013

jaycr, I was thinking the same thing. You have to be "of an certain age" to be able to get this riddle. We had a few rotary hones when I was a kid so I am familiar with them, but doubt many under 35 would have a clue what one was.
My parents have an old phone with the crank and separate ear and mouth pieces that was converted into a rotary dial phone, as far as I know it still works

Posted by Maggiethe8th on Dec 12, 2013

Oh, now that was just plain fun!

Posted by cutebug on Dec 12, 2013

If you don't know this one within 5 seconds, you are very young.

Posted by catmom on Dec 12, 2013

I agree with Cutebug. There are probably a lot of young people that have never seen a rotary phone. I still have one, but it will work for either rotary or touch tone.

Posted by auntiesis on Dec 12, 2013

Cute, but very easy.

Posted by eighsse on Dec 12, 2013

@spikethru4: That makes sense. I still don't consider, in general, a disk's returning to a default position as something that will probably seclude me from my friends. But I get it. Acceptable, but less than ideal.

Posted by eighsse on Dec 12, 2013

@HABS2933: Completely agree with this sentiment, but I think you may be a few years off. I'm 24, and I am very aware of rotary phones. Not that I necessarily represent typical 24-year-olds, but if you took a survey of all ages, to find the age at which exactly 50% are aware of rotary phones, I would be shocked if it's greater than 25. I would put the over/under at 19. But I could always be the one who is way off!

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