Few children think they will ever tire of playing games; but all the same, towards the end of a long evening, spent merrily in dancing and playing, the little ones begin to get too weary to play any longer, and it is very difficult to keep them amused.
Then comes the time for riddles! The children may sit quietly around the room, resting after their romps and laughter, and yet be kept thoroughly interested, trying to guess riddles.
It is, however, very difficult to remember a number of good and laughable ones, so we will give a list of some, which will be quite sufficient to puzzle a roomful of little folks for several hours.
1) Why are weary people like automobile wheels?--Answer: Because they are tired.
2) Spell "blind pig" in two letters? P G; a pig without an I.
3) Which bird can lift the heaviest weights?--The crane.
4) Why is a wise man like a pin?--He has a head and comes to a point.
5) What is that which is put on the table and cut, but never eaten?--A pack of cards.
6) Why does a sculptor die horribly?--Because he makes faces and busts.
7) When does a farmer double up a sheep without hurting it?--When he folds it.
8) What lives upon its own substance and dies when it has devoured itself?--A candle.
9) Why is a dog biting his tail a good manager?--Because he makes both ends meet.
10) What thing is it that is lower with a head than without one?--A pillow.
11) Which is the left side of a plum-pudding?--That which is not eaten.
12) If all the seas were dried up, what would everybody say?--We haven't a notion (an ocean).
13) Why is a fishmonger never generous?--Because his business makes him sell fish (selfish).
14) What is that from which you may take away the whole and yet there will be some remaining?--The word wholesome.
15) Why are fowls the most economical things a farmer can keep?--Because for every grain they give a peck.
16) If a man who is carrying a dozen glass lamps drops one, what does he become?--A lamp lighter.
17) What belongs to yourself, but is used more by your friends than by yourself?--Your name.
18) Why is a spider a good correspondent?--Because he drops a line at every post.
19) When is the clock on the stairs dangerous?--When it runs down.
20) Why is the letter "k" like a pig's tail?--Because it comes at the end of pork.
21) What is the keynote to good manners?--B natural.
22) Why is a watch like a river?--Because it doesn't run long without winding.
23) When has a man four hands?--When he doubles his fists.
24) What trees has fire no effect upon?--Ash trees; because when they are burned, they are ashes still.
25) What is the difference between a schoolmaster and an engine-driver?--One minds the train and the other trains the mind.
26) What is that which everybody has seen but will never see again?--Yesterday.
27) Which is the smallest bridge in the world?--The bridge of your nose.
28) What four letters would frighten a thief?--O I C U.
29) What is that which goes from New York to California without moving?--The road.
30) Which is easier to spell--fiddle-de-dee or fiddle-de-dum?--Fiddle-de- dee, because it is spelled with more "e's."
31) When may a chair be said to dislike you?--When it can't bear you.
32) What animal took the most luggage into the Ark, and which two took the least?--The elephant, who took his trunk, while the fox and the cock had only a brush and a comb between them.
33) Why is B like a hot fire?--Because it makes oil Boil.
34) Why was the first day of Adam's life the longest?--Because it had no Eve.
35) Why is an author the oddest animal in the world?--Because his tale comes out of his head.
36) When can a horse be sea-green in color?--When it's a bay.
37) Why were gloves never meant to sell?--Because they were made to be kept on hand.
38) Why are watch-dogs bigger by night than by day?--Because they are let out at night and taken in in the morning.
39) When is a tradesman always above his business?--When he lives over his shop.
40) What is book-keeping?--Forgetting to return borrowed volumes.
41) What ships hardly ever sail out of sight?--Hardships.
42) Why is the Isthmus of Suez like the first "u" in cucumber?--Because it is between two "c's" (seas).
43) What motive led to the invention of railroads?--The locomotive.
44) Who was the first whistler?--The wind.
45) Why is a little man like a good book?--Because he is often looked over.
46) Why is a pig in a parlor like a house on fire?--Because the sooner it is put out the better.
47) Spell "enemy" in three letters?--F O E.
48) Which is the only way that a leopard can change his spots?--By going from one spot to another.
49) When is a tall man a little short?--When he hasn't got quite enough cash.
50) What houses are the easiest to break into?--The houses of bald people; because their locks are few.
51) What plant stands for No. 4?--IV (ivy).
52) Why is shoemaking the easiest of trades?--Because the boots are always soled before they are made.
53) How can a gardener become thrifty?--By making the most of his thyme.
54) Which is the longest word in the English language?--Smiles; because there is a mile between the first and last letters.
55) What is that which happens twice in a moment and not once in a thousand years?--The letter M.