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Mysterious Secret Language Mystery Riddles

Break the code to find the answers to these mysterious mystery riddles!

Learn how to form the American Manual Alphabet symbols for the letters of the alphabet by reading the American Manual Alphabet: Described Version of the alphabet letters and you will be able to solve these mystery riddles.

Read each question.
Then read the described versions of the fingerspelling symbols.
Each alphabet letter of the puzzle answer will be separated by a semicolon and a period will separate words. The letters that make up the word or words of the answers will be in order as they would appear in spelling the words.
Figure out what alphabet or number letter each described symbol represents. Then you will have the answer to the riddle. If you have trouble you can refer to the American Manual Alphabet: Described Version.
Click on the Riddle # link at the end of each riddle description to check your answer.
Have FUN!


1. Where do cows go on Saturdays?

Note: The answer to this riddle has one word with seven letters.

Letter #1: With the palm out and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb under the pointer, middle, and ring fingers;

Letter #2: While curving the fingers, touch the thumb tip to the fingertips of the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #3: While curving the fingers, touch the thumb tip to the fingertips of the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #4: With the palm facing out and the pointer and middle fingers up and spread apart, place the thumb in front of the folded pinky and ring fingers;

Letter #5: With the palm facing forward, point the pinky finger up while the other fingers are folded with the thumb across the folded fingers;

Letter #6: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb in and under the rest of the fingers;

Letter #7: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, fold the thumb to cover the front of the other fingers.

Riddle #1 - Answer

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2. What is a snake's favorite school subject?

Note: The answer to this riddle has one word with ten letters.

Letter #1: With the palm facing the body and bent sideways and the thumb, ring finger, and pinky folded, extend the pointer and middle fingers forward;

Letter #2: With the palm facing forward, point the pinky finger up while the other fingers are folded with the thumb across the folded fingers;

Letter #3: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, fold the thumb to cover the front of the other fingers;

Letter #4: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, fold the thumb to cover the front of the other fingers;

Letter #5: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, fold the thumb to cover the front of the other fingers;

Letter #6: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, fold the thumb to cover the front of the other fingers;

Letter #7: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, place the thumb between the pointer and middle finger and point the thumb up;

Letter #8: While curving the fingers, touch the thumb tip to the fingertips of the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #9: With palm facing out and other fingers folded, cross the pointer and middle fingers as they point up;

Letter #10: With the other fingers folded, point the pinky and the thumb out sideways.

Riddle #2 - Answer

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3. What goes up when the rain comes down?

Note: The answer to this riddle has one word with eight letters.

Letter #1: With the palm facing out and the pointer and middle fingers up side-by-side, place the thumb in front of the folded pinky and ring fingers;

Letter #2: With the palm out and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb under the pointer, middle, and ring fingers;

Letter #3: With the palm facing forward and fingers pointing up, fold the thumb across the inside of the palm.

Letter #4: With palm facing out and other fingers folded, cross the pointer and middle fingers as they point up;

Letter #5: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb in and under the rest of the fingers;

Letter #6: With the palm out and the pinky, ring, and middle fingers folded, point the pointer finger up and extend the thumb to the side;

Letter #7: With the palm out and the pinky, ring, and middle fingers folded, point the pointer finger up and extend the thumb to the side;

Letter #8: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, point the thumb up touching the side of the pointer finger.

Riddle #3 - Answer

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4. What does a lazy dog do for fun?

Note: The answer to this riddle has two words.

Word #1 has six letters.

Letter #1: With the palm facing down and ring finger and pinky folded, point the pointer finger down slightly, extend the middle finger toward the floor, and touch the thumb tip to the center of the middle finger;

Letter #2: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, point the thumb up touching the side of the pointer finger;

Letter #3: With palm facing out and other fingers folded, cross the pointer and middle fingers as they point up;

Letter #4: With the pinky and ring finger folded and the pointer finger pointing up, extent the middle finger forward and touch the tip of the thumb to the center of the middle finger;

Letter #5: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb in and under the rest of the fingers;

Letter #6: While the pinky and ring fingers are folded and the pointer finger is pointing up, arch the middle finger and touch its tip with the tip of the thumb.

Word #2 has four letters.

Letter #1: Curve the fingers in a circle form and curve the thumb parallel to the pointer;

Letter #2: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, point the thumb up touching the side of the pointer finger;

Letter #3: With palm facing out and other fingers folded, cross the pointer and middle fingers as they point up;

Letter #4: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, fold the thumb to cover the front of the other fingers.

Riddle #4 - Answer

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5. Why did the dinosaur cross the road?

Note: The answer to this riddle has one word with six letters.

Letter #1: With the palm out and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb under the pointer, middle, and ring fingers;

Letter #2: With the palm facing out and the pointer and middle fingers up side-by-side, place the thumb in front of the folded pinky and ring fingers;

Letter #3: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, fold the thumb to cover the front of the other fingers;

Letter #4: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb in and under the rest of the fingers;

Letter #5: With the palm facing out and the pointer and middle fingers up side-by-side, place the thumb in front of the folded pinky and ring fingers;

Letter #6: With the palm out and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb under the pointer, middle, and ring fingers.

Riddle #5 - Answer

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6. How do you keep a rhinoceros from charging?

Note: The answer to this riddle has two words.

Word #1 has six letters.

Letter #1: Curve the fingers in a circle form and curve the thumb parallel to the pointer;

Letter #2: With palm facing out and other fingers folded, cross the pointer and middle fingers as they point up;

Letter #3: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb in and under the rest of the fingers;

Letter #4: While the pinky and ring fingers are folded and the pointer finger is pointing up, arch the middle finger and touch its tip with the tip of the thumb;

Letter #5: With the palm facing forward, point the pinky finger up while the other fingers are folded with the thumb across the folded fingers;

Letter #6: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, place the thumb between the pointer and middle finger and point the thumb up.

Word #2 has five letters.

Letter #1: Curve the fingers in a circle form and curve the thumb parallel to the pointer;

Letter #2: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, point the thumb up touching the side of the pointer finger;

Letter #3: With palm facing out and other fingers folded, cross the pointer and middle fingers as they point up;

Letter #4: While the pinky and ring fingers are folded and the pointer finger is pointing up, arch the middle finger and touch its tip with the tip of the thumb;

Letter #5: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, fold the thumb to cover the front of the other fingers.

Riddle #6 - Answer

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7. What did the dog say when he sat on the sandpaper?

Note: The answer to this riddle has two words.

Word #1 has four letters.

Letter #1: With palm facing out and other fingers folded, cross the pointer and middle fingers as they point up;

Letter #2: With the palm facing out and the pointer and middle fingers up side-by-side, place the thumb in front of the folded pinky and ring fingers;

Letter #3: While the pinky, ring, and middle fingers are pointing up, touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pointer finger;

Letter #4: While the pinky, ring, and middle fingers are pointing up, touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pointer finger.

Word #2 has four letters.

Letter #1: With palm facing out and other fingers folded, cross the pointer and middle fingers as they point up;

Letter #2: With the palm facing out and the pointer and middle fingers up side-by-side, place the thumb in front of the folded pinky and ring fingers;

Letter #3: While the pinky, ring, and middle fingers are pointing up, touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pointer finger;

Letter #4: While the pinky, ring, and middle fingers are pointing up, touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pointer finger.

Riddle #7 - Answer

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8. What time is it when the clock strikes 13?

Note: The answer to this riddle has three words.

Word #1 has three letters.

Letter #1: While the pinky, ring, and middle fingers are pointing up, touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the pointer finger;

Letter #2: With the palm facing forward, point the pinky finger up while the other fingers are folded with the thumb across the folded fingers;

Letter #3: With the palm facing out and the pinky, ring, and middle fingers folded, place the thumb under the middle finger and curve the pointer finger.

Word #2 has three letters.

Letter #1: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, place the thumb between the pointer and middle finger and point the thumb up;

Letter #2: With the palm facing the body and bent sideways and the thumb, ring finger, and pinky folded, extend the pointer and middle fingers forward;

Letter #3: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb in and under the rest of the fingers.

Word #3 has five letters.

Letter #1: Curve the fingers in a circle form and curve the thumb parallel to the pointer;

Letter #2: With the palm out and the pinky, ring, and middle fingers folded, point the pointer finger up and extend the thumb to the side;

Letter #3: While curving the fingers, touch the thumb tip to the fingertips of the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #4: Curve the fingers in a circle form and curve the thumb parallel to the pointer;

Letter #5: With the pinky and ring finger folded and the pointer finger pointing up, extent the middle finger forward and touch the tip of the thumb to the center of the middle finger.

Riddle #8 - Answer

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9.     I have a face, yet no senses.
        Time is of the essence,
        but I don't really care.

Note: The answer to this riddle has one word with five letters.

Letter #1: Curve the fingers in a circle form and curve the thumb parallel to the pointer;

Letter #2: With the palm out and the pinky, ring, and middle fingers folded, point the pointer finger up and extend the thumb to the side.

Letter #3: While curving the fingers, touch the thumb tip to the fingertips of the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #4: Curve the fingers in a circle form and curve the thumb parallel to the pointer;

Letter #5: With the pinky and ring finger folded and the pointer finger pointing up, extent the middle finger forward and touch the tip of the thumb to the center of the middle finger.

Riddle #9 - Answer

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10.    Voiceless it cries,
        Wingless it flutters,
        Toothless bites,
        Mouthless mutters.

Note: The answer to this riddle has one word with four letters.

Letter #1: With the palm facing out and the thumb in front of the folded pinky, point up and spread apart the pointer, middle, and ring fingers;

Letter #2: With the palm facing forward, point the pinky finger up while the other fingers are folded with the thumb across the folded fingers;

Letter #3: With the palm out and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb under the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #4: While the pinky and ring fingers are folded and the pointer finger is pointing up, arch the middle finger and touch its tip with the tip of the thumb.

Riddle #10 - Answer

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11.    What has roots as nobody sees,
        Is taller than trees,
        Up, up it goes,
        And yet never grows?

Note: The answer to this riddle has one word with eight letters.

Letter #1: With the palm out and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb under the pointer, middle, and ring fingers;

Letter #2: While curving the fingers, touch the thumb tip to the fingertips of the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #3: With the palm facing out and the pointer and middle fingers up side-by-side, place the thumb in front of the folded pinky and ring fingers;

Letter #4: With the palm out and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb under the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #5: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, place the thumb between the pointer and middle finger and point the thumb up;

Letter #6: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, point the thumb up touching the side of the pointer finger;

Letter #7: With the palm facing forward, point the pinky finger up while the other fingers are folded with the thumb across the folded fingers;

Letter #8: With the palm out and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb under the pointer and middle fingers.

Riddle #11 - Answer

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12.    My life is often a volume of grief,
        Your help is needed to turn a new leaf.
        Stiff is my spine and my body is pale,
        But I'm always ready to tell a tale.

Note: The answer to this riddle has one word with four letters.

Letter #1: With the palm facing forward and fingers pointing up, fold the thumb across the inside of the palm;

Letter #2: While curving the fingers, touch the thumb tip to the fingertips of the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #3: While curving the fingers, touch the thumb tip to the fingertips of the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #4: With the pinky and ring finger folded and the pointer finger pointing up, extent the middle finger forward and touch the tip of the thumb to the center of the middle finger.

Riddle #12 - Answer

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13.    I drink the blood of the Earth,
        and the trees fear my roar,
        yet a man may hold me in his hands.

Note: The answer to this riddle has one word with eight letters.

Letter #1: Curve the fingers in a circle form and curve the thumb parallel to the pointer;

Letter #2: With the palm facing the body and bent sideways and the thumb, ring finger, and pinky folded, extend the pointer and middle fingers forward;

Letter #3: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, point the thumb up touching the side of the pointer finger;

Letter #4: With the palm facing forward, point the pinky finger up while the other fingers are folded with the thumb across the folded fingers;

Letter #5: With the palm out and fingers in a fist, fold the thumb under the pointer and middle fingers;

Letter #6: With the palm facing out and the fingers in a fist, fold the thumb to cover the front of the other fingers;

Letter #7: With the palm facing forward and fingers in a fist, point the thumb up touching the side of the pointer finger;

Letter #8: With the palm facing out and the thumb in front of the folded pinky, point up and spread apart the pointer, middle, and ring fingers.

Riddle #13 - Answer

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