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rid·dle 1

 (rĭd′l)
tr.v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
1. To pierce with numerous holes; perforate: riddle a target with bullets.
2. To spread throughout: "Election campaigns have always been riddled with demagogy and worse" (New Republic).
3. To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
n.
A coarse sieve, as for gravel.

[Middle English ridelen, to sift, from riddil, sieve, from Old English hriddel; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

rid′dler n.

rid·dle 2

 (rĭd′l)
n.
1. A question or statement requiring thought to answer or understand; a conundrum.
2. One that is perplexing; an enigma.
v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
v.tr.
To solve or explain.
v.intr.
1. To propound or solve riddles.
2. To speak in riddles.

[Middle English redels, from Old English rǣdels; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

rid′dler n.
References in classic literature ?
said Dairyman Crick, as he sat down to breakfast next day, with a riddling gaze round upon the munching men and maids.
At the bottom of the immense cavity burrowed hundreds of small extinguished craters, riddling the soil like a colander, and overlooked by a peak
The very act of writing is represented as a riddling practice.
Traditionally, adults (parents, grandparents, older siblings) facilitated riddling sessions; this is not possible anymore due to separation, dislocation, and eventual transplantation to the urban areas away from the older people who would be spending time with the young.
Beyond such particular revivals of riddling as more than a children's game, Enigma in the past century has become more central than ever to many widely shared understandings of what serious literature does.
One might say that these riddling texts and images are a means by which the central characters of the narrative confront the fundamental question, `Who am I?
In treating such topics as the social occasions for riddling, the expressive devices and formulaic language of riddles, and the dialogical relationship between the fiddle-question (with its concealing ambiguity) and the fiddle-answer (with its triumphant wit), this article demonstrates the continuing vitality of the methods of riddle analysis that have been developed by folklorists.
With advances in technology to increase mold productivity, one of the most important fundamentals of craftsmanship molding has been forgotten - riddling of sand.