X is in Sphinx

taken by Ricardo AndrΓ© Frantz (wikimedia User:Tetraktys), 2006 Creative Commons 3.0 license

Diana Beebe, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, MDDW, Diana Beebe's Blog, science fiction, fantasy, young adultIn all the legendary creatures, the ones that start with the letter X can be included on a short list. I couldn’t find one that was a chimera-like creature.

The Sphinx will have to do for the letter X.

In Greek mythology, this merciless creature has the haunches of a lion, sometimes with the wings of a great bird, and the face of a woman. People who couldn’t answer its riddle are killed.

The Egyptian sphinx had the face of a man and was benevolent. I’m not sure what that means. He guarded an entry, but let people in if they were polite? Maybe that’s why the Egyptian pharaohs hid their tombs, because they knew the sphinx was a pushover. πŸ˜›

Both had ferocious strength and were guardians, often flanking the entrances to temples.


  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx
  • http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:028MAD_Sphinx.jpg

What are some good riddles that the sphinx could ask?

13 comments on… “X is in Sphinx”

    • Diana Beebe

      I don’t know how it went by so quickly. Penultimate is one of my favorite words–especially when someone uses it correctly. πŸ˜€

  1. I’m no riddler.

    “Maybe that’s why the Egyptian pharaohs hid their tombs, because they knew the sphinx was a pushover.”

    I like your humor, Diana!

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL. Thanks, Elen. I’m glad to hear I got at least one laugh. πŸ˜€

  2. hello Diana,
    just popped in to say Hi from the A-Z blogging challenge
    fellow A-Z blogger
    Kim in Australia

    • Diana Beebe

      Hi, Kim! So glad to meet you! πŸ™‚ I hope you’re enjoying the challenge.

  3. X is a struggle – I took a word with an x in the middle.
    Hope you have enjoyed the A to Z Challenge.

    • Diana Beebe

      You have to take those X words wherever you can. πŸ˜‰ I have enjoyed the challenge. I hope you have, too. It hasn’t been easy (otherwise, it wouldn’t be a challenge, right?). I’m glad you stopped by!

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