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I come form North, East, West and South. I give you lots of information either verbally or textually. Who am I?

The eight of us go forth not back to protect our king from a foes attack.
Chess pawns.

Name four days of the week starting with the alphabet "T".
Tuesday, Thursday, Today and Tomorrow

Let us imagine that you are standing at the southern-most point of the earth. Now on the eastern side of that point is an island and on the western side of that point is a lake. Which one is closer to you - the island or the lake - and why?
Neither of the two because when you are standing at the southern-most point of the earth, all directions are north.

I reach for the sky, but clutch to the ground; sometimes I leave, but I am always around. What am I?

Some months have 31 days, some have 30 days, how many months in the Gregorian calendar have 28?
All the 12 months!

What belongs to you but others use it more than you do?
Your Name

Decode the following message: AENDFNDFNNIRDERDESIIEIIEAEND
A friend in need is a friend indeed. Explanation: Write the alphabets in four rows for example:

There was a green house. Inside the green house there was a white house. Inside the white house there was a red house. Inside the red house there were lots of babies. What is it?
Watermelon.

A ladder hangs over the side of a ship anchored in a port. The bottom rung touches the water. The distance between rungs is 20 cm and the length of the ladder is 180 cm. The tide is rising at the rate of 15 cm each hour. When will the water reach the seventh rung from the top?
If the tide is raising water, then it is raising the ship on water, too. So water will reach still the first rung.

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