General Riddles

As a whole, I am both safe and secure. Behead me, and I become a place of meeting. Behead me again, and I am the partner of ready. Restore me, and I become the domain of beasts. What am I?
A Stable

Forward I am heavy, but backward I am not. What am I?
Forward I am ton, backwards I am not

I can be long, or I can be short. I can be grown, and I can be bought. I can be painted, or left bare. I can be round, or I can be square. What am I?

There are 17 pigeons sitting in a row on a wall. A boy shoots the fifth pigeon. How many pigeons remain?
None. Explanation: They all fly away at the sound of the gunshot.

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

I don't have eyes, but once I did see. Once I had thoughts, but now I'm white and empty.

A calendar year has how many seconds?
12 (2nd January, 2nd February, 2nd March.....)

I'm sometimes white, But most often I'm black. I take you there, But never bring you back. What am I?
A hearse.

A box without hinges, key, or lid, Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

When I get multiplied by any number the sum of the figures in the product is always me. Who I am?
9 e.g. 9 X 6 = 54; 5 + 4= 9

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