Riddles and Teasers

#1
I heard this particular riddle on the radio the other day, and as it was totally gobbledegook, got nowhere near cracking it. Any fellow ARRSERS come across it before, and if so, what is the answer?

How is a mouse when it spins? - The higher, the fewer.
 
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PrinceAlbert

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#3
5 mins on google:

the meaning
had to do with the centrifugal governor on an old steam engine - the
weight was called the mouse, and as the engine rpm increased the mouse
would rise due to centrifugal force. But as the mouse rose, the arm
would force the steam valve in the more closed direction, thus
reducing the rpm, that is, the higher (the mouse), the fewer (rpms).
So for a given setting of the mouse on the arm, the engine would run
at a constant speed.
 
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