riddle 10: answer

>We are like fruit
>without flesh.

Take the flesh away from fruit, a pit is left.

>Hollow-cheeked we stand,

Hollow is also a reference to “pit”

> as an archaic
> bounding of a spring.

“puteal degrees” is an archaic expression for the same idea.
Puteal is a boundary to a well to prevent people from falling in.

> Those who meet us
> find themselves on a stair
> that cannot carry weight.

A pit is the opposite of a stair. The one helps one in ascending.
The other brings a quick descent. Another word for “degree” is “step”. A step is also part of a stair and so only a step that doesn’t carry weight can have the effect of a pit!

> Who are we?

Pitted or puteal degrees

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