# riddles

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rock salt ??

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yea sort of you send the key with the box

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sorry I was meant to say you Send the box with a lock attached and locked. Your friend attaches his or her own lock and sends the box back to you. You remove your lock and send it back to your friend. Your friend may then remove the lock she or he put on and open the box.

The Bride/Black Mamba
Inscrit·e le: 03.10.2015

Why all these? So confusing...

Editor and cheeky nitpicker
Inscrit·e le: 14.09.2013

Well that's a computer guy's solution. That's basically how encryption keys work, except what you send is a mix of two keys that only the reciever can decrypt, but the idea is that each end of the transaction has to give their own key.

Actually, assuming your friend also has locks, the most efficient method would be for your friend to send you his (open) lock beforehand, that you would use to lock the box.

Now for a real parcel and a friend with no locks, sending the key separately is indeed a quite sound method.
If you want to make sure nobody can intercept and open the box, you can wait for your friend to receive it, and only then send the key. That guarantees nobody can get their hands on both the box and the key (except by breaking into your friend's flat ).
The only downside is, you need to change the lock each time you send another box (since the thief could make a copy of the key unnoticed and thus be able to open the box next time).

Of course that doesn't work for computers since messages can be copied without the sender nor the reciever being aware of it, while a thief could harldy steal the box without the reciever noticing.

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they just are I guess it is a riddle

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exactly right

Editor (Resident Evil)
Inscrit·e le: 26.10.2015
Brat wrote:

Teacher: Children, who can solve this problem? There were 3 geese and 4 ducks flying in the sky. How old I am?
Bob: You are 26.
Teacher: Good! How did you guess?
Bob: Well, I am ** and my mother calls me a ********.

How old is Bob? How does his mother call him?

Still curious about this one. I suppose it's some pun where the mother calls him something that can be understood as "a goose and a duck" or something (which then yields the age based on the calculation that 3x+4y=26). But I can't figure it out...

The Bride/Black Mamba
Inscrit·e le: 03.10.2015

That's the hardest riddle ever!

Jack's Smirking Revenge
Inscrit·e le: 24.12.2011

Well i might be wrong, but i am gonna try anyway:

Maybe he is 5, and his mother calls him a lame duck or Strange duck or even duck down
Maybe he is 6 or 8, and his mother calls him silly goose

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 13.04.2017

Well, Bob's mother calls him a half-tard, and he is 13 years old.

Jack's Smirking Revenge
Inscrit·e le: 24.12.2011

because the teacher is a full tard?

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 13.04.2017

Bingo!

Editor / Francophony
Inscrit·e le: 14.10.2014

Never go full retard...

(incidentally be a bit careful using that word - It's generally considered offensive)

Editor (Resident Evil)
Inscrit·e le: 26.10.2015
Brat wrote:

Well, Bob's mother calls him a half-tard, and he is 13 years old.

Damn, I was thinking something along those lines and thought "that's too easy".

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yeah I don't think I would be able to answer this one either. this one is veeeeery confusing but I think the person who rote this one did really well though

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Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

Adam was born in Cologne, but he grew up in Seattle. For studying, he moved to Oxford. He married a woman from Madrid, and raised his children in Lyon. When he became older, he moved to his granddaughter who lived in Sydney where he later died as a happy man.

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 13.08.2017

german?

Editor / Francophony
Inscrit·e le: 14.10.2014

Maybe no nationality? Can the dead not hold a nationality?

Editor (Resident Evil)
Inscrit·e le: 26.10.2015

That's the only reply that makes sense.
Though I personally don't like such trick questions because they're often a misunderstanding of "ex falso quodlibet".
Like "If two roosters lay two eggs in two hours, how many eggs does one rooster lay in one hour?" and the answer is supposed to be "roosters don't lay eggs", yet the opposite is in the premise of the riddle. So by simple logic rules (ex falso quodlibet = "from something false, whatever you like follows" = "with a false premise, any conclusion is true"), any answer is correct.

Editor (Resident Evil)
Inscrit·e le: 26.10.2015
Sarasvati wrote:

german?

Leaving aside the trick question and the difference between nationality and citizenship, the question does not have an answer. Being born in Germany is not enough to confer citizenship/nationality upon the person.

Editor / Francophony
Inscrit·e le: 14.10.2014

That's true, although I think I'd have to give this one a pass as the question very carefully uses "Which nationality/ies" which allows the valid answer "None". If it had said "what nationality" then it would have implied that there was a nationality to be named.

That's if my answer is correct of course...

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

@Gavin: Yes, you're right. As he is dead, he has no nationality anymore. (I hoped, the fact that my question was written in present tense while the riddle is in past tense would be kinda tip.)

@magicmulder: I'm sorry that you don't like those kind of riddles. I actually love them! And you're right: Trick questions that are introduced by using false information are a bit mean. But where are these false info in my riddle? I'm just curious because I want my questions to become better.

Kind regards, Simon

The Bride/Black Mamba
Inscrit·e le: 03.10.2015

There is a story that a man and not a man
Saw and did not see a bird and not a bird
Perched on a branch and not a branch
And hit him and did not hit him with a rock and not a rock.

[How is this possible?]

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

Perhaps, there are two persons: One man who did all this, and one woman (or a child) who did not.

Editor (Resident Evil)
Inscrit·e le: 26.10.2015
SiHo_92 wrote:

@magicmulder: But where are these false info in my riddle? I'm just curious because I want my questions to become better.

I suppose it's debatable whether a dead person has a nationality. Technically his body would still be under the same jurisdiction as before (e.g. regarding crimes like digging up his corpse etc.). So the trick part of the riddle involves an issue that would only work if the reader has the same (possibly false) interpretation of the meaning of "nationality" as the one who made the riddle.

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Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

Thanks for the info!

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

I'm not sure, but would you like to solve a riddle about anagrams of musicians' names? They are all singing in English, and most of them are currently in the top charts in many countries.

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Inscrit·e le: 15.08.2017

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Inscrit·e le: 11.08.2015

The girl's heart

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Inscrit·e le: 11.08.2015

Maybe they're all not fully the thing. Man and not a man (half grown male child), saw and did not see (blind in one eye?), a bird and not a bird (non-flying bird like a chicken or penguin?), perched on a branch and not a branch (a branch which has fallen off the tree), hit him and did not hit him (not sure about this one), with a rock and not a rock (perhaps a stone tool?).

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Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

Okay, here's my riddle about anagrams: I took some English-singing musicians and rearranged their names. A lot of those singers are well known, many are currently pretty successful in the charts. Good luck!

1) Steylar Shyr
2) Dena in Agarar
3) Rar Stin been a parc
4) Wash me n send
5) Kecbyg
7) I list and feel eeh
8) Rid by
9) Be Ex Rehab
10) Sully Rom
11) I or Tara
12) Gone me sazel
13) Dash en Ere
14) Ashley
15) If sort raw lyt
16) Y taker ryp
17) Jim Conk Chalsea
18) I beret sun bij
19) I love da Tom
20) I like u my gone

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 11.08.2015

The only one I can hazard a guess to is 14, since you can rearrange that to form the name Sheyla. Don't know who that would be though...

Although 16 looks like Katy Perry.

The Bride/Black Mamba
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Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

No. 16 is correct: "Katy Perry"

Tip for no. 14: The singer's real name is "Ashley". And she used an anagram of this name to form her stage name. She became famous within the last two years collaborating with "The Chainsmokers".

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You walk up to a mountain that has two paths. One leads to the other side of the mountain, and the other will get you lost forever. Two twins know the path that leads to the other side. You can ask them only one question. Except! One lies and one tells the truth, and you don't know which is which. So, What do you ask?

The Bride/Black Mamba
Inscrit·e le: 03.10.2015

You ask each twin What would your brother say?. This works because.... Well let's say the correct path is on the left side. So say you asked the liar "What would your brother say?" Well, the liar would know his brother was honest and he would say the left side, but since the liar lies, he would say right. If you asked the honest twin the same question, he would say right, because he knows his brother will lie. Therefore, you would know that the correct path was the left!

Editor (Resident Evil)
Inscrit·e le: 26.10.2015
SiHo_92 wrote:

Okay, here's my riddle about anagrams: I took some English-singing musicians and rearranged their names. A lot of those singers are well known, many are currently pretty successful in the charts. Good luck!

1) Steylar Shyr
2) Dena in Agarar
3) Rar Stin been a parc
4) Wash me n send
5) Kecbyg
7) I list and feel eeh
8) Rid by
9) Be Ex Rehab
10) Sully Rom
11) I or Tara
12) Gone me sazel
13) Dash en Ere
14) Ashley
15) If sort raw lyt
16) Y taker ryp
17) Jim Conk Chalsea
18) I beret sun bij
19) I love da Tom
20) I like u my gone

8 = Birdy
9 = Bebe Rexha ("Aber Hexe B" would be a German anagram translating to "but witch B")
10 = Olly Murs ("Mus-Rolly" would roughly mean "mashed guy in a wheelchair" in German ;))
13 = Ed Sheeran ("er sah Eden" would be a German anagram translating to "he saw Eden")
18 = Justin Bieber ("bist Juni-Eber" would be a German anagram translating to "you're (a) June boar")

Those were the ones that immediately stood out.

Editor (Resident Evil)
Inscrit·e le: 26.10.2015
Gavin wrote:

That's true, although I think I'd have to give this one a pass as the question very carefully uses "Which nationality/ies" which allows the valid answer "None". If it had said "what nationality" then it would have implied that there was a nationality to be named.

Interesting, because if I had to analyze grammar, I'd say "what nationality" is the variant that allows for the answer "no nationality" whereas "which" requires a choice between a given set of nationalities (here: all nationalities in the world, or referenced in the countries mentioned in the riddle).
That's because "which" carries the connotation "which of these here" whereas "what" is an open question that allows the answer "none".
(Colloquially, "which" also does, but that's another issue. :))

More examples:
* "Which team (implying: of the teams qualified) will win the world championship?" - "Brazil."
vs. "What team is your favourite for the world championships?" - "None because I don't care."

* "What is your favourite color?" - "I have none."
"Which color (implying: of these colors I'm showing you here) do you think fits my living room best?" - "The light blue one."

Editor / Francophony
Inscrit·e le: 14.10.2014

I see what you mean and you are right. I think it's that it said "nationality/ies" that made the difference to me as I read that as implying that there could be a number of correct nationalities including zero. But that may just be how the sentence struck me rather than a particular grammatical rule. It probably doesn't stand up to analysis

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

I am not a native English speaker, so I didn't recognize the difference between "what" and "which". But now I see it, and I have to apologize that my riddle caused so many troubles.

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Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

What is the past tense of William Shakespeare?

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 15.08.2017

Williwas Shookpeare?

Super Member
Inscrit·e le: 04.11.2017

Wouldiwas shookspeared

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Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

Yes!

Editor (Resident Evil)
Inscrit·e le: 26.10.2015

What's the female form of
"'Without mandatory guidance from the Lord, hell awaits all mankind,' Hermione said."?

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Inscrit·e le: 11.08.2015

"Without womandatory girldance from the Lady, she'll awaits all womankind," Hermione said.

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Inscrit·e le: 09.01.2018

Here's the solution of my anagram riddle:

1) Steylar Shyr - Harry Styles
2) Dena in Agarar - Ariana Grande
3) Rar Stin been a parc - Sabrina Carpenter
4) Wash me n send - Shawn Mendes
5) Kecbyg - Becky G
7) I list and feel eeh - Hailee Steinfeld
8) Rid by - Birdy
9) Be Ex Rehab - Bebe Rexha
10) Sully Rom - Olly Murs
11) I or Tara - Rita Ora
12) Gone me sazel - Selena Gomez
13) Dash en Ere - Ed Sheeran
14) Ashley - Halsey
15) If sort raw lyt - Taylor Swift
16) Y taker ryp - Katy Perry
17) Jim Conk Chalsea - Michael Jackson
18) I beret sun bij - Justin Bieber
19) I love da Tom - Demi Lovato
20) I like u my gone - Kylie Minogue

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OpalMoon wrote:

"Without womandatory girldance from the Lady, she'll awaits all womankind," Hermione said.

Almost.

"Without womandatory galdance from tshe Lady, shell awaits all womankind," Himmione said.

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correct!!