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Reservoir Angel
09-28-2011, 09:13 PM
Hello there.

The first chapter of my novel is set in a night club, with the main act on stage being some twisted game where people come up on stage and get asked a riddle. If they can answer it, then they win money. If they don't answer or get it wrong, they get shot.

Brutal, yes. But hey, it's a lawless town this club is operating in.

Problem is, when it comes to riddles I am far and away not very good. So I seek help: does anyone here know any incredibly hard to figure out riddles? I only need one, but I need to know the answer too so that I won't accidentally write the correct answer but still have it being wrong.

Also, it would help if the riddle didn't specifically name anything from our world, because this novel is set in a old-timey steampunk world that doesn't have a lot of the stuff we have.

Thanks in advance :D

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 09:33 PM
Greek mythology has a lot of riddles. You could check those out.

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 09:49 PM
An old one that I gave once before to a similar question.

What we caught we threw away;
what we didn't catch, we kept.


I always liked this one.

A man without eyes saw plums on a tree.
He neither took plums, nor left plums, now how can that be?


Here's another good one.

There is one that has a head without an eye,
And there's one that has an eye without a head.
You may find the answer if you try;
And when all is said,
Half the answer hangs upon a thread.


I'll answer them in a few days. :evil

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:02 PM
An old one that I gave once before to a similar question.

What we caught we threw away;
what we didn't catch, we kept.


I always liked this one.

A man without eyes saw plums on a tree.
He neither took plums, nor left plums, now how can that be?


Here's another good one.

There is one that has a head without an eye,
And there's one that has an eye without a head.
You may find the answer if you try;
And when all is said,
Half the answer hangs upon a thread.


I'll answer them in a few days. :evil

I figured out your last one, Drachen! At least half of it and I think I know the first half. I don't have a clue on the first two.

This one's pretty common, so you might already know it:

He who makes it doesn't want it.
He who buys it doesn't use it.
He who uses it never sees it.
What is it?

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:07 PM
Or:

A man leaves his house and walks directly south for half a mile.
He turns 90 degrees to his right and walks directly west for half a mile.
He turns 90 degrees to his right again and walks one half mile to his house.
Where does he live if this is possible?

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:15 PM
The North Pole.

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:21 PM
The North Pole.

Nice job Miranda! That one had me stumped even when someone drew it out for me.

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:22 PM
Thank you!

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:22 PM
What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
(I love this one)

I have a hard one, but it's actually a Mensa level question and not so much a riddle as a complex knowledge question.

A family of five, a Mother and Father are both in excellent health. Their three children are in their teens, strong, competitive and on the swim team. The family takes their boat out to sea and drop anchor to go for a swim. They all die. Can you figure out how?
You try to answer by asking as few questions as you can. I am a science geek so I got it pretty quickly.
Good luck! :P

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:25 PM
What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
(I love this one)




Aitch. Or Haitch. (I'm not getting involved in that argument.........LOL!)

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:27 PM
A family of five, a Mother and Father are both in excellent health. Their three children are in their teens, strong, competitive and on the swim team. The family takes their boat out to sea and drop anchor to go for a swim. They all die. Can you figure out how?
You try to answer by asking as few questions as you can. I am a science geek so I got it pretty quickly.
Good luck! :P

The boat explodes and eventually they drown?

Or.... the boat explodes, the dad gets hit on the head by shrapnel and they all get eaten by sharks.

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:29 PM
A family of five, a Mother and Father are both in excellent health. Their three children are in their teens, strong, competitive and on the swim team. The family takes their boat out to sea and drop anchor to go for a swim. They all die. Can you figure out how?

Leviathan eats them. Mensa-shmensa ;)

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:30 PM
That or it takes about 70 years for the last kid to die.

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:32 PM
Ah! Nice thinking there, Chris.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:33 PM
Aitch. Or Haitch. (I'm not getting involved in that argument.........LOL!)

Not the one I am going for. :D

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:34 PM
The boat explodes and eventually they drown?

Or.... the boat explodes, the dad gets hit on the head by shrapnel and they all get eaten by sharks.

No explosions, no sharks, No drowning.

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:35 PM
It's not Aitch? Hmm..... have to have a think.....

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:35 PM
Leviathan eats them. Mensa-shmensa ;)

Not the Leviathan. :P

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:35 PM
Got it! Or rather OH got it.

It's queue.

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:36 PM
What's the longest word in the English language with no proper vowels (a, e, i, o, u)?

Oooh, nice one with the q.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:36 PM
That or it takes about 70 years for the last kid to die.


***Hint*** they all die in the amount of time it takes to fall off a cliff and splat at the bottom.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:37 PM
Got it! Or rather OH got it.

It's queue.


Correct! Yay! *throws confetti at you*

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 10:37 PM
There are lots of possible answers to the family one Drake. I don't feel there's enough information there. Are they expert at boating too? Perhaps their anchor never touched bottom and the boat floated away. Are they in an arctic region? Pretty stupid, but they could freeze to death. The currents might have been too strong for them to make it back to the boat. Of course there's always sharks and such.

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:37 PM
What's the longest word in the English language with no proper vowels (a, e, i, o, u)?

Oooh, nice one with the q.


Rhythm

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:38 PM
Which letter in the English alphabet is made up of 7 letters?

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 10:38 PM
Correct! Yay! *throws confetti at you*

It can't be queue, because 'q' is not a word. It is a letter.

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:39 PM
***Hint*** they all die in the amount of time it takes to fall off a cliff and splat at the bottom.

Hmm. It was the Aral Sea (http://enrin.grida.no/htmls/aralsoe/aralsea/images/picture/aral2.jpg), perhaps? I'm sure this is one of those where you get X number of yes/no questions.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:39 PM
What's the longest word in the English language with no proper vowels (a, e, i, o, u)?

Oooh, nice one with the q.

Syzygy, unless you pluralize rhythm... lol

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:40 PM
Syzygy, unless you pluralize rhythm... lol

Rhythm was what I was thinking of.

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 10:40 PM
How about which word in the English language has all the vowels in alphabetical order?

lexxi
09-28-2011, 10:40 PM
What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
(I love this one)

queue?

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:41 PM
Hmm. It was the Aral Sea (http://enrin.grida.no/htmls/aralsoe/aralsea/images/picture/aral2.jpg), perhaps? I'm sure this is one of those where you get X number of yes/no questions.

I got it in six questions. But yes, you get x amount and the fewer the better. :D No on Aral Sea, though excellent guess, very outside the box.

sheadakota
09-28-2011, 10:41 PM
What English word retains the same pronunciation, even after you take away four of its five letters?
(I love this one)

I have a hard one, but it's actually a Mensa level question and not so much a riddle as a complex knowledge question.

A family of five, a Mother and Father are both in excellent health. Their three children are in their teens, strong, competitive and on the swim team. The family takes their boat out to sea and drop anchor to go for a swim. They all die. Can you figure out how?
You try to answer by asking as few questions as you can. I am a science geek so I got it pretty quickly.
Good luck! :P
everyone dies- you just don't say when;)

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 10:41 PM
It can't be queue, because 'q' is not a word. It is a letter.


Eh? The way I read the riddle, it doesn't need to be.

Edit: Actually, I've read it again and you are right. My apologies.

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:42 PM
How about which word in the English language has all the vowels in alphabetical order?

I read this in Mental Floss magazine recently, but I can't remember it. Argh that's frustrating.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:42 PM
There are lots of possible answers to the family one Drake. I don't feel there's enough information there. Are they expert at boating too? Perhaps their anchor never touched bottom and the boat floated away. Are they in an arctic region? Pretty stupid, but they could freeze to death. The currents might have been too strong for them to make it back to the boat. Of course there's always sharks and such.

They didn't drown, boat didn't go anywhere, not cold water, no currents and they died in the time it takes to fall off a cliff. :) Oh, and they do not get eaten. lol

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 10:44 PM
They die of old age?

Many years after their swimming excursion of course.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:45 PM
It can't be queue, because 'q' is not a word. It is a letter.

Well when you take the letters away it's no longer a word true. lol. Still sounds the same without the letters though :P

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:46 PM
They die of old age?

Many years after their swimming excursion of course.


Ok, next hint...

They die withing five minutes of swimming out in the water.

Chris P
09-28-2011, 10:46 PM
They die of old age?

That's one hell of a cliff if they die of old age before hitting bottom.

I suspect the key lies in another interpretation of "out to sea" or "dropping anchor." I can't figure where the cliff comes in.

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 10:49 PM
They accidentally tied themselves to the anchor instead of the boat! :P

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 10:50 PM
Or is it sharks with frickin laser beams on their heads?

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 10:52 PM
They're in the Dead Sea, they die from salt cuts.

Reservoir Angel
09-28-2011, 10:55 PM
Ok, next hint...

They die withing five minutes of swimming out in the water.
They were swimming in Loch Ness and, having an anchor dropped on her head, Nessie got P.O'ed and killed them.

You said no drowning and no sharks, this is technically neither.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:55 PM
Drachen Jager
No to all three :)

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 10:56 PM
They were swimming in Loch Ness and, having an anchor dropped on her head, Nessie got P.O'ed and killed them.

You said no drowning and no sharks, this is technically neither.


I did say I am a science buff though, and that's how I solved it :)

Reservoir Angel
09-28-2011, 10:58 PM
I did say I am a science buff though, and that's how I solved it :)
Dr. Insano killed them?

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 11:00 PM
Dr. Insano killed them?

lmao, but no... sadly :P

Chris P
09-28-2011, 11:00 PM
This isn't a sea on the moon, is it?

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 11:00 PM
This isn't a sea on the moon, is it?


Nope, here on earth. :)

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:01 PM
ok, so first a silly answer:
You said no to Nessie because of science, what about Robo-Nessie?

Chris P
09-28-2011, 11:02 PM
But it is a sea (with water and stuff) and is the anchor the key somehow?

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 11:02 PM
ok, so first a silly answer:
You said no to Nessie because of science, what about Robo-Nessie?

lmoa, and crap you are going to get it right :P But no, not robo nessie

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 11:03 PM
But it is a sea (with water and stuff) and is the anchor the key somehow?

Normal sea, typical thing happens. :)

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:05 PM
what makes you think I will get it? I do have a suggestion, that "would" cause this, but I am not sure if it is what you are looking for.

Chris P
09-28-2011, 11:06 PM
what makes you think I will get it? I do have a suggestion, that "would" cause this, but I am not sure if it is what you are looking for.

Go for it. Can't be worse than my Leviathan guess.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 11:07 PM
what makes you think I will get it? I do have a suggestion, that "would" cause this, but I am not sure if it is what you are looking for.

You are part of Mensa, this is one of the entry questions. I did well mind you, but it was not formally asked and I have no wish to join because if I don't get a science question like this I will fail I am sure. I am only confident in my strength, despite test scores. Cant help but feel like I got 'lucky' all through school. lol

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:10 PM
tectonic shifting can cause large pockets of gasses to be released from the earth. Those gasses would cause a "displacement". Basically it would be like the water between the ocean floor and topside to be replaced with air for a few seconds. More than enough time for a human being falling at 93 miles per hour to either hit bottom, or get deep enough to not make it back up in time. Also the gas itself could be toxic upon inhalation.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 11:11 PM
tectonic shifting can cause large pockets of gasses to be released from the earth. Those gasses would cause a "displacement". Basically it would be like the water between the ocean floor and topside to be replaced with air for a few seconds. More than enough time for a human being falling at 93 miles per hour to either hit bottom, or get deep enough to not make it back up in time. Also the gas itself could be toxic upon inhalation.


Epic win for the Parry man! W00t! *Throws confetti at you*

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:11 PM
or robot minnows

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 11:12 PM
or robot minnows

lol, no. :P

Kaiser-Kun
09-28-2011, 11:12 PM
You're a prisoner about to be executed, but you have a last chance.

There's two doors with a guard each. One of the guards can only tell the truth, the other only lies. One of the doors leads to death, the other to freedom. You can only ask one question to one guard.

What can you ask to choose the right door with absolute certainty?

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 11:14 PM
I think being attacked by sharks with frickin laser beams is about as likely as the gas pocket scenario.

Sharks without frickin laser beams have a much higher probability. Or being hit by a falling satellite.

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 11:14 PM
You're a prisoner about to be executed, but you have a last chance.

There's two doors with a guard each. One of the guards can only tell the truth, the other only lies. One of the doors leads to death, the other to freedom. You can only ask one question to one guard.

What can you ask to choose the right door with absolute certainty?

"Which door would he (indicating other guard) tell me to use?"

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:17 PM
I didn't think it was which is most likely to happen. The tectonic shifting is reported to happen about 400 times a year. I can't find any statistics on laser-headed sharks though.. lol

Kaiser-Kun
09-28-2011, 11:18 PM
"Which door would he (indicating other guard) tell me to use?"

Aye. Damn stoohpid old riddles. Gotta make some new ones.

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 11:21 PM
with the which door question. I am assuming you are pulling from the "labyrinth" movie on this one. I think the trick was, you ask one of the guards what the other guy would say.



This riddle is a lot older than that film.

Reservoir Angel
09-28-2011, 11:23 PM
Aye. Damn stoohpid old riddles. Gotta make some new ones.
I never do understand how that's the answer.

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:23 PM
This riddle is a lot older than that film.

I know, I was referring to where most people would have heard it.

Chris P
09-28-2011, 11:25 PM
I can't find any statistics on laser-headed sharks though.. lol

They've been keeping that under wraps. You think the Wikileaks guy was in trouble for sexual misconduct? That's what "they" want you to believe.

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 11:26 PM
They've been keeping that under wraps. You think the Wikileaks guy was in trouble for sexual misconduct? That's what "they" want you to believe.


roflmao!

mirandashell
09-28-2011, 11:26 PM
I never do understand how that's the answer.


There was a bit missed out. You ask the question then pick the other door.

The brothers will both point to the same door. And it will be the wrong door.

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:26 PM
I think anyone referred to as the "wikiLEAKS" guy should be in trouble for sextual misconduct.

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 11:26 PM
What word is the same, upside down and backwards?

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:26 PM
There was a bit missed out. You ask the question then pick the other door.

The brothers will both point to the same door. And it will be the wrong door.

therein lies the answer
you go to the one that isn't pointed to

D.M.Drake
09-28-2011, 11:27 PM
I think anyone referred to as the "wikiLEAKS" guy should be in trouble for sextual misconduct.


*laughing*

Chris P
09-28-2011, 11:27 PM
I never do understand how that's the answer.

Role play both scenarios. The liar will say the other guy will say Door A, while the one who tells the truth says the other guy will say Door A. Therefore you take Door B.

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:28 PM
I remember reading there are several other questions that work too. I don't recall them though

Chris P
09-28-2011, 11:29 PM
What word is the same, upside down and backwards?

boop

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:30 PM
What word is the same, upside down and backwards?

sis

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:31 PM
wait, upside down and backwards at the same time?

Reservoir Angel
09-28-2011, 11:32 PM
What word is the same, upside down and backwards?
If you write it in the correct font: Illuminati

Drachen Jager
09-28-2011, 11:41 PM
Yes, upside down and backwards, both at the same time. Sis and boop aren't proper words. :P And boop would be dooq upside down and backwards.

Use block lettering.

The answer involves a word in a previous riddle someone posted here.

Parry58
09-28-2011, 11:48 PM
swims
thanks for the clue

Canotila
09-29-2011, 12:01 AM
Or:

A man leaves his house and walks directly south for half a mile.
He turns 90 degrees to his right and walks directly west for half a mile.
He turns 90 degrees to his right again and walks one half mile to his house.
Where does he live if this is possible?

I heard a variation of that one where he finds a bear raiding his home at the end. The question is, what color is the bear? Somehow that always throws people off.

Parry58
09-29-2011, 12:03 AM
I heard a variation of that one where he finds a bear raiding his home at the end. The question is, what color is the bear? Somehow that always throws people off.

the bear is white

Parry58
09-29-2011, 12:07 AM
For me, asking what color the bear is kind of gives it away. You ask yourself, why would a bear be relevant unless it is a special color. There are only a few special colors of bears that I know of. when I first heard that riddle I didn't get it, when I heard it again with the bear, I figured it out.

profen4
09-29-2011, 12:16 AM
Thirty men and women two,
gathered for a festive do.
Dressed quite formal, black and white,
but movement turned to nasty fight.

What is happening?

It's a riddle my grade five teacher gave me, back in the day, and it's stuck with me for a long time.

D.M.Drake
09-29-2011, 12:18 AM
Thirty men and women two,
gathered for a festive do.
Dressed quite formal, black and white,
but movement turned to nasty fight.

What is happening?

It's a riddle my grade five teacher gave me, back in the day, and it's stuck with me for a long time.

Game of chess?

Drachen Jager
09-29-2011, 12:19 AM
As for the 'North Pole' question. Where is another place on Earth, where a man might walk 1 mile south, 1 mile east, 1 mile north and come back to where he started?

profen4
09-29-2011, 12:22 AM
Game of chess?

Ten points!

The only other riddle I have in my arsenal is:

The man who makes it, doesn't want it
The man who buys it, doesn't use it
And the man who uses it never knows he's using it.

What is it?

Chris P
09-29-2011, 12:24 AM
Ten points!

The only other riddle I have in my arsenal is:

The man who makes it, doesn't want it
The man who buys it, doesn't use it
And the man who uses it never knows he's using it.

What is it?

Upthread :D

profen4
09-29-2011, 12:27 AM
Okay, missed that one. As I head out for the day I leave you with one more from my elementary school days.

You throw away the outside then cook the inside
Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside.


On another note, I REALLY would love to hear a near impossible riddle that, when you hear the answer you slap yourself in the head and think, "How did I not get that?"

Chris P
09-29-2011, 12:32 AM
Okay, missed that one. As I head out for the day I leave you with one more from my elementary school days.

You throw away the outside then cook the inside
Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside.


On another note, I REALLY would love to hear a near impossible riddle that, when you hear the answer you slap yourself in the head and think, "How did I not get that?"

The chess one was obvious once I heard it.

I've heard your cooking one too, and like most of them I can't remember until I hear the answer!

profen4
09-29-2011, 12:37 AM
The chess one was obvious once I heard it.

I've heard your cooking one too, and like most of them I can't remember until I hear the answer!


The only problem with the chess one, is that when you tell it, you have to say, "Women two ... T-W-O, not T-O-O." and then that is a major clue. When it's written sometimes people gloss over the word and it trips them up.

Drachen Jager
09-29-2011, 12:46 AM
@swhibs

Corn

Xelebes
09-29-2011, 01:13 AM
No explosions, no sharks, No drowning.

They drop the anchor on themselves.

DavidZahir
09-29-2011, 02:20 AM
"Some call me god, others name me whore
My name is given murders, art and wars
Who has me least most power knows
Where I am not true monsters grow.

What am I?"

Drachen Jager
09-29-2011, 02:36 AM
swims
thanks for the clue

I'm a bit behind, correct of course.

:PartySmil

Cath
09-29-2011, 02:48 AM
I'm gonna let this run for a bit because it might still be useful to the OP, but if the thread doesn't sink in a day or two, I'll port this over to our 'Whimsical Pursuits' area.

Parry58
09-29-2011, 03:00 AM
"Some call me god, others name me whore
My name is given murders, art and wars
Who has me least most power knows
Where I am not true monsters grow.

What am I?"

The answer is love

Parry58
09-29-2011, 03:02 AM
That was a tough one David... took me a while to work it out.

Silver King
09-29-2011, 03:33 AM
...On another note, I REALLY would love to hear a near impossible riddle that, when you hear the answer you slap yourself in the head and think, "How did I not get that?"
A man and his son are in a car accident. The father, a surgeon, is slightly injured. The boy is gravely hurt, and they are taken to two different hospitals.

When the boy arrives, the surgeon says, "That's my son."

How is that possible?

(If it takes longer than five seconds to figure that one out, you should indeed slap yourself. Hard.) ;)

jaksen
09-29-2011, 03:46 AM
A man and his son are in a car accident. The father, a surgeon, is slightly injured. The boy is gravely hurt, and they are taken to two different hospitals.

When the boy arrives, the surgeon says, "That's my son."

How is that possible?

(If it takes longer than five seconds to figure that one out, you should indeed slap yourself. Hard.) ;)

The surgeon says, "I can't operate on him. He's my son."

The surgeon is the boy's mother.

Silver King
09-29-2011, 04:08 AM
The surgeon says, "I can't operate on him. He's my son."

The surgeon is the boy's mother.
Yes, that's correct. But you've heard the riddle before. I can tell because I purposely left out the "I can't operate on him" part, which you've included in your answer.

The interesting thing about that riddle is how many people relate "surgeons" with males and rarely guess the boy's mother as the answer, which seems so obvious in hindsight, a real head-slapper, as swhibs requested earlier.

ULTRAGOTHA
09-29-2011, 04:25 AM
I think the family in the boat had a satellite fall on them (http://earthsky.org/space/where-will-nasas-uars-satellite-land).


Here's one that is very, very old but might be too risque for your story.


A young man made for the corner where he knew she was standing; this strapping youth had come some way - with his own hands he whipped up her dress, and under her girdle (as she stood there) thrust something stiff, worked his will; they both shook. This fellow quickened: one moment he was forceful, a first rate servant, so strenuous that the next he was knocked up, quite blown by his exertion. Beneath the girdle a thing began to grow that upstanding men often think of, tenderly, and acquire.

D.M.Drake
09-29-2011, 04:28 AM
I think the family in the boat had a satellite fall on them (http://earthsky.org/space/where-will-nasas-uars-satellite-land).


Here's one that is very, very old but might be too risque for your story.


Not a satellite... it's already been answered

tectonic shifting can cause large pockets of gasses to be released from the earth. Those gasses would cause a "displacement". Basically it would be like the water between the ocean floor and topside to be replaced with air for a few seconds. More than enough time for a human being falling at 93 miles per hour to either hit bottom, or get deep enough to not make it back up in time. Also the gas itself could be toxic upon inhalation. ~Parry58

Parry58
09-29-2011, 04:33 AM
I think the family in the boat had a satellite fall on them (http://earthsky.org/space/where-will-nasas-uars-satellite-land).


Here's one that is very, very old but might be too risque for your story.

lol, gives "rise" to the term bun in the oven.. :)

ULTRAGOTHA
09-29-2011, 04:58 AM
Not a satellite... it's already been answered

Yeah, I saw the answer. But I like mine better! :)

Besides, it's just as likely to be true. Especially recently. ;)




ETA: Parry58's comment is alluding to an incorrect answer. Though he's inside the ballpark.

Lillie
09-29-2011, 05:41 AM
There's a bloke, he is young and in perfect health. He is alone.
He is on his way to the centre of an empty field, when he get there he will die.
There is nothing he can do to prevent this.

What's happening?

Alvah
09-29-2011, 05:57 AM
A family of five, a Mother and Father are both in excellent health. Their three children are in their teens, strong, competitive and on the swim team. The family takes their boat out to sea and drop anchor to go for a swim. They all die. Can you figure out how?
:P

They all get eaten by sharks.

Alvah
09-29-2011, 05:59 AM
No explosions, no sharks, No drowning.


They all die because everyone does eventually.

Alvah
09-29-2011, 06:01 AM
Ok, next hint...

They die withing five minutes of swimming out in the water.

They all get sucked into a whirlpool.

Alvah
09-29-2011, 06:05 AM
There's two doors with a guard each. One of the guards can only tell the truth, the other only lies. One of the doors leads to death, the other to freedom. You can only ask one question to one guard.

What can you ask to choose the right door with absolute certainty?


Death is freedom, so either door is right.
I would ask either guard if he likes watermelon.
It doesn't matter what he answers.

Jimayo
09-29-2011, 06:18 AM
You're a prisoner about to be executed, but you have a last chance.

There's two doors with a guard each. One of the guards can only tell the truth, the other only lies. One of the doors leads to death, the other to freedom. You can only ask one question to one guard.

What can you ask to choose the right door with absolute certainty?

Would he tell me this door leads to freedom?

Parry58
09-29-2011, 06:38 AM
There's a bloke, he is young and in perfect health. He is alone.
He is on his way to the centre of an empty field, when he get there he will die.
There is nothing he can do to prevent this.

What's happening?

Parachuting

Drachen Jager
09-29-2011, 07:01 AM
Parachuting

Or, more to the point, NOT parachuting. ;)

not_HarryS
09-29-2011, 08:14 AM
Ugh. Can we start including the answers in a different-colored font or something? This is really annoying for lurkers who want to know the answer but don't wanna play along.

You guys are cruel.

Cath
09-29-2011, 02:10 PM
Uh, this is Story Research, not a game forum, k?

I've said I'll keep this open long enough for the OP to get an answer, but it's not sticking around in here.

ULTRAGOTHA
09-29-2011, 05:18 PM
A young man made for the corner where he knew she was standing; this strapping youth had come some way - with his own hands he whipped up her dress, and under her girdle (as she stood there) thrust something stiff, worked his will; they both shook. This fellow quickened: one moment he was forceful, a first rate servant, so strenuous that the next he was knocked up, quite blown by his exertion. Beneath the girdle a thing began to grow that upstanding men often think of, tenderly, and acquire.

What kind of 'hard' riddle do you want for your story?

The above is an old Anglo-Saxon Riddle. The Anglo-Saxons loved riddle games and the game Bilbo and Smegol play in The Hobbit is based on that tradition. (Which is why "What have I got in my pocket?" is 'cheating' as far as Smegol is concerned.)

This wouldn't be very hard to parse out if you lived in a pre-industrial farm-based economy. The answer is a butter churn. Goes nicely with Parry58's bread. ;)

(And I'm interested to note that they had dasher-based butter churns pre-conquest.)

DavidZahir
09-29-2011, 10:05 PM
That was a tough one David... took me a while to work it out.
Congrats! Your answer is correct.

MAP
09-30-2011, 12:09 AM
Here's another good one.

There is one that has a head without an eye,
And there's one that has an eye without a head.
You may find the answer if you try;
And when all is said,
Half the answer hangs upon a thread.


I'll answer them in a few days. :evil


Pins and needles???

Drachen Jager
09-30-2011, 12:16 AM
Yep, good call MAP.

Still haven't seen the answer to the one where a man who's not in the Arctic, walks a mile south, a mile east and a mile north to return to where he started.

mirandashell
09-30-2011, 01:07 AM
Yep, good call MAP.

Still haven't seen the answer to the one where a man who's not in the Arctic, walks a mile south, a mile east and a mile north to return to where he started.


His house is a mile away from the South Pole.

Drachen Jager
09-30-2011, 01:34 AM
You can't travel East from the South Pole.

mirandashell
09-30-2011, 02:08 AM
Why not?

Actually you're right, I just worked it out.

Ok, how about two miles from the South Pole?

Drachen Jager
09-30-2011, 02:13 AM
Well, you have the right idea. You draw a circle 1 mile long around the South Pole, he starts anywhere 1 mile north of that line.

mirandashell
09-30-2011, 02:24 AM
Actually, I just tried that on a globe (also known as a golf ball...) and I don't think that works.

Drachen Jager
09-30-2011, 02:46 AM
He starts 1 mile north of a 1 mile long circle drawn around the south pole. Walks 1 mile south, travels east 360 degrees around the circle, then walks north again. What doesn't work about that?