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An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby SPACKlick » Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:24 pm UTC

So this "riddle" was posed to me and I spent ages trying to work out the answer. See if you can do it.

What is a word made up of four letters, yet is spelled with three. Although, it is written with eight letters, and then with four. Rarely, it consists of six letters but never is written with five.

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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby Echo244 » Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:30 pm UTC

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"What" is a word made up of four letters, "yet" is spelled with three. "Although", it is written with eight letters, and "then" with four. "Rarely", it consists of six letters but "never" is written with five.

File under "infuriating until you get it".
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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby SPACKlick » Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:35 pm UTC

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Yeah, the lack of an answer moved it from "infuriating till you get it" to "Angry at the lack of even pretending to have a point once I'd gotten it"

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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby Carlington » Mon Sep 14, 2015 3:37 pm UTC

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So the "answer" is just "yes"?

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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby SDK » Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:39 pm UTC

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Yes. They are.

PEDIT: Haha, exactly Carlington!

I'm surprised you'd even consider this infuriating. I thought this was a well known thing. It's always the first thing I check when presented with a weird word riddle.
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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby douglasm » Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:26 am UTC

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I believe this is the sort of riddle known as a 169 around here.

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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby ConMan » Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:56 am UTC

douglasm wrote:
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I believe this is the sort of riddle known as a 169 around here.

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It is, although I think to be truly in the spirit of 169 the riddle should also be poorly presented so that the answer doesn't actually follow properly from the question.
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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby Mike Rosoft » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:42 pm UTC

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"It" isn't written with eight letters; neither does "it" consist of six. So there.

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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby Moonbeam » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:07 pm UTC

All you need to notice, to help you, is:

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The lack of a question mark at the end of the sentence, makes this a statement and not a question.

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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby Vytron » Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:50 pm UTC

Disagreement
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SPACKlick wrote:Although, it is written with eight letters, and then with four.


Due to the structure of this sentence, "it" can't be referring to the word "although".

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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby bilkie » Wed Dec 09, 2015 5:36 am UTC

Vytron wrote:Disagreement
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SPACKlick wrote:Although, it is written with eight letters, and then with four.


Due to the structure of this sentence, "it" can't be referring to the word "although".

Spoiler:
the commas after "although" and "rarely" make the sentence syntactically correct, as this puts "it" and "Although" in apposition.
(Apposition is a grammatical construction in which two elements, normally noun phrases, are placed side by side, with one element serving to identify the other in a different way. The two elements are said to be in apposition.
Apposition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Appositives are usually offset with commas, brackets, or dashes. (grammar-monster dot com))

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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby schapel » Wed Dec 09, 2015 2:28 pm UTC

SPACKlick wrote:What is a word made up of four letters, yet is spelled with three. Although, it is written with eight letters, and then with four. Rarely, it consists of six letters but never is written with five.

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Yes, yes, they are. Maybe seeing it written down made it too easy.

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Re: An annoying "riddle" I wanted to share

Postby Sableagle » Sat May 14, 2016 11:04 am UTC

In Soviet Russia, with fourteen letters it written that four of them twice are they used.
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