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Riddles

A riddle is a puzzling or misleading question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed.
It's also the British translation of the French "charade".
You give a clue for each of the several syllabes of a word to be found out.
Mind you! The clue refers to the sounding of the syllabe, not its writing.


I invite anyone to invent here riddles (charades), a nice way to kill time.
Here are you with my first riddle:


my first is a letter from the alphabet
my second puts to death
my third copulates
my fourth is an order given to a dog
my whole is a weak spot


I thank in advance anyone who will be so kind to give the word.

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  • From Gee:
    A riddle is a puzzling or misleading question posed as a problem to be solved or guessed.
    It's also the British translation of the French "charade".
    You give a clue for each of the several syllabes of a word to be found out.
    Mind you! The clue refers to the sounding of the syllabe, not its writing.


    I invite anyone to invent here riddles (charades), a nice way to kill time.
    Here are you with my first riddle:


    my first is a letter from the alphabet
    my second puts to death
    my third copulates
    my fourth is an order given to a dog
    my whole is a weak spot


    I thank in advance anyone who will be so kind to give the word.

     


    If your first is a letter of the alphabet, it is the first one "a".
    If your second puts to death, it does "kill".
    If your third copulates ... it's a bit far-fetched but it rather makes words copulate, like does the verb to be. It is "is".
    When I want my dog to come and lie at my foots, I say "Au pied!" because my dog does understand only French. If your dog is an English talking dog, you say "Heel!"


    All that said in a row makes "Achilles' heel" which points out your weak spot.
    I guess I'm right.
  • A soccer match tells 2 of my first.
    My second goes to the lock.
    My third is to speak in a malicious catty manner.
    My whole keeps records of my first.
    Who am I?
  • From Gee:
    A soccer match tells 2 of my first.
    My second goes to the lock.
    My third is to speak in a malicious catty manner.
    My whole keeps records of my first.
    Who am I?

     


    Props to you, Captain Nemo.
    You are the only one sorting out the riddle.


    My fist is "time" [>taim] because a soccer match is played in 2 times of 45 minutes.
    My second is "key" [>ki: ] because the key goes to the lock.
    My third is "purr" [>per] because to speak like a stroked cat is to purr.
    My whole is timekeeper (phonetically ‘taim–ki:-per).


    A timekeeper is one appointed to keep records of time or to mark the time in a contest. In French, un chronométreur.
  • My first takes my place when I'm speaking or writing.
    My second happens to a car that bumps into another car.
    With a shirt my third makes a shirt or an undershirt.
    With my third my fourth has the same ring to it.
    My whole makes a oneness that makes someone out.
    What am I?
  • From Gee:
    My first takes my place when I'm speaking or writing.
    My second happens to a car that bumps into another car.
    With a shirt my third makes a shirt or an undershirt.
    With my third my fourth has the same ring to it.
    My whole makes a oneness that makes someone out.
    What am I?

     


    When I’m speaking the subject of my sentence is ‘I’.
    As my car collided with another car, it got a ‘dent’.
    Put before shirt, ‘ t ‘ [phon. ti] makes a shirt or undershirt called t-shirt.
    As my fourth has the same ring to my third, it also sounds ‘ti’.
    The oneness that makes someone out is one’s identity.
  • Human history is made of a loads of entangled myths and beliefs. I beg you to go on about a well-known puzzle for some GG users who don’t belong to the Greco-Latin culture.
    According to the Greek mythology, Oedipus could free his city, Thebes, by finding the key to the riddle of the Sphinx who terrorized the city.
    The Sphinx’s enigma was:
    ‘What walks on 4 legs in the morning, 2 legs in the afternoon and 3 legs in the evening?’
    As most of us know, Oedipus answered:
    ‘Man as a baby crawls on their hands and knees, as a adult walks on 2 legs, when old uses a cane.’


    In the same way a kind of modern Sphinx who terrorizes the poor students in the stronghold of arithmetic puts out this riddle:


    ‘What is made of 2 digits, comes after a square and before a cube?”


    Please take some minutes to ponder a bit and find the key. Mathematics is the highest human knowledge because it’s free from any myth and belief, from any mood and feeling.
  • As long as I'm not a blockhead - and I hope so - ANY positive number can fit the riddle on condition that the square and cube numbers lying before and after it in the normal way of telling the numbers are written with a queue of digits after the comma (comma? I mean the point in English that stands for la virgule dans d'autres languages tels le français).


    But I guess that Gee was talking of integer numbers only.
    Let's set down that we move about the integer numbers field only. (integer number: nombre entier)
    The riddle would accurately be written so:
    "What is made of 2 digits, comes after an integer square and before an integer cube?"


    Here is my answer:
    Which are the two-digits integer square numbers ?


    16 25 36 49 64 81


    Which are the two-digits integer cube numbers ?


    27 64


    It appears that the sole number which comes after an integer square and before an integer cube is 26.
  • Of course, you aren't a blockhead, Kevin.
    I confess I've been a bit careless.


    I've been told that 26 would be the one and only real number that comes between a square and a cube number.


    Cabalists point out that 26 is the gematrical (in French: gématrique) value of the tetragram in the Torah - the tetragram in the Torah (Bible) is the four consonants which sort of tell "god", a sacred name that's renown to be unutterable. 26 should be fated to be one of a kind thing.
  • It's a monogram.
    It's a connector.
    In French it stands for 2 letters.
    In English it stands for 3.
    What is it?


    A hint?
    The answer might come either by showing it or by naming it.

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