coverPlease do NOT post your answers, but do say if you think you have solved the puzzle and how long it took. Solution on Monday.

Yesterday I went to a restaurant with my rather strange friend, Mr Riddle. When the waiter came to take our orders, my friend said:

“Sir, I bear a rhyme excelling
In mystic force and magic spelling
Celestial sprites elucidate
All my own striving can’t relate”

What did he want to eat?

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40 comments

    1. I agree with Eddie. I couldn’t solve the riddle after 10 seconds, I needed 2 seconds more to realise that no matter how hard I tried I’d never solve it, so I googled for the answer; I did not understand why the answer was an answer; then I realized it; I didn’t understand why the clue was a clue, so I had to google for synonyms of the clue; then I understood why the clue was a clue (a very nice one, by the way). Altogether 94 seconds.

  1. I think lots of people will either have come across this before or have cheated like me.
    What I like about these puzzles is that I always learn something new on a Friday morning – Thanks Richard

  2. Even if the waiter knew how to decode it, the riddle only explains the type of food the friend would like to eat – not the flavour…

  3. I had to google the answer too. Would never have got it otherwise. (I thought it was ‘Angel delight’ – because of the celestial sprites…) I guess this is the sort of thing to learn by heart in order to impress people.

  4. Google-cheated as well. Never would have clued in otherwise. (Is there a way to get better at these puzzles? Or does one eventually get better at them naturally after a while? Because every friday I never get them…unless it’s Googleable x_x)

  5. I did actually extract the correct data from the rhyme, but because I did so with a different intention in mind I failed to spot what was staring me in the face, until I read the comments above.

  6. I’ve seen this before so I know the answer. I would never have been able to work it. Has anyone got an answer without prior knowledge or google?

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