It’s the Friday Puzzle….


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 on “It’s the Friday Puzzle….

  1. SofARMaths says:

    MY rather strange friend!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Two seconds. It was “a breeze.”

    • Eddie says:

      It’s more of a puzzle as to how this is a clue than the puzzle itself.

    • Albinyana says:

      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.

  3. Easy as something or other… 🙂

  4. stuart hamilton says:

    Just over three seconds

  5. David Mathew says:

    If your friend tried that in any restaurant around here he’d be eating the waiter’s fist!

  6. Julie C says:

    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

  7. matt says:

    Very clever. Didn’t have a clue first then I read the comments and one gave it away.

  8. drewbk says:

    Yes, also got it after reading the comments

  9. NickC says:

    “Or locate they who can cogitate;
    and so finally terminate,

  10. Eddie says:

    Looked up the answer. Glad I did. Can now get on with my life.

  11. Roy Gillett says:

    Almost instant. But what kind of…

  12. Damocles says:

    “What did he want to eat?”

    The waiter’s fist?

  13. Roland says:

    Now I need a drink! Alcoholic of course after the heavy question involving strange mysteries…

  14. Lazy T says:

    If that’s all he eats then he’s going hungry.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Easy as Pi

  16. Andrew says:

    A knuckle sandwich?

  17. Tom says:

    Took me a minute or two, then I remembered something similar. Spent more time counting to check it was right.

  18. Anonymous says:

    His options will be rather limited after his teeth are liberated from his mouth.

  19. Dharmaruci says:

    I soon had an ANSA!

  20. mittfh says:

    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…

  21. Julia says:

    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.

  22. The Moron says:

    I was thrown by the question mark at the end, but then I am a Moron.

  23. Puzzle n00b. says:

    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)

  24. James Cole says:

    I’m a long-time math teacher: 2 seconds to solve it.

  25. ivan says:

    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.

  26. Richard Parker says:

    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?

  27. One Eyed Jack says:

    Come to your place everyday if you’ve got em…

  28. I think I’ve got it — too easy — seems suspicious! 🙂

  29. I got it after about 20 seconds. My thoughts went off in about two different wrong directions before I got to the right direction.

  30. Eddie says:

    A little cryptic and contrived, this week, I think. And nerdy.

  31. Jay says:

    I can’t say what flavor will be on the plate but he’s having a glass of Sprite with it. :o)

  32. Peter says:

    Some more mushrooms?

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