It’s the Friday Puzzle!



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

How quickly can you find out what is unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing was wrong with it at all and, in fact, nothing is.  But it is unusual.  Why?  If you study it and think about it you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way.  You must do it without coaching.
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81 comments on “It’s the Friday Puzzle!

  1. Brett says:

    Got it, in one quick read through.
    Blind luck on my behalf.

  2. Hawker says:

    Indeed it is quite different.

  3. Immediately, as soon as I had read the first half of the paragraph.

  4. The Masked Twit says:

    Took about 10 s

    • Goliath says:

      You don’t want to write “10 seconds”?

    • I luv Spoilers says:

      Perhaps he doesn’t want to say “seconds” because of one of the letters in “seconds”
      Just a hunch
      Wouldn’t want to spoil anyone’s tun

  5. DiscoveredJoys says:

    1 second. When you have seen it before, it is obvious.

  6. Geodetective says:

    It’s unusually English…

    (Haven’t got a clue)

  7. Matthew Cobb says:

    30 seconds. Georges Perec

  8. Carol Ann says:

    I think I have it. I am slow this morning. I had to read through about 4-5 times before I got it. So it took several minutes.

  9. Bryan Atherton says:

    Got this Friday’s in about 1/360th of an hour!

  10. Annie says:

    First reading, thought I’d got it. Second reading confirmed it. 30 seconds.

  11. eivindvs says:

    I got it in 1 minute

  12. Anonymous says:

    Took about 15 seconds

  13. fotoflex2013 says:

    Finally, I got lucky! Saw what it was straightaway. I think I am a linguist and not a arithmatist.

  14. Dan says:

    Straight away, the final word was confirmation. This acclamation follows a similar rubric.

  15. Navneeth says:

    About 5/3600th of an hour.

  16. mgm75 says:

    Had a few ideas – none of which were right but then it suddenly jumped out at me 🙂

  17. Baker's Dozen says:

    Struggling with this one, will check with my mate Ebeneezer.

  18. Jethro says:

    I got it fairly quickly. That is not to say that it wasn’t a fun conundrum.

  19. Martha says:

    I got it around this point: ‘It looks so ordinary’. Isn’t it fascinating how you can show you know it by writing in a similar way?

    • I luv Spoilers says:

      Not so fascinating when it’s about the sixth such example on this thread so far.
      My aren’t we all so clever.

    • idg10 says:

      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.

    • Well balanced Happy Spoiler fan who is not so keen on pointless repetition of the same thing says:

      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine.
      My aren’t you just a joyous little ray of sunshine……would you like me to repeat it a few more time for you Idgy?

  20. Tony Bellini says:

    About 15 Secs but liked it. Very good Jethro, your effort was not wasted on me !

  21. Adzcliff says:

    I’m usually rubbish at this sort of quandary, but I think I got this sharpish! Shocking if right!

  22. The Pick Man says:

    E by gum. Were it written by a Yorkshire Man?

  23. Poodas says:

    I can see a specific trend but it may just be a coincidence. Reminds me of Mr Burns having a discussion with Lenny.

  24. Lazy T says:

    Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.

  25. Anonymous says:

    It doesn’t contain any plugs for your stuff?

  26. ctj says:

    i am so glad that i did not look at what you all said prior to trying to do it on my own. man, richard’s paragraph’s “trick” is hard to copy. it is difficult to go on writing in this way.

  27. Seeking easy answer — yeeeeeees!

  28. One Eyed Jack says:

    Richard isn’t talking about grammar, but that is an option. This post is odd. I think I’m missing it. What is it? What is wrong? I don’t know! 😉

  29. Duncan says:

    Got it before finishing the paragraph.

  30. Jollypoppy says:

    Worth reading Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright. Similar use of English.

  31. Alma says:

    Obviously I am thick. I may as well admit it. I can’t see ANYTHING wrong or unusual about it!!! Nor can my daughter who has a degree and is very clever! What are we not seeing???? :-((

    • Furie says:

      What aren’t you seeing in that paragraph which you’re seeing in this one? It’s easy when you read it out loud and find what’s missing.

  32. Kenneth L. McNutt says:

    I am with Alma and her daughter, I cannot see anything wrong.

  33. gratidude says:

    A hunger for inclusion. Oh, joy of inclusion. I lust for inclusion. Why inclusion. You must obtain inclusion. Por favor, aid a lost soul who can’t join in without difficulty.

  34. Darek Olak says:

    Can not find it.
    Is it logical or rather linguistic puzzle?

  35. idg10 says:

    Finally I got it. It took too long, but I saw it. It’s a difficult trick to pull off if you try to copy it, particularly if you don’t want to sound odd.

  36. John says:

    I had to googl it

  37. Got it about one minute. I’ve this this type of word puzzle before.

  38. Jeff Scanlan says:

    Oooops. Posted my e-mail not my name.

  39. john jahanpour-burke says:

    About Half A Second. once I read Paragraph In The First Sentence, I Knew Very Well What Was Wrong With It. I Have Seen This Before.

  40. Ken Haley says:

    Reminds me of a poem, with not quite the same quality:

    The expressed geek never yells.
    Yet, even elm trees need tenderness.
    Gentle Eden sees every leer:weeds.

    (Author unknown)

  41. Steven Prizant says:

    The thing that was is wrong with it (Friday’s paragraph) is similar thing wrong with what you can find with my writing submission.

  42. Lakia Gordon says:

    I guess I’m the only one. I’m still searching for the answer LOL

  43. Anonymous says:

    I concur. You would not find what you look for if you do not look for what is “unusual”.

  44. Paul says:

    Got it in about 15 seconds,

  45. doug says:

    about 30 seconds, but I think I’ve seen this before, or something very similar.

  46. James Bailey says:

    Something was familiar about it, but still took a couple of minutes and a few read-throughs for the penny to drop.

  47. Police Bureau says:

    Took a good long look until I saw it. But from that instant on, it was obvious.

  48. Arneb says:

    Wow, that was aizy, but only today. Usually, I find it most difficult.

  49. Teun Spaans says:

    very well known, recognized it right away

  50. Teun Spaans says:

    And yah, what is wrong with “How quickly can you” is also wrong with this writing. You can not find what is not in what you look at.

  51. Suzanne says:

    It is an unusual construction….. I concur!!!

  52. Meltea says:

    My grasp of it was almost instant. But I did it by a sham, of knowing and practicing a similar trick in my past. This skill is worthy of appraisal and acclaim. Also, Marmelade!

  53. I took but a tiny duration to suss a solution. Not that difficult to be frank.

  54. Sir Dingly Dang says:

    Excellent puzzle Mr Wiseman. More like this please.

  55. Antonio says:

    It tooks us, both Antonios, a small fraction of an hour. Wait, this writting is as inusual as the paragraph. Wow.

  56. julie says:

    got it! didn’t take too long, it was the first thing I checked for.

  57. STEVEN T BRANCA says:

    I think I know what it is and it took about 30 seconds, or three readings.


  58. Anonymous says:


  59. Dezzy pearl says:

    I got the anwser, if you have seen it before it’s obvious

  60. sangeeta says:

    didn’t get

  61. Got it right away, but with all these hints, how could you not get it?

  62. dayuntoday says:

    Guessed it with the first sentence, but I think I may have seen it before.

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