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Old 12-01-2012, 07:25 PM   #10336
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Ok, a decidous tree, which goes through the seasonal cycles.
Yes, a deciduous tree.

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Old 12-01-2012, 07:32 PM   #10337
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Yes, a deciduous tree.

Next question, please.
I'm off to bed now (just gone 12:30am), so anyone who feels like posing a question, please go ahead.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:26 PM   #10339
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Since we're on the subject of riddles in verse, I just remembered a good riddle I recently read in a book. The book is written by a master in riddle-making.
Bonus question: what book and who wrote it.

Those of you who have read the book is of course automatically disqualified to participate!



How called the dwellers of Lyn-dun?
Great Homer's tale of Troy,
Or country of the midnight sun -
What doth all men Destroy?

Against it man hath dashed his foot,
This angel bears a spear!
In garden-glade where Lord Christ preyed
What spawns dark stars and fear?

This place the white Diana rose
Of this, Dido bereft;
Where on four leaves good fortune grows
East, west, south - what is Left?

The Corsican was vanquished there,
Oh, mother of all sin!
Find green the same as shiretown's name,
Find Newgate Gaol, and win!

Edit:
I suggest posting solutions in spoiler-tags since the solution might take some of the fun out of reading the book for those that haven't read it

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Old 12-03-2012, 04:15 PM   #10340
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Since we're on the subject of riddles in verse, I just remembered a good riddle I recently read in a book. The book is written by a master in riddle-making.
Bonus question: what book and who wrote it.

Those of you who have read the book is of course automatically disqualified to participate!



How called the dwellers of Lyn-dun?
Great Homer's tale of Troy,
Or country of the midnight sun -
What doth all men Destroy?

Against it man hath dashed his foot,
This angel bears a spear!
In garden-glade where Lord Christ preyed
What spawns dark stars and fear?

This place the white Diana rose
Of this, Dido bereft;
Where on four leaves good fortune grows
East, west, south - what is Left?

The Corsican was vanquished there,
Oh, mother of all sin!
Find green the same as shiretown's name,
Find Newgate Gaol, and win!

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I suggest posting solutions in spoiler-tags since the solution might take some of the fun out of reading the book for those that haven't read it
Are there multiple answers or just one answer here?
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:07 PM   #10341
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Since no-one's got anywhere with this, apparently, I'll write down all the things I can think of, and we'll see if anyone can make sense of it.

How called the dwellers of Lyn-dun?
Great Homer's tale of Troy,
Illiad
Or country of the midnight sun -
Iceland?
What doth all men Destroy?


Against it man hath dashed his foot,
This angel bears a spear!
In garden-glade where Lord Christ preyed
Gethsemene
What spawns dark stars and fear?

This place the white Diana rose
Of this, Dido bereft;
Where on four leaves good fortune grows
clover
East, west, south - what is Left?
North

The Corsican was vanquished there,
Elba? Or Waterloo?
Oh, mother of all sin!
Eve
Find green the same as shiretown's name,
Find Newgate Gaol, and win!
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:14 PM   #10342
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I'm impressed! You got further on this riddle than I did when I read the book. The title of the book will be revealed at the end of the quiz. I couldn't understand the meaning of the verse, so this is well done.

The answer to Bilbo's question is put in spoilers:
Spoiler:
You are quite right; every line holds a keyword. When you have found all the keywords, you will get a message (not an object or a thing like in the last riddles, but a message/sentence). This message is the correct answer to the quiz. But since this will likely be a quiz where others will build on pdurrants answers, let's say that the one who comes up with most of the correct keywords win the quiz.


-Homer's tale of Troy is the Illiad - correct
-But Iceland is not the country of the midnight sun
-Our Christ preyed in the Garden of Gethsemane - correct
-Good fortune comes from a four leaf clover, that is correct. But where does this belief come from? Where does the four leaf clover grow
-North is indeed the missing one here
-One of them is correct, but I think only one of them can be correctly discribed as "vanquished here"
-And yes, Eve is the mother of all sin - correct. Apparently, Adam was innocent as a lamb

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Old 12-03-2012, 11:21 PM   #10343
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How called the dwellers of Lyn-dun?
Great Homer's tale of Troy,
Illiad
Or country of the midnight sun -
Norway?
What doth all men Destroy?
Death?


Against it man hath dashed his foot,
Earth?
This angel bears a spear!
Azrael, who I think is the angel of death?
In garden-glade where Lord Christ preyed
Gethsemene
What spawns dark stars and fear?

This place the white Diana rose
Ephesus?
Of this, Dido bereft;
Love?
Where on four leaves good fortune grows
clover
East, west, south - what is Left?
North

The Corsican was vanquished there,
Elba? Or Waterloo? I would say Waterloo.
Oh, mother of all sin!
Eve
Find green the same as shiretown's name,
Lincoln?
Find Newgate Gaol, and win!
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:21 AM   #10344
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How called the dwellers of Lyn-dun?
Great Homer's tale of Troy,
Illiad
Or country of the midnight sun -
Norway?
What doth all men Destroy?
Death?


Against it man hath dashed his foot,
Earth?
This angel bears a spear!
Azrael, who I think is the angel of death?
In garden-glade where Lord Christ preyed
Gethsemene
What spawns dark stars and fear?

This place the white Diana rose
Ephesus?
Of this, Dido bereft;
Love?
Where on four leaves good fortune grows
clover
East, west, south - what is Left?
North

The Corsican was vanquished there,
Elba? Or Waterloo? I would say Waterloo.
Oh, mother of all sin!
Eve
Find green the same as shiretown's name,
Lincoln?
Find Newgate Gaol, and win!
-Norway is indeed the country of the midnight sun - correct
-Death will all men destroy - correct
-Earth is almost correct, but it's the wrong word
-I cannot find any mention that Azrael bears a spear. This particular angel is not mentioned in the Bible, as far as I can tell from a quick google search, but he is mentioned in Paradise Lost, amongst others. He is not generally known
-Ephesus is correct, but not love
-Napoleon (The Corsican) was indeed vanquished at Waterloo in 1815
-Lincoln is correct. Could you explain? I don't get that one myself

pdurrant has 4 keywords
bookpossum has 5
There are six left, pluss finding the solution to the riddle
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:16 AM   #10345
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Lincoln is a UK town. It's also the colour of the clothing Robin Hood is reputed to have worn "Lincoln Green".
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:19 AM   #10346
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How called the dwellers of Lyn-dun?
Cockney?
Great Homer's tale of Troy,
Illiad
Or country of the midnight sun -
Norway
What doth all men Destroy?
Death


Against it man hath dashed his foot,
Dirt?
This angel bears a spear!
In garden-glade where Lord Christ preyed
Gethsemene
What spawns dark stars and fear?
Night?

This place the white Diana rose
Ephesus
Of this, Dido bereft;
Aenaas?
Where on four leaves good fortune grows
[something to do with clover]
East, west, south - what is Left?
North

The Corsican was vanquished there,
Waterloo.
Oh, mother of all sin!
Eve
Find green the same as shiretown's name,
Lincoln
Find Newgate Gaol, and win!
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:37 AM   #10347
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I figure the clover one is referring to Ireland?
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Of this, Dido bereft; Life? (she did commit suicide, right?)
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And also Lincoln is in Lincolnshire, hence shire town.
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And also Lincoln is in Lincolnshire, hence shire town.
Thanks for the explanation. I wouldn't have got that one without you

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I figure the clover one is referring to Ireland?
Yes, the belief that a four leaf clover brings luck comes from Ireland, so we can say that luck on four leaves grows there

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Of this, Dido bereft; Life? (she did commit suicide, right?)
I think she did kill herself - and left life, there's no denying that. But she also left some other things - her home, for example (hint, hint)
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