By Leehu Sigler
“Too many riddles weigh men down on earth. We must solve as we can, and try to keep a dry skin in the water.”
Timeless Riddles is back with some more puzzling problems! Were you able to solve the riddles from last time? The answer to the Enigma is ‘Heart’. The answer to the Charade is ‘Fortune’ (because ‘for’ is a preposition, ‘tune’ is a composition and ‘fortune’ is an acquisition!).
My dear Ina,
Though I don’t give
birthday presents, still I
may write a birthday letter.
I came to your door to
wish you many happy returns
of the day, but the cat met
me, and took me for a mouse,
and hunted me up and down
till I could hardly stand.
However somehow I got
into the house, and there
a mouse met me, and took me
for a cat, and pelted me…
See how the letter is comprised of both words and pictures?
Some Rebuses emphasize the visual arrangement of their words to hint at their answer:
I have to paid
work I am
Looks funny, right? That’s because the way the sentence is presented contributes to its meaning!
The answer is: “I have to overwork because I am underpaid”.
“I have to” is literally over the word “work”, and “I am” is literally under the word “paid”.
Rebuses can come in many different shapes and forms. How about you try this one for yourselves?
Three-fourths of a cross and a circle complete,
Two semicircles and a perpendicular meet,
A triangle standing on two feet;
Two semicircles and a circle complete.
Don’t forget that the visual aspect is key! Tune in text time for the solution and more tongue-tying Timeless Riddles!
Keep calm and riddle on!
 Pg. 114, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov (Project Gutenberg 2009) http://www.gutenberg.org/files/28054/28054-h/28054-h.html
 “Part of a letter from Carroll at ‘The Chestnuts.’” Pg. 57, John Fisher, The Magic of Lewis Carroll (Simon and Schuster, 1973)
 Pg. 85, Tony Augarde, The Oxford Guide to Word Games (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1984)
 Pg. 85-6, Tony Augarde, The Oxford Guide to Word Games (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1984)
 Tomasz Steifer, Gdansk, 2008 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shakespeare1COA.png