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Archive of HP Riddles, Set #10, Riddle/Answer #91

Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 6:47 am

Puck - Aug 30, 2006 10:18 am (#872 of 2990)

'Tis a short riddle...

Light a match, then run away -quick!

* answers below *
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Puck - Sep 1, 2006 6:55 pm (#889 of 2990)

Yes, Ginny P., it is a Firebolt!
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Archive of HP Riddles, Set #10, Riddle/Answer #92

Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 6:49 am

Riddle #92

Ginerva Potter - Sep 5, 2006 7:19 am (#923 of 2990)

Ok...sorry it took so long to post! I was gone this weekend and I'm not very good at thinking up riddles! I hope this isn't too easy! So here it is!

I am gold, but I'm silver.
I am white, but I'm pure.

What am I?

* answers below *
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Good Evans - Sep 5, 2006 9:24 am (#924 of 2990)

A Unicorn???
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Archive of HP Riddles, Set #10, Riddle/Answer #93

Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 6:51 am

Good Evans - Sep 6, 2006 12:23 pm (#934 of 2990)

new riddle

Only students ever see me, but
Everyone knows I exist.
Always academic, but practical, too
Preparation should be high on your list
Delight or despair might follow my wake, yet
To move along I must be satisfied

any guesses? What am I ?

edited to include an extra line

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Good Evans - Sep 7, 2006 9:42 am (#945 of 2990)

Ok - I am going to give it to Kate. I was after OWL as the answer. Nick absolutely guessed that the first letter of each line was a grade type in descending order and Azi was soooo close with exam papers. But the "magic" word I was after was OWL (I would have accepted NEWTS - but I don’t think we know the grades given for them do we? Anyway it is academic)

so well done all of you - but Kate it is for you to come up with the next one please
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Archive of HP Riddles, Set #10, Riddle/Answer #94

Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 6:57 am

CatherineHermiona - Sep 9, 2006 5:41 am (#963 of 2990)

Okay, here comes my riddle. Extremely easy and a short one.

They used to think that when I cry,
people die.

But you know better than that,
if you hear me,
take your umbrella and hat.

I bet it will be guessed in the first try.

Kate

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 9, 2006 6:50 am (#966 of 2990)

It is! Too bad I didn't bet on money...

Needed Kate’s answer, but never got a chance to copy it before WX closed forever.
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 7:01 am

Nicholas Schouten - Sep 10, 2006 12:01 pm (#984 of 2990)

Thanks Elanor! :-)

So here's the riddle:

Offered as a bite,
I'm known to store food all right.
For my Celtic dancing toll
I take a bite at the base of the skull.
Before being soiled I'd rather die
My Lord, -- I really dislike rye!

Who or what am I?

- Nick

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Nicholas Schouten - Sep 14, 2006 10:33 am (#1094 of 2990)

Phelim! You got it! It's stoat!

Woohoo!

The Riddle, (condensed lines)

Offered as a bite, (Hagrid offered the Trio: Stoat Sandwiches)

I’m known to store food all right. (In times of plenty Stoats are rumored to store excess food like a squirrel is so reputed!)

For my Celtic (The stoat/ermine fur is one heraldic device of Brittany, one of the 9 Celtic nations)

dancing toll (The stoat is rumored to do a "hypnotic dance/stance" that paralyzes its prey)

I take a bite at the base of the skull. (The Stoat kills its prey typically by biting at the back of the base of the skull, severing the nerve cords)

Before being soiled I’d rather die (Because of it's white coat in winter and medieval lore [purity], the Stoat/ermine was reputed to rather die than have its white fur soiled)

My Lord, (The House of Lords has ceremonial robes called "ermine" robes [although today they are made of miniver - a type of rabbit fur]; in addition the French Kings wore ermine robes)

-- I really dislike rye! (Another reference to Hagrid serving Stoat Sandwiches [the assumption was that it was on rye bread!])

Clue 1: The first line and the second half of the last line are indications of how "Who or What Am I" are presented in the series (although a very little bit of liberty was taken with the next last half of the last line (i.e. an assumption was made). see above

Clue 2: Hark the heraldic angels sing! (A number of houses adopted the use of the ermine as a coat of arms, as did the French Kings and Brittany)

Clue 3: I have twin names but only one will pass muster (or mustard as the case may be)! Stoat and Ermine are the same, except that it's ermine when in winter it's coat turns almost fully white; mustard being a reference to the sandwiches again)

Clue 4: Under one of my twin names, some would say the wintery one, I can be found keeping warm Lords and Kings, but that’s not the name that I am going by for the riddle. (See response to Clue 3.)

Clue 5: The Lords referred in the phrase ‘My Lord’ have their own house; (House of Lords) but Celtic refers to any Britain or was that Britain-any? (A reference to Brittany on the coast of France) I’m SO confused ñ I’ll have to go see the heraldic angels again! (a hint to see the heraldic device of Brittany--the symbol for the ermine is on its flag)

Clue 6: Many people value me based solely on appearances (for the white fur); Hagrid looks to my ‘inner self’ (skin them, grill them, and serve them up as sandwiches!!!)BUT I prefer the treatment given to me by Da Vinci (A famous painting by Da Vinci-"Lady with an Ermine".)

Clue 2-Modified: Hark the herald--ic angels sing! (Of course I suppose I should say that in French!) (another clue to Brittany, a part of France)

Unofficial clues:

It’s not garden gnomes, but may be the right size!... possibly same size

Well this riddle may be a bit hard to swallow (Trio politely refuses the sandwiches--go figure!)

Well maybe only really big folks would easily serve up the answer to this riddle Hagrid serves the sandwiches

If one were to ask Draco, he’d say the answer to the riddle is with the right family if it was near the Burrow The stoat is a member of the weasel family, and Draco thinks of the Weasley's as weasels!)

In about an hour or two another clue will be forthcoming if no one serves up the answer. (I'll probably have to go back to the beginning to find the right clue though.) Another reference to Hagrid serving the sandwich AND that the answer is found in the first book (in the chapter entitled: "Norbert The Norwegian Ridgeback")

Some REALLY UNOFFICIAL CLUES found in guesses at Hangman!

At any rate, I think I'll go grab a bite to eat as I ponder the riddle! (As the younger crowd might say, "I'm not scared!")

(Feeling like I'm on a roll! Woohoo!)

(Nothing like soup for a cold!!!) (Nothing like a hot side order for the Riddle!)

- Nick

Haymoni: You were so close! Got to go with your intuition!
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Archive of HP Riddles, Set #10, Riddle/Answer #96

Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 7:03 am

Phelim Mcintyre - Sep 16, 2006 3:26 am (#1173 of 2990)

Found the paper, so here's the new riddle:

Some where to hide or an elf-sized bed, Cleaning equipment or cushions instead. From chamber pots to bottles, who knows what I hold. If you need me ask Barnabas the Barmy and the Ballet Dancing Trolls.

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Elanor - Sep 16, 2006 3:45 am (#1174 of 2990)

New riddle, great!

Would it be "the Room of Requirement" Phelim?

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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 7:28 am

Elanor - Sep 16, 2006 5:49 am (#1176 of 2990)

Woohoo!

Here is the next riddle then:

Mild, some say I am,
Sweet, even warm sometimes.
Yet, I carry the fool's mark,
And have been drowned in tears
More often than I like.

Who or what am I?

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Elanor - Sep 16, 2006 11:47 am (#1181 of 2990)

ROFL Nick! And "santé!"

It was butterbeer indeed!

Here were the clues:

"Mild, some say I am
Sweet, even warm sometimes.

"mild" because Harry once says that butterbeer is not strong and it can be drunk warm as well.

"Yet, I carry the fool's mark," was a reference to butterbeer corks that Luna is wearing as a necklace. (BTW, the link between Gurdyroot and the riddle was Luna)

"And have been drowned in tears More often than I like." was a reference to Winky sobbing on her butterbeers and to the sad circumstances during which it has sometimes been drunk in the series, as when waiting for news from Arthur at 12 GP in OotP.

It is your round, I mean your turn Nick!
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 7:31 am

Nicholas Schouten - Sep 16, 2006 3:02 pm (#1182 of 2990)

A new riddle:

Not too long in jail
I tell of the off-told tale;
And because I’m only façed
If you act carefully it’s you that will receive the laud.
I can’t tell you the hour,
Nor can I be down, off, or up,
And I cannot be seen in any court of power.
Still without shame at the bend,
Perhaps because my net is zero,
I was selected by only one at the end.

- Nick

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Nicholas Schouten - Sep 18, 2006 9:49 am (#1222 of 2990)

Answer to Riddle: the book ’Confronting the Faceless’

Clue No. 1: Piecing and piercing the riddle lines could be an aid. (With such a clue and a dollar, you could get a cup of coffee!)

Since the riddle breaks the answer into syllables, then one had to cut and paste the clues to arrive at an answer, so this was the first clue to that need.

Clue No. 2: A slew of clues: The second and the penultimate line deal with the full answer to the riddle; the last line deals with the answer’s presentation in the series/book; there are no misspellings in the riddle (after the correction for ‘façade’ ), but that doesn't preclude playing with words.

Slew: kill or be killed with the Faceless if you are confronting them; see the respective lines for explanations as to those; I purposefully used ‘off-told’ as contrasted with ‘oft-told’ due to the ‘faceless’ nature of the book.

Modified Again Clue No. 3: Although line three could have been the first line, it’s the third, conjunction makes for the first word of the answer. By the way, tea or coffee might help in dealing with the answer.

Con + front =Confront; tea and/or coffee to get through reading a text!

Clue No. 4: The third line deals with the last syllable of the first word in the answer to the riddle.

Front

Clue No. 5: The answer’s last word indicates a lack that results in the inability to tell the hour, to be down, off, or up, or to be seen in any court of power.

Lacking face that is; for fuller explanation see the relevant line.

Clue No. 6: While a dementor is not the answer, if covered between the leaves, discovery must wait.

A page is a leaf of a book; discovery must wait because Snape hasn’t instructed the class to open the bookósee when Hermione has to close the book when Snape walks into the DADA classroom in Chapter 9, ‘The HBP’.

Clue No. 7: At the end, it’s the grease that counts.

Snape, the selector, was at Spinner’s End; Snape admonishes the class to basically put away the book.

Clue No. 8: If you are reading a tome of riddles to solve the riddle, a large cup of tea would help old chap! (Coffee) two!

Tome for book; coffee or tea to help read a text book; in Chapter Two of HPB Snape appears.

Clue No. 9: Hermione precluded.

Hermione had the book out when Snape reprimanded and told the class that no one had instructed them to take their books out, see a couple of pages into Chapter 9, HBP.

Clue No. 10: If the dictionary is to be believed, the answer to this riddle is (almost) an oxymoron. (Almost like these clues that which is given is taken away! Bwah, hah, hah!!! )

To confront is to face, so the (almost) oxymoron is in ‘facing the faceless’.

The riddle:

1) Not too long in jail ‘Con’ is a short (‘not too long’) term for convict, a person sentenced to jail.

2) I tell of the off-told tale; Since one is dealing with ‘faceless’, the face is ‘off’; presumably there will be stories/examples of how to deal with them throughout the whole book.

3) And because I’m only façade ‘Front’ is a façade and the second syllable of the first word.

4) If you act carefully it’s you that will receive the laud. Presumably if you follow the instructions very carefully, you will prevail in a confrontation with the faceless.

5) I can’t tell you the hour, a clock has a face without the face, being faceless, it cannot tell you the hour.

6) Nor can I be down, off, or up, face-down, face-off, face-up, without the ‘face’ one can’t be these things.

7) And I cannot be seen in any court of power. Face cards are the royal cards, no royalty, no court (in the deck).

Cool Still without shame at the bend, Snape acts as a spy for someone and does so without shame, and since selected by Snape, the riddle carries the same tone; plus I needed something to rhyme with ‘end’

9) Perhaps because my net is zero, To ‘confront’ is to ‘face’ SO ‘Face’ less Face nets a zero! [Face-face=0]

10) I was selected by only one at the end. Snape, who was at Spinner’s End, is the DADA teacher who selected the book.

Who or what am I?

Informal clues

It’s not Veritaserum or the Pensieve, BUT some might say they and the answer to the riddle have degrees of connection (or all have something in common). The book, and the other items are all related to Snape.

It’s not Felix Felicis and I’ve almost spun all the clues that come to mind. A reference to Snape at Spinner’s End.

It’s not the Half Blood Prince, but the answer will come right after the victory! Of course with the answer in hand, that’s when one might need the tea or coffee! It wasn't the HPB, aka Snape, BUT the answer is found in Chapter 9, the HBP, which follows Chapter 8, "Snape Victorious"! And again, with a textbook, a good dose of caffeine never hurt!

- Nick
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Archive of HP Riddles, Set #10, Riddle/Answer #99

Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 7:33 am

Elanor - Sep 18, 2006 11:38 am (#1228 of 2990)

Woohoo! So happy to have found the answer to the riddle!!! It was really a great one Nick!

Ok, here is the new riddle:

On the bright, sunny Thursday our story starts, there was nothing about the warm breeze rustling the palm trees outside to suggest that strange and mysterious events would soon be happening around the new town. Cows were browsing when dogs barked in the golden dawn's light which was playing on the falling leaves. None of them knew yet, though, that it would take several moons before hearing that song again.

To whom or what is the story referring?

Have fun...

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Elanor - Sep 20, 2006 9:08 am (#1256 of 2990)

Congratulations Nick!!! It was "Canary Cream" indeed!

Here were the clues:

"bright, sunny", and later "golden" were for the yellow color;

"Thursday" is Jupiter's day, Jupiter is bound to tin and tin was for "can", as in "canary";

"warm" "palm trees" "dog" for the Canary Islands, which capital is Las Palmas, has a warm climate and Canary islands, in Latin, means "(island) of dogs";

"breeze" was a (ok, very) veiled reference to Weasleys Wizard Wheezes;

Neville means "new town" in French and "dawn" is also "Auror" to remind one of his parents;

"cows were browsing" were for "cream";

"barked" because everybody laughed when Neville turned into a canary;

"playing on the falling leaves", the falling leaves were Neville's feathers falling and "playing" because it was a joke;

"several moons before hearing that song again" because a Canary Cream costs 7 silver Sickles (moon = silver) as said the twins to people who may want to buy some and thus "hear the canary sing" again!

As for the clues:

"double trouble" was a reference to the twins: they are double trouble indeed, aren't they?

U2's "Silver and Gold" was for the silver Sickles and the gold color, plus there is a line in the song that says "In this tin can town", another "can" reference;

"There's a new man in town" for Neville;

And all the clues were songs as another bird reference!

Phew! Took me longer to explain the clues than to write the riddle!

So, no Tequila Sunrise, but your round still Nick!

Edit: Nice thinking John! Could have worked as well! But what about the cows then???
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Post  Potteraholic on Thu May 12, 2011 7:34 am

Nicholas Schouten - Sep 20, 2006 10:49 am (#1257 of 2990)

Woohoo! An international riddle:

Edited to add numbers to the lines

1) Forseen as not alike,
2) Yet near frozen in time memorial does the truth hide?
3) I was renamed so as not to confuse me with the King,
4) Generic in English, but in French I’m from the land of the Dane,
5) And in Denmark, I’ve become a King!
6) Yet, as a true master I’m to be trained.
7) No employer am I
8) As against giants, magic and monsters do I try.
9) If the castle is threatened, will I awake?
10) Like Arthur, will I look to the lake?
11) Hidden in the dark,
12) My song is no lark!
13) Is the best clue a song?
14) From around the corner, will you sing along?

Who or what am I?

-Nick

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Nicholas Schouten - Sep 22, 2006 8:07 am (#1339 of 2990)

Answer to the Riddle: Knave of Spades: Part 1

An international riddle:

1) Forseen as not alike, (Forseen is a reference to Trelawney and the fact that she is using the playing cards for divination; not a-like is because she interprets the Knave of Spades as ‘one who dislikes the questioner.’ )

2) Yet near frozen in time memorial does the truth hide? (When Harry saw Trelawney coming, he ducked behind a statue (a ‘frozen-in-time memorial’). Trelawney then pulls the knave of spades, described as: ‘a dark young man, possibly troubled’; the question mark is because she doesn’t think the card is right, BUT Harry is right next to her; also because it could be referring to either Snape (who is not old) or to Draco (none of the three are exactly dark, although all have dark aspects, such as hair for two or Slytherin house for two, etc.)! My bet is on Harry given the rest of the story behind this card!)

3) I was renamed so as not to confuse me with the King, (When playing cards starting becoming popularly ‘published’ in the 1800s the knave had the initials ‘KN’ printed on it causing confusion with the king which had the initial ‘K’; so the name was switched to ‘Jack’ and the ‘J’ was then printed on it; JKR sticks with "knave".)

4) Generic in English, but in French I’m from the land of the Dane, (In the UK and US, the face cards just stand for the position at court, BUT in France, the face cards, or the royalty cards, represent (or used to represent) ‘real people’ (for the other Knaves/Jacks see Informal Clue 5 below); the Knave of Spades represented Ogier the Dane (Danish Holger Danske, French: Ogier de Danemarche), a legendary Danish hero who first appears in an Old French chanson de geste, in the cycle of poems Geste de Doon Mayence. Despite his Danish origins, his surname of ‘Danemarche’ is speculated to have signified the marches of the Ardennes and not Denmark.)

5) And in Denmark, I’ve become a King! (Like Frederick Barbarossa, Saint Wenceslas and King Arthur, in Danish legend Ogier becomes a ‘king in the mountain’ (he was also born the son of a king); he is said to dwell in the castle of Kronborg, his beard grown down to the floor, and to sleep there until some date when Denmark is in mortal danger, at which time he will rise up and deliver the nation. In some versions, Morgan le Fay takes him to Avalon, from where he returns after two hundred years to save France. )

6) Yet, as a true master I’m to be trained. (A knave used to be one of the words used for a journeyman. This also refers to the fact that this card is pulled just as Harry is about to begin his first lesson/memory journey with DD.)

7) No employer am I (A journeyman could not hire employees or servants.)

8) As against giants, magic and monsters do I try. (Ogier the Dane killed the giant Behus in the ‘chanson’ and he fought other magical, mythical and/or monstrous things [more and more so as time went by!])

9) If the castle is threatened, will I awake? (A reference to the story in Line 5, and tying in nicely with Hogwarts.)

10) Like Arthur, will I look to the lake? (A reference to the story in Line 5. )

11) Hidden in the dark, (‘Hidden’ because Harry is crouching behind the statue; ‘in the dark’ because he’s in the shadow of the statue AND because it’s a reference to the dark coloring of the suit of spades.)

12) My song is no lark! (Another reference to the Old French chanson de geste).

13) Is the best clue a song? (A good question depends if you know the medieval chivalric songs/gestes.)

14) From around the corner, will you sing along? (Harry sees Trelawney coming ‘from around the corner’ and that’s when he ducks behind the statue.)
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Post  Potteraholic on Tue May 17, 2011 9:06 pm

Elanor - Sep 23, 2006 3:47 am (#1372 of 2990)
Edited Sep 23, 2006 5:01 am

Here is the new riddle:

I wear a subtle scent of Italy,
And nothing else.
My father was ill-tempered,
But it is my mouth you have to dread!
Lost my marbles, some said?
Seek me in a well, or ask Lady Jane,
Yet you may see, but not find me...

Who or what am I?

Have fun!

* answers below *
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Elanor - Sep 26, 2006 9:37 am (#1498 of 2990)
Edited Sep 26, 2006 10:43 am

NOTE: Originally, the explanation for the riddle, line by line, followed an explanation of all the clues given by the riddler during the game. I thought it would be easier to follow the clues if the reader knew the answer first. ~ Potteraholic

As for the riddle in itself:
Answer - Verity

I wear a subtle scent of Italy,
"Italy" for the "Bocca della verita" and for the Magenta robes as explained in previous post.

And nothing else.
The "scent but nothing else" was to remind one of Marilyn Monroe saying she was wearing perfume at night and nothing else, to make you think of "naked" for "the naked truth"

My father was ill-tempered,
Because Veritas was Saturn's daughter and Saturn is known for his "bad" temper.

But it is my mouth you have to dread!
See earlier post on "Bocca della verita"

Lost my marbles, some said?
Because the "Mouth" in Rome is made of marble and because truth is often told jokingly, as by fools of old.

Seek me in a well, or ask Lady Jane,
Some philosophers, as Democritus, have said that truth should be found in a well and the Dame Jane-bottle for "in vino veritas" as said earlier.

Yet you may see, but not find me...
Was a reference to DD saying about the Mirror of Erised that it would give Harry neither knowledge nor truth, so one can "see" in the mirror" but not "find" truth".


As promised, here is the explanation of the riddle's clues, whose answer was Verity:

Clue 1: I have the devil's beauty.
Was a reference to DD saying in PS that truth "is a beautiful and terrible thing"

Clue 2: One should put "handle with care" on me.
Was a reference to the same sentence since DD goes on saying "and should therefore be treated with great caution"

Here is a last clue for today that I hope will shed some light on the riddle...
"shed some light" was for "the light of truth"

Clue 3: Who Lady Jane is - or was - is not what is the most interesting about her...
See "Lady Jane" clue in the riddle.

Clue 4: The word "who" in clue 3 is very important, she is not a "who"! Actually, Jane could be John, and both are neither "he" nor "she"...

• Also see "Lady Jane" in the riddle

• And more clues in this: "Finn: "Please reassure me it's not as out-on-a-limb as "Knave of Spades"!! " Me??? Would I ever been able to do that, honest!!!! **innocent look on my face**

• "honest" and "innocent" as other references to "truth"

• and in this: "there is one word, in Nick's post #1389 here that leads the seeker on the right track and Firenze, by essence, can lead you to light as well!

• The word was "Dame" as a Lady Jane is first called a "Dame Jane", one "seeks" truth also and "Firenze by essence" was to make you think of what "Firenze" is, an Italian town, which could help and "essence" to make you think more of the "scent" clue.

Clue 5: About Legolas' picture of Rome: Right city where to find one of the clues, wrong movie though... See "mouth" clue, the movie I was referring to was "Roman Holiday" in which there is a scene with the "Mouth of Truth"

Clue 6: Sorry Julie, I am nothing but an (almost) normal girl, absolutely not a veela and nor is the answer!

I wanted to use the wording "nothing but" to remind you of "nothing but the truth"

Nice thinking Nick, but the answer is not a firecracker ALTHOUGH searching around the twins is a very good idea!

Because Verity works for the twins.

Added information: I was thinking of Fred and George, or George and Fred, always hard to tell who is who, isn't it?

Because verity calls them "Mr. Weasley and Mr. Weasley", hard to tell to which one she's talking!

Clue 7: Nice thinking again Nick, and Rome's monuments will definitely help you understand one of the clues, but the monument in question is not the fountain of Trevi! See "Mouth of Truth" clue and monument "in question", because the question was once referring to torture used to search for (supposed) truth...

Clue 8: Not the right answer yet Nick but definitely some progresses: the answer's father is indeed a god, not Poseidon though... And I'll add another clue: watch out for running trolls when you'll find me! (Yes, it is a clue!)

Veritas was daughter of Saturn and the other clue was from the HBP, chapter 18, when: "the truth hit [Harry] with the force of a stampeding troll"

Clue 9: The answer is one simple word though what it evokes is rarely simple.

A reference to the "simple truth", thought truth is rarely simple indeed - verily!

Clue 10: The answer is not Grawp either, but you've found the father Nick: Saturn indeed! I'll just say, before going to bed, that I know that sooner or later, answer "will out"...

Because of the saying "truth will out"

Clue 11: Don't ask Professor Jones to teach me. Clue 12: Wrong Jones, BTW, mine here is a famous archeologist, but I guess all that depends greatly on one's point of view!

"Professor Jones" is indeed Mr. Henry Jones Jr., who preferred to use his dog's name, Indiana, as a "stage name".

In raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones says that archeology is the search of facts, not truth, and that if students are interested in truth they'd better attend the Philosophy class (or something close to that). "all greatly depends on one's point of you" was an almost exact quote of Obi-Wan Kenobi in Return of the Jedi, saying: "Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our point of view" (was quite proud of that one, LOL!)

Audrey
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Nicholas Schouten - Sep 25, 2006 9:23 pm (#1487 of 2990)
Edited Sep 25, 2006 10:24 pm

The Riddle

1. Hail! Well met fellow
2. From green to yellow
3. Of the 3 sisters, I was once the big one
4. O’er ground swiftly I’ve run
5. At the end of my range
6. I was once the harbinger of change.
7. But while my fate is now safely contained
8. Should caution still be maintained?
9. I’ve been seen as warm and exciting
10. But am frequently found around those biting.
11. A clear message you can send
12. Raised at beginning and end.

-Nick

P.S.: Puck, I did have to research just a tad.

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Nicholas Schouten - Sep 27, 2006 12:40 pm (#1583 of 2990)
Edited Sep 27, 2006 1:44 pm

The Answer was Pumpkin Juice. Congratulations again Starling. The next riddle is yours.

The Riddle

1. Hail! Well met fellow (Pumpkin Juice can be used for toasting.)
2. From green to yellow (Pumpkin vine is green, blossom is yellow.)
3. Of the 3 sisters, I was once the big one (Some American Indians called the combination of corn, beans and pumpkin/squash the 3 sisters, in part because they provided a mainstay of crop foodstuffs, but also because they would not infrequently be grown together.)
4. O’er ground swiftly I’ve run (Pumpkin vines, like all squash vines, love to spread quickly.)
5. At the end of my range (The pumpkin fruit is the end of a vine in some ways; I also needed something to rhyme with ‘change’; and as the colder weather in Fall/Winter arrives, the pumpkin vines stop growing.)
6. I was once the harbinger of change. (Pumpkins represent Fall/autumn and seen much at Halloween time, when there is the definite change from Summer to Winter; also the color orange is seen as a color representing change.)
7. But while my fate is now safely contained (As a juice, pumpkin juice must be contained in something to be of any use.)
8. Should caution still be maintained? (Mad Eye Moody wouldn’t drink from any old pumpkin juice, in case somebody spiked it.)
9. I’ve been seen as warm and exciting (A reference to the color orange.)
10. But am frequently found around those biting. (The juice is served at dinner.)
11. A clear message you can send (As in raising the goblet/glass of juice in a toast.)
12. Raised at beginning and end. (The toast can be made at the beginning of dinner, of an event, or even at a memorial dinner, such as for Cedric Diggory.)


Formal clues

1. Even though it sounds a bit corny, one of the sisters has big ears. (The 3 sisters: Corn, pumpkin/squash, and beans.)
2. I have left the sisters behind. (Since juiced, no longer one of the sisters.)
3. One of the sisters has expelled me; what am I? (Pumpkin juice is ‘expelled’ from pumpkins.)
4. The colors represent a progression ending in warmth. (A reference to gold and then to orange.)
5. Although not strictly a geographical clue, the 3 sisters, as sisters, may come from America, but they’ll curry no favor! (American Indians named the three as the three sisters.)
6. Yellow no more, some say solstice airs I bring to the fore. (Yellow as a blossom, but orange as pumpkin and pumpkin juice; pumpkins are around a lot at Halloween, and come at the time of year when Winter is not far away.)
7. Ovoid or squat-ish before, I remain the essence (IMHO); (The pumpkin fruit is described as ovoid, squat-ish is because I thought "squashed" would give too much away!)
8. Being so opaque I could hide the truth coming out or assist in forcing timely changes. (Snape threatened to spike Harry’s juice with Veritaserum and it was believed that fake Mad-Eye Moody was putting Polyjuice potion in his hip flask of alleged pumpkin juice [not sure if it was spiked juice or straight up potion].)


Informal Clues

1. It’s not Golpalott's Third Law, although it can fairly be argued that such an answer is not far from the answer. (Gulping a lot of juice.)
2. It is not eggnog - If Finn searched his memory, he might have recalled the 3 sisters, they being kind of local (to the much greater New England area! At any rate, the answer is NOT obscure! (Naturally, however, the clues might be a bit opaque!!!) (See answer about American Indians above.)
3. It is not a species of apple and the "sisters" are not of the same species, but the timing is right. (Apples arrive in Fall, as do the pumpkins.)
4. It is not the Forbidden Forest but might have originated nearby. (Hagrid and/or Madam Sprout probably helped in growing a pumpkin patch for all the juice used at Hogwarts.)
5. It is not wind or air moving; speaking of moving though, might I recommend trying another State! (A liquid state that is!)

Guessed: Bellatrix Lestrange, Andromeda (Black) Tonks, werewolves, Golpalott’s Third Law, the dark mark, something leading South, the bottle of Felix Felices that Harry won, eggnog, a species of apple, the Forbidden Forest, or the wind or air moving, mead, centaurs, firewhisky and butterbeer.

-Nick
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Post  Potteraholic on Tue May 17, 2011 9:11 pm

Puck - Oct 9, 2006 9:48 am (#1795 of 2990)
Edited Oct 9, 2006 10:49 am

Mind if I jump in with a riddle?

Ties resurrected, results unexpected.

That's it. Hope it doesn't make any heads hurt.

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Puck - Oct 11, 2006 4:46 pm (#1851 of 2990)

dingdingdingdingding

Juliebug's got it! The answer is indeed Grawp!

Hagrid, who had lost all his blood relations years ago, finds a member of his family. At the end of HBP we see Grawp talking and acting fairly civilized, which no one expected.

Riddle's all yours, Julie!
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Post  Potteraholic on Tue May 17, 2011 9:15 pm

juliebug - Oct 12, 2006 5:06 am (#1859 of 2990)

Alright. Here's my first try at creating a riddle for you all. I hope you enjoy. Please do remember, it's my first and I'm really not too good at such things.

Gift of love,
gift of spite?

Colored blood,
glowing bright.

Tell me what you think.

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juliebug - Oct 14, 2006 5:59 am (#1945 of 2990)
Edited Oct 14, 2006 7:08 am

If anyone cares to know, I will deconstruct the riddle and clues.

Gift of love, gift of spite
Neville's Grandmother, I felt, loves Neville very much but often does and says things to him with a bit of resentment.

Colored blood, glowing bright
The remembrall glows red when something is forgotten

Clues

1. swirls of smoke in its neutral state, the remebrall looks like it's filled with smoke

2. a small favor it is a tiny trinket, smaller than a snitch

3. rudely taken - Malfoy snatches it away from Neville twice

4. LONG forgotten - it reminds Neville LONGbottom that he's forgetting something and it's not been mentioned since book 1

Well, that was my very first riddle. I guess my 'it's too easy fear' was unfounded; was it too hard or too obscure? I'm just a big worrier.

EDIT And sorry to Puck for not noticing your answer sooner. As I am such a poor typist, all those special marks to change font and such sucked all the concentration right out of me.
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Post  Potteraholic on Tue May 17, 2011 9:18 pm

Puck - Oct 14, 2006 10:03 am (#1953 of 2990)

New riddle: (another short one)

Dark Diminutives Devised Defense

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Puck - Oct 15, 2006 4:37 am (#1975 of 2990)
Edited Oct 15, 2006 5:38 am

Azi you may not have any idea, but you got the right answer! It is, indeed, Goblin-made Armour! Dark Diminutives Devised Defense

The first to words describe goblins (Dark skinned, small), Devised is for made, and Armour is a form of defense.
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Post  Potteraholic on Tue May 17, 2011 9:20 pm

azi - Oct 15, 2006 5:30 am (#1979 of 2990)
Edited Oct 15, 2006 6:31 am

The new riddle...

Flying high,
Reaching for the sky,
Serious, yet delirious,

Who am I?

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azi - Oct 15, 2006 2:23 pm (#2017 of 2990)
Edited Oct 15, 2006 3:24 pm

Yey, juliebug! Just in time.

My reasoning...

Flying high - Currently Junior Assistant to the Minister - not bad for someone his age!

Reaching for the sky, - Percy has ambition - he was reading Prefects Who Gained Power in COS and Ron said, 'Course, he's very ambitious Percy, he's got it all planned out...he wants to be Minister of Magic.'

Serious, yet delirious, - He truly thinks that Voldemort hasn't returned, that DD was wrong, causing trouble, etc., but was in fact wrong (i.e. delirious, who in their right mind doesn't believe DD?).

Who am I?

Take it away juliebug!
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Post  Potteraholic on Tue May 17, 2011 9:23 pm

juliebug - Oct 16, 2006 4:11 am (#2028 of 2990)

Here goes the riddle.

Shining stars
Destiny beckons
Bold and bright
Or so one reckons

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juliebug - Oct 16, 2006 3:07 pm (#2043 of 2990)
Edited Oct 16, 2006 4:07 pm

You got it azi, it is the Slug Club.

Here's my first clue: group think = it is a group of students

Shining stars = students who are outstanding
Destiny beckons = their futures look good
Bold and bright = same as the first line
Or so one reckons = in Slughorn's opinion

Ungiven clues (what I had prepared to give out later if azi hadn't been so clever: a young collection, a sluggish start)

Great job azi, take 'er away!
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Post  Potteraholic on Tue May 17, 2011 9:25 pm

azi - Oct 18, 2006 10:21 am (#2095 of 2990)
Edited Oct 18, 2006 11:22 am

A quick new riddle!

Caged
Noise
Fur
Claws

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azi - Oct 19, 2006 8:57 am (#2120 of 2990)

Haymoni is correct! The shop is called Magical Menagerie. My reasoning - the animals are in cages; it is described as being very noisy; Crookshanks and some 'custard coloured furballs' which obviously involve fur are sold there; and Crookshanks and general cats are also sold (they have claws).
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Post  Potteraholic on Tue May 17, 2011 9:27 pm

haymoni - Oct 19, 2006 9:29 am (#2122 of 2990)
Edited Oct 19, 2006 10:29 am

Oh, the pressure of the riddle!!!

I tell the truth, but I say many things.
What's true for one may not be true for all.
I am alone, for all you know.
With just one look, you'll know all I know.

Have at it!

* answers below *
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haymoni - Oct 19, 2006 2:50 pm (#2136 of 2990)

juliebug got it!!! It is indeed Molly's clock.

I tell the truth, but I say many things.
(It tells us the locations of the Weasleys and there certainly are many of them!)

What's true for one may not be true for all.
(They could each be in different places.)

I am alone, for all you know.
(We haven't seen another clock like this one.)

With just one look, you'll know all I know.
(All you have to do is look at the clock and you'll know what the clock knows!)

Nice job!
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Post  Potteraholic on Tue May 17, 2011 9:29 pm

juliebug - Oct 20, 2006 4:44 am (#2142 of 2990)

Here's a new riddle for your consideration. Hope you enjoy it.

Things aren't always as they seem.
This I say quite truly.
For when you look right at me,
It's like you're looking through me.

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juliebug - Oct 20, 2006 6:05 am (#2146 of 2990)

Either you guys are getting smarter, or my riddles are getting too easy. Yes it's the ceiling in the Great Hall.

Things aren't always as they seem.
This I say quite truly.
For when you look right at me,
It's like you're looking through me.

When you look up at the enchanted ceiling it's like looking at the sky above it because it's bewitched to imitate the conditions in the sky.

Clues not given:

- Historic Hogwarts
- not of Great importance
- Weathering Heights

Good job Puck
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed May 18, 2011 5:00 pm

Puck - Oct 20, 2006 6:11 am (#2147 of 2990)
Edited Oct 20, 2006 7:30 am

Thanks! Off to think of a riddle!

Okay, I'm back!

Celestial bodies tell tales from the skies
As those down below say our good-byes.
Journeys end, adventures begin.
The stars are witness to both goodness and sin.

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Puck - Oct 21, 2006 7:16 am (#2163 of 2990)
Edited Oct 21, 2006 8:17 am

Yeah for Lina!

It is the Astronomy Tower!

Celestial bodies tell tales from the skies - It is a place to look at the stars.

As those down below say our good-byes. - Harry said good-bye to both Norbert and DD here.

Journeys end, adventures begin. - DD went on to the "great adventure", it was the place where Harry ended his journey to get the horcrux. Plus, it was quite a journey smuggling Norbert to this spot.

The stars are witness to both goodness and sin.- Saving Norbert was a good deed, though they broke the rules to do so. Plus, they witnessed McGonagall being stunned from this location.

Great job, Lina!
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed May 18, 2011 5:03 pm

Lina - Oct 21, 2006 1:25 pm (#2171 of 2990)
Edited Oct 21, 2006 2:28 pm

Wow, thanks! I still can't believe that I guessed the riddle! ***blinking, shaking head*** ***happy dance***

Now prepare, steady, ready, go! (because I have the feeling that the first one that meet my riddle will guess it...)

You don't need to wait for spring to enjoy the twitter.

I don't have any clues prepared, I don't think you'll need them.

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Lina - Oct 22, 2006 2:18 pm (#2204 of 2990)
Edited Oct 22, 2006 3:19 pm

Ah well. -- Azi.

Well, Azi, not exactly because you got the riddle! Congratulations!

You don't need to wait for spring to enjoy the twitter. You just need the charm Avis! exactly as you proposed. Flitwick used that charm during the Weighing of the wands in GoF and according to Lexicon, Hermione probably used it to conjure the birds that attacked Ron, and it is quite probable that Flitwick used it to put the birds in the Christmas tree.

So, yes, the Avis is the charm that you use when you wish some Twittering birds.

Take the riddle, Azi!
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed May 18, 2011 6:07 pm

azi - Oct 23, 2006 9:33 am (#2222 of 2990)
Edited Oct 23, 2006 10:33 am

New riddle!

Seen from a train? Maybe...
Good for hiding? Possibly...
Lackluster in all its glory? Definitely

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azi - Oct 25, 2006 1:37 pm (#2270 of 2990)
Edited Oct 25, 2006 2:38 pm

Kate is correct! It is indeed the hotel the Dursleys visited before they went to the shack, otherwise known as Railview Hotel!

My reasoning...

Seen from a train? Maybe... From a train you may get a view of the rails beneath, but maybe not
Good for hiding? Possibly... The Dursleys took Harry there to try and get away from the letters and hide from the sender...didn't quite work!
Lackluster in all its glory? Definitely... Soggy breakfasts, dodgy beds, the hotel wasn't very nice at all

Well done Kate - over to you!
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed May 18, 2011 6:09 pm

CatherineHermiona - Oct 26, 2006 5:52 am (#2276 of 2990)

Here is the riddle. Really easy one, I think it will (like all my riddles so far) be guessed in the first try.

I can show you how no-one will see you, if you find the way to see me.

Kate

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 27, 2006 6:42 am (#2291 of 2990)

Correct, S.E. Jones! It's indeed the Invisible Book about Invisibility!

I can show you how no-one will see you, if you find the way to see me. The book is about invisibility, so it should write inside how to become invisible, but it's invisible so you have to find the way to read what it says.

Kate
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Post  Potteraholic on Wed May 18, 2011 6:11 pm

S.E. Jones - Oct 27, 2006 11:47 pm (#2299 of 2990)
Edited Oct 28, 2006 12:48 am

Drat! I can't come up with a good riddle, not one I like anyway. I made this one, which people will probably get really easily, plus it's kinda dumb:

What prison has no walls?
What shackle doesn't bind?
What needs no bars to bar?
What answer comes to mind?

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S.E. Jones - Oct 28, 2006 11:42 pm (#2324 of 2990)
Edited Oct 29, 2006 12:44 am

--Maybe Imperius Curse?--

Yup, Kate got it.

The way I see it, you're gone after something like the Dementor's Kiss, but with the Imperius, you're trapped in your own body, in your own mind (that was supposed to be a clue in the last line), and aware of it, which kinda seems worse.

Sorry it wasn't a very good riddle, guys. Take it away, Kate.
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