Constructive Creativity

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

By Request: Another Clue

'Kin felinus maximus: Via simile in mien;

Once again, I have bravely surfed the length and breadth of yonder Internetus Communicatus to bring to my gallant audience of Lords and Ladies a new portent to lay bare the murky and insubstantial threads of one of the great mysteries of our age. ***Ahem, cut the crap Merlin, you're laying it on a bit thick!*** Right you are Majesty. If the kind audience will please direct their attention to the indicated illustration, we may begin once again to deliberate on the subject at hand. As before, it would be advisable to consult the discussion of the previous posting. The gentle Lady Jamak, especially, has attained a very high degree of enlightenment regarding this most devious of conundrums.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

A Clue To My Riddle

'Mong myriad min. moieties: Unmanifest motley crews.

This picture shows part of the subject of my riddle. I did not take this picture myself. I found it after searching the web. To my amazement, I actually found exactly what I was looking for! Please refer to the comments to the previous post. I have given some other clues in my responses. I hope this picture will heighten your curiosity and stimulate your creative problem solving skills. :)

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Can You Solve My Riddle?

My friend Jamak had a contest this week to guess the message behind a picture that she posted. Her contest has inspired me to dust off an old riddle that I created during my college days. I sponsored a contest among interested residents of my dorm, and I offered a bottle of their favorite liquor to whomever could solve the riddle. There were a lot of very smart people in my dorm, and most of them were eager to win a free bottle of liquor, however, no one succeeded. I suppose that the prize is still collectable, however, there are a few postal regulations that would make the mailing of a bottle of liquor problematic. So, I would like to simply share my riddle with you, and if you are up for a bit of a challenge, I invite you to attempt to solve it. Here is the riddle as it originally appeared (please click on the picture to see an enlargement):

I printed the riddle in an Old English font and then copied it onto colored paper for distribution. As the picture may be rather difficult for some readers to see clearly, I will reprint it as follows:

Riddled in Verse

Chromation commingles
Twix saffron and swarth;
'Mong myriad min. moieties:
Unmanifest motley crews.

Brigandine occults crystal
Sans aegis reception;
'Pon planular paired adjuncts;
Fore ante hind;
Frail borne' trails
Brandish ahinder.

'Kin felinus maximus:
Via simile in mien;
'N aeronauts toting coconuts,
'Pon scent yon
Astral Gloried Grail,
O'er lands vastly leagued.

As English is a second language to most (if not all) of my readers, I would like to clarify my abbreviations: 'Mong = Among; min. = miniature; 'Pon = Upon; 'Kin = Akin; 'N = And; and O'er = Over. The word "borne" should be written with a slash over the "e", rather than the apostrophe shown. In the original printing, I misspelled "saffron". I have corrected the mistake above.
I made what I thought was a very obvious reference to the movie "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" in the riddle. It was an extremely popular movie with a cult like status when I was in college (the movie was actually made years before I went to college). Today it is probably not that well known. It is a truly hilarious movie, and I highly recommend it! Aside from that, a good dictionary would be very helpful toward solving the riddle. There are many clues approaching the subject of the riddle from different directions. Some are more obscure than others, and they are certainly not all necessary to find the solution. If there is a great hew and cry for some sort of prize, I suppose that I can come up with something. :) Otherwise, have fun and good luck. I hope that you enjoy the puzzle!