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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Weekly Riddle 12

Note: I've updated the riddle to better reflect the answer. Sorry for any confusion.

This week's riddle is going for 12 points:

Born on the water, lives by the land. Flies through the air, sleeps in the sand. No legs in the morn', four by the 'noon. To the People of the Straights, I spelled doom.

The guy on our left was the answer to last weeks bonus. 4 points will go the 5th, 10th and 12th person to comment, as well as 3 points to the third person to correctly answer the riddle.

Bonus Question: Where was the first written record of using hops in beer - for 5 points, and 2 points for the first person to tell us what hops are.




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24 comments:

sh'mi.dev0rah said...

TURTLE!

Altie said...

Riddle: crab, or turtle.

hops: Hops are the female flower cones, also known as strobiles, of the hop plant. They are used primarily as a flavoring and stability agent in beer.

The first documented use of hops in beer as a bittering agent is from the eleventh century.

Dowy said...

that was just so..i dont know..googled?

Altie said...

That was just so.. I dunno... brilliant?

Did you even try to google? At least I got the right answer.

e said...

frogs.
people of the straights=mitzri'im.
Don't know about the leg thing, but frogs are born in the water. Or maybe it was the locusts who were blown in from the yam suf.

e said...

Mottel: I came up with a new description for you. You're a beer snob.

Mottel said...

Answer to come on friday. Beer Snob? No really!

Anonymous said...

The Gemara (Bava Metzia 42b) mentions putting "keshus" into beer. Rashi there (and in other places) translates this as homlon, which is hops (modern French houblon).

So that is considerably earlier than the eleventh century.

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

Frogs. Tadpoles are born without legs but grow them later. Mitzrim means people of the straights.

Beer with hops is recorded in the epic of Gilgamesh so google doesn't always have the right answer.

e said...

aurgh! I should have realized the leg business.

And of course it can't be locusts, because locusts have six legs.

e said...

google always has the right answer, you just gotta have sechel to understand it.

Altie said...

locust

e said...

What about locusts?

Altie said...

I changed my guess.

e said...

didn't you read the earlier comments why it's gotta be frogs and not locusts?

Altie said...

Frogs don't fly. He changed the riddle, now it says flying.

Do frogs fly? Not as far as I know.

e said...

i hear ya.

Mottel said...

The Previous wording was correct, I changed it merely to make thins easier - but eats from the air remains valid as well!
Answer coming at 3:30!

e said...

It's lice.

Mottel said...

-e: Right you are - frogs it is. 12 points for you! 8 points as well for being commenter number 5 and 10!
-Anon: Correct Hopping is mentioned in the gemara! 5 Points (now tell us a name so I can give them to you)

-Altei: 4 Points for being number 12 and 2 for googling hops.

-Modeh: Where in the Epic of Gilgamesh is the concept of hopping beer mentioned?

e said...

Since when did frogs fly through the air and sleep in the sand?

Altie said...

ya, i didn't quite get it on the flying part. But never question the great Mottel.

Why are u asking question? Not satisfied with your points?

Modeh B'Miktsas said...

e+altie: Frogs hop
Mottel: I don't remember but in the translation I read hops rhymed with drops and I remembered it because it was corny.

Mottel said...

E and Altie: Modeh is right. The sand comes in as in the banks of the pond or lake where the frogs live.