Riddle FAQs:


Q: Is a riddle a statement or question or phrase having a double or veiled meaning?

A: Yes, and put forth as a puzzle to be solved.

Q: Are riddles called Vidukathai?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles attested in ancient Chinese literature?

A: Yes, and possibly because Chinese scholarship viewed the form as inappropriate to highbrow literature.

Q: Are riddles not a universal art form?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles published by Antti Aarne in 1918–20?

A: Yes, and by Archer Taylor.

Q: Are riddles treated in early studies of Sanskrit poetry such as Daṇḍin's seventh- or eighth-century Kāvyādarśa?

A: Yes, and the Kāvyālaṃkāra of Bhāmaha , or the fifteenth-century Sāhityadarpaṇa by Viśwanātha Kaviraja.

Q: Are riddles known to have been popular in Greece in Hellenistic times, and possibly before?

A: Yes, they were prominent among the entertainments and challenges presented at symposia.

Q: Is a riddle arguably posed?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles attested in anthologies of poetry and in prosimetrical portrayals of riddle-contests in Arabic maqāmāt and in Persian epics such as the Shahnameh?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a riddle a traditional verbal expression which contains one or more descriptive elements, a pair of which may be in opposition?

A: Yes, the referent of the elements is to be guessed". There are many possible sub-sets of the riddle, including charades, droodles and some jokes".

Q: Are riddles of two types: enigmas?

A: Yes, and which are problems generally expressed in metaphorical or allegorical language that require ingenuity and careful thinking for their solution, and conundra, which are questions relying for their effects on punning in either the question or the answer.

Q: Were riddles made, including from the Alaskan Athabaskans people in British Columbia?

A: Yes, Amuzgo people in Central America; and Quechua people in South America.

Q: Is a riddle a key witness to the linguistic transition from Latin to Romance?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a riddle at times a prominent literary form in the ancient and medieval world?

A: Yes, and so riddles are extensively, if patchily, attested in our written records from these periods.

Q: Are riddles preserved as graffiti in the Basilica at Pompeii?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles not numerous in the Bible?

A: Yes, and they are present, most famously in Samson's riddle in Judges xiv.

Q: Is a riddle given below?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles Babylonian school texts which show no literary polish""?

A: Yes, The answers to the riddles are not preserved; they include "my knees hasten, my feet do not rest, a shepherd without pity drives me to pasture"; "you went and took the enemy's property; the enemy came and took your property"; "who becomes pregnant without conceiving, who becomes fat without eating?". "It is clear that we have here riddles from oral tradition that a teacher has put into a schoolbook".

Q: Are riddles a collection of 100 hexametrical riddles by Symphosius?

A: Yes, and which were influential on later medieval Latin writers: a further 63 were composed around the seventh century in Italy in a collection known now as the Berne Riddles, and Symphosius's collection inspired a number of Anglo-Saxon riddlers.

Q: Are riddles mostly found in oral form?

A: Yes.

Q: Were riddles evidently hugely popular in Germany: a recent research project uncovered more than 100,000 early modern German riddles?

A: Yes, and with the most important collection being that Strassburger Rätselbuch, first published around 1500 and many times reprinted.

Q: Are riddles also used at funeral gatherings?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles now mostly children's humour and games rather than literary compositions?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles rare in Old Norse: almost all occur in one section of Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks, in which the god Óðinn propounds around 37 riddles?

A: Yes, These riddles do, however, provide insights into Norse mythology, medieval Scandinavian social norms, and rarely used poetic forms.

Q: Were riddles prominent among Anglo-Saxons?

A: Yes, and made a prominent literary form by the Anglo-Saxon Aldhelm , writing in Latin and inspired by the fourth- or fifth-century Latin poet Symphosius.

Q: Are riddles based on the living things and objects around our day-to-day life?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles seldom used today as a literary form in their own right, they have arguably influenced the approach to poetry of a number of twentieth-century poets, such as Francis Ponge, Wallace Stevens, Richard Wilbur, Rainer M?

A: Yes, Rilke, and Henrikas Radauskas.

Q: Are riddles attested in medieval Celtic languages?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a riddle by Robert Petsch in 1899, with another seminal contribution, inspired by structuralism, by Robert A?

A: Yes, Georges and Alan Dundes in 1963.

Q: Are riddles noteworthy in relation to the rest of the world's oral riddle canon for its original imagery, their abundance of sexual riddles, and the interesting collision of influences from east and west?

A: Yes, along with the attestation in some regions of an elaborate riddle-game.

Q: Is a riddle attested in medieval Welsh?

A: Yes, and an elaborate text entitled 'Canu y Gwynt' in the fourteenth-century Book of Taliesin probably inspired by Latin riddles on the same theme.

Q: Are riddles therefore often a subset of the descriptive poetic form known in both traditions as wasf?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles also prominent in some early-modern ballads?

A: Yes.

Q: Are riddles in verse?

A: Yes.

Q: Were riddles also composed in Byzantium?

A: Yes, and from perhaps the tenth century with the work of John Geometres, into the fifteenth century, along with a neo-Byzantine revival in around the early eighteenth century.