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Old 12-30-2017, 07:53 PM
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Forgive me if this post does not belong here, and delete it. I just joined and see there is a great deal of activity, but a surprisingly low ratio of participation, relative to other forums, or if you prefer, fora, Romanically speaking.

Cryptoquotsters are, IMHO, wordsmiths. Correct me if I'm wrong here. Following is an old English riddle that enchanted me and I examined it very carefully as I encourage you to do.
Then please answer it.

As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks.
Each sack had seven cats.
Each cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St. Ives?
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Old one. Just you.
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:33 PM
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Old one. Just you.
It may be old, but you still haven't gotten it.
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Old 12-30-2017, 09:20 PM
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Are they all headed in the same direction or did the traveler pass them on his way?
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:23 PM
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Are they all headed in the same direction or did the traveler pass them on his way?
You have the riddle, and that is all you have.
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I'm presuming he met them all headed the other way, and the traveller was the only one going to St. Ives.
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:42 AM
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You are correct, Lurker. The asker is the only one going to St. Ives, which is what I pointed out in my answer. Why our newest junior member says I am wrong is a mystery. Perhaps he misunderstands the riddle.
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Old 12-31-2017, 08:11 AM
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Wiki explains the numerous possible answers:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_I_was_going_to_St_Ives
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:29 AM
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You are correct, Lurker. The asker is the only one going to St. Ives, which is what I pointed out in my answer. Why our newest junior member says I am wrong is a mystery. Perhaps he misunderstands the riddle.
Eighty views and only a couple of attempts to "carefully" read the riddle and figure it out.


My instructions were: I examined it very carefully as I encourage you to do.
Oddcouple was simply being flip.

1. "I MET a man with seven wives." The verb "met" was used, not "passed," nor "overtook." "Met" has the clear implication of face to face, as the riddler (not "asker") was going "to St. Ives" and the man with seven wives was coming FROM St. Ives.

2. "Kits, cats, sacks, wives, how many (of those!) were going to St. Ives."

None of the kits, cats, sacks and wives. Not one. Wikipedia fires a blunderbuss when a rifle is all that is necessary.

The second message is this: Given the same information, people arrive at dramatically different conclusions, often insisting that they and they alone are right when in fact they are simply being dogmatic. And now another similar puzzle that will confound many of you.
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:34 AM
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according to wikipedia, the answer is at least one
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