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Can you get these three riddles?

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Started: 10/9/2017 Category: Games
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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The game is simple. These are the rules.

Each round I give you a riddle. You have 12 hours to respond to each, so make sure you publish your rebuttal in time.

You answer it correctly, and we move onto the next one. You get it wrong, and you must immediately forfeit, and I will win. As the rounds progress the riddles become increasingly more difficult.

I will allow a maximum of two guesses for each riddle. If one of them is correct or close to correct, you will still win the point. I will deem what is "close". If you get all three riddles correct you win the debate.

And just a heads up - don't bother searching for these online. They're all from my own mind. Each one has a reasonable and achievable answer that any intelligent person can get. If you think there is information that is absent or lacking then it is on purpose by design. Think carefully. It would be both helpful and enjoyable if in your answer you could also show your thinking, i.e. how you arrived at the point. Good luck.

Riddle A

Each day during his commute home a man spies six front gardens outside his train. The gardens belong to the only houses that exist along his journey. The numbers coincide with the order in which he sees them.

Garden 1: The grass is long, unkempt and the garden path is barely visible. The picket fence bordering it is white and dated - paint is peeling.

Garden 2: Tidy, clean-cut grass, a small fish pond in the centre. No fence.

Garden 3: No grass, only brick and stone. No fence. The path is straight and narrow leading to the front door of the house.

Garden 4: The grass is green and luscious. Flower beds surround it. The garden fence is brown and tall.

Garden 5: Two dogs in two kennels doze every day. The grass is dry. The fence bordering it is wire.

Garden 6: The grass is green and luscious. Flower beds surround it. The garden fence is brown and tall.

These houses all lie on only one side of the train tracks. On the other side is nothing but forest. Which garden belongs to the man?


His garden is number 6.
Debate Round No. 1


Well, you're half correct. I'll still award you the point so we can keep going.

Notice how it says "his" train. The man is the train conductor. Each day he drives to the end of the line, which is at Garden 5. He then turns around, goes back to Garden 4, which is now the 6th garden he sees, making it now Garden 6. Therefore, his garden must be 4, (but it is also 6, which is why I'll give you the point). If you read the descriptions of the Garden, 4 and 6 are described with the exact same details. Garden 4 is the 4th garden he sees, but then becomes Garden 6, the 6th garden sees, when he comes back the other way. Garden 4 and 6 are the same garden.

If you have any objections it's okay, it's a riddle so it's supposed to be slightly abstract. But anyway we're not here to argue. I'll still give you the point so let's move on.

Riddle B - The Fisherman

A fisherman owned a boat too small for more than one person. Each weekday at seven thirty he would set off into the lake nearby his house. The fisherman and his wife lived in the mountains - with no one else nearby for miles. The lake was 1 mile in diameter and had a maximum depth of 130 feet. On a good day the fisherman would be back home by nine. If nothing had been caught by ten thirty he would generally lose faith and head home empty-handed. At seven thirty one day he set out as he normally would - rod and tackle by his side. Out on the lake the man sat for hours - without a single catch. At ten thirty he had caught nothing.

Three hours later the wife found the fisherman's body - dead. His boat was no where in sight. The weather that day had been warm and the man had not drowned. There were no signs of blood. The fisherman had no heart conditions or any health infliction to render him suddenly dead. Yet the wife knew immediately how he had died.

How did the fisherman die?


Debate Round No. 2


No, sorry. How would the wife have known straight away if he had died of starvation? That doesn't make sense to me. He was an ice fisherman. Because they live up in the mountains it is clearly very cold. Also, he would always go out at 7:30pm, not in the morning. So it was at night, very cold, on the frozen lake. He died because he froze to death.

So, seeing as though you are wrong, according to the rules you lose.



I must disagree. While I should have responded to your "riddle" with "His heart stopped", your answer is completely wrong. He could not have died as you say " He died because he froze to death." in such a short time. Had you said that he died of hypothermia, you may have been correct. Saying he "froze " is incorrect. Therefore , by the rules, we go to the next "riddle".
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by bigdave 3 years ago
Now that this "debate" is over, I am free to comment. I am CON. The riddles were fallacious . PRO was quick to say "your answer is wrong" while not seeing the error in his assumptions. Look at round 3. Freezing to death is an incorrect answer. Period. This site should have a panel to determine riddle game answers. In the end it was a tie vote, but the is only slightly close to what the outcome should have been.
Posted by DakotaKrafick 3 years ago
What a fun idea for a debate. I'd be up for it if you want to do another one.
Posted by PowerPikachu21 3 years ago
Riddles should never lie or hide information. If a riddle hides information, we can't go through the logic the writer wants us to, leaving us with our own answer. The answer can even be acceptable if evidence that is in the riddle supports it well.
Posted by Masterful 3 years ago
The fisherman was fishing with grenades. He threw one too close to a large tree, which toppled over and crushed him and his boat.
Posted by TheUnexaminedLife 3 years ago
Riddle 1: what if the six houses are attached to one another and the train station after them? His could be any one of them. Additionally, his house could be the 7th or nth number higher house after the train station he gets off at.
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Vote Placed by dsjpk5 3 years ago
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Vote Placed by PowerPikachu21 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: It's very hard to make a good riddle, and some leave room for multiple answers that can be correct. As the fisherman didn't catch anything, it makes sense he'd have starved to death. Con also refutes Pro's answer of him freezing to death, saying he couldn't have died so in a short time. Since I feel Pro rejects a right answer, Con gets the win.

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