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Old King Ghorn had forged his kingdom from the war-wracked lands of Arndor not by the strength of his sword but by the sharpness of mind. It was his cleverness that tricked the goblins into leaving; it was trickiness that made the dragon wing to better hunting grounds; it was his wisdom that kept the barons from feuding amongst themselves and the horsemen from attacking. Peace had reigned in Ghornia for 35 years, and the king's sword became rusty as he raised his family. Alas, the old king was on his deathbed before he could sire any sons; his only heir was his daughter Triella. Now Good King Ghorn knew that for peace to continue in Ghornia the next king would have to be as clever, and so he devised the following test for his daughter's suitors. He who could pass it would become king; all others would die.
The test was thus:

The princess was put in the center of a huge 50 foot by 50 foot carpet. Whomsoever could touch her hand would get the princess, and the throne besides. However, the rules of the test were that the contestants could not walk over the carpet, cross the plane of the carpet, or hang from anything; nor could they use anything but their body and wits (i.e. no magic or psionics, nor any items such as ladders, block and tackles etc). Furthermore, only normal humans could be applicants (i.e. no deformed guys with 50 foot arms, or shapechangers). Ghornia now stands; it has a king whose wisdom is unsurpassed.

How did the king touch Triella's hand?
Many have submitted that the suiter should simply ask the princess to come to him - but this solution doesn't guarantee success (and could lead to death)

The best submission said the suitor should simple "roll" the carpet up, which satisfies all of Ki
Riddle Number: 233 of 409
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Riddle 1

You eat something you neither plant nor plow.
It is the son of water, but if water touches it, it dies.
Salt, Ice

Riddle 2

A serpent swam in a silver urn
A golden bird did in its mouth abide
The serpent drank the water, this in turn
Killed the serpent. Then the gold bird died.
An oil lamp

Riddle 3

My tines are long
My tines are short
My tines end ere
My first report
Lightning, or lightning bolt.

Riddle 4

Turn us on our backs
And open up our stomachs
You will be the wisest of men
Though at start a lummox
A book

Riddle 5

The hungry dog howls
For crust of bread
His cry goes unheard
It's far overhead
Moon (the dog is howling at the moon).

Riddle 6

Bury deep,
Pile on stones,
My mind will always
Dig up them bones

Riddle 7

A cloth poorly dyed
And an early morning sky
How are they the same?
Their color changes easily

Riddle 8

It occurs once in every minute
Twice in every moment
And yet never in one hundred thousand years.
Letter 'M'

Riddle 9

Never ahead, ever behind,
Yet flying swiftly past;
For a child I last forever,
For adults I'm gone too fast.

Riddle 10

Two horses, swiftest travelling,
Harnessed in a pair, and
Gazing ever in places
Distant from them.
Your eyes - Or the sun & the moon

Riddle 11

It can be said:
To be gold is to be good;
To be stone is to be nothing;
To be glass is to be fragile;
To be cold is to be cruel.
Unmetaphored, what am I?
A heart

Riddle 12

Round she is, yet flat as a board
Altar of the Lupine Lords.
Jewel on black velvet, pearl in the sea
Unchanged but e'er changing, eternally.

Riddle 13

Twice four and twenty blackbirds
sitting in the rain
I shot and killed a quarter of them
How many do remain?
This riddle can be viewed from several different ways, and COULD have different answers, depending on how the question is viewed...
Answer 1: 2x(4+20)=48, if 1/4 of 48 are shot (12) ... these 12 will remain (dead) and the rest will fly away.
Answer 2: Upon shooting any of the birds, the rest will all fly away. So the answer could be "none."
Answer 3: 2x(4+20)=48, if 1/4 of 48 are shot (12) ... there will be 36 birds left (48-12=36).

Riddle 14

First will be last
Last will be first
And all in between will also be cursed
Open the door and the thing will be there
So be carefull and beware!
Death cometh upon all mankind.

Riddle 15

It has a golden head
It has a golden tail
but it has no body.
Gold coin

Riddle 16

A leathery snake,
With a stinging bite,
I'll stay coiled up,
Unless I must fight.
A whip

Riddle 17

There is not wind enough to twirl
That one red leaf, nearest of its clan,
Which dances as often as dance it can.

Riddle 18

At night they come without being fetched,
And by day they are lost without being stolen

Riddle 19

I am, in truth, a yellow fork
From tables in the sky
By inadventant fingers dropped
The awful cutlery.
Of mansions never quite disclosed
And never quite concealed,
The apparatus of the dark
To ignorance revealed.
Lightning, (Emily Dickinson)

Riddle 20

Many-maned scud-thumper,
Maker of worn wood,
Portly pusher,

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