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Solving a mysterious riddle

I posted a poem not long ago that contains a riddle. The clues are very straight forward for those of you astute enough to figure them out. There is a prize for the first person who messages me with the correct answer. The answer will be in three parts and the person who solves the riddle will know the 3 parts. I'm not allowed to advertise so I cannot tell you the name of my novel, only that the winner (if you live in US or Canada) will receive a free copy, autographed by the author. Get busy, folks! Solve that riddle. If you don't want the book, you can use it this winter to start your fires with, or give it to a neighbor to read. Leonard Wronke won the first one and I mailed it to him yesterday. Once you win, you are ineligible to win again. Only the first person to solve the current riddle will win this month's book. There are enough clues to help you, if you will just look for them. Answer must come to me in a private message, not posted on this discussion !!!!


Don Yarber

15th October 2011


Oh come on!! Surely there is a slueth amongst you with the curiosity of a cat. Or maybe the plain truth has finally dawned on me...no one wants a copy of my book. I'll leave the puzzle unsolved until 1 of 2 things happen. 1. Someone solves it. 2. November 1st rolls around. The thing that prompts this bit of confusion is that I love a good puzzle. Has anyone read the first part of this discussion? Has anyone read "The Gold Bug" by Edgar Allen Poe? Has anyone read any of the Dark Tower books by Stephen King? In "The Gold Bug" there was a code that the reader was invited to decipher. In the Dark Tower books one of them ended in a riddle. Being a mytery writer, I thought I would challenge this forum. Answer this discussion and tell me if I'm being stupid or at least give me an indication that someone has read it. Puhleeeze!!!


Don Yarber

15th October 2011


which poem was it? I love riddles!!=)


Kitchera Hicks

16th October 2011


I'm a Serious Guy


Don Yarber

16th October 2011


I read it before and had a go at it, although I was completely stumped.


Harley Bailey

17th October 2011


i read it still trying to work it out though=P


Kitchera Hicks

16th October 2011


I read it. Three times. Then remembered that I'm no good at riddles. : P


Samantha Wright

16th October 2011


Having received very few comments about my offer, I have come to a few possible conclusions:
1. No one gives a big rats ass about solving riddles.
2. No one wants a copy of my book.
3. The riddle is too hard.
4. The solvers aren't sharp enough.
5. I should forget the whole danged idea.
6. The folks I thought would try are not trying.
7. People are thinking that I am just trying to draw attention to myself.
8. People don't like the poem.
9. People think I am nuts.
10. People think I am funny.
11. I'm a nice guy but I'm being pushy.
12. Check one.


Don Yarber

19th October 2011


3. The riddle is too hard :P


Harley Bailey

19th October 2011


Thanks, Harley. If it goes unsolved until the end of the month, I'll do something else.


Don Yarber

19th October 2011


I guess Harley is right, the riddle is too hard. I'll drop a hint in this discussion that may soften it up a little.

The poem is written somewhat in the style of a poet on this site whose initials are S.H.

Now with that hint it should be a horse race to the finish line for those of you who are really serious about solving it. Remember only those whose address is in US or Canada are eligible. Maybe later I can extend that to the rest of the known Universe.


Don Yarber

19th October 2011


No one has given me the correct answer to the riddle. Today is October 28th. On the 31st of the month I will post the answer in this discussion.


Don Yarber

28th October 2011


I'm intrigued and reading it now...


Jessica Shaffer

28th October 2011


Today is October 31st. I promised to give the answer to the riddle today.

O.K. Here's the moment you have all waited breathlessly for (who am I kidding?)

If you look at the poem, My first is the first one in done....the first letter in done is "D".
My next is a place in won. A place in horse racing parlance is second. The second letter in won is "O"
The third is a show in gone. A show in horse racing parlance is third. The third letter in gone is "N". If you put these together, you get D-O-N.

Then if you look down the left side of the rest of the poem, taking the first letter of each line, you get Y-A-R-B-E-R

So the first two parts of the riddle are DON YARBER
Then the last part is where was I in 1959. If you look at my profile you will see that I was in Lennox, CA in 1959.
The poem is written somewhat in the style of a poet on this site whose initials are S.H.

Now with that hint it should be a horse race to the finish line for those of you who are really serious about solving it. Remember only those whose address is in US or Canada are eligible. Maybe later I can extend that to the rest of the known Universe.

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM A PREVIOUS POST WHEN I DROPPED SOME HINTS:

I guess Harley is right, the riddle is too hard. I'll drop a hint in this discussion that may soften it up a little.

The poem is written somewhat in the style of a poet on this site whose initials are S.H.
(SCOTT HUGGETT) If you read his profile, you'll see what I mean.
Now with that hint it should be a horse race to the finish line for those of you who are really serious about solving it. .

This entire exercise in futility was to see how many people read other peoples profiles.

That is the end of the stupid riddle. I'll try something else in November to see if anyone wants to receive a copy of my book.


Don Yarber

31st October 2011


Ah Don. I am sorry i missed this one. I love a good riddle. I have a soft spot for riddles, parables and allegory. Although i will admit this one may have beaten me, it would have been fun to try. I do not think it was stupid at all. Though i will admit to still struggling to navigate everything here very well.


Holly Campbell

1st November 2011


OH MY GOODNESS! I DID THAT! Kind of upsets me now because the first three lines i figured out spelled DON. But i got confused by the rest of the riddle so i figured i wasn't on the right track. Plus you were asking for a place and I thought to my self that DON was your name and not a place.


Jessica Shaffer

1st November 2011


I'm glad that there were some folks that TRIED to solve the riddle. It makes me feel like putting up another riddle for November.


Don Yarber

1st November 2011


I like riddles. This one didn't discourage me from wanting to try again.


Jessica Shaffer

1st November 2011


Don , as you know I could not participate since I already won...one of your novels. remember I gave you a third of the puzzle right after you posted-the where were you 1959.. I even said it to you , also said I was not going to give the rest to give the rest a chance.
It seems I should not have won the first.


Leonard a. Wronke

1st November 2011


Yes, I remember. But of course you should have won the first. That was a different offer.
The November riddle will soon be posted.


Don Yarber

3rd November 2011


Here is November’s riddle: You are in Tokyo, Japan. The year is 2020. You want to go to Osaka. You purchase a ticket on Japan’s Linimo train. You board the train and leave Tokyo at 1100 hrs CST on November 9th, 2020. At the same time a slow moving deisel freight train leaves a city in the north of Japan, travelling south at a speed of 75 KM per hour on a track that will cross the track of the Linimo at a point 5 KM from Sasebo, Japan. At the speed of the two trains, a crash is imminent. You glance at your watch and wonder if the engineer is aware of the coming doom.
The Limino enters a tunnel at a point 7 KM from Sasebo at a speed of 115 KM per hour. The tunnel is .5 KM long. There are strong winds blowing from the north at 35 KM per hour. When the Linimo leaves the tunnel which direction will the smoke from the train be blowing?

The first person to send me a private message after 10 a.m. CST Nov 3 or afterwards with the correct answer will win an autographed copy of my latest mystery novel. Residents of USA and Canada only are eligible. Previous winners not eligible.


DO NOT POST ANSWERS TO THE RIDDLE ON THIS DISCUSSION. PRIVATE MESSAGE ME ONLY. LET OTHERS FIGURE IT OUT FOR THEMSELVES.


Don Yarber

3rd November 2011


Since I am not eligible I will sit from the audience, watch the mayhem to ensue.


Leonard a. Wronke

3rd November 2011


I revised my previous post to eliminate the name of my novel, as I realized it might be construed as advertising and I don't want to be banned.


Don Yarber

3rd November 2011


This one is difficult. I imagine there are alot of mathematics involved, or else again, just a simple solution!! Trust you Don...to think up something like this.


Davide Castel

5th November 2011


Don, it is the 5th of November, did anyone answer correctly or are you waiting a certain bit of time.


Leonard a. Wronke

5th November 2011


@ Leonard: I'll wait the full month of November to see if anyone gets it. If you know the answer, please do not divulge it.
@Lucy: It isn't as hard as it seems, but no riddle is.


Don Yarber

6th November 2011


Don, 1) as I said before I am only going tgo waych the fun. 2) i am not even going to consider playing.


Leonard a. Wronke

6th November 2011


The answer will be divulged on December 1st. Since I have had very little response to this riddle and the offer of one of my books, this feature will end on December 1st.


Don Yarber

28th November 2011


Today is November 30th. Bill Farmer solved the riddle a few days ago, so I will divulge it now.

The train leaving the tunnel is an "electric-magnetic" train so it does not have smoke. The only train that produces smoke is the diesel. It is going south at 75 KM per hour. The wind is blowing from the north at 35 KM per hour.

Smoke from a train will always blow in the opposite direction that the train is travelling providing it isn't acted upon by another greater force. The other force being the winds blowing from the north. The winds are not GREATER, however, since the train is doing 75 KM per hour and the wind is only blowing at 35 KM per hour. So the smoke will blow opposite the direction that the train is going. In this case, NORTH. Congrats to Bill Farmer for solving the riddle!!!


Don Yarber

30th November 2011


hi an i had gotten the answer too but could not have access to a computer...

*"Smoke from a train will always blow in the opposite direction that the train is travelling providing it isn't acted upon by another greater force."
an its very true the answer :)


Zion Der hai

30th November 2011


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