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Limerick Paradox


Best Answer Rob_Gandy, 22 January 2013 - 07:42 PM

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#1 bonanova

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:04 AM

I found this puzzle in a book which attributed it to the British Monthly Games & Puzzles.
I have adapted it somewhat.

 

How many limericks [allowing for variations in form] are listed here?

There was a young girl in Japan
Whose limericks never would scan.
___ When someone asked why,
___ She said, with a sigh,
"It's because I always attempt to
get as many words into the last
line as I possibly can."

Another young poet in China
Had a feeling for rhythm much fina.
___ His limericks tend
___ To come to an end
Suddenly.

There was a young lady of Crewe
Whose Limericks stopped at line two.

There was a young man of Verdun.

 


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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:42 PM   Best Answer

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

There was a young man from Ecuador

Who thought counting was a chore

Instead of answering the question

Decided to rather impress them

By adding one limerick more

(or was that two?)

 

Edit:Are we also meant to count the word "limerick"?

 

@Rob I don't think we can count to zero.


Edited by phaze, 22 January 2013 - 09:38 PM.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:59 AM

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That's the answer I had in mind. The complete set.
Did you notice the font change I used to emphasize it?
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 06:02 AM

There was a young man from Ecuador
Who thought counting was a chore
Instead of answering the question
Decided to rather impress them
By adding one limerick more
(or was that two?)
 
Edit:Are we also meant to count the word "limerick"?
 
@Rob I don't think we can count to zero.

Good observation Phaze.
I hadn't thought of counting the word itself.
RG caught the idea.
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

Can someone explain to me how to get an answer of

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without claiming that nothing is something


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Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:50 PM

Can someone explain to me how to get an answer of

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without claiming that nothing is something

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Edited by Rob_Gandy, 24 January 2013 - 11:51 PM.

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