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Monday Afternoon Riddle (answered)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 11, 2012

From the Juvenile Instructor of 1872:

What word is that in the English language

— the first two letters of which signify a man,
— the first three a woman,
— the first four a great man,
— the whole a great woman?

(If you know the answer, how about giving just a letter or two, leaving the rest to nag at other readers until the answer is posted tomorrow?)

UPDATE:  The answer can be found here.



13 Comments »

  1. I know I know I know!!!

    Is the last letter of the full word an “e”?

    Comment by HokieKate — June 11, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  2. Starts with a “h”

    :)

    Comment by EmiG — June 11, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  3. Yup (to both)! And Alison has solved it, too.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 11, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

  4. Four vowels? Two of which are the same?

    Comment by Gary Bergera — June 11, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  5. If you leave off the final “e” you have a terrible problem, if I have it correctly.

    Comment by kevinf — June 11, 2012 @ 5:07 pm

  6. Such creative (and accurate) ways to let us know you have solved the riddle!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 11, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

  7. I know it too, but everyone else already took the good ideas for cleverly hiding it. Great job!

    Comment by Duckie — June 11, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  8. Smack, with an E for effort.

    Comment by Mark B. — June 11, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

  9. You have to get up pretty early with this crowd, don’t you, Duckie? And Mark, obscure but just so.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 11, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

  10. Sure do!

    Comment by Duckie — June 11, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

  11. Only obscure for you folks that don’t hang out on the mean streets. : )

    Comment by Mark B. — June 11, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  12. Hershey?

    Comment by Adam G. — June 12, 2012 @ 11:22 am

  13. Well … okay … if Barbara Hershey is a great woman and “Hers” is a great man … if we’re speaking of Mrs. G., Adam would probably claim that hers is a great man … so, well, yeah, if I really, really, really stretch, maybe I can give you enough extra credit points for creativity to make up for the lameness of parts of your solution …

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 12, 2012 @ 11:43 am

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