Who's behind Limriddles?
Hiya! I’m the Limriddler. That’s right – the mysterious man behind the mask, embroiled in the dark underworld of idioms, homographs, rhymes and linguistic espionage. Truth is that without the mask I’m more nerd than supervillain. But I’ll torment you with tests of knowledge, logic, lateral thinking and even humour, all packed into a five-line Limriddle. And all you have to do is identify one word – how hard can that be?
What's a Limriddle™?
It's a riddle in the form of a limerick.
How do I solve a Limriddle™?
The object is to solve for a single word. The word has different meanings, but all have the same spelling, though sometimes not the same pronunciation. Think of turning on the tap while you’re tap dancing. A Limriddle contains several clues and each clue ends with a three-leaf clover. The clues may seem to describe different things, but that’s because the word you’re looking for has different meanings.
Where do limericks come from?
A limerick is a five-line verse, with a rhyme scheme of AABBA, where the first, second and fifth lines rhyme, while the third and fourth lines are shorter and share a different rhyme. The word Limerick is often taken as a reference to County Limerick in Ireland, though the connection is a bit obscure. Limericks first appeared in England early in the 18th century and were later made popular by Edward Lear, the 19th century author, poet and artist. They were usually humorous - and often rude – but the Limriddler has adapted the form for riddles.
The Limriddler is now on the radio!
Tune in every Friday at 4:50pm ET to hear the Limriddler recite this week's Limriddle on SAUGA 960 AM.