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Sat, May. 28th, 2005, 02:54 pm
technicolornina: A New Riddle (Sorry if I'm being presumptuous, but I couldn't resist)

Okay, I feel a bit awkward because I LITERALLY just joined this thread, but just from reading old posts I want to see it resurrected, so I'm posting a riddle. It's not a rhymed riddle, but it makes great use of punning (that's your hint) and you'll have the best luck if you're up on your trivia from books 3-5. I don't think it's that great, but it's all I've got (I think it gets easier with each new stanza, so try solving from stanza one and if you need more hints progress through each one). Here goes:

Masks I wear many,
But not many see behind them.
Always rejected
Except by those dark as the one I despise.

I hate and I fear One of whom I will not speak
Yet I throw myself continually at his feet.
I am continual.
When all other hope is gone, I remain.

Those I defend I do not love,
And those I fight I cannot hate.
The one who hates me most
Is the one I will die to protect.


Sun, May. 29th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)

Lines 5 and 6 were the most blatant signals it was Snape.

As for writing better ones... try to make sure your riddles parse correctly, and that the parsings all fit the solution. Observe:

Lines 1 and 2:
X has many masks not many [people] see past.

Lines 3 and 4:
X is rejected by all except people as "dark" as Y
Y is the one X despises

Line 5:
X hates and fears Z
X will not speak of Z

Line 6:
X continuously throws himself at Z's feet.

Line 7:
X is continual.

Line 8:
X remain even when all other hope is gone.

Line 9:
X defends P
X does not love P

Line 10:
X fights Q
X cannot hate Q

Lines 11 and 12:
X will die to protect R
R is the one who hates X most

(Solve for X)

As you can see, the parsing is pretty ... well. I'll curb my tongue for the new riddle writer =)

The less variables, the better. You also want to make sure it isn't speculatory (X will die for R), since that pretty much fails the riddle at this point in time. If you want to make any riddle harder, shorten it; however, make -absolutely certain- you provide enough information for a definitive solve. If there is ambiguity, then it's failed. If there's equivocation, then it's failed.

Also, not that you've done it here, but try not to base riddles around the clever usage of a specific word. That makes it a conundrum, not a riddle -- people who used to solve riddlegames for money as a competitive hobby can tell the difference immediately =)

Sun, May. 29th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)

Oh, and some of the lines make no sense. "Snape is continual"?!? ... waaaah?

Tue, May. 31st, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)

This comes from OotP, but is a reference to all five (so far) books. No matter where Harry is . . . no matter what he is doing . . . Snape is sure to be there to get him in (or, occasionally, out of) trouble. This idea was borne out the most in Book Five when Snape conveniently waltzes into Umbridge's (*gags and makes obscene hand gesture at the toad*) office right when Harry thinks there is nobody left to help him - hence, Snape CONTINUES to be there no matter what.

I actually asked one of my friends about this line and she said it was bad usage on my part *blush*

Tue, May. 31st, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)

Hehe. The usage is pretty frowns, yeah. You're a newbie, though, so we can't expect you to write perfectly parsed riddles =)

Stick with it! You'll be a great game master in no time.