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I discovered this puzzle in an old magic magazine (it was either "M-U-M" or "The Linking Ring") in a collumn by the late Williard Smith. I am not sure if it was original to him or an old chestnut that I just wasn't familiar with. Since I'm primarily a performance poet, I converted it into a rhyming riddle and presented it in a show I did, entitled "Meter, Math & Magic" It's meant to be recited in front of an audience, and you can actually demonstrate " the solution". If anyone can use it, please do and have fun:

"Here's a little riddle for you to contemplate:
What is it if you take four from four and left with eight?

If figuring out a solution is giving you trouble,
Remember whatever amount you remove, what remains is double.

And here is a final clue, I'd like to say:
The answer to this riddle is literately a cliche'."
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I posted this "rhyming math riddle" way back in March. Inspite of quite a few views, no one yet has attempted to provide a solution. I'd appreciate it if someone could tell me if the answer is just too obvious, the riddle too confusing, or just plain boring to prompt a response. Thanks so much!

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I posted this "rhyming math riddle" way back in March. Inspite of quite a few views, no one yet has attempted to provide a solution. I'd appreciate it if someone could tell me if the answer is just too obvious, the riddle too confusing, or just plain boring to prompt a response. Thanks so much!

Paul
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It could be worse Paul, you might have asked something pertinant and gotten no useful replies.
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Sounds something like a hole. You remove four cubic feet fro a four cubic foot hole, and you have an eight cubic foot hole.
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On 2005-08-05 15:08, Sapient wrote:
Sounds something like a hole...


Agreed,
It's the cliche and double parts that left me silent.
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The hole sounds good but where does the cliche fit in?

The only cliche that came to mind that has to do with double the amount is:

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush"

But I don't think that is applicable to the rhyme.
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Well, there is a old riddle. I don't know if it could be considered cliche, but it goes, "What gets bigger the more you remove from it?".

I'm not convinced that "hole" is that answer. Rather, I think it is some other thing which signifies the absence of something else. Perhaps it is debt?
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Thanks for responding!

A hole is a good quess, but not the answer I had in mind.

The solution is CORNERS. If you cut off the four corners of a square or rectangle,
you would be left with a shape with eight corners. In fact, the act of cutting off each corner always leaves you with two more. The cliche'I referred to in the rhyme is "CUTTING CORNERS" , an overused and trite expression.
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Thanks for responding!

A hole is a good quess, but not the answer I had in mind.

The solution is CORNERS. If you cut off the four corners of a square or rectangle,
you would be left with a shape with eight corners. In fact, the act of cutting off each corner always leaves you with two more. The cliche'I referred to in the rhyme is "CUTTING CORNERS" , an overused and trite expression.
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That is a much better answer. Very nice.
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Works for me.
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