Riddle me this... a puzzle thread

Based on the popularity of the wordle thread I’m guessing we all like a good puzzle to noodle on. Opening up a place to drop any good riddles/puzzles you’ve heard so the rest of us can enjoy?

For structure, I guess put any prompts in the main thread. If you want to hazard an answer, reply to the post with the question and blur your answer. The asker should be able to look at all responses and reply to them?

I dunno. Just seeing if this works. I’ll start with one.

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To what PLURAL noun, in English, can you add an S (at the end) to create a singular word?


  • The plural and singular word do not need to be alternates of the same word
  • Over the years I’ve found two answers so far

If you don’t mind me being a stinker, practically any verb (bake is the third-person plural, bakes is the third-person singular).

I solved your puzzle riddlemaster, now you have to let Alfred go!

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Alright, I have updated the prompt to read “noun.” Back to work.

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This classic grammar question is from my dad. Which is correct: The yolk of eggs is white or the yolk of eggs are white?

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It would have to be is, because yolk is being used as uncountable.

Also: “The yolk of eggs is white” is perfectly fine grammar and a completely valid sentence, even if it is not factual.

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plural (of prince) princes becomes a single princess



“Is” being the correct grammar?

and yellow being the correct color : )

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Aye, that’s one, and a fast one at that.

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My wife has come up with millionaires which becomes millionairess. Works with billionaires as well

Also asses to become assess


Huh. Didn’t know those were words!

Red X for “Assess” as it is not a singular noun.


How about bas (as in many sheep make many bas)?

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Depends on whether we are playing Scottish rules or not.

Does Murderers work?

I don’t think so - the extra S would be murdererss?

Cares to Caress?

Are you ruling out Classical Latin origin words where the plural is ending in -i? Like species/specii…?

Boom! That’s the other solution I’d found. Took you all half a day : )

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If you can come up with a plural noun ending in “I” that becomes a singular noun after adding an “S” I don’t see why that wouldn’t be valid.

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To be fair, I only worked it for 15-20 minutes. :slight_smile:

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