A clever Twitter user has addressed JK Rowling’s anagram – and Rowling claims she won’t be establishing one more. So pit your wits rather against this selection of the finest literary riddles, from Tolkien to Borges



emybemy2, has actually addressed her Twitter anagram: “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand also won’t toleprice this nonfeeling.” No, it wasn’t “Newt Scamander just visited New York to find a Pulkmahjkk”, or “I brung bick Harry. U glinclude. Me go wurcke currently. No stop.” Nor was it supposed to warn us that Rowling’s “hair work canoe might fray”. Using “old-fashioned pen and paper”,
emybemy2’s “nerdiness phelp off eventually” and she came up with the ideal answer: “Newt Scamander only meant to remain in New York for a few hours.”

“You are hereby christened The One True Hermione of Twitter. I am deeply impressed, that really wasn’t easy!” tweeted Rowling to her winner, including to her millions of followers: “Thank you, thank you, for being the type of people who obtain excited around an anagram #myspiritualresidence.”

Rowling has actually said that she hregarding occupational currently - “I’ve obtained a novel to finish and also a screenplay to tweak” - and a second riddle won’t be forthcoming. So for every one of you out there with time on your hands and also no codes to crack, here are a selection of our favourite riddles from literary works. Get pondering...

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1. “Voicemuch less it cries,/ Wingless flutters,/ Toothless bites,/ Mouthless mutters.” – Gollum to Bilbo in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

2. “The cock crew,/ The skies was blue:/ The bells in heaven/ Were striking elalso./ ‘Tis time for this negative soul/ To go to heaven.” – Stephen Dedalus to his pupils in James Joyce’s Ulysses.

3. “I have heard of a something-or-various other, thriving in its nook, swelling and rising, pushing up its covering. Upon that bonemuch less point a cocky-minded young woman took a grip through her hands; with her apron a lord’s daughter covered the tumescent thing.” – the Exeter Publication, a repertoire of Anglo-Saxon riddles.

4. “If you break me, I’ll not stop functioning. If you deserve to touch me, my work is done. If you shed me, you must find me via a ring soon after. What am I?” – Blaine the insane Mono train, in Stephen King’s Wizard and also Glass.

5. “In a riddle whose answer is chess, what is the only prohibited word?” – asked by Stephen Albert in Jorge Luis Borges’ brief story The Garden of Forking Paths.

6. “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?’” – the Mad Hatter to Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adendeavors in Wonderland.

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7. “First think of the perchild that resides in disguise,/ Who deals in keys and also tells naught but lies./ Next, tell me what’s always the last thing to mfinish,/ The middle of middle and end of the end?/ And finally provide me the sound frequently heard/ Throughout the search for a hard-to-uncover word./ Now string them together, and also answer me this,/ Which creature would certainly you be unwilling to kiss?” - the sphinx to Harry Potter in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and also the Goblet of Fire.