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 What is the difference between Puzzle and Riddle?   « on: Feb 12th, 2007, 10:59pm » Quote Modify

What is the difference between Puzzle and Riddle?
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 Re: What is the difference between Puzzle and Ridd   « Reply #1 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 1:04am » Quote Modify

I'd say in general a riddle has a simpler answer. And a puzzle calls for a solution rather than just an answer.

Although that sentiment is not really expressed in the dictionary definitions
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=puzzle
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=riddle
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 Re: What is the difference between Puzzle and Ridd   « Reply #2 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 4:52am » Quote Modify

"R" has one more mark than "P".
"i" is two vowels before "u".
"z" is the sibilant form of "d".

I hope that helps clear it up!
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 Re: What is the difference between Puzzle and Ridd   « Reply #3 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 7:30am » Quote Modify

The distinction I draw is that a riddle has a recognisable answer, but no (obvious) way to arrive at that answer from the question. A puzzle has a line of attack that lets you progress towards a solution.

For example, I would class a cryptic crossword as a puzzle made up of a number of riddles
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 Re: What is the difference between Puzzle and Ridd   « Reply #4 on: Feb 13th, 2007, 4:01pm » Quote Modify

I concur.

A jigsaw Puzzle...

Riddle of Sphinx.

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 Re: What is the difference between Puzzle and Ridd   « Reply #5 on: Feb 14th, 2007, 10:30am » Quote Modify

A puzzle is a problem that puzzles (verb, meaning :  Be uncertain about; think about without fully understanding or being able to decide) you.

A riddle is a problem that riddles (verb, meaning : perforate with many holes) you.

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 Re: What is the difference between Puzzle and Ridd   « Reply #6 on: Feb 14th, 2007, 1:04pm » Quote Modify

on Feb 14th, 2007, 10:30am, TenaliRaman wrote:
 A riddle is a problem that riddles (verb, meaning : perforate with many holes) you.

But according to the OED these two meanings have different roots.
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 Re: What is the difference between Puzzle and Ridd   « Reply #7 on: Feb 15th, 2007, 1:18am » Quote Modify

on Feb 14th, 2007, 1:04pm, THUDandBLUNDER wrote:
 But according to the OED these two meanings have different roots.

Yeah i know  , but i guess i wanted to just see the pun of it.

You read a puzzle (without knowing its a puzzle), you realise its a puzzle, you think over it, you try to solve it, and then give up. You read a riddle (without knowing its a riddle), you never realise its a riddle, you throw the paper away thinking its an AD for some toothpaste.

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