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Decapitation

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.

 

Puzzle ID:#21110
Fun:**** (3.14)
Difficulty:**** (3.12)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:AquaOcean*

 

 

 



Decapitate me and all becomes equal. Then truncate me and I become second. Cut me front and back and I become two less than I started.

What am I?


Answer

The word Seven.

seven
even (equal)
eve (2nd person, according to the Bible)
v (Roman numeral five; two less than seven)

Now you get it :D

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Comments

Tree**
Feb 19, 2005

whoah. Hard.
badbunnee**
Feb 19, 2005

Good riddle !! Very creative.

I tried and tried but couldn't figure it out. NICE !!
melilyn*
Feb 19, 2005

whoa, SO never saw that coming. very good. I'm impressed
BeastyBeesa*
Feb 20, 2005

That was hard! Of course, it seems easy once you read the answer. Quite enjoyable!
aznboi1324Avn*
Feb 21, 2005

Ez but a good one
Riddler*
Feb 22, 2005

Very clever. I'm not very good at math (haha)
ZiL0226
Feb 24, 2005

I luv it!! It's so clever!! I thot I could figure out all the riddles, but WHOA! didnt see that one comin! Nice job!
ZiL0226
Feb 24, 2005

I luv it!! It's so clever!! I thot I could figure out all the riddles, but WHOA! didnt see that one comin! Nice job!
mathmaniacAus*
Mar 01, 2005

CUTE!!
freakydoughnut1*
Mar 02, 2005

i love these kinds of riddles!!!
whoelsebutme09*
Mar 05, 2005

That was really kool!
iconofsin*
Mar 06, 2005

Congrats on having the funnest teaser.
ABBAS1
Mar 12, 2005

Let me see
three question marks difficulty
very good but lets see if you can get the real teaser to blow my mind
mefreakdancer1
Mar 16, 2005

OOOOOOOOOhhhhh...didn't get it until i looked at the answer. goodone
Master_YodaAus*
Mar 18, 2005

Great teaser. Never would have gotten it.
Master_YodaAus*
Mar 18, 2005

I would have gotten it if i knew what the first two big words meant.
thetrumonk**
Mar 20, 2005

Good deal!
Frogtvjr*
Mar 20, 2005

Very counter intuitive! I was looking entirely in the wrong direction.
Loved It.
rugbys_girl
Mar 20, 2005

The teaser was good except for the misuse of the word truncate. You used the word as if it meant to cut the end off of something. Truncate does mean to cut off or end abrubtly, but you did not specify which end of the word to truncate. Decapitate implies cutting off the front of the word, so directionality should be implied when you use "truncate".
dbs241*us*
Mar 20, 2005

Love it!
Riki
Mar 20, 2005

Too cute!
mnkhoury81*
Mar 20, 2005

Never in a million years would I have gotten that! Good one!
brain_deadAjm*
Mar 20, 2005

very confusing
wouldn't have figured that out in a million years
froggyggAus*
Mar 20, 2005

Very good! Didn't even get close to answer but, after read it makes complete sense.
CHUCKLZ*
Mar 20, 2005

WOW Congrats on the best teaser!!! that was hard...nevr would I have ever seen that one coming. That was great..loved it
Flakama
Mar 20, 2005

It was difficult.
I didn't know what capitate and truncate meant, and I had to look them up.
(user deleted)
Mar 20, 2005

I luved it it made me think really hard!!!!!!
Arlene*
Mar 20, 2005

Had to think about that one for awhile.It was agood one
madgurl31**
Mar 20, 2005

Hey! Im sorry but I didn't get it! I like math teasers and rebus teasers!!! But it was clever! I guess im not that smart!!
Kal22
Mar 20, 2005

Had to look up the word "truncate".Still couldn't figure it out. Good one. Really liked it.
mesendk
Mar 20, 2005

gosh that one was HARD! i would have never gotten that one even if you said it was a number!
kimmy3771
Mar 20, 2005

When the Sphynx gets ready to update his riddle I will send him your way. I totally missed the biblical reference. I look forward to the rest of your puzzles.
Kinergy
Mar 20, 2005

Yikes, that one seemed a little too hard. Second = Eve??? Quite a stretch there.
timilee*us*
Mar 20, 2005

7
isn't this a repeat of an other teaser i read here once B4???
but that did help me know the equation
good 1
tamjpAus*
Mar 20, 2005

Wow! You are my idol! Serious points for vocabulary, biblical references and math all in one very entertaining riddle! Wow! P.S. I think the ones that said it was easy are fibbing
nicisan*
Mar 21, 2005

Superb teaser, very hard but very good!
Jessa*
Mar 21, 2005

Very Hard!

I could have figured it out if I knew what the first two big words were. But still it was difficult I didn't get it until I looked at the answer!!
mschup
Mar 21, 2005

Yeah it is kinda sad when people have to say a really hard one like this is "EZ" just to make themselves feel smart. Also when people go out of there way to find something wrong with it, Good job!
Lucky_Thirteen**
Mar 21, 2005

Not bad. But I've heard that one before.
I just forgot that's all.
MEJOHN*
Mar 21, 2005

Eve? The second person according to the bible. that was a bit of a reach.
dutchymonster*en*
Mar 21, 2005

groan!
heterodox
Mar 21, 2005

awesome. best i've seen so far. (and i got it... but maybe that's cuz i'm a math guy...)
heterodox
Mar 21, 2005

oh and... "truncate" does indeed imply cutting the tail end off...
cornfused*
Mar 21, 2005

Very difficult. Unable to even guess. Thank you for this one. Stumped my son-in-law the great math wizard.
tj_drmlngrl
Mar 22, 2005

loved it. that was an awsome riddle. i love riddles but didn't even come close to it. keep it up.
darthforman*
May 22, 2005

difficult.

I was thinking live a worm or something.

Gee, I don't know.

gorillazgirl*de*
Aug 04, 2005

I GOTZ IT!!! YAY!! I HAVE NEVER GOTTON ONE THAT WAS MORE THAN 3 ?'s BEFORE!!! YEAH!!
KatelinAus*
Sep 21, 2005

he-hee I got this one! But it was still awesome.
teen_wizAca*
Feb 08, 2006

WOW. That was really hard. GREAT JOB though!
PineappleMamaAus*
Mar 07, 2006

VERY COOL!!
jessjspieks*us*
Mar 21, 2006

Okay, rubys girl, seriously get over it. This is a great teaser and you must need to pump yourself up by knocking others down. Anyway, great job, great vocab and reference usage. I LOVE IT. Right to my faves.
king_leonardau*
Mar 21, 2006

woh i went in the complete wrong direction. i duno y but i thawt it was a worm
IvoM**
Mar 21, 2006

Got it within the minute. Strange: some teasers others find easy I find more difficult. Was fun though.
coachpisco*
Mar 21, 2006

I thought EVE was the tough one, but I enjoyed it a lot.
coachpisco*
Mar 21, 2006

I thought EVE was the tough one, but I enjoyed it a lot.
lukeschettAus*
Mar 21, 2006

That was hard, but fun. I liked it.
shawneeo*us*
Mar 21, 2006

I didn't get it, waaaaaaa! But I think it was GREAT! The "second" clue was definitely very hard, but hey, I think it was totally valid! It was just difficult, and that's the way EVERY TEASER should, well, should ASPIRE to be!

Thanks, good job!
yesenia8rivera**
Mar 21, 2006

Cool
Fasil*
Mar 21, 2006

That was pretty good; I enjoyed it very much. The second clue might be e little more clear if it read "Then truncate me and I become THE second". The teaser is good as it is though.
vlermaAus**
Mar 21, 2006

Wow! Right into my favorites. This is the best I have seen. Of course I didn't even come close to the answeer after seven tries this eve. SUPER!!! GREAT!!! Loved it. Am looking forward to more from you.
iteachkidsAus*
Mar 21, 2006

SUUUUUPER, AquaOcean! I was searching for a word to slice and dice, but couldn't come up with it. To end up with the Roman Numeral "V" was the icing on the cake! More, more, we need MORE!!!
Vigo95Aus*
Mar 21, 2006

I LOVED IT !!!!!!!!!!!!
cvISS
Mar 21, 2006

I was with it up until the "second = eve" thing. That was a bit of a stretch.
raconteur**
Mar 21, 2006

The answer could be the word "All"

With "A" gone (decapitated), we have ll which is "equal" rotated.

If we truncate i.e. cut off the bottom portions of "ll" we get something like '' which is the symbol for second (trigonometry).

Finally, if we cut back at the front and back, we are left with "l" which is the roman symbol for one, two less than the initial three letters we started with!

Well, its kinda roundabout, but what the heck - its funny
cherokeerose*
Mar 21, 2006

wow this was very hard but you did a great job..i did not even get close to getting it
tchershellyus*
Mar 21, 2006

i thought this was a little miss leading. Decapitate means to cut the head off of something. Other than that it was very clever and I didn't get it until I scrolled down to see the answer.
CharmedPop
Mar 21, 2006

I thought it was a triangle...don't ask me why....good riddle!
ekambaram
Mar 21, 2006

nice
aylakisses
Mar 21, 2006

I thought of the word "all". When you take off the "A" you have ll, which turned sideways, looks like the equal sign. Then truncat..once again, I took off the "A" and it resembles the Roman numeral for two. And when you remove the first and last letters, you're left with one...two less than you started with...
aylakisses
Mar 21, 2006

I was there with you raconteur.
iteachkidsAus*
Mar 21, 2006

Raconteur and Aylakisses! You amaze me! How much time did you spend on that???!!!
mi2mo2tx*us*
Mar 21, 2006

OUCH! That one was tough, but how CREATIVE! I loved it! Thanks, keep 'em coming!
jaydecoAus*
Mar 21, 2006

Man, even on my best day I don't think I would get this one!
Very good teaser!
2hip4you
Mar 21, 2006

Wow, very nice I never would have gotten it.
when I saw what it was I thought
hmm
It just seemed easy after that. thanks for the challenge
Winner4600*
Mar 21, 2006

3.1 difficulty? I got it right away! But it was still a great teaser, thanks!
lindquist_25Aus*
Mar 21, 2006

Nice
mrfatbat*
Mar 21, 2006

Trying to do these first thing in the morning at work may cause serious brain damage
quickster94us*
Mar 21, 2006

It was great. Keep um coming
couger881*us
Mar 21, 2006

WOW!!! SO COOL I HAD IT to send it to MY EMAIL
lazy-boyAus*
Mar 21, 2006

VERY CLEVER
hockeygirl*mx**
Mar 21, 2006

wow i didnt even get that one!!! yes that was very good!!!
wizkid**
Mar 21, 2006

Thatz so cute. I never would have gotton that. Good job.
bballer21Agr*
Mar 21, 2006

OMG, that is 1 of the best teasers on this site!!!! Nice job!!!
Jerzeegal*
Mar 22, 2006

Good one! I was going in a totally different direction . I think Ruby's girl or whatever her name is needs to lighten up & not be so rude & arrogant!
lyris*us*
Mar 22, 2006

Didn't see that coming! Of couse... I didn't know what all the big long words ment xD
RRAMMOHAN*in*
Mar 22, 2006

A tough one. Didnt get it. Looked simple, once you get to know the answer! Please give us more of these. They make you think hard.
Psychic_MasterAnz*
Jul 29, 2006

Haha, good one!
twixy*
Sep 23, 2006

nice one
choptlivvaAus*
Dec 16, 2006

Excellent!!!
j9mattfieldAus*
Mar 21, 2007

Wow. That was a bit too much for me tonight. Thanks for the brain burn though!
cloughmeAws*
Mar 21, 2007

Whew!! Tough one!! Excellent!
kitty728Aus*
Mar 21, 2007

i understand decapitate ok --take off the letter s-- and you get "even."

truncate - that means take off the "n" and you get "eve". 2nd person in the bible..

but take off "front and back" and you are left with2 less than started:"5" (therefore the "what am I : is the number "7"

BUT BUT - correct me if Im wrong.... you need to take off 2 from THE BACK because the roman numberal 7 is: VII. the way it reads is take off "front and Back" which would make the roman numeral 7 to read IVI which is WRONG .. anyone agree??? or maybe I'm Wrong... could be,,,,its hgappened before lol, lol... tks , later gators
bradon182001*us*
Mar 21, 2007

I still don't get it.
shawneeo*us*
Mar 21, 2007

Kitty, you don't need to think about the "ROman Numeral" for SEVEN, it say's cut me front and back, meaning cut EVE front and back, meaning cut off the "e" from the front and back of "eve". Somehow you jumped into thinking about the roman Numerals but that's only what you end up with at the end- "V".

OK, I read this last year, and commented, and... I STILL didn't get it a year later!!! aaarrrggghhhh!!!! And at the time, I remember thinking "I'll NEVER forget this one, now that I know the answer, because it's so good!" And, I'm gonna show ya'll just how petty I am now: I don't believe anybody who says they got it!!! LOLOL!!! Sorry, I guess that shows how dumb I am, but I just can't believe that never having heard it before, someone could get this, especially not "in a minute", "EZ", etc.

The references were so disparate, that's what made it so hard. I think this, whether the Braingle author of it actually was the original creator or not, is like... the ULTIMATE TEASER! At least one of the ultimate teasers. And... I don't think that I would EVER have gotten it, because you just don't have anything to start with. Im going to send it to my 87 year old Grandmother now; if she can't get it, NOBODY can! LOL!
AbsurdHero*us*
Mar 21, 2007

Vague.
doeheadAus*
Mar 21, 2007

Very interesting
ViaTunisi*
Mar 21, 2007

Thanks for a great teaser. I'm sad I didn't spend more time on it before looking at the answer. Oh well.
puttumupus*
Mar 21, 2007

didnt get it ..could of had a better explanation i think?
Pizzazz2uAus*
Mar 21, 2007

A very interestingly fun teaser! Even though I have seen this one before, it still comes on to me as being an easy one to figure out. Keep up the tremendously fun work!
speedqueenkmwAus*
Mar 21, 2007

too tough for me
Trishgal*us*
Mar 21, 2007

As For me , I too came up with ALL but your version is way better and makes much more sense. And although All jumps out at me , took No Time to solve it really wasnot the educational answer yours is
THX
jacstop*
Mar 21, 2007

why we are duplicating teasers now? Is the teaser market that bad? Don't we have some more creative people here? I believe if we decreased the requirements to send a teaser we could have more teasers available and not have to repeat old teasers
auntiesisAus*
Mar 21, 2007

From the very first sentence I had a good dea it would be easy, because the word even just jumped into my mind. It only took me a few seconds after that to figure out the answer. I found this one very easy, but it was still very good.
saradoveus**
Mar 21, 2007

Very clever
Although I now feel very stupid

Thank you for this awesome teaser!!!
SPUTNIK2Aus*
Mar 21, 2007

clever, witty and tricky! I got it after I saw the answer...good oneP
LeafFan4life*
Mar 21, 2007

good work dont keep it up you are making all of us look bad very clever nice work
I_Write_Books*
Mar 21, 2007

Wow! Nice job! I don't think anyone could have truly gotten that one.

Thanks for a fun and challenging teaser!
leroy_h*
Mar 21, 2007

TOO HARD FOR ME. BUT I LIKED IT VERY, VERY MUCH!!!!!!!AS FOR ME , I DONT THINK EVE WAS A BIT OF A REACH. MEJOHN THINKS SO ,BUT NOT ME.
dasione1Aus
Mar 21, 2007

Wow! great teaser, i didnt get it though but still fun.
masquerademe235*us*
Mar 21, 2007

i like it
Pablo*
Mar 21, 2007

Got the Seven, but what is the in the answer all about?
Pablo*
Mar 21, 2007

O.K. I typed in : and then a D and my comment ended up with a smiley face.
zips5000Aus*
Mar 21, 2007

i was guessing actually numbers. somehow i came up with 11, but that obviously isnt right.
Luna_**
Mar 21, 2007

I also came up with "All", odd. Anyways, excellent teaser! .
luckyduck
Mar 21, 2007






I loved this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OhEmGeeA*
Mar 21, 2007

good one!
it was hard but toatally fun!

message me!
kitty728Aus*
Mar 21, 2007

shawneeo ..... thanks - now i get it - it seems the command is on the last clue ie/ youre left with "eve" then cut front and back (of eve) and yes you are left with a "V" which is roman numberal for 5....
very smart shawneo..... my bad??!! kitty
QrystalAca*
Mar 21, 2007

That was a pretty good teaser; tough because I was on the right track and didn't think I was because I didn't get the "second" reference. Oh well.
animaru2413Aus*
Mar 21, 2007

yeah, i had no idea what truncate meant so i was clueless.
breathesunshineAus*
Mar 21, 2007

Wow! I had to call the fire department when my brain cells began to spontaneously combust trying to solve this one!
shawneeo*us*
Mar 23, 2007

My grandma didn't get it!!! That is a BIG DEAL!!! Believe you ME! LOL!

NOW, I want everyone who said they got it, and never saw it before, especially the ones who said it was "easy", to meet me in a central location. We're going to have a little LIE DETECTOR TEST PARTY!!! lol!



jamy400Aus*
Mar 25, 2007

Very clever.
Zag24Aus*
Jan 13, 2009

Clever! I was disappointed with myself not to have gotten it. I would have liked a hint. How about the following?

5 letters, 4 letters, 3 letters, 1 letter
doeheadAus*
Mar 21, 2010

That was a great teaser the first or second time around, but know it's getting very boring.
wm0912Aus*
Mar 21, 2010

I really enjoed this one. I couldn't get the 'v' ending though. Thanks.
sunnybonghits*
Mar 21, 2010

Overall, this was a good one. My only complaint is the third sentence makes it seem like cutting the front and back off the ORIGINAL word makes it two less. The third sentence should really start: "Then cut me..."
TallTimberAus*
Mar 21, 2010

Pretty good teaser. Clever, in fact.
Johnny*us*
Mar 25, 2010

wow that was a really good teaser!
perrygfAil**
Apr 18, 2010

Fantastic! Make more!
Babe*
Mar 21, 2013

I too had to look up truncate and it still did not help! God that it baffled more than me!
Babe*
Mar 21, 2013

I meant good. Fingers are tired and made a mistake Sorry!
HABS2933Aca*
Mar 21, 2013

Was unable to solve it but once I saw the answer it made perfect sense. I stated out with the second word (the decapitated one) being "same" and tried to go from there -which of course I couldn't. Had I thought of "even" it would have all fallen into place nicely.
cutebugAus*
Mar 21, 2013

Clueless
Maggiethe8th*us*
Mar 21, 2013

verrry much beyond me this morning- who am I kidding? Any morning! but I did enjoy the answer & intellectual wake up with my coffee!
digthewarmth
Feb 27, 2014

Aw man, I thought it was Four.
- first decapitate, take off the F and it becomes "our", like equal for all.
- then I took truncate to mean taking out the u, and it becomes "or", like it becomes the second option.
- for cut me front and back, there was no "then" before the phrase, so I figured I could start back over with the original Four, four tally marks ||||.
and I took off the front and back marks to be left with ||, two less than what I started with.



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