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Decoding Rhymes

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#24693
Fun:*** (2.93)
Difficulty:* (0.74)
Category:Language
Submitted By:stormtrooper****
Corrected By:cripple1315

 

 

 



Decode this well known nursery rhyme:

A small number of child laborers were attempting to traverse a more elevated position in a vain attempt to procure a quarter of a rundlet of a hydrogen and oxygen compound. Half their number experienced an uncontrollable descent that resulted in severe damage to the pate. And soon it came to pass that the rest of the labor force followed suit, but with far less serious consequences.


Answer

Jack and Jill
Went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down
And broke his Crown
And Jill came tumbling after.

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Comments

froggyggAus*
Jul 20, 2005

Very creative teaser! I had to laugh at the thought of a parent sitting down with a child and reciting Jack and Jill your way!
lycanthropeAus*
Jul 20, 2005

Good job stormtrooper! Having had an English teacher for a father that loved big words; I really enjoyed this! Added to my favorites.
ginny322Aau*
Jul 20, 2005

hahahahaha!! that's hilarious!! what a great teaser
gilcoil*
Jul 20, 2005

Wow this is a great one! I added it to my favorites! Good job!
Kit99*
Jul 21, 2005

Loved It!!! You have to come up with more of these!! It definately took me a while to figure it out--you did a great job! Very Creative!
lizardqueen*
Sep 10, 2005

thats great! i liked that one. too many big words for my little head

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smarty_blondy*ro*
Sep 22, 2005

Good one, keep them coming!
Vigo95Aus*
Mar 25, 2006

that was good but i got it before i even finished the first line !
marching_xc**
May 28, 2006

That was brilliant. Seriously. Even though it was fairly easy to guess, I definitely had to give that one full marks for "fun."
MadelulabelleAus*
May 11, 2007

That was a great - if easy - teaser! Ya' made my favorites!
Rach_*
May 11, 2007

I love these nursery rhyme teasers
coolpainter*
May 11, 2007

A no-brainer...but fun to see a simple nursery rhyme transformed into an intelligent story.
cloughmeAws*
May 11, 2007

Excellent!
MurfQ*ca*
May 11, 2007

I had it figured out by the time I got to "more elevated position" but I still thought it was nifty. Fun stuff!
kitty728Aus*
May 11, 2007

First HANSEL AND GRETAL came to mind.. then voila...... JACK AND JILL of course...
GOOD one....
puttumupus*
May 11, 2007

very nice and very well written..very seldem is there a teaser on this site worth doing and this is a great one...
bradon182001*us*
May 11, 2007

Nice and easy. I can't imagine too many not getting this one. Good teaser for everybody.
coolguy5678Aza*
May 11, 2007

I never thought of Jack and Jill as child labourers. As far as I'm concerned, they're just 2 random people. Where does it say that they're child labourers?
saxman*us*
May 11, 2007

Good one! Easy, but fun, nonetheless.

Jack and Jill went up the hill
Each of them had a quarter.
Jill came down with fifty cents.
...... And Uncle Saxman cannot continue with such a lewd nursery rhyme.
Corina*us*
May 11, 2007

Who else could possibly find a lewd ending to Jack and Jill?

It was fun...nursery rhyme was all I needed to decode it. Please keep creating these!
jcann*us*
May 11, 2007

This was fun! I love big words, too, and Nursery Rhymes. Has anyone ever written a book of Nursery Rhymes in words like these$ Would be a fun book for a graduation gift.

I guess they were child laborers because they had to go up the hill to fetch water.
Yorkshire-BoyAen*
May 11, 2007

loved it...easy but fun...Hey Saxman, I'm from England, and a 'crown' was a form of currency in years past, so the 'lewd' version of Jack and Jill my Dad always recited was....
Jack and Jill went up the hill,
to fetch a pail of water,
Jill came down with half a crown,
...but not for fetching water.
njm84Aus*
May 11, 2007

This is great!
2ndhandroseca*
May 11, 2007

Saxman might consider changing one of the vowels in his name.
Tx Yorkshire Boy for your funny rhyme!

I got this one" cause of the Hydrogen,Oxygen part & brain injury. Very very creative. Pls write more like this.
babyceeus*
May 11, 2007

this may be the new politically correct version of Jack N Jill. great teaser.
lmurray*cn*
May 11, 2007

YOUR EFFORTS ARE LAUDATORY, BUT PERMIT ME TO SUGGEST TRYING TO BETTER DISGUISE THE RHYME SO AS TO OFFER A BIT OF A CHALLENGE TO ALL OF US.

A STORY.

MAYBE SOMETHING LIKE ONCE UPON A TIME.... SOME PEOPLE IN THE COURSE OF THEIR.... ENCOUNTERED SOME DIFFICULTY AND SUFFERED BODILY HARM......

I DON'T KNOW, I'M A CRITIC, NOT A WRITER. BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME.
locutus13dsus*
May 11, 2007

Yeah jack and Jill-- Mother goose would be proud!
speedqueenkmwAus*
May 11, 2007

great use of the English language
pengzoidAus*
May 11, 2007

hey "coolguy", doing any kind of physical work is labor.
very creative teaser, keep em coming.
auntiesisAus*
May 11, 2007

Loved this one, but I never heard Saxman's version before. Very funny, but why leave out the punch line? Only kidding, some things are better left unsaid.
Badger*us*
May 11, 2007

Easy, but fun and well-written! Thanks for submitting.
PS: Yorkshire's version is new to me... Very funny!
BrockAus*
May 11, 2007

awsome esay but cool
katjojoAus*
May 11, 2007

Great job!! Fun to figure out.
Stupidenator*
May 11, 2007

great! I got it at the beggining.
I_Write_Books*
May 11, 2007

Not bad...but really easy.
cooltigerr1Aus*
May 11, 2007

haha i liked it. a good teaser for everybody =] i didnt get it right though haha.
DreamchaserAus*
May 11, 2007

A fun one! Keep 'em coming.
reganmonkey94Aus*
May 11, 2007

that was super easy
nerdyiscool*us*
May 11, 2007

I love these...
djskdsAus*
May 11, 2007

clever!! i think it is so fun to read these things .
BrockAus*
May 11, 2007

Thats great keep them comin
ShikamaruAus*
May 11, 2007

thats a great one. and i got it right away to.
jabdrAus*
May 11, 2007

I think I'm the only one who didn't get it. (I really really need a grandchild) But I loved it. Gave me a big smile.
TheSmartest*us*
May 11, 2007

This is great!!! I loved it! I love talking in "smart language" or "Cliffese" as I've seen it called on here (Cliffese- not using a smaller word when a larger one would work). I really liked it! Didn't get it... But I liked it!
lilronmax
May 11, 2007

That was so much fun!! I want more!!!
breathesunshineAus*
May 11, 2007

This reminds me of a story a friend once sent me "Politically Correct Little Red Riding Hood". Hilarious! More of these would be great!
grams60Aus*
May 12, 2007

very very good teaser. i loved it. took me a while to solve it but i did it. many more please.
grams60Aus*
May 12, 2007

lmurray, you are very good at criticizing other people when they submit a teaser. why have i NEVER seem a teaser submitted by you?
j9mattfieldAus*
May 12, 2007

Very well written. Thanks!
oddreyus*
May 14, 2007

nicely done.
dasione1Aus
May 16, 2007

great one and i got it too
patiencewithaP*us*
May 14, 2010

Easy but still fun! Good job!
auntiesisAus*
May 14, 2010

Still fun.
precious1026Aus**
May 14, 2010

No matter how its said, it's still old "Jack & Jill" fetching a pail of water. Someone fell down breaking their crown and the other comes tumbling after. Its a great teaser. keep them coming.
Babe*
May 16, 2013

Another easy one! At least I can get the easy ones.
HABS2933Aca*
May 16, 2013

Had it by the 2nd line, easy but an interesting idea.
cutebugAus**
May 16, 2013

Knew it before finishing the first sentence. The only reason they were there, Jack was to cheap to connect to the city waterline.
dfamina*
May 16, 2013

The bit about child laborers made me smile.



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