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Dear Watson #2

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


Puzzle ID:#30802
Fun:*** (3.02)
Difficulty:*** (2.54)
Submitted By:Jimbo*au******
Corrected By:MarcM1098




If you like solving puzzles, periodically,
Then this may suit your particular body chemistry.
One is partly controversial but makes hard teeth with just a trace,
Two is notoriously poisonous and sometimes seen with old lace.
Three made the Hindenburg rise and fall disastrously from the sky,
Four is most essential, without Thyroxin you would surely die.
Five is up in the air and to life it is very dear.
Six is like your favourite pub, a lot to do with atmosphere.
Put us all together and we wield economic power,
A magazine? ; a dress ? ; a trend? ; I change by the hour.
What am I?


The full quote in the title is from Sherlock Holmes: "Elementary my dear Watson."

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Jun 01, 2006

Good One. It's true Hydrogen allowed the Hindenberg to rise but it was the fire that burned and released the Hydrogen that caused the great airship to fall disastrously from the sky.
Jun 01, 2006

Wheeeeeeee .... finally got it. I was about to say (to myself) Fashion TREND until I saw the "trend" hint. Then went with "Fashion". Nice job !!!!
Jun 05, 2006

Jun 08, 2006

So what was the fire using for fuel if it wasn't Hydrogen?
Jul 06, 2006

I don't know the periodic chart codes so find these nearly impossible.
I had FL for flouride, knew H (hydrogen), O (oxygen) and N, (nitrogen).

Next time...
Jul 06, 2006

i guess i should have paid more attention to my science teacher he said that sometime in live we would need to know the periotic table. good teaser maybe i should go back to school, but i'd get expelled the first day for talking back to the teachers.
Jul 06, 2006

My poor chemistry knowledge knobbled me again
Jul 06, 2006

Very Good!
Jul 06, 2006

Great teaser. Had to flashback to HS chemistry class with Mr. Gosbee (a long time ago) because I don't carry the periodic table in my wallet. Had FlAsHION on the first cut. Fl must be Fluorine (a gas). Very fun and well written. Thanks!
Jul 06, 2006

Good teaser.I didn't get it, but it was fun trying.
Jul 06, 2006

Instructions would have been better had you said that we were to use the INITIALS of the elements and not the words themselves.
Jul 06, 2006

That was OK, I didnt get them all, waaaa!!! I don't think it was clear that it was the periodic table symbol or abbreviation that was used for the answer, instead of just the first letter in each name. Aside from that its well done, specially for science geeks! Thanks!
Jul 06, 2006

I didn't get the answer, but did get some of the elements. Not a science major.
Jul 06, 2006

Cute. Not my favorite kind of teaser, but good anyway

This is kiond of irrelevant, but how do you get more points?
Jul 06, 2006

Clever teaser. I really liked it.
Jul 06, 2006

This was a wonderful teaser. I learned someting new and had fun while learning it.
Jul 06, 2006

I liked this one even though I didn't get it. Good job.
Jul 06, 2006

UCH, my brain hurts!!!
Jul 06, 2006

OMG! When you spell it out for ALL of us, How can you NOT get the answer? A very imaginative and ingenius teaser. Keep up the dynamic work!
Jul 06, 2006

Jul 06, 2006

Thanks for coming right back with another Watson teaser Jimbo. This one I got. Don't know why this was easy when I so completely lost the first one. Great job.
Jul 06, 2006

This was only my second try at a teaser so didn't really know what I was looking for but i did get most of the answers just didn't put it all together. Next time. Good job.
Jul 06, 2006

I'm not quite familar with the the formulas and abbreviations so I did not understand this teaser... But it was very well written!
Jul 06, 2006

I came close to getting it, but not quite close enough!
This is a great teaser!
Jul 06, 2006

Dang that was a good one!
Jul 06, 2006

Worked backwards from the last 3 lines and could guess' fashion'. A bit of recall from science school days (though I couldnt remember all the symbols), and the answer was confirmed! Lucky guesswork, I thought!!! A very good teaser. Took me quite some time, but the effort was worth it. Well composed rhyming clues too. Thanks for making us think.
Jul 06, 2006

It was easy once I got the abbreviation for fluorine correct. (I had an "l" that didn't belong). Oh, yeah, and remembering that arsenic is As, not Ar (which is argon).

I liked this.
Jul 06, 2006

Very Good
Jul 07, 2006

Jan 03, 2007

I got it, but not using elements, i used the last line which gave it away
Nice teaser!
Jul 06, 2009

Haha love the style in this teaser.

I agree that the last line sort of gave it away though.
Jul 06, 2009

Very clever
Jul 06, 2009

Well written ,but I agree the last line gave it away. .But it was way over SHANNMO'S head.
Jul 06, 2009

Got the different elements and figured out fashion by the last line...but didn't think how to put the two together. Good teaser!
Jul 06, 2009

I got all the elements but i could'nt get fashion
Jul 06, 2009

is that all you got doehead? Ithought this was supposed to be a war.
167 yeah right.
Jul 06, 2009

Very nice, for someone who thinks these up!!!
Jul 06, 2009

I totally got the element answers right but I had no idea what the last part was! I didn't realize I was supposed to string the first letters together to come up with another word...
Jul 08, 2009

Great teaser...please post more!
Jul 14, 2009

very cool teaser, post some more!
Jul 06, 2012

Wow, had to dig waaaay back in my memory bank to access the high school chemistry that I learned more years ago than I'd care to admit. Was able to recall enough to be able to solve the puzzle. A great puzzle as usual
Jul 06, 2012

Although I knew all the elements, I have to agree with coachpisco. Should have said to use the abbrieviations to find the answer.
Jul 06, 2012

Very nice--a little bit of science trivia and a little bit of lateral thinking to come up with the final answer.
Shame when people complain that you didn't spoon feed them the answer with a "better" hint or instruction.
after all, isn't that the point of these exercises--to stretch our minds a bit?
Jul 06, 2012

Very clever I got the answers but not the fashion, I forgot about it. Duh
Jul 06, 2015

The pub clue messed me up...not sure how hydrogen fit that clue!!
Jul 06, 2015

Thanks for a good one! Well done!

Jul 06, 2015

I loved it! I knew it was the periodic table elements right away...but I had to cheat and Google a periodic table because I don't know the abbreviations very well
but regardless, i'm feeling a tiny bit proud for knowing the clues to the elements

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