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Four Jolly Men

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


Puzzle ID:#334
Fun:*** (2.75)
Difficulty:*** (2.33)
Submitted By:Phyllis*****!
Corrected By:phildunphy




Four jolly men sat down to play,
and played all night till break of day.
They played for gold and not for fun,
with separate scores for every one.
Yet when they came to square accounts,
they all had made quite fair amounts!
Can you the paradox explain?
If no one lost, how could all gain?


The answer is in `what` they were playing.

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Jul 11, 2002

Actually they were all gambling, just not playing against each other.
Mar 07, 2005

Why does the band have to be German?
Apr 10, 2005

Dec 11, 2005

I've heard this one before, but it's still cute.
Jan 12, 2006

I thought at first that the four men were playing against 4 women...

good answer, though!
Mar 07, 2006

Great teaser
Mar 26, 2006

I get it!! wooooo me!
Mar 26, 2006

Awww... This is the second time I didn't listen to the hint so I got it wrong...
Apr 21, 2006

like the beat of that one that's probably my favorite riddle seeing that i despise riddles and math teasers
Jun 21, 2006

i thought they were playing slot machines. Cute answer, though.
Oct 07, 2006

I also wondered exactly why they were German Fiddlers. And why were they paid in dollars if they were German?


Cute, anyway.
Jan 09, 2011

I guessed they were a band or something of the sort.
Jul 28, 2013

Yeah I thought they were playing Blackjack and the dealer had bad luck.
Nov 06, 2016

I thought they were playing the stockmarket

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