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Ovum of Albumen

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

 

Puzzle ID:#5738
Fun:*** (2.81)
Difficulty:* (0.99)
Category:Language
Submitted By:Bobbrt*****
Corrected By:sdm1177

 

 

 



Can you determine the nursery rhyme being stated below?

Once upon a time there was this ovum consisting of an envelope of albumen, jelly and membranes which decided to moor its entirety on a parapet. Then rather suddenly, and without notice, the ovular succumbed to the Brobdingnagian gravitational pull. The result was that the entire embodiment of the paramount's yeomanry and herbivores were unequal to the task of assemblage.




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Comments

bmotts*
Aug 12, 2002

now that is fancy rhyming!
bluetwo*
Aug 19, 2002

good one! (herBiVores)
dsquared*nz*
Aug 22, 2002

Heh, good fun.. liked it.
zangel3000
Aug 22, 2002

Um...was I supposed to understand what I was supposed to figure out? If I was...well...let's just say...I failed.
Puzzled_Puzzler
Aug 22, 2002

Lotsa Fun. Do something like it again.
cs526columbia
Aug 22, 2002

very fun but E-A-S-Y!
doggyxpus*
Aug 22, 2002

columbus, are you an english teacher? that was HARD.
Mogmatt16Ava*
Aug 22, 2002

i got it, not too hard.
megnsvar
Aug 27, 2002

What the heck?????!!!!!
I didn't understand a word of that???
Was I supposed to??
If so I better go back to kindergarten class!!!!
This is the first one that's had me stumped!!!! Good Job!!!!!!
arollin
Aug 29, 2002

Where in the rhyme does it say Humpty Dumpty was an egg?
Bobbrt**
Aug 30, 2002

You know, most people know that Humpty Dumpty is an egg, but Arollin brings up a good point - WHY do we know that he's an egg? It isn't in the nursery rhyme. Does anyone know? If I weren't so lazy, I'd look it up.
nategomer
Sep 13, 2002

Even considering myself possessing a healthy vocabulary, that was a toughie. Very cool, another like it would be welcome.
(user deleted)
Oct 05, 2002

I agree with Arollin. Humpty Dumpty was never officially delared an egg, despite being subject to the common fairy tale assuption. It's rude to assume, it's like you're being shallow.
dewtell*us
Oct 08, 2002

Well the original nursery rhyme is a
riddle, to which "Egg" is the answer.
Some nursery rhymes are based on
folk riddles. I don't know how you
prove that the traditional answer is
"correct" in such a case, though - it's
just tradition, unless there's a definitive
source where the riddle was first published.
marinersrulz
Oct 19, 2002

good1
flipperAus
Oct 30, 2002

Next time please use languge that us blondes can understand!!!!
Princess_Neopia
Dec 30, 2002

Great teaser. By the way, to anyone who doesn't know it...
An "egg" is said in the poem. It is also in the title. Does anyone here understand what an "ovum" is?If you are in year 7 you should have learnt about it by now.
Princess_Neopia
Dec 30, 2002

Sorry if I'm being a little hard on all the people who don't know if an egg is mentioned.
taniapereira99Aca*
Aug 24, 2003

They meant in the ORIGINAL poem. Not the teaser part of it.
marrianna
Aug 25, 2003

Great! Going to my favorites :-)
pnut338
Aug 25, 2003

The only reason I guessed it was the "Ovum" word was the Give-a-way. Anyway, it was very well done!
gnp03
Oct 01, 2003

Actually, I think in one of the Lewis Carroll books, it does specify Humpty as an egg ergo it as gone down as one.
unklemykeAus*
Aug 24, 2004

Actually, folks, the illustrations by John Tenniel to the original Alice in Wonderland depict Mr. Dumpty as an egg and Disney(and subsequent animators) picked up on that.
usernameAhk*
Aug 24, 2004

extremely difficult...no one could ever get that. i had no idea what that was anyway. it'd take a genius to figure out and what is this thing anyway??
Munch*
Aug 24, 2004

Excellent! I admit I had to come back to this one and re-read about 3 times but I finally worked it out
BrenBeadSP**
Aug 24, 2004

Lucky guess for me, as I didn't understand it.
willymapo*cr*
Aug 24, 2004

Extremely easy!
Yet, the ovular factor gave it away and just due to popular Disney knowledge of the character being an egg.
dairycow7
Aug 25, 2004

Very easy, but I must disagree. The "OVUM" part didn't make it so obvious, although it was an easy give away, but the clever part was how "the king's men and the king's horses" were mentioned. GREAT WORK! Enjoyed it throughly!
usernameAhk*
Aug 26, 2004

extremely difficult...no one could ever get that. i had no idea what that was anyway. it'd take a genius to figure out and what is this thing anyway??
marigold*us
Feb 12, 2005

I got it! I got it! Great work.
smiley_loverAus*
May 23, 2006

I guessed...YAY It was right.
Smudgeza*
Jun 22, 2006

Love it!
as soon as i saw 'ovum', i knew it, seeing as I only know one nursery rhyme about an egg.
cloughmeAws*
Apr 21, 2007

Ovum gave it away instantly!!
wordmama*
Apr 21, 2007

Ditto cloughme!
Trishgal*us*
Apr 21, 2007

Fun and easy
lmurray*cn*
Apr 21, 2007

BACK FROM THE BOWELS OF THE DUNGEON ("BLACKLIST") AM I.

WITH NURSERY RHYME PRECEDING IT AND THE EGG,IN THE BEGINNING, IT WAS A NO BRAINER, BUT I ENJOYED IT NONTHELESS.
coolpainter*
Apr 21, 2007

Easy one...but thanks for egging us on...LOL
(user deleted)
Apr 21, 2007

YIPPEE!!! I got one!
anion*
Apr 21, 2007

It was easy but I enjoyed it. If I didn't have the biology background I may not have found it so easy.

Great job!!!
coolguy5678Aza*
Apr 21, 2007

I got it when you mentioned the gravitational pull .
doeheadAus*
Apr 21, 2007

Another terrible repeat from the past.I feel like I'm watching reruns.THUMBS DOWN!!!
puttumupus*
Apr 21, 2007

lol.very easy..but fun..
bradon182001*us*
Apr 21, 2007

jIt was the last line that settled it for me.
Patrickaz
Apr 21, 2007

I really enjoyed this one. I didn't have to move letters around or break it down. Just sit there read it and think while I drink my cup of tea. Aso I got this one so that makes it great! Keep these coming I like them.
katjojoAus*
Apr 21, 2007

I thought it was easy also.
But fun!!
MelkorDCLXVI*us*
Apr 21, 2007

like many others-ez but fun!!!
craniacAus*
Apr 21, 2007

Humpty Dumpty isn't in Lewis Carroll's ALICE IN WONDERLAND. He's in Carroll's other book THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. Alice meets this live egg sitting on a wall and has a long conversation with him. As she leaves, Humpty falls off the wall and cracks, and the King's army comes to try to save him. Humpty is a great comic character. If you haven't read Lewis Carroll since becoming an adult, give him a look. There are lots of sophisticated jokes and word play in there that go right over the heads of children.
phyllisa*us*
Apr 21, 2007

I got it right away, I think the title gave it away
phyllisa*us*
Apr 21, 2007

Now that I've had my coffee...if you look it up in in Chapter 5, it is an egg that Alice wants to buy but it gets away from her and in chapter 5 "the egg only got larger...and more human" Lewis Carroll is a pseudonym for Charles Dodgson who was also a mathematician. Alice was a real girl he used to tell stories too. I've read the books ever since I was a girl.
jamy400Aus*
Apr 21, 2007

I really like that one! Really easy though.
phyllisa*us*
Apr 21, 2007

I mean chapter 6 for that second one.
2ndhandroseca*
Apr 21, 2007

I actually GOT THAT. I loved it.
Good One. I didn't read "Through the Looking Glass" only "Alice in Wonderland" Maybe I should give it a LOOK-SEE!!
Great Fun & challenging, encore please!!!
AbsurdHero*us*
Apr 21, 2007

It was neat, but the big words teasers never stump me.
ShikamaruAus*
Apr 21, 2007

woot i actually got it.
mepapaAus*
Apr 21, 2007

took me a minute but I got it . Nice one
kitty728Aus*
Apr 21, 2007

THE SECOND I READ "NURSERY RYHME" AND SAW THE WORD "OVUM" I GUESSED THAT IT WAS MY OLD PAL AND BEDTIME BUDDY READ BY MOM.GOOD OL HUMPTY.... HOW MANY OTHER NURSERY RYHMES INCLUDE A BREAKFAST ITEM???
THERES: ' peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold peas porridge in the pot 5 days old" FOR YALL
YOUNGUNS, THAT MEANS "OATMEAL"...
OK I WELCOME THE BARRAGE OF CORRECTED COMMENTS... BRING IT..... LATER GATORS, KITTY

tuckpawAus*
Apr 21, 2007

got it easy ovum/egg tipped me off assemblge/put together it was fun though
chickenzRcool*br*
Apr 21, 2007

Yay! I got it! It was the gravitational pull thing that got me ;) Very fun, Excellent teaser!
auntiesisAus*
Apr 21, 2007

Very well done, it could have been a real brain-buster, but it was way cool. Easy as pie, but verrrrry well done. Liked it a lot.
MadelulabelleAus*
Apr 21, 2007

Easy as pie! ...in fact, it was easier!
But I still liked it alot, good job!
Harmony_GirlAus*
Apr 21, 2007

This was a hilarious teaser! A lot of big words, though...
Pizzazz2uAus*
Apr 21, 2007

Excellantly well thought-out teaser! I enjoyed it, thoroughly! Keep up the dynamic work! It is too bad that LM and/or putumup and/or doehead don't contribute more to the Braingle site. Many of us would enjoy thinking about placing a comment on their teasers...LOL
breathesunshineAus*
Apr 21, 2007

It was easy but I loved it!
I_Write_Books*
Apr 21, 2007

Easy, but GREAT!
vlermaAus*
Apr 22, 2007

Easy for the old story book reading grandma. More please.
jabdrAus*
Apr 22, 2007

No egg on MY face! Pretty easy for us in the 'older' generation. Nice job
Andy_Ltsx*
Apr 22, 2007

wired
j9mattfieldAus*
Apr 23, 2007

The title gave it away to me also, but I enjoyed your wording of the old classic. Thanks.
(user deleted)
Apr 24, 2007

The sentence structure wasn't great. "there was this ovum"? Perhaps structure like that is par for the Brooklyn course, but as an example of English prose... I shudder.

I have an indefagitable urge to try this myself. (Surely unrelated to my insatiable competitiveness.)

So here I go...
____________
The superannuated dowager peregrinated her domestic scullery to the sustenance encasement system mounted upon the vertical containing spaces of said galley. She did this in hopes of procuring a sample of osseus matter for the enhancement her houndish companion's maxillofacial salubriousness.

Upon arriving at her provender, she ascertained a complete divestiture of its contents, and thus, her quadripedal driveler's appetence was for naught.
_____________

I like words. Their good.

heh.
notsosmart111Aie*
Apr 24, 2007

FANCY I LIKE THE WAY YOU THINK!
cassiemarkAus*
Apr 25, 2007

Super easy - I liked it a lot!
KellingtonAca*
Apr 25, 2007

Sustenance encasement system?

How about "Victual repository"?
QrystalAca*
May 17, 2007


This was cute, but ovum did give it away for me. I loved learning, via the comments, about the yolk of the matter, and Lewis Carroll's role in it all! I'll have to read some of his work someday.

fmgeek: superannuated, scullery, and houndish gave yours away for me. (And I sure hope that "Their" is a joke, hence the "heh".)
(user deleted)
Dec 10, 2007

Victual repository - Much better!

And Qrystal, "their" was a joke, but I really misspelled indefatigable.
Babe*
Mar 12, 2012

That was the easiest one yet. The first sentence gave it away! Easy but fun!
HABS2933Aca*
Mar 12, 2012

I also got it right away. But I am curious as to why Humpty Dumpty is always pictured as being an egg. Who decided that he was? Where iin the nursery rhyme does it say anything about an egg? Could Humpty Dumpty not just as easily been a person who fell and broke all his bones and could not be "put back together"?
HABS2933Aca*
Mar 12, 2012

OOOPS ^^^^ Guess I should have read teh above comments before posting miine, it had previously been discussed nd answered.
EliosAus*
Mar 12, 2012

Rather easy if you're familiary with this rhyme (and think of Mr Dumpty as an egg) but still cleverly written. Very nice!
auntiesisAus*
Mar 12, 2012

Loved this one the first time I saw it, and I still love it. Very easy, but very well written.



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