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All Eyes Low

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


Puzzle ID:#13774
Fun:*** (2.5)
Difficulty:*** (2.79)
Submitted By:MrIxoliteAen****
Corrected By:phemme




All eyes were low as the first guest arrived
They entered the hall as usually contrived

First came the Doctor muttering orders
Then came a brace of fowl from the waters

A pair of obese ladies entered the scene
Then a blind individual, if you know what I mean.

Some went to the corners and took up their places
Looking around at the expectant faces

There was a knock at the door, though his friend brought the keys
Then a pair of long legs with two dirty knees

The next few to arrive came via Brighton's line
With Mr. Tomas Mix getting here just in time

"Please no more. The house is full!" cried a man in the middle
So no more could enter, as the crowd muttered fiddle.

What has just happened?


This was a game of bingo

A game where players have pre-printed cards with random numbers from 1 to 90.
A lottery style machine will randomly produce balls with those numbers on which the bingo caller will announce. The players will mark off their numbers when they are called.

Explanation of riddle

All eyes were low = Bingo caller calls "Eyes Down" at the start of a game.
They entered the bingo hall by means of a bingo machine.
Bingo numbers when called are traditionally accompanied with a rhyme or phrase.

Ones used here are:

Doctor's Orders = #9
Two Little Ducks (a brace of fowl) = #22
Two Fat (obese) ladies = #88
Blind 1 = #10
Knock at the door = #4
Keys to the door = #21
Legs = #11
Dirty Knees = #33
The Brighton Line = #59
Tom Mix = #6

The reference to corners is a sub-game in bingo where you get a prize for all four corners of your card marked off.

The man crying "The house is full" is a reference to the winning cry of "House" to indicate he has all the numbers on his bingo card marked.

The crowd muttering fiddle is a tongue-in-cheek reference to all the other players who were close to completing their cards and were muttering in frustration.


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