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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:*** (2.74)
Difficulty:*** (2.33)
Category:Riddle
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?



Answer

The four men were all fiddlers in a German band and were each paid $5 at the end of the night. Most readers assume they were playing cards, but that is not stated.
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