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Your answer should explain all the parts of this riddle.

To try,

The answer (as implied by the second tag) is a single short English word.

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I probably could have made this a better riddle but I got carried away with the challenge of presenting a viable riddle with only four words and ten characters which must, I think, be close to the theoretical minimum. The title, I am afraid, is a private joke. My friend Vivienne is of average height but thinks of herself as lacking sufficient verticality. – Hugh Meyers Feb 23 at 15:37
Tell Vivienne not to sell herself short. – user1717828 Feb 23 at 17:50
Apparently a very short riddle is also a riddle open to much interpretation... – GentlePurpleRain Feb 23 at 19:35
up vote 15 down vote accepted

Edit: Based on the comment from the question poser:

You are within a league of the finish line.

I could possibly see the solution being:



In rugby, a "try" is worth 5 points.

To try,

Let's go ahead and make two of them now 5 5


And then interpret this as a Roman Numeral 6

Then we see

A league is equal to 5556m.

old answer left for posterity

This is

The number of days in a leap year.


a homonym of the prefix "tri-", which indicates 3.

To Try,

a homonym of "two" and then "tri-" again, which indicates 6.


interpreted as Roman numerals, we get 6.

Composing this gives us

366: the number of days in a leap year (such as 2016).

It's not yet clear to me if the title is related.

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oh my goodness. – question_asker Feb 23 at 19:20
Aaaggh! The 'league' reference was in reply to my answer - I even checked it up! It was staring me in my face!! Can't believe I missed it... Well done! ... I was thinking to myself - that's odd... a league is miles out and not even close... He must mean something... AAghhh :0) – Ben Feb 23 at 20:04
Clearly, you are in a league of your own. Well done! – Hugh Meyers Feb 23 at 21:42


Three (as in tri)

To try

two threes


6 (VI is 6 in Roman Numerals)

So Vivienne really likes

Mazdas? Specifically the Mazda 323 and Mazda 6

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Perhaps this is an



Try blocks

between a



Vi (or vim)

will result in an


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BMW model# 525 or 526

How did I get there?


= 5. a try in rugby is worth 5 points


= 25


= or


= 6

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Your answer could easily be converted to what I had in mind. You are within a league of the finish line. – Hugh Meyers Feb 23 at 14:59

Another answer:


The second (TO[2]), fifth (TRY[5]), fifth (TRY[5]) and sixth (Vi) letters of the alphabet.

TRY = 5 because a try scores 5 points in rugby. Based off my first answer

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I believe the word is

Plan / Scheme

Try to Try

If we read this as "Try to Try", we get to something extremely different than if we were to pause after the first try. Essentially, this hints that the narrator is telling someone to try, however, not to do x. He's telling someone to try to even attempt at doing x. Incentivating/Motivating of sorts. Before trying to do something, a plan(Trying to Try) must be formed, and only then it's executed (the 2nd try).


I'm somewhat inclined to believe that this is misderection and just a calling. Usually on letters the receipient is identified by ",receipientName", and as Vi can be short for Vivienne, that's my reasoning.

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