Have a peak
take a swing
drink some soup
return a ring


coming from a line of paper
although wrong, we named a vapor
launching animals: one, two, three
impressing royalty, who are we?

  • $\begingroup$ I have some ideas about this, but can you clarify if those are two unrelated riddles, each with one of the two people as the answer, or two parts of the same riddle, whose answer is a pair of people? Or something else entirely, that it's part of the riddle to figure out? $\endgroup$
    – user17947
    Jan 24, 2016 at 19:52
  • $\begingroup$ also the expression "have a peek" is usually spelled "peek" not "peak". Can you clarify if your spelling is intentional or just a typo/misspelling? $\endgroup$
    – user17947
    Jan 24, 2016 at 19:54
  • $\begingroup$ @BigBlackBox spelling is intentional. The answer is a pair of people, both riddles have the same answer as a check for the other one. $\endgroup$
    – jhabbott
    Jan 24, 2016 at 20:15
  • $\begingroup$ Has Teflon got anything to do with this question? $\endgroup$
    – Daedric
    Jan 26, 2016 at 10:17
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    $\begingroup$ @BigBlackBox already has the answer - just needs to edit in the reasoning. $\endgroup$
    – jhabbott
    Jan 26, 2016 at 11:14

2 Answers 2


Edit: Okay, so the undeveloped idea that I initially thought was wrong turned out to be the right answer after all. I've now added the details.

The answer: the two people described in each of the two riddles are

The Montgolfier brothers, inventors of the hot-air balloon.

Riddle 1:

The phrase "Montgolfier brothers" is a combination of

Mont: "peak" in "have a peak",
golf: related to "swing" in "take a swing",
broth: soup in "drink some soup",
ers, or I guess the word hers, is sorta-kinda related to "ring" in "return a ring".

Riddle 2:

"coming from a line of paper": as Wikipedia says, "The brothers were born into a family of paper manufacturers in Annonay, in Ardèche, France".

"although wrong, we named a vapor". Wikipedia says of Joseph, the older of the brothers, that, after observing the tendency of hot over a fire to rise, "He believed that contained within the smoke was a special gas, which he called Montgolfier Gas, with a special property he called levity."

"launching animals, one two three": Wikipedia writes of one of the brothers' first experimental hot-air balloon flights, "The king proposed to launch two criminals, but it is most likely that the inventors decided to send a sheep, a duck, and a rooster aloft first."

"impressing royalty, who are we?": the Montgolfier brothers invention astonished not just royalty but all of France, Europe and (I suspect) the world. In particular, Wikipedia writes that "... in December 1783, in recognition of their achievement, their father Pierre was elevated to the nobility and the hereditary appellation of de Montgolfier by King Louis XVI of France."

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    $\begingroup$ Another thought: "Impressing royalty" could also refer to the Nobel Prize, which is given out by the King of Sweden. $\endgroup$
    – user17947
    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:35
  • $\begingroup$ 'Have a peak' could also refer to the distinguishing features of the spectral lines $\endgroup$ Jan 25, 2016 at 10:05
  • $\begingroup$ You are so close... in fact you have the right answer. The first riddle is a word-association to get their name. Oh... and the 'ring' clue is pretty terrible, sorry, it's all I could come up with (whose is it?). $\endgroup$
    – jhabbott
    Jan 25, 2016 at 15:08
  • $\begingroup$ Okay, very nice. Mont=peak, swing=golf. Thinking about the other ones... $\endgroup$
    – user17947
    Jan 25, 2016 at 15:19
  • $\begingroup$ Soup=French...? $\endgroup$
    – user17947
    Jan 25, 2016 at 15:20

Is it a volcano?

  • A peak is obvious.

  • Not sure about what "swing" would refer to.

  • Drink some soup could be a pool of lava inside the volcano.

  • Return a ring is either a reference to The Lord of the Rings, or perhaps referring to the ring around the tip of a stereotypical conical volcano.

  • Coming from a line on paper refers to the fact that it appears on maps.

  • Vapour is the smoke coming from the volcano.

  • I'm not too sure about the last two lines, but any animals around when a volcano erupts would certainly be high tailing it out of there, and volcanoes are impressive in general.

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    $\begingroup$ No, the answer is a pair of people. Two real people who actually existed or exist. :) $\endgroup$
    – jhabbott
    Jan 25, 2016 at 6:25
  • $\begingroup$ If there is a lotr reference maybe the first charachter of the pair is Frodo, if anyone want to look on that have fun I can't seem to find anything for 2 that goes with Frodo $\endgroup$ Jan 25, 2016 at 7:27
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah I was thinkin about Elijah wood (forgot his name while first commenting haha), should have precised that, the actor is real afterall, even if it seems unlikely it might be that :) $\endgroup$ Jan 25, 2016 at 7:42
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    $\begingroup$ @JimCullen it appears that both riddles are referring to the same two people. $\endgroup$
    – user17947
    Jan 25, 2016 at 7:57
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    $\begingroup$ That's right, both riddles have the same pair as their answer. This is nothing to do with LoTR. I will add some hints. $\endgroup$
    – jhabbott
    Jan 25, 2016 at 15:04

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