There once was a man called James
who liked to use different names
If you're slick and astute
by removing the fruit
your favorite flava remains

What was his middle name?

  • $\begingroup$ I feel like this may be something to do with the various Jamess that have ruled England and Scotland with different numbers (1st one being King James VI and I) because they liked to use different names (James VI in Scotland, James I in England). But I still don't know what flava means (Apparantly it's Latin for Yellow (plural)) $\endgroup$
    – Artyer
    Mar 1, 2016 at 17:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Artyer I found this. $\endgroup$
    – Sleafar
    Mar 1, 2016 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ Ah, James "Wholikedtousedifferentnamesifyoureslickandastutebyremovingthefruityourfavoriteflava" Remains... good friend of mine. $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Mar 2, 2016 at 4:12

1 Answer 1


His middle name is Ambrose.
The riddle is a limerick. Removing the fruit, "Lime", leaves "Rick". This points towards the musician Rick James, who used quite a few different names, one of them "Slick Rick". His real name was James Ambrose Johnson. Also, "Favorite Flava" is a song from his album "Urban Rhapsody".

  • $\begingroup$ what a great riddle. $\endgroup$
    – user428517
    Apr 11, 2018 at 19:06

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