# What's longer than an hour and shorter than a minute?

What's longer than an hour and shorter than a minute?

The puzzle is NOT about counting letters in a word (h/t @Carl)

Hint 1: The subject of the puzzle is atypical of its kind.
Hint 2: It may have been valued at 800.

• I'd recommend turning those hints into part of the puzzle ( as to constrain the answer ). Right now, it's too broad because any five letter word fits.
– Carl
Jul 22, 2016 at 2:54
• okay, but such is the nature of the site. People would rather have something "too easy" than play a guessing game. I actually don't know the answer with the hints, so I guess I'm not that bright.
– Carl
Jul 22, 2016 at 3:14
• @smriti - 800. SE isn't Microsoft Excel, to eat leading zeros :) Jul 22, 2016 at 4:27
• @RadoslavHristov Another example why restrictions/hints are so necessary in this type of puzzles. Without:too broad and bad puzzle. With (enough and good) conditions: interesting challenge Jul 22, 2016 at 7:32
• Talking for 59 seconds with someone that REALLY likes underground music and fashion design Jul 22, 2016 at 8:15

Is it...

Hands on a clock face
The minute hand is longer than the hour hand and the hour hand is 'less longer' than a minute hand

• sounds possible, but how does your answer fit the hints? Jul 22, 2016 at 10:01
• I can't provide a solid justification when it comes to explaining the hints Jul 22, 2016 at 10:07
• Close but not quite right Jul 22, 2016 at 12:14
• So second hand, in most cases longer than hour hand and slightly shorter than minute one.
– z100
Jun 14, 2021 at 23:34

a tachyon - because as a particle that travels faster than the speed of light, it effectively travels backwards in time, and so would view an hour as less than a minute.

My first thought was a

a 30 sencond Hourglass timer.

Because the

word itself is more than an hour

and

it measures less than a minute.

But hints make me unsure :(

anyway 8 may refer to the shape of an hourglass.

• 1. I explicitly said that it wasn't about character counting. 2. Even absent that, hourglass is longer than a minute by character count. Jul 22, 2016 at 7:35