I was preparing Exams for my students last night, and my wife offered to make some fun riddles to use as Extra Credit. I had five different versions of the exam, so I needed five different riddles to go along with them, but that might seem similar enough to not immediately arouse suspicion.
My wife told me that everything would be fine, and to leave things to her. I continued putting together the rest of the exam and went to bed. When I awoke, she had already left to teach her morning class, my exams were strewn all over the floor, as well as hundreds of little slips of paper. There was also a sticky note attached to the cat-
"Here you go honey, five equal riddles for five exams. Each one representing a significant event in the conflict in which they occurred. Pity we're out of tape, I'll pick some up at the store this evening. I love you!"
The cat must have destroyed the riddles, I always knew we should have gotten a dog... Can you help me put the pieces back together before the exams this evening?
The pieces are as follows, although I haven't yet determined the relative frequencies:
An Empire was born In a large wooden construct Against Teutonic foes The city, she fell Ignoring an order I was somewhere in France Then the battle was won I waited for darkness I crossed the salt waters And I crossed the river
At a rough estimate, there are about 5 times the number of slips floating around as I had exams, I'm still trying to get them somewhat organized.
After some counting, it appears as if every slip is used in at least two riddles. Additionally, I've phoned my wife and she's said
The riddles are as much about the Historical Figure doing the speaking as about the event itself, although in all scenarios both were covered in the exam.
The class is named "History of Western Civilization: 2,000 B.C.E. To 1850 C.E.