I work at a local newspaper in NY, and we do have a 'missed connections' section. Today someone called and requested three ads at once. I hastily wrote them down:

First Ad:

Saw you on the train.
Felt sparks fly.
Can't imagine life without you anymore!

Second Ad:

Met you at the doctors.
Felt like you saw right through me.
Want to meet you again when I feel better.

Third Ad:

Overheard your conversation while at work.
Just couldn't talk to you.
I like your taste in music and wish we could dance together.

While trying to keep up with all of his ads, it slipped my mind to ask for a name, so people would know whom to contact...

Can you help me figure out who called me to place these missed connection ads?

If you figured out the recipients and struggle to find the caller:

The caller is (unlike the recipients of the ads) a real person.

Another small hint:

The caller obviously has an interest in all of the recipients.

  • $\begingroup$ Hello, and welcome to Puzzling :-). I'm really not sure this is considered as a riddle. Did you read the wiki info about the tag riddle? $\endgroup$
    – IAmInPLS
    Nov 16, 2016 at 14:23
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah I did, and i am pretty sure that each ad would be considered a riddle. $\endgroup$
    – Timme
    Nov 16, 2016 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ Well, three lines with no rhymes are not considered as riddles in my mind, but I won't rollback again. Hope someone will confirm my thoughts though. $\endgroup$
    – IAmInPLS
    Nov 16, 2016 at 14:27
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    $\begingroup$ @IAmInPLS actually, I'm thinking the opposite. I don't see why this wouldn't be a riddle $\endgroup$
    – Ivo
    Nov 16, 2016 at 14:32
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    $\begingroup$ @IAmInPLS Riddles don't have to rhyme, they just sound better when they do :P $\endgroup$
    – dcfyj
    Nov 16, 2016 at 14:38

3 Answers 3


The first ad is

Electricity (probably talking about the '3rd rail'

The second ad is

an X-ray 'saw right through me'

The third ad is

Radio is something you frequently hear at work, has music and conversation and you can't 'talk to' it.

I'm guessing that the overall riddle has to do with

Electromagnetic waves, since it includes both X-rays and Radio waves.

The caller could be

Someone who studied all of these things. Possibly Nikola Tesla?

  • $\begingroup$ You correctly identified the recipiants of the ads, and i admit it might be a bit of a stretch to figure out the man who called - but as a hint: It was indeed a literal man. I will add a hint for this. $\endgroup$
    – Timme
    Nov 16, 2016 at 15:50
  • $\begingroup$ That was his name! Thank you. Now i can put his ads in the paper. Title: missed A C onnection. <- i read it is considered good sport to put something in the title that relates to the solution, so you might spot it if you have already figured it out. $\endgroup$
    – Timme
    Nov 16, 2016 at 16:16
  • $\begingroup$ Well done! I didn't think of that $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2016 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ I'd have gone with Conductor for the first ad, for double meaning (train/sparks) and still fitting the riddle. $\endgroup$
    – Simon
    Nov 17, 2016 at 0:17

Partial answer

The First Ad looks like

Electricity (sparks... and the train could be electric-powered, I can't imagine living without electricity)

The Second Ad looks a lot like


The Third Ad

?? no clue yet

Who is the person calling?

I don't know yet

  • $\begingroup$ You are on the right track! The first two ads are correct. $\endgroup$
    – Timme
    Nov 16, 2016 at 14:49

I might have figured out the person but think I got the riddles


Rail, used for trains, sparks would fly if the train braked

EDIT @oleslaw worked out it was electricity


X-ray, at doctors and sees through you

  1. (Less sure)

Phone, overheard conversation with someone else on the phone but can't talk to you, and stores your music

EDIT @MMAdams worked out it was radio

So the man could be

Heinrich Hertz - the man who proved the existence of electromagnetic waves

  • $\begingroup$ The second one is correct, the others not so much. $\endgroup$
    – Timme
    Nov 16, 2016 at 14:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Timme okay, now all the riddles are answers I've had a shot at the man. Doub it's correct though $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2016 at 15:57
  • $\begingroup$ It's close - but not who i had in mind. I feel like you might have added a layer of abstraction when finding common ground in all three answers instead of just naming a person who has a literal interest in those three things. Maybe this will help - if no one gets it soon, i might choose this answer as correct, since otherwise this might end up as a game of 'guess the physicist' since most of them arguably are interested in those things.. $\endgroup$
    – Timme
    Nov 16, 2016 at 16:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Timme I forgot to mention, welcome to puzzling! Nice first puzzle as well $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2016 at 16:32

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