Once upon a time, there was a young prince. This prince had a puzzle instructor, and one day he arrived in his instructor's chambers, only to find that there was only a note on his table.

I've left you this riddle, dear prince, you see,
This is a test, while I rest my knee.
There are plenty of reasons to find it absurd,
But the key comes in the form of a nine letter word.

Now, the young prince had been given tests like this before, and knew that he was simply to write his solution on the back of the note. He pondered it for a minute, then turned over the note and wrote down his answer, certain it was right.

What did the prince give as his solution?

  • $\begingroup$ Did he write his solution on the front of the note? $\endgroup$ – Goldname Jan 15 '17 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Goldname No, I just didn't feel that specifying that was necessary :P I edited to clarify $\endgroup$ – TrojanByAccident Jan 17 '17 at 11:54
  • $\begingroup$ Uucaira... Two missing. $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir Jan 17 '17 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Mithrandir If you include numbers, you get UUCAIR2A9, which is 9 characters. I don't know if it means anything or if it's even on the right track. $\endgroup$ – MikeQ Jan 17 '17 at 20:23
  • $\begingroup$ @MikeQ wrong track according to the op in chat $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir Jan 17 '17 at 20:25

The OP pressured me to post this:

A nine letter word.

Since it said that it was in the form of a nine letter word.

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    $\begingroup$ Accepted? Huh??? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jan 17 '17 at 23:14
  • $\begingroup$ Um, the form of a 9-lettered word is not equal to a nine lettered word $\endgroup$ – Sid Jan 18 '17 at 12:00
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    $\begingroup$ @Sid but a nine-letter word is in 'the form of a nine letter word'. $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir Jan 18 '17 at 12:01
  • $\begingroup$ I need someone to explain this to my like im 5 please $\endgroup$ – Anthony Fornito Jan 18 '17 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ @AnthonyFornito Okay. The words A nine-letter word are located in the phrase 'But the key comes in the form of a nine letter word.'. That clear? $\endgroup$ – Mithrandir Jan 18 '17 at 20:39

As an alternative solution, the prince writes the word



"I" is the ninth letter of the alphabet, and is also a word. From a certain perspective, it could be called a "nine letter" word for this reason. This may seem absurd because the phrase "nine letter word" suggests that the word contains nine letters.


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