# It's all Greek to me

And this is barely a puzzle.

How can everything be so important?

Maybe there's an alternate way to find the answer to what this OP is craving?

HINT:

The sum of the parts is equal to the whole.

HINT 2:

Something does actually add up. But if at first you don't succeed, try again.

HINT 3:

There happens to be an entirely different and unrelated answer from what I had in mind that I will accept as well. By happenstance I stumbled upon it and it nearly fits perfectly.

• I added a hint above. If you want another let me know. Jan 22, 2017 at 11:23
• I sure do!!! 😄 Jan 23, 2017 at 14:57
• I just added another hint today. This one is a bit more important than the first. This puzzle does not have an obvious solution at first; however you will know when you come to the correct answer based on the puzzle itself. Jan 23, 2017 at 15:12
• This wouldn't happen to involve greek numerals now would it...? Apr 3, 2018 at 2:35
• This was my first puzzle written so it's a bit of a clumsy one, I'm afraid. The words used were very specific, but it may need another hint for people to get onto the right track. Apr 3, 2018 at 14:59

SETS

Considering only the first para is relevant-

Something doesn't add up ... Plus this is barely a puzzle . How can everything be so important ? There must be an alternate way to find the answer ...

Assuming there is a Morse Code hidden in the para. And, ?=Dash & .=DOT
we get ... . - ... -> SETS So OP is craving for SETS :)

• A good effort, but it's a bit more complicated than that. There are key words in the riddle that are used to derive the answer. Jan 22, 2017 at 11:17

I don't have hard evidence, but I think the OP is craving

Pie

Reasoning below, admittedly, this is essentially guesswork.

The terms "Add up" and "Plus" point to something mathematical.
Considering the title, "It's all Greek to me", we're looking for something Greek, mathematical and alimentary.
Therefore, Pi, as a Greek letter, a mathematical constant, and phonetically, a dish, fits pretty well.

• The words "plus" and "add up" are big hints; however, I may have made this riddle too ambiguous. It was one of my first. If you want another hint let me know. Feb 19, 2017 at 1:48
• I think this is the right track, considering (cv vf gur inyhr bs fbzr snzbhf nygreangvat vasvavgr fhzf!) Aug 25, 2021 at 14:45

All the clues seem to point towards it being:

Sigma (a greek letter)

For the reasons that

The symbol $\Sigma$ is used for summation in mathematics, also from hint number two "If you first don't succeed" seems to be talking about error, the lower case sigma $\sigma$ is usually used to denote errors.

However I'm not sure what this ties into as far as something the OP desires unless:

They want to be 18 (sigma is the 18th letter of the greek alphabet or make-up brushes.

• Good reasoning. As I stated in a comment above I may have made this a little too ambiguous, being my first riddle. There are important words that should be taken into consideration. Feb 19, 2017 at 1:49

Is OP craving

lamb?

Reasoning:

Take the number of words in each line and add them up: 5+6+6+6+9+6=38. Add 3 and 8 (suggested by hint 2): 3+8=11. The 11th letter in the Greek alphabet is lambda (lamb).

• So far your idea is the closest to what I had in mind. Not quite, but close. Feb 15, 2018 at 1:28

I think it's:

PITA

Reasoning:

And this is barely a puzzle.

If I count all the syllables in this sentence I get 15. Since it doesn't add up I assume one is missing to get 16 or P

How can everything be so important?
If I simply count all the syllables in this sentence I get 9 or I.

Each line must provide a clue.
Maybe there's an alternate way to find the answer...

Adding up the syllables in these two lines I find 20 or T.

Maybe there's an alternate way to find the answer...
This lead me to count all the syllables including 'To what OP is craving...' this is exactly 52. If I add the one added from the previous 'doesn't add up' I get 53. If I mod 26 then I get 1 or A.

Combined with the title It's all Greek to me. I have to assume PITA is what you crave.

I think it's:

Staggering Elk Lager
BTW it's a real beer, see:
http://www.pintley.com/beer/Staggering-Elk-Lager/5027/

Because:

Hints and text suggest the question didn't need much/any text. Treating the title as a cryptic clue...
It's all Greek to me
Anagram of "all Greek" is "Elk Lager"
So a staggering "Elk Lager" could be "all Greek"

• The title is certainly important, but this sadly is not the answer I'm looking for.. although I may indeed crave it later. Jan 22, 2017 at 15:44

Maybe its-

Η η eta, ήτα

Explanation

Counting all the letters from each line and adding them
COUNTS - 9 6 4 3 2
SUM -24
FURTHER SUM - 6
And this is barely a puzzle.
COUNTS - 3 4 2 6 1 6
SUM -22
FURTHER SUM - 4
How can everything be so important?
COUNTS - 3 3 10 2 2 9
SUM -29
FURTHER SUM - 11
AGAIN FURTHER SUM - 2
Each line must provide a clue.
COUNTS - 4 4 4 7 1 4
SUM -24
FURTHER SUM - 6
Maybe there's an alternate way to find the answer...
COUNTS - 5 6 2 9 3 2 4 3 6
SUM - 40
FURTHER SUM - 4
To what this OP is craving.
COUNTS - 2 4 4 2 2 7
SUM - 21
FURTHER SUM - 3

Adding all the FURTHER SUM 6 + 4 + 11 + 6 + 4 + 3 = 34
And 3 + 4 = 7

Alternatively
Adding all the FURTHER SUM and instead of 11 I added 2(11's digit sum) (for alternative approach) we get 25
2 + 5 = 7

By both way we get 7 and hence the 7th Greek alphabet.

• Very close! However, not every word needs to be part of the sum. E.g. "And" Apr 5, 2018 at 11:20
• Great idea on adding sums, definitely on the right track! The puzzle did not count the number of letters, but you're certainly the closest in concept for the solution. Apr 5, 2018 at 11:24
• Something entertaining about this answer is that the 7th letter of the Greek alphabet sounds like "eat a". You have the right idea, but not quite there. Dec 14, 2021 at 12:13