Heading down to the city of Thebes, you encounter a Sphinx who stops you in your journey and speaks to you. The Sphinx has a riddle for you: if you can solve it, she will let you pass; if you fail, she will devour you.
And this is the riddle the Sphinx has prepared for you:
If this were an answer, what would be the question?
Can you answer the Sphinx's riddle? There are two rules you must accept:
- Your answer must not repeat the Sphinx's riddle verbatim.
- Your answer must be itself a real question, not just a sentence and not a rhetorical question.
Hence the following is not acceptable, the Sphinx will eat you if you say:
Could you kindly ask: "If this were an answer, what would be the question?"?
While the Sphinx is highly intelligent, she has no time to lose, so don't expect her to check any weblinks, decode messages, watch you writing or mimicking, etc.