Heck. I'm stuck, trapped in this cedar madness.
Ash to dust. I'm doomed. I'll fall and look like ketchup.
Anyone, please save me. I want out of this tree, maybe I'll go get a cuppa.
Literally anyone. I think this is a chestnut. Save me, I'll and buy you some liquor?
Perfect I'm falling. Holly heck there's no justice!

What did I say, as I fell?
For the love of God, PLEASE ______ ME!

  • $\begingroup$ Please do not edit the last line of the question; it changes the author's intent. $\endgroup$
    – APrough
    Feb 14, 2018 at 16:00

3 Answers 3


Seems almost trivial, but...

The last letters of each line, taken in order, spell SPARE. Which fits the final question. So, you are saying as you fall, "PLEASE SPARE ME!"

Just saw another possibility:

Each line contains the name of a tree: Cedar, Ash, Tree (haha, very funny), Chestnut, and Holly. The first letters of these spell out CATCH, which also fits! "PLEASE CATCH ME!"

  • $\begingroup$ I think your second one is more realistic. I too noticed the trees, but couldn't string it together meaningfully. $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Feb 13, 2018 at 5:40
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    $\begingroup$ Dang! I was half way through typing "nope" to your first answer. But your second guessed hit the nail on the head. Congratz! $\endgroup$
    – Asteria
    Feb 13, 2018 at 5:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Asteria: thanks, but I wouldn't award the green tick so soon just so the rest of the community has time to try their hand at this too. And nice puzzle, by the way! $\endgroup$
    – Xenocacia
    Feb 13, 2018 at 5:47
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    $\begingroup$ I thought my guess was too simple. @Asteria nice puzzle, love that there are 3 answers in 1 $\endgroup$
    – ferret
    Feb 13, 2018 at 6:15
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    $\begingroup$ I also thought the second answer, but for different reasons. I saw the tree names, I saw "Ash... Ketchup" and immediately thought of Pokemon, so that seemed appropriate here. $\endgroup$
    – QBrute
    Feb 13, 2018 at 14:00




As spelled out by the first letter of each line. Initially thought the steganography tag was a mistake but it was not!

  • $\begingroup$ Oh damn, identical answer separated by a few seconds. $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Feb 13, 2018 at 5:38

Did you say...

For the love of God, please HAALP me!

Since the

Initial letters of the 5 sentences spell our HAALP, which sounds like "help" when shouted :-)

  • $\begingroup$ Good guess! but there's a total of 3 "traps" hidden ;) that's number 1 $\endgroup$
    – Asteria
    Feb 13, 2018 at 5:39
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    $\begingroup$ “Traps” that feel like perfectly valid answers don’t make a good puzzle :( $\endgroup$
    – Timwi
    Feb 13, 2018 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ Interesting riddle. Which is the final trap? $\endgroup$
    – Alex
    Feb 13, 2018 at 15:09
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    $\begingroup$ @Timwi It's like in the SATs - there might be some valid-looking answers, but the right answer is the "most correct" one. $\endgroup$
    – Tacroy
    Feb 13, 2018 at 17:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Timwi "Traps" can be done well, in such a way that it's very clear which answer is the 'correct'/intended one. $\endgroup$ Feb 13, 2018 at 23:17

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