Where can you find:

  • a hippo showering with no water?
  • a rabid hippo with no one to bite?
  • a sleeping hippo with no bed to lay on?
  • a hippo smelling the flowers where none can be found?

(one answer)

Hint #1

I chose the word "hippo" very specifically as opposed to "hippopotamus"

Hint #2

She's not the hippo you think she is. Opa!

Hint #3

At night she is a scary 'hippo'

  • $\begingroup$ this is my first attempt at a riddle so any feedback would be greatly appreciated $\endgroup$ – user47403 Mar 29 '18 at 15:17
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps at a rot13(uvccb onol fubjre)? $\endgroup$ – Riley Mar 29 '18 at 15:29
  • $\begingroup$ heh, not quite :) $\endgroup$ – user47403 Mar 29 '18 at 15:31
  • $\begingroup$ Does it have anything to do with Greek mythology? $\endgroup$ – gnovice Mar 29 '18 at 16:03
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, I considered that, @AustinWeaver. I wanted to make sure the tag pushed people in a certain direction because it's a few layers deep. $\endgroup$ – user47403 Mar 29 '18 at 18:03

Using some of the info from other responses, my closest guess is...

The moon.


Opa referring to the Greeks, implying "hippo" potentially as "horse." Then the last hint being "scary at night", I was also thinking "nightmare." So I went with mare. Where else do you find mare? On the moon, with "mare" meaning "sea" or "ocean." There is a Mare Imbrium (Sea of Showers - shower without water), Mare Tranquillatus (Sea of Tranquility - sleeping without a bed), Mare Spumans (Foaming Sea - rabid) and then Mare Nectaris (Sea of Nectar - smell of flower where none can be found).

I'm fairly confident on this one!

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  • $\begingroup$ Amazing! I was starting to get worried there that I really messed this up. :) $\endgroup$ – user47403 Mar 30 '18 at 16:19
  • $\begingroup$ That was a fantastic one, loved the hints. $\endgroup$ – MasterBearclops Mar 30 '18 at 16:40
  • $\begingroup$ It was really hard to come up with hints that didnt' outright convert hippo to horse or to mare... $\endgroup$ – user47403 Mar 30 '18 at 16:44

I am not an expert in this, but could this be any of

hippo-campus, hippo-talamys or hippo-phys?
I remember that hypocampus is responsible for smells, so might it be...?


Showering without water might be a sign of hippo-thermia.

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  • $\begingroup$ Very clever. Unfortunately not quite. That sounds like an interesting riddle in it's own right. $\endgroup$ – user47403 Mar 29 '18 at 22:16

I won't be able to solve this, but combining the hints:

Since "Opa!" is a Greek expression, and 'Hippo' was used specifically, maybe we should be looking at horses (hippo- prefix comes from the Greek word for horse)?


Though I can't explain it fully, your new clue (and the third example) is making me think:

It's a Nightmare (or just a dream?)

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  • $\begingroup$ You're on the right track. :) $\endgroup$ – user47403 Mar 30 '18 at 14:46
  • $\begingroup$ Keep going. There are more clues in the previous hints to help narrow it down. :) $\endgroup$ – user47403 Mar 30 '18 at 15:04

Well, because it's , I'm going to say:


This is because:

The cover of the book I linked to, "It's Raining Hippos", has a girl being showered with hippos. Hippos are literally falling onto her and she for some reason looks ecstatic. It's a hippo showering! And hippos ≠ water. You cannot drink hippos.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice. That's an amazing coincidence. $\endgroup$ – user47403 Mar 29 '18 at 17:42

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