To say it started with a kiss
is quite misleading and remiss,
and so these words I must retract,
it's quite the opposite in fact.

Take the answer now in mind
and think of that beguiling line
If it were true then, for the win,
strike the key used to begin.


This puzzle actually contains two answers and is self-referencing. You need an answer from the first verse to use in the second. The correct answer needs to explain the riddle and why it is correct. Happy puzzling!


HINT:

The obvious answer is a single letter
but the title tells you that you need to get meta.
To be accepted your answer must be
a detailed explanation, logically.

  • 1
    Nice rhyming and meter! – Chowzen Oct 9 at 14:29

I'm probably missing something, but I feel like the answer might just be:

X


Specifically:

To say it started with a kiss

People sign letters with x x x's to represent kisses.

is quite misleading and remiss, / and so these words I must retract,

You can cut words (i.e. retract them) from text by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+X.

it's quite the opposite in fact.

Cutting is fairly different from kissing...

Take the answer now in mind / and think of that beguiling line

Referring to the line: "X marks the spot".

If it were true then, for the win, strike the key used to begin.

X starts the phrase, so we strike the X key to answer.

  • Last two lines hint at rot13(Jvaqbjf fgneg ohggba) ? – Chowzen Oct 9 at 14:00
  • 1
    @Chowzen Not intentionally. Actually this riddle is best looked at in a linear fashion... you can certainly guess at the answer, but you won't understand a line fully unless you understand the ones that come before it. – Astralbee Oct 9 at 14:23
  • The first part of your answer is part of the correct answer, if that makes sense. Your reasoning is not at all what I intended, and as this puzzle is self-referencing the reasoning is very important. I've added a clue now, I hope this helps. – Astralbee Oct 11 at 11:53

Your Answer

 
discard

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.