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Knowledge required for this riddle: English-language proverbs.

My friend Leonard came to me with a problem the other day. He said, “Tanner, I want to have a clean-shaven face. But every time I use a razor, I end up with this nasty painful rash.”

“Razor burn,” I said.

“Yeah, that's right,” said Leonard. “Do you have any advice for me?”

“Unfortunately, there's no good solution,” I told him. “You're going to have to either grow your beard out, or just cope with those painful rashes.”

Why will Leonard have to grow his beard out?

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    $\begingroup$ Beacuse he who shaves all the barbers who do not shave themselves should never ask whether you need a haircut. I think that's how the proverb goes. $\endgroup$ – deep thought Nov 7 '18 at 2:30
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Maybe it is because

A Lenny shaved is a Lenny burned.
(A penny saved is a penny earned.)

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    $\begingroup$ Can whoever voted this down, explain why? My answer is an English proverb that through wordplay works as the reason for Leonard to grow his beard. $\endgroup$ – Jaap Scherphuis Nov 7 '18 at 9:34
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    $\begingroup$ They probably were trying to downvote my answer and clicked yours instead. ( ▀ ͜͞ʖ▀) $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Nov 7 '18 at 11:29
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    $\begingroup$ Looks like someone just went on a rampage and downvoted everything here. $\endgroup$ – jafe Nov 7 '18 at 11:32
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    $\begingroup$ Say, aren't you the author of Jaap's Puzzle Page? I fondly remember that page from when I was a kid, in the early 2000s. I'm honored to have you answer my riddle. :D $\endgroup$ – Tanner Swett Nov 7 '18 at 18:47
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    $\begingroup$ @TannerSwett Oh stop it, you're making me feel old. :-) $\endgroup$ – Jaap Scherphuis Nov 7 '18 at 22:06
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I hope I'm not even close, but maybe...

A Leo1-pard2 can't change his spots.



1 short for Leonard
2 another word for partner, chum

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting... You're coming at this from the right angle, but the intended answer is something that fits a lot more naturally, I think. $\endgroup$ – Tanner Swett Nov 7 '18 at 4:10
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He didn't

make a rash decision.

I.e.

He decided against the rash and for the beard.

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Is it...

Because this is the simplest solution and he is using Occam's razor?

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  • $\begingroup$ The Question states that it has to deal with english proverbs. $\endgroup$ – Holyprogrammer Nov 7 '18 at 9:22
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Is it because it's...

No Shave November? Hahaha

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Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.

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How about...

Time is money. Leonard, F. (1995). It's painful to optimize time/performance (talk to programmers) and probably to cut costs.

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Is the advice:

Keep your chin up.

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    $\begingroup$ well this is a fun place to come and visit.... $\endgroup$ – Matt Jameson Nov 7 '18 at 11:53
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    $\begingroup$ Just remember to keep your chin up. $\endgroup$ – Warlord 099 Nov 7 '18 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ @MattJameson Perhaps you'd have a better experience if you explained the reasoning behind your answer. As it is, it appears to just be a fairly random guess with a tenuous at best relationship to the question, which makes it appear to not that great of a guess. Funny content sometimes accumulate votes despite clearly being wrong or having other problems, but this answer doesn't seem to contain any humor, either. $\endgroup$ – jpmc26 Nov 8 '18 at 0:55
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Maybe

As you sow, so you shall reap

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    $\begingroup$ This isn't the intended answer. I don't really see how this is related to the riddle, to be honest. $\endgroup$ – Tanner Swett Nov 7 '18 at 3:53
  • $\begingroup$ Well I presumed it to be not this easy. But I was thinking that if Leonard gets razor burnt everytime then it might be this answer. Meaning that he gets the result according to the action taken by him. $\endgroup$ – ItsJustMe Nov 7 '18 at 4:22
  • $\begingroup$ The intended answer is wordplay, though. $\endgroup$ – Tanner Swett Nov 7 '18 at 4:31

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