Don't lose this one, do the opposite!
But you won't need eyes to do so.
Then let it percolate, and remove any doubles.

HINT 1:

The answer is heavily derived from a play on words.

HINT 2: (may be a spoiler, check only if you're completely stuck):

Homonyms!

HINT 3:

It has nothing to do with tea or biscuits.

HINT 4:

You may not need eyes, but that does not mean you have to remove any.

HINT 5:

The answer contains only one letter different than the question.

• We have our answer with tea, so it must be biscuits! Feb 9, 2015 at 22:18
• @KSmarts ha, now a riddle with the question and answer as tea and biscuits would be a good one! Feb 10, 2015 at 14:10

Solution:

When? Then!

Explanation:

Don't lose. Do the opposite. That's "win". Something that sounds like "win" but has no 'I's (eyes) is "when". That's the question. Remove the 'W's (doubles) and add a 'T' (tea), and you get "then". That's the answer.

• Yes! I hope I didn't ruin it with too many hints. Feb 12, 2015 at 20:59
• case closed. I can go to bed. Feb 12, 2015 at 21:29

Don't lose

this one

Remove the eye(s)

= ths one.

Percolate it or "and with it" (not sure which one, maybe both)

= ths one it

You won't need eyes (again)

= ths one t

Remove doubles

= hs one

= honest

• Sorry, that's not what I was looking for, but great answer! Feb 10, 2015 at 13:23
• To elaborate, I'm looking for a question and answer that the riddle presents; "honest" doesn't fit that. Feb 10, 2015 at 14:37
• This is almost exactly what I was thinking of! +1 Feb 11, 2015 at 0:16
• @randal'thor There you are! But this answer is still incorrect. Where's your try? Feb 11, 2015 at 21:55

the answer is hockey! it's the NHL

although it's very far fetched and if it's not it I won't bother posting how I got there.

My thinking:

Don't plus the opposite makes it a double negative, so we start with "lose this one"

then

we drop the "i" because "no eyes"

then

we rearrange (percolate) the letters and drop the "doubles"
LTHN -> NHLT

then

we drop the "tea"
NHL

• You were close with how you approached it, but still not what I'm looking for. Feb 10, 2015 at 13:24

Don't lose this one, do the opposite!

You should keep this one, but DO (process) the opposite. So keep opposite.

But you won't need eyes to do so.

remove the i -> opposte

Then let it percolate, and remove any doubles.

Use it as a filter, removing the t. Then remove the doubles -> se

set it, the tea!

So What is the riddle asking?

The riddle is asking to set the tea! Happy tea-time! :)

• haha I love this answer, and I wish it were correct just from the creativity and thought that went into it. Feb 10, 2015 at 14:26
• Remember: question/answer Feb 10, 2015 at 14:37

Don't lose this one, do the opposite!

So we "gain this one"

But you won't need eyes to do so.

-which becomes "gan ths one"

Then let it percolate, and remove any doubles.

-then "hostage nn" -> "hostage"

So, "Who do we release at tea time? The hostage!"

• You're the first to answer with both a question and answer as requested, but it's not correct. Feb 10, 2015 at 16:09

Don't lose this one, do the opposite!

Win that one

But you won't need eyes to do so.

wnthatone

Then let it percolate, and remove any doubles.

Anagram and remove the t and n: whatnoe

Solution:

What note? Ti! Clearly the best of the do-re-mi's.

• You are the closest so far; you started out on the right path but then went awry. Keep trying! Feb 10, 2015 at 20:26

Another try, since my previous one wasn't quite right (leaving it up so others can potentially learn from it). I like my previous one better than this, but willing to give it another try.

Don't lose this one, do the opposite!

Win that one

But you won't need eyes to do so.

wnthatone

Then let it percolate, and remove any doubles.

anagram and drop n, t

You get:

What one

Add the letters of "tea", and rearrange both to get the question and answer

You get:

What one ate? Oaten wheat! Or Wheaten Oat :)

• Nope! Same as my comment for your last answer. I may need to give another hint soon since a lot of answers are getting hung up on the same spot. Feb 10, 2015 at 20:56
• My other tactic is at the "remove any doubles" stage. I think that may be where I'm going wrong, and I think I know what I'm doing wrong, but haven't quite figured out the rest yet if I'm right about that. Feb 10, 2015 at 20:59
• Just added another hint. Feb 10, 2015 at 21:03

there is no "I" in TEAm, but there is an "I" in pie. And there's an "I" in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team...

yeah sorry about that it's just driving me crazy

• Your first statement "there is no "I" in team" is on the right path for the start of the riddle. But no, this isn't a question/answer or correct. I believe in you, keep trying! Feb 12, 2015 at 16:45
• considering how much time I spent on this you owe my employer like 100 bucks xD Feb 12, 2015 at 16:47
• haha, well I hope you're the one to solve it then! Feb 12, 2015 at 16:51
• removing doubles (W) and adding tea (T) makes me think it has something to do with the words what and that Feb 12, 2015 at 17:13
• You are so close! Feb 12, 2015 at 17:36

What time is it.

Tea time

Don't lose this one, do the opposite!

win that one

But you won't need eyes to do so.

win that ne Remove the "o" that looks like an eye

Then let it percolate, and remove any doubles.

w i n t h a t n e w h a t t i n e The second "W" is the only letter that is not reused.

Just not sure how to connect the last dot there.....

• See my hint about tea. But, you are very close with what the riddle is asking. Feb 11, 2015 at 21:18
• OH drat.... I totally spaced on that when I came back to it. Feb 11, 2015 at 21:24
• hey, you do have a double "n" in there. maybe they combine into a "m" somehow? Feb 12, 2015 at 15:35
• @user3453281 Hrm.. maybe. But it still isn't right either way :) Thanks for the encouragement though Feb 12, 2015 at 15:45
1. Don't lose this one

win this one

1. But you won't need eyes to do so

wnthsone

1. Then let it percolate and remove any doubles

wthsoe

twosthe or Tuesday