The riddle below describes a (semi) historical figure's culinary preferences.

Who is he and what is he eating?

Far down below in the sea so blue;
Fries up your food, and boils it too;
Known as a ‘chip’ in the ‘land of the free’;
When the bet is equal, also flat as can be.


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The answer is

Good King Wenceslaus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wenceslaus_I,_Duke_of_Bohemia

he is eating


and his preference is for it to be

Deep pan, crisp and even (mishearing of deep and crisp and even, a line from the popular christmal carol, Good King Wenceslas)

This fits the riddle:

Fair down below in the see so blue


Fries up your food, and boils it too;


Known as a ‘chip’ in the ‘land of the free’

Crisp (UK name for US 'chip')

When the bet is equal, also flat as can be.

Even (50:50 odds are Evens, flat is also Even

  • $\begingroup$ Well done :) quicker than I expected as well. I wasn't sure how well known the original joke was, so tried not to make the lines of the riddle too oblique... I'll try for something harder next time! $\endgroup$
    – sdunnim
    Sep 4, 2019 at 13:59
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for a good puzzle - regarding difficulty, it is worth reading this: puzzling.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2947/… $\endgroup$
    – Fillet
    Sep 4, 2019 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ Ah thanks for the link, makes a lot of sense. Hadn't considered that and will bear it in mind :) $\endgroup$
    – sdunnim
    Sep 4, 2019 at 14:14
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    $\begingroup$ ok, i get the culinary preference, but how did you get the who? $\endgroup$
    – SteveV
    Sep 4, 2019 at 16:10
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    $\begingroup$ He’s the titular figure referred to by the answer: see the last line of the first verse of this song, @SteveV $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Sep 4, 2019 at 18:50

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