I'm working on my first series of puzzles and would love some feedback for any of you that give them a shot.

This first one would be found next to a box with a 4 digit padlock on it. (you can assume it's to help you open the padlock).

Feedback encouraged.



I'm in a word but never seen
Japanese poets of me were keen
I'm used a lot to not seem dumb
But there's just three left where I'm from

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! I added a transcript of your riddle to the question for the people who are unable to view the image. $\endgroup$
    – user46002
    Sep 13 '19 at 5:04
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks! Sorry for not adding that, I'm still learning the etiquette here. $\endgroup$ Sep 13 '19 at 5:27

Litterally first time posting, sorry if I mess anything up

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I'm in a word but never seen:

Syllables are only heard, and not read.

Japanese poets of me were keen:

Haikus are a japanese form of poetry where the amount of syllables per line are fixed

I'm used a lot to not seem dumb:

Not certain at this point, but people that don't want to seem dumb talk a lot perhaps?

But there's just 3 left from where I'm from:

3 syllables in the word syllable

EDIT: Didnt read post enough, looking for a number

  • $\begingroup$ I think you got it. Just count the syllables in each of the $4$ lines. $\endgroup$
    – Jens
    Sep 13 '19 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ For the dumb part: using big words with lots of (answer)? $\endgroup$
    – JS1
    Sep 14 '19 at 0:00
  • $\begingroup$ Yep you basically got it. I"m going to consider your solution correct as taking your solution plus the comment @Jens added and you have the solution. $\endgroup$ Sep 14 '19 at 1:17

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