Part number one? I'll never Tell,
but when you figure it out, drop the last L

Part two is straightforward, though a little crass:
give the plural form of what comes out your ...

The third and final part, you'll see
can be found by thinking empirically

What word am I describing?

Edit -- no guesses after 20 hours, so here's a hint:

Hint #1

I said I'll never Tell, though I'll gladly open a few more Gates

  • $\begingroup$ Is the fourth line "..." supposed to be "ass", or was it intentionally styled as such? $\endgroup$
    – Mathgeek
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 15:59
  • $\begingroup$ If I were to tell you, part two would be more than a little crass. There's a rhyme scheme for a reason $\endgroup$
    – acvill
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 16:30

1 Answer 1


The word is:

William Tell -> Will -> Wil + dungs (plural form) + roman (empire)

The term Bildungsroman comes from German, and refers to a work (novel, etc.) which tells a coming of age story. The German words in the title (halte zu mir) translate to "stand by me", which is the title of a Rob Reiner-directed coming of age film.

  • $\begingroup$ Nice puzzle, by the way. Enjoyable to work on. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ Nice answer! Want to take a crack at the relevance of the title? $\endgroup$
    – acvill
    Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 16:59
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    $\begingroup$ I added text to my answer. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 9, 2020 at 17:06

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