ANSWERS: 8
  • "Have you guessed the riddle yet?" the Hatter said, turning to Alice again. "No, I give it up," Alice replied. "What's the answer?" "I haven't the slightest idea," said the Hatter. "Nor I," said the March Hare. ---------------------------------- If the ones who asked it, don't know the answer, how should I? But here's my favorite answer: Because they both come with inky quills. ---------------------------------- Here is Lewis Carroll's answer: "Because it can produce very few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front." And yes, that is "nevar", not "never"...
  • Alternative answers are: - Because the notes for which they are noted are not noted for being musical notes. (Puzzle maven Sam Loyd, 1914) - Because Poe wrote on both. (Loyd again) - Because there is a B in both and an N in neither. (Get it? Aldous Huxley, 1928) - Because it slopes with a flap. (Cyril Pearson, undated) I personally like the inky quills one too. However, since the riddle was originally posed in one of Carroll's works, one should probably go with his explanation. According to him, there originally wasn't a real answer (it was just meant to be nonsensical and fun, like much of his writings for children), but due to so many public inquiries he thought up one (see Jennifer's very good response above)... And yes, the actual quote IS NEVAR, not never, because that was Carroll's little inside clever joke about the wrong end first..NEVAR is RAVEN written backwards) (am sure the joke was more hilarious back in 1896 lol)
  • Because they both come with inky quills
  • Because Edgar Allen Poe wrote on both.
  • Anything to get points right...
  • Because it just it alright!@!!
  • lewis carroll himself answered this riddle (as it was his own): "Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!" Note the misspelling of “nevar” so it is "raven" spelled backwards.... THAT is the real answer!
  • They are both black and made of hardwood.

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