## What am I? Short riddle poem…

Here’s a really old riddle poem:

My number, definite and known,

is ten times ten told ten times o’er;

One-half of me is one alone,

The other exceeds all count and score.

Can you guess what I am?

*[answers, submitted below in the comment section, to be shown in day, thanks]*

Here’s another short riddle posted couple months ago. And here’s a harder, math brain teaser type riddle poem.

Tags: Riddle-poem

RK| Profile July 11th, 2007 - 11:32 pma little surprised no one has gotten this yet, it’s really not that hard….

keith| Guest July 12th, 2007 - 6:01 amthe answer is 10 isnt it

“10 times over” refers to divided by

i think

jason| Guest July 12th, 2007 - 7:25 ami dontknow….i’m gonna throw out 1k

charity| Guest July 12th, 2007 - 10:04 ami think the answer is 10…half of me is one..cause there is a 1 and a 0 *shrugs* not sure but what the heck im gonna throw it out there too

milo zachary| Guest July 12th, 2007 - 12:54 pmThousands. Thou Sands

I think that the wording is deceptive. I was looking for a single integer.

Scott K| Guest July 12th, 2007 - 2:40 pmits 10

Megan W| Guest July 12th, 2007 - 3:40 pmI don’t think it’s “hard” as much as it is vague… the language confuses me. I’m a mathematical/ logical thinker who is much more confused when it comes to word problems.

Initially I thought like Jason – 1000… but that makes half of it ’10’, not 1. So maybe it is 10? Which would make more sense if, like Keith states, “10 times over” refers to divided by.

I appreciate the diversity though, RK. I’ve always wanted to be better at word problems, and the only way to get better is by practising. So thanks

RK| Profile July 12th, 2007 - 5:02 pmHi Megan- glad to hear you like the variety

in retrospect, though, I agree that it actually is kind of hard, because half the problem relies on mathematical thinking, and the other half switches gears and relies on lateral thinking, which can always be very tricky as the spectrum of possible answers is huge (compared to logic/math problems).

When you have the answer in front of you (which I did), things always seem much easier than what they really are

RK| Profile July 12th, 2007 - 5:04 pmThousand, as Milo notes is the ‘official’ answer. 10×10=100; told 10 times over=1000.

Thou=one alone

sand= exceeding all count and score

RK| Profile July 12th, 2007 - 5:14 pmalthough now that I think about it, can the concept of ‘zero’ exceed all count and score? Probably so…

this is working along the ’10 times over’ being a division as Keith mentions

Prairie Kittin| Guest July 12th, 2007 - 9:56 pmThousand

Thou = one alone

Sand = exceeds all count and score

Prairie

Tim| Guest July 13th, 2007 - 1:17 pmWithout getting into the word part, 1000 halved is “10” and “00”. “00” resembles the symbol for infinity, thus exceeding all count and score. “10” is 1 alone, since 0 represents nothing.

Angelo| Guest July 15th, 2007 - 12:39 amI’m thinking of thousand

Catherine| Guest August 15th, 2007 - 3:44 pmCall me unromantic and picky, but I’m afraid that there is not an infinite number of grains of sand, nor rocks available for pulverizing.

Sand does not exceed our count and score, only our tolerance for monotony and tedium in doing so, and of course time available in the human life span.