Sunday, May 8, 2011

J-Word Play #16 [Answer]

Whoa, apologies! This one really got away from me.

A couple weeks ago I posed the riddle:

たぬきの宝箱には何が入っている?

Kudos to Rene for answering correctly!

And that answer is (read no further if you want to hazard a guess first)...

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何もない。
Nothing.

The riddle asks us "What's inside the tanuki's treasure box?"

Tanuki (狸) are Japanese raccoon dogs. You may recognize the word if you've played Super Mario Bros. 3. They make many appearances in Japanese folklore as shapeshifters and tricksters.

In this particular riddle, you may read たぬき as 「た」ぬき, which means "without 'ta'." Specifically, what's inside a 宝箱 (たからばこ) minus the 「た」.

When you take away 「た」, the word changes to 空箱 (からばこ), which means "empty box." Thus there's nothing inside!

4 comments:

  1. Yeah, I think so. Think I'll ease back a little for the next one.

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  2. Indeed, that one was very hard to solve. I was going to ask my girlfriend if she had an idea, but unfortunately I couldn't find the time. I'll probably ask her any though, just to see what answer she can come up with. ;)

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  3. Haf - Heh...I'll have to see if I can stump her. =)

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