puzzle and riddle

bamboo--tw

Senior Member
ROC/Mandarin
The puzzle really confuses me. I just don't know how to solve it.


Hi,
Is "puzzle" in the above interchangeable with "riddle?" Thanks.
 
  • panjandrum

    Occasional Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    A riddle is a particular type of puzzle, usually involving a question or statement that requires you to work out, or guess, an answer or explanation.
     

    bamboo--tw

    Senior Member
    ROC/Mandarin
    Thanks, panjandrum.
    Then, they are interchangeable in the base sentence, right?
    By the way, what are the basic differences between riddle and puzzle?
     

    Lexiphile

    Senior Member
    England English
    Generally, a riddle is a question: "why did the chicken cross the road?" "What walks on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon and on three legs in the evening?"

    Puzzle is a more general term covering riddles, interlocked metal rings, wooden boxes with sliding sides, interlocking pieces of cardboard and, of course, women (if you happen to be a man).

    So in the sentence in your original post, you cannot substitute "riddle" unless the puzzle actually is only a riddle.
     
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