Oct 20 2009

Mike's Birthday Puzzle – Clue #2

I just received an email from “Jnnfr Mccrght” – my name without vowels – from a gmail account that was obviously created by Mike. Here’s the message, no edits on my part:

Subject: X

a congress has senators
a parlament, owls
sooner or later
you’ll need to buy vowels
until that time comes
don’t over-think it
if my puzle is a cocktail
i wouldn’t yet drink it
but these index card clues
into your brain they’re tearing
i have a fish in my ear
so i have trouble herring
but don’t worry about them
if they make you bemused
in a few days or so
you’ll be even more confused
so until that time comes
prepare for what it’s in store
i should be a nice guy
but to confuse you some more:
i’m now eating my words
with a knife (not a fork)
wish you were here with me
in chapaqua, new york

Translated, I think it means “I think it’s hilarious how all of you people are over thinking things, wait until I send you real clues.” Of course, I’m still over thinking things, and noticing how Parliament is missing an “i” and puzzle is missing a “z.” Hmmmm….

EDIT: Got a follow up email:

“In the 7th-to-last line, “it’s” should be “is.” It was a genuine grammatical error and should not be considered a hint toward anything (seriously, my friend).

–Mr. Puzzle”


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  1. 1
    Random Dude

    “i have a fish in my earso i have trouble herring”Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Monty Python’s Holy Grail references? :)

  2. 2

    Red herring = don’t pay attention to the clues yet, because it’s a “cocktail you wouldn’t drink yet,” meaning it’s not fully mixed.That’s my take on that part.

  3. 3
    Thom Blake


  4. 4

    Wait, there’s more clues? ARGH! Wouldn’t have wasted my time yet if I’d realized that.Of course, like Jennifer, now I’m wondering if there’s clues in this puzzle.

  5. 5

    A parliament of owls.Check out other collective nouns at:http://users.tinyonline.co.uk/

  6. 6
    Mike Brownstein

    I swear its not me! Anyway…its saying it will be special (Red Herring), the Clintons (Bill and Hillary) live in Chappaqua, NY

  7. 7

    And Chappaqua is missing a “p”, so add that to the “i” and the “z” to get… zip. Which really isn’t better than nothing.

  8. 8

    The zip code for chappaqua,ny is 10514, which is broken down is 10-5-14 or J-E-N. Now bring on some more torture!

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