A Riddle I Received

I often receive riddles from people who think that since I compiled a bunch of riddles on my site, I must be able to solve them. While not entirely logical, the practice has made me better at solving them.

I received one the other day that stumped me. The email said in part, “My friend gave it to me. I couldn’t tell whether it was a brain teaser or a math problem.” There was nothing else to go on.

Here’s the riddle.

Eat flush to my nose tree times for they buy dead by too.

Any ideas? I later found out the answer, but if I gave it away you won’t have any fun guessing ;)


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  1. I could probably come up with some different answers, but is it 4?

    Comment by Cameron on January 16, 2009 @ 11:48 am
  2. No, but the number 4 is in the answer.

    Comment by Dan on January 16, 2009 @ 11:50 am
  3. Alright, here’s the answer.

    Eat flush to my nose tree times for they buy dead by too.

    Eat = 8
    Flush = plus
    to = 2
    my nose = minus
    tree = three
    times = times
    for = 4
    they buy dead by = divided by
    too = 2

    8 + 2 = 10
    -3 = 7
    *4 = 28
    /2 = 14

    The answer is arguably 4 if you consider the equation as a whole because of order of operations:

    8+2-3*4/2 = 8+2-3*2 = 8+2-6 = 4

    Comment by Dan on January 20, 2009 @ 11:46 am
  4. It’s 14
    Eat flush to my nose tree times for they buy dead by too.
    Eight plus two(10) minus 3 (7), times four (28) divided by two (14) = 14

    Comment by Jeremy on February 16, 2009 @ 11:00 am
  5. You are the most intellectually intelligent person I’ve ever encountered.

    Comment by Sammie on July 14, 2011 @ 4:25 am
  6. @Sammie You must not get out much :)

    Comment by Dan on July 14, 2011 @ 8:37 am
  7. Mmmmh ur rilly intellectuaz

    Comment by Aaron on November 26, 2011 @ 12:05 pm
  8. I got a riddle for you how do I post it though!? I signed up and I don’t know how to post it please reply……

    Comment by holly on February 29, 2012 @ 5:15 pm
  9. @holly You could post it in a comment or email it in using the contact page.

    Comment by Dan on March 1, 2012 @ 8:53 am
  10. heres a riddle from my son and i dont know what it is. i died and came back to life. my blood is not easily able to go thruogh my body. my favorite pet is a fish. who am i. godd luck on this one

    Comment by randy on October 22, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

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