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Your brother is about to have a job interview and invites you to go with him just to help him overcome his...

...anxiety. Both of you just passed the reception and are asked to stay in the waiting room for the recruiter to show up. Your brother is ready to make an overwhelming impression talk, but he’s extremely nervous and uncomfortable. Then, the recruiter arrives and goes straight to his room. He calls the receptionist and asks her to walk him into his room. While your brother is in the recruiter’s office, the receptionist stands up and gets a cup of coffee for you. One minute later, she arrives and before you thank her she asks you: 


What is before you?


ANSWER = ?

Apr 21, 2017 1:33 PM
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Nope, not fair, Nilton.

The riddle is fair when spoken, because you cannot actually be sure whether the speaker said you or named the letter U, so if you fail to notice the possibility that it is U, then you have indeed missed a good answer.

However, you presented the riddle in writing. In writing, it is unambiguous that she is asking "what is before you." She cannot possibly have meant "What is before U?"

There's another problem, having to do with idiomatic English. Normally, we would not say "what is before U?" That's pretty unnatural. Even if an elementary school teacher were standing in front of a blackboard with the alphabet written on it, it would be unnatural. The natural phrasing would be

"What comes before U?" or

"What is the letter before U?"

I think Jerry's answer is much better.

Another valid answer, but not as good as Jerry's, is "Yore--in the Scrabble dictionary."

April 22, 2017

Wow! Outstanding!

Daria, How did you get the right answer, TEA?

I thought this riddle would be harder, but you hit the nail on the head.

Well done!

Tomorrow I will try to post a harder one.

Please try to solve it again.

Congratulations!


April 22, 2017
Before is the answer.
April 21, 2017

tea

What is before U? Letter T)

April 21, 2017

Vera,

Let me try to clarify this to you.

The recruiter calls the receptionist (through his telephone extension)

He wants to interview the candidate (your brother).

In the meantime, you are in the waiting room.

While you wait for your brother, who is being interviewed, the receptionist stands up, leaves her desk and goes get some coffee for you.

When she returns, she wants you to find out what she brought to you (what is in front of your eyes.)

You should focus on the question more than in the description.

The original riddle only has two lines. I tried to make it as much confused as I could so nobody Googles it.

Don't try to find the answer on Google. It will be in vain :)







April 21, 2017
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