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12th Mar '18 11:23:47 AM KingLyger
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The answer? As a baby, a human goes about on all fours ("four legs in the morning"; morning = childhood), until he learns to walk, which he does so well into adulthood ("two legs in the afternoon"; afternoon = adulthood), until old age requires him to use a cane to support himself ("three legs in the evening", evening = old age), finally he dies ("no legs at night", night = death). So the answer is "a man".

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The answer? "A man." As a baby, a human goes about on all fours ("four legs in the morning"; morning = childhood), until he learns to walk, which he does so well into adulthood ("two legs in the afternoon"; afternoon = adulthood), until old age requires him to use a cane to support himself ("three legs in the evening", evening = old age), finally he dies ("no legs at night", night = death). So the answer is "a man".
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8th Feb '18 4:02:26 AM GoblinCipher
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* One of the very first puzzles in ''VideoGame/VirtuesLastReward'' flirts with this, with rows of buttons next to pictures of an old man and a baby. [[spoiler: Answering three and four respectively is wrong. You're actually supposed to count the numbers of old people and babies on a poster and enter those numbers.]]
14th Jan '18 8:19:19 PM maxwellsilver
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* Theatre/PeerGynt encounters the Egyptian Sphinx at Gizeh, and asks him the question "who are you". This is the same question he asked ''the boyg'' to acts prior. Before he sees the sphinx, the statue of Memnon has adviced him to "die, or solve the riddle of the song".

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* Theatre/PeerGynt encounters the Egyptian Sphinx at Gizeh, and asks him the question "who are you". This is the same question he asked ''the boyg'' to the boyg two acts prior. Before he sees the sphinx, the statue of Memnon has adviced advised him to "die, or solve the riddle of the song".
29th Dec '17 12:40:22 PM lakingsif
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* ''VideoGame/BlackMirror'' has four books with one riddle each to hide [[spoiler: the coffin of Marcus Gordon]]. Interestingly, the actual riddle doesn't appear, though the riddles were obviously inspired by it in the way they are formulated. [[note]]"You can't see it, but hear it. It only speaks when spoken to." [[spoiler: Echo]] - "You buy it black, use it red and dispose it grey." [[spoiler: Coal]] - "You see it in the cold, but it usually is invisible to the eye. Gentle and light as a feather, but no creature can exist without it." [[spoiler: Breath]] - "The more you take, the more it grows." [[spoiler: Hole]][[/note]]

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* ''VideoGame/BlackMirror'' ''VideoGame/BlackMirrorVideoGames'' has four books with one riddle each to hide [[spoiler: the coffin of Marcus Gordon]]. Interestingly, the actual riddle doesn't appear, though the riddles were obviously inspired by it in the way they are formulated. [[note]]"You can't see it, but hear it. It only speaks when spoken to." [[spoiler: Echo]] - "You buy it black, use it red and dispose it grey." [[spoiler: Coal]] - "You see it in the cold, but it usually is invisible to the eye. Gentle and light as a feather, but no creature can exist without it." [[spoiler: Breath]] - "The more you take, the more it grows." [[spoiler: Hole]][[/note]]
3rd Nov '17 7:39:15 AM WillyFourEyes
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* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', a Power Moon is guarded by a Sphynx in the Sand Kingdom. All you have to do is answer a simple riddle, and it'll let Mario into the treasure room behind it.
3rd Nov '17 7:36:27 AM WillyFourEyes
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* Played with in MonsterGirlQuest. As part of a trial to be [[EngagementChallenge eligible to marry]] a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], a Sphinx gives this question, and it is lampshaded by Luka how almost everyone knows the answer to this question and that it's anticlimactic. [[spoiler:The riddle's true purpose is to illustrate that any monster and human romance will be a MayflyDecemberRomance and to make the trial taker aware of this fact and its implications.]]

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* Played with in MonsterGirlQuest.''Monster Girl Quest''. As part of a trial to be [[EngagementChallenge eligible to marry]] a [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]], a Sphinx gives this question, and it is lampshaded by Luka how almost everyone knows the answer to this question and that it's anticlimactic. [[spoiler:The riddle's true purpose is to illustrate that any monster and human romance will be a MayflyDecemberRomance and to make the trial taker aware of this fact and its implications.]]


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* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', a Power Moon is guarded by a Sphynx in the Sand Kingdom. All you have to do is answer a simple riddle, and it'll let Mario into the treasure room behind it.
25th Sep '17 11:09:45 PM Sikon
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* Parodied in an extra strip in the book edition of the fifth ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' arc, "Blood Runs in the Family". Not only does the sphinx speak in riddles, but to ask it a question, one needs to phrase it as a riddle as well, even a prosaic question like "which way is the restroom?". Elan, being a bard, is adept at it, but when Vaarsuvius tries it, his/her SesquipedalianLoquaciousness ends up confusing the sphinx... resulting in a shower of confetti and a reward of a free ice cream cone for managing such a feat.
17th Aug '17 11:57:02 AM DaibhidC
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-->'''Man:''' Well then get ready for round two! "As I was going to St. Ives, I--"\\

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-->'''Man:''' '''Man:''' Well then get ready for round two! "As I was going to St. Ives, I--"\\
17th Aug '17 11:51:34 AM DaibhidC
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* In Peter Dickinson's work of imaginary natural history ''Flight of Dragons'', he proposes that the sphinx was actually a dragon, and the "riddle" was the confusion caused by the dragon's hypnotic abilities (he also explains why he believes dragons had hypnotic abilities). "Solving" the riddle meant Oedipus snapping out of the trance and remembering who he was and what he was doing there; hence, the answer is "man".
12th Jul '17 4:18:02 PM Swankiliciousness
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* In ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', T-Rex tries this riddle on his friends, who answer it easily and point out that it's the most well-known riddle of all time. It predates PAPER. At least Creator/PatrickStewart liked it.

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* In ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'', T-Rex tries this riddle on his friends, who answer it easily and point out that it's the most well-known riddle of all time. It predates PAPER. At least Creator/PatrickStewart liked it.it; it apparently spoke to him on a personal level.
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