This week I drove to church early enough to catch an NPR puzzler. This week the challenge was to come up with your own riddle, a piece of wordplay following a particular format.
I was of course excited to come up with a few of my own, and submitted three of my best to NPR.
NPR had a limit of 3 submissions per person, so I submitted the first three. But I came up with five in total!
I enjoyed thinking up these riddles. I'm reminded of a debate held in pretty much every English class ever: do constraints like a rhyme scheme or a meter hinder or nurture creativity? I think they nurture creativity, and the structure from Will Shortz definitely helped me think of these riddles.
I've spent the afternoon calling various people to force them to hear my jokes. My wife is sick of this (specatular!) spectacle, but I'm having fun!