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I'll give the title and author of this book of riddles and puzzles when somebody furps back the correct answer. (I can't reveal it now because the answers are in the back.)
It seems proper that instead of Pizza, the correct answer to this pretzel is worth a bottle of Malvoisie, if I can find any Malvoisie.
You might have to settle for a flask of MD 20/20 in a brown paper bag.
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The Riddle of the Cellarer
Then Abbot David looked grave, and said that this incident brought to his mind the painful fact that John the Cellarer had been caught robbing the cask of best Malvoisie that was reserved for special occasions. He ordered him to be brought in.
"Now, varlet," said the Abbot, as the ruddy-faced Cellarer came before him, "though knowest that thou wast taken this morning in the act of stealing good wine that was forbidden thee. What has thou to say for thyself?"
"Prithee, my Lord Abbot, forgive me!" he cried, falling on his knees. "Of a truth, the Evil One did come and tempt me, and the cask was so handy and the wine was so good withal, and -- and I had drunk of it ofttimes without being found out, and --"
"Rascal! That but maketh thy fault the worse! How much wine hast thou taken?"
"Alack-a-day! There were 100 pints in the cask at the start, and I have taken me 1 pint every day this month of June -- it being today the 30th thereof -- and if my Lord Abbot can tell me to a nicety how much good wine I have taken in all, let him punish me as he will."
"Why, knave, that is 30 pints."
"Nay, nay; for each time I drew 1 pint out of the cask, I put in 1 pint of water in its stead!"
It is a curious fact that this is the only riddle in the old record that is not accompanied by its solution. Is it possible that it proved too hard a nut for the monks? There is merely the note, "John suffered no punishment for his sad fault."
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