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The Motto (Posted on 2008-04-06) Difficulty: 3 of 5

Everyone: Bill has this bus.

In language long forgotten,

he calls it for us.

From many, unlucky,

is left just the one.

Now nearly quadrupled

but still it's just one.

_______________________

What kind of bus is it?

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Solution Puzzle Solution Comment 6 of 6 |
(In reply to Answer by K Sengupta)

First line:

Every(one: Bill) has this bus.
-> Every bill of a certain currency having a denomination of 1 has this property.

Second line:

In language long forgotten,
-> Latin immediately comes to one's mind since that was the predominant language in the Western civilisation.

Third line:

he calls it for (u.s.).

-> The currency belogs to U.S. (United States). So, the currency corresponds to U.S. dollar.

So, the riddle corresponds with something that is written in a $ 1 bill in Latin. We know that the motto in terms of a $ 1 bill is "e pluribus unum."

At this point, we can conjecture that "pluribus" is the answer to the riddle.

The fifth and sixth verse together imply the act of 13 different states, conglomerating into a single union, that is, the United States of America. Indeed, "e pluribus unum" literally means "one out of many."

The seventh and eighth verse signifies that currently there are 50 (near quadruple of 13) states in the U.S.

Consequently, it is now verified that "pluribus" is indeed the answer to the given riddle.


  Posted by K Sengupta on 2008-12-17 12:12:33
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