#Caturday Riddle

cat-01As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives.
Each wife had seven sacks.
Each sack had seven cats.
Each cat had seven kits.
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were going to St. Ives?

The answer will be posted here in the comments tomorrow. Meanwhile, see if you can answer the riddle. Correct answers will be run through a hopper for a modest prize.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character meets another character who has what appears to be entirely too many animals.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “#Caturday Riddle

  1. Sarah Park

    February 10, 2013 at 9:39am

    I’ll just wait for the answer. I’m not good with riddles.

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    Marian Allen

    February 11, 2013 at 9:45pm

    And the answer is:

    “As I was going to St. Ives …. How many were going to St. Ives?” I was. One.

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      Marian Allen

      February 11, 2013 at 9:49pm

      And the correct answer is: One! Now I’m going to put all of the correct guesses into a hat and stir them around…. I’ll have a disinterested person draw out a name…. Katya, come here and draw a name. You can’t get more disinterested than a cat…. And the winner is … MARIAN ALLEN!

      Congratulations, myself! Your prize is: All my worldly possessions! ~sound of wild cheering~

      Thanks, folks! Thanks for playing! I’ll have another giveaway real soon, now! Love ya!

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  3. Veronica

    February 12, 2013 at 3:20am

    58? I started with the seven cats with seven kittens each. That would be 49. Plus the man, his seven wives, and the narrator of the riddle. 58 are going to St. Ives! I hope I got the correct answer. That was actually fun!

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      Marian Allen

      February 12, 2013 at 9:02am

      Thank you so much for joining the fun, Veronica! It’s a tricky riddle, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

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  4. Joy

    February 13, 2013 at 6:35pm

    You got my mind in knots! I can’t stop thinking about what the answer might be.

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      Marian Allen

      February 13, 2013 at 6:53pm

      The answer is in one of the comments, Joy. ~grin~ Nobody got it. It’s a very old riddle.

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  5. Emilia

    February 13, 2013 at 11:28pm

    I suck at riddles. I’m hoping someone gets the answer soon and posts it here so I don’t have to keep on refreshing the screen.

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  6. Calra

    February 14, 2013 at 1:12am

    Interesting riddle. Has anyone answered it yet? I know curiousity kills the cat but hey, I’m no cat. Tell us! What’s the answer.

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