18 June 2014 at 11:45pm
My poor Venommancer and his pal Virgil are stuck in front of a riddling arratoch.
Twenty yards and ten again,
Two hundred dwarfs were marching then,
A fathom more, but four less when,
They fell into a dragon's den.
How many feet are we?
I cannot find the answer!
I thought it might be connected to the number of feet (both with toes and for measuring distances) but it does not sound
right. A yard is three feet and a fathom is six feet, right?
I could add 14 (seven kings), plus 90 (twenty and ten yards means thirty yards), plus 400 (the two hundred marching dwarves), minus 18 (one more fathom and four less fathoms means three less fathoms) and the result would be 486. Do the dragon's paws/claws count as feet, too? Then it would be 490... But neither is correct!
I spent the last two hours on this riddle. Can anybody help me, please?