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Riddle

Josephus relates how Hiram, King of Tyre, and Solomon had once a contest in riddles, when Solomon won a large sum of money; but he subsequently lost it to Abdemon, one of Hiram's subjects.

Riddle.
Plutarch states that Homer died of chagrin because he could not solve a certain riddle. (See Sphinx.) Father of riddles. So the AbbéCotin dubbed himself, but posterity has not confirmed his right to the title. (1604-1682.) (See Ree.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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