"Die Hard" riddles for kids

August 10th, 2006

Do you remember the awesome action classic from the 90s, "Die Hard: With A Vengeance"? That's the best action movie I've seen, it really had everything - the cast, the special effects, the scenery and a solid, unpredictable plot. But it had one more thing as well. Do you remember they cast Simon as this guy who tells lots of riddles to confuse people? This is the portrayal of a criminal mastermind, flaunting his intellect to embarass the street smart, but otherwise "regular Joe", cop. Those riddles weren't university level problems, they seemed better than they were because of all the explosions and gunfire that accompanied those scenes (or indeed the imminent explosions and gunfire). But they were really just the kind of riddles you tell to kids.


So I was thinking, since the whole category of "educational" games in free software is pretty lame, ie. very few projects that actually look serious at all, wouldn't it be a good idea to make one game that features riddles from "Die Hard: With A Vengeance"? And to make it more interesting, make it illustrated. For instance, you could divide the window into two parts, one side featuring stills from the movie (McClane with a gun on the boat etc), the other side displaying this riddle with a multiple choice option:

As I was going to St. Ives? / I met a man with seven wives. / Every wife had seven sacks, / Every sack had seven cats, / Every cat had seven kittens. / Kittens, cats, sacks, wives, / How many were going to St. Ives?

Kids would love it! :cool:

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4 Responses to ""Die Hard" riddles for kids"

  1. erik says:

    I hated those, like a stupid IQ test. If all Moops are Meeps and all Meeps are Mupes blah....

  2. numerodix says:

    Yes, because they were stupid. But now, we have the movie to sell them. :D

  3. John says:

    Bah, I hate that particular riddle. It all depends on the definition of the word "with".

  4. Hal says:

    No it doesn't cause only you were going to st ives - otherwise you wouldn't have met any of them, because you would be passing them or vice versa, but when you meet people you walk towards them, and as you were going to St Ives... you is 1. Isn't you?