Plum Taking

A man without eyes saw plums on a tree.
He neither took them nor left them, how can this be?

The man had only one eye and took one plum. (note singular versus plural)

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6 Comments on "Plum Taking"

Kade5251 says
August 24, 2016 @ 00:46

If the man didn’t take plums nor plums did he leave, you would have to assume that there were only two plums on the tree, he took one “plum” (singular), and in doing so he wouldn’t have left back any “plums” but would have left “a plum”, so “plums” plural he didn’t leave.

Deb says
October 10, 2019 @ 11:55

the person who told me this said that the answer above was close but not quite
something to do with the eyes. Having no eyes
I said well he had a vision
she said close but not right yet
Any other answers to this riddle?

Seamus says
October 22, 2019 @ 05:02

Yes, it has something to do with the eyes, also grammar, The man only had one eye, (single)so did not have the plural, (eyes), he did see two plumbs and ate one leaving one,

Hihn says
July 8, 2020 @ 13:39

Way to butcher the lovely rhyme scheme though.

A man without eyes
sees plumbs on a tree.
He neither takes them
nor leaves them.
How can this be?

Dan says
July 9, 2020 @ 13:04

That version is lovely.

Verne says
December 31, 2021 @ 18:00

Where did this riddle originate?

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