SparkNotes Blog


The Mindhut can’t pretend to know what happens after death. If we claimed as much it would be equal parts presumptuous, controversial, and depressing. However, we do like to imagine a post-mortal realm where the greatest minds of history are able to assemble and do what they do best… FIGHT! In our new series of weekly riddles, it is up to you to decipher the code and interpret their intellectual feuds. These are brainy battles.


To become a knight during King Arthur’s reign was a great honor.

It was not an easy process, however. Prospects began training as early as age 7 under the title of page. They would study not only horse-riding and swordsmanship, but also music, chivalry, and theology.

The pages were coached by older boys known as squires. Squires were pages who had been raised to a second power.

If a squire was still only half as valuable as a knight, which was a tenth the value of a king, what is the formula for finding a pages worth compared to King Arthur?

If you think you’ve figured it out, post your theories below. Check back next week for a new riddle as well as this week’s answer and explanation.

Last week’s answer: Even though the Sistine Chapel is 1 in a million, it’s still only 1. 1 picture is worth 1000 words. Jim Morrison’s song is 50 words. 1000 divided by 50 is 20. Therefore, it would take 20 of Jim’s greatest works to equal 1 on Michelangelo’s.

The week before last week’s answer: The alphabet was inverted for this riddle. A=Z B=Y C=X D=W E=V F=U G=T H=S I=R J=Q K=P L=O M=N

*As always, original artwork is created by the marvelous Mr. Mikey Barger