I posted the article entitled Snape’s puzzle a year ago. I said « answer in a comment next week », but I’ve never posted this comment. I therefore post it today!

 

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We know there are:

  • Ÿ    a bottle of potion to move onwards
  • Ÿ    a bottle of potion to go back
  • Ÿ    two bottles of nettle wine
  • Ÿ    three bottles of poison

Let’s begin with the fourth clue: “Fourth, the second left and the second on the right / Are twins once you taste them, though different at first sight.” It hepls to find the two bottles of wine: bottles 2 and 6.

Then, we have the first clue: “First, however slyly the poison tries to hide / You will always find some on nettle wine’s lef side.” That is to say bottle 1 and bottles 3 and/or 4 and/or 5.

With the second clue : “Second, different are those who stand at either end, / But if you would wove onwards, neither is your friend.” We can identify the bottle 7 as the potion to go back.

Finally, the third clue : “Third, as you see clearly, all are different size, / Neither dwarf nor giant holds death in their insides;” gives us the potion to move onwards as the bottle 3, and the two last bottles of poison as the bottles 4 and 5.

It was quite easy, wasn’t it? However I can see no comment on that article posted last year…