Edgar Allan Poe’s Palindromic Puzzle

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The following riddle in the form of a 13-line poem was credited to Edgar Allan Poe. The answers consist of palindromic words:

First, find out a word that doth silence proclaim,
And that backwards and forwards is always the same;
Then next you must find out a feminine name
That backwards and forwards is always the same;
An act, or a writing on parchment whose name
Both backwards and forwards is always the same;
A fruit that is rare, whose botanical name
Read backwards and forwards is always the same;
A note used in music, which time doth proclaim,
And backwards and forwards is always the same;
Their initials connected, a title will frame,
That is justly the due of the fair married dame,
Which backwards and forwards is always the same.

Can you figure it out?

Solution (Click to Show)

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The solution is actually pretty simple but it took me quite a while to figure this out mainly because of the riddle about a “rare fruit”. I was hard-pressed at coming up with a palindromic rare fruit. Fortunately, I already knew that the beginning and ending letter of the fruit is “A” since it’s the letter for solving MAD_M (MADAM) which lessened the number of possible solutions. Then I suddenly thought of anana, most commonly known as pineapple (scientific name: ananas comosus). I didn’t immediately thought of “anana” because it’s usually called “ananas” which made me not to think of it as a potential solution at the start.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

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