The Riddle is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in 1757. It was interpreted by Charles Bolton (website) in 1988 and published in Retreads Vol.3. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. The minor set lasts 16 bars.
Half figure down on your own sides Lead up to the Top and cast off Set 3 sides the Man cast down the Wo. up. Set 3 Top and Bottom the Wo. case down and the Man up.
Bolton does not say so, but the original looks like a triple minor to me.
The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.
The dances of Charles Bolton (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.
|A1||1-4||M2 face up, W2 down, 2s start right shoulder half heys for three on the sides|
|A2||1-4||1s lead to top and cast to middle (2s lead down)|
|B1||1-2||Lines of three on the sides, set|
|3-4||Man down, women up, 1s cast to ends|
|B2||1-2||Lines of three on the ends, set|
|3-4||1s cast back to middle|
The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1988 by Charles Bolton. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
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