Riddle: Four men sat dawn to play, They played all night till break of day. They played for gold and not for fun, With separate scores for everyone. When they had come to square accounts, They all had made quite fair amounts. Can you the paradox explain, If no one lost, how all could gain?
In the riddle, when it says four men sat down to play and they played all night for gold our first thought is that these men were gambling for gold. It also makes us think of gambling by telling us that this is a paradox.
Also, these men have separate scores for everyone, it makes us think of gambling again. However, here the word score is not used in its first sense, its meaning here is the notebook where musicians look at the notes of the song. Therefore, we understand that these men were musicians, and this is the answer of the riddle.
Answer: The men were musicians..