这里的Poe指的是作家埃德加·爱伦·坡(Edgar Allan Poe），他曾于1845年发表了一篇广受赞誉的名为《乌鸦》（The Raven）的诗。
因此这句话可以理解为两个意思： “Poe wrote on raven.”（爱伦坡写过有关乌鸦的文章。） “Poe wrote on a writing desk.”(爱伦坡在写字台上写文章。) 这个答案用一个文字游戏将八竿子打不着的爱伦坡拉扯进来，圆滑却不失有趣。
序言原文： Auther's Note
Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter's Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz. 'Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!' This, however, is merely an afterthought: the Riddle, as originally invented, had no answer at all.
读者们频繁地给我来信，询问书中疯帽匠的谜语到底有没有答案，我不妨在这里给出一个自己认为还算恰当答案，那就是“'Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!”。这是我后来才想出来的，最初写下谜语的时候根本就没有答案。