Josephus relates how Hiram, King of Tyre, and Solomon had once
a contest in riddles, when Solomon won a large sum of money; but he
subsequently lost it to Abdemon, one of Hiram's subjects.
Plutarch states that Homer died of chagrin because he could not
solve a certain riddle. (See
Sphinx.) Father of riddles.
So the AbbéCotin dubbed himself, but posterity has not confirmed his
right to the title.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894