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 Post subject: Victorian Puzzle Poem 7
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A few years ago some of us enjoyed trying to work out the puzzle poems that were featured in the "Girls' Own Annual" in the 1890s. Now seems like a good time to start posting them again, so I was busy with my camera earlier on today and have another seven safely on my HDD.

For those who haven't tried them before, just copy and paste what's already been solved adding in your new ideas.

When we're agreed that we're stuck, I'll post the solution.

This one looks as though it might be a toughie, I've tried a lot of them over the years and it already has me stumped!

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I think it starts
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1 - Where are the Christmases of days gone by?

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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem 7
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I'll add,

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1 Where are the Christmases of days gone by?
2 Where the sweet faces
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What do those 4 dots that feature several times symbolise? I feel I should know, but I've just lost a good half hour googling them to no avail.


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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem 7
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Four dots is apparently a mathematical symbol indicating that two ratios or relationships are the same, and is read as 'as' - the things one learns via the internet! The only one that I knew like that is the triangle of dots to mean 'therefore'. I'll continue cogitating...


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Well done! I'd managed to work out it was a maths symbol, but even so, my google results just kept bringing up things like what it means as a tattoo!


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So on that basis I think I can do line 9...

Christmas Memories

1 Where are the Christmases of days gone by?
2 Where the sweet faces
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9 And as the years recede as roll the wavy seas
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1 Where are the Christmases of days gone by?
2 Where the sweet faces
3 Ah me, the anxious labors that befell
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5 is something along the lines of preparation is half the battle/victory, but I can't work out how the symbols at the end say battle/victory!

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1 Where are the Christmases of days gone by?
2 Where the sweet faces
3 Ah me, the anxious labours that befell
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9 And as the years recede as roll the wavy seas
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1 Where are the Christmases of days gone by?
2 Where the sweet faces that I loved so well
3 Ah me, the anxious labours that befell
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9 And as the years recede as roll the wavy seas
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13 Find that...........heart pure................graves
14 A loving picture

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1 Where are the Christmases of days gone by?
2 Where the sweet faces that I loved so well
3 Ah me, the anxious labours that befell
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6 The Holy Eve, the early morning bell
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9 And as the years recede as roll the wavy seas
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13 Find that...........heart pure................graves
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Alison H wrote:
5 is something along the lines of preparation is half the battle/victory, but I can't work out how the symbols at the end say battle/victory!


I got as far as the preparation then I was stuck, although I thought the last word might be loyalty. I think you're right about the 5050 meaning half though, I'd not thought of that.


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Christmas Memories

1 Where are the Christmases of days gone by?
2 Where the sweet faces that I loved so well
3 Ah me, the anxious labours that befell
4
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6 The Holy Eve, the early morning bell
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9 And as the years recede as roll the wavy seas
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13 Find that...........heart pure................graves
14 A loving picture of seraphic crowds

I think we're supposed to allow for sound alikes, aren't we?


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Christmas Memories

1 Where are the Christmases of days gone by?
2 Where the sweet faces that I loved so well
3 Ah me, the anxious labours that befell
4
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6 The Holy Eve, the early morning bell
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9 And as the years recede as roll the wavy seas
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13 Find that the heart pure love engraves
14 A loving picture of seraphic crowds

...is it crowds or clouds?

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1 Where are the Christmases of days gone by?
2 Where the sweet faces that I loved so well
3 Ah me, the anxious labours that befell
4 Father and Mother come over............
5 The preparation is under all the....................
6 The Holy Eve, the early morning bell
7 The.........................sea's swell (or is it pulse's swell? Do pulse's swell??)
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9 And as the years recede as roll the wavy seas
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13 Find that the heart pure love engraves
14 A loving picture of seraphic crowds

I think it's crowds. This one seems even tougher than usual, or perhaps we're just out of practice! I don't doubt that when I come to look up the solution, some Victorian Miss will have solved it correctly down the last comma!


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There may be fewer of us doing it, too...?

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We were only a handful the last time, but we still did pretty well! The Board in general seems pretty slow at the moment, which I imagine is down to the fine weather. I've been catching up on the gardening and I'm guessing that others have too. When the weather changes, perhaps some fresh pairs of eyes will discover it!

It's something like 40 years ago that I bought the first "Girl's Own Annual" and came across the puzzle poems. Although I've picked up a few of the tricks of the trade over the years (a bit like cryptic crosswords in that respect), I've never actually managed to finish one. I do find it much more fun when there's a few of us all attempting to solve one together though.


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