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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 23 Feb 2017, 13:37 
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I think I'm completely stuck now. Let me know when you've had enough and I'll look up the solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 23 Feb 2017, 16:24 
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I probably won't have much time for a few days, now. It's our ruby wedding party on Saturday. But if all isn't revealed by then, I'll try and have another look next week.

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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 23 Feb 2017, 16:49 
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Oh, congratulations, I hope you have a lovely day on Saturday.

I'll repost the link now we're on the second page.

It's here

(I have several more puzzle poems if you're a glutton for punishment!)


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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 23 Feb 2017, 18:02 
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Annied wrote:
Oh, congratulations, I hope you have a lovely day on Saturday.
Thanks. :D

Annied wrote:
(I have several more puzzle poems if you're a glutton for punishment!)
I hoped there might be some more - they're great fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem
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I really enjoy them too, especially when there are a few of us who can put our heads together, so I'm delighted to find some fellow fans. Even in Victorian times, I picked up that solving them was often a family affair.

Years ago I scanned a lot into the computer when I was rebinding/repairing some of the volumes they're in, so there are plenty to come if the enthusiasm is there. My biggest problem now is working out which volume each of them came from, so that I can then find the solutions! The solutions were always published alongside "The Examiner's Report". The latter are often as interesting as the puzzles themselves. They took no prisoners!


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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 24 Feb 2017, 00:00 
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That large T look like a gallows to me, and I'm trying to remember the other word for it - which might have an e that could be taken out to give what we need. Agree the irises, and wonder if the carnation-looking flowers at the end of that line are pinks?

ETA - think I was thinking of 'gibbet' '?gibb to our heart and memory' - could it be 'give' ????

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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem
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It's been all quiet for several days now, so I thought it was time for the solution. Believe it or not, a Mabel Barnicott managed to get the solution correct "in every respect"! (How on earth did she know about the brackets?!)

I've been waiting for May all the winter through;
(And the winter is long in the North Countrie)
But the bulbs have sprung forth; and I daily view,
In the sun-lighted distance, the deep blue sea.
Oh Crown Imperial, O tulip proud,
My loving heart just laughs out loud!

It is blithe when it all-that-it-longed-for gets;
(But the summer is short in the North Countrie)
We must hastily take drear old Winters's debts,
And hug to our heart and memory,
The Iris, snowflake, and wall-flower sweet;
For spring-time days have footsteps fleet.

The Examiners' Report makes very entertaining reading too. You can read it here


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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2017, 16:06 
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Thanks for that, Annie. I notice that the Examiner's report completely fails to address the candle. I'm not convinced that "B - lit - h x 2 / ew en" is the best rendering for 'blithe when'; to my mind it doesn't seem to be right use of the line that makes what appears to be a fraction - I was expecting something about 'under' or 'over' or 'on', but who am I to argue with them. I don't think I'd ever have worked out the hogsheads.

Now to go and look at the new puzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2017, 16:27 
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Ah well, many of these things are in the eye and ear of the complier. Two hogsheads equal one butt, indeed! But the 'huge T' was quite ingenious! :-)


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