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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 15:01 
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I've just had another look, and can't get what that picture in line 4 is meant to be ... sometime I think it's a piece of cake - but I can't do anything with any of piece or cake - or slice. I wondered if the ST would go with a word ending in e to give a superlative of something,but can't think what.

Certainly when everyone else has had enough, I'm happy to see the solution - I think we haven't done too badly all in all!

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 15:11 
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Well we've certainly done better with this one :D - one minor quibble is that I think the word 'wide' in line 14 might be s+till.


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 15:49 
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Noreen wrote:
Well we've certainly done better with this one :D - one minor quibble is that I think the word 'wide' in line 14 might be s+till.


That is a good thought - I was trying to think of what an open drawer could be, but a till plus the lying 's' is better than 'wide' [open]

The other thing that has been exercising my mind is how we get pillows. I can see the -LOW S but it seems to be 'PTL' [rather than 'PIL'] on the 'THE' - what am I missing?

ETA and I've just realised line 12 is 'LEADEN' feathers, not 'weighty' !

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 16:01 
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So - sorry for spree - breakhrough - Peter says is it tufa - which would give:

Indigestion

1. I could not sleep a wink last night,
2. The world to me seemed upside down.
3. My head upon the pillows white,
4. Is too fast changed to white from brown.
5. And life so far as I could gauge,
6. Seemed like this hieroglyphics page.
7. My beating heart gave violent knocks,
8. As in the dark I clearly traced.
9. A wrong-lived life in prison docks,
10. Must as I thought, full soon be faced.
11. I turned the creasèd pillows around,
12. And shook the leaden feathers bound.
13. And as the beams of morn stole in,
14. They found me lying still awake,
15. And pointed with a glittering grin,
16. To an empty box of [wedding/birthday] cake.
17. How strange (or possibly odd) that our worst woes by far,
18. Are those which self inflicted are.

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 19:27 
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Oh well done Peter! So I wasn't too far adrift with my rock or stone then - just lacking an education in geology!

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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 19:42 
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I'd been trying to get somewhere with pumice, or coke, so we were all in the same general area!

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PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 21:43 
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So here's our effort and the solution. There's a link to the solution/explanation in the magazine HERE and the Examiners' Report is HERE

Apparently the extra t and lack of an i in line 3 was an error on the magazine's part. Also both wedding and birthday cake were acceptable in line 16 as were strange and odd in line 17.

I think we did really well.

Indigestion

1. I could not sleep a wink last night,
2. The world to me seemed upside down.
3. My head upon the pillows white,
4. Is too fast changed to white from brown.
5. And life so far as I could gauge,
6. Seemed like this hieroglyphics page.
7. My beating heart gave violent knocks,
8. As in the dark I clearly traced.
9. A wrong-lived life in prison docks,
10. Must as I thought, full soon be faced.
11. I turned the creasèd pillows around,
12. And shook the leaden feathers bound.
13. And as the beams of morn stole in,
14. They found me lying still awake,
15. And pointed with a glittering grin,
16. To an empty box of [wedding/birthday] cake.
17. How strange (or possibly odd) that our worst woes by far,
18. Are those which self inflicted are.


Indigestion

I could not sleep a wink last night,
The world to me seemed upside down;
My head upon the pillows white,
So restless changed the white to brown;
And life, so far as I could gauge,
Seemed like this hieroglyphic page.

My heart gave violent double knocks,
As in the dark I clearly traced
A wrong-lived life; and prison docks
Must, as I thought, full soon be faced.
I turned the creasèd pillows round
And shook the leaden feathers bound.

And as the beams of morn stole in,
They found me lying still awake
And pointed, with a glittering grin,
To an empty box of wedding-cake!
How odd that our worst woes by far
Are those which self-inflicted are!

Are you ready for another?


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 21:59 
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Of course!


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 Post subject: Re: A Second Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 22:54 
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Wow, so it was 'ore', not tufa - and the small c was significant - I couldn't see how, but 'less' before it, of course. And we should have twigged that the backward and forward K was significant, too.

But yes, we did better than in the last one - we're getting our eye in now!

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