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 Post subject: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 23:26 
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Here's the link to it.

(Control+ will enlarge it quite a bit without losing clarity.)

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 06 Mar 2017, 23:44 
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I think Line 8 is: Much more than heretofore

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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Might the first line be "Dear puzzled girls who bravely pore"?

ETA: And in fact I wonder if every line rhymes with the same 'ore' sound.


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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In that case, Line 2 something along the lines of:

Over all our hieroglyphic store


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 07 Mar 2017, 16:34 
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This is what we have so far, inluding a contribution from me.

Our Readers

1. Dear puzzled girls who bravely pore,
2. Over all our hieroglyphic store;
3. And never
4.
5. Are not the brain and ......... sore
6.
7.
8. Much more than heretofore.
9. Letters good and bad galore,
10.
11.
12.


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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I think line 4 ends implore, and in line 5 is it brain and muscles?

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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Line 10: "So then dear puzzled girls who pore" - except that it's a repeat...


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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Then 11 would be:

How may we change our plans afore

...I think several of them will be repeats

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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Do you think it's in verses again? And does the punctuation need tweaking?

Our Readers

1. Dear puzzled girls who bravely pore,
2. Over all our hieroglyphic store;
3. And never vote one a big bore
4.

5. Are not the brain and muscles sore,
6.
7.
8. Much more than ever heretofore.

9. Letters good and bad galore,
10. So then dear puzzled girls who pore;
11. How may we change our plans afore
12.


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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I'm wondering if the title is actually 'About our readers'

And line 7 is:
But by [something] papers [or possibly press] pore.

(There's a lot of poring!)

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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How about

But in by thousands papers pour?

As far as I'm concerned, the title could be one of several combinations, "Our Puzzled Girls", "Our Readers", "Our Girls", "Our Puzzled Readers".


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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Annied wrote:
How about

But in by thousands papers pour?


Oh yes, I like that!

In terms of the title I was thinking that as the letters of OUR were around the picture of the girls/readers, it might be meant to be 'About'

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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That makes sense! Of the various combinations I think I like "About Our Puzzled Girls" the best. What about everyone else?


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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Think line 6 is "Would you not like to have no more"
(haven)

And yes, 'About Our Puzzled Girls' seems good!


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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Oh well done - I couldn't get past harbour and mooring!

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
PostPosted: 08 Mar 2017, 20:39 
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With me it was harbour and bay! I've had the online thesaurus on the go, but still can't get anywhere with the rest of lines 4 and 12. Is that rope, string, cord in line 4? And what's the rod/wand/pencil thingy next to it? (If it's a wand it would give us "and", but the previous word would then end in "w".)

I did wonder if line 12 started "You say go in" or "You say give up"

We seem to be a syllable short in line 9, I wonder if there's more to the sack of letters than just the word "letters". "Both" would fit the sense of the line, but not the picture.

About Our Puzzled Girls

1. Dear puzzled girls who bravely pore,
2. Over all our hieroglyphic store;
3. And never vote one a big bore,
4. ........................... O we implore

5. Are not the brain and muscles sore,
6. Would you not like to have no more?
7. But in by thousands papers pour,
8. Much more than ever heretofore.

9. Letters good and bad galore,
10. So then dear puzzled girls who pore;
11. How may we change our plans afore
12.


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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Oh, it's only taken me three days - harbour, sail(ing), yacht (now there's a word to look out for in future)! :D


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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Could it be 'Our postbag' in line 9 rather than 'letters'?

...and in line 12 I wondered if it was 'you say goodbye' at the beginning ... and is that a bow or a yoke after the chap bowing the lady out?

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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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...and in line 12 I wondered if it was 'you say goodbye' at the beginning ... and is that a bow or a yoke after the chap bowing the lady out?
Oh that's brilliant - I kept reading it as both of them going out of the door! I think the next item is an upper lip with an indication of the philtrum, none of which gets us anywhere, though 'bow' sounds promising.


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 Post subject: Re: A Third Victorian Puzzle Poem
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I couldn't get past seeing a moustache in line 12, but bow or yoke sound better. That said,
"You say goodbye forever more" scans and rhymes, but I can't work out how it fits in with the picture.


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