Post Puzzlers: January 11, 1873

Try your hand at these vintage anagrams, riddles, and charades from 1873.

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Each week, we’ll bring you a series of puzzles from our archives. This set is from our January 11, 1873, issue.

Note that the puzzles and their answers reflect the spellings and culture of the era.

 

RIDDLER

CHARADE.

WRITTEN FOR THE SATURDAY EVENING POST

 

My first in used as a means of defence.

‘Gainst thieves of every kind;

My second, about the dinner hour,

Quite handy you will find.

On your gun you have my whole, no doubt,

For it would be of no use without.

 

Fort Totten, D. T. GAHMEW.

 

RIDDLE.

WRITTEN FOR THE SATURDAY EVENING POST

 

My 1st is in village, but not in town.

My 2d is in clergyman, but not in clown.

My 3d is in mountain, but not in vale.

My 4th is in tempest, but not in gale.

My 5th is in magnificent, but not in grand.

My 6th is in water, but not in land.

My 7th is in silver, but not in gold.

And now before you my whole is told.

 

Seaboard, N.C., F. E. F.

 

ANAGRAMS

WRITTEN FOR THE SATURDAY EVENING POST

 

NAMES OF ISLANDS

  1. Near a chasm.
  2. Ira came.
  3. No lad.
  4. A staff.
  5. Do learn.
  6. Call no ire.
  7. Can we aid Leon?
  8. An idler.
  9. Six left.
  10. Thomas Upton.
  11. Go, pen torn.
  12. Rain aids.

 

EUGENE.

 

RIDDLE

WRITTEN FOR THE SATURDAY EVENING POST

 

Seven letters comprise my name entire,

The name of a book which many admire.

The first three letters will bring to view

A Scripture character known to you.

The other four (if you rightly place)

Is something oft found on the human face.

 

Fort Totten, D. T., GAHMEW

ANSWERS

CHARADE—Look-plate.

RIDDLE —Letters.

ANAGRAMS—

  1. Mascarenha
  2. America
  3. Orland
  4. Staffa
  5. Ladrone
  6. Caroallim
  7. New Caledonia
  8. Ireland
  9. St Felix
  10. Southhampton
  11. Negropont
  12. Sardinia

RIDDLE—Lothair. (Lot-hair.)

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