Post Puzzlers: February 1, 1873

This week we bring you a charade, a scriptural enigma, and a handful of word squares.

Oscar Wilde

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Each week, we’ll bring you a series of puzzles from our archives. This set is from our February 1, 1873, issue.

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

 

RIDDLER.

SCRIPTURAL ENIGMA.

WRITTEN FOR THE SATURDAY EVENING POST.

I am composed of 43 letters.

My 3, 36, 29, 16, 43, 31, is a book of the New Testament.

My 1, 8, 15, 25, 31, is a person often mentioned in the New Testament.

My 40, 12, 35, 37, 42, 28, is the name of the angel who appeared unto Zacharias at the altar.

My 24, 34, 3, 22, 18, was a king of Judea.

My 26, 15, 39, 17, 2, 31, is a prophet spoken of in Mark.

My 4, 5, 37, 14, 6, 27, is a word used in the fifth verse of the sixth chapter of Matthew.

My 33, 28, 32, 11, 6, 34, 24, 5, 29, is the place spoken of in the New Testament where a noted character was born.

My 1, 2, 21, 10, 11, 41, 20, was the son of Eleazer.

My 13, 17, 29, 36, 23, 11, 26, 30, 81, was the person sent to the Thessalonians to comfort them in their faith.

My 9, 27, 3, 39, 7, 38, 19, 31, is the one whose school the disciple were daily disputing in.

 

Millerstown, O.J. LOUDENBACK.

 

CHARADE.

On a fine starry night with the moon shining bright,

And the birds are all gone to rest,

When by the brook walking, true lovers are talking,

And cooing like doves in a nest;

And the sheen in their eyes cause them no more surprise

Than my first, tho’ so far away.

You will guess’t, I’ve no fear, for I’ve mentioned it here,

Unless they have nothing to say.

Then the light of her eyes very sweetly doth rise

To his own before they do part.

If you study these lines several times.

My second to you they’ll impart.

As they still linger near to each other so dear

And renew their fond vows of love,

I know they’d be willing, their love notes are trilling,

In my whole forever to rove.

 

 WORD SQUARES.

WRITTEN FOR THE SATURDAY EVENING POST.

I.

A vegetable.

A snakelike fish.

A malt liquor.

 

II.

A useful liquid.

A metal.

A game.

To understand.

 

Schenectady, N. Y.                                     J. D. G.

 

WORD SQUARES.

WRITTEN FOR THE SATURDAY EVENING POST.

III.

A title of nobility.

A girdle.

Soon.

A fissure.

 

IV.

A noise.

A sly look.

A tree.

Vapor, steam.

 

J.C.

 

CHARADE.

Oft in my second my first does dwell.

My whole’s a Welsh town—my name now tell?

 

ALGEBRAICAL PROBLEM.

WRITTEN FOR THE SATURDAY EVENING POST.

There is a certain number composed of two digits from which if the square of the left hand digit be taken the order of its digits will be reversed, and the cube root of the sum of the digits is equal to the square root of their difference. Required the number.

 

Erie, Erie Co., Pa.                  ARTEMAS MARTIN.

 

 CONUNDRUMS.

Why is a hen roosting like a weapon? Because it is a fowl-in peace.

Why is a person afflicted with the lumbago like a man smoking a penny cigar? Because his back is bad (bacoy’s bad.)

When is the soup likely to run out of the saucepan? When there is a leak in it.

What protection has a street car from being struck by lightning? It has a conductor.

When is the weather most like a crockery shop? When it is muggy.

Why is a lovely young lady like a hinge? Because she is something to a-dore.

When is a lover like a tailor? When he presses his suit.

Why is a blunt knife, partially ground, like a young pickpocket? He is a little sharper.

ANSWERS.

SCRIPTURAL ENIGMA. — Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.

CHARADE. — Moon, light. (“Moonlight”)

WORD SQUARES. —

I.

PEA

EEL

ALE

 

II.

MILK

IRON

LOTO

KNOW

 

III.

CZAR

ZONE

ANON

RENT

 

IV.

ROAR

OGLE

ALOE

REEK

 

CHARADE. — Swansea.

ALGEBRAICAL PROBLEM. — 62.

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