The Bald-in Library
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A Curious Collection of
ENIGMAS, CHARADES, ACTING CHARADES,
DOUBLE ACROSTICS, CONUNDRUMS,
HIEROGLYPHICS, ANAGRAMS, ETC.
COMPILED AND ARRANGED BY
FREDERICK D'ARROS PLANCHE.
ILLUSTRATED BY GEORGE CRUICKSHANK AND OTHERS.
LONDON: DEAN AND SON, LUDGATE HILL, E.C.
THIS VOLUME CONTAINS
(i) Six Hundred and Thirty-One Conundrums.-(ii) Puzzling
Pictures, &c.- (iii) Poetical, Masonic, Domestic, Biographical,
Nautical, Floral, Geographical, Civic, Legal, Patriotic, Hibernian,
and Numbered Charades.-(iv) Biblical Questions.-(v) Hiero-
glyphic Rebuses, &c.- (vi) Poetical, Allegorical, and Original
Enigmas.--(vii) Pictorial Proverbs.- (viii) Rebuses in Verse
and Prose.-(ix) Double Acrostics.-(x) Triple Acrostics.-
(xi) Hieroglyphic Towns, Cities, &c. (xii) Decapitations,
Logogriphs, Palindromes. (xiii) Arithmorems, &c. (xiv)
Historical Mental Pictures.- (xv) Quotations.- (xvi) Crypto-
graphs.-(xvii) Hidden Words.-(xviii) Word Puzzles.-(xix)
Arithmetical Puzzles. (xx) Translations. (xxi) French
Enigmas. (xxii) Hieroglyphic Proverbs. (xxiii) Practical
Puzzles.-(xxiv) Anagrams.-(xxv) Metagrams.-.(xxvi) Chro-
nograms.-(xxvii) Transpositions -(xxviii) Lipograms.--(xxix)
Square Words.-(xxx) Diamond Puzzles.-(xxxi) Star Puzzles.
(xxxii) Diagonals, &c. (xxxiii) Acting and Pantomimic
Charades, and List of Words suitable for that class of Charades.
IT, has often puzzled the
cleverest of us to make
out simple Riddles.
Trifling as these Exer-
cises for Ingenuity may
be considered, wise men have not disdained
to amuse their leisure hours by their manu-
facture and solution. A question often asked,
but not easily answered, is, What is a Riddle ?
It may be an Enigma, a Charade, a Double
Acrostic, a Logogram, or a Conundrum-. For
the benefit of inquirers-and we hope for the
amusement of many--we have attempted an
explanation of the various kinds of Riddles.
From the day, whenever it was, in which the
fabled Sphinx propounded the Enigma solved
by CEdipus-What creature walks on four legs
in the morning, two in the daytime, and three
in the evening ?-Riddles have been popular
in all countries. But the question asked by
-F.' E -.- ,E.
the Sphinx was rather a Conundrum than an
Enigma, because it allows of but one answer-
MAN; while the Enigma admits, of a variety
of solutions. All these curious matters are
discussed in the following pages. It has also
been thought best to append the solution to
every question; and especially to the Conun-
drums,-as by this method no attentive reader
will be able to exclaim
HE essence of a good Conundrum is to be found
in its answer, which should be itself something of
a pun, a puzzle, or an epigram, an inversion
of the regular and ordinary meaning of the word. The
Conundrum is "a sort -of Riddle in which some odd
resemblance is proposed for discovery between things quite
unlike ;" al absurd or paradoxical question to which a
paradox is the. answer; a play upon words, in which your
wit is exerted to ,'play the fool" with success. Here
we have Six HUNDRED AND THIRTY-ONE CONUNDRUMS,-
good, priginl, select, and selected.
1. What family are pledged never to imbibe water ?-The
2. What is an excellent detergent ?-The writ of a sheriff's
officer; it often deters "gents."
8. When may the Ethiopian be said to change his colour ?-
When he proves an unlucky wight (white).
4. What Eastern prince was Mrs. Robert Partington speaking of
when she said No" to her husband -A nabob (Nay, Bob).
5. Where are balls and routs supplied gratis ?-On the field of
6. In what class of men are the finite propensities of human
nature the most fully developed?-In the aeronauts; they have
reached a fine height.
7. "Why am I, when I dine off calf's 'head, like a criminal at
Pentonville Prison?" asked a Cockney alderman.-Because I'm at
the weal (wheel-treadmill).
8. Why is ~a cl. :'k n! rii bashful? -Because its hands are ever
before its face. -
9. What parts of speech are shopkeepers most anxious, to sell?-
10. Why are persons fatigued, like a wheel?-Because they are
11. When is a penniless state of things the cause of joy in a
poor man's family ?-When bread is a penny-less per loaf.
12. What foreign coin is like the going up of a balloon ?-It's
a cent (ascent).
13. Why is -a tradesman who keeps enlarging his stock like a
reptile ?-He's an adder.
14. Why are good resolutions like fainting ladies ?-They want
15. When.is coffee like the soil?-When it is ground.
16. Why is a diamond in .a cat's eye like a constellation?-
Because it is a Gem-in-i (gem in eye).
17. When is a punster most like an outlaw?-When he is
robbing Hood (Robin Hood).
18. Why is a woman deformed when she is mending her
stockings ?-Because her hands are where her feet ought to be.
19. Who is it who is always expecting quarter, and yet never
gives any ?-The tax-gatherer.
20. When is an artist like a cook?-When he's drawing a little
21. If one of our great ironmasters was asked how he discovered
that pig-iron was neither congealed nor petrified pork, what would
he answer ?-I smelt it.
22. What part of a lady is a lad ?-Her chin (urchin).
23. What'is the oldest piece of furniture in the world?--The
24. When may a man be said to be truly in advance of his age?
-When he's knocked into the middle of next week.
25. If you stumble over your new mat in the passage, what
science are you shown to have neglected ?-Pneumatics.
26. When is a ship like a lady in distress ?-When missing stays,
or when she's a whaler wailerr).
27. Why is a man in pecuniary difficulties like an ostrich in wet
weather?-Because he cannot get the dust to cover his bzll.
28. What is the difference between photography and. the whooping
cough?-One makes fac-snmilies, and the other sick families.
29. Why is a bad hat like a snarling, fierce lap-dog ?-Bcecauq its
nap's (it snaps) awful i
30. When do a potato and a doctor re-.rihle -each ,her nmost '-
When they are both wazy-naters (vaccinatorsl i t'b:
81. What things increase the more you contract them '-Debts.
-82. What is it that a criminal takes most like a vegetable on the
morning of execution ?-A hearty choke (artichoke).
33. Why are corsets like opposition omnibuses ?-Because they
reduce thefair (fare).
34. When does a black and tan dog change colour?-When it
turns to bay.
35. Why did the Highlanders do most execution at the Alma ?-
Because every man had one kilt before the battle began.
86. Why may not the proprietor of a pine-forest fell his own
timber?-Because no one is allowed to cut when it is his own deal.
87. If Whigs and Tories are both rogues, why are they like an
equilaterial triangle ?-Because both sides are equal to the base.
88. What heavenly thing and what earthly thing d..- a rainy day
most affect?-The sun and your boots; it takes the s' .:.uc t :.1 t..ath.
39.-Why do the rich only eat venison ?-Because it is dear (deer)..
40. Why is it easy to break into an old man's house?--His gait is
broken and his locks are few.
41. When does a farmer double up a sheep without hurtingit?
-When he folds it.
42. Why do sailors working in brigs make bad servant'?-Because
it is impossible for a man to serve two-masters well.
43. In what respect were the governments of Algiers and Malta as
different as light from darkness?-The one was governed by Deys
(days), the other by Knights (nights).
44. Why is sending a donkey to graze, like going up a hill?-It is
an ass sent (asceut).
45. Why is a lucky gambler an agreeable fellow ?-Because he
has such winning ways.
46. What is that which Adam, only of all mankind, never saw
and never possessed ?-Parents.
47. When is a kiss like rumour ?-When it goes from mouth
48. Why does the sun rise in the east?-Because the (y) east
makes everything to rise.
49. Why is a baker a most improvident man9-He is always
selling what he kneads (needs) himself.
50. Why cannot high currents run away ?-Because they are tide-
51. Why is the letter K like a pig's tail?-Because it's the end
52. Why is a thought like the sea ?-Because it's a notion (an ocean).
53. At what time of the day was Adam born ?-A little before Eve.
54. Why is a whirlpool like a donkey?-Because it's an eddy
55. Why is a newspaper like an army?-Because it has leaders,
columns, and reviews.
56. When would a bed make the best hunting ground?-When
it's made anewfor rest (a new forest).
57. Why is cold weather productive of benevolence?-Because it
makes people put their hands in their pockets.
58. When can an Irish servant answer two questions in the same
words ?-When you ask her, Biddy, what is o'clock ?" and "Where's
the cold mutton ?" and she replies, Sure, Sur, its eight" (ate).
69. What is. the best time for sowing tares ?-When you go
round and collect your rents.
60. What ts the worth of a letter that contains ten jokes?-A
61. Why don't horses wear hats ?-Because it would give them
a hos-tile appearance.
62. If Falstaff were musical, what instrument would he have
played upon ?-A sackbut (sack butt).
68. What animal has the most brains ?-The hog, because he has
got a hog's-head full of them.
64. Why do men about to fight a duel generally choose a field for
the place of action ?-For the purpose of allowing the ball to graze.
65. Why is it reasonable to suppose that tight-rope dancers are
great favourites with the public ?-Because their performance is
always encored (on cord).
66. What is the difference between an Emperor and a beggar ?-
The one issues manifestoes, and the other manifests toes without his
67. Why must a farmer's friend look with as much interest as
a phrenologist on the head of a convict in the county jail ?-Because
he is equally concerned in the indications afforded by the county crop.
68. When does a man eat the most indigestible supper;-When
he bolts the street door before going up to bed.
69. Why is a woman living up two pairs of stairs like, a goddess ?
-Because she is a second Flora floorerr).
70. When may a man be said to imbibe music?-When he has a
71. When does a man contrive to move in a very small space ?-
When he comes down stairs in his slippers.
72. When does a sculptor explode in strong convulsions ?-When
he. makes faces and busts. .
78. What tree bears the most fruit to market ?-The axle tree.
74. What lane do the ladies like best to walk in ?-Mousselinesde-
75. To whom is the hater of his species invariably wedded ?-To
Miss Ann Thropy (misanthropy).
76. To which of our English poets can a mummy be compared,?
S77. When does a ship become a horseman ?-When it rides at.
78. Why is a vulgar row like railway travelling ?-Because itts
tow commotion (locomotion).
79. Why is a lawyer like a sawyer?-Whichever way he goes,
down must come the dust.
80. What great Scotsman would you name if a footman knocked
at the door ?-John Knox.
81. Why is a halfpenny like an Ayrshire cow?-It has a head,
and a tail, and two sides.
82. Why are horses in cold weather like meddlesome gossips ?-
Because they are the bearers of idle tails.
83. Why are the Queen's pastrycooks like the Canadas ?-Because
they are the Queen's dough-minions.
84. Why is a specimen of handwriting like a dead pig ?-Because
it is done with the pen.
856. Why is a clear frosty night like the hot summer day?-
Because it's the best time for seeing the grate bare (Great Bear).
86. If you pull a dog's tail, why is that like your tea-caddy ?-
Because you're teasing it (your tea's in it).
87. What is the most favourable season to have letters from
India?-The season that brings them on soon (the monsoon).
88. Why is a newly-born baby like a gale of wind ?-Because it
begins with a sguall.
S89. Why is-a prisoner on his trial like a criminal hanging?-
Because he's in a state of suspense,
90. Why is opening a letter like a very novel way of getting into
a room ?-Because it's breaking through the ceiling (sealing).
91. Why does a young man injure his stature by encouraging the
growth of his beard ?-Because then he begins to grow down.
92. Why is your servant Elizabeth like the ring on a race-course ?
-Because she's a Bet-in-place (betting-place).
93. Which is the most hearty gentleman ?-Sir-loin.
94. The most positive gentleman ?-Cer-tain.
95. The most suspicious gentleman ?-Sur-mise.
96. The most cowardly gentleman ?-Sur-render.
97. Why is a negative like frozen rain ?-Because it's no.
98. Which wind does the pig see plainest ?-The Sou-west.
99. Why is the Prince of Wales like a gorilla, like a bald-headed
man, and like an orphan ?-Because the Prince of Wales is the heir-
apparent, the gorilla is a hairy parent, the bald man has no hair ap-
parent, and the orphan has ne'er a parent.
100. Whyis a union of political parties like gas-tar?--Because
it's coalescence (coal essence).
101. If a tree were to break a window, what would the window
102. Why do white sheep eat more than black ones ?-Because
there are more of them !
103. Why is a handsome girl like an excellent mirror ?-She's
a good looking lass.
104. When does the lark turn carpenter ?-When he soars (saws)
across the woods and forests.
105. Why are seeds after being sown like gate-posts?-Because
they are planted in the earth in order to prop-a-gate.
106. Why is a woman in love like a man of profound knowledge?
-Because she understands the arts and sighences.
107. How- can you prove that black was white ?-By seizing a
street nigger," and giving his face a good washing.
108. Of what General are you reminded by seeing a stable full of
horses eating hay?-General Hay-gnaw (Haynau).
109. When are ladies in winter like old kettles ?-When they are
very much furred.
110. What faction is it desirable to have always predominant ?-
111. When you put on your slipper, why do you always make
a mistake?-Because you put your foot in it.
112. What most effectually checks a fast man ?-A bridal (bridle).
118. What proves sailors to be very careless?-They are in a
"mess" every day at sea.
114. What part of London does a man remind us of, who walks
lame ?-Cripple-gate (gait).
115. Why, asked a Cockney, is a waggon rut like a favourite
joint?--Because it's a line o'wheel (loin of veal).
116. When is a brick a tile?-. When it's a projec-tile.
117. What are the best trees to protect a house from winter
118. Why is a country bumpkin termed raw?-Because he
cannot'be said to be well dressed.
119. Who is the burglar's best friend ?-His faithful Jemmy.
120. Why is John Smith like a badly-cooked cake ?-Because he
is n't Brown.
121. When is a horse like a schoolboy?--When he knows his
122. How should love come to the door ?-With a ring but not
without a rap (wrap).
128. What is the difference between a funny fellow and a
butcher ?-One deals in wzt, and the other in wit-ties!
124. What relation is the door-mat to the scraper ?-A step-father
125. If a cab is hired by a woman who has seen better days,"
why may the cabman be, said to lose ?-He has a reduced fare (fair).
126. Why does a sailor know there is a man in the moon?-
Because he has been to sea (see).
127. Why is Berlin the most dissipated city in Europe ?-Because
it's always on the Spree (the river so called).
128. Why is it almost certain that Shakespere was a money-broker?
Because no man has furnished so many stock quotations.
129. Why is a horse the most miserable of animals?-His
thoughts are always on the rack.
130. What money brings the most substantial interest?-
131. What is that which, everyone can divide, but cannot see
where it has been divided?-Water.
182.. When may a man be said to be literally immersed in
business?-When he's giving a swimming lesson.
188. Why is the best article of malt liquor like the last piece of
music in a concert programme ?-Because it's thefine ale (finale).
184. If a man bumped his head against the top of a room, what
article of stationery would he get?--Ceiling whacks (sealing-wax).
185. Why is a pig with a curly continuation like the ghost of
Hamlet's father?-Because he "could a tale unfold."
136. Why is a fishmonger never generous ?-Because his business
makes him selfish (sell fish).
187. What is the difference between one who walks and one who
looks up-stairs ?-One steps up stairs and the other stares up steps.
188. Why were there no postage labels in Henry the Eighth's
time ?-Because then a Queen's head was not worth a penny.
139. What instrument of war does an angry lover resemble ?-A
140. When are culprits like old books ?-When bound over.
141. If a boy tread on your corns, what ancient musical instru-
ment do you name?-Hautboy.(Oh. boy).
142. When is an arm as long as three feet ?-When it's a yard-
143. How does the most punctual payer incur debt-?-By
sleeping on tick."
144. What part of a shop is exactly like every other part ?-The
145. When can a man have something and nothing in his pocket
at the same time ?-When his pocket has a large hole in it.
146. Why should potatoes grow better than any other vegetable?
Because they have eyes to see what they are doing.
147. Why are Mexico's "little liabilities" like the grass after
a gentle descent of refreshing moisture ?-They are all over-dew.
148, Why is a man who has fallen off a tree, and is determined to
go up again like a man emigrating?-- e is going to try another
149, What is the difference between a baldheaded man and an
angler with only two "flies? "-One has a bare pate; the other a
150. What is that which is sometimes with a head, without a
head, with a tail, and without a tail ?-A wig.
151. Why are oranges like church-bells ?-Because we have peals
152. Where are we most likely to find. the sky blue ?,-The
nearer we go to the milky way.
158. Why is the figure nine like a peacock ?-Because it's nothing
without its tail.
154. If we see a lady with her hair in ringlets, why may we
conclude that her head really contains something valuable ?-Because
it is so well guarded with locks.
155. Why are chickens' necks like door-bells?--Because they are
often wrung for company.
156. Why are young ladies' affections always doubted ?-Because
they are misgivings.
157. Why is the root of the tongue like a detected man?-
Because it's down in the mouth.
158. Why is a selfish friend like the letter P?-Though first in
pity, he is the last in help.
159. Why is a dull and plausible man like an unrifled gun?-
Because he is a smooth bore.
160. When are tailors and house-agents in the same business?-
When they gather the rents.
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161. Why is the camel the most irascible animal in the world?-
Because he always has his back up.
162. Why are young ladies at the breaking up of a party like
arrows ?-Because they can't go off without beaux, and are in a quiver
until they get them.
163. What is the difference between a man and a chicken ?-Man
has his eternity in the next world, and the chicks have their necks
twirled in this.
164. What piece of carpentry becomes a gem as soon as it is
165. Why is the world like a piano?-Because it is full of sharps
166. On what grounds may confectioners be called very mercenary
lovers ?-Because they sell their kisses." r
167. What bar is that which often opens but never shuts?-
168. What is the most suitable dower for a widow ?-Wi-dower.
169. Why is Asia like a market in Christmas week?-Because
there is always a Turkey in it.
170. Why is an infant like a diamond ?-Because it is a "dear
171. What is the count on which you always lose ?-Discount.
172. Why is a man who has got drunk on bitter beer like a
sallow foreigner ?-Because he is a pale-aley'un (alien).
173. Why is a blacksmith the most likely person in trade to be
corrupted ?-Because he is surrounded by vices and old files.
174. Why is a dwarf unlike the rest of mankind?-Because he
can never wear a great coat, nor lie long in bed.
175. Why are the tallest people the laziest ?-Because they are
always longer in bed than others.
176. For what fish do Political hangers-on angle ?-For place
177. Why may Royal Academicians be considered superior to
Solomon in splendour ?-Because Solomon in all his glory was not
arrayed (R.A.'d) like one of these.
178. Why is sympathy like blindman's buff?-Because it is
feeling for our fellow creatures.
179. Why is the Prince of Wales like a cloudy day ?-Because he
is likely to reign.
180. Why is a division in the House of Commons like the in-
fluenza?-Because sometimes the ayes (eyes) have it, and sometimes
the noes (nose).
S 181. Why does a puss purr ?-For an obvious purr-puss. *
182. Why may Conveyancers be considered the most gentlemanly
part of the legal profession ?-Because they often establish a title to
good manors (manners).
183. What trade was the man who killed William Rufus?-A
184. When does a man turn fluid into. metal ?-When he makes
inquiry (ink wiry).
185. Why is a bee-hive like a bad potato?-Because a bee-hive is
bee-holder, and a beholder is. a spectator, and a speckt-tater 'is a
186. Why doth a dog waggle hith tail? Give it up? I think"
motht fellahs will give that up! You thee the dog waggles hith tail
becauth the dog'th stwonger than the tail. If he wathn't, the tail
would waggle the dog!
187. Why is an error like ayounglady accepting a ring ?-Because
it is a miss-take.
188. What part of an old lady's attire most resembles a solitary
person ?-Her mitts (hermits).
189. What represents company, avoids company, and calls
190. Why are pancakes like umbrellas ?-Because they are rarely
seen after Lent.
191. When are true words sweet words?-When they are candied
192. When is a clock on the stairs dangerous ?-When it runs
down and strikes one.
193. Why is a blacksmith the most dissatisfied of all mechanics ?
-Because he is continually on the strike for wages.
194. What is the difference between stabbing a man and killing a
hog ?-One is assaulting with intent to kill, and the other a killing
with intent to salt.
195. Why is the Prince of Wales, musing on his mother's govern-
ment, like a rainbow?-Because it is the son's (sun's) reflection on a
quiet reign (rain).
196. When is a chair like a lady's dress ?-When it is sat-in.
197. Why are the Germans like quinine and gentian ?-Thy are
198. Why was Sir Colin Campbell made a peer?-Because he
deserved to be lauded (lorded).
199. When is a soldier not half a soldier ?-When he's in quarters.
200. What cardinal virtue does water represent when frozen?-
201. What port is sought by every living creature ?-Sup-port.
202. Why are authors who treat of physiognomy like soldiers ?-
They write about face.
208. Why is a tournament like sleep ?-Because it is a knightly
204. What Scotch sport is like ladies' conversation ?-Deer stalking
( Dears talking).
205. What is both stood for the body and food for the mind?-
Bacon (Bacon, the philosopher)
206. What word maybe pronounced quicker by adding a syllable
207. Why does a beggar, whose garment has been torn by a dog,
resemble a juvenile Christmas party?-Because he has a snapped
208. Why is a military officer's position a paradox ?-Because,
although he may never get into disgrace, he is sure to get into a mess.
209. What is that which we often catch hold of and yet never see?
-A passing remark.
210. When is a gun like a dismissed servant?-When it 'is
discharged and goes off.
211. Why is a butcher's cart like hit top-boots?-Because he
carries his calves there.
212. When does a farmer act with great rudeness towards his
corn ?-When he pulls its ears.
213. Why is a man who beats his wife like a thorough-bred
horse ?-He's a perfect brute.
214. Why is a man after a long journey like a coach-wheel ?-
Because he's tired.
215. Why is a treadmill like a true convert?-Because its turning
is the result of conviction.
216. Why ought meat to be only half cooked?-Because what's
done cannot be helped.
217. Why is first love like a potato ?-Because it shoots from the
eyes, and becomes all the less by pairing.
218. Why should buying -trowsers on credit be considered a
dishonourable transaction ?-Because they are breeches (breaches)
219. How many fathers has a man?- Nine; your father, two
godfathers, two grandfathers, and your four fathers (forefathers).
220. If a man saw his shrewish wife in a lock-up what letter
should he name ?-LetterB (let her be).
221. If you were dining with the Prince of Wales and he gave
you a choice of wines, what place in the tropics would you be likely to
name ?-Port, 0 Prince (Port-au-Prince).
222. What is the best line to lead a woman with ?-Mascu-line.
223. Why is a woman who has eaten a meat pie containing more
fat than one she had previously partaken of, like one of the most
popular artistes on the lyric stage ?-Because she's had a leaner patty
224. Why is Athens like a worn-out shoe?-Because it once had
a Solon (sole on).
225. Why is. rheumatism like a great eater ?-Because it attacks
226. Why does a coat get larger when taken out of a carpet-bag ?
-Because when taken out you find it in-creases.
227. Why is a lover like a knocker ?- Because he is bound to
adore (a door).
228. Which are the most vain (vein) people ?-Miners.
229. What is the most ocular punishment?-Eye-lashes.
230. Which is the most noticeable pair of "tights?"-Two
231. What is the most "engaging" work of art?-A fashionable
282. Which is the most favourite word with women ?-The last
233. Why is a proclamation like eight drachms ? Because it
an ounce is (announces).
234. Why is a horse constantly hidden, but seldom fed, not likely
to be in want of food ?-Because he has always got a bit in his mouth.
235. Why is St. Paul's Cathedral like the nest of the smallest
English bird ?-Because it was built by a Wren.
236. Why are sheep in a fold like a letter?-Because they are
237. Why is Newcastle coal like true love ?-Because it always
burns with a steady flame.
288. Why should a baker be considered a poor man ?-Because
he is always kneading (needing) bread.
239. Why ought the stars be the best astronomers?-Because
they have studded the heavens since the creation of the world.
240. Why is a cabbage run to seed like a lover?-Because it has
lost its heart.
241. Why did Jupiter descend to Danw in a shower of gold ?-To
show that he was one of the reigning sovereigns.
242. Why did a fat fellow who was very much squeezed going
into the opera-house become very complimentary to the ladies --
Because the pressure made him flatter.
248. Why does a pieman shed scalding tears ?-Because he cries
244. When is a lamplighter like a cowardly soldier?-When he
runs away from his post.
245. Why is a "gent" like a dog ?-Because he has more collar
246. Why are coopers like musical composers ? -Because they
are used to staves.
247. Why are lovers like apples ?-Because they are often paired.
248. Why is a girl of the period" like a careful housewife?-
She makes her waist as little as she can.
249. Why'is an insolent fii'.t...-.. likely to get more business
than a civil one ?-Because when he sells fish he gives sauce with it.
250. Why is a coachman like a lover'?-Because he is always
desirous of being remembered by his fare.
"251. Why are hot'rolls like caterpillars? -Because they make
252. Why is the polka like bitter beer?-Because there are so
many hops in it.
253. Why do day and night resemble two hank- -l':Fp.;.: I. p.nt
at the same time ?-Because one breaks when the .. i ... '.
254. 'A.\1, does a carter seem fonder of grief than any other
man ?-Because he is always crying to his horses," Vo !-wo." "
255. Why is a newspaper like the blood of a healthful man?-
T iu- u.l.I d1. .ir I on the circulation.
256. Why should cocks' feathers always be smooth?- Because
they always carry their combs with them.
257. When does a dog become larger and smal'er.?-When he's
let out at night and taken in in the morning.
258. Why are ladies who paint fond of literature ?-Because rh.:.
are well red (read).
259. Why is whispering a breach of good manners ?-Because it's
not aloud (allowed).
260. How can we prove that Lord Byron was a good-tempered
man ?-He always kept his choler (collar) down.
261. Why is love like a .canal boat ?-Because it's an internal
262. Why should a clergyman always wear well-fitting clothes?-
Because he should never be a man of loose habits.
263. What is most like a man looking out of a carriage ?- A
man looking in.
264. What is most likely to become a woman ?-A little-girl.
265. Why is a fool in high station like a man in a balloon?-
Because everybody appears little to him, and he appears little to
266. Why does a railway porter cut a hole in your ticket ?-To let
you pass through.
267. Why is a lady's chignon like an historical romance ?-It is
fiction founded upon fact.
268. Why is a man with a scolding wife like a florist ?-Because
he has a hot-house.
269. Why is an ill-fed dog like a philosopher ?-Because he is a
thin cur (thinker).
270. Who was the inventor of butter stamps ?-Cadmus, for he
first brought letters into Greece (grease).
271. At what point does the British army enter hostile, cities ?-
At the point of the bayonet.
272. Which of your parents is your nearest relation ? Your
mother, of course. Is not the other farther ?
278. On what food should a prize-fighter train ?-Mussels.
274. How can it be proved that a horse has six legs ?-He has
fore legs in front, and two behind.
275. When is a young man the greatest use at a supper party ?-
When he's a spoon.
276. Why are pawnbrokers like sisters of mercy?-Because they
take great interest in serving the poor.
277. Why is a man's pastor really and truly his brother ?-- e
is his parson pa'ss son).
278. Why is a garret belonging to an old woman like a comet ?-
It is her attic (erratic).
279. When may a man call-his wife "honey? "-When she has a
large comb in her head.
280. Which has the greatest amount of animal heat: the beaver
or the otter ?-The (h) otter of the two.
281. What gate should wear a moustache ?-A hairy (area) gate.
282. What two words- are sufficient to make an assembly of
Englishmen rise at any time-?-" Dinner's served !"
288. Why is a comet more like a dog than the dog-star ?-Because
a comet has got a tail, and the dog-star hasn't.
284. Why should the poet have expected the woodman to." spare
that tree? "-Because he thought he was a good feller (fellow).
285. Why is the bridegroom more expensive than the bride ?-The
bride is always given away, while the bridegroom is often sold..
286. What is the most deceiving age ?-The saus-age.
\ 287. What is the best thing to. do to enjoy the happiness of
courting ?-To find a little gal and try (gallantry).
288. Which three letters of the alphabet does every man wish to
carry on his shoulders ?-A Y Z ':i .":.. head).
289. When a tree is felled, why has it no right to complain?-
Because it was axed whether it would or not.
290. Why is the Bank of England during a shower like a civic
feast ?-Because it is a bank wet (banquet).
291. What ship carries more passengers than the Great Eastern?
292. Why are ladies like churches ?--Because there is no living
293. What is the only dish the French- can't cook ?-The English
294. What belongs.to yourself, and is used by your friends more
than by yourself ?-Your name.
295. What flowers should ladies resemble, and what flowers
should they not resemble ?-They should be roses, but not prim-roses.
296. What animalhas death no effect upon?-A pig, because
directly you. have killed him you can cure him, and save his bacon.
297. Why are all washerwomen great travellers 2-Because they
are continually crossing the line and running from pole to pole.
298. What celebrated poem ought a clown to quote when driving
six donkeys ?-Wordsworth's "We are seven."
299. What is the difference between a blunder and a wedding ?-
One is a mistake and the other a take miss.
800. When does a man get the cheapest bread?-When he has a
301. Why is a ropemaker like a poet ?-Because he makes lines.
302. Why is a respectable hotel like the Elysium:of the gods ?-
Because no bad spirits are permitted:to enter-it.
303. Why are the boxes in a theatre like Niobe ?-Because they
are all in tiers (tears).
304. Why is a gun like a jury ?-Because it goes off when dis-
805. Why is. a busy tailor said never to be at home ?-Because he
is often cutting out.
806. As I was going out, I spoke to Dr. Peacock going to the city,
what philosopher might I be likened to ?-Met-a-physician.
807. When is a judge over head and ears in debt ?-When is wig
is not paid for.
808. What trade never turns to the left ?-A wheel-wright.
809. Why is coffee like a blunt razor?-Because itmustbe ground
before it is used.
310. What colour are the waves and winds ?-The waves rose and
the winds blew (blue).
311. Spell brandy with three letters. B, R, and Y.
812. Where can happiness always be found ?-In the dictionary.
313. When is a baby not a baby ?-When it is a tea thing (teething).
314. Why is a dog's tail like the pith of a tree ?-Because it is
farthest from the bark.
815. Why.is the.letter C the most noisy of letters? .-Because it
begins all clamour.
316. Why is Napoleon the Third like a retired Yauxhall cook ?--
Because he must often think upon Ham, and remember how he cut it.
317. Why are the assertions, I sell apples," and "I sell no
apples both alike ?-Because there is no difference.
818. Why is sealing-wax like a soldier ?-It is often under arms.
319. When does.a bather capture a large bird ?-When he takes a
"duck" in the water.
820. Why is a chimney-sweep, ,bearing a certain common name,
like a farrier-?-He's a black-" Smith."
821. What city may remind yon of a-successful run for a certain
gold. cup ?-Win-. Chester."
322. Why is a housemaid, in stooping -to stir a fire, like a countess
presented to Her Majesty?-She is bending before the grate (great).
323. Who dares sit before the Queen with his hat on?-The
324. Why is beef suitable for a Christmas dinner ?-Because it is
meat (meet) for rejoicing.
325. Why should a farmer object to a political disturbance?-
Because he would see the rye attacked (riot-act).
.326. When is Mvr. Gladstone not Mr. Gladstone ?-When he's a
good deal bored (good deal bored).
827. Why are good singers like cheese curds ?-Because they
require to be pressed.
828. Why are your nose and -chin at variance continually?-
Because words are constantly passing between them.
329. When can you see through a hypocrite ?-When he has a
pane (pain) in his head.
380. Why are the poor of Ireland like a carpet ?-Because they
are kept down by tax (tacks).
8831. What is the best kinds of money ?--eadymoney and matri-
832. Why is a trick of legerdemain like declining an offer 0o
marriage ?-Because it is a slight of hand.
333. When is your toeth not a tooth ?-When it's a-king (aching).
334. When are two apples alike ?-When they're pared (paired).
335. What is the difference between an auction and sea-sickness ?
-One is a sale of effects: the other is the effects of a sad.
336. Why is a colt like an egg?-Because it's of no use till it's
337. Why is a bad epigram like a useless pencil?-Because it has
338. When is water like fat?-W--hen it's dripping.
339. Why is a good wife always worth five shillings ?-Because
she is a crown to her husband."
340. Why is a bed-cover like a blister ?-Because it's a counter-
341. When is a nosegay literary? -When it's a book-ehk
342. When do you shorten your journey by going out of the way
to cross the water?-When you a-bridge it.
343. What sweetmeat do you get by slamming a door on your
344. Why is a tale-bearer like a bricklayer ?-Because he raises
345. Why are the fixed stars like old rakes ? Because they
scintillate (sin till late).
346. Why may carpenters believe there is no such thing as
stone ?-Because they never saw it.
347. Why is an uncut leg of bacon like the Prince of Denmark in
a soliloquy?-It is ham let alone (Hamlet alone).
348. Why do the Irish make better sailors than the Welsh?-
Because they prefer a sham rock to a leak.
349. Who is the most tender-hearted man in any town?-The
Crier, because he will cry for a shilling.
350. Why was it just that the Pope was divested of his temporal
power?-Because it takes four crowns to make a sovereign, and he
has only three.
351. Why would tying a slow horse to a post seem to improve his
pace ?-Because it would make him fast.
352. Why does wit resemble a Chinese lady's foot ?-Because
brevity is the soul (sole) of wit.
353. Why is a stupid fellow beaten in the street like a pickled
donkey ?-He is ass-salted (assaulted).
854. When is a nosegay a fish ?-When it's smelt.
855. Why is a speaker who diverges from his subject like
a hangman?-He turns off the subject.
356. Why is the alphabet like the mail?-Because it consists of
857. Why is a young lady who has deserted her lover like a Toxo-
philitic missile just shot off?-Becaise she has left her beau (bow).
858. Why is a man attempting to lift an enormous weight like
another swallowing a black draught?-He is testing his physical
359. Why are two lovers in a heavy shower of rain like a fly in a
pot of porter ?-They are in heavy wet."
360. If an omnibus were to smash a cab in the street, why would
that be like a legal deed giving you possession of an estate?-
Because it would be the settlement of a conveyance.
861. Why are gloves unsaleable articles?--Because they are made
to be kept on hand.
862. Why is sister Emma reducing a nutmeg to powder like sister
Fanny on board a vessel bound for New Zealand ?-Because she is
363. What moral lesson does a weathercock teach?-It is vane
to a spire.
364. Why is Rotterdam like a flat fish?-Because it is a Dutch
865. Why are there, strictly speaking, only,325 days in the year?
-Because 40 of them are lent (Lent) and never returned.
866. Why is a "jolly row" like a funny cat?-Because it is a
367. Why is a horse the most miserable creature in existence?-
Because his head is often on the rack, and his greatest comfort is
868. Why are the ancient Venetians a crafty people?-Because
they had a succession of Doges (dodges).
869. What is a trout like, lying on a gravel-path?-Like a fish
out of water!
370. Why is a busy-body like a cat over a fishmonger's shop?-
Because he is over officious (over a fish-house).
371. Where should all charming women be buried ?-In Belle-
372. What fruit does a newly married couple most resemble ?-A
green pear (pair).
378. When can a naval captain get honey at sea?-When he's
a C.B. (Sea Bee).
874. Why is life like this riddle ?-Because you must give it,up.
375. Why are a deposed monarch and a republican state both in
a condition of much poverty?--Because the first has lost his last
crown, and the other has parted with its last sovereign.
376. What is the difference between a i2!l:.ni'j. an'd a s5ailiw'?-
One skims the milk, and the other skims the ater.
377. Why does a man sneeze three times?-Because he cannot
378. What ties two people together, yet tou.lies only one?-A
379. Why is a man who has pulled on a pair of close-fitting boots
like Jupiter ?-Because he h, s conquered the tight-'uns (Titans).
880. Why are diplomatic papers called circular notes ?-Because
they generally go round about a subject without coming to any
381. Why is a man making cent per cent in trade, like "Ireland?
-Because his capital is doubling (Dublin). ,
882. On what side of a house does a yew tree grow?--The
388. Why should you go over Waterloo Bridge to answer this
conundrum ?-Because there you'll be tol(le)d.
384. Why is water in a filter like the fortune of a spendthrift ?-
Because it is soon run through, and leaves many matters behind to
385. Why is ,an ill-made coach-wheel like a gang of scamps
playing at cards ?-Because it is composed of a circle of bad fellows
felloess), very rough spoken, and a knave (nave) in the centre.
386. What can't a dumb man crack ?-A joke.
887. The snuggest fort in the world ?-Com-fort.
388. Why is a very ugly female a wonderful woman?-Because
she's an extra-ordinary one.
389. Why is a conductor of music like the telegraph ?-Because
he beats time.
390. On what day in the year do women talk the least?-The
391. What changes black and white at once ?-A book, when it is
re(a)d all through.
392. Why are some women like facts?-Because they are stub-
393. What paper has the greatest circulation ?-The income-tax
894. When is a chimney like a chicken?-When it is a little
895. Why is a bailiff like a publican ?-Because he lives by his tap.
896. What is a lamp-post with its lamp taken away ?-A lamp-
897. What when the lamp is lit ?-Lig t-headed.
898. What three letters turns a girl in a woman ?-A G E.
899. Why is an account-book like a statuary's shop ?-Because it
is full of figures.
400. What animal would be likely to devour a near relation ?-
The anteater (the aunt eater).
401. Why is the word "Yes" like a mountain ?-Because it's an
402. Why is a vain young lady like a confirmed tippler ?-Because
neither of them is satisfied with the moderate use of the glass.
408. Why are washerwomen silly people ?-Because they put out
their tubs to catch soft water when it rains hard.
404. Why is an editor's room with a big fire in it like a baker's
oven ?-Because it is there he makes his bread.
405. What letter would be of more service to a deaf woman than
an ear trumpet ?-A, because it would make her hear.
406. Why is going down the falls of Schaffhausen like giving a
sum of money to a needy man ?-Because 'tis coming down with the
407. Of all Fortune's daughters, which one should a smart young
man avoid ?-Mis-fortune.
408. What tune can be made out of bank notes f-A for-tune.
409. Why can a fish see to swim in the dark ?-Because he carries
two pair o'fins (paraffins) with him.
410. When was Charles the Second most like a race-horse ?-
When he ran for the Oaks.
411. Why do annually flowering plants resemble whales?-
Because they only come up to blow.
'412. Why is a blade of grass like a bill of exchange ?-Because it
is matured by a falling dew (due).
413. Why is a drunken man like a noun adjective ?-He seldom
414. Why are there three objections to taking a glass of brandy ?
-There are three scruples to a drachm (dram).
415. Why is a blacksmith's apron like the gates of a convent?-
It keeps off the sparks.
416. Why is a schoolboy who has just began to read like know-
ledge itself ?-He is learning.
417. On what toe does a corn never come?--The mistletoe.
418. Why is a huntsman like juvenile card-players ?-His game
mostly runs on all-fours.
419, Why is the sun like people of fashion? It turns night
420 Why is a person with his eyes closed like a defective school-
master ?-He keeps his pupils in darkness.
421. Why is the wick of a candle like the city of Atlihens ?-It is in
the midst of grease (Greece).
422. Why is a picture like a Member of Parliament?-It is (a)
428. Why is an axe like coffee'--[t must be ground.before it can
424. Why is a rook like a farmer ?-Because he gets his grub
(food) by the plough.
425. Why is a dog biting his tail like a good economist?-Because
he makes both ends meet.
426. Where did the executioner of Charles the First dine, and
what did he take ?-He took a chop. at the King'sa-ead.
427. Why are a fop's legs like some organ-grinders ?-Because
they carry a monkey about the streets.
428. If an egg could speak, what sweet thing would. it say?-
'Ma me laid (marmalade).
429. Why is necessity like an ignorant solicitor?--Because it
knows no law.
480. Why is a rhinoceros like a moderate tippler ?-Because he's
content with a single horn.
431. Why is an honest man like a carpenter?- Because he is
a plain dealer.
482. What smells most in a chemist's shop ?-The nose.
483. Which part of the United Kingdom produces the lightest
men ?-In Ireland there are men of Cork, in Scotland there are men
of Ayr, but in England, on the River Thames, there are lighter-men.
[NoTs,-This is a wherry good riddle.]
434, Why is a parson bathing in the river in Paris like a mad-
man ?-He is in Seine (insane).
485. What ancient forester does Earl Russell remind you of?-
436. How is it that the Queen is a poor gentlewoman ? --She
possesses only one crown.
437. Why was the Archbishop of Canterbury like the late Prince
Consort ?-He married the Queen.
488. Why is the House of Lords like London-bridge? -It is
constituted of Peers.
439. Why is a sick man quizzing another who is worse than
himself, like one enjoying a particular description of Indian weed?-
Because he is smoking a man-iller (Manilla).
440. Why would the Lord Chancellor's seat be useful in a cloth -
manufactory ?-It is a wool-sack.
441. Why is a good ship like a jack tar in the parish stocks?-
Because she is a fast sailer.
442. Why may architects be accounted sluggards ?-They are
Partial to the pillar (pillow).
S 443. Why is snuff like a pair of spectacles ?-Because it improves
444. Why are bad servants like the waves of the sea on a lee
shore?-They are great breakers.
445. Why does a spoon reclining in a cup of tea resemble a hand-
some young lady ?-Because it is in tea resting (interesting).
446. Who may marry many a wife and yet live single all his life ?
447. When is a pugilist like an animal with, four hands ?-When
he doubles his fists.
448. When is a nightcap 'like a giblet pie?- When it contains
a goose's head.
449. Why does a donkey prefer thistles to corn?-Because he's
450. Why was Hamlet so courageous in addressing his father's
Sghost?-Because he was not particular to a shade.
451. Why is a solar eclipse like a woman whipping her boy?-
Because it's a hiding of the sun.
452. When do butchers rob themselves ?-When they steel (steal)
their own knives. .
453. Why is a man that fails in kissing a lady like a shipwrecked
fisherman ?-Because he has lost his smack.
454. Why should a man never marry a woman named Ellen ?-
Because by so doing he rings his own (K) nell.
455. Why is a coach going down a steep hill like St. George ?-
-Because it is always drawn with a drag on.
456. When would iron do to make sausages of?- When it is
457. Why is the water in Liverpool Docks like a respite to a
condemned criminal ?-Because it flows from Mersey (mercy).
458. Why is a knowledge of grammar indispensable to a young
man about to enter the Church?-Because it leads to a(c)curacy.
459. Why is it that young ladies are so changeable with respect to
their sweethearts?-They are always wishing to altar (alter) them.
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460. Why was the room in the Tower in which Sir Francis Burdett,
the Member of Parliament, was confined, like a noisy man's mouth?-
Because it was the place appropriated to an unruly member.
461. Why is an interesting book like a toper's nose ?-Because it
is read (redi to the very end.
462. Why is killing bees like a confession?--Because you un-
463. When does a man double his capital ?-When he makes one
pound two a-day.
464. Why is a quiet conscience like a fit of indigestion?-It is the
fruit of good living.
465. What makes everybody sick but those who swallow it?-
466. Why are Roman Catholics better off than Scotch Pres-
byterians ?-The first had one Wiseman," and second, have one
467. Why should an alderman wear a tartan waistcoat? To
keIep a check on his stomach.
468. If a gentleman wished to invite a friend, and to remind him
that he should come well dressed, in what Latin word could he
express both wishes?-Circumspice (Sir, come spicy),
469. Why is a postman in danger of losing his way ?-Because he
is guided by the direction of strangers.
470. Which newspapers are like delicate children ?- All those
.that are weekly (weakly).
471. Why may a tallow-chandler easily cool himself in the height
of summer ?-He can always have a dip on a melting day.
472. Why is the overland- mail like a carrot ?-Because its root
(route) is a long one.
473. When is a luggage van like a forest When it is full of
474. When is a bill like a gun?-When it is presented and
475. What old colony reminds you of a recent discovery?-New-
476. Why is a nervous lady like a policeman?--Because her
mind is filled with apprehensions.
477. What young ladies are most likely to become thieves?-
Those who take to steel (steal) buttons.
478. Why does a duck go under water? For divers (diver's)
479. Why does she come up out of the water?-For sun dry
480. What fruit is like a statue ?-A fig; it is an F, I, G,,(effigy).
481. What is the cheapest way to buy a fiddle?-Buy a black
draught, and you get a phial in (violin).
482. What is most like a horse's shoe ?-A mare's shoe.
483. What is that which nobody likes to have or to lose?-A
484. How can a boy make his jacket last ?-By making his coat
and waistcoat first.
485, When is leather like rust?-When it's an ox hide (oxide).
486. How many dog-days are there in the year?-865; because
every dog has his day.
487. Why was the sculptor Power a great swindler ?-Because he
chiselled the Greek slave out of her clothes.
488. What are the best fields for dancing in?--The hop-fields.
489. Why should it affront an owl to mistake him for a pheasant?
-It would be making game of him.
490. Why is conscience like the check-string of a carriage ?-It is
a check from the inner to the outer man.
491. Why is a whisper like a forged note?--It is uttered but
not allowed (aloud).
492. Why is a sharp lawyer like a man who cannot sleep ?-He
lies first on one side, and then on the other; and is wide awake all
493. What is the difference between Charon's boat and an old
hen ?-One is a foul old wherry, and the other is a wery old fowl.
494. How is punctuality inimaterial ?-It is the soul of business.
495. Why is lying like a ragged coat?-It is a bad habit.
496. Why is absence like a pair of bellows?-It strengthens a
strong flame and extinguishes a weak one.
A97 What is less than a mite's mouth ?-That which goes in it.
498. When is love deformed?-When it's all on one side.
499. If the Duke of Cambridge threw a stone at the Queen and it
uni :-.1 her and fell into the water, what would it become?-Wet!
500. How many wives does the marriage service allow?--Sixteen,
f..iIr i :.i i better, four (for) worse, four (for) richer, four (for) poorer!
.5I1 When may a ship at sea be said not to be on water ?-When
she is on fire.
502. Why is a cigar-loving man exactly like a tallow candle?-
Because he will smoke when he is going out.
503. Why is an almanac simply advice thrown away?-Because
it comes in at one year (ear) and goes out at the other.
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505. Of what i.1".]1r', ir the Thames i- .--... 1. 'Ainded when you
see a short man n '.1r... ,_ .. tall woman'--H..l- .- R -each.
506. L..- does wit resemble a Chinese lady's foot?-Because
brevity -.1- soul (sole) of it.
'07. Why is the chairman 1 I.:1 .i r i"l. .- :w virtuous of
i:- .. 1...j Because he hi 'ir, I ..:, t ::.': vice (vice-
o.e .7 r ,. I.-1 .. be considered instrumental to the ruin
f" L'. .1" I'.r.,,L..-~ t. h.- their teeth make dice.
509- W hy ,r ... -i. ... ..:' i -,.,.; to be chosen as I1:'.i.i.-
Because li-r -. i ., men.
510. When is r,' -.r,- like a celebrated ri:;n L .... ---W'i ..I
he is a dried-'uan ['..; :i
511. VWl.r1 the alphabet like the mail?-Because it consists of
512. WIt-. 's a youne lady who has deserted her lover like an
arrow just .'.r...:' --1'-. ,..,. she has left her beau I !.-i.
61 i.. i.. on the the op of St. Paul's why would it be
like; :, -I!..- .; .- :' it would be high-bred ..brd .! ,.
514. .i is a r: r'r p1:,...l.:r r 1-..: like'the instrument which
he uses to demand I 'i rli .. *.. --..:-... he is a knocker at the door.
515. Why is Earl Russell like an ancient i' i:-- ii =- he is
as old ..i (wig).
516. Why are p-'ilT r '.:n., like a lady's corset?-Because they
confine i i.r- 1 deer .-i L..: .
517. Why is a weak crutch like a candlestick ?-Because it is a
518. TIl.v :s a committee of inquirylike a cannon?-Because it
makes a report.
519. Why is an I .. r-ii tradesman like a man out of breath?
-Because he puffs.
520. When is a bill like an old, repaired chair?-When it IS
receipted ...- ; .....~h.
521. What animals are ft1r l e,1i f '...it.1, i. ---i.,.l, Because
they gambol in their youth, ,..: i,.. I .-r .,: .n .! legs.
522. TI f..l.l beef-steak could speak, what Li. 1. poet ,-.-ii.1
it name '.-'li:- "*'ir (Chaw, i.- I
528. What is that which never flies but when its '.ili ;iare
broken ?-An army.
524. Why is a good cabbage the most amiable of .: ,.. ",[.1- '-i
Because it is all heat.
525. What is that which, .hil...,,,,_,. in a square ,. ,,, may be said
to be always round ?-A Circular.
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526. Who are those whose powers are equal and whose influence
extends from pole to pole ?-Chairmen or sedan carriers.
527. Why is a beggar like an attorney?-Because he is a solicitor.
528. Why is Queen Victoria like a hat ?-They both have crowns.
529. Why is the Thames a lazy river?-Because it lies in bed day
530. Though I dance at a ball, yet I'm nothing at all. What am I?
531. What number should never be mentioned in society? and
why ?-The number 288 because it is too (two) gross.
532. Why is death like a man breaking your windows?-He puts
an end to your pains (panes).
533. What sort of countenance should.an auctioneer have?-One
534. When is a ship not a ship ?-When she is a building. -
535. When is a sailor not a sailor ?-When he is a-board.
536. When is a man not a man ?-When he is a shaving.
537. Why are pretty girls like fireworks ?-They soon "go off."
538. Why is a coarse sieve like this book?-Because it is full
539. Why is the sound of a bell like a circle of gold?-Because it
is a ring.
540. Why is the London Directory like a battered pewter
measure ?-Because it has got many Dents in it.
541. When is the moon like a sovereign fresh from the Mint?-
When it is new and -bright.
542. Why is a court of ju.i ti.-like a draught of fishes?-Because
it is a haul (hall).
543. What interjection is like the first boat ever made? -
S544. What is the centre of gravity ?-The letter V.
545. What window in your house is like the planet Venus ?-The
546. Which two letters of the alphabet denote a man in good
health?- R, T, (hearty).
. 547 Which part of a tea-urn resembles a man at dinner ?-The
548. Why do the queen's pages remind you of a railway?-
Because they are train-bearers.
549. What medicinal lotion does the utmost flow of the tide
resemble ?-Eye-water (high water).
550. When is a wager like an unit ?-When it is won (one).
551. What part of a mill is most like a lamem an?-The hopper.
552. What part of a ragged shirt resembles the Pope's title ?-Its
558. Name me and you destroy me.-Silence.
554. Why is it absurd to ask a pretty girlto be candid ?-Because,
however frank, she cannot be plain.
555. What weed is most like a rent in a garment ?-A tare.
556. Which is the smallest and most useful bridge in the world?
-The bridge of your nose.
557. What is that, although black itself, yet enlightens the whole
558. At what time of life may a man be properly said to be a
vegetable ?-At seventy, because long experience makes him sage.
559. What is the difference between a farce and the national
debt ?-One is fun alive and the other funded (fun dead).
560. Why does a shifty statesman find it difficult to ensure his
life ?-Because few can make out his policy.
561. When you listen to the sound of a drum, why are you like a
just judge ?-Because.you hear both sides.
S-62. Why is the winner of a race like the letter A?-Because he
is decidedly first.
563. Why is a maid of all work like a lady of the ballet?-
Because she does her steps.
564. Why is the word lilies like a man's face?-Because it has
.two I's (eyes).
565. Why is a melancholy young lady the pleasantest of all
companions?-Because she is always a-musing.
566. Can a leopard change his spots?-Yes; when he is tired
of one spot he can go to another.
567. Why is a coward like a leaky barrel ?-Because they both
568. Why should a carriage wheel be fatigued.?-Because it is
569. Why is a person scolding like a garden fence ?-Because he's
570. Why are fish in a t r i,;- state like fish made to imitate
them ?-Because they are hearty-fish-all (artificial).
671. What is that which never ask questions yet requires many
answers ?-A door-jpocker.
572. What is that which goes up the hill and down. the hill and
spite of all yet standeth still ?-The road.
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573. Why is a pauper in the Union-house like a very rich man?
-Because he is in-dependent.
574. Whose profession is at once the hardest and the easiest?-
The musician's, because he works when he plays and plays when
575. Why is the Queen of England like a certain useful instrument
in the counting-house or school-room ?-Because she is a ruler.
576. Why is a candle nearly burnt out like a certain county in
Ireland ?-Because it is Wick-low.
577. Why is a man and woman joined in wedlock like a well-
known fruit?-Because they are a pair (pear).
578. Why is a dandy like a haunch of venison ?-Because he's a
bit of a buck.
579. Why is a lover like his father?--Because he is a sigher
580. Why is a man seeking the company of conspirators like
another going through a field where there are tall trees growing?-
Because he is going where there is high-trees on (treason).
581. Why is the letter D like a wedding ring ?-Because we can-
not be wed without it.
582. Why is a riddle-which is very clearly discovered like a letter
written by a child to its mother?--Because it's too apparent (to a
588. When is a thief like his counsel?--When he is brought
up to the bar.
584. What town within a hundred miles of Salisbury Plain would
a friend name in asking you if you are inclined to proceed on your
585. Why is a bad look like a basket of wine ?- Because it's
586. Why when you look at a miser's dinner are you nearly
blind ?-Because you can only see a little bit.
'587. Why is the foundation of a leg of mutton like a great
general?-Because it is a bony part (Bonaparte).
588. When is a door more than itself?-When it is to (two).
589. Why are crows the wisest of birds ?-Because they never com-
plain without cause (caws).
590. Why is a lecture on board ship like a young lady's necklace?
-Because it is a decoration (derc oration).
591. Why is a neglected damsel like a fire which has gone out ?-
Because she has not a spark left. :-
592. Why is a plum-cake like the ocean?-Because it contains
many currants (currents).
593. Why is a man wearing a hat not paid for like a bankrupt?-
Because he is over head and ears in debt.
594. Why is a widow like a gardener:?-Because she tries to get
rid of her weeds.
595. Why is a Turk like a shell-fishmonger ?-Because he is a
Mussulman (mussel man).
596. What extraordinary kind of meat
Isle of Wight?-Mutton from Cowes (cows).
597. What is the worst .kind of fare a man can live on?-
598. Why is a policeman like a mill horse ?-Because he goes his
599. Why is love like a duck's foot ?-Because it is often hidden in
600. Why is the telegraph like a musical director? -Because -
it beats time.
601. What is the greatest stand ever .made for civilization ?-The
602. Why does marriage resemble strength? -" Union is
608. Why is a loaf which has fallen overboard like a lobster ?-
Because it is bred (bread) in the sea.
604. Why have domestic fowls no future -state of existence?-
Because they have their next world (necks twirled) in this.
605. Why is a valet assisting his master at his toilet like one.
person speaking to another-?-Because he is a dressing him (ad-
606. Why is an inhabitant of a certain town in Cornwall like
Brutus ?-Because he is a T :..... .... It r.*. Roman)..
607. Why are blind persons the most likely to be compassionate?
-Because theyfeel for other-persons.
608. When is a widow like a half ruinous house?-When she
wants to be re-paired.
609, Why are native young ladies of Ceylon totally unlike all
other unmarried women?-Because they are Cingalese and the rest
are single she's.
610. Why do the spirituals always charge for admission to their
seances ?-Because the spirits are too proud to appear not worth
611. Why is a person thrown from a precipice like another raised
to the rank beneath a Marquis ?-Because he is hurled (earled).
612. Why do officers on parade evince a particular forgiving
disposition ?-Because they are friendly directly they fall out.
613. Why are noisy people, at a public meeting, li? sputtering
candles?-Because -they only. cease to be nuisances when they are
614. Why is a reporter like a forger ?-Because he makes notes.
615. Why is a man approaching a candle like another about to get
off his horse?-Because he is going to a light (alight).
616. Why is a sovereign like a centipede ?-Because it is hard to
counterfeit (count her feet).
617. Why was Richard Murphy, the Irish giant, like Dan.
O'Connell?--Because he was the great Dick Tater (dictator).
618. What General is most prevalent, causes most distress, and
spreads most dismay?-General Want.
619. Why is an Indian pauper like a Nabob?-Because he has
a lack (lac) of rupees.
620. What heithen deity would a boxer name when asking another
to second him ?-Bacchus (Back us).
621. Why is a person with an asthma like a money chest?-
Because he's a cougher (coffer).
622 Why is an honest man like barley sugar?-Because he is
623. Why is a parson's deputy very ill like a famous place in
London ?-Because he is Clerk unwell (Clerkenwell).
324. Why is wedlock like a pecuniary affair?--Because it is a
matrimony (a matter o'money).
625. Why is the inside of every book mui;ntr..l'g;il- *-B-.s-i.- .
cannot make it out (outside).'
626. Why is a fellow without whiskers or mustachios like an
impudent man ?-Because he is bare faced.
627. Why is a man sitting quietly by himself like money which
is borrowed ?-Because he is alone (a loan).
628. What letter is that which is always repeated in America?-
The letter A.
629. How do we know that time is money ?-Because we generally
ind it easy to spend an evening in good company.
630. When is a pretty girl like a ship ?-When she's attached
631. Why is the Riddlemaree like Caesar's wife?-Because it is
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CHARADES are probably
of Italian origin, deriving
their name from the word
"schiarare," to unravel, to
elucidate, to .:l~-i up.
S The answer to a charade
consists of a word of two or
more syllables, each Z1 n,
a separate meaning,, which
is described enigmatically;
and then the several ideas evolved in the first and following
terms are combined in the whole.
Some charades have high poetical excellence, espe-
cially those invented by Mackworth Praed. One of these
is said by Miss Mitford, in her "Literary. Recollections,"
to have been beyond her power to solve.
SIR HILARY charged at Agincourt.
Sooth I 'twas an awful day !
And though, in that old age of sport,
The rufflers of the camp and court
Had little time to pray,
'Tis said that Sir Hilary muttered there,
Two syllables by way of prayer :
'My first.to all the brave and proud
Who see to-morrow's sun;
My next, with her cold and quiet cloud,
To those who find their dewy shroud
Before the day be done;
And both together to all bright eyes
That weep when a warrior nobly dies.'"
Various solutions have been suggested to this charade-
"Farewell," and Good Night," being the best. The words
"Good Night," indeed, seem to meet all the requirements of
Another example of Praed's excellence, is that which
MYfirst was creeping on his way
Through the mists of a dull October day,
When a minstrel came to its muddy bed,
With a harp on his shoulder, a wreath on his head;
"And how shall I reach," the poor boy cried,
"To the courts arid the cloisters on t'other side."
Old Euclid came, and he frowned a frown,
And he dashed the harp and the garland down;
Then he led the bard, with a stately march
O'er my second's long and cellared arch ;
And see," said the sage, "how every ass
Over the sacred stream must pass !'
The youth was mournful, the youth was mute,
He sighed for his laurel, he sobbed for his lute :
The youth took comfort, the youth took snuff;
He followed the lead of that teacher gruff:
And he sits ever since on my wholes kind lap,
In a silken gown and trencher cap.
Answer- Cambridge. The city is on the river Cam, and
the bridge over which the student passed was like Pons
asinorum, the asses', bridge, the name given by Cantabs to
the Fifth Proposition of the First Book of Euclid.
Of charades with a real practical meaning, there are
very few, but the following is an excellent sample of that
O TRUTH deign to visit that isle of the west,
Which, by aid of myfirst, braggart charlatans sway,
Till firm as my second, thy throne ever blest,
Shall be fixed in the light of a glorious day.
Then from deepest despair shall a nation arise,
Renewed in her youth, and regenerate in soul,
And freed from false friends, disabused of their lies,
Shall triumphantly garland her brows with my whole.
Answer-" Sham-rock ;" and, of course, the "isle of the
west" is Ireland.
Again, the well-known "Stay-lace" certainly points a
TRUE to the trumpet-call of fame and duty;
The soldier arms and hastens to depart,
Nor casts a look behind, though love and beauty
Whisper myfirst in tones that thrill the heart.
The war is o'er-with wealth and honour laden,
The soldier.seeks the well-remembered hall;
He woos and wins the unreluctant maiden,
And bids my second o'er her blushes fall.
He takes her hand-a mist of rapture thickens
Before her eyes ; such bliss succeeding pain
Out-tasks her strength, and fainting nature sickens,
Until my whole is rudely snapt in twain.
An eloquent lament for the "good-old times" is con-
veyed in Praed's "Knighthood."
ALAS for that forgotten day !
When chivalry was nourished,
When none but friars learned to pray,
And beef and beauty flourished;
And fraud-in kings was held accursed,
And falsehood sin was reckoned,
And mighty chargers bore myfirst,
And fat monks wore my second
Ah, then I carried sword and shield
And casque with flaunting feather,
And earned my spurs in battle field,
In winter and rough weather;
And polished many a sonnet up
To ladies' eyes and tresses;
And learned to drain my father's cup,
And loose my falcon's jesses !
But dim is now my grandeur's gleam,
The mongrel mob grows prouder;
And everything is done by steam,
And men are killed by powder;
And now I feel my swift decay,
And give unheeded orders ;
And rot in paltry state away
With sheriffs and recorders.
A still simpler form of Charade consists of two or
more syllables briefly described; as in this example, the
answer to which is Workhouse.
HE who bravely does myfirst,
Ere ever youth be past,
In age will own my second,
Nor need my whole at last.
Or these :
MY first is a fruit, my second is a fruit and my whole is a
MY first is a bright colour, my second gives a sound, and
my whole is a wild flower.
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Among the many Charades which follow, are examples
of all the leading varieties-poetry and prose, long and
short-care having been taken to present a great variety
both as to style and treatment. Nos. vii., xin., XLVIII.,
LI., LII., LXVIII., XCV., and xcviI., strike us especially as
being greatly above the average of such compositions.
THE farmer's boys, a blithesome band,
Flock'round the hearthstone bright and warm;
Myfirst so dark o'erspreads the land;
The rising wind betokens storm.
The storm comes on ; his jaded steed
The trav'ller urges o'er the lea;
My second he would reach with speed-
A transient home for such as he.
The storm descends with dismal roar-
My third comes sweeping o'er the plain;
Dark, angry waves dash on the shore,-
God help the sailor on the main !
The storm abates. How calm and still
The Queen of Night above us floats !
My whole, with cadence sweet and shrill,
Now sings her thrilling, tuneful notes.
Answer-Nightingale (Night, inn, gale).
ON the margin of the desert,
In myfirst, the camels lay,
Waiting for the heavy burdens
Borne by them day after day.
'Tis said in the olden times
'Neath the light of midnight moon,
Rode my second on their broomsticks,
Or were hung up high at noon.
Where the brimming river rushes
By a pleasant, woodland grove-
'There we ate my whole, then onward
Down the banks far did we rove.
A BUSY insect we in summer see,
Pattern of patient industry;
Next we have a little word,
Applied to man, creation's lord ;
My third's an insect, small and gray,
Type of luxury and decay.
Join these together, and you'll see
A beast of power and majesty.
WITHOUT my first, be you black or white,
Day would be dreary as the night;
When in the battle danger beckoned,
The brave were always in my second.
Whene'er the weeds begin to grow,
To use my third pray don't be slow.
My whole, a famous British story,
Is often called its author's glory.
FIRST is in work, but not in toil;
Second in earth, but not in soil .
Third in sun, but not in moon;
Fourth in hymn, but not in tune :
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Fifth in hTve, but not in home;
Sixth in honey, but not in comb;
Seventh in grass, but not in hay;
Eighth in night, but not in day;
Ninth in horse, but not in mare;
Tenth in rend, but not in tear.
My whole a noted patriot fire.
MYfirst I may in truth declare-
Its name and nature both is air;
My second is a perfect bore,
Yet make sweet music evermore ;
My whole in many a crowded street
Lies in its bed beneath your feet.
VII.-A LOVE LETTER.
I HAVE twined you a wreath,
But its fanciful braid
Does not glow with the colours
The brightest in hue;
Yet not without thought
The selection was made,
As your heart will confess
If its feelings be true.
Then glean from my poesy
Its gracious intent,
And return as in duty,
The offering now sent.
There is first the fair flower,
That some poets propose
As a bud of more charms
Than their idol the rose;
'Tis as sweet and as pure,
And as lovely, but, yes,
What that bud and its emblem--
I leave you to guess.
To contrast with this blossom,
Earth's fairest of flowers,
We will seek for a branch
From the evergreen bowers;
There is one which to Hope,
And to Memory is dear,
And its promise is Peace;
Oh, that branch shall be here !
I have been to the woods,
And the zephyrs betrayed
Where some shy fragrant flowers
Their hiding-place made;
I discovered and culled them,
Though coyly they grew ;
Where the green leaves the thickest
Their dark shadows threw.
Now, I'll twine in that blossom
As free and as wild
As the light wind that owns her
His favourite child ;
She is young, and in beauty
And blushes arrayed,
Is a sweet fairy promise
To finish my braid.:
'Tis complete ; and unless
You are fettered in mind,
You will own there is something
Far dearer behind.
Then unite the initials,
And pause on the name
They will softly.disclose-
Though to speak it were shame.
Answer-Lily; Olive ; Violet; Eglantine-LOVE.
FIRST in pencil, not in pen;
Second in lair, not in den ;
Third in money, not in cash;
Fourth in lightning, not in flash;
Fifth in queen, not in king;
Last in bracelet, not in ring.
My whole will name a singing bird,
Which in England oft is heard.
MY first is used in driving; my second is needy; my third
is a nickname; and my whole is a bird.
MYfirst you will find in a tortoiseshell cat;
The right place for my second is inside your hat;
My third is an insect you often may see;
When it rains, if you're wise, take shelter in me.
SEE how the arena's thronged, the glorious sport to see;
With Spain's fair daughters, and proud chivalry !
And "vivas" loud mix with the din of trumpets and of drums,
The gates fly wide, and, with a roar, my noble frimal comes,
II B 2
And, yet, of everyone that's there, my next the lead doth take,
Which, tho' 'twas never yet-in fault, owns to a great mistake.
It mingles in the fierce mle'e, floats 'mid the glittering plumes,
And tho' of temper never out, fierce in its rage it fumes.
Far from the ken of grasping man, my useful third is found,
Yet to obtain it, fathoms deep he excavates the ground.
Join these right carefully, and you my whole may use
As an account official of the public news.
No one can tell what -time may bring
To those who do my second,
Though it "works wonders," yet the thing
I always naughty reckoned.
My whole was mad to "try it on,"
And found it would not fit,
Deceived, betrayed, and left alone,
My dear young friend was "bit."
And now just for a little bread,
Myfirst is daily plied.
Oh if the future could be read,
How few would step aside.
ON either side a mossy bank, the water underneath;
The sun.above shone brightly down, the zephyrs held their
My first and I went gliding on, and left behind a 'trace,
Which growing faint and fainter still, at last was lost in space.
It was a merry first of May, and ere the sports were done,
A maiden drew herself away, and, musing, sat alone.
My second coming by her side, her hand did gently press,
Then sat him down, and whispered low. What said he?
Can't you guess?
Next day, ten thousand people came, in crowds from every
And every eye was firmly fixed, all eager for the start.
A happy second then was I, my joy knew no control,
When proudly sitting in myfirst, I acted as my whole.
MYfirst is never on,
And never warm my second,
By Jove, 'tis time I was at my whole,
For by the boy I'm beckoned.
MY whole to him who has myfirst,
Is indispensable, I tell you
He'll have to second myfirst,
And first my second too.
LOOK at my happy joyousfirst,
With my second by her side;
'Tis strange, but a short time ago,
Myfirst was then my whole.
AT evening by my whole you'll think
Of days gone by; and never reckon
That by my second myfirstis made,
And by myfirst my second.
MYfirst placed in my second's hands,
Be it in peace or war;
My whole is one of England's bulwarks,
And our enemies defy.
MYfirst is always fresh,
My second ever bold:
And dearly I delight to be
A resident in my whole.
THE weary traveller, for.precious ease,
Struggles to pull off myfirst,
But without success ; then, in a rage,
Calls on my second to bring my whole.
MYfirst in the kitchen solemnly stands,
And warns me to my second,
And the neighbours oft declare I am
As regular as my whole.
IN the hope of myfirst,
Being caught by my second,
I sat down by the side of the brook;
But lo and behold as I looked quickly down,
Myfirst had gone off with my whole.
XXIII. SUNDAY CHARADE.
O'ER a snow-white, trackless waste,
Guided by a cunning hand,
Swiftly glides myfirst to glad,
Loved ones far from fatherland.
In my second may be traced,
The reflector of the heart;
'Tis a pronoun though it forms
Of a word the smallest part.
'Neath Arabia's cloudless sky,
You will often see my third;
Emblem of our bodies frail,
Teaching us our loins to gird.
When at mercy's door we knock,
Pleading that our sins may roll
Burden-like from off our back,
Then are we in truth my whole.
LIKE myfirst, at most hours of the day you may meet
In London's fine squares, or far-famed Regent Street;
But in either of these should my second appear,
Your cheek might be blanched, and expressive of fear;
Yet my whole is as harmless, as harmless, can be,
You may eat it as salad, or drink it as tea.
How pleasant 'tis to stroll along
O'er upland, vale, or lawn;
And listen to the joyous song
Of my first at early morn.
My second oft-too oft is used
By hunters in the chase;
And always too is much abused
By jockeys in a race.
My whole is seen in summer time.
Amidst the gay parterre;
And blossoms freely in our clime,
For Flora's fame to share.
MYfirst is in clock, but not in time ; second is in dollar, but
not in dime; third is in spirit, but not in wine; fourth is in
rod, but not in line ; fifth is in bird, but not in tree ; sixth is
in you, but not in me; seventh is in drop, but not in fall;
eighth is in room; but not in hall; ninth is in sin, but not in
shame; and my whole is a poet, known to fame.
HARK 'tis the bloodhound's bay For life, dear life !
A hunted son of Afric flees.
To join his children and his faithful wife.
The boundary's gained. My first he is He sinks upon
And thanks kind Heaven.
My next's a sturdy artizan, whose ready hands,
Nor cot nor palace could be raised without;
My whole, one of a brotherhood, found in all lands,
Whose beneficial influence none can doubt;
Whose bonds are never.riven.
STRUCK down amid the heat of strife,-
A warrior faintly yields his life;
But ere he seeks the shades of death,
Myirst, with his- expiring breath,
He kissed, and gasped a loved one's name,
Then bade adieu to love and fame.
Sweet emblem of our opening youth,
Ere time, with dire, relentless ruth,
Hath blurred its joy, my second is.
How blest could we but grow in bliss
As it in charms, till, full each grace,
It droops back to its resting-place.
Amid a mass of waving hair,
Maidens'at times my whole will wear
Oftener yet will it be shown
Upon the breasts of swells" in town.
A queen, among her compeers-she,
The subject of myjeu d'esfrit.
WHEN morning comes, in winter-time,
And flakes of snow are falling,
When leafless boughs are white with rime,
And tempest shrieks appalling-
How pleasant then myfirst, when we
Assemble over toast and tea !
When, breakfast done, we venture forth,
'With dismal shake and gesture,
Into the regions of the north :
My second is a vesture
Of great esteem to all of those
Who travel over frozen snows.
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And when the business of the day,
Its toils and cares are over,
How gladly do we haste away
To feel ourselves in clover.
When safe at home, where babies roll
With playful kittens on my whole !
Myfirst young ladies often are
(Those naughty little misses).
I really think they punished ought
To be, with many kisses.
My next's a preposition small;
My third a single letter ;
And for myfourth a largish town
We'll take-nought could be better.
My whole of perseverance tells :
All lazy habits it repels.
When quite a boy, from home I ran,
Toasatisfy my thirst
For wild adventure, which I did,
By going to myfirst.
When from my doctor I received
A bill, I gladly reckoned
The money, and with pleasure paid,
For I was then my second.
A bear broke loose, when in the "Zoo"
I took afi evening stroll;
And no one there felt safe until
It was again my whole.
XXXII.-GENERALS AND THEIR VICTORIES.
I. MY first is a title of courtesy, my second is a bird, my
third is a grain, myfourth is a verb, and my fifth is a fasten-
ing. My whole is an English hero.
Answer--Sir Henry Havelock.
2. My first is chance, my last is an adverb, my whole is a
siege in which the above-mentioned English hero was
3. My first is a testament, my second is a pronoun, my
third is a verb, myfourth is a partition, and my fifth is often
used by gamesters. My whole is a Scotch hero.
4. My first denotes to move, my second is a kind of salt
fish, my whole is a battle in which the above-mentioned Scot
5. My second is often made of myfirst, my third is a boy's
name, vulgarly expressed, my fourth is what all boys are, my
whole is an American hero.
6. Myfirst is part of a boy's name, my second is a vowel,
my third is found on farms, my fourth denotes a city, my
whole is a battle in which the above-named American hero
7. My first is an Italian name, my second is three-fourths
of a dress, my third and fifth are alike, and my fourth is
What most old men are. My whole is an Italian hero.
8. Myfirst is part of a fence, my second is found in war,
my third is- one-half of an insect, my whole is a siege in
which the above-named Italian hero was engaged.
9. Myfirst is two-thirds of a horse, my second is a land
measure, my third and my fifth are alike, my fourth is half
of an animal, my sixth denotes separate, and my last is a
vowel. My whole is a French hero.
o1. Myfirst is a planet curtailed, my second is a Latin in-
terjection, my third denotes command, my whole is a battle
in which the above-named French hero was engaged.
I Myfirst is a planet, my second an elevated apartment,
my third is a colour, and my fourth a colour twice curtailed.
My whole is a Prussian hero.
Answer-Marshal Blucher (ochre).
12. My first is found allover the globe, and without it all
living creatures would die, my second is a girl's name fami-
liarly expressed, and my whole is a battle in which the above
named Prussian hero was engaged.
MY first is a beverage, my second is a human being, my third
is used as a drink, my fourth you will find in Russia, and my
whole is used in travelling.
M first is a participle, my second is part of-your dress, my
third is a letter, my fourth is used in front of houses, and
my whole is to examine..
MYfirst is useful to the earth, my second is worn by ladies
and was also used in war, and my whole is seen in the sky.
MY first is an animal, my second is an: article, my third
should be used every day, and my whole is a place for the
MY first is a weapon used in war, my second lives in the sea,
my whole is a species of fish found in warm climates.
MYfirst is a title, my -second is a boy's name, my third is a
name, and my whole is the name of a British admiral.
Answer-Sir Charles Napier.
MYfirst is part of a numeral, my seconds a ferocious animal,
my third is what we breathe every day, my fourth is an arti-
cle, and my whole is worth the square ofmy first.
MYfirst is a preposition, my second is a tree, my third is a
female's name, and my whole is a lodging for the sick.
MYfirst is insane, my second is an article, my third is a bril-
liant light used in towns, my fourth is what we ride in, and
my whole is an island in Africa.
MYfirst is an article of dress, my second you will find in
Prussia, my third is a part of the face, and .my whole is an
order of friars.
MY first is a celebrated patriot, my second you see with, my
third is a sweet fruit, and my whole is a seaport in Asia.
MYfirst is an objective pronoun, my next is used at weddings,
and my whole is an inhabitant of the deep.
XLVI.-A GROUP OF BRITAIN'S FAMOUS MEN.
I. MYfirst is a word meant to hold" or "possess,"
'Tis spelt with four letters I'm free to confess.
My second's an instrument made to confine,
To give you the key I politely decline.
My whole, when you find it, will give you the name
Of a brave British hero distinguished in fame.
2. Myfirst a large vessel.constructed of wood,
With its freight once on Ararat's mountain top stood.
My secondthe name of a workman will show
A word of six letters I wish you to know.
My whole you will see, if you find it aright,
Is the name of a clever ingenious knight.
Answer-Ark-wright (Sir R.)
3. My first is a place in which soldiers are found;
By the Romans made square, by the Danes of old,. round.-
My second's an instrument used as a call,
Of metal 'tis made, and 'twill break if it fall..
My whole is the name of a noble Scotch peer,
With myfirst well acquainted, but unknown to fear.
Answer-Camp-bell (Sir Colin)
(afterwards Lord Clyde).
4. Myfirst is a passion which none should desire,
It burns in the breast like a "dull, hungry" fire.
My second's a weight as all school-boys know well,
Transposed, a short word in our language will spell.
My whole, by the friends of our King Charles the First,
I am sure has been often and heartily cursed.
5. If myfirst you would know, you have not far to look,.
I am sure you can find them in this very book.
My second's a word you can easily guess,
When I tell you that "value" 'tis used to express.
My whole was a poet who held a high station,
Whose works have obtained for him great approbation.
6. Myfirst is a spider, a pony, a ball,
To give its full meaning my space is too small.
My second's so short all its meaning I'll give,
'Tis a place you know well, where wild animals live.
My whole, which I'm sure you will find if you can,
Will appear as the name of a late famous man.
WHEN a-party of women together you see,
Between them I'm sure iy first there will be,
Especially over a nice cup of tea,
And if not provided with muffin or cake,
A breakfast they seldom or ever can make,
Unless of my second they have to partake.
My whole is well-knoivn both for commerce and trade,
As a harbour for vessels of every grade.
O'ER hill, thro' dale, and meadow green,
A tramping troop I see !
As thro' the scattered dust they go.
Strive they for art or progress ? No !
Their mission and their object mean
Myfirst-what can it be?
Oh, turn, flee frori this scene of strife,
Some peaceful haunt to visit!
Still shall my sense offended be !
In pulpit, stage, orplatform see
My second crush the very life
Of poetry What is it ?
And now a drooping, fearful man,
Skulks thro' the street and weather.
What means his stealthy, shuffling by ?
What lurking fire is in his eye !
My whole is on his track Now can
You name me altogether?
MY first is the half of a river in Kent ; .
My second e'er dwells with a maiden content;
Mr third, twice repeated, is an exclamation, no doubt;
My fourth, when curtailed, no home is without.
You must now surely know me, if at guessing you're rife,
For my whole you are doing each day of your life.
MYfirst is seen in meadow green,
In fallow field and glen,
'Mid flowerets sweet, with nimble feet,
It flies the haunts of men.
O'er hill and dale, and-verdant vale,
And through the leafy trees,
My second's sound, to all around,
is wafted by the breeze.
My whole neathh shade, in lonely glade,
SWhere wild flowers drink the dew.
S Soon out the.ground, I gaily bloom,
And sip the nectar new.
ARRAH, Patrick, my jewel, you're a broth of a boy,
, Your likes, sure, there never was seen;
You can ogle the girls and tip them the first,
In the swate town of Ballyporeen.
There's dainty wee Norah, the pride of Kildare,
Her beauty is fit for a queen ;
You took her from Mike, the big bog-trotting calf;
In the swate t6wn of Ballyporeen.
For which a shillelagh came down, with a whack,
And landed your two eyes between;
But your head, by the powers was as hard as the second,
Or farewell to swate Ballyporeen.
The whole, my dear Patrick, you need not be kissing;
Without it the first you can manage, I ween :
But take your dear Ndrah-make her your sweet wife;
And remain contate in nate Ballyporeen.
I HAD a dream of bygone years : I saw a fair-haired boy;
His youthful face was beaming with a radiant smile of joy.
I saw his young, yet manly form, within the trim school-
And when his soft sweet voice was heard, his playmates
And listened, with a greedy ear, as unto them he told
Of glorious deeds that had been done by patriots of old;
Of many a hard-contested field, of cities lost and won ;
And thus his youthful days were spent-heroic Washington;
The scene was changed-it was a plain empurpled wiih blood !
And in that surging human tide-that wild, resistless flood-
I recognized the fair-hair'd boy in that heroic form
That spurred into the very front of that fierce battle's storm.
His manly voice came swelling forth in all its clearness then.
In vain endeavours so to cheer those poor disheartened men ;
And when that all seemed to be lost-when every hope
A ray still lingered in his breast-heroic Washington !
The scene was chanked-I then beheld a happy, joyous
Hailing with pride the conqueror; and as he passed along,
I recognized his form again : his locks were whiter now-
The weight of earthly cares had left their mark upon
Hark to the trumpet's brazen notes hark to the thunder-
ing drums !
And every voice proclaims aloud, "Behold the conqueror
All through that long and dreary whole, he still kept toiling on;
Branded my first, brave as my last-heroic Washington !
'TWAS in a bonnie Scottish town,
No' unco lang sin' syne,
I saw a great big Irish loon,
Wha 't seemed had tint his min'.
And told me he'd been to thefirst,
And what he'd gotten there,
Had raised his bluid, and syne he curst
In last he'd hae a share.
Ma sang he had it tae his loss
And as on's back did fa',
He wished him safe the sea across,
Whaur whole rins far awa'.
Answer-Bar-row. (The Barrow is a river in Ireland.)
MYfirst's a precious stone;
My next a well-known tree;
Or call myfirst a fruit,
The next a thong will be.
Whichever way you choose
This puzzle to divide,
You still will find my whole
A powder will abide.
Answer-Pearl-ash, or Pear-lash.
S M first is elopement, but still
It never utters word;
And though it tells of good and ill-
Of steadfast mind and wavering will-
Its voice is never heard.
It oftentimes doth warn of hate,
S And signal hearts affectionate.
My second, ah! alack-a-day,
Deep degradation brings;
When wielded neathh a tyrant's sway,
Man's self-respect doth flee away
Beneath his sufferings.
It fills his heart with j::.h I -g, grim,
And makes a brutal beast of him.
My whole contributes to adorn
Full many a lady fair ;
If of my total she were shorn,
A beauteous maid would look forlorn-
'Twould mar her beauty rare.
Without it she, whose charms are nil,
Would, on my soul, look plainer still.
MY first is a flower, my second is another name for harbour,
my whole is an English town.
MYfirst is a vegetable, my second is a domestic fowl, my
whole is a handsome bird.
MYfirst is a beverage, my second is a measure for beer, my
whole is a domestic article.
M first is a vehicle, my second is a preposition, my whole is
part of a ship.
MY first is a grain, my second is part of a house, my whole
is an English county.
MY first is a liquid, my second is a fish, my whole is a.
MY first is formal, my second is a flower, my whole is a
MY first is a colour, my second is a workman, my whole is a
M first is a vehicle, my second is mean, my whole is a town
MYfirst is a human being, my second is to walk, my whole is
an Indian fruit.
MY first is to spoil, my second is a vowel, my third is a pre-
cious metal, my whole is a flower.
MYfirst is dropped.into my second, and is called my whole.
Sir Roland he wvas as brave a knight
As ever the Red Cross wore;
With his trusty sword he held his right,
In the brave old days of yore.
His heart was bold, and his hand was strong,
And he loved a lady fair ;
He wooed her true and he wooed her long,
And he hoped her hand to share.
For Lady Ella was fair to see,
And blue and bright was her eye,
As the star that beams on the dark, dark sea,
From the gemmed and quiet sky.
"Fair Ella, my own, my lady-love,"
Sir Roland said with a tear;
Let my sorrow thy soft compassion move,
To myfirst, oh, lend an ear;
For I pledge my troth, my next you are,
That I am as loyal a knight,
As e'er lifted a lance in the Paynim war,
Or bled in the gory fight."
"Thy prayer is heard, and my heart is thine,"
Fair Ella she said with a smile;
"And now in peace or war thou art mine,
For well hast thou stood the trial."
Sir Roland his eye was bright with my whole,
And his heart leapt up for joy;
A warm, impassioned kiss he stole,
And his rapture knew no alloy.
And when she was his at her own sweet will, ,
He loved her more and more;
And when he was old he loved her still,
As he loved in days of yore.
Jem Jenkinson waited on Brown,
To ask for the hand of his daughter;
He held a snug berth in the town,
And felt pretty sure he had caught her.
But queer are the fortunes of love,
And Jem's was one of the worst;
For Brown, in my second, most unlike a dove,
Right speedily showed -him myfirst.
Our hero, abashed and confounded,
Lost over his feelings control,
And hurrying home deeply wounded,
Spoke of it when there as my whole.
1. MY first is a town in Turkey in Asia, my second is a
river in Switzerland, and my whole is a town in Nubia.
2. Myfirstis -a country in South America, my second is an
island of Scotland, and my whole is a lake in Italy.
3. My first .is a mountain of France, my second is a town
in the Morea, also a town in Sicily; and my whole is an
island in the Archipelago.
4. Myfirst is a town in China Proper, my second is a river
in England, also a river in Wales ; and my whole is a depart-
ment of France.
5. My first is a town in Leinster, my second is a town in
West Flanders, and my whole is a town in India.
6. Myfirst is a town in Chinese proper, my second is a
county of Scotland, and my whole is a town in Scotland.
7. Myfirst is a town in Austria, my second is a town in
Mongolia, my third is a town in India, and my whole is a
town in Anatolia.
8. My first is a town in Herts, my second is a town in
Hainault, and my whole is a town in the south of Eng-
9. My first is a country in Asia, my second is an island
of France, and my whole is a town on the coast of South
o1. My first is a town in Denmark, my second is a town
in Sweden, and my whole is a town on the coast of Den-
Ii. Myfirst is a river in Holstein, my second is a town in
Norland, and my whole is a town in Sweden.
12. My first is a town in Denbighshire, my second is a
country in the Eastern Peninsula, and my whole is a river in
13. Myfirst is a term of endearment, my second a standard
weight, my whole a town in England.
14. My first is a game, my second is what we use our
eyes for, and my whole a state in America.
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15. Myfirst is an article of fuel, my second moistens the
earth, and my whole a town in Ireland.
16. Fish propel themselves with my first, and my second
is what we do with our dead, my whole being a portion of
17. My first is the plural of a standard measure, my
second a lake, my whole a town in England from which a
peer takes his title.
18. My first is produced by a bird, my second is yielded <
by a pig, my'whole is an English town.
19. My first is what every man becomes on marriage, my
second is the place where a noted battle was fought, my whole
an English town.
20. My first is an unmarried female, my second is petrified,
my whole is a town in England.
21. My first is a point in the compass, my second is used
for bleeding, my whole is a town in England.
22. Myfirst is a tree, my second a joint of meat, my whole
a town in England.
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23. My first is a colour, my second a female's name, my
whole a town in England.
24. My first refers to needy circumstances, my second to
long life, and my whole is an English town.
25. My first means death, my second a collection of
water, my whole a well-known village near London.
26. My first is a sign of the zodiac, my second a sacred
edifice, my whole a town in England.
27. My first is a portion of an ox, my second a church
dignitary, my whole a town in England.
28. My first is the name given to a beast of burthen, my
second the voice of the animal, my whole a metropolitan
29. My first is used in the game of billiards, my second is
a child's name for a parent, my whole a town in Scotland.
30. My first is to destroy, my second is a peer, my whole
a town in Ireland.
31. My first is a well-known plant, my second is built over
a river, my whole a town in England.
32. My first is a river in England, my second the voice of
a beast of burthen, my whole a town in France.
33. My first is an important residence, my second is the
name of a well-known road manufacturer, my whole a place
34. My first is what all do after'sleeping, my second is a
plot of ground, my whole a town in Ireland.
35. Myfirst is an important portion of the human body,
my second a collection of water, my whole an English town.
36. Myfirst is an article of furniture, my second where my
baby sleeps, my whole a town in England.
I MADE up my mind to second myfirst,
And my'whole from the dealer received;
But I found that my second
Was too long for myfirst,
And returned my whole to the maker deceived.
OH, no, says myfrst, 'tis so warm.and hot,
I really can't put on my second,
Tho' 'tis quite an age I've been in my whole,
I still very pretty am reckoned.
MYfirst is never long,
In my second now I reign,
And my whole once in the Sporting World
Then gained himself a name.
Answer-Shorthouse (Dr. Shorthouse, the writer on horse
My first is a noted tree, my second a noted food, and my
whole a not very noted place.
2. My first is the product of my second, and my whole is
pleasant to romp in.
3. My first is to hurry, my second is painful on your toe,
and my whole is near Liverpool.
4. My first descends, my second you often ascend, and
my whole is a pleasant place.
5. We all do my first every morning, in my second you
play cricket, and my whole is a manufacturing town in York-
6. My first is the opposite of white, my second is painful,
and my whole is a cotton-spinning centre.
MYfirst garotters fear, and soldiers can't abide,
Though sleek it is, and fair to see, when by the fireside;
My second is an animal, though very much abused,
That, ever patient, struggles on, however ill he's used;
My third upon the battle-field from struggling foes is torn,
To deck our halls and rooms of state, it proudly home is borne;
My whole is what, I fondly hope, whatever our fate may be,
May ne'er, throughout this stormy life, befall both you and me.
Answer-Cat, ass, trophy (Catastrophe).
MYfirst is the season when kind nature yields
The bright-tinted fruits of her orchards and fields,
And enriches mankind with her store.
My second what wanderer who does not revere,
And in memory cherish that one spot so dear,
Tho', perchance, he may ne'er see it more ?
And think, while a sadness steals over his soul,
Of the days when he shared in the joys of my whole.
BORNE along by the wind.comes a solemn-toned knell,
Could aught but myfirst such a mournful sound tell?
As it strikes on the ear so measured and slow,
It tells of a soul gone to weal or to woe.
Then weeping friends meet neathh the cypress-trees' shade,
And the bones of the dead in my second are laid;
That last earthly dwelling they reverently close,
And again leave my whole to its silent repose.
FEATHERED songsters blithely singing,
Hills and rocks with echoes ringing,
Zephyrs sighing in the trees,
Truly are myfirst all these.
Softly o'er my secondstealing,
Comes a blissful, happy feeling,
As the thoughts are fixed above
All else, upon my whole, and love!
MYfirst is a sportive but timorous thing,
Which bounds through the coverts with joy in its spring,
Darting off at the fall of a leaf,
My second's oft heard in the day's busy round,
Striking full on the ear with its echoing sound,
And proclaiming now joy and now grief.
My whole may be seen in the meadows and glades,
Where it brightens the earth with its hue ere it fades.
A TRAVELLER,, weary and sinking from thirst,
With joy threw him down at the brink of myfirst,
And a copious draught drank he.
My seconds seen in the autumn's late day,
And foretells that its beauties will soon pass away.
My whole dashes on with a rush and a bound,
Appalling the ear with the might of its sound,
Like the roar of a troubled sea.
TAKE half of what is needful for the dead,
What helps physicians to their daily bread;
Join these together, bright and clear,
And drink for breakfast without fear.
IN many a rural landscape green,
O'er the tree-tops rising myfirst is seen;
The villager? dwelt neathh its guardian shade,
Near the .:.'.icir ;p.:t %, hi,!- their sires are laid.
Myseconc :ft .:ai.i- th1'- heart to leap
When seen to rush by in its headlong sweep;
And the breast upheaves with the thoughts that roll
O'er my mind like the pell-mell of my whole.
BITTER is the sting of myfirst,
Sweet is my third if only reversed,
My second you surely may find in the ant,
My whole is the name of an esculent plant.
Answer-Asp, a, sugar (Asp-a-ragus).
A FISH and an insect
With a vowel unite,
You then will behold
Something sparkling and bright.
A CONVEYANCE is my first,
My second we love dearly,
My whole is trampled under foot,
And often flogged severely.
A RIVER in Europe my first,
A land measure is my third,
My second is nought but a vowel,
And my whole is a medical herb.
ONCE I bestrode a lazy steed,
And used the first to mend his speed;
For a long way I had to go,
To get some cash a man did owe.
My second, safe within my coat,
I had to show, 'twas all I got;.
When I arrived, the man was gone,
My money also with him flown.
My third's a letter ; bear in mind,
It is the first and last you'll find.
A term my whole, you often see
Applied to coins and progeny.
M first in secret places lurk,
My second broods no good,
My whole would make you stiff and stark,
If taken with your food.
I'm the farmer's foe, the farmer's friend,
My whole of my first soon makes an end.
MYfirst, I'll inform you, should be very strong,
And that is enough to say;
My second's a number-that will not take long
To count-be as slow as you may.
My whole is much wished for, and often is made,
In many a different way;
It is good, it is bad, it has many a grade,
And many bow down to its sway.
Answer-Fort, a defended place, or strong; une, one (Fort-
IN winter's time myfirst is seen,
When the weather is very cold;
And is formed into my second
By children young and old.
And if my whole you wish to find,
Myfirst and second must be combined;
And then by looking you will see,
A winter favourite in me.
AT myfirst was displayed in neat array,
Glasses, and china, and flowers gay:
And a buxom lady went with a smile,
To fetch my second to aid a while.
For the house wasfull, the assizes "on,"
There was hardly a chair to sit upon;
And many a bustling, thirsty soul,
Gave plenty of work to my o'ertaxed whole.
MYfirst along my second winds,
With slow and creaking wheel;
The tired horses long-for rest,
And Tom his evening meal.
The bold deserter dreads my whole,
The cause, why he must die;
And once in Eastern lands it stirred
A frightful mutiny.
MY second sweepeth clean, 'tis said,
When new; but housewives say
That 'tis no good when constant use
Hath worn its strength away.
Ah, lazy son, your Algebra,
You've very badly reckoned,
Myfirst shall point my whole for you
In likeness of my second.
MYfirst, tho' small, much work performs,
All for my second's sake;
It pauses oft, but never tires,
Nor seeks a rest to take.
My third is a large, well-known thing,
Which for my second toils;
Unwearied, it e'er labours on,
Nor from its task recoils.
My whole, my second doth attain,
I am by all required;
And when of goodly quality,
Am much to be admired.
OH, I wish I'd a pen like the poets of old,
A fancy as bright, and a genius as bold;
That in language exalted and fitting rehears'd,
Might be the great beauty and worth of myfirst.
Without it the earth, now so smiling and bright,
Would be darkened, and hid in perpetual night;
Mankind could no more to their labour repair,
Nought to them would remain but to die in despair.
Whene'er to my second in fancy I turn,
A figure arises-weird, solemn, and stern.
Who, ages ago, when our forefathers dwelt
In heathenish darkness, his mystic rites held;
Human victims he slew, their grim gods to appease,
And he moulded their wills by his sacred decrees;
The dark veil of future he claimed to unfold,
And in language prophetic their destinies told.
My whole is a being so restless and strange,
O'er the globe's wide expanse without tiring he'll range;
Not a country or clime neathh the blue vault of heav'n,
But there by a craving desire he is driv'n.
The mountain's steep heights, or the rapid's swift fall,
The forest, the plain,-he traverses all ;
And when nought new remains, still unsated he sighs,
Alexander-like, wishing new worlds might arise.
I'M found in nearly all sorts of houses, and am patronized
alike'by young and old, male and female, gentle and simple.
Of myfirst is made my second, and my second backs myfirst,
and my whole is used to keep my first in order.
The hearth, the hearth is desolate,
The bright fire quenched and gone.
I ROAM once more the scenes of youth, those happy bygone
Where oft in boyish innocence I've sung my childish lays-
Where often through the summer woods our wild halloo was
And echoes answered from afar among the vales of Sorn.
And as I ponder o'er the scene a much-loved form appears
All dimly through the vista of those long-departed years.
My_'. ..-', form, that long has passed into the dark un-
The hearth, the hearth is desolate-the bright fire quenched
The stranger's hand has left its mark, and all to me seems
The woodlands and the once fair vales have undergone a
The plough has torn the grassy meads-the giant oak lies low,
The flowery braes of next transposed are stript of beauty now.
The very flowers that deck the plain have not the smell
The flowery glens so beautiful are beautiful no more;
And in the cottage of my youth where hope's bright meteor
The hearth, the hearth is desolate-the bright fire quenched
Full quickly have the years gone by, and time, old monarch
Has turned my whole's once lovely form into a shapeless
It stands a hoary witness of adversity's wild blast;
It speaks of happy moments, far too happy long to last.
I gaze upon the scene and think how swift my last has flown.
The hearth, the hearth is desolate-the bright fire quenched
DEEP in myfirst my second lies,
Unseen by mortal eyes,
Rough and unknown; yet when brought forth
'Tis deemed a noble prize.
There's robbers in the house, you say?
Then shut the doors each one,
And bar each window firm and fast:
We'll keep them safe till dawn.
The morning came, loud was the wail,
And sad, sad was the sight:
The robbers had by whole escaped,
And bolted through the night.
MYfirst receives, but never tells
The secret of a friend;
My second does upon myfirst
For its success depend.
My whole with pain the fair admit,
Yet gladly to receive it sit;
And whilst they cringe with pain and fright,
They hail my beauty with delight.
THE trumpet peals forth its wild summons afar,
On Waterloo's blood-bedewed field;
And squadrons engage, with the stern hate of war,
Disdaining to fly or to yield.
Poor Picton is down. On, then, Englishmen-on !
Let nothing your valour dismay !
On to vengeance and glory till victory be won,
For Europe's fate hangs on this day.
Through the sulphurous clouds of the hot fusilade
They have reached the foes' bayonetted square;
And each singles out one he deems worth his blade,
And carnage rides rampantly there.
My whole dashes on where an officer stands,
Defending the tricolour flag;
His life or the banner he grimly demands,
And clutches the shot-riddled rag.
The twain closed in battle with terrible force :
The Englishman struck with his blade
Such a vigorous blow, that a life-deprived corse,
With my next beaten down, below laid.
The victor had taken myfirst on that day,
And sent a pure spirit to Heaven ;
But a smile that remained on that cold face of clay,
Seemed to whisper, "Thy sin is forgiven."
THE "Numbered" or "Lettered" Charade is a very
simple form of riddle, and is constructed as follows:-
A word selected is so divided as to allow its separate
letters to form other words. The letters may be repeated,
but it is important that every letter should be employed.
The following is a good example, as it also partakes of
the nature of a Double Acrostic:-
I AM a word of six letters, signifying to run, like tears.
My 1, 4, 5, 6, is a join; my 2, 4, 5, you drink; my 3, 5, 2,
I, are all alive; my 4, 5, 2, all do ; my 5, 3, 4, is a verb;
and my 6, 5, 3, is to spoil. The initials give my whole, and
the finals, transposed, is the same word in a masterful
The word is Stream, which transposed becomes Master,
S ea M
T e A
R at S
E a T
Another good example is formed on the word Eng-
I AM- a word of seven letters ; my 3, 4, 5, 7, are what the
happy feel; my 5, 6, a very useful article; my 4; 5, 7, what
Wellington once was; my 4, i, 5, 6, are very thin; my
5, 6, 7, what-connects England and Ireland: my 7, 5, 2, a
familiar appellation for a very impudent Irishman; my
4, I, 5, 7, what guides do ; my 4, 5, 3, what loiterers do; my
2, 5, 3, an animal; my I, 6, 7, the conclusion; and my whole
is a word dear to every English heart.
In the succeeding examples we have, with one or two
exceptions, only given the whole word or words which
constitute the answers, as when they are found out, the
rest is plain.
I AM a.word of thirteen letters. My 9, 13,17, 5, II is an
English town; my 2, 7, 5, I is a seat of learning; my
3, 12, 9, 6 isa river in England; my 13, 2, 5, II is a province
of Spain ; my I, 5, 6, 12 is a river in Ireland; my 8, 5 is a
river in Italy; my 5, II, 12, lo, 9 is a lake in Russia; my
4, 2, 7, 6, 12, 13 is a bird; and my whole is a market town
A nswer-Newport Pagnel.
MY whole is a line from Macbeth," and contains thirty-
seven letters. My 6, 14, I, 7, 16, 26, I, 27, 18, 1o, 2o-33,
37, 22, 24, 16-34, 19, 8, 27, 25 are characters from "King
John;" my 34, 7, IO, 31, 22, 19, 4-33, 17, 11, 34, 30, 31, 35
are characters from a Winter's Tale ;" my 33, 14, 12, 3, 27,
35-5, 30, 13, 37, I6, to are characters from "Julius Caesar;"
my 36, io, 6, 27, 14, 34, 17, 31, 2, 25-22, 30,20, 15,4, 34, 35,
28, 26, 30, II, 25 are characters from Coriolanus ;" my 32,
14, 31, 7, 12, 27, 34-12, 19, 32, 17, 31-29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 37,
35, 12 are characters from King Lear ;" my 18, 6, 37, 32,
21, 12, 9-1, 17, 34, 3, 23, 35, 25, 17, 12 are characters from
"Romeo and Juliet."
Answer--"But screw your courage to the sticking flace "
Robert Bigot;. Peter; Lewis; Leontes; Paulina; Portia;
Cicero ; Coriolanus ; Titus; Lartius; Goneril; Regan;
King Lear; Gregory; Balthasar.
-MY 2, 4, 5, though small, its use we do not scorn;
My 3, 4, 5, 6, does happy brides adorn;
My 6, 4, 5, a spirit that some thousands I, 4, 2;
But slices from a 2, 4, 6, is better far for you :
My 1, 4, 5, 6, the birds do when upon a I, 2, 3, 4, 6;
My whole abounds in verdure. Name me, pray;
Or are you in a fix ?
MY whole consists of 16 letters. My 4, II, 6, is often seen
in my 4, 5, I ; my 5, 1o, 6, belongs to my 6, 5, 6 ; my I, 2,
11, 8, is found on my 9, Ii, o1, 6; my 11, 14, 2, is always found
in my 15, 3, 12 ; my 6, 15, 3, 2, IO, 5, 14, is mostly found in
my 6, 7, 12, 2; my 14, II, 1, 13, is often seen in my 5, 7,
io; my whole was an eminent philosopher and statesman of
the last century.
Now just to amuse my young friends for a while,
I'11 quote them a word in peculiar style;
It's used in commerce, it's accepted in lieu,
And its meaning, no doubt, will satisfy you !
You must be its 6, lo, o1, 8,-9, 1o, 4, 5, I,
And continue to be so, until your work's done;
It's 8, 2, 9, 6, 7-then I'll be bound,
You'll own that it's equal, in all the world round.
Its 5, 4, 7, 8, is always vile and impure,
Its io, 6, 3, 9, Io, we cannot endure.
My whole is coequal, with all that I've said,
Now tell me the word, when this you have read.
My 5, 6, 7, 2, was a famous athlete of Crotona in Italy; I
my 4, 6, 2, names an island in the East; my 5, 9, 4, 8, 6, a
celebrated Italian poet; my I, 9, 6, 4, 8, is an important
part of the human frame; my 5, 2, Io, 8, 3, 9, 7, 2, 4, was
one of the most faithful adherents of Napoleon the First;
my 5, 2, 7, 9, was an eminent Rhetorician; my 9, 5, 5, 2, 1o,
is an extensive division of Arabia; my 5, 2, 7, 3, is a small
winged insect; my 6, 9, was a priestess of Juno at Argos;
My 5, 6, 10, 2, is a river of Spain and Portugal; my 5, 6, io,
7, names a useful plant; and my whole is an illustrious
I AM composed of nine letters, my I, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, are now
almost out of date; and my 8, 6, 7, was often the cause of
their use; and I am most happy to I, 6, 7, 8, its praise; and
my I, 2, 6, 7, 9, is what you will certainly feel if you play with
a wasp; and my 9; 3, 4, 5, is my whole cut down a few
inches ; and my whole are articles that (wonder of wonders !)
have been fashionable for years in one shape.
I AM a word of nine letters. My 4, 9, 2, 5, and my 7, 9, 9,
5, are two animals, and my I, 2, 5, 4 is a fish ; my 4, 5, 2, 6,
7 you will most likely see on the dress of a 3, 2, 6, 7 or a 7, 2,
3, 9; my 1, 2, 8, 9 is a place for a 4; 6, 5, 7; my 4, 2, 5, 3 is
used in making 4, 9, 9, 5; my 7, 6, 5, 8, 9 is sung by the 4,
2, 5, 7 ; the mention of my I, 5, 6, 3, 9 sometimes fills you
with 7, 5, 9, 2, 7; my 1, 2, 5, 9 has often 3, 2, 7, 9 a man a
4, 9, 7, 7, 2, 5 for his 4, 5, 9, 2, 7 ; my 3, 2, 5, 9, is useful
when you wish to have a 5, 6, 7, 9; and it is often seen in a
5, 2, I, 9 ; my 7, 5, 9, 2, 3 is not real; my 4, 5, 6, 8, 2, 7, 9 is
a party of soldiers; and my whole is a county town in Eng-
I AM a word of eleven letters. My 2, 6, 7, 8, 5, 11 is a kind
of fruit; my7, 8, io is an insect; my 2, 6, II is found in the
ground; my 5, 2, 7, 10 is an animal; my 5, 6, 7, I, II is a
kind of fruit; my 6, 9, o1 is an animal; my o1, II, 8 is a
number; my i,. 10 9, lo, 2 is a -vegetable; my 9, 1o, 2, 3
,is very small; my 9, 3, 3, 2, 8 is a title of Jupiter; my 5, 6,
II, II, 8 is a colour; my Io, II, 9, 6 is often dropped, but
never picked up; my I, II, 8 is a small, but useful article;
my 1, 7, 5, ii can be seen in every book; my 2, 6, 5, 7, 8
is a musical instrument; my I, 2, 4, Io is one who writes
my I, 2, 4, 3; and my whole is a fruit mentioned in scrip-
I AM a word of eight letters. My 6, 4, 7, 8, is an animal;
my 6, 2, 5, 4 an inhabitant of a northern country of Europe;
6, 7, 5 a place for wild animals ; my 2, I, 4 is a liquor; my
8, 2, 4 what madmen often do ; my 5, 2, 3, 4 part of a
church often situated in a 6, 2, I, 4; my 4, 2, 8, I is a title,
and generally has plenty of I, 2, 5, 6 ; my 8, 7, 2, I is not
fiction; my 3, 4, 2, I names something we eat; my 6, 7, 2, 8
a term of affection ; my I, 4, 5, 6 what our friends often ask
us to do; my 8, 4, 2, 6 what we all ought to be able to do;
my 7, 5, 6 we are getting to; and my whole is always seen
in the summer.
I AM composed of twenty letters; my 2, 3, 20, 13, 5, 15,-9,
a 19, 14, 3, 16, 12, and fertile 2, 1, 13, 18, 15, 9, was con-
quered by my 20, 15, 16, 13, 5, 15, 17; but the inhabitants
3, 5, 2, I, 12, 17, a rebellion in order to 6, 12, 16, 5,2, 15
their independence. After many.7, 1o, 3, 9, 12, 6, I had
been committed on both I, 2, 9, 12, I, a brave 16, 12, 15, 20.
3, 14, r9 was sent over from my .2, 15, 16, 19, 8, 15, 9, and
after 12, 15, 9, Io, 6, 2, 15, 16 many troubles, he .4, 8, 15, 18,
16, 12, 9 to 4, 8, II, 12 peace. The two 2, I, 19, 18, 15, 9, I,
are now 1o, 15, 9, 12,'3, the I, 5, 4, 12 government, and en-
joy an 2, 4, 7, 12, I, 20 revenue. My whole was a celebrated
warrior who was very much devoted to the cause of his
Answer-Sir Marmaduke Langdale.
I CONSIST of seventeen letters. My 14, io, I, 17, 8, 7, is a
town in Surrey; my I, 4, 8, io is a town in Kent; my-16,
12, 5, 10, 4 is a town in Yorkshire ; my II, 9, 8, I, 6, 12, 9,
I is a town in Wiltshire ; my II, 15, 13, 16, 17 is a town
in Lincoln ; my 5, 8, 3, 17, 8, 7, is a town in Rutland ; my
17, 2, IO, io is a seaport town in Yorkshire ; and my whole
was a celebrated general in the eighteenth century.
Answer-Duke of Marlborough.
I AM composed of nineteen letters. My 14, 4, 7, 13, II,
14, 15, 19, 12, I8, 16, was an English poet; my 9, 7, 1o, 3,
II, 6, 5, 1, 7, is a town in my 14, 15, 17, 2, I; my 15, II, 7,
18, and my 12, 15, 15, 6, 19, are fruit; my 6, 5, 3, 13, 6,
was an English philosopher; my i, 16, 6, 8, 5, i, was a
naval hero; my, I, 5, 6, 6, II, 13, 2, I, 8, was a celebrated
sculptor; my 18, 17, 15, 4, 7, II, 6, was a noted painter;
and my whole was a celebrated Englishman who obtained
very high honours in the Church of Rome.
Answer-Nicholas Breakspeare-thus : I. Shakespeare.
2. Barcelona. 3. Spain. 4. Pear. 5. Apple. 6. Locke
7. Nelson. 8. Nollekins. 9. Raphael.
I AM composed of twenty-three letters. My 8, 19, 5, 2,
II, 12 we all possess; my 6, lo, 3, 17, 22, 1, 7 is a man's
name;'my I, 5, 23, 21, 5, II is a pleasure boat; my 12, 4,
14, 9, 6, 15 is a very nice beverage; my 13, 22, 19, 7, 18, 19
is what every one ought to possess; my 12, 5, 23, 21, is
very valuable in the City; my 12, 14, 5, 16, 20, 7, is very
pleasant in the summer-time; and my whole is the name of
a man celebrated for his dramatic writings.
Answer-Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
I AM composed of nineteen letters. My I, 18, 3, 6, 15,
2, is a Christian name; my 12, 16, 14, 19, is the reverse of
untidy; my 6, 7, II, lo, is not false; my 15, 17, II, 13, is
a troublesome insect; my 3, 4, 5, is not on ; my 15, 6, 18,
8, is a colour; my 9, Io, 14, 8, is a drama; my whole is the
progenitor of a royal race.
I AM a word of seventeen letters. My 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 is a man's
Christian name, who is often mentioned in the Old Testa-
ment : my 13, 14, 17, II is a part of the body; 6, 5, 15, 16,
2, II, 3 is somebody of very great use to a nation; my
17, 9, 2, 15, is part of a ship ; my 7, 5, 3, 6, II is an animal
on whose head you will generally find my 10, II, 2, 13, 17;
my 9, 15, II is a beverage; my 15, 14, o1, 16 is a title of
distinction; my 1, 9, 2, 15, 5, 3 is somebody, who, when
he is on my 6, II, 9 is mostly very glad to see my 15, 9,
13, 16; my 7, 9, 13, 16 is part of the body; my 7,, 9, 10, I
is an animal noted for its agility; my 15, 5, 14 is a game
played with cards ; my 15, 11, 9 is 'a river in England ; as
also is my 12, 9, 10, II; my 4, 9, 2, 15, 14, io is a person
who guards my 4, 9, 2, 15 ; and my whole is the name of a
celebrated painter. Answer-Sir Joshua Reynolds.
I AM a word of seven letters. My 7, 6, 4, 2, 3, I is a bird;
my 2,3,4 is an animal; my 5, 6, 7 is an animal; my I, 5, 6 is
a point of time; my 2, 6, 4, I is a servant; my 6, 4, I is a
period of time; my 4, I, 5, 7 is a seed; my 6, 3, 5 is what we
breathe; my 7, 3, 5, I is mud; my 4, 5, 3, 7, I is dirt; my
2, 5, 3, 7, I is early; my 2, I, 4 is a wooden pin ; my 4, 6, 2,
I is to yawn; my 5, 3, 2 is to tear; my 2, 6, 5, I is to
diminish i my 7, 6, 5 is to injure ; my 4, 5, 3, 2, I is to grasp;
my 5, i, 6, 2, I is to obtain; my 6, 3, 7 is to guess; my 2, 5,
3,4 is a pest; my 2, 5, 3,7 is formal; my 2, 6, 3, 5 is to
unite; my 7, 6, 5, I is an animal; my 6, 2, I is an animal;
my 2, j, 6, 5 is a fruit; my 3, 7, 6, 4, I is a statue; my 5, 6,
2, i is a plant; my 5, 6, 4, I is anger; my 3, 5, I is anger;
my 4, 5, 6, 2 I, is a fruit ; my 6, 5, 7 is part of yourself; my 2,
6, 5 is equal; my 2, 3, I, 5 is a support; my 4, I, 7 is a
precious stone; my I, 6, 5 is part of yourself; my 4, 6, 7,
is sport; 'and my whole is a short poem.
Answer--Epigram thus : Magpie, pig, ram, era, page, age,
germ, air, mire, grime, prime, peg, gape, rip, pare, mar, gripe,
reap, aim, prig, prim, pair, mare, ape, pear, image, rape, rage,
ire, grape, arm, par, pier, gem, ear game.
I. Whose name in Scripture becomes an epitome of his
history, which awfully displays the folly and guilt of
Answer-Achan, his name signifies "he-that troubleth."
Josh. vii. 24 and 25.
2. What name was common to the kings of the Philis-
tines, and what was the meaning of it ?
Answer-Abimelech, which means," my father the king.'
Gen. xxvi. I, 3.
3. What was the cook ordered to set before Saul and
Samuel at their first meeting ?
Answer-The shoulder of lamb. I Sam. ix. 23 and 24.
4, By comparing three prophetic books, it will appear the
prophets made discrimination as to ith. fate of four neigh:-
bouring and chief cities. Who were- those prophets, and -
what were the names of the chief cities ? Who were those
prophets, and what'were the names of the cities ?
Answer-The names of the prophets, Amos, Zechariah,
Zephaniah. The four chief cities of Philistia-viz., Gaza,
Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ekron. Amos i. 6, 7, 8; Zechariah ix. 5 ;
Zephaniah ii. 4, 5, 6.
5. At what place was the sun and moon commanded to
stand still, and by whom ?
Answer-The Valley of Aijalon, by Joshua. Joshua x. 12.
6. To where did Moses go after slaying a man, and to
whom was he afterwards married ?
Answer-To Midian-married an Egyptian woman named
Zipporah. Exodus iv. 12.
7. Where was Elijah fed by Ravens ?
Answer-At the brook of Cherith. I Kings xvii. 3.
He that walketh with wise men shall be wise,
but the companion of fools shall be destroyed.
Who ploughs the clouds, can only reap the wind; and
who sows the wind, reaps the whirlwind.
Live and learn.
Faint heart never ,won fair lady.
Be sure your sins will find you out.
I Al A HR ,-T
He that gathereth in summer is a wise son;
but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that
Remember that time is money.
SHE Enigma is probably
the : t r i:e l t :or w !hi
of Riddle, and is cer-
tainly one of the most
interesting and diffi-
cult. The Enigmas.
.often a real poem as
well as a question for
The term Enigma comes from two Greek words, which
signify to hint a thing darkly; and in this way we may
consider the fables of i-sop, the oracles of Delphi, the
utterances. of the Egyptian priests, and the .Enigmatica
Yuris, or obscure laws of the ancients, as true Enigmas.
In modern times puzzles of this character are founded
on some word or object, regarding which a number of
paradoxical assertions can be made, to be afterwards
reconciled by a peculiar process of reasoning. An
Enigma may, therefore, be founded on a single word, a
scientific fact, or even a letter, as in the following
example. This was for some time thought to be the
production of Lord Byron, but it is now generally
believed to have been written by Miss Katherine Fan-
shawe. It is a 'most admirable example, the answer to
which is the letter H.
'TwAS whispered in heaven, 'twas muttered in hell,
And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell ;
iOn the confines of earth 'twas permitted to rest,
And the depths of the ocean its presence confessed.
'Twill be found in the sphere when 'tis riven asunder,
Be seen in the lightning, and heard in the thunder.
'Twas allotted to man with his earliest breath,
It assists at his birth, and attends him in death;
Presides o'er his happiness, honour, and health,
Is the prop of his house and the end .of his wealth :
in the heaps of the miser 'tis hoarded with care,
But is sure to be lost by his prodigal heir !
Jt begins every hope, every wish it must bound,
It prays with the hermit, with monarchs is crowned.
Without it the soldier and sailor may roam,
But -woe to the wretch who expels it from home !
In the whispers of conscience 'tis sure to be found,
Nor e'en in the whirlwind of passion be drowned;
'Twill soften the heart, and though deaf be the ear,
It will make it acutely and instantly hear :
In the shade let it rest like a .delicate flower;
Oh breathe on it softly.: it dies in an hour !
The next is by Mrs. Barbauld, daughter of Dr. Aikin, and
principal author of his well-known "Evenings at Home:"
WE are little airy creatures,
All of different voice and features
One of us in glass is set,
A second will be found in jet;