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#33767 06/29/01 06:48 PM
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hsif isn't a big enough hint

oh, helen; I'm sorry, but that's just too funny, coming from you. how about fhis?


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excuse me while i scrape the egg off my face-- or should i say roe?


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Thanks, Rodward. I was also reminded of that Punch cartoon, although my memory of the caption was "I keep thinking it's Thursday."


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What do you get if you cross an Italian?


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A Spanish one:

What is black outside and green inside?
A catholic priest full of lettuce

An English one:

When a door is not a door?
when itís ajar




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<<When a door is not a door?>>

And when is adore not ajar?


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Why didn't the cannibals eat the clown?
He tasted funny!

Here, now, from a book in my 19th Century schoolhouse published in 1829, "The Boy's Own Book' -- out of a chapter therein entitled "The Riddler" which features charades, conundrums, enigmas, rebusses, anagrams, and logogriphs are the following selections (I'll come back and edit in the answers in white in a day or so, 'cause I think you'll want a real shot at solving these...good luck!):

Enigma 1.

"Twas whispered in heaven, 'twas muttered in hell,
And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell;
On the confines of earth 'twas permitted to rest,
And the depths of the ocean its presence confess'd;
Twill be found in the sphere, when 'tis riven asunder;
'Tis seen in the lightening, and heard in the thunder;
'Twas alloted to man from his earliest breath,
It assists at his birth, and attends him in death;
Presides o'er his happiness, honor, and health,
Is the prop of his house, and the end of his wealth;
In the heap of the miser 'tis hoarded with care,
But is sure to be lost in his prodigal heir;
It begins every hope, every wish it must bound;
It prays with the hermit, with monarchs is crown'd;
Without it the soldier and seaman may roam,
But wo to the wretch that expels it from home;
In the whispers of conscience 'tis sure to be found,
Nor e'en in the whirlwind of passion is drown'd;
'Twill soften the heart, though deaf to the ear,
'Twill make it acutely and constantly hear;
But, in short, let it rest; like a beautiful flower,
(O! breathe on it softly,) it dies in an hour.

--Lord Byron (referred to in the chapter's introduction as "the late Lord Byron." Gads!)
Answer:

And I thought this next might be fun for a certain well-known presence of the Board!

Conundrum: Why is the statute book like the Grecian army before Troy? Helen?
Answer:

And here's a classic Wordsmith conundrum: (actually there's a few of these that look like direct-to-Anu for AWADmail consideration material, but I have to get at least one out first, I can't wait!)

Conundrum: What word of ten letters can be spelled with five?
Answer:

Enigma:

A word of four syllables seek till you find,
That has in it the twenty-four letters combin'd.
Answer:
Have fun! There's plenty more where these came from...




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And when is adore not ajar?

I'll think about it and meanwhile, what has four wheels and flies?



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what has four wheels and flies?

(Waving hand madly in air -e to signify) : "I know! I know!"

A garbage wagon!



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A garbage wagon!

You won!
But only the second prize.
I'll send to Of Troy her wagon and to you the assorted flies.

Don't worry, no Spanish fly there.

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