A Contrast On Matrimony Or, Pro & Anti Marriage In One

Here is a curious little verse. If you read the entire verse normally, you’d find that the writer has some cynical views on marriage. However, if you read the poem in an alternating fashion (first line, third line, second line and fourth line) for each stanza, then the meaning of the verse becomes the opposite: […]

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“An Embryo Angler”

“Don’t waste your time on the branches small,” Said the farmer to his son, “But lay your axe at the root of the tree, So your work is sooner done.” Then, like a good and obedient boy, Not a word back did he say, But he laid his axe at the root of the tree, […]

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Another Poem With A Hidden Acrostic

In the September 29, 1888, edition of Weekly Wisconsin, the following strange enigma appeared, composed by an anonymous writer named “Maude”: Perhaps the solvers are inclined to hiss, Curling their nose up at a con* like this. Like some much abler posers I would try A rare, uncommon puzzle to supply. A curious acrostic here […]

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Lewis Carroll’s “Double Acrostic” Poem

On May 20, 1871, Lewis Carroll sent the following poem to Mabel and Emily Kerr of Canada. The poem was titled “Double Acrostic”. Can you figure out where the acrostics are? Thanks, thanks, fair Cousins, for your gift So swiftly borne to Albion’s isle — Though angry waves their crests uplift Between our shores, for […]

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Word Chains

Here are the clues to a Word Chain: A → tail end of cat → headgear → deer → vital organ → fireside. The solution is, A → AT → HAT → HART → HEART → HEARTH. Each link in the chain is formed by adding one letter to the previous link, without changing the order of its […]

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Pun Of The Weak: Daffynitions #1

Abalone — What you see most of the time on TV and the web. Aftermath — After your math exam. Avoidable — What a bullfighter tries to do. Devastation — A place where buses arrive and depart. Egotist — A person who is always me-deep in conversations.  

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Scrabble Anagram

The March 11, 1975 issue of the London Times has this little curiosity. Phoebe Winch was able to arrange the 100 standard Scrabble tiles into a meaningful anagram: AAAAAAAAA BB CC DDDD EEEEEEEEEEEE FF GGG HH IIIIIIIII J K LLLL MM NNNNNN OOOOOOOO PP Q RRRRRR SSSS TTTTTT UUUU VV WW X YY Z [_] [_] = […]

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Superghost

In 1951, John Thurber was challenged by his friend, Michell, to a word game called “Ghost” or “Superghost”. The objective of the game is to think of English words which contain a given difficult letter combinations. For example, “NEHE” becomes “swineherd” and “CKLU” becomes “lackluster”. When Thurber was asked to think of an English word that […]

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Pun Of The Weak: Hybrid Car

I’ve already got a hybrid car. Half of it belongs to me and half to the bank. – Bob Thaves, Frank and Ernest

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