Sunday, November 7, 2010

Amusements from a ladies' magazine

Sunday, November 7, 2010
Loretta reports:

As we've shown, the ladies' magazines of the early 19th century contained a variety of material:  fiction, poetry, and politics as well as fashion, beauty advice, and helpful household hints.  Some offered their readers little puzzlers every month, with the answers provided in the following month's issue.  Here's a selection for you to play with this week.  Answers—and the source—will appear next weekend.   (Hint:  Most though not all will test your punning skills.)


1.   Why is a chronologist like a palm tree ?
2.   Why is education like a tailor?
3.   What was the first thing Adam set in his garden!
4.   Which is the greatest Friday in the year ?
5.   Why is a nobleman like a book ?
6.   Why is avarice like a bad memory ?
7.   What is the only thing a liar may be said to do after he is dead?
8.   Why is an inn in sight like an inn out of sight ?
9.   If I want my daughter Nancy to carry a pair of stockings to the tallest person in company, how would I address her in the most religious manner ?
10.  What is that which binds people together, and touches only one ?
11.  Why is the paper from which the banns of marriage are published like a daily journal ?
12.  Why is a knock-kneed person like a poor man soliciting alms ?
13.  Why is an egg overdone like an egg underdone ?
14.  Why is a contented man like a rebel ?
15.  Why is Sir Walter Scott like galvanism ?
16.  In what month do ladies talk the least ?
17.  Why is a parson's horse like the king?
18.  Why is a pawnbroker like the devil ?
19.  What is that which is always invisible, yet never out of sight ?
20.  Why is a good housewife like a powerless man ?
21. Why is Virgil, translated, like hatred ?
22.  Why should peas of a bad color be sent to Knightsbridge ?
23.  Why is a blacksmith's apron like the gates of a convent?
24.  Why may fruit be said to be the origin of swearing ?

4 comments:

Sylvan Lady said...

Wow, these are something! Too hard for me, I'm afraid. :(

Anonymous said...

I will be wrestling with these until you give the answers. 1, 7, and 16 I can guess (I think), but the rest will require effort.

I am going to be so popular with my grandson when I know the answers!

Mme.Tresbeau said...

Goodness, what a test! I'll be puzzling over these all week.

Jane O said...

Can you also come up with an answer for "Why is a raven like a writing desk?"

(Dear me, what is the correct punctuation for that? Do I need a second question mark or does one suffice for both my question and the riddle?)

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