george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Feb 10 22:10:36 UTC 2005
In his message of 29 Jan 2005 Barry gave references from a Proquest
Hist Newspapers search for "crossword" and "puzzle", the earliest
result coming from the Washington Post of April 27, 1884.
That reference is to a column called "Our Puzzle Department", giving
answers to puzzles from previous Sundays, and new puzzles. Somehow the
Proquest search missed the column from 2 weeks before giving the
[puzzle #] 637 -- Cross Word Enigma.
In goat, not in sheep;
In much, not in heap;
In great, not in less;
In Dish, not in bowl;
In ask, not in beg;
In after, not in now;
In uncle, not in neice;
In ill, not in well.
The whole is a cape projecting into the Indian ocean. FAN and HAT.
[this is the signature of the puzzler.]
There are also mathematical puzzles, riddles, rebuses.
# 633 -- Reversals:
1. Reverse an aquatic palnt and give an animal.
2. Reverse a working implement and give plunder.
3. Reverse a number and give a snare. [signed] W. S.
# 638 -- Enigma.
the whole 12 letters will name a novel by William Black;
The 10, 9, 5, 1 is a kind of earth.
The 6, 2,3 is to fill.
The 4, 7, 8, 11, 12 is an animal. [signed] Delmonte.
All from Washington Post, April 13, 1884, p. 3, col. 7.
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.
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