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    • Kim Simpson
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      An Enigmatical List of AUTHORS, Lady’s Magazine (March, 1789)

      1.Three fourths of a very useful machine, and a great weight.
      2. A point in the compass, and a vessel, changing the first letter.
      3. One half of a sea-nymph, and a cave.
      4. A place of worship, leaving out a letter, and an eminence.
      5. To draw forward, transposed, and an affirmative.
      6. Half a shade, two thirds of a small barrel, and a warlike instrument.
      7. A consonant, and to be in debt.
      8. One half of the first role in arithmetic, and a male relation.
      9. One half a tree, and a vowel.
      10. A pronoun, and half an insect, reversed.
      11. Distant, two fifths of comical, and one half of a village in Middlesex.
      12. A colour, changing a letter,
      13. A campaign, a preposition, and a consonant.
      14. To fasten, and a vowel.
      15. Sprightly.


      Enigmatical Solutions


      A Rebus, Sophia Juliana, Lady’s Magazine (March, 1789)

      That goddess who sprung from Jupiter’s brain;
      What Bacchus is crown’d with as poets feign;
      A bird that rises when morning just breaks;
      An instrument whose sound courage awakes;
      Who charm’d with his music the rocks and tress;
      A fabulous god that guards the green seas.
      The initals above when rightly you’ve found,
      Will name you a poet whose works are renown’d.



      An Acrostic, H. of B___ley, Lady’s Magazine (January, 1789)

      My humble muse now seeks to paint the fair,
      In whom each winning grace, each charming air,
      Shine forth, bright as the dazzling midday sun;
      Striking with rapture all who gaze thereon.

      Such is her lovely for, but in her mind,
      Truth, innocence, and modesty are join’d;
      On her alone, I think, for her I grieve,
      Cease then to hate, but bid me hope and live;
      Kingdoms I value not, compared to you
      So dear’s my choice; sweet maid, a fond adieu.


      This week, we are looking for word games. Your games must have:

      – A connection to Chawton House
      – A form inspired by eighteenth-century puzzles: acrostics, charades, rebuses, enigmatical lists
      – A solution

      Good luck & we look forward to puzzling over your entry!

    • Kim Simpson
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      TASK 1
      Start simple.

      Acrostic poems start out with a word that
      Can be made into a poem
      Really, all you need is a starting word to write
      Out, going downwards and then
      Start adding more words that begin with
      Those letters, maybe
      In keeping with a theme, or introducing rhyme or meter, until you have a new poem that
      Can spell out the word you started with.

      Try to begin with just one word after each letter, maybe starting off with the name of a place or a person, and then build up to sentences!

    • Nickolette Turner
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      Rustling leaves
      Embers dancing though
      Every shift of smoke a
      Zephyrs dance through an
      Enchanted evening light

      • Kim Simpson
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        Perfect! Very Autumnal, we thought.

    • Kim Simpson
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      TASK 2
      Building from Acrostics

      Different acrostic structures don’t always have the capitalised words at the beginning of the line, but rather at the beginning of sentences or halfway through a word or line. Experimenting with capitals makes for an entertaining game and allows you to try different ways of writing acrostic poems. Give it a try and see if you can hide a secret message in your poem!

      Alternatively, try writing out clues for each letter of your word. These can be in the right order, or disordered for more of a challenge, meaning your readers have to deal with an anagram after they’ve solved the clues. Can you make them rhyme too? If so, you have a Rebus!

    • Lis Ricketts
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      Can I just say that I was born first and
      Always seen as the sensible one but my
      Sister was like quicksilver, lively and clever
      So bright and witty that she was
      Always our family’s pride ,though sometimes she was a
      Nuisance ,yet always my companion in hopes and
      Dreams …until she left us. When I
      Read her words now I hear her laughter and life
      And miss her on every page.

      • Kim Simpson
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        Bravo! We absolutely love this!

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