From A Winter Evening Entertainments; or, Curious Mathematical and Philosophical Problems, etc. (Jasper Wiseman, Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd 1820.) Most of these puzzles have punning answers that might nowadays elicit groans.. Almost all are present in many other books and magazines of the time, it is doubtful that the author made up any of them. Wise man.
What step must I take to remove the letter A from the alphabet?
By B heading it.
If I buy four oranges for a penny, and give one of them away, why am I like a telescope?
Because I make a far-thing present.
Which of the cardinal virtues will water be when just frozen?
Why is spectator like a bee-hive?
Because he is a be-holder.
Why is an axe like coffee?
Because it must be ground, before it can be used.Continue reading