While browsing the 1829 edition of The Ladies’ Pocket Magazine, I came across quite a few conundrums. I thought it’d be fun to share a few with you and see how many of them you can guess. The answers are at the bottom of the post, but don’t cheat! Try to answer them for yourself first. And don’t forget to let me know how you did in the comments. Here we go:

1. Why is education like a tailor?
2. Why is a nobleman like a book?
3. What is the only thing a liar may be said to do after he is dead?
4. What is that which binds people together, and touches only one?
5. Why is a pawnbroker like the devil?
6. What is that word which contains all the six vowels in the regular order?
7. Why is an affectionate husband, who has lost his wife, like a man who has lost his hat?
8. Why is an umbrella like an annuity for life?
9. Which of the king’s subjects is privileged to sit before him with his hat on?
10. What is that which goes from London to York without once moving?
11. Why is the nest of the smallest English bird like St. Paul’s?


1. They both form our habits.
2. Because he has a title.
3. Lie still.
4. A wedding ring.
5. He claims the unredeemed.
6. Abstemiously.
7. Because each loss is felt.
8. Because it affords shelter in a rainy day.
9. His coachman.
10. The road.
11. Because it is built by a Wren.

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