Excerpt from Charades, Enigmas, and Riddles, Collected by a Cantab
We can Offer no derivation of the word conundrum; Johnson and Walker call it a Quibble, a low Jest, a play upon words in which, says a French writer, all your wit is exerted to play the fool successfully.
The double acrostic is of very recent invention: it requires that two names or words should be spelled by means of the first and last letters of the several words indicated.
Various modifications exist, which cannot be classed under any of the above-mentioned heads. Such may be the reply of that great scholar who was found under the table, his candle burnt out and his bottle empty: How is this? Cried the visitor-here is neither drink nor light!
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