Puzzles of Wonderland: Answers

Ready for the answers to two of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Puzzles from Wonderland?’

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Puzzle #1:

Dreaming of apples on a wall,
And dreaming often, dear,
I dreamed that, if I counted all,
–How many would appear?

Answer:

Ten.

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Puzzle #2

John gave his brother James a box.
About it there were many locks.

James woke and said it gave him pain;
So gave it back to John again.

The box was not with lid supplied
Yet caused two lids to open wide:

 And all these locks had never a key-
What kind of a box, then, could it be?

Answer:

As curly-headed Jemmy was sleeping in bed,
His brother John gave him a blow on the head;

James opened his eyelids, and spying his brother,
Doubled his fist, and gave him another.

This kind of box then is not so rare;
The lids are the eyelids, the locks are the hair,

And so every schoolboy can tell to his cost,
The key to the tangles is constantly lost.

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