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Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 13th Apr '07 6:34 PM


Is anyone here a genius at Rebus puzzles? A friend sent me two little turn-of-the-century (?) cards that each has a Rebus on it, and I'm stuck on one of them. She, of course, doesn't have the answers.

As an example, the first was labeled "Proverb" and showed two little tadpoles, a contraption that looked like a fishing pole balanced in an oarlock beside what looked like a bolt, the letter T, an upside down top hat, the letters N and n, and what looked like a cabin built on a thin platform.

I got THAT (T+hat) right away, and finally figured out that the bolt was just a really badly drawn bucket so the fishing pole/oarlock was some old-fashioned dipper mechanism (WELL). Then it was easy to get to "All's Well That Ends Well" with awls (although they were strangely curvy), well, T+hat, Ns, and a second well that looked like the nursery rhyme drawings of Jack and Jill, with a little roof over the well and a crank for raising and lowering the bucket.

Okay on to the problem: The second Rebus, labeled "Military and Political" shows a rolled document with "Will" barely visible, an eye, a raised arm with the hand making a fist, an H, an image of a bay with a tiny beach and a couple of ships in the water, a scene of a battle going on around a fort on a hill, and a D.

I'm thinking it begins "Will I arm...." The battle scene is probably WAR or FORT, which, when combined with the D, makes WARD or FORD. The water scene might be SEA (C), which could point to some mostly forgotten guy named H.C. Ward or H.C. Ford. Contrarily, it could indicate SEA+WARD for seaward or Seward. I keep trying to get a "march" out of the arm and the H for "Will I March Seaward?" -- which doesn't ring any bells of recognition, but at least makes sense -- but to no avail. There also doesn't seem to be a way to get ARMY from the arm and either the eye (which is pictured above the arm, but to the left, preceding it) or the H.

(eye) M (cut down tree) D!


Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Fri, 13th Apr '07 8:44 PM

Is there any way that you could upload a jpg file into your profile so we could look at it?

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Fri, 13th Apr '07 10:54 PM

Sorry, but I'm scanner-free. What, you don't have miraculous visualization powers?

Larrybus  (Level: 320.3 - Posts: 385)
Sat, 14th Apr '07 2:37 AM

How about "William H. Seward", U.S. Secretary of State under Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, most noted for his arranging the purchase of Alaska from Russia.

If there's a "-R" after the arm, that would clinch it, but maybe the author/artist of the rebus is from Boston and would pronounce it "ahm".

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sat, 14th Apr '07 5:33 AM

By George, I think you've got it! I'm not crazy about the "Will-I-Arm" pronunciation, but that's too on-the-nose to be wrong. We had worked with Seward ("where's the 'folly'?"), but were looking for a slogan instead of just a name.

I (heart) UR B+(precipitation)!

Texlewee  (Level: 34.1 - Posts: 599)
Sat, 14th Apr '07 7:54 AM

see, and I was going for the whole "power to the people" thing with the raised fist...

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Sat, 14th Apr '07 8:44 AM

I was going with the POWER idea too.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Sat, 14th Apr '07 9:09 AM

And I dreamed about Will-i-arm(s)PORT.

No lie.

Marynuala  (Level: 141.3 - Posts: 996)
Sat, 14th Apr '07 12:55 PM

First time I have heard of Rebus puzzles and they sound fascinating! Has anyone got anymore to solve?

Lamizell  (Level: 108.2 - Posts: 441)
Sat, 14th Apr '07 7:42 PM

There are a bunch of simple ones here:

Marynuala  (Level: 141.3 - Posts: 996)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 1:24 PM

Thanks of the Rebus link Lamizell, I will add it to my Favourites browser.

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