Below, and in the pages that follow, you'll find a selection of puzzles in verse from the pages of The ENIGMA, grouped by type. Before each type, there's a brief explanation of how that puzzle type works. You can select a puzzle's title to see its solution (but please try it yourself first).
1. BEHEADMENT (6, 5)
They followed the stream as it FIRST through the wood,
Staying as much in the shade as they could.
A splash, and a swimmer then came into sight.
“He's SECOND!” one Girl Scout cried out in delight.
2. CURTAILMENT (7, *6)
“Cleopatra,” if it's true
That opposites attract,
Could be called the ONE of “TWO”
By known historic fact.
3. DELETION (9, 8)
So the jury finally TWO that czar of crime?
And a jury trial is ONE? High bloody time.
4. DELETION (5, 4)
One year fat, one year lean.
Never anywhere between.
Diet changes every day;
Either ONE or TWO, I say.
On to many more puzzles in verse…
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