9 January 1759: The Ænigma answered
Many thanks to all of you who tweeted us with answers to Ophelia’s New Year riddle (see the original post from 2 January 1759 below). In 1759, a reader from ‘Hemingburgh’ (now Hemingbrough), North Yorkshire solved the puzzle in verse:
Back to Story of the week
Tho’ “Smart, Fair, or Witling,”
I hate, (I profess)
I’ll yet tell Ophelia
An OYSTER’S her Mess.