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What’s the difference between a gardener, a billiard master, a gentleman and a verger?

April 13th, 2010 at 11:04

…1st minds his peas, 2nd minds his cues, 3rd minds his ps and qs, 4th minds his pews and keys.

Yet another example of some of the wonderfully diverse material available in the Lawson collection (ref. Ln). This extract comes from a ‘Book of Riddles’ written by Faith Winifred Clokie who later married John Lawson in Leeds before they moved to Nottingham. It appears that as a child Faith collected jokes, puzzles and riddles and also asked friends and relatives to contribute their own.

A few more:

Q: Name the only King ever crowned in England since the conquest.

A: James I; who was King of Scotland before he was crowned King of England.

Q: What noise annoys an oyster?

A: A noisy noise annoys an oyster.

Q: Who dares to sit down before the King or the Queen with his hat on?

A: The Royal Coachman

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