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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Saturday Word Play- Victoria Day Weekend, Hidden Scrambles



To all the Canadians who are enjoying the long weekend, I hope you remember the true meaning of Victoria Day.

In honour of her royal highness, let's look at the Victorian literary legacy. I'll give you a list of words. Unscramble them and plug them in to the clues below.

For example, if I gave you this:

According to Amazon.ca, the best selling book with "Queen Victoria" in the title is a picture book by Kyra E. Hicks and Lee Edward Fodi called M---ha A-n's Quilt for Queen Victoria

From the list of words below, you could use rant to solve it as Martha Ann's Quilt for Queen Victoria

Your turn!

As always feel free to do all 10 at home, but only answer 1 in the comment section to allow others to play along.

Evil/ Hack/ Lentils/ Licks/ Malt/ Nova/ Plead/ Rant/ Ripe/ Thaw/ Trace

1. Once stating that she has never read a book in her life, she's written a couple herself including That Extra Half Inch and Learning To Fly: Victoria Be----m

2. With its headquarters at the University of Victoria, it claims to be among Canada's leading literary journals: The ---aha- Review

3. One of her books includes Mommywood. You may know her as Donna Martin: To-- S--lling

4. The first president of Mexico and subject of several biographies by Francisco Caudet, Biografios Para Nino: Gua---u-- Victoria

5. Author of Conceit, she was born in Victoria, BC: M-ry ---ik

6. She first appeared in Batman #49: V-cky -a--

7. This American poet's "For Queen Victoria's Birthday" begins, "Lady accept a birthday thought": W-l- --itman

8. Born in the state of Victoria, Australia this author won the Booker Prize twice, for Oscar and Lucinda and for True History of the Kelly Gang: P--er ---ey

9. This author of Wanderlust, Kaleidoscope, and Second Chance has a daughter named Victoria: Da----le --eel

10. Art history professor and protagonist of 6 Elizabeth Peter novels: Vi--y B--s

Yeah, so I don't know why we celebrate Queen Victoria's birthday either. We get a long weekend, so I won't complain too loudly, but maybe we could actually honour someone or something of relevance. Any suggestions?

9 comments:

Book Psmith said...

Why doesn't it surprise me that she has never read a book?
#1 - Victoria Beckham

Kate said...

#8: Peter Carey (trace)
Not one of my favourite authors.

Wanda said...

Don't they all make that claim?
#2 is The Malahat Review (Malt)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

#7 - Walt Whitman

I always thought the May two-fer weekend was to honour the 24-pack of beer, but then they went and changed it to the weekend ahead of the 24th this year, so I no longer know what to think.

raidergirl3 said...

3. One of her books includes Mommywood. You may know her as Donna Martin: To-- S--lling

ripe
Tori Spelling

all those years of watching 90210 pays off!

gypsysmom said...

#10 is Vicky Bliss (licks)

I've read most of Elizabeth Peters Amelia Peabody books but none of the Vicky Bliss ones. I should check out the first one to see what I think.

Carrie K said...

4. The first president of Mexico and subject of several biographies by Francisco Caudet, Biografios Para Nino: Gua---u-- Victoria
pleadFelix Manuel Fernandez aka Guadalupe Victoria. He was pretty impressive too.

Iya said...

#6 is Vicky Vale

Fun game!

Kyra's Mom in L.A.

John Mutford said...

Book Psmith: Well, I for one was shocked. Next thing you'll tell me she's shallow.

Kate: I've not read him.

Wanda: Since we don't exactly ooze literary journals, saying they're "among" the leading ones doesn't say much.

Barbara: It's the last Monday on or before the 24th. This 24th is a Sunday, so instead of going with the more common sense approach and simply extending that weekend, we've bumped it a week earlier. It's what Queen Victoria would have wanted.

Raidergirl: You mean it's taken this long to bear fruit? I'm shocked. Next thing you'll tell me that Shannon Doherty was crazy.

Gypsysmom: I'd not even heard of Vicky Bliss until putting this together.

Carrie: I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one of those biographies.

Iya: I can't hear the name Vicky Vale without thinking of Prince's horrible Batman soundtrack.