Saturday, October 10, 2009

Saturday Word Play- Witch Witch is Witch

How to explain this one... Below are ten lines from the famous witch scene in Shakespeare's Macbeth. However, you'll probably not recognize it at first glance since there are a lot of unnecessary letters in the way. Remove those letters, keep them in order, and they'll spell a title written by one of the authors below. Hint: the author clues don't match the line number in which it appears. So go ahead, find those books featuring witches.

fitlleth eof wait fenny snackehes
thin thee cauldwriton bochil anding bahokeur;
witeye chof nandewt, wand tizoe of frardog,
hawool rof braty, potanterand todngthehue alfbloof ddprogince,
thadedewrit's forck, handes bolfined-awstorm'wisck sting,
lizwitard's leg, chaned sowalebrot's awding,—
fother witach chofarporm toof powbeellorful trouble,
thelikel aion theell-browith botcil haanndd buthebwardbrolebe.
thedowouble, dorubles totil wand tritoublech;
fithree buwizarrn, dand caofuldron bozubble.

1. J.K. Rowling
2. Anne Rice
3. John Updike
4. Jill Murphy
5. Roald Dahl
6. L. Frank Baum
7. C.S. Lewis
8. James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet
9. Terry Pratchett
10. Paulo Coelho


raidergirl3 said...

thedowouble, dorubles totil wand tritoublecch

I picked the only quote I knew off the top of my head - Double, double, toil and trouble. Taking out the extra letters left me with
The Worst Witch, which I learned was written by:
4. Jill Murphy

Lahni said...

The last line:
fithree buwizarn, dand caofuldron bozubble.
is fire burn and cauldron bubble.
If you remove the extra letters you get The Wizard of Oz by 6. L. Frank Baum...but I think you are missing an 'r' in burn, are you not?

John Mutford said...

Riadergirl: That's it (and sorry to make you work so hard on a Saturday morning).

Lahni: That's it, and the mistake has been fixed-- thanks for bringing it to my attention. Consider my typos a little extra challenge.

Luanne said...

witeye chof nandewt, wand tizoe of frardog,

Witch and Wizard
#8 Patteson and Charbonnet

gypsysmom said...

The second line is:
in the cauldron boil and bake

and the extra letters spell:
The Witching Hour

which is by Anne Rice (although I haven't read that and don't intend to).

Wanda said...

line 4: hawool rof braty, potanterand todngthehue alfbloof ddprogince,
= "wool of bat, and tongue of dog"

J.K. Rowling ~ Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince