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Skeletons In A Cryptic Crypt March 3, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, People, Word Play.

180px-Leonardo_Skeleton_1511A quest in the quire for the bones of the squire

A quick question posed to the right quarters

A quizzical quip about the queen’s mingled bedfellows

Is she queen consort . . . or consorting quean?

Inquiring minds want to get to the bottom of this box of bones!

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  A Box of Bones (Kate Shrewsday)

London’s history overflows with quires, squires, inquiries, quips, quests, inquests, and queens.  To learn more lore, you might wade into London by Edward Rutherfurd ~ “a glorious pageant spanning two thousand years.”

Not enough time to ingest a thousand pages spanning two thousand years on the Thames?  Swing by L. Marie’s blog for my guest post set in a Scottish pub ~> The Stanton Effect: Building to the Punchline.



1. suzicate - March 3, 2015

My tongue is all twisted after reading this, ha!

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

Mornings are not designed with quizzical quips and quests in mind ~> tongues need time to wake up and warm up first! :mrgreen:

2. Pix Under the Oaks - March 3, 2015

I just left there… I need to wake up! Our internet has been hit and miss. Wish they would get it fixed.. bah! Good Morning!

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

Morning, Pix!
Hope you get a quick fix for your internet hit and miss.

3. Jill Weatherholt - March 3, 2015

I’ve been awake since 4:00 am and my tongue is still twisted. 🙂 I enjoyed your post at L. Marie’s blog, Nancy!

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

Thanks, Jill! I’m excited to see the turns and twists that others take with Linda’s series ~ so many possibilities.

You’re an early riser who rises and . . . SHINES! 😎

Jill Weatherholt - March 3, 2015

I’m am too, Nancy. I was disappointed not to be able to participate in Linda’s series. I have a lot going on lately and I couldn’t give it the attention it deserves.
Well, not sure about the “SHINES,” but I am up with the chickens. 😉

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

You’re wise, Jill ~> we have to sift through possibilities and hone in on priorities to avoid being “buried alive.”

4. Hariod Brawn - March 3, 2015

Fuq saque! They’re queuing for the queens quim!

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

A quickie for a quid? Or a quiescent quid pro quo? 😉

Hariod Brawn - March 3, 2015

[Winqs baque]

5. Grannymar - March 3, 2015

Two for the price of one today. Great value and I’ll make no bones about it! 😉

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

Haha! Thanks, GM.

6. brickhousechick - March 3, 2015

“The queen’s mingled bedfellows” – hmmmmm. 🙂 Do tell!

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

Kate’s tale is a “tell all”! :mrgreen:

7. thecontentedcrafter - March 3, 2015

Intriguing! And I’m with the others, can’t get my eyes to move around those alliterations let alone my tongue first thing in the morning….. I loved that book [London] even though the writing was a tad one dimensional, it was so full of history. And I love history!!

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

When I picked up London for the first time, I was NOT sure I would have the stamina to finish it ~ a weighty tome! In the end, I stuck with it. Fascinating to visit London through the ages ~ from the days of the gladiators to King Henry’s court to the Victorian Era.

8. beeblu - March 3, 2015

Quire and quean – new words for me. Lovely.

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

“Q” is the queen of delectable words . . . worthy of the best Scrabble boards!

9. Silver in the Barn - March 3, 2015

I’ll head over there shortly, Nancy. And hello!! Nice to see you so soon again.

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

Yes, hello! Enjoyed your post on the House Whispers. And I gave Nicki a link to the lovely review of Tiger Tail Soup which stemmed from your recommendation.

Silver in the Barn - March 3, 2015

Oh, good. Thank you, Nancy.

10. diannegray - March 3, 2015

They certainly had a love affair with the letter Q. My tongue is in knot after reading these lines 😀

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

Hi Dianne! Hope all is well down under and that you are happily engaged with your own quests, queries, and questions.

11. reocochran - March 3, 2015

I like playful uses of language and in this case a very unique letter, “Q!”

nrhatch - March 3, 2015

Thanks, Robin. “Q” quenches our quills!

12. Three Well Beings - March 4, 2015

You are so clever with your play on words! I could sit here all day and come up with much. LOL! But I would like to tackle “London.” I don’t know where I think I’ll find the time, but it does appeal to me! 🙂

nrhatch - March 4, 2015

Thanks, Debra. Kate’s post inspired me ~ with her queries and questions about the bones in the quire.

London is an interesting read ~ but it takes some time to read the 2,000 year history of life on the Thames. Rutherfords’s done a series of books in similar fashion, including Paris, Ireland, New York, Sarum (near Stonehenge), Russka.

13. L. Marie - March 4, 2015

That’s a tongue twister and a half!!!

nrhatch - March 4, 2015

Q is full of surprising turns and twists. 😎

14. Behind the Story - March 4, 2015

A very clever poem! I don’t know how you do it. Thanks for the two new words. A few minutes before I read it, I watched the video that’s going around about the dancing skeletons, which is quite a different topic.

nrhatch - March 4, 2015

Haha! I haven’t seen the dancing skeletons. I’ll be on the look out for them.

Kate’s post formed the inspiration for this tongue twister, filled as it was with queens, questions, and quires.

15. Tiny - March 4, 2015

One of these days when I have found the time that always seems to be hiding, I might just pick this up…very intrigued by the intrigue and other shameless stuff that was going on in London over the centuries.

nrhatch - March 4, 2015

The book follows 3 or 4 families through multiple generations which gives readers a sense of continuity amidst change.

See comment #16 for judith’s endorsement of the entire series.

16. judithhb - March 4, 2015

I just love “A quest in the quire for the bones of the squire”. Lovely words and so lyrical. Loved all Rutherford’s books.

nrhatch - March 4, 2015

Thanks, judith! One day I’ll tackle another of his books ~ London really gave me a sense of the ebb and flow of life along the Thames.

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