[Editor: A poem published in the “2NZ Junior Country Service Club” section of the Glen Innes Examiner, 16 May 1949.]
To work out this acrostic, fill in the answer to each question, and read down the first letter of each word — this gives you the answer. The solution is at the bottom of the column.
My first’s a little insect that buzzes all day!
My second is a sour fruit — it’s nice when hot from play!
My third’s a fabled monster on the Royal Coat of Arms.
My fourth’s a huge Australian bird, still seen on outback farms!
My fifth’s the first name of a crooner — modern music, please!
My sixth’s a mighty country, set in grey Atlantic seas.
My seventh is a little girl who went to Wonderland.
My eighth’s our new announcer, and we think he’s “doing grand.”
Our ninth — the first name of Australia’s leading cricket star.
And now read down the letters for you’re guessing well so far.
The whole story is a wretch in a fairy story . . .
His beard was strange, and his tale was gory!
Bee, Lemon, Unicorn, Emu, Bing, England, Alice, Rex, Don.
Solution: BLUE BEARD.
This poem was printed in the “2NZ Junior Country Service Club” section of the newspaper, which was used to promote the 2NZ radio station (New South Wales).
Alice = the main character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), also published as Alice in Wonderland, written by the English author “Lewis Carroll”, the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898)
Bing = Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. (1903 -1977), commonly known as “Bing”, a famous American singer and actor
Don = Donald Bradman (1908-2001), commonly known as “Don” (also referred to as “The Don”), widely regarded as Australia’s greatest cricketer and the world’s best ever batsman in Test cricket
Rex = Rex Clifford, the stage name of Clifford Warne, O.A.M. [See: “Tribute to Clifford Warne’s life”; in: Alan Watson (editor), Magic New Zealand, issue 176, 25 May 2003]