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Alhucema (Alhucema)
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My daughter, my daughter, I’ll give you a gift,
I made it myself, all spend and no thrift;
If all is alright, a beauty you’ll be,
If all goes awry, it will make you free.

I swear it by Nicholas the saint of great fame,
Now can you tell me what is my name?

Balin (Balin)
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Of species, human I believe is yours.
Is this correct? And tell me more,
Are you male? Female? And once more I ask thine,
Is this a true tale, or FYOI?
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Of species, human I believe is yours.
Is this correct? And tell me more,
Are you male? Female? And once more I ask thine,
Is this a true tale, or FYOI?

I can assure you I am human,
I’m not a man, thus I'm a woman.
Moreover I can tell you too
My tale is fully fair and true.
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Is thy daughter homo sapiens,
Born of your own blood?
Is Saint Nick relevant,
Or is that an unlikelyhood?
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If she a beauty becomes, be it due to the gift?
Or would she be as comely without it as with?
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Is the gift, a wedding for?
Or's there no event, but just a big bore?
Is it the daughter who is to wed?
Or 'tis the mother who'll be taken to bed?

May we call the mother Doris?
And next call the daughter Loris?
I ask this not as absolute,
But just to make rhymers convolute.
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Is thy daughter homo sapiens,
Born of your own blood?
Is Saint Nick relevant,
Or is that an unlikelyhood?

My daughter‘ s really my own blood,
As an example here she stood.
Because what I gave her for free,
I’d sell to others, e’en to thee.

And if we speak about Saint Nick,
I need him to complete the trick.


If she a beauty becomes, be it due to the gift?
Or would she be as comely without it as with?

She is a beauty, let’s assume,
The gift can only boost her bloom.



Is the gift, a wedding for?
Or's there no event, but just a big bore?
Is it the daughter who is to wed?
Or 'tis the mother who'll be taken to bed?

There is no specific event,
Yet wedding is quite relevant.


May we call the mother Doris?
And next call the daughter Loris?
I ask this not as absolute,
But just to make rhymers convolute.

Do call me Doris, yet I claim
That this is not my real name.
Balin (Balin)
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St. Nicholas, you say, is quite relevant.
Is it so that Christmas is what you meant
When you mentioned his name? And this gift, I ask,
Is it physical, or, say, a mental task?
(And if my Christmas assumption is true,
Is it a Christmas present to her, from you?)
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The gift, is it made with your hands?
A craft, perhaps? Sew, knit, or weave?
Or else the arts are more your style,
Could painting be what you did leave?


Free of what, dare we ask?
A home, a mate, or daily task?
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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St. Nicholas, you say, is quite relevant.
Is it so that Christmas is what you meant
When you mentioned his name? And this gift, I ask,
Is it physical, or, say, a mental task?
(And if my Christmas assumption is true,
Is it a Christmas present to her, from you?)

To go on with our friendly banter,
I don‘t mean Boxing Day or Santa.
So it's not likely that you'll see
My gift under the Christmas tree
May it console you - don't feel sorry -
I do mean Saint Nicholas of Bari.

And I can tell you, if you please,
You'll touch my gift with quite an ease.


The gift, is it made with your hands?
A craft, perhaps? Sew, knit, or weave?
Or else the arts are more your style,
Could painting be what you did leave?

With my hands, indeed, I’ve made it,
Yet I did not sew or weave or knit;
I even did not have to paint
The picture of our good old saint;
To make it requires quite a skill,
An exact method to fulfill.


Free of what, dare we ask?
A home, a mate, or daily task?

My answer here is pretty straight:
You would free yourself of a mate.
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Is the gift meant to be worn?
Clothing or jewelry to adorn?


Of what is made the gift we seek?
Is it wood, or fabric sleek?
Or be it metal, or maybe stone?
Perhaps its glass or paper, no?
Noel (Noel)
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Is freedom desired by your lass?
Or would she prefer the mate, perhaps?
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Is the gift meant to be worn?
Clothing or jewelry to adorn?

The gift is nothing you can wear
As jewels, clothes or in your hair.


Of what is made the gift we seek?
Is it wood, or fabric sleek?
Or be it metal, or maybe stone?
Perhaps its glass or paper, no?

Of what you mentioned, just the glass
I partly did give to my lass.
But as to the gift’s true essence,
The glass is not its quintessence.
Another matter you must seek,
Your guess can be just generic.
(I know that you’re not in position
To know its exact composition).


Is freedom desired by your lass?
Or would she prefer the mate, perhaps?

I only answer for that matter
I think she would prefer the latter.
But I said, when it goes awry,
The former wish then would apply.
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Here's something that's not wondered yet,
Would she be freed because of death?
Her death, perhaps, that would let her go,
Or maybe the mate's? I do not know.

Speak of the mate, I must trudge on,
Has she wed already, or a singleton?
(I know that's not what that word means,
But my intent should be clearly seen.)
What else to say, I need to think...

Oh, shoot, my printer's out of ink!
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Here's something that's not wondered yet,
Would she be freed because of death?
Her death, perhaps, that would let her go,
Or maybe the mate's? I do not know.

Yes, it is true my gift can kill,
Though kill my blood is not my will.
I must tell you with a deep sigh,
It is the mate who is to die.



Speak of the mate, I must trudge on,
Has she wed already, or a singleton?
(I know that's not what that word means,
But my intent should be clearly seen.)
What else to say, I need to think...

Now let us talk about the mate.
'Cos indeed they are man and wife,
By wedding bound till end of life.


Oh, shoot, my printer's out of ink!

I am quite patient, I can wait.
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Is there a poison in your gift?
Or is it weapon that you gave?
Is the acting slow or swift
When it puts someone to his grave?
Will the death give a doctor pause?
Or will he think it's from natural cause?
Balin (Balin)
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You say that this gift is partially glass,
Is the rest of it liquid? I now must ask.
A potion, a poison, or similar, Doris,
To you I ask: was that your present to Loris?
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Would every mother give their daughter this
Or is it only you who would do this?
Apologies, but I am bad at rhyme,
At least I do know how to keep in time.
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Is there a poison in your gift?
Or is it weapon that you gave?
Is the acting slow or swift
When it puts someone to his grave?
Will the death give a doctor pause?
Or will he think it's from natural cause?

One of its uses you guessed right;
It can be poison; just one night,
Perhaps a day and one night more -
Your hubby will give his last snore.

As far as a Doc’s affected,
The murder should pass undetected.


You say that this gift is partially glass,
Is the rest of it liquid? I now must ask.
A potion, a poison, or similar, Doris,
To you I ask: was that your present to Loris?

Yes, it’s a liquid, as I said,
And it can poison, I’m afraid.
There’s other use of different kind,
It’s up to you this yet to find.


Would every mother give their daughter this
Or is it only you who would do this?

The secret is known just to me,
To others I’d sell willingly.

Apologies, but I am bad at rhyme,
At least I do know how to keep in time.


You do not have to give excuses,
Your type of rhyme poetry uses,
It even has a name sublime,
It’s called an „absolute rhyme :-)).“

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I'd still like to figure out
How it does enhance the view
But is not worn (right? no doubt?)
Then how does it help the view?

Is she prettier to all?
Or is only her mate who
her new looks now do enthrall?
Only this I wish I knew.
Balin (Balin)
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Is its other use as a cosmetic,
Or does it require energy kinetic
To use it? And of the second use,
Would it be the hubby or daughter who
Applies it? Wears it? Tell me, pray,
Is there any truth in what I say?
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To my previous post, an apologetic,
It's really hard to rhyme "cosmetic."
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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I'd still like to figure out
How it does enhance the view
But is not worn (right? no doubt?)
Then how does it help the view?

I'm telling you the truthful story,
It is not worn as accessory,
A piece of clothing, or a pin,
It’s to be applied on the skin.


Is she prettier to all?
Or is only her mate who
her new looks now do enthrall?
Only this I wish I knew.

It is intended to make her pretty
To any person in the city,
Or in the village, in the town,
Or the entire world around.


Is its other use as a cosmetic,
Or does it require energy kinetic
To use it? And of the second use,
Would it be the hubby or daughter who
Applies it? Wears it? Tell me, pray,
Is there any truth in what I say?

The other use is cosmetic,
To make her look more aesthetic.
She is to use it as the lotion,
He is to drink it as the potion.


To my previous post, an apologetic,
It's really hard to rhyme "cosmetic."

To this I am well sympathetic,
It’s very hard to be poetic :-))
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Is it Belladonna maybe,
eye drops for a pretty lady?
But when swallowed it is death,
poison for his final breath?
Balin (Balin)
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The death I must ask (of the mate, I meant),
Will it be homicide or accident?
Or worse, suicide, his own plans foiled,
Or has this puzzle, by Galfisk, been $poyled?
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Is it Belladonna maybe,
eye drops for a pretty lady?
But when swallowed it is death,
poison for his final breath?

It is my secret, but I’m gonna
to tell you this: the Belladonna
Is indeed part of my concoction,
My name is, though, a different option.


The death I must ask (of the mate, I meant),
Will it be homicide or accident?
Or worse, suicide, his own plans foiled,
Or has this puzzle, by Galfisk, been $poyled?

Murder it would be, I assure,
And surely there would be no cure.
But to escape from justice‘s jaws,
It’s camouflaged as natural cause.
So it will seem that the good bloke
Died of infarction or of stroke.


Feel free to Google; be your aim
To find what was my real name.

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You tell me this is a true tale,
Was the gift alright, or did it fail?
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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You tell me this is a true tale,
Was the gift alright, or did it fail?

My gift sure worked, it did not fail,
It killed a many married male.
For selling it, I went to jail,
And left is as dead as a nail.
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(I meant, was it alright or awry,
But the answer you gave is enough for me.)
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Did you exist in ancient times
When you were there to commit your crime?
The place that you declared your home,
Was it England, Greece, Egypt, Rome,
Or somewhere else I haven't guessed?
(For there are far too many to list.)
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Did you exist in ancient times
When you were there to commit your crime?
The place that you declared your home,
Was it England, Greece, Egypt, Rome,
Or somewhere else I haven't guessed?
(For there are far too many to list.)


I helped to kill many a bloke
During the era called Baroque.
As to my abode, I‘m impressed,
Because’tis correct what you guessed.
I did indeed live once in Rome,
But also Naples was my home.
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In history books are you taught,
About the crimes that you hath wrought?
Did your husband die by this same means
And would a student be taught this, please?
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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In history books are you taught,
About the crimes that you hath wrought?
Did your husband die by this same means
And would a student be taught this, please?


I’m not famous enough, alas,
To be heard of in a school class.
However, if you have a look
In famous de Sévigné’s book,
Then it describes with grisly gloom
One of my followers’ sad doom.
No records, with your kind permission,
Speak of my husband. A tradition
in our family has it – it’s too bad,
That my mum once poisoned my dad.
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Which gender is de Sévigné, please?
Man or woman? And if she
Be female, was her husband killed
By your deadly concoction chilled?
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Which gender is de Sévigné, please?
Man or woman? And if she
Be female, was her husband killed
By your deadly concoction chilled?

De Sévigné she has no guilt,
As no man was by her hand killed.
She was as clean as a whistle,
She just wrote in her epistle,
About a woman burnt at stake
For using poison of my make.


My heart’s about the mistake bleeding,
I did not mean to be misleading.
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And now I ask, may we use Google?
For now this puzzle has boggled my noodle,
As de Sévigné is new to me,
And I know nothing about the she.
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And now I ask, may we use Google?
For now this puzzle has boggled my noodle,
As de Sévigné is new to me,
And I know nothing about the she.

Of course, I have already said:
Use freely Google as your aid.
But I would think of other clues
Than Sévigné; she’s of no use
Because you would have to read
Her whole book. Sorry to mislead.
For that I’m banging now my head.
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Then back to you; your husband then,
Was he killed like the other men?
And your daughter's mate, did he die this way,
Poisoned to enter Judgment Day?
Or is he merely a man theoretical,
To help form the puzzle statement hypothetical?
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Then back to you; your husband then,
Was he killed like the other men?
And your daughter's mate, did he die this way,
Poisoned to enter Judgment Day?
Or is he merely a man theoretical,
To help form the puzzle statement hypothetical?


Let me go direct to the grain:
There are no rumors that I’ve slain
My husband; neither did my daughter
Kill hers, if that is what you’re after.
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Your poisons, your wares, your death-in-a-jar,
Did you sell it to all around, near and far?
And these husbands who died by your fatal touch,
Did their wives know their mates would no longer breathe much?
In other words, did they know they were buying
Something that would end in their husband's dying?
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Your poisons, your wares, your death-in-a-jar,
Did you sell it to all around, near and far?
And these husbands who died by your fatal touch,
Did their wives know their mates would no longer breathe much?
In other words, did they know they were buying
Something that would end in their husband's dying?



My business, as it now appears,
Was thriving for a lot of years.
To many customers I sold
My potion for its weight in gold.
In Rome and Naples the good wives
Who wanted to take their husbands‘ lives,
Often knew what they were a-buyin‘
To see their husbands quickly dying.
When saying this, I must say though
That there were some who did not know
And used my liquid just as lotion,
Unaware it‘s a deadly potion.
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Posted on Thursday, June 03, 2010 - 11:38 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yet ano'er question, I hope this one's sound,
In what century could you be found?
And after you were found and caught,
Were you imprisoned, or was death brought?
Noel (Noel)
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Post Number: 1748
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Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 5:58 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Have we figured out as yet
What Saint Nick has to do with it?
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Post Number: 2341
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Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 7:34 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yet ano'er question, I hope this one's sound,
In what century could you be found?
And after you were found and caught,
Were you imprisoned, or was death brought?

The year when I did my life resign
was sixteen hundred fifty-nine.
There are more versions of the reason:
Some say I was choked in prison,
Others that it was hangman’s hand
That life for me forever banned.


Have we figured out as yet
What Saint Nick has to do with it?

No, not yet – he is not to blame,
But he gained me much needed fame.
He played a role in the promotion
To help me sell my famous lotion.
He made me earn a good few grand
As the face of my well-known brand.
Balin (Balin)
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Post Number: 335
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Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 1:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I don't know much about this saint,
So I will ask some questions quaint:
Was Nick around in your own times,
Or would further back, him we'd find?
Balin (Balin)
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Post Number: 445
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Posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 5:02 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I believe this versponse's answer I've got,
So tell me whether I'm right or not.
Is your name Giulia Tofana,
Poisoning with your famous "Aqua"?
Balin (Balin)
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Post Number: 446
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Posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 5:11 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Another apology of mine,
I took liberty with that last rhyme.
I couldn't think of a rhyme for "Tofana,"
Other than the irrelevant "banana."
Alhucema (Alhucema)
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Post Number: 2383
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Posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 10:39 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I believe this versponse's answer I've got,
So tell me whether I'm right or not.
Is your name Giulia Tofana,
Poisoning with your famous "Aqua"?

Yes! You've got it: that’s my name!
which earned me some ill-earned fame.
I named my product (I was wary),
Manna of St Nicholas of Bari,
Also known in people's chatter
Aqua Tofana, for that matter.
It looked like water, clear and clean,
It had no smell and was not seen.
I developed it over years
To dry unhappy women’s tears.
The happy ones could use it too
To be as fresh as morning dew.
When they tied all their silken laces,
They put my lotion on their faces.
But if their husband was not kind,
Then they could always change their mind.
A few drops to the husband’s beaker
made him feel sick and made him weaker,
A few days later, he was dead,
There was a free place in her bed.

And for those
who prefer prose,
who think rhymes stink,
there is a link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giulia_Tofana

Thank you all who played along,
And to Balin applause strong!
Balin (Balin)
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Post Number: 502
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Monday, June 07, 2010 - 10:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Another great puzzle, Alhucema,
And for your next I cannot wait.
For when it comes to puzzles, you're a dreamer
Of lateral twists and turns of fate.

And I finally thought of a rhyme for "Tofana",
So to this puzzle, I shout "Hosanna!"

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