What do cats and poets have in common?

Emily Temple

September 11, 2023, 10:30am

Need some mild linguistic fun at your next party? Consider the advice of 1920s entertainment expert Lettie C. Van Derveer, author of such books as Christmas Doings (1920) and Hallowe’en Happenings (1921), Any Day Entertainments (1922) and Holidays and In-Between Times (1923), compendiums of plays, themed games and activities, punny invitation scripts, and suggestions on decor for all your holiday (and every day) needs. In Hallowee’en Happenings, Van Derveer suggests the following set of riddles to tickle your guests—perhaps best used at a “Black Cat Party” but clearly evergreen:

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Read the whole book online here.

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