Painting #10: Jack In The Green


BORDER PHRASE: “I am old, Jack in the Green, eye glass put in order to pass.”

BARBED LETTER WORD: MOULD

RED LETTER WORD: JELLY

WORD FROM THE MASTER RIDDLE: POINTS

HIDDEN HARE: There’s always room for (hares in) Jell-O.

CLUES & COMMENTS: Jack in the Green is a character from English folklore, so the green gelatin where Jack appears here is a pun. The names Lister and Levy on the storefronts in the background are the owners of the Portal Gallery, where Kit’s work was displayed for many years.

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Richard16378 May 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm

This picture was spoofed in one of the Spitting Image books.

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Susan McGregor August 9, 2020 at 9:06 pm

My dad obsessed over this book when it came out – and even turned to writing computer programs in order to decipher as much as possible. I’ve just come across the book (and all his copious notes) for maybe the tenth time in my life, and an observation that always blows me away is this:
The time on the clock (through the jelly) reads 4.10 – or 1610. The total sum of letters in the border phrases throughout the book is… 1610!

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sam September 30, 2020 at 9:02 pm

Has no one noticed that “sweet confectionary” is misspelling? It should be “sweet confectionery”. perhaps this was deliberate. But I don’t think so.

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