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Time Out of Mind


Puzzle ID:#26672
Fun:*** (2.99)
Difficulty:*** (2.57)
Submitted By:norcekrius****
Corrected By:markmonnin




"Old Letters" read the neat sign at the flea market. Nora Shekrie had overslept and came too late to get a fresh batch of fleas for her ferret. Her hobby was collecting second-hand adjectives; she stopped to look.

The nearest item on the table was an old, yellowed parchment letter with a studied, fine script. The accompanying envelope bore a hand-written address to "Mr. & Mrs. William Eddye, Cranbrook, Co. Kent" and a hand-written postmark in which only "1621" and "Feb--ry" were legible. Intrigued by the age, she leaned over to examine it more closely. The full letter was displayed under a protective cover:
Dearest Father and Mother,
Samuel and I made the crossing and find ourselves in good health and spirit. Although the ocean voyage was as physically difficult as we had anticipated, enough of us were able and willing to effect the landing at the place we have named Plymouth. We pulled on our Wellingtons to keep out the cold, and eight men were sufficient to guide the landing as originally planned.
Although one or two members mutter in a most unchristian manner about so-called sadistic policies of Governor Bradford, Samuel and I find him an able and steadfast leader for the colony. In his honor, I enclose a silhouette that Samuel made of him one evening as a diversion. Although the governor showed no opinion one way or another, we are hopeful that you and the others we left behind may find some small solace in the likeness of the man who guides us each and every day.
The young Alden lad, John, is a constant help to me, both as a daily source of benevolence and in helping me craft this letter. He brought me news of a whispered boycott of Governor Bradford's latest colony rule (I will not bore you with the details of governance), and I flatter myself that I delighted him with the strength of my refusal to join such a scheme. He assured me that this was the case with all in the colony, save for the one person who originally brought the issue to him, so do not fear for our continued unity as we find our way in this new world.

Love and the Peace of God to you and all the Family,
John Eddye

She looked up at the vendor. "Why are you selling this, and why so cheaply?" The price tag read $150.

"I deal in these things. Someone in this letter's past didn't do well by it -- note the staple holes?" Sure enough, the upper corner of the envelope and parchment bore the stigmata of Bostich.

"I see. Since I'm descended from Samuel Eddye, I'm interested in this sort of thing. However, you don't have to be a descendent to know this letter is a screaming fake." Nora turned around and bellowed for the market authorities.

How did she know?

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Nov 01, 2005

Wow, I got quite an education in word histories. Good one!
Nov 01, 2005

Wow that was a good one it had me stumped! thanks for the history lesson its one lesson I didnt fall asleep for!
Nov 01, 2005

Another great one norcekri loved it , although I didn't get all of it right Next time
Nov 01, 2005

another awesome teaser, i really enjoyed trying to solve it
Nov 01, 2005

My answer is: I don't know, I didn't read it. Make it sorter next time, thanks
Nov 01, 2005

That was a great read and being a stamp collector, I was focusing on just that, the word histories were wonderful to learn about as well as the history. "Stigmata by Bostitch" now that is a creative and original phrase! Great teaser and superb writing!
Nov 02, 2005

Although I am not a history buff, I enjoyed this teaser because it was so artfully written!
Nov 02, 2005

Wonderful Teaser - Enjoy learning as I play. Thanks so much.
Nov 03, 2005

Really a neat teaser. I figured it had something to do with the postmark...only because I thought Ben Franklin had something to do with that at a latter date. Learn something everyday! Thanks!
Nov 09, 2005

Good teaser. History is my worse subject so i am not surprised i was a little lost. I did understand after reading the answer though.
Dec 01, 2005

fantastic work again norcekri!
i love your teasers
Dec 13, 2005

Clever! I got them all right without even knowing it! The words just jumped out! Great teaser! Keep 'em coming!
May 20, 2006

Excellent writing! I actually caught the Wellington reference! Yay me.
May 29, 2006

nicely done...
Jul 08, 2012

Besides every word reference, a major clue is in the sentence about the naming of Plymouth. The colonists did not give that name to that area, John Smith did many years earlier when he surveyed and NAMED the region. That was how I knew the letter was fake.
Jul 09, 2012

Thanks! Plymouth is one that *I* forgot by the time I posted the final wording! Extra points for you!

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