The Initials of the following places form the name of a town in England and the Finals (read upwards) what the town is famous for:
A CITY IN ITALY
A RIVER IN GERMANY
A TOWN IN NORTH AMERICA
A CITY IN ITALY
A CITY IN HOLLAND
A CITY IN TURKEY
A municipality in Finland.
A coastal town in Western Greece.
A CIRCLE ON THE GLOBE
Up to you to provide the words.
Source: In her 1861 book "Victorian Enigmas" Charlotte Eliza Capel attributed the above puzzle to Queen Victoria.
The text in small letters - adjustments by Ady.
Capital letters - the original wording.
Doing a search on that work, and on North America within it, finds the original puzzle.
You can find the puzzle in the book at
The original puzzle and solution:
A city in Italy NapleS
A river in Germany ElbE
A town in the United States WashingtoN
A town in North America CincinnatI
A town in Holland AmsterdaM
The Turkish name for Constantinople StambouL
A town in Bothnia TorneA
A city in Greece LepantO
A circle on the globe EcliptiC
The first letters, read downward, spell Newcastle, and the last letters, read upward, spell Coal Mines.
While "a town in North America" was the fourth clue in the original, it's the third in Ady's version, but of course Washington fits it also.
That requires us to find a city in Italy (not the original wording but capitalized in the present puzzle) that begins with C and ends in I. I can think of an island (Capri). Consulting Google I find Carpi is the 80th largest city in Italy. I think the island is more famous.
Ecliptic has an unusual clue, as the ecliptic is a circle on the celestial sphere rather than the earth's surface. I do have an old globe (terrestrial) that does show an ecliptic line, tangent to the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn at antipodal points, but its location relative to the earth's surface is accurate only once per sidereal day as the earth and celestial sphere rotate relative to one another in that period of time.
Edited on October 27, 2018, 4:04 pm
Posted by Charlie
on 2018-10-27 15:59:26