Jan. 11th, 2017 08:49 am
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i: Of what does Fenton smell?
ii: In what odour did the thieving Jim Crow die?
iii: What inaccurate name is applied to the ursine foot?
iv: Who are compared to fish in beginning to smell after three days?
v: What are similar to chemicals, in that closer analysis results in a worsening odour?
vi: Whose recently discovered Sense of Smell, now just leaves Taste unaccounted for?
vii: What fragrance did the lovers inhale within Prince Eugen’s collection?
viii: What smell fills the air in the absence of the Electrician?
ix: What smells characterised Camberley at 9 o’clock?
x: What is ubiquitous, invisible and odourless?

i: Fenton is not the deer-chasing dog of internet fame but a fellow in The Merry Wives of Windsor who "smells April and May" (googled by [livejournal.com profile] jeff_worrell)
ii: THE JACKDAW OF RHIEMS died in the "odour of sanctity": it stole a cardinal's ring and was made a saint in The Ingoldsby Legends (googled by [livejournal.com profile] jeff_worrell)
iii: is possibly the STINKING HELLEBORE aka BEAR'S FOOT (tho there seems to be controversy over its stinking nature) (googled controversy via [livejournal.com profile] jeff_worrell and [livejournal.com profile] braisedbywolves)
iv: GUESTS, according to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (googled by [livejournal.com profile] belecrivain)
vi: REMBRANDT's Sense of Smell was recently rediscovered and reunited with three of the five senses: only Taste is still missing (googled by [livejournal.com profile] jeff_worrell)
ix: This refers to Betjeman's poem 'A Subaltern’s Love Song': "… nine-o’clock Camberley, heavy with bells/And mushroomy, pine-woody, evergreen smells" (googled by [livejournal.com profile] jeff_worrell)

Date: 2017-01-11 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
iii. might be the Stinking Hellebore, a plant, aka dungwort or bear's foot, but that really does smell, so that doesn't fit with "inaccurate"

Date: 2017-01-12 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] braisedbywolves.livejournal.com
"Despite its common name, it is not noticeably malodorous" sez Wikipedia?

Date: 2017-01-12 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] braisedbywolves.livejournal.com
("although the foliage is pungent when crushed")

Date: 2017-01-12 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
Off to Google then, as this q is a bit of a stinker it seems.

i. may be Master Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor
"he capers, he / dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses, he / speaks holiday, he smells April and May" (3.2.56-58) (sic, no "of")

Appaz that means he smells nice.

Date: 2017-01-12 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
ii. is the 'odour of sanctity' - the question alludes to the poem The Jackdaw of Rheims, the most well known of the The Ingoldsby Legends - a collection of myths, legends, ghost stories and poetry written supposedly by Thomas Ingoldsby of Tappington Manor, actually a pen-name of an English clergyman named Richard Harris Barham. The poem is about a bird that steals a cardinal's ring and is made a saint.

Date: 2017-01-12 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeff-worrell.livejournal.com
ix. is from the poem 'A Subaltern’s Love Song' by John Betjeman

By roads “not adopted”, by woodlanded ways,
She drove to the club in the late summer haze,
Into nine-o’clock Camberley, heavy with bells
And mushroomy, pine-woody, evergreen smells.

Date: 2017-01-17 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] belecrivain.livejournal.com
all right, I put iv into the search. It's guests, and it's an aphorism attributed to Benjamin Franklin.

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