In the November 2011 Word Ways, Jim Puder points out that the solution I found in the 1783 Ladies' Diary for Eliza Hurst's riddle ("an oven") could not be correct-not only did it make no sense in the context, but the number of answers given did not correspond to the number of questions asked in the 1782 Ladies' Diary. Jim is absolutely correct.
Happily, the correct answer has now been found, but in the process I learned a fair amount about 18th century British almanacs, some of which strikes me as being worth sharing.
Kon, Ronnie B.
"The Ladies' Diary, 18th Century English Almanacs, and One Frustrating Enigma,"
Word Ways: Vol. 45
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol45/iss4/4