Thomas Cott Griggs (1845-1903) was baptized as a child in England, crossed the plains by wagon in 1861 after some harrowing encounters with soldiers in the early days of the Civil War, and eventually became a noted Mormon musician. Two of the hymns (“God Is Love” and “Gently Raise the Sacred Strain”) for which he wrote the music remain in our hymnbook. In 1875, he was writing puzzles for the Juvenile Instructor.
The solution to this puzzle comes in two parts: A 38-letter proverb, and six words (each accompanied by a clue) made up of the same letters used in the proverb. Answer one of the clues (for example, the sixth one, the three-letter tree, might be O-A-K or Y-E-W or E-L-M, or something else), then transfer those letters into the right numbered spaces in the proverb.
Easy for me to say — I typed up this puzzle in September 2009 and no longer have the answer key. I’ll be in awe of Keepa’ninnies who contribute correct answers. Maybe the place to start would be offering possibilities for the clue words, as I’ve done with the sixth clue.
As usual with our puzzles, if you can solve this, please offer the solution to only one part, leaving the rest for other readers to play along.
I am composed of 38 letters.
My 34, 36, 7, 38, 4, 31, 11, 35, 22, 14 and 17, is what we should all seek for.
My 21, 1, 5, 12 and 33, is a color.
My 23, 3, 18, 27, 10, 11, 2, 20 and 32, is the name of an ancient religious sect.
My 19, 29, 6, 24, 30, 16, 11, 8, 37, and 9, is what President Young is and has been to this people.
My 15, 25, 26, 18 and 10, is a bird.
My 30, 13 and 28, is a tree.
And my whole is one of the proverbs of Solomon.