Thanks to all for entering – here’s the answers! And here’s a link to the online version of the book if any one doesn’t have it bookmarked.
1. What would you be doing if you were cocking your organ?
Smoking a pipe. You didn’t fall for it, good for you!
2. “She’s an owl in an ivy bush” – is this a good thing?
Not a bad thing. She’d have bushy hair. But that obviously wasn’t attractive in the day.
3. “The flashman bounced the swell of all his blunt” – Is this something you’d want to do?
No, you wouldn’t – unless you were a thief used to frightening people out of their money!
4. What would you be doing if you were riding a horse foaled by an acorn?
5. If someone told you that your beau had been seen in his altitudes the night before, would you break off the association?
He was drunk – your call!
6. Someone’s just told you that your youngest daughter has sprained her ankle. Would you call a doctor or throw the baggage from the house?
A doctor in both cases, perhaps. It’s slang for being pregnant.
7. Is Arbor Vitae the Latin name for a tree? Or something else?
Woody! A penis.
8. You see a gorgeous man at the ball, and you overhear one rake say to another that the object of your attention is a great backgammon player. Surely that’s a good thing?
Definitely one of those. A sodomite
9. How many rolls ARE in a baker’s dozen?
According to Grose – 14. It must be the recession.
10. What would you wear to a Balum Rancum?
Nothing! It was a ball attended by prostitutes and everyone was naked.
11. Wow-wow Sauce – Invented by the Regency or by Terry Pratchett?
Regency – It contains port, wine vinegar, pickled cucumbers or pickled walnuts, English mustard and mushroom ketchup in a base of beef stock, flour and butter.
12. What’s a beau trap? An eager spinster? or something dirtier?
It was one of those paving stones that wobbled and squirted water up your legs.
13. Your husband announces he’s off to Bedfordshire. You don’t have any estates there and it’s dark! Where’s he really going?
14. Where would you dance at Beilby’s Ball?
At the end of a noose.
That was fun – I’ll have to do it again one day!