" 1/6 ME A DOG " - What does it mean?
The Ne Plus Ultra Match-box.
are some of the more common types of puzzle vestas or match- safes. Described
in Hoffmann's "Puzzles Old and New", they were very popular
for advertising from the 1890s onwards.
These three, promoting Harry Hall the tailor, have an extra frustrating puzzle on the back:
"1/6 ME A DOG."
In 2000 we were thinking about "One and a Half Bob",
After six years we have had some interesting suggestions but we have not yet been convinced.
In 2008 JC wrote "I found that "Dog"
may refer to Newcastle Brown Ale, which has been brewed in England starting in 1927. The
term "Dog" stems from the euphemism "I'm going to walk the dog," meaning "I'm going to the
pub." Now used to refer to Newcastle Brown Ale, I'm inclined to believe that "Dog" may have
been used as a general term for any type of pub drink, prior to 1927. 1/6 would refer to 1
and 6 pence, therefore making "1/6 ME A DOG" something like "Buy me a drink."
The Match-safe probably dates from around 1910. We cannot find any significant reference to DOG meaning A DRINK.
JVG suggested in 2008 that the Gaelic word "meadog" is the
Is the "stop", "full stop", or "great stop" part of the puzzle?