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Monday, 16 January 2017

John Renie Gravestone- Puzzling The Devil

At the eastern end of St Mary's Priory churchyard in Whitecross Street, Monmouth, Monmouthshire, Wales, there lies a gravestone of JOHN RENIE, a house painter who died in 1832 at the age of 33. The gravestone comprises a rectangular carved 285-letter acrostic puzzle. From the larger H on the center square the sentence "Here lies John Renie" may be read in any direction.
John Renie Gravestone

It is believed that Renie may have carved the stone himself which contains 19 squares across and 15 squares high. It comprises a rectangular carved 285-letter acrostic puzzle. In each square is a letter. The center row, for example, reads “o J s e i L e r e H e r e L i e s J o.” You can make out some clear words. “Here” and “Lies” are in that in that string above, and you can see the start of “John.”
It is claimed that the sentence may be read a total of 46,000 different ways. It is likely that Renie carved the stone himself. Writer and cleric Lionel Fanthorpe has suggested that his intention may have been to confuse the Devil, so ensuring Renie his passage to heaven.

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