Pirates of Penzance puzzle – what year is it?


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Comments (3)

  1. GregM says:

    1. 1852

    2. 11:30 PM, February 28th, 1873

  2. Ed Fell says:

    1873 is not possible – the Major General can whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore, which opened in 1878.

    1. Nacho says:

      GregM’s answers are correct (if 1940 is accurate) and the Pinafore reference is merely an anachronistic mention for the setting of the play.

      If Frederic would have his 21st birthday in 1940, that means it would be the year he turned 88. Why 88 and not 84 (which would be 21×4)? Because there wasn’t a February 29th in 1900.

      Even *if* the fact that 1900 wouldn’t have a leap day had been forgotten, 1877 would be the setting of the play and would still be too early for Pinafore.

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