# Numerical enigma

My whole, composed of 19 letters, is a quotation from Milton's "Paradise Lost".

My 13, 7, 16, 18 is to be peevish, to worry.

My 15, 3, 5, 9 is broad.

My 4, 12, 19, 14 is deprivation.

My 11, 6, 17, 8 is observed.

My 10, 1, 2 is a carpenter's instrument.

Source (this is not intended to be used to look up the answer, but is posted under the policy on plagiarism of the Puzzle Stack Exchange website):

Source: The Queenslander (discontinued in 1939), without any specific author.

The quote is:

"A wilderness of sweets"

Solution:

 Character:                             = Clue
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
r           f     e   t    = fret
i   d       e           w          = wide
l               o   s         s  = loss
e   n     s           e      = seen
a w               s                    = saw
So in total:
a w i l d e r n e s s o f s w e e t s

• Oh darn, I shouldn't have spent that time typing out everything. :)
– hvd
Jul 21, 2016 at 18:30

A wilderness of sweets

13, 7, 16, 18:

fret

15, 3, 5, 9:

wide

4, 12, 19, 14:

loss

11, 6, 17, 8:

seen

10, 1, 2:

saw