(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/23/11

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My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.”   —   Errol Flynn

(This one – literally – gave me headaches!  The double letters in “gross” and in the author’s name threw me for a loop!  No single letter words!  No “the”, “are”, “and”, “one”, “for” or “but”!  I thought the LX was TO for the longest time, and also thought the U was the S.  I finally just said that YGPWW was DRESS.  Then Errol came into view — somehow!  And . . . and . . . this was the hardest one for me in ages!  Very amusing quote, though!)   —   YUR


10 Responses to “(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/23/11”

  1. 1 JMin August 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    This one *was* tough. When I eventually tried “not” for the three letter word, that lead me to the author’s name and then the rest fell into place.

  2. 2 jas August 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    what website is this on?

  3. 3 unclerave August 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm


    Click on the Entertainment tab, then go to Puzzles & Games. You’ll find it.

    — YUR

  4. 4 Anonymous August 24, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I never did get this one. I kept thinking Allen something or something Scott for the name. Errol would have never occurred to me. So glad you figured it out. I would probably still be trying to get it.

  5. 5 unclerave August 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Me too, brother! I was thinking Allen, then Woody, then Allie and Ollie. The author was absolutely no help to me, yesterday. Going forward, the next time I see the strange set of doubles I might immediately think Errol Flynn!

    — YUR

  6. 6 Anonymous August 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Totally lost on this one. Hate to cheat!

  7. 7 unclerave August 25, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Don’t beat yourself up over this one, friend. This one pretty much bucked all the Cryptoquote conventions. In twelve words there were only two Ts and five Es, and only one ended in E. I finally said: Screw it!, decided the one word was DRESS, which went to DROSS, and finally to GROSS. I can’t remember the last time I saw GROSS in one of these quotes. Just consider it a learning experience.

    — YUR

  8. 8 JMin August 25, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I did the same guess with DRESS. And also guessed the repeated two letter word might be MY or BY. Along with guessing NOT (should have been NET). That was enough to give me -RR– –YNN for the author and things tumbled into place from there.

  9. 9 JMin August 25, 2011 at 8:36 am

    But there were many dead ends before I found the right path.

  10. 10 unclerave August 25, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Looks like we largely followed the same path(s), JMin. After giving up on TO, I looked at BY and MY. I also thought NET was either NEW or NOT for a while. I wouldn’t exactly call it a “process” this time, but we eventually got there!

    — YUR

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