Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/23/11

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Be grateful for luck.  Pay the thunder no mind; listen to the birds.  And don’t hate nobody.”   —   Eubie Blake

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(When you’re a true American classic you can get away with a double negativeEver’one else best straighten up!  Peace.)   —   YUR

4 Responses to “Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/23/11”

  1. 1 ralis95 November 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm


    Seems no one ever comments on your solutions to the Cryptoquotes; yet, in most ways solving them is a good deal harder than the JUMBLEs. I have different ways of attacking them, but for today, I took a stab at using THE for AEI and it worked! The rest fell into place rather rapidly from there. One continuing problem with the daily Cryptoquotes is their use of J’s that often appear as I’s in the newspaper print out. I sure wish they would change their font to make a clearer distinction, especially when the papers shrink the puzzle to fit a smaller space.

    Best to you and your family for a Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. 2 unclerave November 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm


    I think the lack of comments on the Cryptoquote solutions is due to the fact that not as many newspapers carry it. A lot more papers carry the Jumble, and I think they did/do a better job trademarking their product. There’s nothing similar to the Jumble, whereas the Cryptoquote is a cryptogram puzzle that competes with the Cryptoquiz and the Cryptoquip. I don’t like these two because they both give you a clue/hint to start with. I much prefer the *pure* challenge.

    I also think that some/many of the people who do comment on the Cryptoquote don’t even realize it’s a puzzle in the newspaper. They are just commenting on the quotation itself, or my take on it. They seem to think I’m just posting some random quote and opining.

    You are correct that they can be harder to solve than the Jumble. 99 times out of 100 I’ll breeze through the Jumble, but the Cryptoquote takes a lot more time to solve, even when they’re loaded with the giveaway words. The toughest ones are quotes that don’t contain the words: A, I and THE, and they don’t have words with apostrophes,or words with double letters.

    Also, similar to how I avert my eyes from the cartoon in the Jumble, I try not to look at the letter groupings that make up the author’s name in the Cryptoquote. With many of the more frequently quoted you start to recognize them on sight. It definitely helps (makes it more challenging) when they vary the author’s name a little.

    The font problem might lie more with your newspaper. The J’s don’t look like I’s in my paper. Give them a call. Maybe they’ll work with you. If worse comes to worse you could do the one that’s online.

    Thanks, for the holiday wishes! Back atcha, big guy!

    — YUR

  3. 3 Lesley November 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    I rarely do the Cryptoquote because it takes too long, and I have now decided that I have adult ADD! Ha! Anyway, I do like reading the quotes every day and thinking about them! Thanks, YUR, for doing all the work! 🙂

  4. 4 unclerave November 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    My pleasure, Lesley!

    — YUR

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