(sneaky?) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/23/12


The Khalil Gibran museum at Bcharre in Lebanon

The Khalil Gibran museum at Bcharre in Lebanon (Photo credit: heatheronhertravels)

March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.”   —   Khalil Gibran

View of the Quadisha Valley from the Khalil Gi...

View of the Quadisha Valley from the Khalil Gibran museum (Photo credit: heatheronhertravels)



(This is a marvelous quote, and I could probably riff on it for days!  This man was just so insightful!  The world needs more people like Khalil Gibran. 


Flag-map of Lebanon

Flag-map of Lebanon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The “sneaky” thing about today’s cryptoquote was due to a fairly logical assumption, that turned out to be wrong!  It wasn’t easy getting started, because there were no single letter words, and it wasn’t obvious which letter was the letter “E”.  But, the “VY” looked good to be “TH”.  From there, my assumption was that the seventh word was THINGS.  So, for a while, I had the “F” as “I” and the “J” as “N”!  Tsk, tsk, tsk!  When I saw that the “P” couldn’t possibly be a “G” I had to do a major re-evaluation.  Well, maybe not so major.  And, I’m glad of that, because for a minute I thought I might have screwed up the entire thing, as I was already about a third done.  Realizing the “H” was likely the “A”, and changing my “I”s to “O”s and my “N”s to “R”s made the whole thing come together, with minimal mess!  I’ll have to be more careful next time.  How’s the old saying go?  Measure twice, cut once?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

2 Responses to “(sneaky?) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/23/12”

  1. 1 ralis95 June 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm


    I, too, thought it was a good quote. Not too familiar with his work, but I’m inclined to take a further look at him now. As we have discussed before, I have a different approach to solving these puzzles – always first looking for the word THE to fit in somewhere and using S or a T after an apostrophe. The S looked good and then the third try at THE finally paid off. It all came together after that when the missing ON in STONES revealed the following word ON. Good challenge – good quote.

  2. 2 unclerave June 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm


    THE IS the THE primary word, ending in E, that I always look for, brother! I saw THE. I, too, figured it was an S after the apostrophe. I just went with THE THINGS, because THINGS is a lot more common than THORNS. We’ve had a few good Gibran quotes here over the last year. He was great.

    — YUR

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