(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/11/12

English: Engraving of the poet/professor Dr. O...

English: Engraving of the poet/professor Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.”   —   Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

Old Corner Bookstore - Boston

Old Corner Bookstore – Boston (Photo credit: pepsiline)

(Even though “because” was the soul word to end in E, I figured the Q had to be the E, because there are 12 of them.  But, I also thought that the Us and Ps were likely Ts and Ss, and not Os and Ls, so I went through a little trial and error.  For a little while I had AJQT as WHEN, but all of a sudden the first 3 words jumped out at me, and I was off to the races.  Usually I complain when the author name is so obvious, but for some reason it didn’t strike me as obvious today.  The O and the L were a big help in getting the name.  Hopefully, more of you were able to see MEN DO NOT early on, and solved it quickly.  I think it’s a great quote.  You gotta keep playing, guys!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


3 Responses to “(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/11/12”


  1. 1 Eugene September 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    help , how do you decipher the cryoptoquote , I just don’t get it and I want to , so, please help me, GOD BLESS

  2. 2 unclerave September 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Today’s was a bit of a bear, Eugene. They’re not all as hard as today’s. You just have to familiarize yourself with patterns of speech, recognize some key giveaway words, and utilize the punctuation that they give you. (Apostrophes help a lot!) Generally, the letter E is the most used vowel, and sometimes the most used letter, period. You see E at the end of a lot of words, and also in the second position. If you’re lucky, you might have one, or both, one letter words. The letter A frequently follows the E. The letter I often ends up in the third to last position of a lot of words, as in ING or ION. The positioning of double letters will, generally, tell you whether they are consonants or vowels There are a lot of other variables, but the whole thing is more parlor trick than rocket science. Once you get yourself into a flow most of these are pretty easy. Not today’s, of course, but most of them.

    I remember thinking that I’d never be able to solve these things. But, once I got the hang of it I realized I was fretting for no good reason. Hang in there, Eugene!

    — YUR

  3. 3 Rick September 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Got the 3 word name after a little thought, The rest was just fill in. Would have been a toughie without the name.


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