Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/28/12

English: News photo of Mae West, likely candid...

English: News photo of Mae West, likely candid, taken by L.A. Times as part of news story. Reprinted in book High Exposure, “Found Photos from the Archives of the L.A. Times.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.”   —   Mae West

(That was to be expected, since she was the Queen of the double entendré!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


3 Responses to “Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/28/12”


  1. 1 LindaLee October 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Love the picture. Mae was really pretty.

    Question, I’ve never done the cryptoquote—could never figure it out. Then at the beach this year my cousin is sitting across from me working it right out…I was amazed and awed at her knowledge. She laughed.

    It appears that their cryptoquote has clues each day–the author of the quote has clue letters above his name–which of course match to like letters in the puzzle. That would be big hints for the puzzle.

    Our newspaper only has the LONGFELLOW example each day, and the clue letters on LONGFELLOW are the same each day and do not match the up to any of the letters in the puzzle–no clues!

    So, my question — do the puzzles all y’all are solving have clue letters above the author’s name?? She didn’t believe our paper didn’t have some kind of a clue, so I scanned and e-mailed her two of our puzzles.

    Just asking. LindaLee

  2. 2 unclerave October 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Nope! No clues, LindaLee. They’re for posers. I’ve got the same one you do, with the LONGFELLOW example. I used to think these things were impossible, until one day – when I was bored – I was able to solve what was probably a rather simple one. From there the flood gates opened and I gained a great appreciation for them. You really don’t need any clues. Just knowing sentence structure, and patterns of speech, is all anyone really needs. The punctuation can give you a lot of clues. The letter “E” is probably the most common letter used. Definitely the most used vowel. The word “THE” is probably the most common word, so if you can identify that you’re off to a very good start. A lot of these quotations are pretty declarative, so look for the letter formations for words like “EVER” and “NEVER” and “ALWAYS” and “PEOPLE”. Just keep an open mind and play around with it. You’ll surprise yourself.

    — YUR

  3. 3 LindaLee October 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Unc, thanks so much for the info! I may have to give it a whirl! Right now I have enough to do. Be save!! LL


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