Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/21/14

Warning sign.

Warning sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cut out all these exclamation points.  An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”   —   F. Scott Fitzgerald

English: Contagious Laughter

English: Contagious Laughter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I REALLY wanted to end both sentences of this quote with exclamation points!!!  And, what’s so wrong with laughing at your own jokes?  Lots of great comedians do.  I think there’s a very old school mentality that says laughing at your own joke is like cueing your audience to laugh.  Which I guess was considered kind of pathetic.  To an extent it is, but some of your audience is usually either distracted/inattentive and/or a little slow on the uptake, so they can use a little prompting.  It’s nowhere’s near as bad as an applause sign or a laugh track.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I’m guilty of using exclamation points a bit much myself.  I AM aware of this weakness, and I DO try to keep it somewhat in check.  Admitting that I have a problem is the first step towards recovery!  Right???   —   YUR   😉

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5 Responses to “Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/21/14”

  1. 1 Art Shapiro April 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I thought this one was quite tough, Unc. Those first two words differing only by one letter really had me scratching the proverbial head for a while, and overall there just didn’t seem to be any obvious gimmes. And I kept trying to figure out the middle name of the author with the two letters at the end. When I finally stumbled on those two possibly being Ts, SCOTT finally dawned on me and only then did the mess transubstantiate.


  2. 2 unclerave April 21, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    There’s a switch, Art. You struggling on this one, and I kinda breezed through it. Maybe, I was just in the zone this morning. I didn’t *get* the author until about 1/3 the way through it. I figured that the I was the T because I was fairly certain the 4th word was either THERE or THESE. So, that led me to believe that the Q was the E. Then, I figured that the big words likely ended in TION. First, I thought they were EXPLANATION and the first word was PUT, but then I realized they were looking for the word POINT(S) and I corrected myself.

    Did you notice that, including the author’s name, the puzzle used all but 3 letters of the alphabet. B,V and Q, I believe. Lots of fun! — YUR

  3. 3 Lesley April 22, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I have no comment on the difficulty of the puzzle, but the quote about exclamation points is somewhat accurate. The overuse of exclamation points can be attributed to texting and Facebook and Twitter, I guess. I rarely allowed my students to use them, but like the word “awesome,” it is on a runaway train.

  4. 4 unclerave April 22, 2014 at 9:09 am


    The e-age is likely the downfall of my writing flaws. But, it’s funny that Fitzgerald likely uttered/wrote this quote sometime in the 1930s! I wish you did the Cryptoquote! If your paper doesn’t run it you can find it, six days a week, at: Below the title you go to Entertainment, then to Puzzles & Games. I bet you’d be good at it.

    — YUR 🙂

  5. 5 Lesley April 22, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Oh, it can be done on line??? Wow! I will try! Thanks for the link!

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