Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/04/16

English: Kipling the British writer

English: Kipling the British writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”   —   Source Obscure

Map of British India with places of Rudyard Ki...

Map of British India with places of Rudyard Kipling visits. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Unsubstantiated, but some believe that this quote belongs to Rudyard Kipling, and is likely about India.  But one story has this line coming from T.S. Eliot, in an article he penned in Harper’s Magazine . . . about Rudyard Kipling!  Maybe it’s just me, but the line doesn’t strike me as being particularly flattering.  To me, it sounds like a bit of an insult, or at best a backhanded compliment.  I’ve never been to India, but I have been to a few third world countries.  Unless you’re lucky enough to be in an affluent enclave, there’s usually the ever present, underlying  smell that consists of fish, crap, sweat and burning garbage.  In short, it’s a smell of desperation.  Maybe I’m just as bad as Kipling?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 


1 Response to “Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/04/16”


  1. 1 Art Shapiro February 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Wow – I guess your answer (presumably the correct one) makes sense, but I had the penultimate word as SPELL. Given the bizarre names of some of these little countries, such as Azerbijan, do I at least get credit for being reasonable?


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