Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/29/16

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You can waste your lives drawing lines, or you can live your life crossing them.”   —   Shonda Rhimes

(On the surface, this sounds like some great quote of maverick individualism.  But, when you think on it, it’s actually a little silly and self-serving.  There are people in this world who live to make some order of it.  The world certainly needs a good dose of order, so are these people wasting their lives?  Also, if it weren’t for the people who do draw the world’s lines . . . what would the mavericks have to cross?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


8 Responses to “Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/29/16”


  1. 1 lwc December 30, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I’m not sure you caught the subtext of her statement. Sometimes people come upon “artificial” barriers that were put there for less-than-genuine reasons. When you encounter people who are not on your side and don’t want you to succeed, then you’ll have to do the best you can without their help.

    I recognize her statement because I’ve been through it. It happens !

  2. 2 unclerave December 30, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    I’ll buy that, lwc. But, it’s a little difficult to extract any subtext from a single line of quotation, unless you know the context of the line. Where is this line from? — YUR

  3. 3 lwc December 31, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    She’s done a couple interviews on public radio talking about her experiences producing shows. She’s the creator and executive producer of several popular dramas on TV. Not many women before her had chances to do that, but now that she’s done it, more women are putting their hand in.

    All show business is difficult, including TV were top executives are reluctant to take risks. She managed to do things her way, her shows became hits, now the executives give her more latitude.

    I don’t know if it’s luck or talent, but I do know it’s all hard work. Women like her tend to be single because they put everything they got into their work: think Oprah, the late Gwen Ifill of public TV, and many others.

    I enjoy your puzzles. If I recall, there was one you a few days ago that you never solved.

  4. 4 haliburton76 December 31, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I’m not familiar with the author or the context either, UR, but I would suspect she’s talking about crossing color lines and gender lines, which is an act of courage and accomplishment.

  5. 5 unclerave January 1, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    You must be fairly new, lwc. I have failed to solve a good number of these puzzles over the years. Subtext has never been one of my strengths, as I’m pretty much a very plain speaker. — YUR

  6. 6 unclerave January 1, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Hey, hal! I guess to be nit-picky about it, my objection was more to the first part of the quote. I can fully appreciate those who pretty much have no choice but to break the rules, aka “cross the lines”. But, those who follow the rules aren’t “drawing” the lines, they’re just “staying within” the lines. Do some, in power, change the rules of the game, that’s already in progress, to their benefit? To a much lesser extent, that does happen, but to act like that’s the rule, more than the exception, is heavily conspiratorial, in my opinion. I just think that the line would be much stronger if it were stated better. — YUR

  7. 7 lwc January 3, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I’ve been doing these puzzles for a while but did not see your blog until a few months ago and noticed your dedication to it. That one puzzle is the first I’ve seen you miss; I’ve struggled with many, sometimes for hours. The only couple of captions I’ve given up on were on Sunday. Those are especially hard.

    I hope you had a good Christmas and New Years, and that you keep doing the puzzles. You’re the current reference.

  8. 8 unclerave January 4, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Well, thank you for the kind words, and the warm wishes, lwc. Please continue to read and comment, and poke around looking at some of the old posts. They go back to some time in early 2008.

    — YUR


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