Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/15/22

Horace - Roman Poet, Timeline, Facts - Horace Biography

O imitators, a servile race, how often have your attacks roused my bile and often my laughter.”   —   Horace

(Wow!  It took me quite a while to get past the fact that the “D” and the “E” weren’t necessarily the A and the I, or vice versa.  I had to remember that poets love to exclaim “O”.  Which makes me wonder, is there a real difference between “O” and Oh”?  I know I never use “O”, but then again . . . I ain’t no poet!  Initially, I guessed wrong on “E” and made it the I.  But after toying with the “D” as O, I began to see OFTEN, which helped me realize that the “H” was the T, which helped me see ATTACKS.  So, I changed the I’s to A’s.  But even after all of that, it took me some time to decode the other words.  This was the first time in a very, very long time that I wrote down the T’s so early.  I usually write them down second to last, just before writing in the E’s.  At least I was able to save the E’s for last!  Hardest one, for me, in quite some time!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Stevie Benton of Drowning Pool!  (I’m not a big heavy metal fan, but there are some songs that I do like, and this is one of them.  Hard Rock for a hard Cryptoquote!)

6 Responses to “Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/15/22”


  1. 1 macalder02 February 15, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    I got so confused with the use of the letters that I will have to pause and reread to understand. Greetings Yur.

  2. 2 hal+odom+jr February 15, 2022 at 5:13 pm

    Totally agreed, UR! I tried every combination for I and A, settled on the A, and then attacked ATTACKS. It took a good while. If it’s any consolation, Horace ain’t easy in Latin, either!

  3. 3 unclerave February 15, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    God bless you, Mac! — YUR

  4. 4 unclerave February 15, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    I kinda wish that Latin was mandatory when I was in school, hal. Not saying that it would’ve helped me any here, but I think I would have generally benefited from it. — YUR

  5. 5 Jim Miner February 16, 2022 at 9:44 am

    I had pretty much the same experience. Recognizing that the H’s were T’s led to the breakthrough “O”. Oho!

  6. 6 unclerave February 16, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    Attaboy, Jim! That’s why I gave in on writing in the T’s so early. I usually hold off on them, just before writing in the E’s, to keep the mystery going just a little longer. Thanks for the comment, and welcome to enclerave’s! — YUR


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