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  • He was a man with a lot of obscure facts in his head, a quality that I applaud:

    "If it helps to make people think a little bit more about what those ideals are, then I'll keep wearing this uniform."
    — Barbara Adams

    December 16, 2009, 7:01 pm
    Barbara Adams was an alternate juror in the Whitewater Case in the '90s. She was the one who wore a Star Trek:TNG uniform every day to the proceedings. I thought this might shed some light.


    • "There are two great pleasures in gambling: that of winning and that of losing. "
      — Proverb

      July 28, 2013, 2:11 am
      Losing weight is a pleasure. Losing a game of checkers to your kid is a pleasure. Losing your marbles can be a pleasure.


      • "Give me a child and I'll shape him into anything. "
        — B. F. Skinner

        February 5, 2010, 7:22 pm
        I can make little doggies out of balloons.


        • (Bansai has held the record of 12 seconds on this puzzle since November 13, 2009.)

          "Peace is freedom in tranquility - servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death."

          — Marcus Tullius Cicero

          December 17, 2010, 11:58 pm
          Can anybody beat this guy, bansaisequoia?

          January 22, 2011, 2:37 am
          JCarlosCuevas, Lurker, LiveLoveLaugh, countessofmontecrypto, gryhnd51, cknapp329, kat, Altoid701, digirl28, Laura, rhaydon, peaceandluv87, ferrym85, bassood, 4pouncers, LilyH, claireann, ernests, gsull424, jimdgar, maradnu, MoreMadMunch, MSM, nanrich, opallady, pootie49, Prime22, rattletrap, toeprint, and several others have done so many thousands of times.

          May 12, 2013, 8:57 pm
          But not very often or as regularly

          February 27, 2016, 1:20 pm
          You remain our idol and our target, bansai.

          August 13, 2019, 5:32 pm
          I just think it's funny that cheryljean777 called out bansai and a month later he gets the puzzle (again) and responds. Oh to be included in that list, but it will never be.

          November 19, 2019, 10:00 pm
          I beat a bansai record once last year. Even more than winning a trophy, I've never been more satisfied.

          April 25, 2020, 12:03 am
          You're right blueladyblue, those cryptogrammers are persons to aspire to. I'm a long, long way from even catching a bansai, nanrich or gryhnd51 record. I'm giddy when I get close to average.
          Last edited by Eureka; 09-07-2020, 11:25 AM.


          • "Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship."
            — Johann Kaspar Lavater

            December 17, 2009, 10:44 am
            What is he talking about?

            August 20, 2012, 7:11 pm
            I think he means "neatness" looks like "baseball." You solved it in... which order?


            • "We cannot despair of humanity, since we are ourselves human beings."
              — Albert Einstein

              July 18, 2009, 10:35 pm

              Not me, I'm a Tralfamadorian exchange student.

              March 14, 2011, 1:56 am

              With a phony visa in the suspiciously glowing Tralfamodorian suitcase, no doubt.

              November 25, 2013, 9:10 am

              Does that explain your crypto solving abilities, Bansai?

              October 20, 2015, 11:46 am

              I always suspected as much, Bansai.


              • "Politics is the science of getting more power than anyone deserves to have."
                — Kirk Brothers

                May 2, 2010, 7:30 pm
                Kirk Brothers? Does that mean James Tiberius and George Samuel? (Check my high nerd quotient!)
                August 5, 2012, 10:38 pm
                Through the roof, Bansai.
                September 30, 2015, 2:43 pm
                Kirk Brothers? The only ones I know are the guys who made fabulous sterling silver products long ago in Baltimore, Maryland -- Old Maryland Engraved and Mayflower patterns, for example -- and they were the best at their craft.
                November 11, 2016, 1:25 pm
                Bansai's comment is especially funny tonight as I sit here watching that very episode on SyFy.
                September 3, 2020, 12:31 am
                Proof in 2020.


                • Today I noticed for the first time that Bansai was a Premium Player, and that his little star is still there. For some reason that made me
                  feel so sad.


                  • I know what you mean, abra. I wish he was still with us, playing his best and breaking records left and right.


                    • "It is better to finish something than begin. "
                      — Proverb

                      June 12, 2014, 7:25 am

                      Only twice Bansai's time! Woo-hoo!

                      December 29, 2014, 10:21 am

                      Only three times Bansai's time, Marnita. For me that's a woo-hoo-too.

                      July 14, 2016, 3:14 pm

                      A three times Bansai, a woo-hoo-too too.

                      September 27, 2016, 7:49 pm

                      My average speed is generally 1/7 Bansais. That is a new unit of speed (like Warp Speed, but for cryptograms). "Go to Bansai Speed , Sulu". "Yeah , like that's going to happen Captain Slowpoke"

                      May 28, 2018, 8:31 pm

                      i'm afraid to type fast because i don't want my fingers to catch fire from friction. that's why i never challenge bansai ever, not even close.

                      June 6, 2018, 5:19 pm

                      Ummm, 4 times bansai, but under 30 seconds so I'm happy

                      January 15, 2019, 8:12 am

                      Once again, twice Bansai's time.

                      (Bansai’s time on this puzzle was 6 seconds.)


                      • "Somebody told me it was frightening how much topsoil we are losing each year, but I told that story around the campfire and nobody got scared."
                        — Jack Handey

                        May 4, 2010, 5:20 pm

                        That's because you left out the part about the guy with the hook on the end of his arm in the back of the car.

                        December 24, 2011, 3:37 am

                        Captain Hook has been stealing all of the topsoil?!? Devious!

                        February 8, 2012, 4:25 pm

                        And Smee is ruining the spotted owl habitat. And his call is coming from somewhere inside your house!

                        January 2, 2013, 10:15 pm

                        You guys are funnier than Handey.

                        July 4, 2013, 10:07 pm

                        Best comments EVER!


                        • That is a very good question. I don't know the answer. But can you tell me the name of a classical Greek shoemaker? "
                          — Arthur Miller

                          May 27, 2009, 7:03 pm

                          Let me put this in context: "Some 30 or so years ago,I spoke at Brandeis College in support of some kind of subsidy for theater in the belief that sooner or later the bottom line attitude would serve us badly. (And in fact, last year on B'way there was one non-musical play that survived current astronomical production costs-Angels in America-and even this much-praised work could not pay back its investment.) A man rose in the audience: 'I manufacture shoes: if the public won't buy enough of them, why shouldn't I demand government support?' Hard to answer that one. I could only think to ask him a question in reply. 'Can you name me one classical greek shoemaker?'"

                          July 5, 2012, 3:48 pm

                          Thank you for providing us with the context; for without the context, it made Arthur Miller seem silly, which is far from the truth. With the context, we see him as a thoughtful man who cared enough to speak up for cultural gems even when they are not making money in the marketplace.

                          March 17, 2014, 6:58 am

                          Thanks for the context.

                          June 3, 2014, 11:14 am

                          27seconds, this time, I'm starting to remember this one.

                          August 2, 2015, 4:41 am

                          Achilles Heels. The shop was a block and a half from the Parthenon.

                          September 14, 2015, 6:02 pm

                          good one, barnabas!

                          March 29, 2016, 1:22 pm

                          LOL, Barnabas. Pity you weren't in the audience at Brandeis.

                          June 5, 2017, 7:34 am

                          So THAT'S where Mercury bought his winged sandals!

                          November 29, 2018, 2:38 am

                          Thanks for the background info, bansai. And thanks for the laughs, Barnabas.

                          January 27, 2019, 1:27 am

                          29 seconds

                          November 30, 2019, 4:00 pm

                          Interestingly, one of Arthur Miller's daughters, Rebecca Miller, is married to Daniel Day-Lewis (the actor) who took a number of years off from acting to study and become a shoe cobbler!

                          September 6, 2020, 10:31 pm

                          Easy: Nike


                          • "This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway. "
                            — Bob Dylan

                            September 7, 2009, 12:01 am


                            October 12, 2011, 2:48 pm

                            I love the picture, banny

                            January 11, 2012, 6:08 pm

                            Well, since that image of Bill Clinton playing the sax is now dead, let's try this new one of Harry Truman: (link)


                            • "I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed."
                              — James Thurber


                              June 13, 2011, 4:23 am
                              I think I've disturbed at least four psychologists, and two of them had Ivy League doctorates hanging on their walls. And I only went to these sessions at the behest of my family. Eventually, I refused to go, when I realized that they had spent as much as it would have cost to pay room, board and tuition at a state school to earn a Bachelor's Degree in engineering.