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    There's been so much talk of hard quotes, and people's lists, maybe we can share some of ours.

    Here's a starter set.

    Alexander Pope: Fix'd like a plant on his peculiar spot, to draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.

    Robert Orden: Time flies. It's up to you to be the navigator.

    Dorothy Parker: They sicken of the calm that know the storm.

    Unattributed: I am a Marxist...of the Groucho tendency.

    Gilbert Chesterton: All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

    Ernest Dimnet: All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.

    John Ruskin: Life without industry is guilt. Industry without art is brutality.

  • #2
    hard!

    I gleaned jests at home from obsolete farces. - Samuel Johnson

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    • #3
      toughie

      Unattributed:

      "Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments."

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      • #4
        One with rarely used words

        "Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss" - Alexander Pope

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        • #5
          Artemis Ward: Why is this thus? What is the reason for this thusness?

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          • #6
            This is the worst by far

            Ben Franklin

            Clearly spoken Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.

            Avg solve time: 371 secs, solve rate: 10.8 %

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lurker View Post
              There's been so much talk of hard quotes, and people's lists, maybe we can share some of ours.

              Here's a starter set.

              Alexander Pope: Fix'd like a plant on his peculiar spot, to draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.

              Robert Orden: Time flies. It's up to you to be the navigator.

              Dorothy Parker: They sicken of the calm that know the storm.

              Unattributed: I am a Marxist...of the Groucho tendency.

              Gilbert Chesterton: All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

              Ernest Dimnet: All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.

              John Ruskin: Life without industry is guilt. Industry without art is brutality.
              where is the fun, the challenge? I enjoy a puzzel that is an "Obnoxiously difficult quote" At 62 I like to think I can still reason them out; I may not
              be a speed demon like some but in time I get them done

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              • #8
                I can't list the obnoxiously difficult ones - I couldn't solve them.

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                • #9
                  Difficult?

                  I have discovered that some of the "easy" rated puzzles can be harder to solve than the "difficult" ones!

                  It takes me a lot of time to figure out where to start?

                  Which leads me into yet another newcomer question, is there a way to get the cursor to automatically go to the first letter of the puzzle, obviously positioning my mouse will do that -- but I am just wondering if there is a keyboard short-cut I can use?

                  Lurker, the tab doesn't work for my laptop. But I will check the other forum posts for helpful hints, thanks.

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                  • #10
                    I'm on a Mac, so some of my shortcuts are different. Try Tab.

                    As for where to start, there are lots of helpful hints in other threads. Try finding "the" or any contractions. The most frequent letter is E most of the time.

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                    • #11
                      hmm

                      you seem to have the knack of where to start

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                      • #12
                        This one threw me off by having three single letters:

                        "Whenever A annoys or injures B on the pretense of saving or improving X, A is a scoundrel."
                        Henry Louis Mencken

                        Also, not long ago I had one with "o clock" with no apostrophe. I kept trying to make the single letter an "I" or an "a."

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                        • #13
                          Also counts as terrible grammar in a quote

                          Antipathy, dissimilarity of views, hate, contempt, can accompany true love.

                          - J. August Strindberg

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                          • #14
                            Aaahh!!

                            Pride that dines on vanity, sups on contempt. - Ben Franklin

                            Solve rate is 14.5%, which isn't terribly low.
                            Average solve time, 399 seconds. That is the highest average I've seen. Anyone find one higher?


                            PS: digirl has the record at 28 seconds.

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                            • #15
                              Is Pope on dope?

                              I get really frustrated with Alexander Pope's archaic, backward grammatical style. It's like Yoda smoked a fattie and decided to write some poetry. If quotations are worthy of the annals of time I think they should at least be grammatically sound. Forgive me if I have offended any Pope fans but this guy just isn't my cup of tea at all.

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