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  • "When I look back now over my life and call to mind what I might have had simply and did not take, my heart is like to break." — Akhenaton

    Lurker
    July 23, 2013, 4:34 pm
    When I did this one, the letters representing the word "look" were "beer". While that made it easier to decide that the double letter should be O, it was very distracting!

    skoogie2
    September 3, 2014, 5:23 am
    Its more like what you could have said not taken

    montyb
    April 25, 2015, 7:17 am
    The beer not taken?

    badbob
    August 15, 2016, 12:12 am
    it is obvious that he was looking for beer

    darkyr
    April 6, 2019, 3:54 pm
    So true montyb. May it please the court:
    Two beers presented on a bar of wood
    And sorry I could not drink both
    And be one drinker, long I stood
    And pondered the first as well I could
    Of the select ingredients of which it quoth.

    Then looked the other, just as cold,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was frothy, rich and bold;
    Though as the ABV foretold,
    They were really about the same,

    And both that evening equally
    dear In bottles frosted and dark.
    Oh, I kept the first as a second beer!
    As knowing how beer leads on to beer,
    I wandered out into the park.

    I shall be telling this with sigh
    Somewhere days and days hence:
    Two beers presented on a bar, and I —
    I took them both to keep me high,
    And, may it please the court, that is why I peed the fence.

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    • To accompany the previous post, here's the original that darkyr tracked line by line.


      The Road Not Taken
      by Robert Frost (1916)

      Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
      And sorry I could not travel both
      And be one traveler, long I stood
      And looked down one as far as I could
      To where it bent in the undergrowth;

      Then took the other, as just as fair,
      And having perhaps the better claim,
      Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
      Though as for that the passing there
      Had worn them really about the same,

      And both that morning equally lay
      In leaves, no step had trodden black.
      Oh, I kept the first for another day!
      Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
      I doubted if I should ever come back.

      I shall be telling this with a sigh
      Somewhere ages and ages hence:
      Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
      I took the one less traveled by,
      And that has made all the difference.


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      • "A day without newspapers is like walking around without your pants on."
        — Jerry Coleman

        Comments on this Puzzle:

        rage
        March 27, 2012, 9:45 am
        I think newspapers will be completely digital before they stop producing pants.
        GtrZan
        March 14, 2014, 2:20 am
        that's just weird
        nelnose
        May 17, 2016, 3:57 pm
        Ahhhhh, freedom.
        spacecoyote1966
        August 31, 2016, 9:18 am
        This is especially true for those of us whose pants are made out of newspaper.
        debzhaus
        November 23, 2016, 3:41 pm
        spacecoyote is funny. almost made me pee my newspaper.
        montyb
        July 18, 2017, 11:33 pm
        My pants are digital...or at least binary.
        lertsek
        June 12, 2018, 11:21 am
        So that's why so many naked people run out on the lawn to get their paper.
        318WOZ
        February 21, 2019, 3:45 pm
        Spacecoyote1966, that's a great cost-saving measure. But I will never switch to digital pants. Nope, not for me.
        Queethebean
        June 29, 2019, 4:20 pm
        I never thought I'd get used to my digital NYT, but I really like it now. Taking a lot longer time to get used to my digital pants.

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        • I'm not sure that Andy451 gets nearly enough love in this forum and here is a perfect demonstration of why he deserves it:

          "Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world."
          — Dalai Lama

          Andy451
          October 17, 2015, 1:50 pm
          I went to high school with the guy, and not many people know, but the Dalai Lama is a huge Mets fan. He has a busy schedule, and he doesn't get out to as many games as he used to. Here you can see him at the airport, watching the fifth game of the Mets vs Dodgers championship series. You don't make a great deal of money as a Lama. But being god has its perks sometimes. Now this particular lama is no Yogi Berra, but if I was to ask you, "Who won the fifth game of the Mets vs Dodgers championship series?", could you guess who won? Do you think Pope Francis Sinatra could pull that of? Match these guys playing checkers, doing a hula hoop marathon, telling dirty jokes, playing ping pong, cheating on their taxes, levitating, astral projection, throwing Swiss cheese at a Swiss guard, and then whacking them with a halberd for charity, and I'm telling you the Dalai Lama will win four out of five of these contests every time. He's also a better middle infielder, and I once saw him play Innagoddadavida by Iron Butterfly on the ukelele. This guy rocks!
          SwampySox
          June 2, 2016, 11:36 am
          Great insight. Thanks Andy.
          kb83
          September 12, 2017, 10:25 am
          Hello, Dalai.
          Eureka
          January 5, 2019, 12:54 pm
          You have a very active imagination, Andy.
          abra
          April 19, 2019, 10:20 pm
          But what about prom Andy? Who did you take? Who did the Dali Lama take? Did someone's dad spring for a limo?
          lesliecomelastly
          June 13, 2019, 2:56 am
          What Eureka said.

          Side note, sad one ... last night, while playing cryptos, a different Andy451 got some flak from other users, followed by a comment from MamaB, which noted that Andy has passed away and that players here should give him a break. (I didn't know that Andy died and was sorry to hear it.)

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          • "We lost because we told ourselves we lost. "
            — Leo Tolstoy

            bansaisequoia
            April 20, 2010, 4:45 pm
            Doesn't this sound more like something a basketball coach would say?

            montyb
            July 26, 2012, 12:53 pm
            I'm not certain. As Fyodor Dostoyevsky once said, "Just wait 'til next year."

            Queethebean
            August 2, 2012, 8:20 pm
            But as Chekhov always said, "it ain't over til its over".

            jnoodles
            May 13, 2013, 9:59 am
            Surely our opponents couldn't have won on their own account. God is, after all, on our side.

            bansaisequoia
            July 12, 2013, 5:30 am
            Or, as Yogi Berra said, "If you were to destroy the belief in immortality in mankind, not only love but every living force on which the continuation of all life in the world depended, would dry up at once."

            montyb
            June 17, 2015, 1:28 pm
            That Yogi always cracks me up with his malapropisms.

            Persephone59
            February 3, 2018, 3:54 pm
            On the eve of Super Bowl LII, Solzhenitsyn brought up deflategate....

            abra
            July 30, 2018, 8:24 am
            Great comments, especially bansai.

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            • "He that hath a trade hath an estate; he that hath a calling hath an office of profit and honor." — Benjamin Franklin

              puzzleme
              August 9, 2015, 7:19 pm
              I didn't know he had such a terrible lisp.

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              • "Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts. "
                — Ezra Pound


                locodad
                June 27, 2014, 7:37 am
                its against the law to have words like effluvium in the dictionary or at least in a crypto because it mess it up your time
                LLapp
                March 25, 2015, 1:05 pm
                Please don't get up, I'm only effluving through . . .
                abra
                July 27, 2015, 6:33 pm
                For some reason, I knew efffluvium.
                maradnu
                June 28, 2016, 3:09 pm
                He is full of effluvium
                MamaB
                October 16, 2016, 3:02 am
                Fill in the other things first. But do NOT let this create a picture in your mind!
                wobray2
                October 18, 2016, 12:42 pm
                Meet the right people, and it is natural to associate 'humanity' with 'effluvium'
                museoffire
                January 19, 2017, 3:17 pm
                My fastest time ever! 84 seconds
                oddcouple
                March 4, 2017, 12:21 am
                Well, that stinks!
                phthelen
                August 16, 2017, 7:41 am
                Well done, museoffire.
                seastar228
                November 20, 2017, 1:58 pm
                Really slow, but here I am.
                mmfs83
                July 30, 2018, 3:08 am
                I had to try all the remaining letters to get effluvium. We used to live in a village that considered themselves affluent. We old-timers called it effluent because of the failing septic systems.
                kb83
                February 6, 2019, 3:47 am
                And we are each pieces of this?
                montyb
                November 19, 2019, 7:26 pm
                What an arrogant way to say we're all full of s**t.
                abra
                January 25, 2020, 9:30 pm
                I am NOT effluvium.

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