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  • abra, I don't think it will help him at this point. We can start a Go Fund Me page to have his casket moved from Argentina to Italy. He was born in Conflenti, Italy.


    • (In case LLapp does not get back to this puzzle)

      "I want my world to be fun. No parents, no rules, no nothing. Like, no one can stop me."
      — Justin Bieber

      January 4, 2019, 2:16 pm
      I would like a trophy for not saying something political here. Thank you.

      February 24, 2019, 10:59 am
      And now, folks, it's time for a special award. LLapp, please come up to the podium, if you would. Is she in the audience? I don't see her. Oh, there she is! Yes, I see her in the back, she's making her way down the aisle now. Folks, for those of you who are listening at home, I'm sorry you can't see this scene before me. There's abra blowing LLapp a kiss, and montyb giving a jaunty salute in her direction as LLapp comes toward the stage. And here she is, shaking hands with maradnu and gryhnd51 as she comes forward. Please, folks, please, let's have a little quiet here, let's settle down ... shh, shh.... LLapp, on behalf of the Cryptograms Commentators Committee of the Smartass Solvers Society, may I present you with this Trophy for Not Saying Something Political. Folks, listen to that cheering. Cameras are flashing and confetti is raining down -- wait, it's not ordinary confetti, it's thousands of Oxford commas in the air around LLapp as she holds the trophy high. What athleticism! That trophy's gotta weigh 35 pounds there, and she hoists it in one hand like it's nothing. Wow, her cross-training with, I'm told, Fowler's Modern English Usage and the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, has really paid off! Amazing!

      October 12, 2019, 3:20 am
      So funny, Roxanne.

      February 8, 2020, 4:49 pm
      Woo hoo! I’m a member of the CCCSSS! Well done LLapp and Roxanne.

      June 27, 2020, 5:18 pm
      Gotta love those Oxford commas.


      • And if Roxanne ever publishes a book, I'm buying it sight unseen.


        • Eureka, thank you for posting this one! No, I never did get back to that quote.
          Gosh, I'm so humbled . . . . and I can't find the speech I wrote . . . . and I don't have my reading glasses . . .
          And I'll take a copy of Munchlet's book too. This is wonderful.


          • Another spontaneous limerick from kb83. I added limerick line breaks.

            "What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are." — Francois de la Rochefoucauld

            June 24, 2013, 2:42 am
            If they outwit us, they ARE cleverer than we are.

            September 29, 2014, 12:31 am
            My dog outwits me all the time, but I'm not bitter - I know she's cleverer than I am

            December 7, 2014, 5:14 am
            Yikes, Puzzleme! You are too clever to be outwitted!

            June 3, 2015, 3:08 am
            Priceless! Once again, the comments are better than the quote.

            December 16, 2016, 2:33 pm
            Well, yeah!

            April 10, 2017, 4:27 pm
            No wonder Francois is so bitter against us.

            June 8, 2017, 9:18 pm
            I was taught 'more clever' not 'cleverer'

            June 14, 2017, 3:04 am
            When climbing up Mount Everest,
            Climb only with the cleverest
            Who've gone before,
            Ten times or more,
            But never with the neverest.


            • "Popularity comes from allowing yourself to be bored by people while pretending to enjoy it."
              — Karol Newlin

              December 17, 2015, 11:29 am

              Everything / population / popularity -- I wonder how many other words fit that letter pattern.

              March 11, 2016, 8:35 am

              thanks, LLapp, I had the same crypto-question. I automatically filled in 'everything' only to be horrified by how the quote was filling in.

              January 21, 2017, 6:21 am

              I did the same thing...everything/population etc. But I feel good knowing that I'm with the "smarts" crowd.

              May 24, 2018, 10:54 am

              Well, I guess we've learned that popularity isn't everything!

              October 22, 2018, 1:37 pm



              • "Conversation is the slowest form of human communication."
                — Unattributed

                May 30, 2012, 7:48 pm
                I think semaphore, smoke signals and Pictionary are probably a little slower.
                July 17, 2019, 6:29 pm
                I prefer mental telepathy myself.
                August 19, 2019, 3:03 pm
                Really? What about leaving comments on a thread that you only get back to randomly--maybe in year or so, or maybe never--to find out how people responded to what you said?
                November 14, 2019, 5:47 pm
                kahvecowgirl is definitely the winner. When I first came to this site, it always made me think of putting a message in a bottle.


                • "Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd."
                  — I Ching

                  December 24, 2019, 4:46 pm

                  I think I Ching has a wealthy sibling named Kuh Ching. And an overbearing mom named Wa Ching. A flea-ridden dog named It Ching? How about a knighted ancestor explorer named Sir Ching. His beautiful wife is Feh Ching, and his talented artist sister is Skeh Ching. And don't forget his fisherman dad, Kaa Ching.


                  • "The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion."
                    — Gilbert Chesterton

                    September 3, 2015, 7:05 pm
                    I doubt I can solve many of these as fast as bansaisequoia but I know I can't type as fast
                    March 18, 2016, 10:19 am
                    There are only a few who can, Vienna.
                    January 5, 2017, 9:49 am
                    Who cares if you solve the puzzles quickly or not? Isn't the secret prize being illuminated by a great quote? If a cryptogram is a box of Cracker Jacks, the caramel coated popcorn, peanuts and a prize here are the quote itself, and your written response to it. What if the quote you got today was so great, you changed your mind, that changed your life, and you changed the world for the better, forever? Wouldn't that be better than beating bansaisequoia by two shakes of a rabbit's tail?


                    • "In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek. "
                      — Proverb

                      December 28, 2012, 5:42 pm
                      and occasionally that cheek is not found on the face.


                      • "The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end."

                        — Benjamin Disraeli

                        May 17, 2018, 6:25 am
                        28 seconds

                        August 3, 2019, 12:25 pm
                        Usually last a little longer than that.


                        • To get the best out of a man go to what is best in him."
                          — Daniel Considine

                          October 3, 2014, 7:06 am
                          Eating... I can make a wonderful dinner and my man wil do anything for me...
                          August 13, 2015, 8:27 am
                          Cookies. Around here homemade cookies are worth their weight in gold.
                          December 7, 2016, 2:04 am
                          blondies are easier than cookies
                          October 14, 2017, 2:16 am
                          Not ALL blondes are easy.... some require a big paycheck first!
                          November 5, 2017, 6:01 am
                          ^I believe blondies is a kind of brownie but your comment says a lot about you.
                          August 17, 2020, 11:52 pm
                          Sounds like a quote from a cannibal cookbook.


                          • "The inertia hardest to overcome is that of perfectly good seconds."
                            — Martin H. Fischer

                            April 11, 2014, 5:07 am
                            September 4, 2014, 6:35 pm
                            57 of them - slightly below average.
                            September 3, 2015, 8:11 pm
                            No idea what that quote means.
                            December 1, 2015, 2:54 am
                            It means when you sit down at a good meal, it is very hard to resist taking "seconds." (lol)
                            August 9, 2016, 6:34 am
                            September 2, 2016, 9:32 am
                            Or maybe being second rather than first?
                            January 24, 2017, 11:52 am
                            Or it could be "seconds" of motions, and that creates an inertia of approving a motion? This quote can mean anything you want it to.
                            April 19, 2017, 10:27 am
                            Food seconds is probably what he meant, I think.
                            May 9, 2017, 3:33 pm
                            Nice pun!
                            August 3, 2017, 11:06 am
                            Perhaps if you have gained a 'perfectly good' second place you don't want to try so hard for something better.
                            March 26, 2018, 11:04 pm
                            Being a doctor, maybe he was talking about perfectly good second opinions.
                            May 1, 2018, 3:33 am
                            Really hard to know what this is supposed to mean - second helping of a meal seems to fit but doesn't seem to relate to inertia (well, i guess you stay at the table, but you're eating so you're not inert). How about if he meant seconds as a unit of time? So when i'm enjoying perfectly good seconds doing something like, i dunno, say Cryptograms for example, it leads to inertia with respect to my work. Oh crap! I have a report due - gotta go!
                            June 19, 2018, 7:45 am
                            You just start eating and keep on eating and eating and eating, not getting up from the table. That's culinary inertia as distinct from the physics definition of inertia.
                            July 15, 2018, 5:01 pm
                            Yeah. I don't think so.
                            February 7, 2019, 6:27 am
                            Wow, Andy, I'm shocked your comment was only two words long!
                            February 7, 2020, 3:17 pm
                            He overcame his usual inertia!


                            • "Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform."
                              — Bertrand Russell

                              September 26, 2015, 3:26 pm
                              At the last second, I changed WORD to WORK, bad move.
                              July 25, 2016, 6:58 am
                              At the last second, I clicked submit to solve the cryptogram.
                              September 28, 2016, 6:35 pm
                              This is the way the cryptogram ends, not with a bang but a whimper.
                              October 9, 2016, 3:33 am
                              Almost all letters were used at least once.
                              August 25, 2017, 10:29 pm
                              '... to which not only the actual worm, but every possible worm, must conform'
                              May 2, 2018, 9:06 pm
                              ^Way better than Bertrand's version!
                              July 22, 2018, 3:25 am
                              Most worms are conformists, but there's those few radical individuals....
                              December 5, 2018, 12:35 am
                              I had "work" then changed it to "word". At the last moment, I realized it should be "work", but the signal had already left my brain and I couldn't stop submitting. Huh.
                              June 3, 2019, 2:45 am
                              Now the red letters would have prevented my mistake.
                              August 13, 2019, 12:10 am
                              i always have too many red letters
                              November 7, 2019, 5:28 am
                              Word! Words in math??? The crypto ended with a whimper for me.... "I solved the crypto for THIS cryptic message about may???"


                              • "You can live a lifetime and, at the end of it, know more about other people than you know about yourself."
                                — Beryl Markham

                                March 31, 2011, 6:12 pm
                                Plato had something to say about the "unexamined life".
                                January 16, 2015, 12:40 pm
                                You may discover more about yourself by learning about others.
                                April 24, 2015, 1:56 pm
                                No fun gossiping about yourself.
                                September 28, 2017, 10:17 am
                                Self-knowledge is an iffy proposition, I'm a-Freud.
                                December 7, 2017, 8:50 pm
                                For myself, I have spent a lot of my life in 'introspection' -- and then used my self-knowledge to grow in my understanding of others. [Tehee, balderdash]
                                December 30, 2018, 6:16 am
                                "The unexamined life is not worth living" was attributed to Socrates by Plato.
                                October 31, 2019, 11:14 am
                                I tried gossiping about myself, but I had already heard everything before.
                                March 20, 2020, 4:48 pm
                                Good one montyb