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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

The theme of the warm-up puzzles in recent weeks has been good quotes. Last week's quote was from God, who posted it on Twitter on April 7th: "The first step to recovering from repeatedly shooting unarmed black people is admitting you’re repeatedly shooting unarmed black people."

Here's tonight's quote:

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I had a different quote in mind to use tonight, but when I ran across this one I knew I had to use it. Google the quote if you're curious for more details; or I'll provide a link  next week to the site where I found it. It's a good story.

Of course, you'll need to decode the quote first.

It's pretty easy to decode. Be warned though: it's not a regular cryptogram. It's a Crypto-Gremlin (a kind of cryptogram which can't be solved by computer code-cracking programs which run through all the possible letter substitutions, but can be solved through the use of your wits).

If you're not familiar with how Crypto-Gremlins work you can find an explanation here. (And you can find a handy tool to help you with letter substitutions here.)

Tonight's diary also includes a new JulieCrostic which reveals the source of tonight's quote (and a full explanation of how JulieCrostics work, for the benefit of any newcomers). The clues and the puzzle party are waiting for you right below the orange cloud.

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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

I've been running quite a bit behind on a lot of things this year, and I'm running even farther behind this week due to something that came up earlier this week which I've had to spend a good bit of time on. The verticals tonight will tell you what that was.

But just reading the verticals will still leave you confused about what I'm referring to, so I'll post a link after the puzzle is solved for any of you interested in more of the details. Unfortunately you won't be able to read the details there unless you're a registered member of the site...

Yes -- tonight's puzzle is a shameless attempt to obtain more registered members for the International Skeptics forum (formerly the James Randi Educational Foundation forum.) It's a good site, worthy of your support, so I encourage you to visit and consider joining.

One thing I like to do with these Sunday Puzzle diaries is spotlight noteworthy politicians, social change activists, quotes, songs, and books. Last week in Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, for instance, I spotlighted the letter congressional representatives Jan Schakowsky, Lloyd Doggett, and David Price wrote to president Obama regarding negotiations with Iran (which FCNL and other groups were urging people to call their legislators about and encourage them to sign on to the letter).

Earlier today I realized there is something I should have used tonight's puzzle to spotlight. Next week pucklady will be providing the JulieCrostic (for the monthly potluck puzzle party, yay!) so it will be two weeks before I'll be able to use it and by then it may be too late. Unfortunately I had already constructed the puzzle I am using tonight, and there wasn't time to construct and come up with clues for a new puzzle. But here are the verticals I wish I'd thought of in time to use for tonight's diary:

KS
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KA
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TW
AH
RA
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RH
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EY
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Here's a link to the KickStarter page in case any of you would like to support a worthy project. (I see there are still 17 days left on the effort, so I may work a reminder of some sort into a future puzzle diary...)

All right, that's what I should have used tonight. To find out more about why I didn't, head below the orange squiggle to learn what's been distracting me the past few days.

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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

The theme of the warm-up puzzles in recent weeks has been good quotes. Last week's quote was from a letter written by Jan Schakowsky, Lloyd Doggett, and David Price encouraging president Obama to continue using diplomacy in working toward a  strong and verifiable agreement with Iran regarding Iran's nuclear program.

The quote, and additional details about the letter, can be found in tonight's diary. Meanwhile, here's another good quote:

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Of course, you'll need to decode it first if you want to read it.

Be warned though: it's not a regular cryptogram. It's a Crypto-Gremlin (a kind of cryptogram which can't be solved by computer code-cracking programs which run through all the possible letter substitutions, but can be solved through the use of your wits).

If you're not familiar with how Crypto-Gremlins work you can find an explanation here. (And you can find a handy tool to help you with letter substitutions here.)

Tonight's diary also includes:

  • a step-by-step demonstration of how to solve last week's Crypto-Gremlin,
  • a new JulieCrostic (which reveals the source of tonight's quote)
  • a full explanation of how JulieCrostics work, for the benefit of any newcomers

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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

Some unbelievable puzzles tonight. Also lots of spoilers!

On tap tonight:

  • the answers to last night's warm-up puzzles (because there's an action you can take once you know the answers);
  • the answers to the clues which went unsolved last week;
  • a brand-new Crypto-Gremlin puzzle; and
  • a brand-new JulieCrostic.



IMPORTANT NOTE: Unfortunately I'll be away tonight so won't be able to take part in tonight's puzzle party, but I should get home by noon Tuesday and will read the comments (and answer any questions) then.

Have fun!

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Sat Apr 18, 2015 at 05:01 PM PDT

Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up 2015-04-18

by Nova Land

Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

The theme of the warm-up puzzles in recent weeks has been good quotes. Last week's quote comes from Tony Seybert (in a comment two weeks ago).

The quote can be found in tonight's diary. Meanwhile, here's another good quote:

Crazy razzys haze wipens vegacauza. Crs zciwszo wits cee htsica, dimly crs zigcstmicanszi wits cee lats.
Of course, you'll need to decode it first if you want to read it.

Be warned though: it's not a regular cryptogram. It's a Crypto-Gremlin (a kind of cryptogram which can't be solved by computer code-cracking programs which run through all the possible letter substitutions, but can be solved through the use of your wits).

If you're not familiar with how Crypto-Gremlins work you can find an explanation here. (And you can find a handy tool to help you with letter substitutions here.)

Tonight's diary also includes:

  • a step-by-step demonstration of how to solve last week's Crypto-Gremlin,
  • a new JulieCrostic (which provides a strong hint to the source of tonight's quote and my reason for spotlighting it),
  • a second chance to solve an unsolved clue from last week's Sunday Puzzle, and
  • 2 bonus puzzles (including a bonus JulieCrostic)!
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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.  

Two weeks ago Sunday Puzzle featured a special free entertainment edition. Louie Gohmert had just announced thathe wouldn't be supporting Ted Cruz's presidential bid because he was considering running for the presidency himself.

This week is also a special free entertainment edition, but instead of relying on Republicans to provide the entertainment this week we've turned to more serious performers. There's some music, above, to start things off, and you'll find plenty more entertainment below the sensual neo-expressionist orange nude.

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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

The theme of the warm-up puzzles in recent weeks has been good quotes. Last week's quote was from Lewis Carroll, and featured some advice the Cheshire Cat gave to Alice but which is also good advice for activists.

The quotation itself (and a step-by-step demonstration of how to come up with it) can be found in tonight's diary. Meanwhile, here's another good quote:

Aspictant aitcui votes fgunicktesking eosuly pr asneiusumy eg fgunicktesking. Fgunicktesking bg eoi nthi eosums. Eoir aitcui votes aspictant eosuly pr asneiusumy eg fgunicktesking.
Of course, you'll need to decode it first if you want to read it. It's a Crypto-Gremlin (a kind of cryptogram which can't be solved by computer code-cracking programs but can be solved with human wits). If you're not familiar with how Crypto-Gremlins work you can find an explanation here. (And you can find a handy tool to help you with letter substitutions here.)

Tonight's diary also includes:

  • a step-by-step demonstration of how to solve last week's Crypto-Gremlin, and
  • a new JulieCrostic (revealing the source of tonight's quote)
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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

The theme of the warm-up puzzles in recent weeks has been good quotes. Last week's quote was from Mark Evanier. (What, again? Yep, again!)

It was solved by JoeXM and Joffan. The solution (and a step-by-step demonstration of how to come up with it) can be found a little farther down in tonight's diary.  

Meanwhile, here's another good quote. Indeed, this one's a classic! Cat-lovers should especially enjoy it:

"Shaven nha orvvg fr, cvritr, suglua sin Sg shaduoh oh sivbr pyhfi uryr?"

"Ouiog ercrketn si dhhea erivg shkg suryr nha sikoh oh droh oh," tiger our Lion.

Of course, you'll need to decode it first if you want to read it. It's a Crypto-Gremlin (a kind of cryptogram which can't be solved by computer code-cracking programs but can be solved with human wits). If you're not familiar with how Crypto-Gremlins work you can find an explanation in tonight's tip jar.

Tonight's diary also includes:

  • a step-by-step demonstration of how to solve a Crypto-Gremlin, and
  • a new JulieCrostic (revealing the source of tonight's quote)

IMPORTANT NOTE: don't forget that tomorrow pucklady will be hosting our monthly Potluck Puzzle Party!

If you've got a puzzle you'd like to share, KosMail it to pucklady so she can include it in the diary (or post it in a comment in tomorrow's diary, and pucklady will paste it into the diary).

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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.  

On tap tonight: a brand-new 30 clue JulieCrostic spotlighting some interesting free entertainment you might enjoy checking out. Plus: a second chance to crack the 3 clues which went unsolved in last week's Sunday Puzzle diary.

I'm away this weekend, so won't be able to join in the comments. (But I'll check the comments when I get home Monday afternoon, and will try to answer any questions or fix any problems then.) Have fun!



PS: don't forget that next week is the monthly Potluck Puzzle Party. Pucklady will be hosting, so if you've got a puzzle you'd like to share KosMail it to her before the 5th (or bring it along and post it in the diary comments next week).
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Ooh! What could it be which is well worth the money? A new rock-crusher, perhaps? Or something even more exciting?

The bargain spotlighted in tonight's diary was featured in a recent news story. Alas, it's something most folks here at Daily Kos wouldn't have been eligible for. But in case the opportunity does come up again, you can find out what it was by solving tonight's puzzles.

Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

The theme of the warm-up puzzles in recent weeks has been good quotes. Last week's quote, solved by JoeXM, was: "The surest indicator that Hillary Clinton will not be the next President of the United States: Bill Kristol thinks she's going to win."

Here's tonight's quote:

Blather Milkthyler yemptieyn xtht clitpt etiu pubbnhym cuhn flyylist Etpu Whmq'yl ygttwdr. Yumipym blot an anhsnliu eu ft.

Of course, you'll need to decode it first if you want to read it. It's a Crypto-Gremlin (a kind of cryptogram which can't be solved by computer code-cracking programs but can be solved with human wits).

Tonight's diary includes:

  • an explanation of how Crypto-Gremlins work,
  • a step-by-step demonstration of how to solve a Crypto-Gremlin, and
  • a new JulieCrostic (revealing the source of tonight's quote)

IMPORTANT NOTE: I'll be away, with no computer access, both tonight for the warm-up diary and tomorrow for the regular Sunday Puzzle diary.

I'll check comments when I get home Monday. But I don't think you folks will have too much trouble solving this weekend's puzzles without me. Have fun, and I'll see you next weekend.

Also, an EVEN MORE IMPORTANT NOTE: don't forget that next week pucklady will be hosting our monthly Potluck Puzzle Party! So if you've got a puzzle you'd like to share, KosMail it to pucklady before April 5th (or bring it along to post in a comment in the April 5th diary).
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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.  

On tap tonight: a brand-new 27 clue JulieCrostic, and DKU notes on last week's puzzle. Come on down and join the puzzle party!

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Welcome to Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, a weekly series for people who enjoy light mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

The theme of the warm-up puzzles in recent weeks has been good quotes. Last week's quote, solved by JoeXM, was: "If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito."

Here's tonight's quote:

Los thustle tncknbyleum loylh Onaayum Banclecy inaas celh gs los csply Dustnkscle cews los Hcnlsky Tlylstm: Gnaae Runtlean loncrtm tos'ty zenczs le inch.
Of course, you'll need to decode it first if you want to read it...

Tonight's diary includes:

  • Instructions for decoding Crypto-Gremlins
  • a step-by-step demonstration of how to solve a Crypto-Gremlin,
  • a new JulieCrostic (revealing the source of tonight's quote)
  • DKU notes on last week's JulieCrostic
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