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.
On Sunday nights, in the regular Sunday Puzzle series, we feature puzzles intended to be challenging enough to call for a team effort to solve; but these Saturday night warm-up puzzles are simpler and more straightforward.
At least usually they are. I'm running even later than usual (and I usually run pretty late) so the gremlins volunteered to do tonight's puzzles. But they promised not to pull any sneaky tricks, and they looked very sincere when they said that, so you shouldn't have any trouble solving tonight's puzzles.
The current theme of the warm-up puzzles is good quotes, so the gremlins said they'd feature a good quote from a story that's been in the news this week.
Last week's quote was by Jen Sorenson. You can find the full quote lower down in tonight's diary. Meanwhile, here's tonight's quote:
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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).
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: discovered and fixed a small problem with the Crypto-Gremlin; apologies to anyone who tried to solve it earlier and got stuck, but it should be easier now.