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Sun May 24, 2015 at 05:01 PM PDT

Sunday Puzzle 2015-05-24

by Nova Land

VELVEETA
PEPSI
BALLERINA
MENU
MISSISSIPPI
TAXI
EMU
MARIACHI

Seven of these words each have something which the other word lacks. What is it they have in common, and which word is the odd one out?

And now that you've been lured in by that easy little warm-up puzzle (taken from the 2014 Page-A-Day puzzle calendar): welcome to Sunday Puzzle, a weekly series for people who enjoy mental exercise spiced with politics, humor, and odd bits of trivia.

On Saturday nights, in our companion series Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, we feature puzzles suitable for individual solving; On Sunday nights, in this regular Sunday Puzzle series, we feature puzzles intended to be challenging enough to call for a team effort to solve.

On tap tonight: a brand-new 27-clue JulieCrostic, and a second chance to solve the code puzzle which went unsolved in last night's warm-up diary. Come on down and join the 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.

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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Of course, you'll need to decode the quote if you want to know what it says.

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.

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

On Saturday nights, in our companion series Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, we feature puzzles suitable for individual solving; On Sunday nights, in this regular Sunday Puzzle series, we feature puzzles intended to be challenging enough to call for a team effort to solve.

I'm away this weekend, so won't be able to take part in tonight's puzzle party. But I've posted a puzzle to celebrate one of my favorite times of the year (and one of your favorite times of year, too, I imagine), when the bowl games begin.

So: which is your favorite? I guess my favorite is whichever one it's time for. Tonight's puzzle provides a few I watch closely and will be enjoying soon!

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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 a humorous poem by Calvin Trillin which appeared in The Nation. Tonight's quote appeared here on Daily Kos (among other places) and is even funnier.

You can find the full Calvin Trillin quote lower down in tonight's diary. Meanwhile, here's tonight's quote:

Kitty skidi. Bi mush ski Chcupi No. Myfipu Wyhpgusoyph byhtga tomi sy eulytynoei wyda zyhdy diripsa budgdyzi futwhprsoypa.

Bi bidi coppyripsta gyopnu zyhdy whpgduocopny gupri bkipa zyhdy donksh zdiucso vhcsi lylligu lypo myhso!

Ltiuci whpgidcsupga skusy skoch ctoli kugo pyskopnu sy gy bosko lytosorci, fixipa skyhnk zyhdy zyudgh loci sysutta csurmiga bosku donksh-tiupopnu zyyzca.

Of course, you'll need to decode the quote if you want to know what it says.

This is a very easy quote to decode, so even if you're not an expert decoder give it a try.

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.

Unfortunately I'm away this weekend and can't be part of the party, but I don't think you'll have any problems solving tonight's puzzles without me.)

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

On Saturday nights, in our companion series Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up, we feature puzzles suitable for individual solving; On Sunday nights, in this regular Sunday Puzzle series, we feature puzzles intended to be challenging enough to call for a team effort to solve.

Tonight's puzzle is titled "A car which makes sense" and spotlights something worth knowing about (if you don't already). It's already available in Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and parts of Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina.

I confess that I know very little about cars (never bought a car, never owned a car, never learned to drive) so I'm probably the last person to look to for advice about cars of any kind. But the Sunday Puzzle gremlins (who voluntarily edit these diaries, despite my frequent pleas that they leave things alone) assure me that the diary title fits.

Oh, yes, the lead gremlin told me emphatically, This title fits. It fits perfectly!

She paused. There was an awkward silence. Finally one of the other gremlins squeaked: Well, actually we wanted to title the diary 'Good security and a car that makes sense, courtesy of Sunday Puzzle Warm-Up 2015-05-10 -- sorry, no Mothers Day puzzle today, we weren't paying attention to the calendar'. But the stupid DK programming thought that was too long and wouldn't let us use it. So we shortened it down, and this one fits.

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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 Neil Gaiman...

Yes! The person who wrote Fortunately The Milk ("...quite possibly the most exciting adventure ever to be written about milk since Tolstoy's epic novel War and Milk.") The person who wrote Coraline, Mirrormask and Stardust. The person who sings the Fireball XL-5 theme song in the video posted at the top of this very diary!

You can find the full quote lower down in tonight's diary. Meanwhile, here's tonight's quote:

Bushy Psi’tn idol bytz twyawdhrd wl mdhoes,
Wus cdseoz bytz gasodfwsol wl obdhoes.
Hlb kltwy gletn myrass:
Ulb wlzrus fyhn us is?
Us fyh’wl ksxshl tfyas Iliin Pdhoyed.
Of course, you'll need to decode the quote if you want to know what it says.

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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It's the first Sunday of the month, and that means - it's a potluck!

Oh dear. Another gremlinized potluck.

Again, I made a pair of matching Juliecrostics, and the gremlins squished the clues together. The puzzles have the same topology, same row, column and letter counts. The first part of the clue goes with the first puzzle and the rest is for the second puzzle. Each half of the clue can stand alone.

As a special treat, Fordian Analyst sent a puzzle! His are always a delight and it's even better when he's here to help us solve! Welcome Fordian!

Nova sent in 3 puzzles! He's always a prolific puzzlemaster.

It's never too late to bring something to our potluck table, you can post something in the comments below and I'll add it to the diary. Or Kosmail it to me, that works, too.

The first rule of Puzzle Fight Club is - you can ALWAYS talk about Puzzle Fight Club!

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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
IR
CE
KA
SD
TW
AH
RA
TT
ET
RH
LE
EY
TW
KA
IN
DT

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:

Not asking intel ny ktbyztksums akyph ktetlntrch ioyynsums igulkptry dclbft etyect fsig ilrpsnnsums hyg’kt ktetlntrch ioyynsums igulkptry dclbft etyect.
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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