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Forum: Main Forum 01-18-2010, 03:58 AM
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Posted By sonofcarc
I have read that one of the British spook...

I have read that one of the British spook agencies secretly sponsored a newspaper cryptogram contest between the wars, and recruited the winners.

As for current recruitment -- when he was in high...
Forum: Main Forum 01-07-2010, 12:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,527
Posted By sonofcarc
When I saw this I said, I think it means a...

When I saw this I said, I think it means a compass card -- the card in which a compass is mounted with arrows showing the 32 directions. Pope is using it as a figure of speech (metonymy? I never...
Forum: Main Forum 09-04-2009, 10:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,403
Posted By sonofcarc
I believe the old web goes away because the...

I believe the old web goes away because the spider actually eats it and reuses the material for the next one!

Just once, I have seen an orb-web spider in the act of building. They build the spiral...
Forum: Main Forum 03-28-2009, 12:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,019
Posted By sonofcarc
Oops, I see that was what the original poster was...

Oops, I see that was what the original poster was suggesting. Sorry, it's been a long day.
Forum: Main Forum 03-28-2009, 12:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,019
Posted By sonofcarc
I would think there are just too many puzzles to...

I would think there are just too many puzzles to list them all -- but I would like to see an ordered list of everyone who holds a record with the number they have.
Forum: Main Forum 03-20-2009, 07:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,063
Posted By sonofcarc
Just to agree with and amplify what others have...

Just to agree with and amplify what others have said. Tens of thousands of people enter big marathons that maybe 20 at most have any chance of winning. The rest are in it because they like...
Forum: Main Forum 02-27-2009, 12:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,698
Posted By sonofcarc
A random thought I had: Does the software (or...

A random thought I had: Does the software (or could it be persuaded to) keep statistics on how many record times each solver has? That would make an interesting bar graph (with bansai's bar much...
Forum: Main Forum 02-23-2009, 11:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,698
Posted By sonofcarc
Actually it seems to me that there are three...

Actually it seems to me that there are three groups: those who have the discipline to finish every puzzle; those who have the discipline to blow off every one that slows them down in order to keep...
Forum: Main Forum 01-28-2009, 12:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,580
Posted By sonofcarc
Responding to the question about Latin...

Responding to the question about Latin woodchucks: A woodchuck is a marmot. According to the internet there are Alpine Marmots (Marmota marmota) in Italy. They live (guess where?) in the Alps. ...
Forum: Main Forum 01-13-2009, 01:20 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 16,022
Posted By sonofcarc
Here's another Ambrose Bierce definition that...

Here's another Ambrose Bierce definition that leaves out the term being defined: "A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing."

The word omitted is "Philosophy."
Forum: Main Forum 01-06-2009, 11:43 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 16,022
Posted By sonofcarc
Today I came across: "'Experience keeps a...

Today I came across: "'Experience keeps a school but fools will learn at no other' -- Benjamin Franklin." When the "dear" before "school" is dropped it ceases to make sense.

(I know the quote is...
Forum: Main Forum 12-30-2008, 01:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,464
Posted By sonofcarc
When stuck and slogging away, try...

When stuck and slogging away, try "TION" as the last four letters of each word of 9 letters or more (assuming there are any).

If the last letter of a long word is the same as the fourth from the...
Forum: Main Forum 12-06-2008, 12:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,822
Posted By sonofcarc
I saw a trailer last weekend for a movie in which...

I saw a trailer last weekend for a movie in which Mickey palys a pro wrestler. He looks more like himself than he ever did before, only with long blond hair.
Forum: Main Forum 11-26-2008, 01:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,094
Posted By sonofcarc
Bob Hope, yes. Particularly the one about a bank...

Bob Hope, yes. Particularly the one about a bank being a place that will lend you money if you can prove you don't need it. That one comes up so often that something other than randomness must be...
Forum: Main Forum 10-10-2008, 11:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,473
Posted By sonofcarc
Yup. Here's the full quote: Hope is like a...

Yup. Here's the full quote:

Hope is like a harebell, trembling from its birth,
Love is like a rose, the joy of all the earth,
Faith is like a lily, lifted high and white,
Love is like a lovely...
Forum: Main Forum 10-10-2008, 10:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,473
Posted By sonofcarc
Christina R. was a Victorian lady and much too...

Christina R. was a Victorian lady and much too refined to write about hairballs.

I bet what she wrote was "Hope is like a harebell . . ." (flower).
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