So, after perusing (lurking) this forum, I headed back out to solve some more cryptos. I almost immediately came up against this quote:
"An excuse is worse than a lie, for an excuse is a lie, guarded" - Alexander Pope
An uncharacteristically simple quote from the quixotic man, but I saw his name and started freaking out. I was typing "o pie" this, "o pie" that. I think it took me a full five minutes to snap myself out of it. Chalk one up for intimidation...