it happened because I was sick with an awful virus and spent several weeks on my living room sofa, doing one cryptogram after another...
Ugh. These last two days I was besieged by the norovirus, aka stomach "flu," a plague one would not wish on one's worst enemy. You want to die -- in fact, you're sure that you will.
Not only GI symptoms, but a devastating headache -- in fact, the headache came first -- and so have spent way too much time solving cryptograms. The illness did nothing to boost my success rate, however.
Tomorrow, back to work, and someone else can take the High Score top slot. It's yours.