View Full Version : best excuses for not solving a puzzle

04-24-2014, 11:49 PM
I can't say my dog ate my homework, but here is my list of excuses
1. my cat stepped on the keyboard and hit enter, causing multiple puzzles
2. the program shut down
3. my internet server shut down ,in the middle of a puzzle, and was down for several days
4. absolutely had to leave for work, and couldn't get back in time
5.my computer crashed
6. got busy doing something else and forgot to come back and finish a puzzle
7. double clicked a puzzle( same as number 1, but my fault, not the cat's)
8. electric power outage
9. got lazy, and just didn't try
10. flat out got stumped

04-25-2014, 12:00 AM
I almost forgot, started a puzzle right at the end of the monthly contest, and didn't finish in time

04-25-2014, 09:08 AM
My favorite excuse? Some of them are just too hard! I made the decision not to use outside sources, like Google or even the Obnoxiously Hard Quotes forum, so my percentage reflects the quotes that I'm actually able to solve. (I can understand why people use those sources, though, and maybe someday I'll open another account in which I use them).

04-25-2014, 09:57 AM
10. flat out got stumped

Mike, don't ever use that excuse when you're speaking with an amputee.:eek: :D

My top ten reasons...

10.) It's 8:00 PM on an October Sunday night. Time for The Walking Dead.
9.) It's my turn to cook dinner and there's no available space on the stovetop surface.
8.) The last encyclopedia salesman rings my doorbell. Oh, wait a minute; I can actually keep playing while he delivers his pitch. I interrupt him by asking, "What's a word that's spelled e_cyclopedia?" He answers, "encyclopedia!" I thank him and close the door. I quickly open the door again and ask, "You don't happen to have any Girl Scout cookies to sell, do you?" He says, "no." I close the door.
7.) The movie at the theater is about to begin and the giant screen flashes a message, "Please silence all cell phones... and to the man in the 8th row, enough with the cryptogram puzzles already!"
6.) "Do you want to finish that cryptogram or do you want to speak to my divorce attorney?":eek:
5.) I balance a dinner plate filled with food in one hand, the laptop in the other... Hmmmm, Eat? Cryptograms? - Eat? Cryptograms? - Eat? Cryptograms?
4.) My neighbor's dog is in my yard again. I throw the laptop at the dog.
3.) I missed the dog, but I hit something in the yard and now I have to clean something really unpleasant off the laptop.
2.) My neighbor walks right by his dog's mess and acts as though he doesn't notice anything. I throw the laptop again - at him.
1.) It's 5 minutes to sun-up.

04-25-2014, 05:33 PM


04-26-2014, 12:17 PM
just tired of looking at the darned thing!

04-26-2014, 07:32 PM
It takes both hands to eat my Arbys reuben, and even then it's too messy to use the keyboard. Well worth missing the puzzle though...

04-26-2014, 10:50 PM
Staying in a hotel with a lousy internet connection.

Lily H
04-28-2014, 09:43 AM
My five-year old granddaughter called me and said that she wanted to Skype so that she could show me her new toy. :)

04-28-2014, 09:46 AM
that's the best reason yet!!

04-28-2014, 02:08 PM
Windows 8.1. 'Nuff said.



I gots to get me a vintage typy machine with Windows 7.


(This is a co-nun-drum)

04-28-2014, 02:30 PM
Other good excuses include:

1. Fire ants invaded my computer!

http://media2.abcactionnews.com//photo/2013/06/12/Crazy_ants_invade_the_Tampa_Bay_area_and_664530000 _20130612232043_640_480.JPG

2. Children of the corn ate my dingo!


3. The government is controlling the weather!


04-28-2014, 04:34 PM
Hahaha...bansai, I was just waiting for you to weigh in on this one!

05-01-2014, 03:46 AM

05-01-2014, 10:51 AM
That was an SNL skit, right?

05-02-2014, 09:05 PM
I use outside sources on quotes that I can't figure out but it kills your time especially on very famous people so you have to be very patient.I don't do it very often and you couldn't don it on all quotes because some of them don't have the name of the authors.

05-03-2014, 08:36 AM
The mailman arrived.

05-05-2014, 08:33 PM
my favorite excuse is that I overpaid my internet bill and they cut it off so I wouldn't pay so much. One time I somehow had two cryptos together and one made it and the other didn't before they cut off my service

05-13-2014, 05:01 PM
My solving was interrupted when I had to go counsel Paris Hilton. I tried to talk her out of living a life of excess, debauchery, sleazery and stupidity. Rumor has it that she has singlehandedly developed an Eighth Deadly Sin.


Alas, all my efforts were in vain, and regretfully, I realized I should have stuck to that cryptogram.


05-18-2014, 06:34 AM