Oddcouple, I do appreciate your point of view – I assure you that I didn’t give up easily. I’d worked on it for almost an hour but then had to go to “real” work. If the contraction had been “you’re not” rather than “you aren’t”, I *think* I would have solved it. Also, I had considered, but discarded, the possibility of “ii”. Although I’m a newbie, out of 2,077 puzzles it’s the only one I haven’t been able to solve so far. Now, thanks to GtrZan, I have added “aren’t” to my list of possible contractions and never again will I discard “ii” as a possibility!