My bride and I met over a Sunday crossword puzzle. I was quietly sitting by the apartment pool working the Times puzzzle when she took umbrage with one my answers. I detest people looking over my shoulder when I'm working especially when they are right and my practice answer is incorrect. Hoping for a repeat along with a bit of peace, the next Sunday I brought 2 papers along with 2 pens. We've been puzzling since.
Our neighbors were likely Chiropractic students at the local college, most with a limited grasp of the liberal arts, and for quite a few English was neither a first or second language. To assist the language skills of her nearest neighbors, former teacher, later Mrs. T, would copy the cryptoquip from the daily paper for her "students", expecting their finished answers by a set time when she would explain the joke.
Our daily newspaper habit has evolved so that now we pull out the puzzle pages and toss the rest of the paper. We each have our domains. I suduko, she cryptoquip's and we fight over the crosswords.
Perhaps the greatest Cryptoquip ever was in yesterday's paper. Try it you'll love it.
Directions: The Cryptoquip is a substitution cipher in which one letter stands for another. If you think X equals O, it will equal O throughout the puzzle.
In this puzzle A = S
OUFET AUT FA ZSRMZEED Z GQMXTRRT, RYNZD AUT'A
OTZQFXC ZX ZMGMQX-SYEYQTN OFC ZA Z QTN UZFQFXC.
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