This post combines a profound quote by one of the most prolific science fiction authors and the challenge of the daily cryptoquote. These puzzles, which simply substitute one letter in the alphabet for another, mimic the mystery of the world just waiting to be discovered. I look at these each morning - thanks to Dot Case who had a cryptoquote blog, but it seems to have gone, but her current blog format makes me realize I need to play around more with new things available on Blogspot - and look at mystery. But slowly, or sometimes quickly, I can think through the mystery and discover the code. And the hidden quote.
So often, everything you need to know is in front of you in plain sight, you just need to pay attention to the clues to figure it out. Things that look totally indecipherable make perfect sense to those who know the code or know logic and deduction. And every day when I do the cryptoquote I relearn that truism.
So here's today's cryptoquote from the Anchorage Daily News:
[I've filled out the first line, so if you want to work it out all yourself, cover up my answers without looking at them.)
I've left the instructions in to help those of you who have never tried one of these. I found this one a little harder than most, but with it started you should be able to figure it out.
You may want to just copy it down so you can write out the answer more easily.
Everyone has Sherlock Holmes' ability to deduce from the evidence. But not too many train that part of the brain very hard. Imagine all the time spent learning to play basketball or golf or video games spent on learning to solve mysteries! But anything you learn to do well is also teaching you to see things you didn't see before. An avid football fan sees all sorts of things in each play that a novice misses totally. The trick is to transfer that understanding of the complexity of one field to another. That is, to recognize the complexity in a field you know well, also exists in a field you know nothing about.
Unfortunately, a lot of people completely dismiss things in fields they know nothing about, assuming their smarts in one arena carry over to another. Of course, none of you know any of those people.
Once you get the quote figured out, think about how profound it is. Think about all the ways it applies in our world. Think about, say, that quote about how women who are raped don't get pregnant. Think about climate change. Think about Obamacare. Have fun.