I began publishing these on September 20, 2008. In that first post, I described how I came upon the answers to some of these puzzles.
In subsequent posts, I introduced a couple or three other types of word games puzzles - along with hints as to how I solved them, but then added, "You really don't have to know how the puzzles were solved in order to appreciate some of the truisms/humor."
Here is my latest installment of "Word games", the first since November 20th. You're more than welcome to cruise through all four ... just click on the 'Labels' section on my sidebar. Authors are given credit where that information is available. Enjoy!
I moved from Georgia to Idaho and was nervous about the winters in this new state. My queries got this reply from a native Northwesterner, "Ma'am, we have four seasons here: early winter, midwinter, late winter, and next winter."
Crostic Puzzles ...
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. __ D Adams, The End of the Universe
A new car manual tells you to have the oil changed at least every season, but it never gives you any advice about the glove compartment. The things in the glove compartment need changing at least as often as the oil in the crankcase. __ Andrew A Rooney, Pieces of my Mind
The Inuit people of Canada probably invented the kayak thousands of years ago by stretching sea-lion skins over driftwood. They might be interested to see today's sleek neon-colored versions made from space-age materials. __ M Flagg, Desktop Traveler
Australia is the home of bizarre animals. The duck-billed platypus was originally thought to be a joke, but the cross between a freshwater duck and a muskrat is real. It is one of only two mammals that lay eggs and suckle their young. __ Johnson, Australia from a Camel
[Do you know what the other one is?]
The proverbial pen is not only mightier than the sword, but it's also much handier for writing.
In order to discover new lands, one must be willing to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
A diplomat is a person who can tell you to take a hike in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
Life is not measured by the breaths that we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
My mechanic told me, "I was unable to repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
A friend is someone who is there for you when he would rather be somewhere else.
Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, does not go away.
Isn't it interesting how the word "politics" is made up of 'poli' - "many" in Greek, and 'tics', as in bloodsucking creatures?
It is important to watch what you eat. Otherwise, how are you going to get it in your mouth?
Do not underestimate your abilities. That is your boss's job.
The shad is a very bony fish. According to legend, it was a discontented porcupine who asked the gods to be changed and they complied by turning it inside out.
It's Your Move ...
Gossip columnists are the spies of life.
At a round table there is no dispute of place.
Middle age is when you burn the midnight oil around nine p.m.
An optimist is a person who starts a crossword puzzle with a pen.
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one minute to the next.
The definition of a living wage depends upon whether you are getting it or giving it.
Give the gift of love. It's returnable. __ Miller
Praise undeserved is satire in disguise. __ Broadhurst
Word Games Puzzles ...
A talented lady at home
decided to write a fat tome,
but when only ten pages
had taken her ages
she converted it into a poem.