Saturday, March 13, 2010

Games with quotes

I more than anyone know that quotes are everywhere. But in recent years it seems they're really everywhere. Now I've learned that quotes are even in crossword puzzles and other games. That doesn't surprise me, I've just not known about it until now because I'm not much into that type of thing.

Victor Fleming, a judge and author from Arkansas, and Bonnie Gentry, a crossword puzzle creator from Arizona, recently published a crossword puzzle with one of my quotes in it. It's cool, the entire quotation is actually written into the puzzle answers. Looking through the book, Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #7, I see a couple other puzzles with quotes as themes.

So I did an internet search and found some books that sound interesting:

  • The Everything Crosswords & Puzzles for Quote Lovers Book: Over 400 Encrypted, Scrambled, and Hidden Quotes for Word Game Fans by Charles Timmerman
  • Not Your Typical Large-Print Crosswords #3: Quotes, Quips, & Proverbs by Crossword Corner
  • And this one looks fascinating but it would drive me crazy: Quotable Cryptograms: 500 Famous Quotes to Decipher by Terry Stickels
  • There's also a Don't Quote Me board game

Let the wordplay begin!

"Egotism, n: Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle with a pen." ~Author Unknown

"Do I rue a life wasted doing crosswords? Yes, but I do know the three-letter-word for regret." ~Robert Brault

"It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them." ~Joseph de Maistre