This week’s quote breaks from Cryptosoxery tradition, since, for the first time, it is neither from someone connected to the White Sox nor about them specifically. Still, the words are too wise and too appropriate to be ignored.
But first, the answer to last week’s quiz, from one of this offseason’s less-debated additions:
The promised land is the World Series, that beautiful ring, and the parade in Chicago after the season. — Miguel Cairo
The words of the new Sox bench coach, of whom I’d long been a fan when he was a player, demonstrate wonderful optimism. We fans can only hope they also demonstrate an ability to see the future.
That won’t be the case, though, unless the front office heeds the words of someone whose only connection to the Sox was to manage against them (encryption, as always, thanks to the folks at wordles.com):
QZP WDMU NZ WDMU D HDNHWUJ RUHDPLU TX QZP SZA’N QZP’JU KTGUKQ NZ WDMU
D KZN ZX EDLLUS RDKKL. — HDLUQ LNUAVUK
For those new to Cryptosoxery, it’s a simple letter substitution cipher, the same letter throughout the quote — say, an H is really a C, an M a T, and so forth. Solving is done by finding the most common letters — E tends to be the champ, and the Wheel of Fortune favorites are near the top — and by spotting common words and letter patterns. In this particular case, the contractions should help.
Good luck. The answer and a new quiz next week.