I’ve been busy.
It’s Advent and it’s December, so that means Advent Calendars.
My tradition is to prepare a custom-made Advent Calendar for my sister. She and I both like to solve cryptoquips, so for the past few years, I have been sending her a puzzle to solve for each day, from December 1st to December 24.
I email them to her with the hope that she follows the dates, but she already admitted to . . . . um cheating and starting early. (I wonder if that girl still peeks at her Christmas gifts, too.)
This year, the solutions to her Advent Calendar cryptoquips are a mixture of Christmas quotes and quotes from Christmas plays.
I have three more puzzles to develop and then I will be finished.
For two of the puzzles, however, I took a departure from the traditional cryptoquip format. For one of her puzzles, she will have to decode the Braille characters and for the other, she will have to decode the American Sign Language alphabet. I included both keys to assist her.
So, while I’m away completing my cryptoquips, have some tea with the sock money. We’ve named her Miss Phitt, but we call her ‘Phitty’ for short. GN figured it out right away. “Gram, is that short for phitty-something, like your age?”