## Thursday, March 20, 2014

### NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 16, 2014): Driving to the Supermarket

NPR Sunday Puzzle (Mar 16, 2014): Driving to the Supermarket:
Q: Take the brand name of a popular grocery item, written normally in upper- and lower-case letters. Push two consecutive letters together, without otherwise changing the name in any way. The result will name a make of car. What is it?
I was having trouble with this, then a light bulb turned on.

Edit: GE trademarked the name Mazda for their incandescent light bulbs with tungsten filaments.
A: Mazola --> Mazda

1. As I said:

God knows! (OK, cue the music . . . )

2. Well, finally a CHALLENGE that's easy enough even for me! I was amazed at how quickly I solved this one. It took me about 15 seconds.

1. ron, are you channeling skydiveboy today?

2. Yes.

π-ces ron.

3. Hmm, I keep going around and around on this one...

4. I just woke up. Let me get the milk and..Well you know the rest. Then I could probably forgive it out. For know, would you mind lending a hint Ron?

1. There is a large hint in my first post.

2. Would you say it is hinting toward the car brand or grocery item?

3. Car brand. Here is a helpful list. I hope it doesn't give away too much.

Letter “push-togethers” ☺

lo = b
cl = d
ol = d
ln = h
nn = m
rn = m
ri = n (+ ˙)
ll = l
co = o
oo = o
po = p
tt = π
uu = w
vv = w

4. ron,
Thank you for your helpful list. However, oo=o?
What about aa=a, bb=b, cc=c, etc.?
No, oo=Infiniti. (Hey, isn't that a make of car?)
Lego...

5. Yes. Of course all the double letters work including ∞ Infiniti. There are a couple of others I did not include:

Pb = B
hI = H

6. I am inclined to think that "pushed together letters" would be contiguous but not overlapping or superimposed.

7. Could we push together and tip one over?

8. everyone pushing together reminds me of Lamaze classes.
he he he he :-)

9. Or she she she she? ;-)

10. that he he he he in classes was somewhat more civil than the actual application. of course I wasn't the one doing the work. :-)

11. No, you were just a member of the union, serving as a labor leader. (Solidarity forever!)

12. We used the Bradley Method instead of Lamaze so no heing, sheing, etc. Just swimming from one end of the pool to the other ;-).

zeke creek, I read your hes as heys... Sheesh... ;-p

13. Are you folks attempting to start a new labor movement?

14. add a y to he and it would be a vowel movement, sometimes.

5. Considering that I own this make of car, it took me way too long to solve this puzzle.

6. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ...

1. MrScience, I don't understand your clue.

7. Was having some difficulty with this driving around in my amazing car, but then I was thinking about it more while just vegging out on my couch this afternoon, and it suddenly came to me.

8. David owns this make of car as does my daughter. I own this popular grocery item. Once, I had so much of this item I thought I would never run out.

Chuck

9. I appreciate 2 clues that kept me from spending much time on this. I still don't like free commercials.

10. I'm disappointed that Will did not mention THEON / TEN, OH as a solution to last weeks puzzle. I'm about to get on my rotary phone and register a complaint.

1. Not a clue: Strictly speaking, "oh" is not the same as zero, anymore than lower case l ("el") is the same as upper case I ("eye"). They just look the same in some fonts. The best analogy I can make can be found in programming languages -- where the code for "oh" is never the same as the code for zero.

11. There is an an independent link between the grocery product and the car (at least some versions of it), which I believe that Brazil is currently exploring.

12. My wife bought this item for me at a corner grocery store recently.

13. Following up on last week's puzzle, what number is an anagram of a number? Hint: there is another anagram of this number.

14. Wot u up two, Ward? Been eons since we have seen one another.

15. Dsm soffd xia hopu rznhg n fpzl yvbbe vnv.

16. Easy for you to say.

17. Your comments are making me lose the power of sensation.

1. Kindly expand on this, Ward. Thanks.

18. Many years ago I purchased 500 shares of the stock n this auto company for \$.50 a share. Don't ask me which stock exchange.

1. I was wondering how long it would take for someone to make the party reference. :)

2. That one went right past me. Never heard of a Mazola party before. At first, I thought you might be referring to a scene from "Last Tango in Paris", and I thought, Mazola?? I can't believe it's not butter!

19. Add 2 letters to get a Passover snack food.

1. Or how about a popular grocery item that is synonymous with a car part?

2. Thanks Jan!

20. I think the Mamas and the Papas did a song about this near the home of the Grateful Dead.

21. It's getting too quiet around here. So, Skydiveboy, what do you think about Joby Ogwyn BASE jumping off Everest in a wingsuit in May? Is he as well-prepared as Felix Baumgartner was in 2012? Is he going to have bring 18 lbs of trash down with him, like everyone else?

22. jan,
Sorry, but a simi truck took out my phone line early this AM and I also lost my Internet access and it will not be hooked up until sometime tomorrow. Ugh! So, I doubt I will be posting the puzzle answer tomorrow.

As to your question, I did not know about the BASE jump you mentioned. I think BASE jumping is stupid and same for wingsuit jumps too. I have not been able to even research any of this due to my computer Internet access problem. Right now I'm at a library branch, using one of theirs. About your trash question: I think just him jumping off Chomolungma will in itself be enough trash removal.

23. Skydiveboy, glad you were not near the Space Needle yesterday. Bummer about your service though. I, too, will be posting late so that noon PDT slot is wide open. Don't everyone post at once! ;-)

24. Can I get a hint?

1. The grocery product evidently didn't cut the mustard with a Finnish tire manufacturer.

2. you will be amazed when you hear the answer :-)

3. This is the time of year for fast things.

4. Mazola >>>> Mazda

Fast things as in Mazda sports cars and in Jewish people abstaining from corn and corn products like Mazola (and going with Matzah).

"Swimming directly from one end of the pool to the other" and " Easy for you to say" referred to getting straight to the answer versus going in a maze.

Always an education around here ;-).

V8 and V8.

Adding to Jan's Passover snack clue and a car model, rearrange CAMARO + ON to get MACAROON.

5. Fast? Have you ever experienced what a matzoh diet does to intestinal transport? It's like digestive disk brakes! (To continue to culinary/car theme.)

6. Haha, fasting from eating corn, leavened wheat, other grains...though I hear the jury is still out on quinoa.

Is the additional clogging power due to the unleavened nature of matzah or would a good old dose of bread be just as bad?

7. Matzoh is constipating to commemorate the lack of toilet facilities as our ancestors wandered for 40 years in the desert.

8. I always wondered why they wandered for so long. Maybe it wasn't so much the lack of toilets, but more the scarcity of toilet paper and corn cobs, since sand worked well for my cat box. But then he wasn't of the Hebrew faith. He liked any brew I shared with him and liked to wander around the neighborhood; but not for 40 years.

9. Maybe 40 cat years? Anyway, cats were favored by the ancient Egyptians, not the Israelites. (Trying to work a Canaan tuna joke in here somewhere....)

10. Al Bacore used to tell some good tuna jokes. I have a feline you can tuna Mazda or a piano, but not so easily a joke. And remember, purrfection is not a cat treat that can be confused with confection. .

11. lego has a great Mazda-gas-car joke. . .

12. okay you guys, I am scratch-my-back rolling on the floor with laughter! Coincidentally, I am eating tuna right now!

13. RoRo,
I am concerned about your health after eating that tuna. Think about getting a tunascan ASAP! Even though Mercury cars are out now, mercury is still in the tuna fish.
Speaking of tuna. With the new pope, who do you think will end up being the new Chicken of the See?

14. Sorry Charlie, no se' new See

25. MAZOLA -> MAZDA

> Another labyrinthine puzzle.

We call it maze.

> Hmm, I keep going around and around on this one...

Well, that's better than going boing, boing, boing...

> Add 2 letters to get a Passover snack food.

Matzolah -- The Trail Mix of the Exodus.

26. Mazola, Mazda

Last Sunday I said, “David owns this make of car as does my daughter. I own this popular grocery item. Once, I had so much of this item I thought I would never run out.” I guess you could say I had a cornucopia of corn oil :)

Chuck

27. Mazola Cooking Oil. (ol = d)

Mazda Motor Corporation.

My hint: “I was AMAZeD at how quickly... MAZDA!

Second answer (thanks to lego):

oo = Oh's (grocery item) = ∞ Infiniti (make of car)

1. Ron, I thought for sure you were referring to the old Mazola commercial, where a Native American, talking about corn, says something like "We call it maize."

2. jan posted the "We call it Maize" video just above.

I call my dog Maizie but she doesn't do commercials...

28. MAZDA & MAZOLA

29. Talk about nick of time. I just ran inside the house as the repair guy finished hooking up my phone line.

30. I kept thinking it was NEON at first due to Blaine's hint and also Zeke.

31. My clue:

God knows! (OK, cue the music . . . )

Ahura Mazda (also known as Ohrmazd, Ahuramazda, Hourmazd, Hormazd, and Hurmuz, Lord or simply as spirit) is the Avestan name for a higher spirit of the Old Iranian religion who was proclaimed as the uncreated spirit by Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism. Ahura Mazda is described as the highest spirit of worship in Zoroastrianism.

And "Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (Thus Spoke Zarathustra or Thus Spake Zarathustra)" is a tone poem by Richard Strauss, known to everyone from the movie "2001, A Space Odyssey." Zarathustra is German for Zoroaster.

32. My clue re-the 500 shares of \$.50 stock was Toyo-Kogyo Company, Tokyo Stock Exchange. They were then promoting the rotary engine Mazda.

33. Interesting about the G.E. light bulb Mazda, Blaine, and the connection to Ahura Mazda, Bob K.

At first, I wanted to go from G.E. to GM, though it didn't really work.

Always use olive oil these days so Mazola took a bit. Do you still use it?

1. I too, always use olive oil, unless I'm cooking Indian food. But I have been many times to Mazola, Montana.

2. This also took a while for me since I have not used it much as an adult. It certainly was a staple at my childhood home. I was actually playing the LOGO game and had just recently answered that icon so it sort of popped up at me. My snippy snippet of a hint - Mammas and Papas, Grateful Dead home had something to do with mausoleum. Whatever!!

34. My clue: "...my wife bought for me at a.."=miata. Also "corn"er grocery store.

35. DOWNTIME CHALLENGE.
This is an old one (2007)

What 9 letter word in the English language is still a word when each of the nine letters is removed one by one, that is, each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word... from 9 letters all the way down to a single remaining letter?

I know of 4 answers, but if you come up with one, you will be doing well.

If you give up, you can see the answer HERE, but take your time before you look at the answer.

I have another down time post which you will see later.

36. Answer to my number anagram poser: THREE is an anagram of ETHER (number with a silent b) and THERE is another anagram of this number.

37. DOWNTIME POST.

Paraprosdokians (against expectations) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Winston Churchill loved them.

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit.. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, Notify:' I put 'DOCTOR'.

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice. (SDB, this one is for you.)

13. I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure..

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

1. Thanks ron, for the reminder.
I used to use a lot of humor in my skydiving classes. Most of it I came up with myself. I used to tell them that a parachute was not necessary for skydiving. It was only required for those who might want to jump again.

I was always proud that our school could boast a 100% student dropout rate. On the other hand, anytime something went wrong I would end up the fall guy.

2. Even without a parachute, falling from a plane in flight won't hurt you. But that sudden stop at the end....

3. jan,
There is much truth in what you say, however, when freefalling through rain it stings your face. I used to joke that it is because we fall much faster than the raindrops, and that causes us to collide with their pointy ends. (Note: While I said this for the humor, I actually believe it is accurate too.)

4. It is because you fall faster (118 mph vs 18 mph), though raindrops are not teardrop-shaped . I guess it's surface tension that gives them their un-aerodynamic shape and low terminal velocity. Though a little voice in the back of my brain from my model rocket flying youth says that Reynold's number has something to do with it, too.

5. jan!
Did you have to spoil my day by informing me of this shattering fact? What is the point anyway? Oh, I guess that is the point, or lack thereof. I'm still trying to deal with the truth about the tooth ferry. On the other hand (just thinking now) I suppose I should be grateful the raindrops are not pointed, or they would really sting a lot more. I saw the movie twice, BTW.

6. SDB, I saw it twice in a row. Yeah those were the days when you could shower, pour mazola all over as a moisterizer (LOL) and go to a movie in Time Square and stay all day (bottle of Ripple in hand) and no one would kick you out..
WW, I remember the time one Smithie, not me, came to the table during formal sit-down dinner night and dramatically plopped a bottle of Ripple in the middle of the table. She did achieve her goal of shocked faces. I was the only one laughing.

7. Which Newman/Redford movie are you talking about? The Sting, or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Go Skydiving (featuring "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head, Unless It's the Other Way Around")?

8. Quite the ripple effect I imagine, RoRo.

Raindrops and the bicycle scene~~who cares what shape those drops were?!

9. RoRo, which row did you watch it in? Was it row one, or row two? Tell us please, RowRow.

jan, No! It was when I was living in Italy and visiting the Vaticano where we watched Voyage To The Bottom Of The See. It was a mistake. A couple of the clergy were slightly mislead by one of the words in the title.

38. I too am temporarily (I hope) sans internet access. I can empathize with sdb. (How many times has that been said/written?
LegoInaccess

39. . My last DOWNTIME Post (Part 1):

The experts weigh in...

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick!

BARACK OBAMA: Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs. No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs. Period.

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, the chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: What difference at this point does it make why the chicken crossed the road.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE: I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white?

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he is acting by not taking on his current problems before adding any new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross the road so badly. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way the chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

1. If these are downtime posts, Ron, I really think they ought to be ducks not chickens.

2. ron:
Thank you for your eggistential treat. However you forgot to include the very late rev. PHRED PHELCH, who thankfully died yesterday and said: "The chicken crossed the road in order to escape the decadent homo roosters who are destroying our coops and Tyson way of life."

40. Part 2:

Why did the chicken cross the road?

JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth? That's why they call it the 'other side.' Yes, my friends, that chicken was gay. If you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the Liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like 'the other side.' That chicken should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as that.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2014, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2014. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: [Corrected version] Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends on your frame of reference.

COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?

1. And Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com who said:
To retrieve the package that the drone delivered to the wrong address.

2. CARL SAGAN: There are billions and billions of chickens and there are millions and millions of roads. Perhaps one day we will know the answer to this question.

3. HOWARD SCHULTZ: Because ours tastes better than Duncan Donuts'.

4. Because chickens carry no down, they have no downtime. Great stuff SDB. More please.

5. When you're alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go, downtime
When you've got worries all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help I know, downtime

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk, where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose? The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares

So go
Downtime, things will be great when you're
Downtime, no finer place for sure
Downtime, every thing's waiting for you

Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
There are movie shows, downtime
Maybe you know some little places to go
To where they never close, downtime

Just listen to the rhythm of a gentle bossa nova
You'll be dancing with 'em too before the night is over happy again
The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares

So go
Downtime, where all the lights are bright
Downtime, waiting for you tonight
Downtime, you're gonna be alright now

Downtime

And you may find somebody kind to help and understand you
Someone who is just like you and needs a gentle hand
To guide them along so maybe I'll see you there
We can forget all our troubles, forget all our cares

So go
Downtime, things will be great when you're
Downtime, don't wait a minute more
Downtime, everything is waiting for you
Downtime, downtime, downtime, downtime

(I hope that is enough, ron.)

6. ERWIN SCHRöDINGER: The chicken crossed the road and didn't cross the road simultaneously.

MONTY PYTHON: The chicken didn't cross the road! He's passed on! This chicken is no more! He has ceased to be! He's expired and gone to meet his maker! He's a stiff! Bereft of life, He rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed him to the perch he'd be pushing up the daisies! His metabolic processes are now history! He's off the twig! He's kicked the bucket, He's shuffled off this mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!! THIS IS AN EX-CHICKEN!!

WILL SHORTZ: Think of a 7-letter word for something that might cross a road. Rearrange the letters to get a common 2-word phrase for something you might do at a hotel. What are these?

7. Will Shortz was inspired, jan.

Why did the chicken cross the road continued...

AbqGuerrilla: to get to his three wives.

Paul: bxfty uhgtd gyki dpiyh vrtifg.

skydiveboy: I don't like ckickens and have no use for them. ;-)

jan: to get to the marrow.

RoRo: to get to Smith.

legolambda: to get the animals together.

ron: to get down.

Blaine: to get back to the pack.

zeke creek: to get to Ohio.

Uncle John: see zeke creek.

Bob K: to get to the light.

benmar: to get there early.

MrScience: to be sure it gets there every few months or so.

Lorenzo: to say Grazie!

EAWAF: to get to pi.

There are more to come, I'm sure. I mostly used recent posters.

8. Feel free to join in.

9. Word Woman crossed the road because, as mother hen, she wished keep peace & harmony among all her squabbling chicks on both sides of the road. ☺

10. Thanks for the inspiration, ron. Clearly a chicken-centric theme is eggsactly our style.

11. RAY MAGLIOZZI: So, the other day, my brother was driving in his '66 Dodge Dart, when, suddenly, he sees, a half mile ahead...
TOM: Out of the inky shadows...
RAY: ... a chicken starting to cross the road. So, Tommy slams on the brakes, and, does the chicken make it across?
TOM: No, he doesn't.
RAY: So, the question is, using just one matchstick, how do you make barbecued chicken?
TOM: Wow!

12. OMG, I just LOLed. You got the tone and timbre just right, jan.

13. jan, why did the chicken check in at the hotel?

14. That's right, WW. That chick was hoofin it cuz Mamma hen said " I paid your tuition, rm and bd, now the rest is up to you" :)

41. He did not make it. That is why roads taste like chicken.

Why did the punk rocker cross the road?
Because he was stapled to the chicken.

42. Lamaze - Mazda MAZola.

43. Whay do you get if you cross a road with a chicken?

|road| |chicken| sine theta

said the student of vector multiplication. (cf "cross product")

44. Believe it or not I actually had chicken for dinner last night! Tasted just like snake.

1. Asp me no questions...

2. Do you recall the Peter Sellers, Pink Panther, Inspector Cleauseau film where he was at a huge costume party and the lights went out and some woman dressed as Cleopatra screamed, "Get your filthy hands off my asp!"?

3. I do not...However, it says a lot about our group that chicken crossing the road jokes are such s big hit. I like 'em.

45. VLADIMIR PUTIN: Because the chicken wanted to annex the other side.

46. Ancient Mayans:
Because they dig Chicken Pizza.

1. Regarding the all the non-paltry poultry jokes. I am in awe of you guys, and couple of gals. (WW, really loved the Blaine poster's reasons for WTCCTR. ron, yes, you are correct, but WW also crossed the road because, as a geologist [see her Partial Ellipsis of the Sun blog], she realized it was a mere stone's throw away. She also could tell it was a rocky road, had a hankering for ice cream, and so proceeded to eat her way across.)

Just beautiful, beautiful posts, Blaine gang. I'd try to join in on the fun but I'm posting from a McDonald's near my home, running out of McCafe coins, and think I'm beginning to overstay my McWelcome.

47. LMP: statistically the chances are so remote that even if it happened it didn't.

48. ---------------------------------------------------
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O. O
The graph on the computer may be too much for some to handle, but suffice it to say, the chicken had a bad day.

49. Laura: to give the 'chick' a hint.(not meaning to be offensive :))

50. Who wrote this crap? Obviously, the chicken crossed the road to get to the Author's hide.

When will Will will the new puzzle on the board? Or Willie?

51. Next week's challenge: Name a capital of a country. Change the first letter to name a familiar musical instrument. What is it?

1. Found two so far. In crosswords, Will often uses "capital" to refer to currency units. There's an answer that works that way, too.

2. Jtjx evf dunqn!

3. Got the two capital cities. I hope this doesn't upset the fruit bowl. Mamaw Creek will submit the one most like her while I will submit the one most like me. :-)

4. I relistened and Will says "a" capital not "the" capital...so I think currency is not his intended answer, though it may amuse us.

zeke creek, I have an amusing story for you later in the week ;-).

52. Of course CRAP is an acronym for Chickens Really Are People. :-)

53. Etbi xpz yufbg!