Quotes don't exactly educate us; they remind us of things we already know but in a way that resonates. Probably no one ever successfully set out to write a quote with hopes that it would someday become popular and timeless. Words must be tested and sifted through people and across time before they become quotable nuggets of wisdom.
Like messages from a time machine, quotes can provide inspiration from generations long gone. In the mid-1800s, “Ask John Bartlett” was a common answer for people around Harvard University who had questions. Fortunately for us he compiled his list of quotes into Bartlett's Familiar Quotations and it has been revised and reissued ever since.
Fast-forward to our cyberspace age and quotes are flourishing more than ever. Entire Web sites are dedicated to compiling exhaustive lists of quotes. Emails often end with a quote as part of the signature block, which is appropriate because they tell us a bit about the person who chose the quote. Quotes suit our sound-bite culture by providing concentrated information in just the right amount of time.
Like prizes in Cracker Jack boxes, quotes are offered to those who solve the puzzles in this book. Included here are a variety of word challenges. You will find everything from crossword puzzles to anagrams, quotes that are scrambled, and other quotes that are encoded. Some of the puzzles are more challenging than others, but none was designed for word puzzle experts.
So if you love words, this book is for you. Turn the page, put your brain in gear, and have fun!