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The Vowel-less Knights #1

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#28714
Fun:*** (2.9)
Difficulty:** (1.63)
Category:Language
Submitted By:ScoutMan*us******

 

 

 



For those of you who never played Might and Magic (a computer game), the Vowel-less Knights would always say something without vowels. It was up to you, the player, to figure out what they were saying. In their tradition, what are these famous quotes?

1) Spk sftl nd crr bg stck.

2) gv hm th whl nn yrds!

3) Nvr hv s fw gvn s mch fr s mn.



Answer

1) Speak softly and carry a big stick.
Bonus: Theodore Roosevelt.

2) I gave him the whole nine yards!
Bonus: Fighter pilots would say this when they shot all 27 feet of ammunition at one target.

3) Never have so few given so much for so many.
Bonus: Winston Churchill, praising the British fighter pilots who won the Battle of Britain.

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Comments

boodlerAgb*
Feb 19, 2006

I've never played Might and thingy, but thought this just up my street. Had no idea of the origin of the "9 yards"; v informative!
choptlivvaAus*
Feb 19, 2006

Very good Scoutman!! I really liked the "bonus points" part!! Made a fairly easy teaser much more challenging.... and I learned something new!!!
miss_attitude*us*
Feb 19, 2006

This was a little hard, but fun!
luvmyselfAca*
Feb 19, 2006

the quotes looked kinda like abbr. sound it out and i got the answer! good work
signmeup74*pl**
Mar 04, 2006

SWEEET!! I had totally forgotten about the Vowel-less Knights!!
Thanks for the memories and the puzzles.
PineappleMamaAus*
Mar 12, 2006

Aluminum T-Ball!! Works great for scaring the beejeezus out of my lil sis's suitors!!
sftbaltwty*us*
Jan 04, 2008

I'm pretty sure that quote by Churchill is "Never has so much been owed by so many to so few"
sftbaltwty*us*
Jan 04, 2008

and it wasn't about the British fighter pilots..it had something to do with soldiers evacuating French citizens from some place..though my memory isn't doing me total justice at the moment..
ScoutMan*us*
Feb 02, 2008

Sorry, sftbaltwty, but I just looked up the quote on Quotationspage.com, and there are three versions of the quote. The difference between them is in where the action took place, ie the course of history or the history of warfare. Two of them use the word have, and one uses the word was. And two state that Churchill was referring to the RAF.
bradon182001*us*
Dec 24, 2010

Fun teaser. I knew all three quotes, so it was easy for me. Thanks for posting.
Marpleen*
Dec 24, 2010

I found this easy as I am very familiar with these quotes but I really enjoyed this. I hope you do some more.
auntiesisAus*
Dec 24, 2010

Very easy, which is appreciated on this very busy day. Mrry Chrstms t vrybdy nd hppy nw yr.
wordmama*
Dec 24, 2010

Please explain your reference to TR as a WWI leader. He was President several years before our entry into the war, no? The explanation of whole nine yards was new info for me; thank you. And happy holidays to all!
ScoutMan*us*
Dec 18, 2012

Wordmama, TR was a national leader in politics during WW1. He was not the president, however his political efforts caused President Wilson much stress. I refer you to Google's article on TR, section 9, for more information.
Babe*
Dec 24, 2013

So very easy!! Some like these have been sent around on the computer often times. Makes it easier for me.
Zykezexus*
Dec 24, 2013

I just learned that the letter 'y' can be used as a vowel or a consonant. I got the puzzles, but didn't know their origins.
Maggiethe8th*us*
Dec 24, 2013

2 out of 3- don't know why I didn't get the last- fun though-and something different



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