Here is what I said last night at ucaoimhu's birthday party:
[In the style of Tom Lehrer] I never forget the first time I meet the great Ucaoimhu. In one word, he told me secret of success in writing puzzles. Unfortunately, that word was in Ugartic, and I still don't know what he said.
Uc's brilliance is exceeded only by his menschlichkeit. Whether I'm solving one of his puzzles, cosolving with him, or just hanging out, I'm never made to feel stupid by comparison; instead, I'm made to feel smart by association.
( Collapse ) Happy birthday, Uc!
Ucaoimhu received a hand-bound hardcover commemorative presentation copy; everyone at the party got solving copies; you can download your own. There are some great cryptics in there, if I may say so.