THE WOMAN SAID WE ONCE CHATTED IN THE VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT, BUT I’VE NEVER MET HERBIVORE.
This is a humorous sentence that plays on the word “herbivore”, which means an animal that feeds on plants. The word sounds like “her before”, which implies that the speaker does not recognize the woman who claims to have talked to him in the past. The sentence also suggests that the speaker is not a vegetarian, since he has never been to the vegetarian restaurant.
The author of this cryptoquip puzzle might have chosen this line because it is a clever and funny way to use a word with multiple meanings. The author also might have wanted to challenge the solver with a word that is not very common or familiar, such as “herbivore”. The author could have also been inspired by other jokes or puns that use the word “herbivore” in a similar way. For example, there is a popular joke that goes like this:
Q: How do you know if someone is vegan? A: Don’t worry, they’ll tell you within the first 2 minutes of meeting them.
This joke implies that vegans are very vocal and proud of their lifestyle, and often mention it in conversations. A variation of this joke is:
Q: How do you know if someone is vegan? A: I don’t know, I’ve never met herbivore.
This joke uses the word “herbivore” as a pun on “her before”, and also as a way to say that the speaker is not vegan and does not associate with vegans.