Posts Tagged 'daily jumble'

Jumble Spoiler – 04/24/14

English: A man helps a friend along at the 200...

English: A man helps a friend along at the 2005 Boston Marathon, near mile 25 on the MBTA overpass. Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Run for life.

CIRPE  =  PRICE,  KILYM  =  MILKY,  WARIYA  =  AIRWAY,  REELVC  =  CLEVER   —   Giving us:  PCEMKAAER

Clue/Question:  After his heart surgery, the marathon runner was happy to once again be a – - -

Medtronic EnRhythm Pacing System

Medtronic EnRhythm Pacing System (Photo credit: stev.ie)

Answer:  PACE-MAKER

Austrian marathon runner Eva-Maria Gradwohl in...

Austrian marathon runner Eva-Maria Gradwohl in the half marathon race of the WACHAUmarathon 2008 shortly before the finish in the stadium of Krems. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Works for me!  Fun pun.  Pacemakers are getting so sophisticated.  They are much smaller than they used to be.  The batteries can last up to 11 years.  And, some come with a built in defibrillator!  My Dad could have used one of those ones.  A lot of people think that they’re supposed to prevent heart attacks, but their main purpose is just to regulate the heart beat.  If my Dad had had one with a built in defibrillator he’d probably still be with us today.

No new clue words, but they were all jumbled well.  All the jumblings look new to me.  I had to think some on “airway”.  The answer letter layout wasn’t optimum today.  I felt it was a little obvious.  Kind of a no-frills cartoon, but that’s what today’s puzzle called for.  You would’ve thought that they would’ve run this one on Monday.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/23/14

English: A view from the Member's Gallery insi...

English: A view from the Member’s Gallery inside the NYSE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  One of many things wrong with the stock market.

ADDEF  =  FADED,  NARGD  =  GRAND,  SELUUF  =  USEFUL,  MELTHE  =  HELMET   —   Giving us:  DDGNUFHEE

Clue/Question:  He was able to afford his new landscaping after making so much money in his – - -

World Economic Forum visits New York Stock Exc...

World Economic Forum visits New York Stock Exchange to mark International Women’s Day 2012 (Photo credit: World Economic Forum)

Answer:  HEDGE FUND

(Not bad at all!  The clue words were all jumbled well.  We even have two new clue words, in “faded” and “grand”.  Such simple words, and somehow both of them have been missed, up to now.  I’m not crazy about “faded”.  To me, these past tense – normally – four-letter words, that just have a D at the end, are no better than plural – normally – four-letter words, that just have an S at the end.  The word “helmet”  always trips me up a bit.  The answer letter layout was great.  The cartoon is cute, with lots of detail.  I like the dollar signs on the mansion doors!  New York Shrubs Express?  That’s rich!  This guy should probably be investigated by the real NYSE.  I’ve long had a problem with short-selling.  I understand that it’s supposed to decrease a stock’s volatility, and they can be used as a hedge against a market downturn, but there’s something so pessimistic about betting on failure.  I also don’t care for these exotic derivatives that some rocket scientist from the Wharton School of Business comes up with to “create” more wealth – almost out of thin air – for the privileged few.  Institutional traders think they’re smart, jumping on the bandwagon of these Frankinvestments, when in reality they have no clue how they work!  Super fast program trading is another thing that puts most of us at a disadvantage.  And, these hedge funds are largely designed to make sure that the rich get richer.  The average little guy can’t even get into them.  The market is currently going great guns.  My rollover IRA is as high as it’s ever been.  But, my paper gains can be gone tomorrow, while some fat cat in a hedge fund laughs all the way to the bank.  Nothing really has changed since 2008.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR   

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/22/14

English: J.W. Sexton High School, Interior, Fl...

English: J.W. Sexton High School, Interior, Floor Mosaic, Drama Masks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The Idiot’s _____ to Ushering

KULPE  =  FLUKE,  AOIDU  =  AUDIO,  BOLEGB  =  GOBBLE,  DISBEE  =  BESIDE   —   Giving us:  UKEIOGOBD

Clue/Question:  The usher at the theater wanted to be an author, so he wrote a – - -

Comedy and tragedy masks

Comedy and tragedy masks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  GUIDE BOOK

(A lot of people take their jobs very seriously.  Which is generally good, as long as they don’t take them too seriously.  Our hero definitely has the look of earnestness.  There is a lot to like in today’s Jumble.  None of the clue words were new, but they were all jumbled very nicely.  I especially liked “audio” and “beside”.  The answer letter layout was also jumbled very well.  You really had to look to find the answer.  The cartoon is rich in detail.  The seat numbers, the aisle lights, the trainee’s flashlight, the exit sign, and the masks of Thalia – comedy – and Melpomene – tragedy!  I hope my little write up has been an adequate accompaniment to today’s spoiler.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/21/14

ROCKPORT'S BARBERSHOP - NARA - 548244

ROCKPORT’S BARBERSHOP – NARA – 548244 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Handing over the heirloom comb and scissors.

GIMER  =  GRIME,  LOGIO  =  IGLOO,  RUYHAR  =  HURRAY,  RAKTEA  =  KARATE   —   Giving us:  IEIGHRAAT

Clue/Question:  The barbershop had been in his family for years and it was his turn to run it . . . it was his – - -

English: Samson and Delilah, Guercino, 1654, o...

English: Samson and Delilah, Guercino, 1654, oil on canvas. Access number 316. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  HAIR-ITAGE

(Wonderfully stinky pun!  “Grime” was a little easy, but the other clue words were much more challenging.  Even though we’ve had “igloo”, with this exact jumbling before, I still kind of fell for it.  We even had two new clue words today!  We can add both “hurray” and “karate” to the ralis95 clue word database.  The answer letter layout was beautiful.  Very nicely jumbled.  I wonder if this is Jeff Knurek’s barber?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/20/14

A Ginger Kitten looking very cute

A Ginger Kitten looking very cute (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Not rebirth . . . but new life!

SLODCE  =  CLOSED,  CLABHE  =  BLEACH,  TEKTEL  =  KETTLE,  REOOIL  =  ORIOLE,  NEECTD  =  DECENT,  DOXUSE  =  EXODUS   —   Giving us:  CEBLAKTIOENTOD

Clue/Question:  After their cat gave birth to a huge litter, they made a home for the whole – - -

Passover

Passover (Photo credit: Center for Jewish History, NYC)

Answer:  KITTEN CABOODLE

 

English: Easter Sunday

English: Easter Sunday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Very cute pun, for a very cute Jumble!  We actually had a new clue word today!  Unless, it came after my 12/31/13 hard copy of the ralis95 clue word database, “closed” has not been used before.  The jumbling of it also gave me the most difficulty, which is unusual because first words are pretty much gimmes.  I also liked the jumblings of “bleach”, “oriole” and “decent”.  “Kettle” and “exodus” were relatively easy, for me.  The answer letter layout was beautifully jumbled.  You really had to be familiar with the idiom to get the answer today.  Fun cartoon.  The kittens look a little big for newborns.  The poor momma kitty looks completely worn out.  Enjoy your Easter Sunday and Passover Sunday!  Don’t forget that Tuesday is Earth Day.  We’ve really let things go, for too long, and we need to  do our best to protect and preserve/restore it.  If not for ourselves, then for our children and our children’s children.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Ecology Flag (American) displaying Theta

Ecology Flag (American) displaying Theta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/19/14

violin-case

violin-case (Photo credit: JeremyOK)

Visual Description:  A form of string theory?

LIHEW  =  WHILE,  LIFTN  =  FLINT,  CUDNIT  =  INDUCT,  DREARH  =  HARDER   —   Giving us:  WILFITIDTHDE

Clue/Question:  He wasn’t exactly sure what was wrong with the violin and needed to – - -

The Violin: Bridge

The Violin: Bridge (Photo credit: Shaylor)

Answer:  FIDDLE WITH IT

 

IT'S A FIDDLE

IT’S A FIDDLE (Photo credit: RayMorris1)

(This was one of those ones where I’m really glad that I didn’t jump to the cartoon before unscrambling the clue words!  It’s a great pun, but not really much of a challenge.  None of the clue words were new, but all the jumblings seemed to be.  The answer letter layout was a beautiful jumble in itself, but . . . like I said before.  Splendid cartoon!  Got me in the mood for some Charlie Daniels Band!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/18/14

Purina Incredible Dog Challenge

Purina Incredible Dog Challenge (Photo credit: Tc Morgan)

Visual Description:  A sidewalk barker.

GORRI  =  RIGOR,  ESEGE  =  GEESE,  ACEVIT  =  ACTIVE,  BOLCAT  =  COBALT   —   Giving us:  RGRGEEATEOLT

Clue/Question:  The retriever’s store was so successful because he was a – - -

waiting for cookies

waiting for cookies (Photo credit: chotda)

Answer:  REAL GO-GETTER

 

Blavand Lighthouse Evening

Blavand Lighthouse Evening (Photo credit: blavandmaster)

(If you want a great dog to play fetch with you can’t go wrong with a retriever!  I’ve got a big, goofy, golden named Ginger, and she loves to chase a ball, a stick, or a Frisbee.  Or, pretty much whatever you throw for her.  They’re such sociable, people-loving creatures too.  She sheds like crazy, and despite chew sticks and dog biscuits she has some funky breath!  But, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for my baby girl!

There were no new clue words today, but there was some good jumbling.  I say some because I thought “active” was a little too obvious.  But, “cobalt” was great!  I think some have had trouble with this word in the past.  It looked to me that all the jumblings themselves were new.  I think David did another superlative job on the answer letter layout.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  And, I think that a good number of you may have struggled at getting the answer.  A good puzzle for this Good Friday!  And, the 4th day of Passover!  “Yaaleh Veyavo”!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/17/14

Swamp_Jul07

Swamp_Jul07 (Photo credit: Boobook48)

Visual Description:  Don’t buy a bayou!

NALST  =  SLANT,  TUNIP  =  INPUT,  DUNFOE  =  FONDUE,  GENMAT  =  MAGNET   —   Giving us:  SLTINNUEGT

Clue/Question:  When the pioneers learned that their homestead was a swamp, the news was – - -

swamp 3

swamp 3 (Photo credit: Muffet)

Answer:  UNSETTLING

(Marvelous play on pioneers being settlers!  There were no new clue words today, but the jumbling was splendid.  All the jumblings seemed new to me.  I’ll let you guys decide which clue words were the hardest to decipher.  The answer letter layout was another great jumble!  If you didn’t pick up on the idiom right away the layout could have presented some problems.  Fun cartoon.  The guy with the moustache looks like a real shyster!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/16/14

Visual Description:  Avian felon.

CUVOH  =  VOUCH,  RAYWE  =  WEARY,  DOLLBY  =  BOLDLY,  TEPABU  =  UPBEAT   —   Giving us:  VHWEABOLEAT

Clue/Question:  The bird decided to steal the diamond necklace because he felt he was – - -

English: Laurel and Hardy dancing in a decor b...

English: Laurel and Hardy dancing in a decor by Dennis Hopper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  ABOVE THE LAW

(I think this pun scores a perfect 10 on the STINK-O-METER!  But of course, it’s a totally visual pun.  Without Jeff’s cartoon – as in this blog post – it’s just kind of an abstraction.  That being said, there were no new clue words today.  The jumbling was good.  I can only confirm that the jumble of “vouch” has been used before.  The others were new to me.  Only “upbeat” gave me any trouble.  Not spell-out or back into trouble.  Just a few looks.  The answer letter layout was a thing of beauty.  It too was expertly jumbled.  The cartoon was great also.  It reminds me of something out of an old comedy short, like The Little Rascals, Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges, or The Marx Brothers.  That’s the feeling I get.  I bet people have trained crows and ravens to steal like this.  They are very intelligent and resourceful creatures.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  If it isn’t coming up on it’s own, click on the link in between the clue/question and the answer.  It’s kinda cute!   —   YUR

 

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/15/14

Wedding Photos

Wedding Photos (Photo credit: TylerIngram)

Visual Description:  Last minute, pre-wedding jitters.

ROLOF  =  FLOOR,  TALOG  =  GLOAT,  CANGLE  =  GLANCE,  SOIPEM  =  IMPOSE   —   Giving us:  RGOGNIMO

Clue/Question:  Before the wedding ceremony, the husband-to-be was – - -

Wedding at Kingston Plantation, N Myrtle Beach

Wedding at Kingston Plantation, N Myrtle Beach (Photo credit: Ryan Smith Photography)

Answer:  GROOMING

(Decent pun!  No new clue words today.  Some nice jumbling though.  “Floor” is one of those words that spells out in alphabetical order!  I liked the jumbling of “impose” the best.  The answer letter layout was great.  The cartoon tells the story.  But, does anybody get married on tax day???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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