Posts Tagged 'Word Games'

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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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/20/14

Passover - Shalom

Passover – Shalom (Photo credit: paurian)

The town was so dull that when the tide went out it refused to come back.”   —   Fred Allen

 

Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum var. longiflorum)

Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum var. longiflorum) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

(Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all who celebrate this season of rebirth.  The fun continues this Tuesday, with the observance of Earth Day.  No matter what faith you subscribe to, or don’t, we all inhabit this one world.  It’s all our responsibility to preserve/restore and protect it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

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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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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/19/14

El escritor norteamericano Jonathan Franzen de...

El escritor norteamericano Jonathan Franzen después de su conferencia viajó a la isla Juan Fernández a observar pájaros, una afición que lo llevó antes a Ecuador y Bolivia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is, after all, a kind of happiness in unhappiness, if it’s the right unhappiness.”   —   Jonathan Franzen

(I think this is one of those quotes where you really have to see the context in which it was said!  He’s a bright guy and a good writer, so I’ll not challenge him.  Do you guys know, is it like those kind of people who aren’t happy unless they’re complaining about something?  I’m open to your thoughts.  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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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/18/14

Amy Poehler at the premiere of Baby Mama in Ne...

Amy Poehler at the premiere of Baby Mama in New York City at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used.”   —   Amy Poehler

male nurse action figure

male nurse action figure (Photo credit: gfairchild)

(Wise words from a very funny lady.  And, cute too.  Heck!  I wouldn’t even keep one of those action figures wrapped in plastic!  The collection value of those things is so fickle and unpredictable.  Just let some – worthy – little kid play with it.  The joy it could give them is priceless.  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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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/17/14

Clare Boothe Luce, U.S. ambassador to Italy, a...

Clare Boothe Luce, U.S. ambassador to Italy, and husband, publisher Henry Luce, arriving at Idelwild Airport, New York, New York / World Telegram & Sun photo by Phil Stanziola. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s easier to teach a poet how to read a balance sheet than it is to teach an accountant how to write.”   —   Henry R. Luce

 

English: There are no symbols that represent s...

English: There are no symbols that represent skepticism. This is one symbol that can be used to represent skepticism, skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, critical inquiry, and truth-seeking. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

(I can attest to this.  While not a poet, I did consider myself to be an artist of sorts, and I stumbled into a 24 year career in banking!  I was a Fine Arts major, who had never taken an accounting course.  As a matter of fact, in middle school/high school I never got past Algebra, which I had to take twice, just to barely pass.  Do not buy into the corporate/government mantra of:  Math and Science, Math and Science, Math and Science!  They know that it is the Humanities that teach us how to think.  And, when I say how to think I mean think critically.  Math and Science are very important components of a comprehensive education, but they are not the be all and end all of knowledge.  Critical thought allows you to actively and skillfully analyze, apply, conceptualize, synthesize and/or evaluate information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, to reach an answer or conclusion.  This description was largely pieced together from a Wikipedia page on critical thinking.  Put more simply, it’s thinking for yourself, as opposed to just doing and believing what you’re told.  It involves questioning the “norms”, reasoning things out, and staying open to different and even opposing views.  It’s the power that we all possess, if only we choose to use it.  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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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/16/14

He who wonders discovers that this in itself i...

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder. (Photo credit: weesen)

No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.”   —   H. G. Wells

Passion is Everything | Kodai

Passion is Everything | Kodai (Photo credit: rAmmoRRison)

 

(Their scheme, or plan?  Sketch, or design?  Delineation?  Current?  I guess it works, all ways.  You don’t see people using the word draft in this way, too much today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Sometimes, through misunderstanding, you can stumble upon a whole new awareness.      YUR

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/david-bowies-love-is-lost-remix-revels-in-digital-passion-20131114

 

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