Posts Tagged 'Word Games'

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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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/22/14

Description unavailable

Description unavailable (Photo credit: Laser Burners)

Grammar is a piano I play by ear.  All I know about grammar is its power.”   —   Joan Didion

Menu Grammar Check

Menu Grammar Check (Photo credit: tdstone)

 

(This one was tougher than it looked.  Even with the A and the I fairly obvious.  No words ended in E, and there were only two Es in the entire quotation, including the author’s name.  I had to write out:  C,F,G,H,M,Q,V,X,Z to figure out the G and the M for grammar.  I would have had this up sooner, but when I looked up Ms. Didion – I knew she was a writer – I invariably go through a kind of six degrees of separation.  My go to page for everybody is Wikipedia.  But from her bio I went to The Panic in Needle Park, to Kiel Martin, to Midnight Cowboy!  I never knew that J.D. Larue was up for the part of Joe Buck!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/21/14

Warning sign.

Warning sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cut out all these exclamation points.  An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”   —   F. Scott Fitzgerald

English: Contagious Laughter

English: Contagious Laughter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

(I REALLY wanted to end both sentences of this quote with exclamation points!!!  And, what’s so wrong with laughing at your own jokes?  Lots of great comedians do.  I think there’s a very old school mentality that says laughing at your own joke is like cueing your audience to laugh.  Which I guess was considered kind of pathetic.  To an extent it is, but some of your audience is usually either distracted/inattentive and/or a little slow on the uptake, so they can use a little prompting.  It’s nowhere’s near as bad as an applause sign or a laugh track.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I’m guilty of using exclamation points a bit much myself.  I AM aware of this weakness, and I DO try to keep it somewhat in check.  Admitting that I have a problem is the first step towards recovery!  Right???   —   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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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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