Posts Tagged 'Word Games'



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/26/14

Cassatt Mary Lilacs in a Window 1880

Cassatt Mary Lilacs in a Window 1880 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat.”   —   Beverley Nichols

Lilacs

Lilacs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Our first Beverley Nichols quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  I was surprised to find out the author was a man.  Those Brits!  I love walking into a florist shop.  I especially like the smell of lavender and lilacs.  Just about all flowers.  Although, there are some types of lilies that are so pungent that they smell like garbage, or decaying flesh.  I can do without that.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/25/14

Quarter-plate daguerreotype of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quarter-plate daguerreotype of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wherever a man commits a crime, God finds a witness.  Every secret crime has its reporter.”   —   Ralph Waldo Emerson

(I’m guessing he’s referring to the person’s conscience.  Unless, he’s talking about birds and squirrels, and maybe even the trees.  I don’t subscribe to the eye in the sky kind of creator, so this quote doesn’t really do much for me.  But, to each his own.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/24/14

Photo taken at the 41st Emmy Awards 9/17/89

Photo taken at the 41st Emmy Awards 9/17/89 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Never face facts; if you do, you’ll never get up in the morning.”   —   Marlo Thomas

(Nah!  Just live a life of total denial.  It’s the American way, you know!  Don’t question authority . . . and always do as you’re told.  She must have been saying this in a very specific context.  There has to be some kind of explanation for such a silly quote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

Jumble Spoiler – 09/23/14

English: In this photograph, emergency medical...

English: In this photograph, emergency medical technicians of the North Lake Tahoe Fire District are loading a patient into an ambulance for transport to a hospital. The patient is being evacuated from the First Aid building at the Mount Rose Ski Area on Nevada State Route 431 between the cities of Incline Village and Reno. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The EMTs’ enigma.

FUTSF  =  STUFF,  SIDYA  =  DAISY,  VIRATI  =  TRIVIA,  NEKLEN  =  KENNEL   —   Giving us:  STFDAITIAENE

Clue/Question:  They couldn’t figure out why the woman had passed out . . . they didn’t have the – – -

Português: Logotipo para trivia.

Português: Logotipo para trivia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FAINTEST IDEA

(Very good and stinky pun!  We actually had two new clue words again today, in “stuff” and “trivia”.  Stuffy is in the ralis95 clue word database, but not “stuff”!  I backed into “trivia”.  I just don’t have the patience to write out a whole bunch of possible combinations these days.  If I don’t see it in a few tries I just move on, then solve the answer, then come back with the missing letters to get the word.  It’s a little cheesy, but it’s more expedient.  The funny thing is I’m pretty good at “trivia”!  The jumbling of “kennel” was new to me, but we’ve definitely seen the jumbling of “daisy” before.  The answer letter layout made for another great jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  The cartoon, dialog and Clue/Question did a great job of setting up the answer.  I suspect the woman’s spell was related somehow to her being on her cell phone.  She must have been so involved that she forgot to exhale!  Be well and do good, friends.)    —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/23/14

Steve Jobs with red shaw

Steve Jobs with red shaw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes.  It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your innovations.”   —   Steve Jobs

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Phew!  That was a long one.  Not all that tough, although there were no single letter words, and only one word ended in an E.  I figured the second sentence either started with IF IT, or IT IS, so that gave me the I.  From there the long first word of the first sentence became apparent, and I was off to the races.  I just found out that Steve Jobs was adopted, and that his biological father was from Syria.  You learn something new every day.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/22/14

English: [Photo] 1922—Horseback riding for rec...

English: [Photo] 1922—Horseback riding for recreation in the Gila Wilderness. 1922—Horseback riding for recreation in the Gila Wilderness. Inspired by writings of Aldo Leopold, the Forest Service made the Gila Wilderness first of the many national forest wilderness areas. Photo by W. H. Shaffer FS #383532 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When we see the land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”   —   Aldo Leopold

(Unfortunately, too many of us just don’t seem to see the land this way.  Too many see it as “property” and “mineral rights” and simply something to be used – and abused – for profit.  Greed makes people short-sighted and stupid.  Don’t be this way, friends.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 09/21/14

USS Nimitz (CVN-68), a US Navy aircraft carrie...

USS Nimitz (CVN-68), a US Navy aircraft carrier. Photo is from after her 1999-2001 refit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Cards on a carrier.

VICNOE  =  NOVICE,  STHECK  =  SKETCH,  DINEHD  =  HIDDEN,  MORNAL  =  NORMAL,  SUSERV  =  VERSUS,  ALCITA  =  ACTUAL   —   Giving us:  NOCKHDDNALESAL

Clue/Question:  When playing poker on the Navy ship, it was – – -

Royal Navy saluting HMS Dreadnought and royal ...

Royal Navy saluting HMS Dreadnought and royal family, probably during naval review (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  ALL HANDS ON DECK

(Of course it was.  But, at first I thought it might be ALL ABOVE BOARD, until I saw that I DIDN’T screw up on “versus”.  And, it was a four word answer and NOT a three word answer!  There were no new clue words today, but some of the jumblings were new.  The answer letter layout was very well done.  Nothing given away there.  Fine cartoon, with the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon.  First one in quite a while.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Screw Getty!    —   YUR

 


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