Posts Tagged 'Word Games'



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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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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April 15 Cryptoquote Spoiler – 2014

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an Ameri...

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an American boat in California, 1964. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The taxpayer:  that’s someone who works for the Federal Government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”   —   Ronald Reagan

(You load sixteen tons, what you get  Another day older and deeper in debt  Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go  I owe my soul to the company store   —   Merle Travis  The price of living in a “free” country, folks!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/14/14

A pair of ASICS stability running shoes, model...

A pair of ASICS stability running shoes, model GEL-Kinsei (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  There’s no business like shoe business!

GETRI  =  TIGER,  LNUGC  =  CLUNG,  RUNBEM  =  NUMBER,  NIEGUS  =  GENIUS   —   Giving us:  TIUNGNRNI

Clue/Question:  The marathon winner’s favorite part of owning his own store was – – -

IMG_5080

IMG_5080 (Photo credit: Nigiri Pictures)

Answer:  RUNNING IT

 

Random Letters

Random Letters (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

(A very pedestrian Jumble, I must say.  You’d think that the guys would not want to start the week on the wrong foot.  Of course, it is a functioning Jumble, but I’m always hoping that they’ll put their best foot forward.  Not a real dynamic Jumble, but in the spirit of moving forward I think we should be proceeding to the clue words.  There were no new clue words today, but the jumbling was great, and they all appear to be new jumbles!  The answer letter layout was definitely working.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  The cartoon does a great job of executing the pun.  But, this is taking me too long.  I guess I’m not all that quick on my feet.   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/14/14

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (Photo credit: South Africa The Good News)

Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.”   —   Nelson Mandela

English: This is one of the Names of Allah. It...

English: This is one of the Names of Allah. It means The Most Forgiving One. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Tray with the Christ forgiving the sinful woma...

Tray with the Christ forgiving the sinful woman in the House of Simon the Pharisee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Also, not forgiving is one of the most stressful things you can do to your mind . . . and body.  Resentment locks you up, but forgiveness can set you free.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/13/14

Jack Nicklaus, with his son Jack Nicklaus II a...

Jack Nicklaus, with his son Jack Nicklaus II as his caddy, walking up to the 9th green during the 2006 par-3 contest held prior to the Masters Tournament. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Tin Cup move on the final day of The Masters Tournament.

SIFONU  =  FUSION,  REEDNG  =  GENDER,  SEGTAK  =  GASKET,  CITDUN  =  INDUCT,  SITDEG  =  DIGEST,  MOICEN  =  INCOME   —   Giving us:  FSOERSKNUTGEIO

Clue/Question:  He won The Master’s Golf Tournament thanks to a – – -

Genius Bar

Genius Bar (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

Answer:  STROKE OF GENIUS

(Does this feel like some kind of re-run to anyone else, but me?  The drawing, with the trick shot is new, but I think we’ve seen the pun, in a sports related Jumble, before.  Either way, it makes for a great Jumble!  There were no new clue words today, but the jumbling was swell.  The jumbling of “fusion” and “income” and “gender” seemed new to me.  The answer letter layout was a hole-in-one!  I don’t think it gave anything away.  The cartoon is very amusing.  Looks like Jeff is pulling for a lefty!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Kind of ironic that one of the clue words is “income”.  My wife is about to kick me off the computer so she can figure out, and file, our taxes before the dreaded deadline!      YUR

 

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/13/14

Longfellow Bridge

Longfellow Bridge (Photo credit: JustinJensen)

Most persons would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.   —   (H. W.) Longfellow

Longfellow

Longfellow (Photo credit: Cam Miller 2014)

 

(I think that there is more than a touch of sarcasm in this quotation.  I do many small things very well – including this blog? – and what do I have to show for it?  I think this is Longfellow’s way of saying:  Take care of the big things, and the small things will take care of themselves.  I liked how they made this quote look like it was from one of the famous, one-name authors, like Socrates or Cicero.  Maybe some of our complaining is paying off!  Aaah!  The power of the internet . . . blog!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

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