Posts Tagged 'Word Games'



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/26/14

American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

American writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The only useful thing I ever learned in school was that if you spit on your eraser it will erase ink.”   —   Dorothy Parker

 

English: Dorothy Parker, Miss Washngton D.C. 1938

English: Dorothy Parker, Miss Washngton D.C. 1938 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Does this actually work???  I had never heard of this little trick before.  Maybe, it only works with those older fountain pens?  Can anyone out there verify this for us?  I’d appreciate it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Enjoy this *bonus* other Dorothy Parker!   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/25/14

Caillebotte Sur les Champs Elysees

Caillebotte Sur les Champs Elysees (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Early Dizzy, in a shoppe along the Champs Elysees.

CANRH  =  RANCH,  ROFEY  =  FOYER,  PEHANP  =  HAPPEN,  COSLIA  =  SOCIAL   —   Giving us:  RNHFORHENSC

Clue/Question:  The trumpeter couldn’t find a replacement trumpet in Paris because they only sold – - -

Flugelhorn

Flugelhorn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FLUGELHORNS  (Just kidding!)  FRENCH HORNS

 

Cornet that looks like a French horn

Cornet that looks like a French horn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Cornets are also popular in France!  But, the gag is clearly French Horns.  No new clue words.  All but “rofey” are new jumbles though.  The answer letter layout is another fine jumble.  It gives away nothing.  The question and cartoon make the answer pretty obvious though.  All you see are french horns!  I like La Tour Eiffel in the background, and the snootiness of the salesclerk.  I wonder if this is a young Dizzy Gillespie?  Could be!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/25/14

Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pay no attention to what critics say; no statue has ever been put up to a critic.”   —   Jean Sibelius

(A little sour grapes?  If you’re breathing, you are subject to criticism.  And . . . everybody is a critic.  Puts me in mind of a popular Facebook posting I see from time to time:  There are 7 BILLION people on Earth.  And, you’re going to let ONE person’s opinion ruin your day?!?!  There are many life lessons that I have learned too late.  Be well, don’t be so thin skinned and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/24/14

English: Contemporary cuckoo clock designed by...

English: Contemporary cuckoo clock designed by Pascal Tarabay for the Italian design firm of furniture and home accessories, Diamantini & Domeniconi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Cuckoo clock, a so-called Jagdstück (Hunt piec...

Cuckoo clock, a so-called Jagdstück (Hunt piece), Black Forest, ca. 1900, Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Inv. 2006-013 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have I got a mother-in-law — she’s so neat she puts paper under the cuckoo clock.”   —   Henny Youngman

(A little tricky.  I thought I might have made a mistake when I started writing out the Os.  Not a lot of words end in OO.  But, it all came together to form the King of the One Liners funny quote.  All that’s missing is a rimshot!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/23/14

Adenauer with the mother of a German POW broug...

Adenauer with the mother of a German POW brought home in 1955 from the Soviet Union, due to Adenauer’s visit to Moscow (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.”   —   Konrad Adenauer

(I guess then at least one of us would be happy!  The trouble with quotations like this is there needs to be context.  The quote itself is all over the place, but there is no context.  He was a German statesman, so he must have been referring appeasement to a more powerful state.  The United States?  The Soviet Union?  Simple search engine queries got me nowhere.  Maybe some of you academic types know what he was getting at.  I’m all ears.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Yesterday’s tough Cryptoquote garnered more queries than the Jumble did!  And, that is very unusual.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/22/14

Statue of Peter Pan in Kirriemuir.

Statue of Peter Pan in Kirriemuir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A Lost Boy . . . losing it.

CONUE  =  OUNCE,  BYRED  =  DERBY,  DENROV  =  VENDOR,  ALUTOW  =  OUTLAW   —   Giving us:  NEERVNDLA

Clue/Question:  Peter Pan couldn’t fight Captain Hook because his punches would – - -

English: Tinkerbell by Diarmuid Byron O'Connor...

English: Tinkerbell by Diarmuid Byron O’Connor commissioned by Great Ormond Street Hospital London 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  NEVER LAND

 

Captain Hook

Captain Hook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Cute pun!  None of the clue words were new today, but all but “ounce” are new jumbles.  The only jumble I hesitated on was “outlaw”.  The answer letter layout would have been better had “derby” come before “ounce”.    Neer is already poetic for never.  The cartoon is great.  A nice shipboard scene, with a goofy looking Peter, a tiny Tinkerbell and a splendid Captain Hook.  Lots of fun, for the whole family!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Both my horoscope and the Thought for Today were about making choices.  Very interesting.     YUR

(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler 08/22/14

Aldous Huxley, Famous Last Words

Aldous Huxley, Famous Last Words (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”   —   Aldous Huxley

 

Faroe stamp 430 The First Human Beings

Faroe stamp 430 The First Human Beings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Well . . . yeah.  Sure.  Everybody knows that.  Actually, this might be the most appropriate Cryptoquote ever!  You really couldn’t take much of anything for granted in solving this one.  No single letter words, and only one two letter word.  Only two words ended with an E.  No double letters to play around with.  And, the only punctuation was a single period.  Even the author’s name wasn’t much help.  Albert, Alfred and Althea were not working out.  I know the author, but Aldous wasn’t even on my radar, until other things fell into place.  I almost threw in the towel on this one.  Great way to close out the work week!  Don’t take anything, or anyone, for granted, friends.  Life is too short.  Too precious and fragile.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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