Posts Tagged 'Word Games'

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.


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

Genius Bar

Genius Bar (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)


(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 (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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Jumble Spoiler – 04/12/14

Elvis Presley | January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977

Elvis Presley | January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977 (Photo credit: e r j k p r u n c z y k)

Visual Description:  Daddy-O just doesn’t get it!


Clue/Question:  When a young Elvis topped the music charts in April 1957, some parents were – - -

ALHS Performin' Shoremen 2013 - All Shook Up

ALHS Performin’ Shoremen 2013 – All Shook Up (Photo credit: Laskafamilypictures)


(“I’m proud to say that she’s my buttercup.  I’m in love.  I’m . . . ”  Of course that comes before the title/verse!  You can never go wrong with The King!  On some songs, I can pull off a fairly convincing Elvis, folks.  Especially, Don’t Be Cruel and Teddy Bear.  But, only in the shower, and when I’m driving.

No new clue words today, but I did catch a minor hiccup in the ralis95 clue word database.  There’s a transposition of sorts with “kazoo” showing up under the As, instead of the K’s, as AKOOZ.  Just thought I’d mention it.  The jumbling of “kazoo” and “shrunk” seem new to me.  The answer letter layout was swell.  And, the cartoon was cool, daddy-o!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, friends.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/12/14

English: Patton Oswalt at the 2010 Comic Con i...

English: Patton Oswalt at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I fantasize and idealize myself as Bugs Bunny, but I know deep down I’m Daffy Duck.”   —   Patton Oswalt


Daffy Duck

Daffy Duck (Photo credit: wwarby)

(This one was a little tougher than it seemed at first.  Sure the H was I, and it seemed like a pretty good bet that the K was E, but I sure wasn’t looking for Bugs Bunny!  The second and fourth words weren’t gimmes, and the author sure wasn’t any help.  I had to Google him to find out who he is, but when I saw him I said:  Oh, yeah.  That guy!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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Jumble Spoiler – 04/11/14

English: Basket of onion rings from "El C...

English: Basket of onion rings from “El Carambas” Mexican restaurant in Rochester, Minnesota. Español: Una cesta de aros de cebolla del restaurante Mexicano “El Carambas” en Rochester, Minnesota. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Break out the metformin and the ramipril and the atorvastatin . . . and the tagamet!


Clue/Question:  His passion for high-calorie foods was – - -

A classic ice cream sundae, complete with a ch...

A classic ice cream sundae, complete with a cherry on top (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Yummy (and fattening) burger at Doc's.

Yummy (and fattening) burger at Doc’s. (Photo credit: littlemoresunshine)

(You’d think that it might have been:  IN-FAT-UATION, but I guess not!  No new clue words today.  They were all jumbled well though.  We’ve had this jumbling of “alkali” before, and the “unfit” jumble is in alphabetical order.  The jumblings of “mound” and “intent” look new, to me.  I don’t think the answer letter layout gave away a thing.  I struggled some to get the answer.  Initially, I thought the answer was going to start with UN.  I thought UNFORTUNATE, but there was no R and no E.  It took me a while to see FAT, but when I did I remembered the word “passion” in the clue/question, and then it finally hit me.  Did anybody else have a hard time with this?  For those of you with the reduced Jumble, Jeff gave us a pizza, a huge cheeseburger, onion rings, french fries, looks like a plate of nachos, and some other sandwich . . . presumably a BLT!  While in the background the waitress is carrying an ice cream sundae and what looks like another cheeseburger.  Hopefully, those are for a different customer!  And, the name of the place is Frydays!  Tons of fun!  Be well . . . try to eat a well-balanced diet and do good, friends.)   —  YUR

PS. Do as I say, not as I do!  LOL!     YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/11/14


Jayne Mansfield

Cover of Jayne Mansfield

If you’re going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way.”   —   Jayne Mansfield


army of Jayne Mansfield(s).

army of Jayne Mansfield(s). (Photo credit: carbonated)

(I think this is how the 1 % train their children . . . from birth!  It’s similar to a quote that is loosely attributed to Al Capone:  If you’re going to steal, steal big.  And, hope like hell that you get away with it!  When regular folk, who’ve been taught not to steal, break down and attempt to steal something, it’s usually something relatively small.  And, they usually get caught.  Lack of preparation and precaution?  Guilt?  Probably a good bit of both.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/10/14

English: 12th at Augusta National in Georgia, ...

English: 12th at Augusta National in Georgia, USA…from the tee, 24″ x 36″ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A view from the pro tees.


Clue/Question:  To win the green jacket at Augusta, a golfer needs to play – - -

Lee Westwood in 2010.

Lee Westwood in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Timely!  Today is the opening round at Augusta National Golf Club, for the tournament known as The Masters.  With Tiger out and Phil nursing injuries, who will be wearing the coveted green jacket come Sunday evening?  Can Adam Scott possibly repeat, as only three others have done?  Can Jason Dufner follow up his 2013 PGA Championship win, and join only four other masters of the game?  Will the perennial also ran, Lee Westwood, finally win a major?  Or, will it be one of this year’s “favorites”, Sergio Garcia, Rory McElroy or Patrick Reed?  Or the youngster, Jordan Spieth?  All right!  That’s enough golf crap.  On to the game at hand.  The Jumble!

All of today’s clue words were expertly jumbled.  There’s something ironic about today’s jumbling of “betray”.  Something un-PC about the jumbling of “adrift”.  “Album” is one of our old favorites, but “slush” is a brand new clue word!  ralis95 can add that to his clue word database.  The answer letter layout was also jumbled . . . masterfully.  If you knew nothing about golf, and you weren’t up on current events, you might have struggle to unjumble today’s answer.  Nice cartoon, too.  I liked the divots on the tee!  Is that supposed to be a long par 3, or a short 4?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/10/14

François VI de la Rochefoucauld

François VI de la Rochefoucauld (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not to talk of ourselves at all.”   —   Francois de la Rochefoucauld

(I think this would be better if he had started this with “Some” instead of “We”.  I know some – okay, many – people who behave this way, but I also know people who don’t feel that they have to talk about themselves.  Maybe Frankie wasn’t as self-assured as he led people to believe???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/09/14



Signature2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  NOT another zombie cartoon.


Clue/Question:  After a long day of showing off the new clothing line, the fashion model was – - -

Lisa Cant modeling for Miss Sixty, Fall 2007 N...

Lisa Cant modeling for Miss Sixty, Fall 2007 New York Fashion Week. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  WORN OUT

valentino haute couture fw12_09

valentino haute couture fw12_09 (Photo credit: SharonaGott)

(MARVELOUS pun!  When I initially caught a glimpse of the cartoon I did actually think it might be another zombie gag!  Ironically, there are some similarities to zombie movies and these runway fashion shows.  In both cases, it looks like neither have eaten – a decent meal – in months, AND they both wear that same kind of far away, blank stare!  Combining the two could make for an amusing movie scene.  Zombie models, strutting down the runway, in haute couture.  And when they stop suddenly, or do their little spin move, various body parts could just kind of casually fly off!  Hey, I’d pay a dollar to see that!


No new clue words today, but some great jumbling.  I’m sure that some struggled to get both “oomph” and “occur”.  The jumbling of “autumn” looked new to me.  The answer letter layout was okay, but I would have switched the order of “oomph” and “occur”.  Fantastic cartoon!  For those of you with the reduced size Jumble, there’s the well-quaffed, but squirrely, little designer is holding up two dresses, and the model looks like she’s out on her feet.  On the other side of the wall is the catwalk/runway, which ends at three artsy-fartsy looking judges, or fashion critics.  Tons of fun, kiddies!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/09/14

Moive Poster from film "Michel"

Moive Poster from film “Michel” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I always read the last page of a book first so that if I die before I finish I’ll know how it turned out.”   —   Nora Ephron (1941 – 2012)


Norepinephrine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I always thought her name sounded like the neurotransmitter: Norepinephrine, which is used to increase the heart rate, blood pressure and sugar level of the blood, and also in dilating the bronchi.  She actually screen-wrote, and/or directed, and/or produced some of my favorite movies.  In a few cases she did all three, as she did in Michael, starring John Travolta, Andie MacDowell and William Hurt.  It’s one of the few movies that I actually liked/enjoyed William Hurt.  Normally, he just bugs the crap out of me.  He always comes off as such a snooty, arrogant prick.  It’s probably just me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


English: Singer/actress Idina Menzel outside t...

English: Singer/actress Idina Menzel outside the Today Show studios following an appearance and performance promoting the release of her debut Warner Bros album “I Stand.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PS.  I think Travolta screwed up Idina Menzel‘s name (Adele Dazeem) at the 2014 Oscars . . . on purpose!  He’s reading the entire introduction from a teleprompter!  He squints through the entire reading, but he doesn’t hesitate or fumble a single word . . . up to the point where he butchers her name.  Face it, her name isn’t anything common, like Amy Adams, Claire Danes, Kate Moss, or Demi Moore.  Her name is a little funkier, and until this past Academy Awards even I struggled to get it right.  She couldn’t possibly buy better PR!  Now, EVERYBODY knows her name!   —   YUR


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