Posts Tagged 'Word Games'

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/20/14

TV Guide #1421

TV Guide #1421 (Photo credit: trainman74)

Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination.”   —   Lionel Stander

Title screen from television series Hart to Hart

Title screen from television series Hart to Hart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carmen Hart

Carmen Hart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(A very humorous quote, from a marvelous character actor.  For folks mainly my age and older, you would probably remember him as Max, the all-purpose assistant to Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers, on the television series Hart to Hart.  He had a great craggy face and a gravelly voice.  I’m relatively sure he must have played his share of gangsters and assorted bad guys.  He had a long and productive career, despite being black-listed for a time in the 1950s.  So many in Hollywood, and the arts in general, were black-listed back then.  When it all blew over, it became like a badge of honor to have been black-listed.  Be well and do good, my friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Zemanta brought up some pics of this lovely lady named Carmen Hart.  Much prettier than old Lionel.  And, you all know how I love the eye candy!  LOL!   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/19/14


HMS Beagle at Tierra del Fuego (painted by Con...

HMS Beagle at Tierra del Fuego (painted by Conrad Martens). HMS Beagle in the seaways of Tierra del Fuego, painting by Conrad Martens during the voyage of the Beagle (1831-1836), from The Illustrated Origin of Species by Charles Darwin, abridged and illustrated by Richard Leakey ISBN 0-571-14586-8. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.”   —   Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) at age 7. The paint...

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) at age 7. The painting is the earliest picture known, of Charles Darwin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I guess I haven’t quite reached that stage!  Even though his work led to the theory of evolution,  Darwin could not escape the prevailing societal norms of sinning in one’s heart.  Thoughts can, and often do, lead to actions, so we do have to exercise a certain amount of caution.  But, it’s certainly no foregone conclusion.  But, then again . . . I’m such an animal!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/18/14

Flag of the Mayoral Office of New York City Source

Flag of the Mayoral Office of New York City Source (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The fireworks begin today.  Each diploma is a lighted match.  Each one of you is a fuse.”   —   Ed Koch

Across Roosevelt Island, 01.19.14

Across Roosevelt Island, 01.19.14 (Photo credit: gigi_nyc)


(Our first Ed “How’m I doin’?” Koch quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  He was a very gregarious, and colorful, Mayor of New York City, way back in the 1980s!  Back when I lived in Manhattan, and then Brooklyn, while I was young and single.  I don’t think Ed ever met a camera that he didn’t like.  Today’s quote is a great commencement speech line.  Ed said it, but, as with any politician, some speech writer could have come up with it.  Regardless, it’s a great metaphor.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/17/14

A bird does not sing because it has an answer....

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. Chinese Proverb (Photo credit: antonychammond)

Visual Description:  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing Sings.


Clue/Question:  The poetry-writing prison inmates – – -


Shawshank (Photo credit: sreeat89)



From NARA, ARC Identifier: 541337 NARA's capti...

From NARA, ARC Identifier: 541337 NARA’s caption: :Healing “laying on of hands” ceremony in the Pentecostal Church of God. Lejunior, Harlan County, Kentucky. , 09/15/1946 Item from Record Group 245: Records of the Solid Fuels Administration for War, 1937 – 1948 Photographer: Russell Lee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Simply marvelous!  A terrific Hoyty-Toity pun!  There might not have been any new clue words today, but there was plenty to like about these words.  Three of them were new jumbles, from what I could see.  Only “yanon” had been used before.  “Annoy” is another one of those words that nicely spells out alphabetically.  Am I allowed more than one adverb in a sentence???  “Reveg” makes you think maybe it might be a two syllable word, just as “diraho” makes you think it might be a three syllable word.  Good stuff, Mr. Hoyt!  The cartoon gives it that Shawshank Redemption, or The Green Mile, feel to it.  Both of those films are great prison stories, with great casts.  But, I have a distinct preference for The Shawshank Redemption.  Neither story is terribly realistic, when you stop and think about them.  Although it’s what makes the movie so great, there is just way too much justice, and a great happy ending, for Shawshank to be believable.  Of course The Green Mile has the bummer of an ending, but my bigger problem was with the hokey special effect of the flies!  I think they could have had the guy take away people’s pain and illnesses without that goofy contrivance.  Maybe, more of a laying of hands on them kind of thing.  If this man was going to have such a gift, it would have been a little more believable if they did away with that corny aspect!  The funny thing is that both are Stephen King stories.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/17/14

English: Portrait drawing of poet Elizabeth Ba...

English: Portrait drawing of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You were made perfectly to be loved – and surely I have loved you, in the idea of you, my whole life long.”   —   Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Muse of Poetry, by Edward Onslow Ford (1891)

The Muse of Poetry, by Edward Onslow Ford (1891) (Photo credit: chrisjohnbeckett)


(That’s great, hon.  Now, can I have another beer, please?  The weird thing is, this drawing of Liz kind of reminds me of an old girlfriend I had, back when I was a strapping young lad.  I probably wasn’t all that romantic back then either.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR




Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/16/14

Northeast Pavilion. View of Mural and coffers ...

Northeast Pavilion. View of Mural and coffers in Ceiling dome. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.”   —   Thomas Jefferson

English: A Portrait of Thomas Jefferson as Sec...

English: A Portrait of Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(No wonder the conservative revisionist hawk-types want to down play Thomas Jefferson’s role in our history books!  Seems like their only response, to those who call for cooler heads, is to bring up Neville Chamberlain.  Well, guess what?  Just because some foreign leader is doing something contrary to our interests, it doesn’t make them the second coming of Hitler.  We are powerful enough . . . to give peace a chance.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/15/14


IMG_5929.JPG (Photo credit: fabola)

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”   —   Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Cover of Alice Walker


(And this, unfortunately, is not entirely by accident.  The people in positions of power, and the governmental systems themselves, foster and encourage the feelings of powerlessness.  They want the majority of us to be a combination of:  scared, humbled, and dependent.   When you are scared, humbled and dependent you DO have NO power.  Don’t allow yourself to fall into these traps, because you DO have power.  All of us DO.  They can only hold power over us . . . if we let them.  Think for yourself.  Question authority.  Resist dependence and complacency.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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