Archive for August, 2008



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/26/08

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – romantic love and gunpowder.”   —   Andre Maurois

(Tough & Clever) Jumble Spoiler – 08/26/08

GEREM = MERGE, TUNYT = NUTTY, GISMOE = EGOISM, MAJEST = JETSAM   —   Giving us:  RGUTGOSJES

Visual Description:  Admiring couple, gazing out at the Grand Canyon.

Clue/Question:  How the couple described the Grand Canyon.

Answer:  JUST GORGES

(I’m sure some of you had some trouble coming up with “jetsam”, but I had much more trouble coming up with “egoism”.  And, I said clever – in the title – because I just LOVE puns!)   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/25/08

Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong.  Sometimes it’s letting go.      Sylvia Robinson

(Very appropriate for all the parents who are taking their freshman children off to college/university.)   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/25/08

RINPT = PRINT, VANKE = KNAVE, STRAIG = GRATIS, SATHAG = AGHAST   —   Giving us:  INTAVERISGHS

Visual Description:  A young family admiring the dream house they just bought.

Clue/Question:  What the couple went through buying the right house.

Answer:  THEIR SAVINGS

(“GRATIS” gave your uncle the most trouble.  “PRINT” jumped right off the page.  And, “KNAVE” and “AGHAST” came nearly as easy.  Your uncle has been called a “KNAVE” by a few people, and he’s always been mildly amused by the word “AGHAST”.)   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/24/08

There is only one quality worse than hardness of heart, and that is softness of head.”   —   Theodore Roosevelt

(I don’t know about “worse”.  I think it’s more like a tie.  I know Teddy was a no nonsense kind of guy.  He was a “sportsman” and a soldier . . . and it was a different time.  If he had lived to see the likes of Hitler, Mao and Stalin he might have been a bigger advocate of balance . . . above brilliance and brutality.)   YUR

P.S.  These Cryptoquote people need to get more clever/cryptic with quotes by certain “authors”.  Certain ones just jump off the page, making solving the quote a little anti-climatic.  They could resort to using occasional nicknames, like The Bard, Papa, The Great Communicator, etc. Or, in the case of certain well known presidents, they could say The Twenty Sixth President (Teddy). In the meantime, I’ll have to try and avert my eyes from the “author”/credit line, and only look at it as a last resort.  Sort of like I do with the cartoon portion of the Jumble.   YUR

P.P.S.  Before anybody concludes that I’m somehow anti-Teddy, I’d like to say that I’m actually a big admirer of the man.  He was a progressive, independent thinker, who believed in conservation and gave us our system of national parks.  And, we sure could use someone with his “trust busting” balls, because we’re living in the new age of Robber Barons.  One could very well argue that it’s worse now than in Teddy’s time!  That being the case, what we really could use is a Teddy Roosevelt . . . on steroids!  Minus the “roid-rage”, of course!   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/24/08

BLUESH = BUSHEL, LUFTAY = FAULTY, TRAFYC = CRAFTY, NEEVEL = ELEVEN, PRAILL = PILLAR, UNGAMM = MAGNUM   —   Giving us:  SELAULTYLNILGU

Visual Description:  Family birthday scene, with an evasive mom.

Clue/Question:  When a woman stops telling her age, it’s . . .

Answer:  USUALLY TELLING

(What’s in a year?  It’s just a number.  Age is more a state of mind.  Your uncle always cops to 39 . . . every time.)   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/23/08

I’m tired of love, I’m still more tired of rhyme, but money gives me pleasure all the time!”   —   Hilaire Belloc

(“!” assumed by your uncle.  I like this guy’s style!)   YUR

(Satisfying) Jumble Spoiler – 08/23/08

ADNUT = DAUNT, ECHLE = LEECH, BOWELL = BELLOW, DARFOE, FEDORA   —   Giving us:  DUNLEELWDOR

Visual Description:  Tubby hubby complaining:  I’ve gained another five pounds.

Clue/Question:  Too many square meals can make one . . .

Answer:  WELL ROUNDED

(Interesting words, cute cartoon, good pun.  What more could you ask for?)  YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/22/08

It is easy for a somebody to be modest, but it is difficult to be modest when one is a nobody.”   —   Jules Renard

Jumble Spoiler – 08/22/08

ENNIL = LINEN, ROHNO = HONOR, NICKES = SICKEN, POATTE = TEAPOT   —   Giving us:  ENSCTO

Visual Description:  Musician/collector forking over big bucks for a high end instrument.

Clue/Question:  Needed when buying and playing a vintage violin.

Answer:  C NOTES


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