Archive for December, 2009

(Message) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/31/09

MAKE A RESOLUTION TO STAY SAFE THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE; DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE. YOUR PUZZLE FRIENDS

(Sort of the cryptoquote folks’ equivalence of  “DRINK MORE OVALTINE” from “A Christmas Story” .  Oh, well.  Happy New Years, folks!  May this second decade of the new millennium be more peaceful and prosperous for all of us!) —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/31/09

Visual Description:  An oenophile making some selections for his collection.

BICCU  =  CUBIC,  LEXIE  =  EXILE,  LAPRIL  =  PILLAR,  LESTUS  =  TUSSLE   —   Giving us:  CBEELARTSL

Clue/Question:  What the writer ended up with when he bought the vintage wines.

Answer:  A BESTCELLAR

(An easy jumble, to end a horribly difficult and disappointing 2009.  Thank you, President Obama and our highly dysfunctional and mercenary/money-grubbing Congress!  Yes, We Can’t!  Change We Can Bereave In! And a BIG special Thank You to the Obstructionist Republicans and all the “Fair and Balanced” co-conspirators/instigators at FOX News!  Without you guys something constructive might have actually been achieved this year.  Hey, Rush!  There’s still some time to make the 2009 Final Farewell List!  Offensive?  Insensitive??  Inappropriate???  Tough tamales, muchachos.  Hey, look!  They remembered quotation marks for today’s jumble!) —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/30/09

We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.”   — Jiddu Krishnamurti

(Would it be possible – and practical – to teach our children a variety of philosophies before we try to cram their little heads with “facts” and figures and dogmatic prejudices?  An approach such as this may go further in ensuring that no child is left behind.) —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/30/09

Visual Description:  Teenager receiving an award at the school auditorium.

SCERS  =  CRESS,  FIBTE  =  BEFIT,  SIMDAL  =  DISMAL,  LETHEM  =  HELMET  —    Giving us:  CSSEFISALHLM

Clue/Question:  When he was selected “Freshman Of The Year”, he was in a . . .

Answer:  CLASS BY HIMSELF

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/29/09

A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.”   — Albert Camus

(Why does this statement make me think of those commentators such as Michael Savage, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh?  Guys who – day in and day out – spout the equivalent of yelling “FIRE!” in a crowded theater, and then somehow justify it all as “just entertainment”.  These jackals prey on the fears and insecurities of a quickly declining majority.  These low creatures utilize “jackal language” to subvert all feelings of compassion and/or empathy for those who aren’t like them.  Wild beasts, indeed.) —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/29/09

Visual Description:  Disapproving wife glaring at her retiring spouse.

PODOR  =  DROOP,  INGYL  =  LYING,  WAHELI  =  AWHILE,  SNELET  =  NESTLE   —   Giving us:  OOPINWIENST

Clue/Question:  What her husband acquired after he retired.

Answer:  A NEWPOSITION

(Feels like a re-run, to me.  Seem familiar to anyone else?) —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/28/09

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.”   — Emily Dickinson

(Wow!  You talk about your different mindset . . . from a different era!  She generally hid her light under a bushel basket, but her works shine on.) —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/28/09

Visual Description:  Novice driver destroying his family’s mailbox.

DARRO  =  ARDOR,  USTIE  =  SUITE,  ENSHOC  =  CHOSEN,  SHORCC  =  SCORCH   —   Giving us:  ARSUEHOSCRC

Clue/Question:  When dad gave his teenager a driving lesson, it turned into . . .

Answer:  A “CRASHCOURSE

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/27/09

That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.”   — Amos Bronson Alcott

(Sorry.  Distracted by “The Wizard of Oz”.  I think Bert Lahr’s “If I Were King of the Forest” is second only to Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.  Great movie!) —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/27/09

Visual Description:  Industrious teens clearing ice off of cars.

GOSPEN  =  SPONGE,  LARNAC  =  CARNAL,  SRPBUE  =  SUPERB,  UNJAYT  =  JAUNTY,  INNACE  =  CANINE,  RITHED  =  DITHER   —   Giving us:  SPCARSPAUCEDH

Clue/Question:  What the teens did after the ice storm.

Answer:  “SCRAPEDUP CASH

(Not bad.) —   YUR


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