Archive for January, 2010

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/31/10

Second violins can play a concerto perfectly if they’re in their own home and nobody’s there.”   — Garrison Keillor

(Sooooo . . . he’s saying it takes a certain kind of confidence to be the best in one’s field???  Maybe it’s just me but, Mr. Keillor seems to have a knack for leaving a lot of people – even other liberals, like me – a little put out.) YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/31/10

Visual Description:  Ailing health club boardroom meeting.

DAPCIL  =  PLACID,  SNIULF  =  SINFUL,  TINTEK  =  KITTEN,  FATSIE  =  FIESTA,  DEEBIS  =  BESIDE,  SACULE  =  CLAUSE   —   Giving us:  ACSIFENFTSILS

Clue/Question:  What the exercise club lost when business slumped.

Answer:  FISCAL FITNESS

(Some purists might have a problem with fiesta, because it’s really a Spanish word.  But, hey!  This is 2010, and we’ve incorporated many “foreign” words into the English language.  To be truthful, it was the one clue word that I got hung up on.  I got clause right away, but I bet some were looking for a two syllable word.  Quotation marks around fiscal probably would have helped me get the answer quicker than I did.  I initially thought the second word was clients, but then I couldn’t do anything with ASFFIS!) —   YUR

(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/30/10

Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.”   — Jack Benny

(I enjoy most comedic styles, but for my money Jack Benny was one of the funniest comedians, of all time.  The sometimes disdainful, often bored, or exasperated deadpan expression, and his impeccable timing, really made the audience focus on what he was saying.  Oh, yeah!  And this was a tricky cryptoquote.  It took me a while to get it.) —   YUR

(Ego) Jumble Spoiler – 01/30/10

Visual Description:  A date with a champion dullard.

FLAUW  =  AWFUL,  ARREM  =  REARM,  GLANET  =  TANGLE,  YEAWLE  =  LEEWAY   —   Giving us:  LETALW

Clue/Question:  When she had lunch with the champion swimmer, she thought he was . . .

Answer:  “ALL WET

(Finally, a fairly obvious one!  “rearm” gave me the most trouble.  Have a good weekend, folks.) —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/29/10

A good hockey player plays where the puck is.  A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be.”   — Wayne Gretzky

(In most sports – and in most of life – having a good sense of anticipation will put you ahead of the game.) —   YUR

(Verbose) Jumble Spoiler – 01/29/10

Visual Description:  Irksome boaster boring his foursome.

DRUIL  =  LURID,  THICY  =  ITCHY,  AWBEER  =  BEWARE,  RANOUD  =  AROUND —   Giving us:  RIDIYBEWROD

Clue/Question:  When the golfer described his incredible putt, it became a . . .

Answer:  WORDY BIRDIE

(These guys seem to be on a roll.  They’ve given us a decent string of non-super-obvious jumbles, for a change.  Nothing tough about the individual words, but the longer answers are generally more challenging.  My newspaper carried a redundant “A” at the beginning of the answer, but that shouldn’t have thrown anybody.) —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/28/10

Life is a process.  We are a process.  The universe is a process.”   — Anne Wilson Schaef

(No wonder there are oh so many processing fees!) —   YUR

(“Sweet”) Jumble Spoiler – 01/28/10

Visual Description:  The victor reaching for his spoils.

KORJE  =  JOKER,  HORTT  =  TROTH,  DIMPIL  =  LIMPID,  TEFNIC  =  INFECT —   Giving us:  KETOIPDECT

Clue/Question:  What the pool player did when he won the bet.

Answer:  (He)POCKETEDIT

(Wow!  I guess yesterday’s was harder than I thought.  Today’s might be just as tough, for some.  Not too tough if you’re a fan of billiards, or snooker.) —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/27/10

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”   — Ralph Waldo Emerson

(The Boston minister’s son understood and appreciated the yin and yang of life.) —   YUR

(“Worthy”) Jumble Spoiler – 01/27/10

Visual Description:  Opponents at a political forum.

JYKER  =  JERKY,  PLIMB  =  BLIMP,  SCETOK  =  SOCKET,  AMBALS  =  BALSAM   —   Giving us:  RYBMOKTALS

Clue/Question:  The candidate’s dogged response in the debate was described as . . .

Answer:  MOSTLY BARK

(Was looking for some kind of “talk” for a while, when it finally hit me.) —   YUR


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