Archive for April, 2010



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/25/10

Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make complete use of the other five.”   — Somerset Maugham

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/25/10

Visual Description:  Le reject du Cirque du Soleil.

BAHFLE  =  BEHALF,  PITTEO  =  TIPTOE,  TEBCOJ  =  OBJECT,  ENOMAY  =  YEOMAN,  REEVER  =  REVERE,  VURSCY  =  SCURVY   —   Giving us:  HATPBTONEESU

Clue/Question:   When the contortionist failed the audition, he was . . .

Answer:  BENT OUT OF SHAPE

(Good scrambling of the answer letters.  Which is good because the answer was fairly obvious.  Sorry this is so late.  But, I need to get back to the hospital to tend to my beloved.) —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/24/10

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.”   — W.H. Auden

Jumble Spoiler – 04/24/10

Visual Description:  Happy parents watching their son achieve.

ZAREC  =  CRAZE,  YURUS  =  USURY,  GEJLUG  =  JUGGLE,  DILBOE  =  BOILED —   Giving us:  RESYGEBED

Clue/Question:  How the professor got his doctorate.

Answer:  BY DEGREES

(An easy one for a laid back weekend.  Enjoy it, kids!) YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/23/10

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”   — Mark Twain

Jumble Spoiler – 04/23/10

Visual Description:  Frick and Frack . . . at the track.

OUDES  =  DOUSE,  YAIDS  =  DAISY,  PHISBO  =  BISHOP,  NECCAT  =  ACCENT   —   Giving us:  DODSIHOCCE

Clue/Question:  When the railbird bet on the long shot, it was an . . .

Answer:  “ODDSCHOICE

(Some good clue words today!  And, a semi-topical theme.  The Kentucky Derby goes off a week from tomorrow.  I just hope they keep the field down to a reasonable number.  Big fields decrease the odds of the better horse winning.  The sport could benefit greatly from a legitimate Triple Crown challenger.  Are ya hearin’ me, Bluegrass boys???  Listen to yer uncle!) YUR

Earth Day Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/22/10

Treat the Earth well.  It was not given to you by your parents; it was loaned to you by your children.”   — Kenyan Proverb

(Kenyan???  I demand to see this guy’s birth certificate!  JKLOL, kiddies!  It’s Earth Day, today!  Numero cuarenta!  Pledge to make a positive difference today, and everyday going forward!  Walk more, drive less.  Drive smarter.  Keep your car tuned, and keep the tires properly inflated.  Don’t buy those single portion, individually wrapped items.  Reuse and recycle.  Pick up litter, and of course, don’t you litter!  Don’t waste.  Think “conserve”.  If we squander this loan, and give this world back to our kids in a neglected state, who could blame them if they choose to neglect us in our old age?) —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/22/10

Visual Description:  Tourists observing a native – yet very familiar – family scene.

WEELJ  =  JEWEL,  CIHRB  =  BIRCH,  HERNID  =  HINDER,  NIEFED  =  DEFINE   —   Giving us:  EWICHHNREFN

Clue/Question:  What the tourist experienced in the Paris bistro.

Answer:  FRENCH WHINE

(Pretty regular clue words today, though nicely scrambled.  The answer letters were also not obvious.  There probably should be quotation marks around WHINE, but we’re used to the inconsistency of this issue.  This just goes to show that kids are kids – people are people – wherever you go.  Have a Happy Earth Day today!  Try to make a positive difference in how you treat our one and only home.  Pledge to make it an ongoing thing.  Our heirs deserve all the beauty and gifts of this marvelous world of ours.  Peace.) —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/21/10

Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror.”   — Al Boliska

(Another tough one today!  No “A”, “I” or “THE” etc., etc.  And, I don’t think anyone got a leg up from the author today.  Suspected the P was the E, but didn’t feel comfortable until “TERROR” fell into place.) YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/21/10

Visual Description:  Hikers enjoying the azure atmosphere.

MUJOB  =  JUMBO,  ORFUL  =  FLOUR,  GLEMIT  =  GIMLET,  POLEEP  =  PEOPLE   —   Giving us:  UBFUILTEL

Clue/Question:  How the trail walkers described the sky on a clear day.

Answer:  “BLUETIFUL

(The scrambled “GIMLET” is going to be the most looked up word today.  Once they get that the answer will likely fall into place . . . if they have an eye for puns.  If you can, take a nice walk today.  Exercise and natural vitamin D are good for body and mind.) YUR


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