Archive for May, 2010



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/26/10

The wastepaper basket is the writer’s best friend.”   — Isaac B. Singer

(Another pre – MS Word quote! Re-writes and do overs are a lot more eco-friendly nowadays.)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/26/10

Visual Description:  Teens emoting improperly.

ATLAN  =  NATAL,  YILIC  =  ICILY,  THIGEY  =  EIGHTY,  CARAFS  =  FRACAS —   Giving us:  NLILYIGTACS

Clue/Question:  The Drama class got in trouble because they were . . .

Answer:  ACTING SILLY

(Some great words and some nice scrambling of the answer letters.  I doubt many of you had a hard time getting the answer though.  Cute puzzle.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/25/10

There are only two things a child will share willingly:  communicable diseases and his mother’s age.”   — Dr. Benjamin Spock

(Sneaky) Jumble Spoiler – 05/25/10

Visual Description:  Model train enthusiast not attending to reality.

DIATS  =  STAID,  LAMBY  =  BALMY,  SPLEET  =  PESTLE,  LETTOU  =  OUTLET   —   Giving us:  SIDBALPSTULE

Clue/Question:  What the deadbeat hobbyist collected.

Answer:  PAST DUE BILLS

(Coulda been a stamp or coin collector.  Coulda been a bird watcher, or jewelry maker, or knitter, or needlepoint-person, etc., etc.  The specific hobby was not the thing today.  Some great clue words today!  And, superior scrambling of the answer letters!  Good job, guys.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/24/10

I like women.  I don’t understand them, but I like them.”   — Sean Connery

(I’m just so happy to add a more worthy Sean – than that putz Hannity – to my Post Tags!) YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/24/10

Visual Description:  Mom using scare tactics to keep her curious son in line.

SAUPE  =  PAUSE,  SEROU  =  ROUSE,  CEEPIA  =  APIECE,  RECRON  =  CORNER —   Giving us:  PUSRSEPEERER

Clue/Question:  Why junior didn’t sneak a peek at his presents.

Answer:  PEER PRESSURE

(With 12 letters for a Monday answer you might think that it would have been more difficult.  But, they kind of hid the answer in plain sight.  Nice wordplay though.)   — YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/23/10

A ship is always referred to as “she” because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.”   — Chester Nimitz

(I may receive hate mail on this, but I have a particular fondness for the quotes that are pre-political correctness! As long as they don’t advocate any kind of violence, of course.)   — YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/23/10

Visual Description:  “Entitlement” issue at the big funeral.

MIRABU  =  BARIUM,  DEELEN  =  NEEDLE,  REECCO  =  COERCE,  TURUNE  =  UNTRUE,  DEFILD  =  FIDDLE,  SABDUR  =  ABSURD —   Giving us:  BIEEORTEDLSD

Clue/Question:  What the eccentric tycoon left in his will.

Answer:  A LOT TO BE DESIRED

(I hesitated with “barium”, because it’s “scientific”, but it’s an element, so it’s all good.  And then, only “coerce” gave me pause.  The other clue words were pretty straight forward.  Good word play with the answer!  It’s a nice Sunday jumble.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend, gang!)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/22/10

Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”   — Albert Einstein

(I wonder if he came up with this lame quote during the Red Scare of the ’50s?)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/22/10

Visual Description:  Two hefties, trodding on tandem treadmills.

NUSEE  =  ENSUE,  EGGRO  =  GORGE,  THIECC  =  HECTIC,  YALTER  =  REALTY   —   Giving us:  ENSGRGHETALT

Clue/Question:  Where some will go to get rid of widths.

Answer:  TO GREAT LENGTHS

(Pretty good!  The clue words were a decent challenge.  The phrasing of the Clue/Question, and especially the word “widths”, made the Answer fairly obvious though.  Enjoy the weekend!)   — YUR


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