Archive for August, 2010

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/31/10

Three quarter length portrait of Oscar Wilde (...

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A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.”   —   Oscar Wilde

(During his time, I think that rascal Oscar Wilde probably pissed off as many people then as Roman Polanski does today.)   —   YUR

 

Jumble Spoiler – 08/31/10

"quotation" "marks"

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Visual Description:  A gentleman being fitted for a suit.

TIMAD  =  ADMIT,  SYASA  =  ASSAY,  DIMRAY  =  MYRIAD,  MEECBO  =  BECOME   —   Giving us:  DISSYAEME

Clue/Question:  Even with high-class clients, the tailor worked on the  . . .

Answer: SEAMY SIDE

(I had to back into “myriad”, by cheating . . . looking at the cartoon/question!  It’s funny, because I like the word, and use it more than the Average Joe does.  I got the other words immediately.  Good scrambling of the answer letters.  I’m not sure it’s the best use of quotation marks though.  Might have been better if it was “SEAM”Y.  What do you wordsmiths think?)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/30/10

What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.”   —   Nora Ephron

(Hey!  It’s the lady that they named norepinephrine after!)  —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/30/10

Visual Description:  One of George Carlin’s pet peeves.

TUBIL  =  BUILT,  EPSIO  =  POISE,  SHOIMD  =  MODISH,  REDUNE  =  ENDURE   —   Giving us:  UTSEODSND

Clue/Question:  Members of country clubs have these.

Answer:  DUES AND DONTS

(There definitely should be quotation marks around “dues”!  I hesitated with modish.  Anything ending in “ish” is always a little suspect, in my book.  Golf can be fun to play.  It definitely takes skill.  But contrast golf to soccer, and you’ll quickly see why the late, great George Carlin was not a fan of golf!)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/29/10

I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.”   —   Buckminster Fuller

(My very first “Bucky”!  I’m tired.  I’ve got to get some rest for tomorrow.  Good night, folks!)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/29/10

Visual Description:  A couple of lawyers filing their motions.

GUNTOE  =  TONGUE,  CUNESS  =  CENSUS,  LOORIE  =  ORIOLE,  GRUIFE  =  FIGURE,  RAMPUK  =  MARKUP,  BLOUFE  =  BEFOUL   —   Giving us:  TNECENIEFRRUBO

Clue/Question:  What the opposing lawyers had when they filed their case.

Answer:  ABRIEF ENCOUNTER

(Don’t tell Wendy or Richard, but I had a hard time getting “census”!  I had to think a bit on “markup” as well.  Those kind of compound words always throw me some.  And, the long answer had me stumped for a while.  I was looking for something opposite of “opposing”, at first.  But then – despite the great scrambling of the answer letters – it just kind of came to me.  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I did!)   —   YUR

(Late Saturday) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/28/10

Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”   —   Albert Einstein

(Late Saturday) Jumble Spoiler – 08/28/10

Visual Description:  A five months late scene.

WARBL  =  BRAWL,  EAGAD  =  ADAGE,  NITTEY  =  ENTITY,  FRASIA  =  SAFARI   —   Giving us:  BRLAGEENISFR

Clue/Question:  What spring does after a long cold winter.

Answer:  BRINGS RELEAF

(I had a little difficulty with “safari”, and the answer took some thought, as well!  Good scrambling!  The wedding was GREAT!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/27/10

Ambrose Bierce portre

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Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.”   —   Ambrose Bierce

(If Mel Gibson had only read The Devil’s Dictionary . . .)   —   YUR

Jumble Soile – 08/27/10

Visual Description:  A couple of lambs who’ve been led astray.

VOCEL  =  CLOVE,  HEWEL  =  WHEEL,  DECAFE  =  DEFACE,  DEECES  =  SECEDE   —   Giving us:  EELEFCD

Clue/Question:  When the con man pulled the wool over their eyes, the couple was . . .

Answer:  FLEECED

(Good clue words.  Good word play!  Saturday’s and Sunday’s spoilers will likely be delayed.  I’ve got a wedding to attend, AND I have to take my daughter back to college.  Be good . . . be patient, people.)   —   YUR


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