Archive for October, 2010



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/21/10

Charcoal portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson by ar...

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Bad times have a scientific value.  These are occasions a good learner would not miss.”   — Ralph Waldo Emerson

(Practical words . . . coming from the mouth of a poet!  No flowery symbolism.  No hidden meaning.  Must’ve been from some kind of interview.)   — YUR

(Touching) Jumble Spoiler – 10/21/10

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Visual Description:  The times that make parenthood really worthwhile.

BUIME  =  IMBUE,  FLAYE  =  LEAFY,  SIGAHR  =  GARISH,  GOYNEX  =  OXYGEN —   Giving us:  UEGHON

Clue/Question:  What Mom got from “one hug”.

Answer:  ENOUGH

(Some very good clue words, today!  Such a heartwarming family scene.  I was kinda wondering why it was such a short and simple answer though.  It wasn’t until I was about to post this that I even noticed the quotation marks.  Now, I see that they were giving us an anagram!  Nice going, guys.  Good change of pace.  Here’s hoping that we all get “enough”!)   — YUR

(Semi-Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/20/10

path to knowledge

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”   — Will Durant

(This one tripped me up for quite a while.  I thought the “Q” was the “E”, I thought the “L” was a “T”, and that either the first or fourth word was ending in “ING”.  I was a friggin’ mess!  But, I re-wrote the cipher on a pad and regained a fresh perspective.  I wonder if conservatives would disagree with this quote because of it’s positive use of the word “progressive”???  Today, guys like Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck would just right off a Will Durant as a communist or socialist.  How sad is that?)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/20/10

Spook Country

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Visual Description:  A snoring spook-sleeper trying to enjoy some down time.

CERDY  =  DECRY,  TOORB  =  ROBOT,  UNDASE  =  SUNDAE,  FRIEVY  =  VERIFY   —   Giving us:  ECROUNDVER

Clue/Question:  When the exhausted spy went to bed, he was . . .

Answer:  UNDER COVER

(Not bad!  I liked the scrambling of “verify”, and I was forced to back in to “decry”.  I had to leave “cerdy” – temporarily – unsolved, and peeked at the cartoon and figured out the answer.  Then, I knew that I needed an “E” and a “C” in the circles, and “decry” finally bashed me over the head.  At least today’s was more direct and easier than yesterday’s!)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/19/10

 

Havelock Ellis August 1927

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All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”   — Henry (Havelock) Ellis

(Another bit of mis-direction?  I like this quote.  A lot!  Once again, I am not familiar with its author, so I Googled “Henry Ellis”.  I got an early (English) governor of Georgia, a U.S. Navy sailor, an English librarian and an English diplomat, just to name a few.  But nothing that led me to believe that any of these guys were responsible for such a quote.  So, I clicked on the Brainy Quote link for Henry Ellis, then clicked on his highlighted name, below one of his quotes, and got his birth and death date years.  Went back to Google and added the years to the name, and this time it came up with Henry “Havelock” Ellis, a British sexologist.(Wikipedia)  They have him mainly as Havelock Ellis.  Havelock being his middle -perhaps mother’s maiden name – with less emphasis on “Henry”.  He has a lot of very good quotes attributed to him.  Yer Uncle highly recommends looking them up!  Happy hunting, people.)   — YUR

(Mis-direct) Jumble Spoiler 10/19/10

 

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Visual Description:  Older husband and wife fighting inclement weather in their car.

DULGI  =  GUILD,  DICAR  =  ACRID,  INLARM  =  MARLIN,  UNEEVA  =  AVENUE   —   Giving us:  GIRIDRINAVN

Clue/Question:  The couple went for a spin in the storm because it was (a) . . .

Answer:  DRIVING RAIN

(First, the bad.  The exchange, between wifey and hubby, has absolutely no bearing on the answer to this puzzle.  It was just a cheap attempt to throw us off a bit.  I can sort of see why they might omit the “a” in the clue/question, but I think it was an additional attempt to throw us off, as well.  The good?  I liked seeing “guild” and “acrid”.  Decent – but not optimal – scrambling of the answer letters.  Is yer uncle just an old grump, or what?  Do good, people.)   — YUR

PS.  This “throw” pillow has nothing to do with anything.  It’s just one of the few options Zemanta provided, based on the text that I wrote.  The colors kinda fit in with Pink month, but that’s about it. —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/18/10

Strawberry ice cream in a cone.

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Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone.”   — Jim Fiebig

(Every now and then they use a quote by someone I’m not familiar with, and when I attempt to get some information on the speaker/writer of said quote I get bupkis!  Who the heck is this guy???  He has some great quotes attributed to him!)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/18/10

 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts students

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Visual Description:  A romantic interlude at the fine arts performance.

SOURE  =  ROUSE,  PAWMS  =  SWAMP,  SHRUPE  =  PUSHER,  CINUDE  =  INDUCE   —   Giving us:  RSESAMHERIUC

Clue/Question:  When the conductor proposed to the harpist, it was . . .

Answer:  MUSIC TO HER EARS

(Visually . . . charming.  I doubt it was much of a challenge, though, for the seasoned word/puzzle solvers, who just can’t wait for tomorrow’s newspaper.  Be good, do good, guys & girls!)   — YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/17/10

 

Oooh So Good 'n Blues

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Loyalty is, in most people, only a ruse used by self-interest to attract confidences.”   — La Rochefoucauld

(Oooh!  That stings!  He must have written this one right after experiencing some type of betrayal.)   — YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/17/10

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Visual Description:  Gordon Gekko (Larry King?) type sacking a tepid employee.

UTTOWI  =  OUTWIT,  BAACAN  =  CABANA,  DRUGIT  =  TURGID,  FIMFUM  =  MUFFIN,  LIMBEN  =  NIMBLE,  MALBEC  =  BECALM   —   Giving us:  OTIBNURGINNIMBA

Clue/Question:  He got fired because the boss said he lacked . . .

Ans2wer:  A BURNING AMBITION

(Some very good clue words today!  I do think that the order of the clue words could have been handled better, because as it is, the letters for the word “burning” are right in the middle of the poorly scrambled answer letters!  The answers for Sunday jumbles are supposed to be a little more challenging than this.  And, I think it really would have been, if not for this oversight.  Aahhh!  Have a good Sunday, people.)   —–   YUR


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