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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/22/10

Photo taken of Clarence Darrow (left) and Will...

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True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.”   — Clarence Darrow

(Are you listening, you ultra-conservative, right wing-nut, supporters of illegal invasions and occupation?!?!  This is my quick and dirty response to a subject that I could write oodles on!  But, yer uncle is a little pressed for time this morning.  I reserve the right to revisit it, though!)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/21/10

Winter Solstice (2)

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Visual Description:  Nurserymen enjoying their lunch break.

TIFED  =  FETID,  YEVAH  =  HEAVY,  YORCAN  =  CRAYON,  PIGNUM  =  IMPUGN   —   Giving us:  TDHEYNIUG

Clue/Question:  What the tree planters did at mealtime.

Answer:  THEY “DUG” IN

(Some really great clue words, today!  Both “fetid” and “impugn” are top shelf words!  And, the scrambling of “heavy” and “crayon” made those two ordinary words a bit of a challenge.  The answer itself was pretty easy.  At least for us Yanks.  I don’t know if the Brits say “dig in” like we do?  Happy Winter Solstice, everybody!  Did you get a look at that moon this (early) morning?  It was HUMONGOUS! I didn’t get up early enough to see the eclipse though.  Chances are it was too overcast for me to get a good look anyway.  Do good, friends.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/21/10

Greeting card with text "for ariel" ...

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A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.”   — Marion C. Garretty

(Another Hallmark greeting card writer???  Actually, I can relate to this one.  But then again, can’t you say the same thing about a brother?  I’d like to think that I’m a little bit of my sister’s childhood that will never be lost.  Especially, since she only has me and my brother.  By the way, this is another author I’d never heard of before.  I had to get the first letter, and the last letter, of her last name by process of elimination and deductive reasoning.  This looks like a greeting card for a sister, right?)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/20/10

DeSales High School Walk-a-Thon, Geneva, New York

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Visual Description:  Do-gooders getting some deserved TV coverage.

FIRRA  =  FRIAR,  NELLK  =  KNELL,  CRAGOU  =  COUGAR,  WELDIM  =  MILDEW —   Giving us:  IAKNGARILW

Clue/Question:  When the annual charity hike was televised, they were . . .

Answer:  WALKING ON AIR

(Pretty good!  Especially for a Monday.  I liked the scrambled “mildew”, and the overall scrambling of the answer letters was great.  Have a great week, friends.  I hope everyone is on top of their holiday shopping.  Your Uncle has gotta get hopping!)   — YUR


 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/20/10

Greeting card with cats on

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Friendship is a word, the very sight of which in print makes the heart warm.”   — Augustine Birrell

(This must be the guy who started Hallmark greeting cards!  The very sight of this quote leaves me a little cold.  I guess it’s just a little too schmaltzy for me.  On Monday mornings I’m in no mood for schmaltz.  Even with two cups of coffee under my belt.  Follow the golden rule, my friends:  Don’t kill thy neighbor.)   — YUR 🙂

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/19/10

Healing Peter's Mother-in-law, from a 13th cen...

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Visual Description:  Backseat driver affecting her son-in-law.

LANSID  =  ISLAND,  INBOUN  =  BUNION, LEEXAH  =  EXHALE,  CAFFEE  =  EFFACE,  YOBLUD  =  DOUBLY,  NARFIA  =  FARINA   —   Giving us:  IDUNNEEECULFRN

Clue/Question:  How he drove with his mother-in-law in the back seat.

Answer:   UNDER THE INFLUENCE

(Sorry about the lateness of this posting.  I’ve been a little under the weather and trying to watch football.  Some pretty challenging words today!  And, the answer was certainly no gimme!  Be good, do good, folks.)   — YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/19/10

Buckminster Fuller

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The most important fact about spaceship earth:  an instruction book didn’t come with it.”   — Buckminster Fuller

(But, if it had there would be a humongous chapter on CONSERVATION, with a large sub-chapter on CAPACITIES.  It’s been said that if the world were to see some kind of nuclear holocaust, the one thing that would likely survive would be the cockroaches.  Which is actually kind of poetic, when you think about it.  The only animal that rivals the cockroach, in terms of proliferation, is the human.  If I were allowed to edit the Bible – and any other religious text – the first phrase I would remove would be:  Be fruitful and multiply.  That one phrase alone has done more damage than any other throughout human history.)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/18/10

An excerpt from the September 8, 1892 Youth's ...

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Visual Description:  Members of an audience reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

OINES  =  NOISE,  DUNOB  =  BOUND,  DROAFE  =  FEDORA,  DIRTOR  =  TORRID   —   Giving us:  OSODFRTO

Clue/Question:  The crowd got up for the Pledge of Allegiance because that’s what they . . .

Answer:  STOOD FOR

(Nice jumble.  Nicely scrambled clue words, and answer letters.  And, some good word play.  Have a good weekend, friends.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/18/10

Arnold J. Toynbee, British historian

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Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.”   — Arnold J. Toynbee

(This man had such great insight.  He also came to realize that human growth was a voyage and not a harbor.  He could recognize the errors of his ways, and change his opinions, when confronted with newer – to him – facts and truths.  He realized the value of keeping an open mind.  He serves as an example to us all.)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/17/10

Pirates' captive walking the plank, as painted...

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Visual Description:  Pirate captain leading some men to walk the plank.

ROSYR  =  SORRY,  YILSK  =  SILKY,  RETAUM  =  MATURE,  FULOWE  =  WOEFUL   —   Giving us:  SORSILAREWEF

Clue/Question:  When the captain ordered crew cuts, the ship had . . .

Answer:  FEWER SAILORS

(A 12 letter answer to end the work week!  Not bad.  Not the greatest scrambling of the answer letters, though.  You can clearly see the word “fewer” in reverse, at the end of the letters.  Maybe, in a past life, I was either Chinese or Jewish.  I do seem to do a lot of things backwards!  Maybe that explains it?)   — YUR 🙂


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