Archive for March, 2011



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/26/11

Cropped screenshot of Bette Davis from the tra...

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I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.”   — Bette Davis

(This was a woman who was extremely witty and intelligent.  And, the lady sure knew how to use her eyes!)   — YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/26/11

Iguana in Marathon, Florida

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Visual Description:  Seasonal High School Dance.

UNPRE  =  PRUNE,  LSLEP  =  SPELL,  FGINIX  =  FIXING,  GAAUIN  =  IGUANA   —   Giving us:  RNSPLFIIGGN

Clue/Question:  The blooming romance was this.

Answer:  A SPRING FLING

(Cute!  All around good scrambling.  No giveaways today.  I wasn’t tripped up by “fixing” today!  I did have to think some to get “iguana”.  Lots of vowels, and not your everyday word.  I suppose the alliterative sign, reading BLOOM BASH, was our “bonus clue” to getting the rhyming answer.  Aaah, youth!  It takes me back to the days when I was a young wall-flower.  Be good, do good, friends.)   — YUR

PS.  I told you last night’s game was going to be a battle!  I actually watched it!   Kentucky prevailed, and the top-seeded Ohio State is going home.  The other competitive game was VCU beating Florida State, in OT.  It’s probably the end of the road for VCU, as Kansas looks to be unstoppable at this point.  Kentucky should give UNC a good run for their money though.   YUR

PPS.  Zemanta gave me a TON of iguana pics! YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/25/11

"The best place to seek God is in the gar...

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Life isn’t about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.”   — George Bernard Shaw

(You have to create something that you really want, though.  Otherwise, you’re just living a lie.)   — YUR

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(ralis95) Jumble Spoiler – 03/25/11

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Visual Description:  March glassware Madness.

TLOCH  =  CLOTH,  ELPUM  =  PLUME,  EGTSAK  =  GASKET,  RTSHAH  =  THRASH —   Giving us:  OUMGSTSH

Clue/Question:  The fight between the beer drinkers was going to lead to . . .

Answer:  MUG SHOTS

(Alright, alright.  Not bad!  I had no problem with the clue words this morning, but they were all well scrambled.  And, nothing obvious in the answer letters.  I think ralis95 would have liked them.  A little heavy-handed on the mugs there, Jeff.  I’d have gone with the barmaid carrying a tray of shots.  Ehh?!  For those of you with the reduced versions – complain to your newspapers – and wondering about my March Madness visual description, there’s a flat screen TV on the wall showing a basketball game.  It could be Arizona knocking off Duke.  Should be a battle tonight, with the Wildcats looking to upset the Buckeyes.  Two very talented big men!  Will I watch it?  Probably not.  Well, maybe some.  Be good, do good, friends.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/24/11

Fly fishing in a river

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Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”   — Henry David Thoreau

(But, those who do know also know that “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.”   —   Author Unknown)   — YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/24/11

A woman wearing a bikini on a sailboat in the ...

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Visual Description:  Malodorous high seas chess match.

EINTP  =  INEPT,  BLAMU  =  ALBUM,  AAESVG  =  SAVAGE,  TRXEVO  =  VORTEX   —   Giving us:  ETLMSAATE

Clue/Question:  After so many days at sea, his buddy was becoming a . . .

Answer:  STALE MATE

(OK.  This jumble would’ve been better had they switched the order of “savage” and “vortex”.  Because, as it stands, one can clearly see the word “mate” in the scrambled answer letters.  A little attention to detail, guys!  If you need a Quality Control person, I’m your guy.  The clue words were good.  No problem there.  Classic seascape cartoon, with the sinking sailboat in the background.  Is that someone calling for help on the edge of the sinking boat?  Nice little predictable pun for the answer.  And, I like the name of our characters’ sailboat.  Please enjoy the gratuitous girlie pic!  Alright, friends.  Go out and do good deeds today.  As you should every day.)   — YUR

PS.  Two days ago it was World Water Day.  How many of you guys heard anything about it in the media/press? YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/23/11

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The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses.”   — Carl Sagan

(I guess this quote has to be put into it’s original context to be considered amusing.  Because, as a stand alone quotation, he definitely seems to be overstating the obvious.  It’s really a shame that he died so relatively young.  Only 62!  The man was uber-brilliant!  You should read his views on God.  And, Yes.  He came up with these views on his own!  No, he did not come to me for them.)   — YUR 😉

Jumble Spoiler – 03/23/11

Las Vegas Strip

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Visual Description:  Sharpie at a sponsored billiards match.

TOIHS  =  HOIST,  RUTKN  =  TRUNK,  SIAROL  =  SAILOR,  RHIDBY  =  HYBRID   —   Giving us:  OSTNKSAHB

Clue/Question:  The pool player made so much money because he made . . .

Answer:  BANK SHOTS

(Not bad!  Good clue words.  Nothing too funky.  I almost had to take pen to paper to get “sailor”, but I got it before it came to that.  I must have some kind of thing for 6 letter scrambled words that start with the letter of the unscrambled word.  Yesterday, I had a tough time getting cashew!  And, that’s far from being an uncommon word.  Did everyone see the “bonus clue”?  It’s not hidden or anything, but for those who get the shrunken version the second line on the banner reads:  “Sponsored by Las Vegas Savings and Loan”.  Without the bonus clue – which I never look for – it might have been difficult for some to get the answer.  You’d have to key in to what the character is saying, and match that to how the shot is set up on the table.  And, I suppose you’d need, at least, a rudimentary understanding of the game.  I liked it!  I guess we’ll just have to see how many had a hard time solving it.  Stay sharp, friends.)   — YUR

PS.  WordPress needs to update their spell-check to include more Spanish words and names.  It’s always underlining “Las” (and “Los”), as though it’s some kind of error.  I know you’re Brits, but come on, guys!  Get with it! YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/22/11

Thε allεgory oƒ Phılo▲Sophy . . (3)

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There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves.”   — Richard Rorty

(Sometimes consciously.  But other times more subconsciously, I suspect.  Most of us feel there are some things that just have to be buried.  Whether this is healthy, or not, depends on a wide number of factors.  I suppose this is one of the main reasons there are psychologists.  Be good, do good, friends.)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 03/22/11

'Anacardium occidentale', from Koehler's 'Medi...

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Visual Description:  Jeff enjoying Dave’s bad day on the links.

ECNTA  =  ENACT,  ORNWC  =  CROWN,  ATUPEC  =  TEACUP,  CESAWH  =  CASHEW   —   Giving us:  ATONTCC

Clue/Question:  His golf shot was perfect until he made this.

Answer:  CONTACT

(Nicely scrambled clue words!  I always have trouble with compound words, such as “teacup”, and I was all over the place trying to figure out “cashew“.  Once you got all the clue words the answer became pretty obvious.  Not as tough as yesterday’s, but a good puzzle.  I wonder what the final score was for this round of golf?  Did they play the entire 18 holes?  Or, did Dave throw in the towel after nine?)   — YUR


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