Archive for June, 2011

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/30/11

Little Blakey Howe.

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A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.”   —  E.W. Howe

(Absolutely!  Experience is always the best teacher, and nothing makes an impression like a good scare.  This is the kind of quotation that really makes me love doing the cryptoquote.  I was not familiar with Edward W. Howe before today.  This guy has some fantastic quotes, filled with insight, wit and common sense.  A couple of my favorites are:  “Some men are alive simply because it is against the law to kill them.”  and – don’t get too upset, AnonymousAmericans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.”  If you get the chance, you really need to check him out.  You won’t be sorry.  Be well, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 06/30/11

A Waitress taking a breakfast order at Kahala ...

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Visual Description:  Boss man keeping Typhoid Larry from spreading bad cheer.

RGEIM  =  GRIME,  OAFRV  =  FAVOR,  MSONMU  =  SUMMON,  ALTCEK  =  TACKL  —   Giving us:  RIEFVOSUOTCE

Clue/Question:  The waiter’s cold would soon force him . . .

Answer:  OUT OF SERVICE

(Pretty good!  I really liked the scrambling of “summon”.  The answer letters were fairly well scrambled.  I kind of saw OUT, even though it was UOT in the answer letters.  If  “tackle” and “summon” were switched I think it might have made it just a little more difficult.  But, that’s just yer uncle being picky.  Here’s hoping that everybody experiences a wait staff that is competent, courteous . . . and healthy.  The quality of service is always going to vary some, but don’t stiff them on the tip!  Their starting wage averages $2.50 to $3.00 below the minimum wage that others make, and they really rely on gratuities.  And, treat them with at least a modicum of respect.  You know.  How you’d like to be treated, if you were serving them.  They are someone’s son or daughter, sister or brother, mother or father, and so on and so forth.  Let your conscience be your guide.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/29/11

Athlete on Chester Road

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A horse that can count to ten is a remarkable horse, not a remarkable mathematician.”   —   Samuel Johnson

(Hmm.  I wonder why old Sam thought that he had to state the obvious, here?  It wasn’t even much of a challenge to solve.  Yesterday’s was much tougher!  Since this quote is a bit of a let down – in my opinion – I will leave you with the Thought for Today:  “Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.”   —   James Russell Lowell   Now, that’s a quotable quote!  Be well, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/29/11

ITALIAN GENTS PLAYING BOCCE IN VILLA BRUNO

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Visual Description:  An older couple playing Italian shuffleboard.

EGIFR  =  GRIEF,  LOKCC  =  CLOCK,  NKISLB  =  BLINKS,  ZLYLIA  =  LAZILY   —   Giving us:  GRILOBLNLAL

Clue/Question:  The Bocce player was anxious to start the match so he could get this.

Answer:  THE BALL ROLLING

(All the usual platitudes, guys.  Only ralis95 can tell us if we got any *new* words today.  Maybe “blinks”?  It’s hard for me to tell if this would be considered difficult.  I’m guessing it it took at least a little thought to get it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/28/11

Gray wolf (Canis lupus).

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A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.”   —   Bertrand de Jouvenel

(With the U.S. government this is an insult to wolves.  Wolves, like most animals, kill out of necessity.  With the vast majority of today’s elected officials:  too much is never enough!  We need strict term limits, and more oversight of these peoples’ ethics.  Check out Paul Ryan’s conflict of interests.  Then you might understand why he’s pushing for maintaining tax breaks and subsidies for Big Oil.  Question authority, people.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/28/11

i know why the caged bird sings

Visual Description:  Jimmy Two Times buying a boid.

TETFH  =  THEFT,  ORPGU  =  GROUP,  NEEEVL  =  ELEVEN,  KGTNIA  =  TAKING   —   Giving us:  ETGRPENAI

Clue/Question:  He thought the deal on the parrot was worth this.

Answer:  REPEATING

(I like dis one.  I like dis one.  Basic clue words, all well scrambled.  No giveaways in the layout of the answer letters.  And a cute cartoon.  How cute?  Fuhgeddaboudit!  Don’t be such a mush.  Be well and do good . . . fellas.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/27/11

Conversation

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One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing.”   —   Frank Sheed

(This one took me a while.  Nice job, guys!  — Whoever you are???)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 06/27/11

"Teacher Appreciation" featured phot...

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Visual Description:  Eccentric educator enlightening her étudiants.

WIELH  =  WHILE,  ESGEE  =  GEESE,  PAETCC  =  ACCEPT,  RSEYLU  =  SURELY   —   Giving us:  LSACSY

Clue/Question:  The teacher dressed up for school because she was this.

Answer:  CLASSY

(Monday morning fare.  Two extremely easy clue words.  Two moderately hard clue words.  And a fairly obvious answer.  They’re not all going to be head scratchers, friends.  At least the cryptoquote was challenging today.  Be well and do good, people.)   —-   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/26/11

Woody Allen in concert in New York City.

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His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.”   —   Woody Allen

(Wow!  I’d hate to be the subject of that quip!  I wonder if he was talking about a real person, or just a character in one of his stories/manuscripts?  Hmm.  I was always impressed with Woody’s use of vocabulary.  Some readers object to the didactic nature of Unclerave’s Wordy Weblog.  I got that word from a Woody film!  Don’t ask me which one.  Be well and do good, friends!)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 06/26/11

S84-27040 -- On Space Shuttle mission STS-41B,...

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Visual Description:  Tidying up on a spacewalk.

NAPETU  =  PEANUT,  ORFTMA  =  FORMAT,  LCLDAE  =  CALLED,  MSRUME  =  SUMMER,  YRTTNA  =  TYRANT,  CVIDOE  =  VOICED   —   Giving us:  EURMCALUEANVC

Clue/Question:  The orbiting space junk turned the astronaut into a . . .

Answer:  VACUUM CLEANER

(I thought this was sufficiently difficult for a Sunday Jumble!  All the clue words were fairly challenging.  And, the answer letters came out in a way as not to give anything away.  English teachers, please critique the previous sentence!  A couple of past tense verbs today.  I’m cool with that, but I know some purists don’t like it.  Oh, yeah!  And, our friend Lesley was correct about “errors” from about a week, or so, ago.  That is just the plural of *error*, a noun.  The verb is: to err.  “Errors” was not a legitimate clue word, Mr. Hoyt.   No complaints, from me, about today’s clue words, though.  Funky looking Great Lakes ya got there, Jeff!  That is what it’s supposed to be, right?  I think you’re missing my Ontario.  Enjoy what’s left of the weekend, guys and gals!)   —   YUR


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