Archive for August, 2011



Jumble Spoiler – 08/22/11

Jack Be Nimble

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Visual Description:  The not-so-handy hubby and his doubting better half.

SFOSL  =  FLOSS,  OSEGO  =  GOOSE,  RTFUHO  =  FOURTH,  MNIEBL  =  NIMBLE   —   Giving us:  FLSEFHILE

Clue/Question:  His shoddy workmanship on the bookcase would give it a short . . .

Answer:  SHELF LIFE

(Classic!  All around great scrambling.  I had a little trouble with both “fourth” and “nimble”.  Nothing given away in the answer letter layout.  A good turn of a phrase.  And, a great cartoon, without any unnecessary “bonus clues”.  Not mega-tough, but very satisfying.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  If you want to watch a good movie – one that got little fanfare when it was in the theaters, and less now that it’s available for rental – rent The Company Men.  It’s got a great cast (Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck, Maria Bello, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner, Craig T. Nelson), the story is very timely, and it really hits home.  It’s not surprising that the big studio/production company/distributors wanted nothing to do with this film!  Watch it, and you’ll see what I mean.  Rated R.  Running time 105 minutes.      YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/21/11

Homeland Security Advisory System scale.

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A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose.”   —   Mark Twain

(And our masters of propaganda know this all too well.  Our baser emotions almost always trump our ability to reason.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/21/11

Many designers of Rube Goldberg machines parti...

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Visual Description:  The 2011 Rube Goldberg Award winner!

IFTIEN  =  FINITE,  HCPTYA  =  PATCHY,  ENMYOK  =  MONKEY,  FINEUS  =  INFUSE,  TTYNWE  =  TWENTY,  GNEAEG  =  ENGAGE   —   Giving us:  IIPATOENSWENNG

Clue/Question:  His new patented broom was such a success that it was this.

Answer:  SWEEPING THE NATION

(I hope that Richard didn’t pull all of his hair out over this pun!  Maybe we’re going to be seeing Jeff soon on QVC or HSN?  I thought this was fun.  I hesitated a little with “patchy”.  Certain sketchy  adjectives  leave me a little trigger-tame.  The scrambling on “monkey” even had me going.  I didn’t spend a lot of time on it, but I had to drive my son to work, so that spared me from thinking too hard on it.  It hit me as I was driving home.  Also, I was a little surprised to see David sneak in “infuse” so soon since we last saw it.  I believe he changed the scrambling, so that makes it OK in my book.  The answer letter layout gave nothing away, so I hope that some of you guys had to struggle a little, in getting the answer.  Be well, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/20/11

Dorothy Parker woz 'ere. The Blue Bar in this ...

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The only dependable law of life:  everything is always worse than you thought it was going to be.”   —   Dorothy Parker

(Kind of a variation on Murphy’s Law!  I wonder which came first?  This quote, or Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.?  Hmm!)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/20/11

A chicken coop.

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Visual Description:  A fowl situation in the barnyard.

ERCIL  =  RELIC,  NOWDU  =  WOUND,  MEIPTR  =  PERMIT,  SIWNOD  =  DISOWN   —   Giving us:  ECOPRO

Clue/Question:  After the storm, the farmer would need to . . .

Answer:  RECOOP

(Now, there’s a good groaner for you, Richard!  Another good day of carefully chosen, well-scrambled clue words.  With a good, unobvious answer letter layout!  Also, the cartoon was tastefully timed.  It didn’t coincide with any recent devastating meteorological events.  There’s been too many of them this year.  Amazingly, we seem to have lucked out on the tropical storm/hurricanes . . . so far, this year.  Hopefully, it will be a milder season this year.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/19/11

Secret denunciations against anyone who will c...

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Learn to refuse favors.  This is a great and very useful art.”   —   Thomas Fuller

(I think that today’s politicians might disagree with this statement.  Of course, even those who start out with the best intentions eventually succumb to the pressure from the lobbyists.  I wonder which one is the most powerful and nefarious of the lobbies.  ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, AIPAC, etc.???  Maybe I should take a poll.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/19/11

Wagon Queen Family Truckster (1 of 5)

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Visual Description:  A reworking of 1983’s “Vacation“!

YORWR  =  WORRY,  ONOHR  =  HONOR,  ELYLGA  =  GALLEY,  EDSITV  =  DIVEST   —   Giving us:  WONOGALVST

Clue/Question:  His new electric car was a . . .

Answer: VOLTS WAGON

(A little slow on the uptake this morning!  First off, I initially had the third word as LEGALY!  In my mind it looked fine!  So, I had an LEA where the GAL should have been.  Then, I’m looking at the cartoon, and I’m seeing Jeff Knurek instead of Clark Griswold.  Sorry, buddy!  So now, with some bad answer letters, I tried NOVEL as one of the words, but couldn’t do anything with WOAST.  Then I took a closer look at the cartoon and the clue/question and took a stab at VOLTS, but was left with WONEA?!?!  So now, with a third look at the cartoon, I’m realizing this “new” electric car looks like an old Vista Cruiser, or something.  Actually, a Ford LTD Country Squire . . . in the movie.  Now I’m realizing, this isn’t Jeff!  This is Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, in Vacation.  And, my earlier suspicion that WONEA should – somehow – be WAGON made me re-evaluate the third word.  Knowing I needed a G actually made getting “galley” pretty easy.  The shorts on both of the characters should have been another big clue, but I just wasn’t seeing it.  What a great movie, though!  It’s where I fell in love with Beverly D’Angelo!  Christie Brinkely???  Pffftt!  Who needs her, when you’ve got the loverly Beverly?!!  One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when old Aunt Edna is eating a sandwich, and is informed that the dog just peed on them!  Instead of doing some kind of a spit take, she just shrugs it off and takes another bite!  Mmm!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Long) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/18/11

Tweedsmuir Bridge. The old stone bridge across...

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The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”   —   John Buchan

(Another great quotation, from another interesting individual, whom I was previously unfamiliar with.  Am I going to catch heat for ending a sentence with a preposition?    This guy led a very interesting and productive life.  I’m sure he’s much better known in Canada and Scotland.  All that most Americans might know him is for his The Thirty Nine Steps.  For me, he nailed fishing!)   —   YUR

 

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/18/11

Picture of the "Gingerbread House" i...

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Visual Description:  A couple hoping they’ve struck real estate treasure.

UEFTL  =  FLUTE,  LOFDO  =  FLOOD,  LAEBTL  =  BALLET,  HEBAEV  =  BEHAVE   —   Giving us:  FUTOOALLVE

Clue/Question:  They bought the subdivision parcel because they thought it had this.

Answer:  A LOT OF VALUE

(Not all that tough, but not bad.  I breezed through all of the clue words.  None of them appeared to be anything new, but some good scrambling was going on.  The answer letter layout was top notch!  But, I felt like there was a little verbal overkill, with the realtor using the word “appreciate” and the wifey saying “under-priced”.  That kind of screamed “value”, to me.  Also, the picture of the vacant/available lot, along with the clue/question’s use of “subdivision parcel” pretty much gives you the other key word in the answer.  The drawing is funny, because the house pretty near completion, kind of looks like a barn/part of a farm.  With the irony being that this is very likely one-time farm land that they’re building on.  And, don’t get me started on this issue!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/17/11

Think

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Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.”   —   Thomas Szasz

(I think I might switch out the word intelligence with education.  There are just so many different kinds of intelligence that people possess.  But, I know a lot of “highly educated” people who do not have the nerve to see things as they really are.  And, they often use their education to attack those who do think clearly, but who may not express themselves as well.  Their written and verbal parlor games are usually clever and flowery, but they amount to a kind of cowardly choreography.)   —   YUR

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