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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/26/11

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Of all the words in all languages I know, the greatest concentration is in the English word “I”.”   —   Elias Canetti

(Of all his quotes I like this one the least.  Other languages don’t use their equivalent of “I” as English does?  Hmm!  Pat Sajak‘s 65th birthday, today.  Why does Pat Sajak fear Uncle Rave???  Can I buy an I, Pat?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Timely & Topical) Jumble Spoiler – 10/26/11

"Director of the Dead" (George A. Ro...

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Visual Description:  A George A. Romero early morning horror show.

GLUHA  =  LAUGH,  NEDID  =  DINED,  EEIDDF  =  DEFIED,  RUAOAR  =  AURORA   —   Giving us:  AHDDDEEAA

Clue/Question:  He was shocked to see all the zombies . . .

Answer:  DEAD AHEAD

(Just in time for the impending All Hallows’ Eve!  That, and there’s been lots of news about people seeing the Northern Lights – aka the Aurora Borealis – as far south as Alabama, and as far west as California!  Of course, I didn’t see them, but that’s par for the course.  Great jumbling and great answer letter layout.  And, a fun cartoon.  Be well and try to do good, my friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/25/11

Don't Worry, Be Breslev

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Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.”   —   Dean W.R. Inge

(Second quote in a row about not fretting things.  Are they trying to tell us something?  Over-worrying is never healthy, but we can’t all afford to be the grasshopper.  We need to be good ants!  Peace.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/25/11

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Visual Description:  Eye strain on the airplane.

MMOBA  =  MAMBO,  NLGUC  =  CLUNG,  ROBUWR  =  BURROW,  SGITTH  =  TIGHTS   —   Giving us:  OLNUOITS

Clue/Question:  Her eyes had become dry and itchy, but luckily the person next to her had this.

Answer:  THE SOLUTION

(“A little bit of Monica in my life, a little bit of Erica by my side, a little bit of Rita is all I need, a little bit of Tina is what I see . . .”  Thank you, Lou Bega!  Great clue words, all nicely jumbled.  I had the most trouble coming up with “mambo”.  They don’t do this one on Dancing With The Stars!  Maybe because it’s more of a hybrid dance.  Kind of a cross between the rumba and the cha-cha.  I had no problem with “clung” or “burrow”.  And, I think even the most hard-nosed purist is going to give a pass to “tights”.  As an article of clothing that’s what they’re called!  Great answer letter layout, and a great cartoon.  Overall, a very good puzzle.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  No comments from Saturday’s Jumble Spoiler/comments???  C’mon, guys.  Don’t make me beg.      YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/24/11

Bodhidharma, woodblock print by Yoshitoshi, 1887.

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Rule number one is, don’t sweat the small stuff.  Rule number two is, it’s all small stuff.”   —   Robert Eliot

(In the big scheme of things, sure.  But, how many of us have the luxury of being able to look at things from this kind of perspective?  But, keeping this in mind does help quiet the stomach . . . and the mind.  Peace.)   —   YUR

 

Jumble Spoiler – 10/24/11

Visual Description:  Distracted track meet entrant.

RMYAR  =  MARRY,  OEMMD  =  MODEM,  TEELST =  SETTLE,  SHALIV  =  LAVISH   —   Giving us:  MOETELIS

Clue/Question:  Stopping to look for his missing watch caused the runner to . . .

Flo Jo at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

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Answer:  LOSE TIME

(Not bad!  I kind of got lazy and backed into “modem”.  It’s common enough, nowadays, but it’s still a pretty specific type of word.  Outside of internet connections, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the word used before.  The jumbling of “settle” made me think some, and I saw “lavish” right away, but it’s such a great word.  Right?  It’s right up there with sumptuous and decadent!  Answer letter layout was great, but the answer itself was pretty obvious.  Good way to ease into the week.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/23/11

John Phillip "The Evil Eye" (1859), ...

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Visual Description:  Jeff Knurek’s favorite fantasy.

ROBWRO  =  BORROW,  EDSNDU  =  SUDDEN,  UTAZRQ  =  QUARTZ,  SEIROR  =  ROSIER,  USMTTO  =  UTMOST,  MANTUU  =  AUTUMN   —   Giving us:  OWDENARIETTTN

Clue/Question:  When the Jumble artist took his work to the beach, he did this.

Answer:  DREW ATTENTION

(Because hot babes really dig cartoonists!  LOL!  Actually, a lot of artists do very well with the ladies.  So, who knows?  I like the jealous wife, giving Jeff the evil eye.  Nice touch.  I didn’t have too much trouble with any of the clue words, today.  I figured “rosier” and “utmost” probably gave most people the most trouble.  For some reason I first had SUMMIT instead of “utmost”.  I think I was taken in a little by the double letters in “borrow” and “sudden”, and just made a bad assumption.  I only caught myself when I went to do the answer, and I said: what’s this U doing here?  It all worked out.  Classic sinking sailboat on the horizon!  Great jumbling all around.  Nice Sunday puzzle.  Enjoy the day!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/23/11

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Language, as well as the faculty of speech, was the immediate gift of God.”   —   Daniel Webster

(Without getting into the whole gift of God argument, I definitely have to take issue with the word “immediate”.  Language, and to a slightly lesser extent speech, are an ongoing evolutionary phenomena.  Peace.)   —   YUR

(On Time) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/22/11

The profession of book-writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.”   —   John Steinbeck

(I had to look up the author of this, as my paper only had the quote, which is a first, in my experience.  Be well, friends.  Peace.)   —   YUR

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(On Time) Jumble Spoiler – 10/22/11

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Visual Description:  The perils of flying economy/coach.

VOSEH  =  SHOVE,  EKOLY  =  YOKEL,  LSITNP  =  SPLINT,  NEWRIN  =  WINNER   —   Giving us:  SOOPTNN

Clue/Question:  When babies on his flight began to cry, he feared the crying would be . . .

Answer:  NONSTOP

(Very good!  If we’ve had “shove” before it hasn’t been for quite a while.  And, “yokel” is in the same category as “oomph”; legitimate, but still out there.  Both “splint” and “winner” were well-scrambled, but they weren’t too difficult for me to get.  This looks like it could be our friend, Mr. Hoyt, but I wouldn’t swear to it.  Regardless, I’m sure that many of us can relate to this situation.

On a separate note, I may have outdone myself on Wheel of Fortune solves, last night.  Much bigger than my MODEL-T-FORD solve, from nearly 30 years ago, and maybe even bigger than that woman who solved I’VE GOT A GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS, with just the apostrophe and the three Ts.  The only problem is only my wife and I witnessed/experienced it.  No prize money, no fame, just my personal satisfaction of getting it . . . and telling you all about it.  Here’s how it went.  The Category was Song Title, and like the woman’s solve it was 7 words long.  But, unlike that woman, I didn’t have the benefit of an apostrophe, and I solved it with . . . only one letter, the letter R.  It was in the middle of the second word, which was only 3 letters long.  All of the first 3 words were 3 letters.  The 4th word was long, 8 letters.  Then it was 2 letters, 3 letters and 4 letters, for the remaining three words.  I shouted out:  YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE!  My wife looked at me, half knowing I was probably right, and half in a kind of disbelief.  Maybe a little disgust, because she – rightly – thinks: how can he be so seemingly brilliant, and not be able to find a job?!  Oh, well.  As it played out, I was right.  No fame, no fortune, just a bunch of words on a vanity blog.  I’m a legend in my own mind, folks.  Such is my life.  Be well and do good, my friends.)   —   YUR


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