Archive for November, 2011

Tough Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/30/11

 

NYC - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Poetic Coup...

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Much as I like reasonable persons, I hate completely rational beings.”   —   Lin Yutang

 

Hatsuhana doing penance under the Tonosawa wat...

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(I can dig it!  The second part of this quotation is really humorous, and it drives home the point.  “For that reason, I am always scared and ill at ease when I enter a house in which there are no ash trays.”  Marvelous!   This was a tough one.  No 3 letter words, only one 2 letter words and one 1 letter word.  My first inkling had the second and third words as:  IS A, and then I thought HATE was HAVE.  But, I was able to straighten everything out.  Be well and do good, friends!)   —   YUR

PS.  I realize that Hatsuhana was Japanese, while Lin Yutang was Chinese, but I found this while looking up penance, to reply to Lesley’s comment, and I just couldn’t resist it.  It’s very cool!  Dig it!   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/30/11

Publicity photo of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz...

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Visual Description:  A preceding scene to the Golden Age of Television.

DWHYO  =  HOWDY,  AVETL  =  VALET,  PULOCE  =  COUPLE,  UDIETL  =  DILUTE   —   Giving us:  HOYVLECUDLE

Clue/Question:  Desi Arnez said “I do” on 11-30-1940 because . . .

Answer:  HE LOVED LUCY

 

Ethel and Lucy

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(Beautiful tribute, guys!  We all love I Love Lucy!  All around – a great Jumble!  Clue words were all well jumbled and challenging.  “Howdy” is new to the jumble database.  The answer letter layout gave away absolutely nothing.  And, it’s a great cartoon!  Besides this momentous occasion, 11/30 is also the birthday of Mark Twain and Winston Churchill, and it’s the death-day of Oscar Wilde!  Just a few of the living celebrating birthdays today:  Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is 93, Robert Guillaume is 84, Dick Clarkused to be a forever teenager, but it all caught up with him after his stroke – is 82, Ridley Scott is 74, Roger Glover is 66, David Mamet is 64, Mandy Patinkin is 59, and Billy Idol is 56!  Happy birthday to them, and to all those I didn’t mention.  Be well and do good, my friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/29/11

 

Women's March on Versailles

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Women aren’t trying to do too much.  There’s too much to do.”   —   Mary Kay Blakely

(I don’t know if this is paraphrased, or from a longer quotation/passage, but I couldn’t find it as a listed quote.  Looks like it was something that was run in the Los Angeles Times, back in 1989.  Fairly challenging cryptoquote, despite the help from the apostrophes.  Peace.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/29/11

The Family Truckster from the 1983 movie Natio...

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Visual Description:  Our buddy Jeff, revisiting one of his favorite films!

CONTH  =  NOTCH,  AKYKA  =  KAYAK,  ONOLIT  =  LOTION,  VCEXON  =  CONVEX   —   Giving us:  OCAATINV

Clue/Question:  Chevy Chase worked hard on his movie career, even during his 1983 . . .

Answer:  VACATION

(Pretty much a gimme, today.  I suspect that Jeff has the hots for Beverly D’Angelo!  One of his boyhood fantasies, no doubt.  No shame in that.  She IS one fine lookin’ lady!  And, an accomplished actress/singer to boot.  And of course, the movie is a modern day comedy classic!  It looks like “kayak” is new to the Jumble world, but the jumbling wasn’t very challenging.  All the other clue words were – more or less – old standards.  Needless to say, I didn’t need to back into any of them.  The answer letter layout was fine, but the answer should have been pretty obvious to most movie buffs.  Great cartoon!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/28/11

 

Via Lactea-Caminos Paralelos

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A work of art that contains theories is like an object on which the price tag has been left.”   —   Marcel Proust

(Good art never tries to tell the viewer what to see.  It has to be full of mysteries, and leave things to one’s imagination.  Be well and do good, my friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/28/11

Borden

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Visual Description:  Elsie . . . getting on Elmer’s nerves.

DUIMH  =  HUMID,  ODTBU  =  DOUBT,  UWLLAF  =  LAWFUL,  BLETEE  =  BEETLE   —   Giving us:  HUDDBALEEL

Clue/Question:  The cow’s husband refused to change his mind because he was this.

Answer:  BULLHEADED

 

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(Fun!  The clue words were pretty easy, and should be very familiar to veterans, as none were *new*.  They were jumbled nicely!  The answer letter layout was great, and it’s a nice long, ten-letter answer.  Cute cartoon, too.  Borden Dairy Products used to be a pretty big company.  Borden’s Ice Cream, Borden’s Condensed Milk, and Elmer’s Glue, etc..  Elsie and Elmer were advertising icons.  I guess they still are, but I think the original company was taken over by a big conglomeration in the 1990s.  Such is life in corporate America!  And, that ain’t no bull!  Be well, do good and keep thinking, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/27/11

Barkley campaigning in Lexington, Kentucky, ci...

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A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds  some office that a Republican wants.”   —   Alben Barkley

(And vice versa!  Just to be fair.  Peace, people.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 11/27/11

JFK International Airport

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Visual Description:  Miffed “Jints” at the boarding gate!

SLCYOT  =  COSTLY,  YAFLIM  =  FAMILY,  ETPDLE  =  PELTED,  WEONNR  =  RENOWN,  CLAAKJ  =  JACKAL,  LUSPRA  =  PULSAR   —   Giving us:  OYFYELTEWNJKSR

Clue/Question:  When the Giants leave the Big Apple for an away game, they . . .

Answer:  FLY NEW YORK JETS

New York Giants logo

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(I thought that today’s was a pretty tough one.  And, I’m a Giant’s fan!  It didn’t even hit me, right away, that “jets” was going to be part of the answer.  Once I did, I thought that the other four letter word might be TAKE.  Of course that wasn’t possible with only one T available, and no A, but that didn’t hinder my delusion!  I was clever enough to see that “fly” was going to be part of it, but I couldn’t say if it was the first or second three letter word.  It wasn’t until I decided it had to be “fly” and “jets”, and then played around with the remaining letters.  But STILL, I looked at OYEWNKR and saw OWN.  But YERK was stupid!  Then I saw WORK, but then YEN and NEY made no sense.  DUH!!!  Lifelong New Yorker can’t see New York!  Oy vey!  Eventually, the light bulb came on.  I wouldn’t say I had to back in to any of the clue words, but I did stumble on “pelted”.  I started to write DEPLETE, but ran out of space.  With “renown” I doubted myself that the word didn’t need a K.  Dictionary settled that.  I knew I needed the S, and thought I needed the A – remember I was thinking TAKE – with the jumbled “pulsar”, but after deciding the word wasn’t going to end in A or S I finally came to the logical conclusion of “pulsar”.  But, by that time, I figured I’d better check its spelling in the dictionary.  Success!  For years – and years – the Jets – and their fans – were miffed about having to play in Giants Stadium.  That’s probably as good a reason as any for knocking down a perfectly good Giants Stadium and building the brand new Met-Life Stadium!  Ya know . . . just to be a real stinker, I’d bet that the New York Giants actually take a good number of New Jersey “jets”, out of Newark Liberty AirportThe team does just about everything in New Jersey!  Aay-yun-da, when they’re AWAY in Philly they probably go . . . by bus.  How ’bout dem Big Apples?!  Be well and do good, friends!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/26/11

 

Elementi di anatomia

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If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.”   —   George Bernard Shaw

(Very colorful quote!  Some things you just can’t hide, so you might as well make the best of it.  Any way you can.  Today’s puzzle was only moderately difficult to decipher.  The quote itself made it worthwhile.  Peace.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/26/11

Thai Massage

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Visual Description:  A lady being rubbed the right way.

ETOCT   =  OCTET,  AFTEC  =  FACET,  LARBRE  =  BARREL,  UETIMD  =  TEDIUM   —   Giving us:  TEFETBRLTE

Clue/Question:  After the massage therapist got over her cold, she . . .

Answer:  FELT BETTER

(Now THIS one I like!  Great clue words, all well jumbled.  Superior answer letter layout.  Top-notch cartoon.  And, a great double meaning semi-pun!  The word “tedium” is new, and the others had new and improved jumbling.  Sorry this is late.  I had another family function to attend, and I just recently returned.  Be well and do good, my friends.)   —   YUR


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