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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/12/11

Detail of Time cover, August 24, 1953. Under K...

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Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeonholes.”   —   Alfred Kinsey

(There’s something very Freudian about forcing facts into separated pigeonholes!  Don’t you think?  This reminds me.  I never rented the movie Kinsey.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/12/11

Inner Beauty Parlor / 20090922.SD850IS.3068 / SML

Image by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML via Flickr

Visual Description:  Heated words at the beauty salon.

NEQUE  =  QUEEN,  ACRPH  =  PARCH,  TPARNY  =  PANTRY,  KCISYT  =  STICKY   —   Giving us:  NPPYSI

Clue/Question:  The hair stylist got this after hearing the complaint about her work.

Answer:  SNIPPY

(Don’t get snippy with me, Mister!  Or, in this case:  Sister!  This felt like a re-run to me.  None of the clue words are new.  Maybe it’s just an updated cartoon and different clue words?  It seems like we’ve had this before with a fellow at the barber.  Oh well.  The guys like to take it a little easier on us on Mondays.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  This is Jeff Knurek . . . behind closed doors.   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/11/11

Calculated (1 of 2)

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Education is what survives when what you have learned has been forgotten.”   —   B. F. Skinner

(Great quotation!  Moderately difficult cipher.  Nothing ended in E, and no single letter words.  With just a little playing around, I was able to see “education”.  From there, everything else fell into place.  Be well, do good and . . . question authority, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/11/11

Stamp description / Briefmarkenbeschreibung De...

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Visual Description:  An Amadeus diva moment.

RFALLO  =  FLORAL,  MEEBUS  =  BEMUSE,  MHIRSP  =  SHRIMP,  ALROCM  =  CLAMOR,  OTUNWP  =  UPTOWN,  EVIRVE  =  REVIVE   —   Giving us:  FMSSHMCLOPOEIE

Clue/Question:  After losing his cool during a performance, Mozart needed to do this.

Answer:  COMPOSE HIMSELF

Drawing of Mozart in silverpoint, made by Dora...

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(Very detailed cartoon!  An ornate Baroque concert hall, filled with the hoity-toity of the day, in both balcony and orchestra seats.  Frilly shirts, powdered wigs, lady with a fan, sheet music, footlights with candles . . . very impressive!  I thought all the clue words were challenging.  I thought we had seen “bemuse” sometime in the past, but the ralis95 database says it’s new.  In total there were four new words today.  Surprisingly, “shrimp” is also a new addition, as are “clamor” and “revive”.  For me, “uptown” was difficult.  It’s not new, so I have to credit the jumbling for its difficulty.  I had to write out about ten combinations before I was able to come up with “clamor”.  Very worthy word, both to today’s cartoon and to the database.  I’m sure the answer letter layout gave some of you fits, as it gave away nothing.  I guess I’d have to say this is a . . . Classic Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  35 years old!  That was it, for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!  41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 5 violin concertos, 4 horn concertos, 6 assorted woodwind concertos, and a few others that have been lost over time.  And, too many sonatas to even count!  Can you say prolificSure.  I knew you could     YUR


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