Archive for February, 2012

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/29/12

 

Repulse Bay palm trees

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A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking.”   —   Earl Wilson

(Pretty clever!  Funny thing is BrainyQuote.com is attributing all the Earl Wilson quotes to the baseball player, instead of the the famous columnist.  Just another reason to not believe everything you read on the internet!  Be well, do good and always dig a little deeper, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/29/12

Neil Diamond

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Visual Description:  Commercial artist, Jeff Knurek, employing product placement, to shamelessly hawk his mugs.

RLIGL  =  GRILL,  EVNOM  =  VENOM,  CLINHF  =  FLINCH,  BARTEY  =  BETRAY   —   Giving us:  LLEOMFHTA

Clue/Question:  In a leap year, which months have 29 days?

Answer:  ALL OF THEM

(One of the oldest gags in the book!  But, there are always a few who fall for it.  I wasn’t too happy with the jumbling of “venom”.  Just a little too obvious.  A word as simple as “grill” is actually new to the ralis95 clue word database, though.  I almost had to back into “betray”!  I was actually starting to write down combinations, starting with betray, but only because I was mentally verbalizing it as bet-ray.  That might be a personal little quirk of mine with six letter jumbles, trying to go 3 and 3.  I’ll have to remember that the next time I get a little stumped on one of those.  The answer letter layout was pretty good today.  No complaints there.  The woman in the cartoon looks a little like Luann‘s mom, in the comic strip Luann, by Greg Evans.  Actually, kind of a combination of Luann’s mom and Luann’s guidance counselor.  The guy has a little Carl Sagan, or maybe Neil Diamond, going on.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/28/12

Cartoon of the journalist and writer Hunter S....

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Faster, faster, faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.”   —   Hunter Thompson

(Wow.  This is my first Hunter S. Thompson quote.  This guy was definitely a character.  I don’t think many people could keep up with this dude!  He is very quotable though.  The Doonesbury character “Duke” is loosely based on Hunter Thompson.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cropped photo of Bernadette Peters

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PS.  And, Happy Birthday to Bernadette Peters!  From the late ’70s to early ’80s I thought she was one of the hottest – smokin’ – singer/actresses going!  Also, John Turturro is 55 today.  Great character actor  —  right up there with Bruce Dern.  And, Rae Dawn Chong???  How can Tommy’s little girl be 51???      YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/28/12

Deutsch: Ein Tasse Espresso English: A cup of ...

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Visual Description:  Yet another deluded – and dilutedcaffeine fiend.

PRAGH  =  GRAPH,  MURTS  =  STRUM,  DLOETD  =  TODDLE,  EEECDX  =  EXCEED   —   Giving us:  ATTLE

Clue/Question:  When she asked him if he wanted a small amount of coffee, he said he wanted . . .

Answer:  A LATTE

Latte Macchiato Cubbi

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(Cute.  Kind of a shame to waste such great clue words on such a short, and pretty obvious answer, but whadayagonna do?!  “Graph” is only so-so, but the jumbled word reminds me that I’d love to travel to Prague some day!  Such a cool city.  There’s just something about the word “strum” that I’ve always loved.  Probably because since I was a wee-small one I’ve always loved the song I’ve Been Working on the RailroadI really need to meet me a girl named Dinah, some day.  I was a little surprised to see that “exceed” is new to the ralis95 clue word database, but I was very happy that Hoyt gave us the word “toddle”.  People don’t use the word that much, but it’s a great descriptive word.  In fairness to the character in the cartoon, maybe he’s in need of all the extra stuff you get in a latte, because you certainly don’t get any more caffeine, than with an espresso.  A 1 Starbucks Grande Caffe Latte contains 9.38 mgs of caffeine per fluid ounce, whereas 2 the USDA value for Espresso coffee is 64 mg caffeine per fluid ounce.  Don’t you just hate it when yer Uncle Rave spews data at you that just burst yer bubble?!?!  LOL!  Shut Up!  You’ll take mah learnin’ an’ you’ll like it!  Ya hear?!  Now, git on wit yer day.  There’s nuthin’ more t’ see here.  ‘Cept mebe some related articles.  OK, hang out . . . if ya like.  The Cryptoquote Spoiler is comin’ up next!  Be well and do good, friends.  Listen to yer uncle.)   —   YUR

1 http://www.energyfiend.com/caffeine-content/starbucks-grande-caffe-latte

2 http://www.energyfiend.com/caffeine-content/espresso

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/27/12

Sheep

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English: Fatality by the Braan This unfortunat...
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There’s much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it.”   —   Diana Trilling

(Don’t let fate be your destiny, friends.  Take things head-on.  Give yourself the opportunity to bob and weave, and to take your shot.  If you do get taken down . . . go down swinging.  Being a sheep sucks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Remember.  Always question authority.      YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/27/12

Geneseo log cabin

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Visual Description:  A reclusive one-time puck handler . . . who blocked a few too many shots with his head.

CINCY  =  CYNIC,  HNITK  =  THINK,  MEPEXT  =  EXEMPT,  SOFLIS  =  FOSSIL   —   Giving us:  NICTHKETSSI

Clue/Question:  The retired hockey player lived here.

Answer:  IN THE STICKS

(Not bad.  No new clue words.  Decent answer letter layout, and a descriptive cartoon.  I doubt many had much trouble solving this one.  However, one never knows.   Do one?  Be well, do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/26/12

 

 

English: I took photo with Canon camera of Ben...

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Frugality is a fair fortune, and habits of industry a good estate.”   —   Benjamin Franklin

Self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, executed i...

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(Fairly easy to decipher today’s cryptoquote.  Never argue with Ben Franklin!  He’s the American Leonardo da Vinci.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/26/12

Musée du Temps de Besançon - Franche Comté - F...

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Visual Description:  Un-timely mop-top at the clock shop.

NNTTIE  =  INTENT,  RAYOMR  =  ARMORY,  ZEEEWH  =  WHEEZE,  NMROIF  =  INFORM,  MINOOT  =  MOTION,  UVRGLA  =  VULGAR   —   Giving us:  ITAMEEINMTIGA

Clue/Question:  He was late for his job at the clock factory . . .

Answer:  TIME AND TIME AGAIN

(Pretty good Sunday Jumble.  Only “wheeze” really jumped out at me.  “Inform” and “motion” a little less so.  I thought “intent” was nicely scrambled, as well as our two new clue words, “armory” and “vulgar”.  I guess there were two bonus clues today.  One is the two – older – coworkers say the exact same thing, while working on what looks like identical clocks, and the other is the two clocks on the wall.  Be well and do good, friends.  And, always do your best to be punctual.  It’s just another one of those golden rule issues.)   —   YUR

(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/25/12

 

our post-climbing tradition.. celebratory beer...

our post-climbing tradition.. celebratory beers at the Howe Sound Brewery in Squamish.. (Photo credit: iwona_kellie)

To avoid mistakes and regrets, always consult your wife before engaging in a flirtation.”   —   E. W. Howe

SpoonWithMePostcard1905

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(This guy, Howe, is a riot!  Be well and do good, friends.  And, if you can’t do good . . . try not to get caught.)   —   YUR

(Slightly Sneaky) Jumble Spoiler – 02/25/12

wikiński snekkar "Morąg"

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Visual Description:  Norwegian Cruise Lines . . . the early years.

REETX  =  EXERT,  SWKIH  =  WHISK,  AURROP  =  UPROAR,  TILUGY  =  GUILTY   —   Giving us:  XEWSROIT

Clue/Question:  They would have been better off if the boat had more of these.

Answer:  EXIT ROWS

 

Kraslava gerb

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(This belongs in the Pantheon of Classic Jumbles!  It’s got it all.  Great clue words, all expertly jumbled.  Top-notch answer letter layout, giving nothing away.  A little double meaning with the answer.  And, a cartoon that is both a little somber and humorous, at the same time.  The sad-sack, in the back, is the set-up man.  I guess you could call the happy guy near the gang-plank kind of the bonus clue.  Since it takes place on the water, you got the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon.  But, this time it’s a sinking Viking sailboat!  And, how many Jumble answers can you think of that used the letter X?  It just doesn’t get much better than this, guys.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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