Archive for August 1st, 2012

Jumble Spoiler – 08/01/12

English: Everglades airboat alligator 2009

English: Everglades airboat alligator 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  An enterprise of the Everglades.

SMEYS  =  MESSY,  HAFRW  =  WHARF,  DIHNED  =  HIDDEN,  CESBIP  =  BICEPS   —   Giving us:  MEWADPS

Clue/Question:  He was this as a result of his booming airboat business.

Answer:  SWAMPED

Map of the Everglades area.

Map of the Everglades area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Great pun, and a great cartoon!  None of the clue words were new today, but they were all well jumbled.  I was particularly impressed with “messy” and “biceps”.  The answer letter layout was very good today as well.  The next time I go to southern Florida I’m going to look for one of these rides!  You don’t really expect to see them in places like Tallahassee, or even Orlando, although there are probably still some in those areas.  But, you do kind of expect to see them in suburban and rural south Florida.  A few years back, the wife and I went to spend some winter vacations in the Naples area.  I never saw a single alligator, in a gully or canal, or even on a golf course, in all the time I was there.  I finally had to visit a zoo, where they had a whole environment set up for them.  They know that it doesn’t pay to try to get through those fences, but you can’t help but feel a bit unnerved by the sight of them so close up.  They are scary master predators, and I kinda felt like a chicken dinner.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote (Gimme) Spoiler – 08/01/12

Henry David Thoreau by Vallotton in Guantanamo

Henry David Thoreau by Vallotton in Guantanamo (Photo credit: Eugenio Hansen, OFS)

The broadest philosophy is narrower than the worst poetry.”   —   Henry David Thoreau

(Not the biggest poetry fan, so I don’t really get this.  And, I don’t really care.  All I know for sure is as tough as yesterday’s Cryptoquote was . . . today’s was ridiculously easy.  The words “THE” and “THAN” almost jumped off the page, and the author was also a huge give away.  Whenever I see a three word/name author, with words of that length, I immediately think of two authors.  Today’s author and Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I really wish for some of these more recognizable, quotable authors they would vary the name, a la Ralph W. Emerson or R.W. Emerson.  I probably just need to avert my eyes away from the author more, like I do with the cartoon in the Jumble.  On a fun note, queries for yesterday’s Cryptoquote outnumbered the queries for the Jumble.  I think that’s a first.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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