Archive for October, 2012

Jumble Spoiler – 10/31/12

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Lucky kids, at a generous household.


Clue/Question:  Kids on Halloween are often . . .



Halloween (Photo credit: Newki)

(Happy Halloween, guys!  Sorry about the ralis95 treat.  I’ll see what I can do about it tomorrow.  Interesting clue word jumbling.  “Droll” is a new word!  ralis95 can add it to the database.  Fantastic answer letter layout.  And, a great cartoon.  Full-sized candy bars!  Wow!  When I was a kid that wasn’t so rare.  But, nowadays . . . I had one neighbor who used to give out full-sized bars.  Emmett Green.  Great old guy.  WWII vet.  Moved out a few years ago, to live with his son.  Gave out full-sized Snickers to the kids.  Always had a good story to tell.  My dogs and I always loved visiting with Emmett.  I hope he’s still hanging in there.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/31/12


Gwen Stefani Close and Personal

Gwen Stefani Close and Personal (Photo credit: rinpoche)

Being in a band, you can wear whatever you want – it’s like an excuse for Halloween every day.”   —   Gwen Stefani

(Such a beautiful and talented lady.  No Doubt!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/30/12


The Carolina Theater, Greensboro, North Caroli...

The Carolina Theater, Greensboro, North Carolina, September, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”   —   Maya Angelou

(Maya is always so dramatic.  I’d be afraid to ask her to pass the salt!  Day-um!  Here we go again!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/30/12

The NPR Puzzle Master visits Cville

The NPR Puzzle Master visits Cville (Photo credit: bobtravis)

Visual Description:  A Disney/Looney Tunes crossover . . . with Will Shortz caught in the middle?


Clue/Question:  Donald Duck got some strange looks from people when he started acting . . .

Answer:  DAFFY

Donald Duck

Donald Duck (Photo credit: ross_hawkes)

(Does that make this a Jumble/New York Times Crossword Puzzle crossover???  Love the cartoon, Jeff!  I suppose this could be someone other than Will, but it sure looks like him.  Maybe Roy Disney?  One thing for sure, Bugs looks pissed!  I think Donald is just trying out some impressions.  You know.  Breaking out of his oeuvre.  I’ve always heard that the French consider Donald Duck to be a comic genius!

No new clue words today.  I liked the jumbling of “forum” and “refuse” though.  The answer letter layout didn’t make much of a difference, considering the length of the answer.  But, like I said, I loved the cartoon.

Daffy Duck

Daffy Duck (Photo credit: donnjmck)

Sorry this is so late.  No paper today.  Sandy scared the crap out of us last night.  No major damage to my property, but there’s a ton to clean up.  Neighbor across the street lost two good sized trees.  One blocked his driveway and the street.  A bunch of us pitched in to help him remove it.  Power was out for 21 1/2 hours.  Came back around 6:30 tonight.  Lots of others have it much worse!  Keep a good thought for those folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

An Early Halloween Bonus Puzzle from ralis95!

Halloween 2

Who wants to take a crack at it???  I think you probably should ignore the word “in” and the “. . . “s.  Just put the “. . . “ after the “to”.  Any other amateur puzzlers out there, looking for a forum???  Lemme know, and I’ll see what I can doBe well and do good, friends!  Thanks, ralis95!   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/29/12

English: Demonstration and explanation of the ...

Visual Description:  Unhappy horologists, and their grumpy Grunsell & Co manager.


Clue/Question:  Everyone at the clock factory needed . . .

Answer:  TIME OFF

An interesting gin from Tanqueray, Rangpur is ...

(Not bad.  All the clue words were tried and true, but they were jumbled well.  The answer letter layout gave nothing away.  But, the answer itself was fairly obvious.  I might be changing course here, but I think I’m getting tired of the ones that are fill-in-the-blank complete the thought ones.  Usual great Jeff Knurek cartoon!  The clock/time ones seem to be a popular theme for the Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/29/12

Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte (Photo credit: Huang Xiang and William Rock)


Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”   —   Emily Bronte

(This is the first Emily Bronte quotation, since I’ve been posting these spoilers!  As a matter of fact, this is the very first of all three famous sisters.  A very romantic quotation.  Maybe this a quote from Wuthering Heights.  I couldn’t really say.  Maybe one our readers could tell us???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/28/12

English: A woman being tickled while restraine...

English: A woman being tickled while restrained and suspended at Exxxotica 2009 in New Jersey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The time-honored tickle torture.


Clue/Question:  To her, being tickled by her big sister was . . .


A young girl tickles her sibling, evoking a pl...

A young girl tickles her sibling, evoking a pleasurable response in the child being tickled. Consider yourself tickled. — Sebastian 04:26, 12 January 2008 (UTC). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Very nice!  Nicely jumble clue words.  I thought both “truant” and “toupee” were fairly challenging!  Surprisingly, there were another three new clue words t0day, in “grumpy”, “awaken” and “toupee”.   The answer letter layout was fantastic!  And a great cartoon.  I think making it a fill-in-the-blank/continuation question is what kind of gave it away for me.  But overall, a very nice Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/28/12

English: News photo of Mae West, likely candid...

English: News photo of Mae West, likely candid, taken by L.A. Times as part of news story. Reprinted in book High Exposure, “Found Photos from the Archives of the L.A. Times.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I asked for a cup of coffee, someone would search for the double meaning.”   —   Mae West

(That was to be expected, since she was the Queen of the double entendré!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/27/12


English: George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright...

English: George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, photographed by the press in 1909 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you can’t get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you’d best teach it to dance.”   —   George Bernard Shaw

(Good old, reliable George!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

President of the United States Theodore Roosev...

President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front. Deutsch: Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten von 1901 bis 1909, Friedensnobelpreisträger des Jahres 1906. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PS.  –  Happy 154th Birthday to Teddy Roosevelt, our 26th President!  He was the kind of Republican that today’s right-wing-nuts don’t like to own up to.  My kinda guy!      YUR

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