Archive for November, 2012



Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/25/12

Picture of statue

Picture of statue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The want of occupation is no less the plague of society, than of solitude.”   —   Jean Jacques Rousseau

(Yo, JJ!  What am I missin’ here, bro???  Did this lose a little something in translation?  Help me out, guys.  Until then, be well and do good.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 11/25/12

English: Limbo fire dancing.

English: Limbo fire dancing. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Loser’s lowdown highlight.

FREESU  =  REFUSE,  YELVLA  =  VALLEY,  TIQUAC  =  ACQUIT,  DEHDUL  =  HUDDLE,  SARBOB  =  ABSORB,  PANKUC  =  UNPACK   —   Giving us:  REVECIHDEARUN

Clue/Question:  The limbo champion was one.

Answer:  AN UNDERACHIEVER

(Makes sense!  Decent little pun.  No new clue words, today, but they were all jumbled  very nicely.  My favorites were “acquit” and “absorb”.  Not sure I like the answer letter layout, today.  I think that some shuffling of the clue words would have made it a little more challenging.  Great party scene cartoon.  I stink at limbo!  Could have something to do with a couple of fused vertebrae, but I’d likely stink at it regardless.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/24/12

A Christmas Story House

A Christmas Story House (Photo credit: Tom Gill (lapstrake))

Visual Description:  David L. Hoyt, in some strange parody of “A Christmas Story.”

NOION  =  ONION,  TECAN  =  ENACT,  LUDEMO  =  MODULE,  WLFOOL  =  FOLLOW   —   Giving us:  ONTMDELW

Clue/Question:  When her freezer stopped working, she had a . . .

Answer:  MELTDOWN

(Not bad.  No new clue words again, but the jumbling of the words was great.  I really liked “enact” and “module”.  Good job on the answer letter layout, as well!  The cartoon puts me in mind of “A Christmas Story”, when the father goes to plug in his lady-leg-lamp, with the frilly lamp shade.  “It’s a major award!”  The extension plug(s) is/are jam-packed with all these other plugs.  And, of course, when he turns on the lamp he blows a fuse!  I think he had two or three five-way adapters plugged into that one, sorry little outlet.  That movie is must-see holiday fare!  Even more-so than “It’s a Wonderful Life”!  Be well and do good, friends.  Christmas is coming fast!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/24/12

Royko

Royko (Photo credit: PhineasX)

It’s been my policy to view the internet not as an “information highway,” but as an electronic asylum filled with babbling loonies.”   —   Mike Royko

(Very true, Mike.  But, the diehard Unclerave readers consider this site a kind of oasis of sanity!  But, you know what bugs me?  The rule that places punctuation inside of the quotation marks, when the quoted words are part of another sentence.  What is up with that?  If the quoted words don’t normally have any punctutaion associated with them then why would the punctuation – that belongs to the sentence – be tucked into the quotation?  By my thinking, that makes absolutely no sense!  And, it just looks stupid.  But, those are the rules.  Just an English thing?  Do other languages handle this more logically?  Elect me Potentate of Punctuation and I’ll make that my very first order of change!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR  🙂

Jumble Spoiler – 11/23/12

A billboard in Salt Lake City

A billboard in Salt Lake City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Very selfish people, worsening the landscape.

NAGIT  =  GIANT,  TLAVE  =  VALET,  DUIPAN  =  UNPAID,  DAMYID  =  MIDDAY   —   Giving us:  GATVENADA

Clue/Question:  She hoped her new billboard would give her company one.

Answer:  AN ADVANTAGE

 

FCUK billboard

FCUK billboard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Not bad at all!  I was very happy to finally see a clue/question that wasn’t one of the fill-in-the-blank/continuation/. . . ones!  I think the guys broke some kind of record there!  There were no new clue words today, but they were all jumbled well.  I had to think a bit on both “unpaid” and “midday”.  The answer letter layout was splendiferous!  Nothing given away there.  Nice little pun, and a nice cartoon.  After yesterday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade I’m really sensitive to – and pretty sick of – all this commercialism!  Can’t this country do anything anymore without having to mention some kind of corporate sponsor?!?!  Yeesh!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/23/12

 

English: , Prime Minister

English: , Prime Minister (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?”   —   George Canning

 

An american flag with a "Merci" (Tha...

An american flag with a “Merci” (Thanks) written on it on the Robert B. Seyler grave in Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(It probably shouldn’t . . . but it usually does!  Our memories are short, and the prevailing attitude seems to be:  What have you done for me, lately?    The French actually ARE still grateful, for the U.S. liberating them in WWII, but so many in the U.S. forget what they did for us during the American Revolution.  To me, this cryptoquote is a day late, and a dollar short!  I also think I might have to agree with Art on this one.  I tried Banning, Fanning and Manning, before resorting to doing a search on the quotation itself!  Canning???  What kind of name is that?!?!  The dude was fairly quotable, but I’ve never heard of him before.  I guess you’d have to be a Brit!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

Thanksgiving Jumble Spoiler – 11/22/12

Thanksgiving postcard circa 1900 showing a tur...

Thanksgiving postcard circa 1900 showing a turkey and football player. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Jeff Knurek, spending quality family time, on this day to be grateful.

INSUM  =  MINUS,  AOFTO  =  AFOOT,  LATLEB  =  BALLET,  SHTECK  =  SKETCH   —   Giving us:  NUAFTLLKH

Clue/Question:  After the huge turkey dinner with the family, he was . . .

Answer:  THANKFULL

(Wow. Jeff sure looks contented!  Life is good, huh pal?  I hope everybody is having a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Even Hoyt.  It was nice to see some appropriate use of quotation marks.  There were no new clue words, today, but everything was nicely jumbled.  The answer letter layout was also pretty nifty.  And, the cartoon was a nice dénouement to a satisfying Thanksgiving dinner.  Be well and do good, friends.  We’ve all got plenty to be thankful for!)   —   YUR

Thanksgiving Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/22/12

The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis...

The First Thanksgiving, painting by Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’ve filled our plates and dishes, with food that is nutritious, and all that we can wish is, to thank you very much.”   —   Unknown

(It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen any kind of “anonymous”, or “unknown”.  Very appropriate for Thanksgiving.  I hope you all are having an enjoyable and enriching Thanksgiving!  Be well and good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/21/12

Pizza Margareta

Pizza Margareta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  “That’s (NOT) amoré!”

TYPTE  =  PETTY,  KEREC  =  CREEK,  REHYOT  =  THEORY,  OJILAV  =  JOVIAL   —   Giving us:  PETCEETRYIA

Clue/Question:  The argument about the pizzas ended with a . . .

Answer:  PIECE TREATY

(I liked it!  A “piece” is a “slice”, and it’s also a homophone for peace!  I still think Jeff Knurek has some repressed issues with women.  The one is just plain . . . unattractive, while the other one looks like a shrew.  I mean, I get that they’re arguing, but still.  I’m beginning to worry about our boy!  Great clue word jumbling, today.  Not sure if any of them are new, as I don’t have access to the ralis95 clue word database.  They all appear to be tried and true, but I couldn’t swear to it.  I got lazy and backed into “theory”.  Nice job on that one, Hoyt.  And, the answer letter layout was definitely above average.  One thing the cartoon is succeeding at, is that now I’m in the mood for pizza.  Not sure if my daughter will let us get any.  Whenever she’s home from school she tries to break us of our dependence on fast food.  She’s right, of course, but we just don’t have the time to cook healthier fare, ourselves.  Maybe she’ll cook something for us!  Don’t eat too much pizza and stuff, today.  Tomorrow is the big turkey and all the fixin’s day!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/21/12

English: Jimmy Breslin at the 2008 Brooklyn Bo...

English: Jimmy Breslin at the 2008 Brooklyn Book Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.”   —   Jimmy Breslin

(Ironically, this is both the first Breslin quote since I’ve been posting these spoilers, and my daughter was just telling me about The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, last night.  There doesn’t seem to be any connection between the two, but I did question whether the establishment was named for the man.  Life is funny that way.  Be well and do good, friends.  Be safe, getting to your Thanksgiving destinations!)   —   YUR


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