Archive for December 29th, 2012

Jumble Spoiler – 12/29/12

TV Guide #1553

TV Guide #1553 (Photo credit: trainman74)

Visual Description:  Dick Loudon greeting a couple to The Stratford Inn.


Clue/Question:  When they asked the owner of the inn if they could check in early, he said . . .

Answer:  BE MY GUEST


The Waybury Inn (c.1810)

The Waybury Inn (c.1810) (Photo credit: origamidon)

(Newhart was a brilliant show.  Of course, it was hardly an original concept.  New York sophisticates moving to the sticks, and contending with a slew of oddball country folk, was done twenty some years earlier on Green Acres.  You’d have to call Newhart more of a thinking man’s Green Acres though.  Bob Newhart‘s understated comic style was unique.  He’s getting on in years, but he still makes the occasional appearance on television.

No new clue words, today.  And, we’re still awaiting some word from Hoyt, on yesterday’s use of WAIVER, and whether it qualifies as a stand alone Jumble clue word.  Do clue words need to be stand alone dictionary listings, and not the comparative – a la wavier – or superlative of another word???  Enquiring minds want to know!  Today’s clue words were jumbled well, as was the answer letter layout.  I think today’s answer is also the title of a bouncy little number from Beauty and the Beast.  Disney cartoon version, that is.  Or was that Be Our Guest?  I’m mellowing out to the Carpenters Greatest Hits right now.  The wife was always a big fan, so one of her Christmas presents was this CD.  Takes me back to my pop childhood.  Karen really did have a lovely voice.  Such a shame that she died so young.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/29/12

collected stories of hortense calisher

collected stories of hortense calisher (Photo credit: cdrummbks)

A happy childhood can’t be cured.  Mine’ll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that’s all, instead of a noose.”   —   Hortense Calisher

Happy Childhood

Happy Childhood (Photo credit: Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi)

(This woman was an accomplished writer.  But, if this quote is representative of her work, I think I’ll take a pass.  I don’t understand/appreciate the need to mix the positive with some negative, as she does.  Why in the world  would anybody want to cure a happy childhood?  The second part of the quote would be fine if she ended it at rainbow.  A happy childhood should go a long way towards one projecting a confidant and optimistic attitude.  I understand that she’s implying that an unhappy childhood can hang around your neck like a noose, but I think it could have been better said by either saying more . . . or saying less.  Yer uncle is a very simple man.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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