Archive for August, 2013



Jumble Spoiler – 08/26/13

WikiWorld comic based on the articles "Wo...

WikiWorld comic based on the articles “Wordplay (film),” “Crossword,” “Will Shortz” and “Merl Reagle.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The drag of extra, extra innings.

KEEOV  =  EVOKE,  FIHTS  =  SHIFT,  GRINPS  =  SPRING,  TOBMOT  =  BOTTOM   —   Giving us:  EOHGOM

Clue/Question:  The player on third base was anxious for the game to be over, and wanted to . . .

Answer:    GO HOME

 

0937 Natsville

0937 Natsville (Photo credit: nickhall)

(Following in the footsteps of Will Shortz, are we?  Monday’s NYTimes crossword puzzles are always pretty simple.  Today’s Jumble was a lot like one of those.  No new clue words, but every clue word was jumbled well.  I think we saw “bottom” within the last week, or so, too.  The answer letter layout was good, for the shortness of the answer.  The cartoon definitely got the point across.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/26/13

saturday morning moon

saturday morning moon (Photo credit: Robert Couse-Baker)

The sky is that beautiful old parchment in which the sun and the moon keep their diary.”   —   Alfred Kreymborg

‘And flitted away as far as they could from th...

‘And flitted away as far as they could from the Castle that lay East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ (Photo credit: National Library NZ on The Commons)

(I can’t relate to a lot of poetry, but I dig this line.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/25/13

Cape Flattery

Cape Flattery (Photo credit: snowpeak)

The most skillful flattery is to let a person talk on, and be a listener.”    —   Joseph Addison

English: Still frame from the 1943 Allied prop...

English: Still frame from the 1943 Allied propaganda cartoon “Tokio Jokio”, depicting Nazi collaborationist radio announcer William Joyce, also known as “Lord Haw Haw”, as an athropomorphic donkey identified as “Lord Hee Haw, Chief Windbag”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(But . . . some people seem to crave that kind of flattery much more than they do conversation.  Flattering these kind of people gets old . . . very fast.  Be well, do good . . . and take a breath, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/25/13

A United States Postal Service delivery truck ...

A United States Postal Service delivery truck parked in front of The Quincy hotel on L Street NW in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Representatives – of the lobbyists – at the Post Office.

CDFEET  =  DEFECT,  PETPOL  =  TOPPLE,  RAWTTH  =  THWART,  RIEETH  =  EITHER,  SEEFUR  =  REFUSE,  LEBAAZ  =  ABLAZE   —   Giving us:  CTPLTAEITRSELA

Clue/Question:  The Post Office in Washington, D.C. featured . . .

Answer:  CAPITAL LETTERS

Franklin, Indiana Post Office Mural

Franklin, Indiana Post Office Mural (Photo credit: jimmywayne)

(Very clever, guys!  A double meaning, with a bonus clue, from Mr. Knurek.  All the signs are in capital letters.  No new clue words today, but things were jumbled well.  I’m sure that “either” gave Lesley, and others who have difficulty with words that begin with vowels, a little trouble.  I think that changing the order of the clue words could have made the answer letter layout a little more challenging.  Too much of the word CAPITAL can be seen in the first half of the letters.  But, that’s just me.  Great cartoon.  You know, the USPS would not be in the financial  situation it is in if it were not for Congress’ deliberate over funding of the USPS’ pension plan.  Our corporate “friends” over at FedEx and UPS would just love for our postal service to fold.  Do you think that maybe the lobbyists for these corporate courier delivery services had anything to do with this over funding???  Privatization is quickly killing this country, folks.  If you have a choice for your next mail needs, please patronize your United States Postal Service.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/24/13

Thε allεgory oƒ Phılo▲Sophy . . (3)

Thε allεgory oƒ Phılo▲Sophy . . (3) (Photo credit: jef safi \ ‘Parker Mojo Flying)

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.”   —   Heraclitus

 

One of my favorite things to do at the farmers...

One of my favorite things to do at the farmers market is sit and watch the kids play in the fountain on a hot summer evening, Davis, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(The day you stop playing is the day you start dying.  Keep that kid inside you alive!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/24/13

Whataburger

Whataburger (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Visual Description:  A rude awakening to the work world.

NARCK  =  CRANK,  THIET  =  TITHE,  ROSELC  =  CLOSER,  SAYDIM  =  DISMAY   —   Giving us:  CRKTHECLEIAY

Clue/Question:  The new employee was unhappy on his first payday because he got a . . .

Answer:  REALITY CHECK

Where's the beef?

Where’s the beef? (Photo credit: NickWarzy)

(Sweet, stinky pun!  Just the way we like ’em!  The clue word jumbling was great, but I didn’t struggle with any of them.  We did have two brand new clue words to add to the ralis95 database, in “tithe” and “closer”.  They both kind of surprised me, but especially “closer”.  Surprisingly, they’ve never even used the word close before!  Not according to the database.  The answer letter layout was handled masterfully.  Nothing obvious there, at all.  And, the usual top-notch cartoon/drawing from our other good buddy.  I hope everyone enjoyed it, and I hope everyone is having as glorious weather as I’m having.  It’s really a top 10 day.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/23/13

Idle Hand, installed

Idle Hand, installed (Photo credit: daemonsquire)

Visual Description:  Mom and her slacker son.

PIRGE  =  GRIPE,  RUMON  =  MOURN,  TOBMOT  =  BOTTOM,  AKENEW  =  WEAKEN   —   Giving us:  GIORNTOWKN

Clue/Question:  Her attempt to make her teenage son get a part-time job was . . .

Answer:  NOT WORKING

(No new clue words today.  I liked the jumbling of “mourn” and “weaken”.  Fantastic answer letter layout.  Nothing given away.  Great drawing.  Be well and do good, friend.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/23/13

 

Mowing

Mowing (Photo credit: Transguyjay)

I always thought a yard was three feet, then I started mowing the lawn.”   —   C.E. Cowman

(Rebecca must’ve been in the mood for something a little more obscure.  No, Art, I didn’t get the author either.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/22/13

A monk in a scriptorium. Medieval manuscript o...

A monk in a scriptorium. Medieval manuscript of the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Call and response.

GURYB  =  RUGBY,  DOIVE  =  VIDEO,  BUSTIM  =  SUBMIT,  TORTEA  =  ROTATE   —   Giving us:  RBVDSAE

Clue/Question:  The billboard featured . . .

Answer:  AD VERBS

 

Commercialism at its Worst

Commercialism at its Worst (Photo credit: nuevajam)

(Great pun!  No new clue words today, and the jumbling was only so-so.  I didn’t struggle with any of the clue words.  Nice job on the answer letter layout, though.  The cartoon really tells the story.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/22/13

 

Johnathan Livingston Segull of Richard Bach, L...

Johnathan Livingston Segull of Richard Bach, Let us trying again! Freedom! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.”   —   Richard Bach

(Wouldn’t it be great if our lives were like the caterpillar’s?  Maybe it actually is, but we won’t know it ’til we get there.  It does seem within the realm of possibilities.  Another good reason to be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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