Archive for December, 2013

Jumble Spoiler – 12/31/13

English: Sophy's Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine Русс...

English: Sophy’s Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine Русский: Софийский собор, Киев, Украина (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A soaking sight-seeing trip in eastern Europe.

PIMLE  =  IMPEL,  CANKK  =  KNACK,  LEPYUL  =  PULLEY,  TENERL  =  RELENT   —   Giving us:  IKAUERN

Clue/Question:  When they got caught in the downpour in Kiev, they were in the – – –

Coat of arms of Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine

Coat of arms of Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  UKRAINE

(Clever pun!  I’m sure that a number of you may have had some difficulty in getting today’s answer.  Especially, if you are not too keen on modern geography!  Of course, Kiev is an old city, and Ukraine has been – off and on – an independent region/nation.  But, from 1922 until 1991 it was a – largely unwilling – republic of the Soviet Union.  I’d like to see Kiev some day.

Decent clue word jumbling.  Unless ralis95 has sent me an updated clue word database, “pulley” is a new clue word!  The answer letter layout is swell.  It might have helped in stumping some of you.  And, the usual great Jeff Knurek cartoon.

I’m going to tell you guys what I told my Cryptoquote spoiler fans:  Be well, do good . . . and be careful tonight, friends.  If you’re going to be drinking, please drink in moderation.  If you are going out and drink, please consider enlisting the services of a designated driver.  And remember, it’s not just you.  There are likely to be many, many drunk drivers out tonight.  It’s one of the reasons New Year’s Eve is known as Amateur Night.  Happy New Year, guys and gals!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/31/13

 

English: Fireworks over Edinburgh on New Year'...

English: Fireworks over Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”   —   F. Scott Fitzgerald

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve (Photo credit: besighyawn)

(I think this mainly applies to people with addictive personalities.  Francis loved – at first – to drink, but his addiction to alcohol both muddled and shortened his life.  Be well, do good . . . and be careful tonight, friends.  If you’re going to be drinking, please drink in moderation.  If you are going out and drink, please consider enlisting the services of a designated driver.  And remember, it’s not just you.  There are likely to be many, many drunk drivers out tonight.  It’s one of the reasons New Year’s Eve is known as Amateur Night.  Happy New Year!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/30/13

 

 

President of the United States Thomas Woodrow ...

President of the United States Thomas Woodrow Wilson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left. Deutsch: Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten von 1913 bis 1921, Friedensnobelpreisträger des Jahres 1919, aufgenommen am 2. Dezember 1912. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels.  The thing to do is supply light and not heat.”   —   Woodrow Wilson

 

(The man was ahead of his time.  I greatly admire his intellect, but I don’t necessarily agree with all of his policies.  Clearly, he started out with a 19th Century mindset.  But, he saw how the country – and the world – was changing, and he was doing his best to be both flexible and progressive.  We could do much worse – and have – than have another Ivy League university president – or academic – as our next Commander-in-chief.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

 

Jumble Spoiler – 12/30/13

Prison for Profit: CCA, GEO et al Put Revenues...

Prison for Profit: CCA, GEO et al Put Revenues Ahead of Rehabilitation (g1a2d0018c1) (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

Visual Description:  Short term vs. long term.

SEDUO  =  DOUSE,  CNARH  =  RANCH,  PUNOCE  =  POUNCE,  SCEOHO  =  CHOOSE   —   Giving us:  DSRANPONCOS

Clue/Question:  The new prison had its – – –

Spirit of Justice in America

Spirit of Justice in America (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Answer:  PROS AND CONS

 

Rise Up! The System Is Broken!

Rise Up! The System Is Broken! (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

(Chances are – if it’s new – it’s a “privatized prison”.  Yet another fiasco started – or restarted, to be fair – under the Reagan administration.  There are just SO many things wrong with this societal dilemma that it would take pages and days to write.  So, I’ll just provide you with a few links, so you can read up on it on your own.

These had to be the four easiest clue words in a long, long time.  But surprisingly, the word “choose” is new to the Jumble.  The ralis95 clue word database has choosy, but not “choose”.  I thought the answer letter layout was fantastic.  If you weren’t able to pick up on the combo of the picture and the clue/question, you might have had a hard time breaking down the answer letters.  I did this yesterday, but didn’t have the opportunity to post it.  I’m glad to get back to the full size Jumble that my newspaper runs.  The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle runs the reduced sized puzzles!  You lose a lot of detail and they’re just harder to read.  And, no Cryptoquote during the week!  The content of The Journal News largely sucks, but at least they do a good job with the Comics section.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/29/13

Buffalo Bills logo

Buffalo Bills logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Fortuneteller with her dupes.

LEPTEL  =  PELLET,  TOFMAH  =  FATHOM,  VERLOT  =  REVOLT,  CEEPIA  =  APIECE,  TUNGEM  =  NUTMEG,  RIMPET  =  PERMIT   —   Giving us:  PTFHOROPITEPR

Clue/Question:  Charging $50 for each prediction allowed the fortuneteller to make a – – –

Answer:  PROPHET PROFIT

(Cute.  Reminds me of the saying:  A fool and his money are soon parted.  Don’t have access to the ralis95 clue word database, so I don’t know if there are any new clue words today.  I liked the jumblings of “nutmeg” and “permit”.  They were the most challenging for me.  Good job with the answer letter layout.  The limited different letters made it a fairly easy solve, for me though.  This particular game doesn’t mean too much to me.  I’m much more interested in the AFC East match ups.  I’d like to see the Dolphins win, for two reasons.  My gameday drinking buddy is a Fins fan, and I would like to see the Jets finish under .500.  And of course, I want to see my Bills upset those stinking Patriots!  And, tie the Jets in the standings!  Go Bills!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/29/13

 

Kleptomania 101   10/03/16

Kleptomania 101 10/03/16 (Photo credit: sarahgb(theoriginal))

A kleptomaniac is a person who helps himself because he can’t help himself.”   —   Henry Morgan

(Very cute.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/28/13

The locker room for the Indiana Pacers at Cons...

The locker room for the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Stank city!

CIRPE  =  PRICE,  LAVTE  =  VALET,  HOTESO  =  SOOTHE,  ABOHIP  =  PHOBIA   —   Giving us:  PETSTHI

Clue/Question:  Sometimes, changing in the locker room is – – –

Stink bug

Stink bug (Photo credit: jcantroot)

Answer:  THE PITS

(THE definition of a stinky pun!  Great clue word jumbling.  We even have a new clue word for ralis95 to add to his database, in “phobia”.  I also liked the jumbling of “soothe”.  Great job on a short answer letter layout!  Jeff’s crazy cartoon set up the answer perfectly.  Advance warning:  Tomorrow’s and Monday’s spoilers will be up late.  Gotta go somewhere.   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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