Archive for February, 2014



Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/23/14

English: Geno's Steaks in south Philadelphia.

English: Geno’s Steaks in south Philadelphia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Equine tourists to The City of Brotherly Love.

THRATW  =  THWART,  LECCAK  =  CACKLE,  GINNEE  =  ENGINE,  SERMUE  =  RESUME,  SPAWYM  =  SWAMPY,  LARFOL  =  FLORAL   —   Giving us:  THCKLEIEESESAYFL

Clue/Question:  The young horse was enjoying one at the sandwich shop.

"Whiz wit'" cheesesteak from Geno's

“Whiz wit'” cheesesteak from Geno’s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer: A FILLY CHEESESTEAK

English: National Interest Electric Transmissi...

English: National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor designated for the Mid-Atlantic Area by the United States Department of Energy in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I bet you’re glad you didn’t see a question mark, or something other than the word “spoiler”, in the subject line today!  I know I’m glad I didn’t need to do that!  This might have been difficult for people who are not from the Mid-Atlantic states, or otherwise are NOT familiar with Philadelphia.  The clue words were all jumbled very nicely.  Did anybody do like me, and start to write in WRATH for the first word?  I got three letters in, and I’m like:  Uh oh!  The good thing was that I realized my mistake right away, and re-wrote “thwart”.  We actually had two new clue words today, in “cackle” and “swampy”.  ralis95 has more updating to do, to his world famous clue word database! The jumbling of “thwart”, “engine” and “resume” were all new to me.  I thought that the answer letter layout was another masterpiece, on Hoyt’s part.  Another long answer, but at least today there were more vowels to work with.  And of course, it was a super cartoon!  Three of the four major Philadelphia sports teams were represented, and Geno’s is the most famous shop in Philly for those cheesesteaks!  Do you think we should break it to her that she’s eating horse meat???  Just kidding!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I know a lot of guys go crazy for these sandwiches, but I’d rather sit down to a plate of wings, or a nice rare beef on weck!  None of that overcooked, well-done crap for me!      YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/23/14

Roast beef with oven-baked potatoes

Roast beef with oven-baked potatoes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My idea of heaven is a big baked potato and someone to share it with.”   —   Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey University of the Free State 1

Oprah Winfrey University of the Free State 1 (Photo credit: VTK Productions)

(Such a chick statement!  LOL!  Of course the manly, male, macho, masculine response to that is:  My idea of heaven is a big, juicy steak with a big baked potato . . . and a couple a beers.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/22/14

 

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because t...

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” -G.K. Chesterton (Photo credit: deeplifequotes)

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”   —   G. K. Chesterton

 

truth

truth (Photo credit: Erick-Pardus)

(What does this blog say about this blogger?  Usually the Cryptoquote gives me more trouble than the Jumble.  But today, I couldn’t solve the Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler? (Stumper) 02/22/14

English: Bono at the Vanity Fair kickoff party...

English: Bono at the Vanity Fair kickoff party for the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  First Class treatment.

SERSD  =  DRESS,  DIRNG  =  GRIND,  NAGRAH  =  HANGAR,  WHORNT  =  THROWN   —   Giving us:  DSSGIDHAATHRN

Clue/Question:  The fancy new airline had – – –

Answer:  I’ve got NOTHING, folks!  ***HIGH STANDARDS***

(Wow!  That was fast!  Five answers right away.  I must be losing it, folks.  My low brow, domestic beer wit couldn’t conceive the HIGH STANDARDS.  Oh, yeah.  No new clue words.  The answer letter layout threw me for a loop.  And, the cartoon does set it up nicely.  I just couldn’t see it.  Thank you, Patrick, Doris, Pat, Auntie Lyn and Frank Rickard.  Maybe Auntie Lyn should take over for Uncle Rave?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(For the first word I tried HARD, HAND and SIGN.  I guess I could try RASH and HASH and maybe THIS, but I am just not getting IT today.  Maybe one of the circles is wrong in my newspaper?  I don’t know.  I see Bono is one of the passengers, and some other rich, old people, including Jeff Knurek – maybe – but with only three vowels I am just grasping at straws.  I’m not picking up any “bonus clue” either.  They have stumped yer uncle!  Maybe this is a sign that I should retire.  Sorry, folks.  I’ve let you down.)   —   YUR

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(straight) Jumble Spoiler – 02/21/14

The Waybury Inn (c.1810)

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

Visual Description:  The lost pilot episode of Newhart.

ZEDDA  =  DAZED,  HNIYS  =  SHINY,  LEPNOL  =  POLLEN,  REZOIC  =  COZIER   —   Giving us:  DEDSNYENIE

Clue/Question:  When asked if they would be buying the little lodging establishment, they said – – –

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart (Photo credit: Alan Light)

Answer:  YES, INNDEED

(Another great Jumble!  All the clue words were jumbled so well.  I even had to back into “cozier”.  And, wouldn’t you know it?  It’s a new clue word!  Our pal, ralis95, is going to have to update his clue word database.  The answer letter layout was another thing of beauty.  Nothing given away there.  The cartoon has a great Bob Newhart and Mary Fran.  It also has the bonus clue, of the realtor holding the deed.  Very clever drawing and a very clever pun.  Newhart was a great series, but not exactly original.  I always liken it to a more sophisticated Green AcresNewhart was definitely the better show though.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/21/14

PTFE is often used to coat non-stick frying pa...

PTFE is often used to coat non-stick frying pans as it is hydrophobic and possesses fairly high heat resistance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.  With confidence, you have won even before you have started.”   —   Cicero

 

Doubts, Fears Anxiety

Doubts, Fears Anxiety (Photo credit: Poe Tatum)

(When you don’t have confidence of self, it seems to be the rarest of all commodities.  You just can’t buy it.  You can’t barter for it either.  It also isn’t something you can manufacture out of whole cloth.  It seems to be elemental.  I believe that it’s something we’re all born with, but confidence is a little like frying pans.  Some of us are born with the non-stick coating, that allows us to blithely slough off the daily crud that we all face.  The rest of us seem to lack that coating, and every sticky thing in life seems to pile up on us, in a seemingly hopeless baked on mess.  It’s still possible that we might shine, but getting through all the layers of doubt is a daunting and formidable task.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Tease – 02/20/14

English:

English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Sequel to Orson Welles’ 1941 classic film.

NEHTT  =  TENTH,  INGAA  =  AGAIN,  DOIPMU  =  PODIUM,  YIMADS  =  DISMAY   —   Giving us:  TNTGNODUISA

Clue/Question:  They stood in line to see the movie because they heard it was – – –

English: logo the answer Português: logo the a...

English: logo the answer Português: logo the answer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  (11 Letters Long!)

I HAVEN’T DONE THIS TO YOU GUYS IN QUITE A WHILE.  TODAY’S JUMBLE SEEMS TO BE PERFECT FOR THIS BLAST FROM THE PAST!  SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO:  WELCOME TO THE UNCLERAVE WISEGUY OF THE DAY CONTEST!  I KNOW TODAY’S ANSWER . . . BUT I DON’T FEEL LIKE JUST GIVING IT AWAY, TODAY.  I WANT TO SEE HOW MANY OF YOU GUYS ARE AS BIG A WISEGUY AS I AM.  SO, WRITE IN AND TELL ME THE ANSWER.  TREAT ME LIKE A PUNK, WHO DOESN’T REALLY KNOW THE ANSWER, OR JUST RANT AND RAVE AT ME FOR PULLING A STUNT LIKE THIS.  THE FIRST ONE TO COMMENT, WITH THE CORRECT ANSWER, WILL WIN THE TITLE OF: UNCLERAVE WISEGUY OF THE DAY!  DAVID L. HOYT AND JEFF KNUREK ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO PLAY . . . OBVIOUSLY.  ANONYMOUS COMMENTS WILL BE POSTED (providing content is not too violent or obscene – my call), BUT WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE COVETED TITLE OF:  UNCLERAVE WISEGUY OF THE DAY.  BONUS POINTS WILL GO TO WHOEVER “SHARES THIS” POST THE MOST!  HOW WILL THAT BE DETERMINED?  BEATS THE MERDE OUT OF ME!  (Yes, this is pretty much an exact copy from the last time I pulled this stunt.)

Not bad.  Not bad.  We had 21 entries this time around.  Yes the answer was OUTSTANDING.  The first to ring in with the correct answer was Susan Robinson!  (She beat out Joe Key by 4 minutes.)  That makes Susan Robinson the UncleRave Wiseguy of the Day!  Sue can proudly post this to her resumé, brag to all her friends, and one day tell her grandchildren about it.  Everyone who participated was so kind!  Our old pal, JT, gave the most thought out and lengthy comment.  Thanks, JT!  And, thank you to everyone who played along!   —   Your Uncle Rave

(There were no new clue words today, but some very interesting jumbling.  I didn’t struggle with the number one – “tenth” – today, but I did with “podium”.  I thought I was going to have to write out all possible arrangements of letters, I didn’t want to back into it, but it came to me as I walked out of the room.  Even “again” might be hard for those who have trouble getting words that begin with vowels.  For some reason, I saw “dismay” right away.  I thought today’s answer letter layout was PERFECTION!  It’s the main reason why I’m reviving – at least for today – the UncleRave Wiseguy of the Day contest.  The cartoon was also fantastic, and it doesn’t contain any kind of Bonus Clue!  The only bonus clue comes from one of the words in the Clue/Question.  Best Jumble in quite a while.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/20/14

 

Seneca

Seneca (Photo credit: tonynetone)

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”   —   Seneca

(Never was a more poetic truism spoken!  Everybody’s got the dues in life to pay.”  “You got to lose to know how to win.”  Okay, kids!  Name that tune!   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/19/14

The Word Play

The Word Play (Photo credit: phil dokas)

Visual Description:  The road less traveled.

HYTEF  =  HEFTY,  DAAWR  =  AWARD,  FLEMSY  =  MYSELF,  TEPYOR  =  POETRY   —   Giving us:  HETRDMEET

Clue/Question:  The didn’t let the detour – – –

Detour

Detour (Photo credit: HorsePunchKid)

Answer:  DETER THEM

 

Detour north and south

Detour north and south (Photo credit: rawmustard)

(Not really a pun, I guess.  More of a semi-homophonic play on words.  But, I liked it.  The clue words were all tried and true, with nice jumblings all around.  I liked the jumbling of “poetry” and “myself” the best.  The answer letter layout gave nothing away today!  Today’s cartoon has the guy looking a little crazed, while the wife looks normal.  Kind of the opposite of the usual.  I love detours!  As long as I’m not in too big a hurry to get where I’m going.  They’re one of the best ways to see new sights.  Be well, do good . . . and enjoy the ride, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Too bad this band name is already taken, Jeff.  What am I saying?  You could probably buy them out!      YUR

 

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/19/14

English: I took photo with Canon camera of And...

English: I took photo with Canon camera of Andrew Carnegie at National Portrait Gallery. Public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”   —   Andrew Carnegie

 

NYC: Carnegie Hall

NYC: Carnegie Hall (Photo credit: wallyg)

(Why did he include the word “other” in this quote?  Was he speaking about people of a certain talent?  As a stand alone quote the word seems unnecessary, but the context of the quote could explain why he chose to use the word.  The challenge in understanding this quote is greater than the solving of the cryptogram.  Be excellent and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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