Archive for October, 2014



Jumble Spoiler – 10/25/14

Visual Description:  A gathering of galactic gazers.

WEEJL  =  JEWEL,  BEATA  =  ABATE,  SLINAD  =  ISLAND,  POREDW  =  POWDER   —   Giving us:  JLBATSLOER

Clue/Question:  The astronomer was very good at his work.  He did a – – –

Answer:  STELLAR JOB

(Excellent pun!  Nothing cheap or stinky about it.  There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles appear to be new.  This is one of the best answer letter layouts David L. Hoyt has ever come up with, in my opinion.  It’s a fantastic jumble that doesn’t give a thing away.  Love the cartoon too.  Besides the great telescope, and the three scientists, Jeff snuck in an odd, but rather innocuous, smiling bimbo in the background.  Great job, guys!  Finally caught up with the spoilers, guys.  But, I’ll probably miss some spoilers next weekend too.  Fair warning.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/25/14

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”   —   Henry David Thoreau

(Just watch out for that stem!  And, hopefully it’s not a cold . . . or wet pumpkin.  I’m finally caught up, guys!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/20/14

Half the times when men think they are talking business, they are wasting time.”   —   E. W. Howe

(That’s because we are so full of ourselves!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/20/14

Visual Description:  Bopped on top by a pop.

TARFD  =  DRAFT,  FYCAN  =  FANCY,  YIELLK  =  LIKELY,  HURCOS  =  CHORU  —   Giving us:  DTFNIKORS

Clue/Question:  Getting hit in the head with the can of soda hurt a lot, in spite of it being a – – –

Answer:  SOFT DRINK

(Ahh!  The perils of the picnic.  No new clue words, but all of the jumbles appear to be new.  For some reason I had to back into “chorus”.  I guess it was just a good jumble.  The answer letter layout is nicely cryptic . . . another fine jumble.  Super cartoon.  It’s funny how different parts of the country have different collective names for soft drinks.  I grew up calling it “pop”, but for the last 30 + years I’ve called it “soda”.  Some places in the South say “Coke” for just about all soft drinks.  What are you used to calling your “sody pop”, pilgrims???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/19/14

Visual Description:  An all-time great sitcom!

HILCNF  =  FLINCH,  CNITEE  =  ENTICE,  CREADA  =  ARCADE,  LAWESE  =  WEASEL,  GRECAH  =  CHARGE,  BRYDIH  =  HYBRID   —   Giving us:  FHETARAESREHRI

Clue/Question:  When Louie passed out checks to the drivers on “Taxi“,  he was giving everyone – – –

Answer:  THEIR FARE SHARE

(Excellent!  No new clue words, but some new jumbles.  The only one I really struggled some with was “arcade”.  The answer letter layout was a beautiful jumble.  The cartoon is priceless.  You can clearly make out Nardo, Reverend Jim, Louie and Banta.  The central character has got to be Alex.  Although it could possibly be Latka.  Definitely no Wheeler here.  That show had everything.  Everyone was so surprised that ABC discontinued it, essentially at it’s height of popularity and critical acclaim.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/19/14

The important thing when you are to do something brave is to have someone on hand to witness it.”   —   Michael Howard

(Funny . . . and true!  Who knows how many other heroes may have come and gone?  Without a witness, their deeds likely went unrecognized.  Be brave anyway.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/24/14

Visual Description:  No one can beat Father Time.  No one.

THACC  =  CATCH,  DRABN  =  BRAND,  THIREM  =  HERMIT,  BLAMEG  =  GAMBLE   —   Giving us:  CTHANDHEITGAE

Clue/Question:  When he beat the Grim Reaper in the poker game, he was – – –

Answer:  CHEATING DEATH

(Things live, and things die . . . anon.  But, only time marches on and on . . . and on.  A nice long, 13-letter answer!  Wow.  That’s like a Sunday Jumble answer.  I’ll try to post this post Sunday’s Jumble spoiler this evening.  I don’t have access to my ralis95 clue word database, but I’d venture to say that all of today’s clue words are old favorites.  New jumbles for all but “hermit”.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  Very clever cartoon, and concept.  I wonder how many dealers those two have gone through???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/24/14

Science fiction is no more written for scientists than ghost stories are written for ghosts.”   —   Brian Aldiss

(I guess this has to be explained to some people!  This is our first Brian Aldiss quotation since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  Yes, Art.  The author’s last name was not solvable.  I Googled Brian Auliss, and they offered Mr. Aldiss.  This might not be an issue if I were better read.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/23/14

Visual Description:  The try . . . at DIY.

HATSS  =  STASH,  BALFE  =  FABLE,  STARPY  =  PASTRY,  TRUEPT  =  PUTTER   —   Giving us:  SSBEPTYPTE

Clue/Question:  He wanted to follow the instructions for installing the new staircase – – –

Answer:  STEP BY STEP

(Worked for me!  Perhaps a little predictable, but we got a good stinky pun out of it.  ralis95 beat me to the punch today!  He’s correct though.  We do have a new clue word – No. 3000 – in “putter”.  Mr. Hoyt reached a real milestone . . . a nice round number too, with today’s newest clue word.  He also gave us all new jumbles once again.  A really spiffy answer letter layout as well.  Nothing given away there.  If you didn’t figure this out by the great cartoon’s set up, then the the answer letter layout could have helped . . . to keep you in the dark.  Building things yourself can be a lot of fun, as long as you can understand the instructions.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/23/14

There is a child in every one of us who is still a trick-or-treater looking for a brightly lit front porch.”   —   Robert Brault

(Terrific quote!  Hope springs eternal, people!  Even for the most jaded of us.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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