Archive for November, 2014

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/30/14

The hardest task in a girl’s life is to prove to a man that his intentions are serious.”   —   Helen Rowland

(I guess most of us guys do need a little . . . persuading.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Hard) Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 11/30/14

Visual Description:  Online memory lane.

STODED  =  ODDEST,  KAWNEE  =  WEAKEN,  GINSAS  =  ASSIGN,  PORYDO  =  DROOPY,  LAUNAN  =  ANNUAL,  CIHURN  =  URCHIN   —   Giving us:  DEWESSNDONNACH

Clue/Question:  The antique store’s website featured – – –

Answer:  SECONDHAND NEWS

(I thought this was the toughest solve in a very long time!  It’s a great double-edged pun though.  I try not to think of antiques as “secondhand”, even though they actually are, because so many people, who don’t appreciate antiques, use the word in such a dismissive way.  We also associate a second hand with timekeeping, although more-so with watches than with clocks.  I kept trying to make sense of the answer with the second word being DOWN, and with the first word somehow ending in ED, but to no end.  The first word, being such a large compound word, made the solve a challenge for me.  I definitely don’t think this answer letter layout helped anyone.  It was truly well-constructed.  There were no new clue words today, although many of the jumbles appear to be new.  The cartoon is full of great detail, especially the background.  I hoped you guys enjoyed it as much as I did.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/29/14

Visual Description:  A giant head . . . driving to Soldier Field.

GAMOE  =  OMEGA,  PENIT  =  INEPT,  RULHOY  =  HOURLY,  PUMACS  =  CAMPUS   —   Giving us:  GINHRUS

Clue/Question:  The football player got a speeding ticket because he was – – –

Answer:  RUSHING

(Everybody loves a good sack!  As long as your guys are the sack-ers, and not the sack-ees!  All of today’s clue words were old favorites.  ralis95 can stand down.  But, all of the jumbles, with the exception of “inept”, were new today.  I struggled a bit – once again – in getting “omega”.  It’s a very old word that doesn’t come up that much, unless you’re talking about fish oil, or fraternities.  No complaints with the answer letter layout today.  Seven letters is kind of limiting.  The cartoon is a riot!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/29/14

Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.”   —   Stephen Covey

(I think it’s very ironic how “religious” people love to espouse the concept of “free will”.  Very little of what we do in our lives is really a matter of free will.  We are all cultivated from birth – some of us even earlier – to think, and behave, in certain acceptable ways.  There are both pros and cons to this kind of cultivation.  Ostensibly, the pros outweigh the cons, but that is really here nor there.  Most of us will carry on, and pass on, the various values we have been taught, as a matter of heritage and tradition.  It’s reassuring and comforting to us.  It’s one less thing to worry about in a world full of trepidation and uncertainty.  But, the world is also full of encouragement and beauty.  The more we can concentrate on these positives the more we can break free of the constraints of our conditioning.  Therein lies the path to true free will.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/28/14

Visual Description:  Mythological vanity.

BNEDL  =  BLEND,  IDOVA  =  AVOID,  SEHEYC  =  CHEESY,  ARACEM  =  CAMERA   —   Giving us:  BDAIDHYARA

Clue/Question:  When Medusa was bitten on the neck, she had a – – –

Answer:  BAD HAIR DAY

(For Medusa, every day was a bad hair day!  We have a new clue word today, in “cheesy”.  ralis95 can add it to his clue word database!  It looks like all the jumbles are new today, as well.  I really liked the jumbling of “avoid”.  The answer letter layout was alright, but would have been better had “blend” and “avoid” been switched.  The cartoon is a lot of fun.  Note the broken mirror, as gazing upon herself would be fatal.  But, also the hand cultivator as a “hair” brush, and the can of snake “hair”spray.  Great stuff, guys!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/28/14

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings a happy death.”   —   Leonardo da Vinci

(Endeavor to be productive, people.  It doesn’t have to be world-changing headline kinda stuff.  Just do what you do . . . well.  And, do it with a sense of pride.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  There were SO many related articles on Leonardo da Vinci!  It’s a shame that Zemanta/WordPress limits us to 10.  Hopefully, you’ll enjoy some of the ones I selected.     YUR

Thanksgiving Jumble – November 27, 2014

Visual Description:  Late-night left-overs!

KYREP  =  PERKY,  BITUC  =  CUBIT,  CROOTD  =  DOCTOR,  SHULBE  =  BUSHEL   —   Giving us:  KYCTDORUEL

Clue/Question:  He wanted to stop overeating, but he couldn’t quit – – –

Answer:  COLD TURKEY

(An excellent – and apropos – pun!  Thanksgiving leftovers can be better than the meal itself.  We always make a ton of stuffing, just so we can have plenty for the leftovers.  I hope everybody is having/going to have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Try to remember others who may be far away, on this very grateful day.

No new clue words today.  All the jumbles seemed new to me though.  The answer letter layout was expertly crafted, and the cartoon was drawn with much care.  Be well and do good, my friends.  Happy Thanksgiving!)   —   YUR


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