Archive for December, 2014

Last Cryptoquote Spoiler . . . of 2014

Sydney New Year's Eve 2004–05

Sydney New Year’s Eve 2004–05 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make it a safe New Year’s Eve:  don’t drink if you are driving, and don’t drive if you’ve been drinking.”   —   Your Conscience

(And for you contrarians, who just have to do the opposite of what you are told:  go get wasted and drive into a tree.  There.  That should cover just about all of us!  Be well and do good, friends.  Happy New Year to all!)   —   YUR  😉

New Year’s Eve Day Jumble Spoiler – 2014

This is apparently the actual ball which will ...

This is apparently the actual ball which will drop in Times Square signifying the start of 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  At the top of the Times Square countdown.

EVALE  =  LEAVE,  NOPUD  =  POUND,  RAZDIL  =  LIZARD,  HOABIP  =  PHOBIA   —   Giving us:  LAEPODLRDPB

Clue/Question:  New Year’s Eve would be problem-free, as long as someone – – – 

English: Ball drop in water, 201 frames, 480 f...

English: Ball drop in water, 201 frames, 480 frame/s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  DROPPED THE BALL

(Aahh!  A little irony in today’s answer, huh?  Usually, dropping the ball is about the worst thing that could happen, but not when it comes to New Year’s Eve!  Of course, in reality it’s not really a “ball”, and it’s not really “dropped”.  Not like the cool little video above.  It’s a highly decorated, and well-lit, orb on a pole.  And, the “dropping of the ball” is really more of a controlled slide down the pole.  But, they’ve always referred to it as watching the ball drop.  It’s a New York tradition that is broadcast across the country, and around the world.  What are you going to do, or watch, to ring in the new year???

There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles are coming up as new on my end.  I was able to get them all immediately.  The answer letter layout was a beautiful jumble!  If the fantastic cartoon did not give you the answer, by itself, you might have been hard-pressed to figure it out from the answer letter layout alone. 

There’s good and bad in every year, but I hope that most of you had a happy and productive 2014.  No complaints coming from yer uncle!  Happy New Year‘s 2015!  Tonight marks the beginning of another fresh start.  Optimism abounds!  Embrace all the possibilities, my friends.  As always, be well and do good.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/30/14

English: Submersible vessel, Star III, in fron...

English: Submersible vessel, Star III, in front of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California. Polski: Pojazd podwodny Star III przed Scripps Institution of Oceanography w San Diego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Development of the submersible.

TUMHO  =  MOUTH,  FORFE  =  OFFER,  CAPTIM  =  IMPACT,  YATNOB  =  BOTANY   —   Giving us:  THFIMTOA

Clue/Question:  He proposed a submarine to reach the bottom of the ocean, but his boss couldn’t . . .

Błotniak

Błotniak (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FATHOM IT

(A very intelligent pun!  I guess the boss isn’t much of a deep thinker.  There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles seem new to me.  Only the one for “impact” was coming up as having been used before.  Great job on the answer letter layout.  Nothing obvious there.  The cartoon tells a good story.  That’s about it, guys.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/30/14

English: Brad Paisley performing live on June ...

English: Brad Paisley performing live on June 9, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a three hundred and sixty-five page book.  Write a good one.”   —   Brad Paisley

(Ain’t this the scrawny country boy who looks like he’s wearin’ his daddy’s hat???  Well, then.  Git ‘er done!  ‘Cause, at the end of the day . . . it is what it is.  There ya go.  Be well and do real good, pahdnuhs!)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/29/14

English: Animation disc with an Hanna-Barbera ...

English: Animation disc with an Hanna-Barbera (HB) logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Boo-Booey (and Hong Kong Phooey) snapping a board . . . in twoey!

VOIME  =  MOVIE,  AKYKA  =  KAYAK,  DACROW  =  COWARD,  PIMSYK  =  SKIMPY   —   Giving us:  IEKKCDSI

Clue/Question:  Yogi and Boo-Boo were taking karate lessons and Yogi was impressed with his – – –

English: The Hanna-Barbera logo.

English: The Hanna-Barbera logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  SIDEKICK

(One of those double meaning puns!  Not bad.  How can you not enjoy this little tribute to Hanna Barbera???  Fun for kids of all ages!

There were no new clue words today, and only two of the jumbles appear to be new, the ones for “movie” and for “skimpy”.  We haven’t seen “coward” in quite a while.  The answer letter layout was great.  Nicely cryptic.  And, the cartoon was very entertaining.  Yogi better watch out.  He might get his butt sidekicked!  Be well and do good, friends.

Even while many of us continue to celebrate this holiday season, we should all take time to reflect upon a dark day in American history, The Massacre at Wounded Knee in South Dakota.  We could all benefit from a little more sweat; it’s the blood and tears we can do with less.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/29/14


English: A marble bust of the poetess Sappho, ...

English: A marble bust of the poetess Sappho, Roman, found in Smyrna, present-day Izmir, Turkey. The bust is on display at the Istanbul Archaelogical Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer, with never a thought of sorrow; the old goes out, but the glad young year comes merrily in tomorrow.”   —   Emily Miller

(This is the 19th Century poet, and not the pretty little conservative journalist who loves to pose with her guns.  We must be in for a few days of New Years’ quotes, ’cause it’s only Monday.  Oh, yeah!  And, were smack dab in the middle of Kwanzaa!  So Happy Kwanzaa to all who celebrate.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/28/14

John Barrymore, 1922

John Barrymore, 1922 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If it isn’t the sheriff it’s the finance company.  I’ve got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner.”   —   John Barrymore

A Dyson DC07 upright cyclonic vacuum cleaner u...

A Dyson DC07 upright cyclonic vacuum cleaner using centrifugal force to separate dust and particles from the air flowing through the cylindrical collection vessel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Wow!  I never realized I had so much in common with the Great Profile!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/28/14

English: Water park Serena in Espoo, Finland.

English: Water park Serena in Espoo, Finland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Poorly located business.

MUTANU  =  AUTUMN,  KESTAG  =  GASKET,  BLOGON  =  OBLONG,  VEWLIS  =  SWIVEL,  LEHAWI  =  AWHILE,  TIREDV  =  DIVERT   —   Giving us:  TUNSETBONWEWHDET

Clue/Question:  The water park had to go out of business because not enough people – – –

English: Water slide bowl attraction

English: Water slide bowl attraction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  WENT DOWN THE TUBES

(Wow!  A nice long – 16 letter – answer for the last Sunday of 2014!  Pretty cool.  There were no new clue words today – ralis95’s birthday – but there were plenty of new jumbles.  I really liked the one for “swivel”.  I always have to double check the spelling of this word, because more words seem to end in LE than EL.  I also just realized one reason why I continually write ATLEAST when it should be AT LEAST, and it’s because of “awhile”!  Today’s answer letter layout was exceedingly well-constructed.  I don’t think it gave a thing away.  The cartoon is fantastic!  You guys with the reduced Jumble may not be able to make it out, but there is our classic sinking sailboat on the horizon!  It’s been quite a while – see that – since we’ve been graced with that.  And, if you look real close, you’ll see Jeff and David sunbathing on the beach . . . in the buff!  Oh, the humanity!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/27/14

English: Mike Williams, a player (wide receive...

English: Mike Williams, a player (wide receiver) on the National Football League. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Wedding vows at the stadium.

BACNI  =  CABIN,  APORE  =  OPERA,  DELODO  =  DOODLE,  UGATOE  =  OUTAGE   —   Giving us:  CINOPERODEOTG

Clue/Question:  The wide receiver’s wedding day featured a – – –

Maryam d'Abo

Maryam d’Abo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  GOOD RECEPTION

(Great football pun!  And, it’s kind of funny how it coincides with today’s Cryptoquote!  All of the clue words were tried and true today, but all of the jumbles appear to be new.  I really liked the one for “outage”.  The answer letter layout was a super jumble.  Really well thought out.  Really cute cartoon too.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  No, I’m not completely nuts.  It’s Maryam d’Abo’s birthday today.   😉      YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/27/14

English: Baylor quarterback, Robert Griffin II...

English: Baylor quarterback, Robert Griffin III, signing autographs at the 2009 Meet the Bears scrimmage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Football is football and talent is talent.  But the mindset of your team makes all the difference.”   —   Robert Griffin III

(Maybe the whole name thing finally got to them, because Washington was pretty bad this year.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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