Archive for February 19th, 2015

Jumble Spoiler – 02/19/15

English: South façade of the White House, the ...

English: South façade of the White House, the executive mansion of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. Español: Fachada sur de la Casa Blanca, la residencia oficial del Presidente de los Estados Unidos, situado en 1600 Avenida Pennsylvania en Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The John Adams new house warming.

MRYEC  =  MERCY,  SIPYT  =  TIPSY,  DILCAP  =  PLACID,  FARIMF  =  AFFIRM   —   Giving us:  MRYTSLAIFFI

Clue/Question:  After the White House was completed in 1800, it had a – – – 

JAdamsStuart

JAdamsStuart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FIRST FAMILY

(Very good!  A fine pun, indeed, along with a quick history lesson.  From Manhattan, to Philadelphia, to the newly created Federal City, which came to be know as Washington, D.C., our capitol was in a state of flux in those early years.  But, ever since John Adams, every other U.S. president has called the White House home.

There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up as new for me.  I was able to solve all of them rather quickly.  The answer letter layout is beautifully cryptic.  I don’t think it gave a thing away.  It was the sight of Abigail, and what looked like their children, which led me to the word “family”.  Second I got “first”!  Fine period cartoon.  It was key,  for me, in solving the answer.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/19/15

Mount Whitney in California is the highest mou...

Mount Whitney in California is the highest mountain peak of the contiguous United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”   —   Gilbert K. Chesterton

(I can’t tell if he was saying this tongue-in-cheek, or if he was being figuratively metaphysical, or what.  You do see things up close when you’re in a valley.  And though things may seem small when you’re up on high, you see so much more!  You get the big picture from the peak.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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