Archive for August, 2015

Jumble Spoiler – 08/31/15

Slot machine.

Slot machine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Which action is more valuable to you?

ZEOON  =  OZONE,  TRIDY  =  DIRTY,  HECONS  =  CHOSEN,  CEDIET  =  DECEIT   —   Giving Us:  ODCNEI

Clue/Question:  He asked his wife if he could play craps, but she said – – –

Craps Layout

Craps Layout (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  NO DICE

(Do NOT pass Go!  Do NOT collect $200.  Go straight up to the room with your wife, and take a chance on a different kind of . . . slot machine!  That’s my advice to the guy.  Much better odds for a winning night.  We have no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  “Dirty” is one of those clue words that spells out alphabetically . . . and sometimes describes yer uncle’s mind!  Good answer letter layout.  It’s tough to hide short answers though.  It looks like our buddy Jeff is full of craps!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/31/15

Newly commissioned officers celebrate their ne...

Newly commissioned officers celebrate their new positions by throwing their midshipmen covers into the air as part of the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2005 graduation and commissioning ceremony. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.  It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”   —   Ashley Montagu

(And, enjoy them while you can.  Life is short, unpredictable, and not always fair.  The moments of happiness will stay with you, and help buoy the troubled waters you’ll encounter.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/30/15

English: Lazy Sunday aftenoon Horse chilling o...

English: Lazy Sunday aftenoon Horse chilling out not in field, but on the side of the lane at the farm entrance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dig if you will this picture:  Slacker in his parent’s basement.

GIRUFE  =  FIGURE,  VAUNEE  =  AVENUE,  PTORMP  =  PROMPT,  NOYCOT  =  TYCOON,  TELLAH  =  LETHAL,  LAIVUS  =  VISUAL   —   Giving us:  FIGAEPMPYNLHISL

Clue/Question:  When it came to getting a job, their son wasn’t – – –

Slacker Cats

Slacker Cats (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  APPLYING HIMSELF

(A pun that takes the literal . . . and applies the figurative!  Or, vice versa.  Very nice, either way.  Uh, guess what, guys?  We have a new clue word today, in “visual”!  Can you believe it?  It’s been part of every Jumble Spoiler since sometime in 2008, but it’s never been used as a clue word, until today!  Will ralis95 pick up on this?  Depends on whether he reads the email this should generate.  Most of the jumbles were new, with the exception of “noycot”.  They’ve used that for “tycoon” before.  Wonderful answer letter layout.  It didn’t make the answer obvious for me.  At first, I was thinking the second word might be  PLAYING, but then FEPMHISL didn’t want to cooperate.  But, by removing the P, I was able to see . . . HIMSELF!  The now leftover P fit right in with PLAYING, to make for APPLYING.  Hey!  Whatever it takes.  Classic Knurek cartoon!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/30/15

"Forgiveness 6" by Carlos Latuff.

“Forgiveness 6” by Carlos Latuff. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Too err is human, to forgive takes restraint; to forget you forgave is the mark of a saint.”   —   Suzanne Douglass

English: Graphic on forgiveness

English: Graphic on forgiveness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Maybe, that is why so few of us are destined for sainthood?  Too few who forgive are willing to forget.  Maybe, it’s easier when the forgiveness is of the unspoken kind.  When I reunited with my father, after 20 + years, there were no apologies . . . and no verbal forgiveness.  We just were.  We went on to have 15 years of a regular relationship.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/29/15

ASL in family

ASL in family (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Metacarpus manifestations.

GREEV  =  VERGE,  CATHH  =  HATCH,  CLENGA  =  GLANCE,  DARUSB  =  ABSURD   —   Giving us:  VEEHAHGANARD

Clue/Question:  She was struggling to learn sign language, so the instructor – – –

Sign language P

Sign language P (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  GAVE HER A HAND

(Good thing there’s a signing chart on the wall of the classroom.  At first glance, I thought they were exchanging some kind urban handshake!  There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles appear to be new.  We have seen “greev” before.  The answer letter layout was pretty cool.  Nothing obvious, but the answer wasn’t very hard to figure out.  There’s been a few times in my life where I’ve known how to sign the alphabet.  But, like many things, if you don’t use it you kinda lose it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/29/15

English: Studio publicity portrait of the Amer...

English: Studio publicity portrait of the American actress Elizabeth Taylor. Français : Portrait publicitaire pris en studio de l’actrice américaine Elizabeth Taylor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are so many doors to be opened, and I’m not afraid to look behind them.”   —   Elizabeth Taylor

(Ms. Liz possessed a certain kind of ferocity, that you don’t often see in actors.  I think that is why she was able to portray so many strong characters.  There is just so much you can get by with with talent . . . and beauty alone.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/28/15

English: Flag of The Republic of San Lorenzo a...

English: Flag of The Republic of San Lorenzo as described in Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.”   —   Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut Wooden Nickel

Vonnegut Wooden Nickel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Which it usually can!  We don’t have to necessarily mature to the point where we’re just no fun anymore.  And, laughter is the best fallback going.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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