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Jumble Spoiler – Halloween 2015

Jack-o-lantern

Jack-o-lantern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  No tricks, just treats.

RAPOE  =  OPERA,  TIWYT  =  WITTY,  WOLLYS  =  SLOWLY,  GEDDER  =  DREDGE   —   Giving us:  EAWTSLDEE

Clue/Question:  When she started to give out extra candy, the trick-or-treaters thought it was a – – –

Trick or Treat?

Trick or Treat? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  SWEET DEAL

(That it was!  It’s a good pun too.  There were no new clue words, but two of the jumbles were new today.  I can attest that we have seen “rapoe” and “gedder” before.  The answer letter layout was hauntingly cryptic.  Hey!  We give away candy today, not answers!  The cartoon is great, with the little Captain America and Princess Leah.  But, what is up with that ghost???  Is it a ghost Dalmatian, or a ghost with chicken pox/shingles?  Holy ghost?  Wouldn’t that be a little sacrilegious?  Let’s not rattle the religious right!  We all know it doesn’t take them much to get all up in arms about this Pagan holiday.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – Halloween 2015

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada.

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first monster you have to scare the audience with is yourself.”   —   Wes Craven

(Well, we all have a little monster in us.  Don’t we?  Civil society requires that we keep them in check.  And, it’s not really all that hard!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —  YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/30/15

The tall ship Irving Johnson lies hard aground...

The tall ship Irving Johnson lies hard aground, only yards from shore, near the entrance to Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, California, March 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Spousal affection on the harbor.

PRUUS  =  USURP,  POLEE  =  ELOPE,  NYKODE  =  DONKEY,  ATUPIO  =  UTOPIA   —   Giving us:  SRPLEDYTOI

Clue/Question:  The harbormaster was a little overweight, but his wife liked him on the – – –

English: Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL, USA

English: Montrose Harbor, Chicago, IL, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  PORTLY SIDE

(Very cute way to end the work week.  No new clue words, but there were three new jumbles today.  We have seen “polee” before.  The answer letter layout did an excellent job of keeping the answer hidden.  One of the best I’ve ever seen.  The cartoon is great  It’s got a little of everything, including the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon.  A grand puzzler, as someone might say!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/30/15

English: Bad Luck Marbles sent to Langkawi

English: Bad Luck Marbles sent to Langkawi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.”   —   Cormac McCarthy

(It’s true.  You never know!  I’m not going to get Everything happens for a reason on you, but you do have to ask yourself a lot of questions when things seemingly go wrong for you.  Perhaps if you did get out of the house two minutes earlier, or you didn’t have to stop and wait at that red light, maybe you wouldn’t be stuck in traffic, waiting for that five car chain reaction fender bender to clear.  Maybe you would have been one of those five cars, if not for your bad luck.  Be well . . . stay cool and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/29/15

library

library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A meet and great, with sign . . . and sell.

POMOH  =  OOMPH,  LODIY  =  DOILY,  SKYCIL  =  SICKLY,  DISBEE  =  BESIDE   —   Giving us:  OODOLSIKBED

Clue/Question:  The library was having a series of authors speak and was – – –

Libraries Alan Garner Junior Library

Libraries Alan Garner Junior Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  BOOKED SOLID

(Fun pun, for those of us who like puns.  There were no new clue words today, but two of the jumbles were new.  We’ve definitely seen both “pomoh” and “disbee” before.  The answer letter layout did a great job of keeping the answer under cover.  Nicely done!  And, the cartoon sets up the whole puzzle very admirably.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/29/15

English: Portrait of Barbra Streisand taken in...

English: Portrait of Barbra Streisand taken in London during the taping of her TV Special ‘Barbra Streisand… and other Musical Instruments’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s a part of you that always remains a child, no matter how mature you get, how sophisticated or weary.”   —   Barbra  Streisand

(Embrace that part.  That’s the part of us that keeps us human.  That’s the part that can’t be programmed in to a Watson, or any other computer entity.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/28/15

Percussive surface in a resonant cavity. A cav...

Percussive surface in a resonant cavity. A cave painting of human hands surrounded by red markings — early percussion instrument (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  And the beat goes on.

PUYOS  =  SOUPY,  HURSE  =  USHER,  NIECCS  =  SCENIC,  REDONY  =  YONDER   —   Giving us:  SUPSERSCIONER

Clue/Question:  The drummer’s tell-all autobiography had – – –

Some ethnic percussion instruments Français : ...

Some ethnic percussion instruments Français : Des instruments de percussion ethniques (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  REPERCUSSIONS

English: Side view of American rock drummer Ke...

English: Side view of American rock drummer Kenny Aronoff from a signing in 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Looooooooong answer.  Maybe, that’s why it’s not RE-PERCUSSIONS, or something that isolates the word percussion.  There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  I really liked the answer letter layout.  It was also a great jumble.  Cool cartoon.  I’m not up on this dude, Aronoff, but his website makes it look like he has a pretty big ego.  That’s cool.  Sometimes that’s what it takes to believe in yourself.  To each his own.  Be well and do good, friends.  And, R.O.C.K. ON!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/28/15

Eliot

Eliot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We mortals, men and women, devour many a disappointment between breakfast and dinnertime.”   —   George Eliot

(I know this is just a line, spoken by a character in one of her books, but it’s kind of a negative half-truth.  We also experience a number of wins throughout the day as well.  Some days, the minuses outweigh the pluses, but other days the opposite is also true.  Life might not be a perfect balance, but it’s always best to accentuate the positives.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/27/15

Portrait of Charlotte Brontë

Portrait of Charlotte Brontë (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”   —   Charlotte Bronte

(Don’t be a drudge, and trudge through the sludge, because you won’t budge from your grudge.  Give yourself a nudge, and go eat some fudge!  Notice I said some.  Too much and you become a pudge!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/27/15

English: Three Pharaoh Hounds.

English: Three Pharaoh Hounds. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Pharaoh’s farewell.

CEYDA  =  DECAY,  LEPSL  =  SPELL,  TRRIWE  =  WRITER,  GNURHY  =  HUNGRY   —   Giving us:  DEASPWRUNR

Clue/Question:  The identity of the mummy was – – –

English: Close-up of a procession featuring Ph...

English: Close-up of a procession featuring Pharaoh Narmer, a Sandal-bearer, and an attendent in front of him, and 4 Standard Bearers, from a full-sized facsimile of the original Narmer Palette in Cairo-(Egyptian Museum); this facsimile-version resides in the Ancient Egyptian wing of the Royal Ontario Museum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  UNDER WRAPS

(I was going to say DRAWN SUPER, but then I thought:  Sure, Knurek has a big ego . . . but, would Hoyt allow such a thing???  There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles are new.  We have all seen “lepsl” before.  The answer letter layout was a well thought out thing of beauty.  It led me in a slightly different direction.  The cartoon was actually very good.  I wonder if ralis95 can make out those hieroglyphics?  Chances are pretty good that those slave boys are going to be offed, and sealed up with the mummy.  Kinda puts a chink in the old saying:  Good work is its own reward.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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