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Jumble Spoiler – 11/06/15

Temperance bearing an hourglass; detail of Lor...

Temperance bearing an hourglass; detail of Lorenzetti’s Allegory of Good Government, 1338 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Chubby musician’s malaise.

SUDOE  =  DOUSE,  LOFDO  =  FLOOD,  RIDFAT  =  ADRIFT,  QICATU  =  ACQUIT   —   Giving us:  DSEFLDAIFAIT

Clue/Question: The violinist went to the doctor because he wasn’t – – –

Scroll and pegbox, correctly strung

Scroll and pegbox, correctly strung (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FIT AS A FIDDLE

Hourglass

Hourglass (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I wonder where that expression ever came from?  Is it a reference to the semi-hourglass shape of fiddles, or do you think it’s more about the tautness of the strings?  Hmm!  There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles came up as new.  We have seen “sudoe” before.  It took me a little time to figure out “acquit”.  The answer letter layout was admirably cryptic.  A very fine jumble.  Very straight forward cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Delayed) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/04/15

Bambusa multiplex var. Alphonse Karr

Bambusa multiplex var. Alphonse Karr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”   —   Alphonse Karr

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(This was a fairly tough solve for me, and I had to look up the author.  This is our first Alphonse Karr quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  No doubt we will be seeing more.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Delayed) Jumble Spoiler – 11/04/15

Rodeo

Rodeo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Git along ‘lil dogie.

PENIT  =  INEPT,  TOAIR  =  RATIO,  WORNAD  =  ONWARD,  QUAPOE  =  OPAQUE   —   Giving us:  IETRTIONDOP

Clue/Question:  The cowboy didn’t want to participate in the rodeo, but he got – – –

Cowboys branding a calf in fenced area. South ...

Cowboys branding a calf in fenced area. South Dakota, 1888. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  ROPED INTO IT

(Whoopee ti yi yo!  Very appropriate rodeo pun!  There were no new clue words this day, but two of the jumbles came up as new.  They have definitely used “penit” and “toair” before.  The answer letter layout was an excellent jumble.  Very cryptic.  The cartoon did a nice job of capturing the feel of a rodeo.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 


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