Archive for December, 2015

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/31/15

Auld Lang Syne, by E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm)

Auld Lang Syne, by E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

(I think it’s a pretty safe bet that this is Emily Huntington Miller, and not the Emily J. Miller, who’s the semi-notorious “chief investigative reporter” for the local Fox affiliate in Washington, DC.  This is one poetic quote that doesn’t require a Masters degree in English Literature.  And, for that I am very thankful!  Peace, Love and Prosperity to all in 2016!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

New Year’s Eve Jumble Spoiler – 2015

English: Home-made cannoli at family's New Yea...

English: Home-made cannoli at family’s New Year’s Eve party in Sant’Elia, province of Palermo Sicily. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Our creative couples’ celebration.


Clue/Question:  When they toasted at the New Year’s Eve party, everyone was – – –

Sydney. Fireworks Newyear 2006. Opera House an...

Sydney. Fireworks Newyear 2006. Opera House and Harbour. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(HAPPY NEW YEAR’S, EVERYBODY!!!  I, for one, am looking forward to a better year in 2016.  2015 did not smile upon yer Uncle Rave, but hope springs eternal.

We seem to have a new clue word today, in “honcho”.  Which is a little strange, because you’d figure the head honcho of the world famous clue word database would already have entered the word honcho to the list!  But, he is the humble compiler of clue words.  He merely goes by whatever the Hoyty-toyties put forth into the Jumblesphere.  Two more of the jumbles came up as new, as we’ve seen “keeov” already.  I initially stumbled on “geyser”, going for “greesy”, which is my mind’s mashup of greasy and cheesy.  But, I caught myself even before going on to “honcho”, so it wasn’t so bad.  Another bang-up job on the answer letter layout.  Nothing given away there, at all.  The cartoon shows our boys, and their wives, in fine form.  Be well, do good, and stay safe tonight, my friends.  Enjoy the festivities, but don’t get sloppy drunk.  If you’re going out, have a non-drinking designated driver at your disposal.  And remember, New Year’s Eve is amateur night, so even if you’re okay you really have to watch out for the other guy/s.  Peace, and Happy 2016 to all!)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/30/15

Cropped screenshot of Max Baer Jr., Nancy Kulp...

Cropped screenshot of Max Baer Jr., Nancy Kulp and Sharon Tate from the television series The Beverly Hillbillies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Small town medical concerns.


Clue/Question:  The doctor would eventually feel at home in the new town, if he had enough – – –

Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Reminds me a little of that show from the ’90s, Northern Exposure!  I always liked that show.  It was another of those fish out of water tales.  Sorta like The Beverly Hillbillies, or Third Rock From the Sun, but it was an hour long semi-drama.  And, instead of it being a family from elsewhere, trying to understand conventional American culture, it was a – mainly – conventional American – a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn – trying to understand a quirky, but fairly diverse, rural Alaskan town.  It starred Rob Morrow, as newly minted Dr. Joel Fleischman, and Janine Turner and John Corbett.  Lots of fun characters on the show!

All of today’s clue words are old friends, and only two of the jumbles are coming up as new.  Not sure if I mentioned this before, but “knotty” is one of those words that spells out alphabetically.  The answer letter layout wasn’t obvious to me.  The cartoon’s dialog and the clue/question set up the answer very well.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/30/15

Screenshot of Audrey Hepburn from the film Charade

Screenshot of Audrey Hepburn from the film Charade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.”   —   Audrey Hepburn

Cropped screenshot of Audrey Totter from the t...

Cropped screenshot of Audrey Totter from the trailer for the film The Postman Always Rings Twice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Audrey Landers as Val in A Chorus Lin...

English: Audrey Landers as Val in A Chorus Line: The Movie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(So far, for as long as I’ve been posting these spoilers, Ms. Hepburn is the only quotable Audrey used.  No quotes from Audrey Meadows, Audrey Smith, Audrey Pulvar, Audrey Totter, Audrey Long, Audrey Peters, or Audrey Landers???  But for now,  I’m cool with the cake quote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Jumble Spoiler – 12/29/15

English: Madhyamaheswar Temple

English: Madhyamaheswar Temple (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  J-Witness News!


Clue/Question:  Asked if there’d be morning mist, the weatherman didn’t have the – – –

Macroetched Aluminium

Macroetched Aluminium (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I love when Brits say:  I haven’t the foggiest!  Hey!  Speaking of Brit-speak, an old pal-o-mine pointed out an inconsistency in the current Jag-u-ar commercial.  The guy doing the voice over goes out of his way to say:  aluminium, in describing the wheel rims, or some damn thing.  But, near the end, he says the word schedule the way Americans say it, instead of the British “shedule” pronunciation.  I love Jags, but I never picked up on this, on my own, because I had always been tuning out right after “aluminium”.   I’m not sure if it’s a real Brit or an American actor, but my friend is spot on the money.  Maybe the director decided we don’t like the British pronunciation “shedule” more than we don’t like “aluminium”.  Or, maybe someone just goofed.

No goof with today’s Jumble!  We have one new clue word, in “gaggle”.  More work for our dear friend, ralis95!  His world famous clue word database continues to grow.  And, all of today’s jumbles are coming up as new.  The answer letter layout is a wold class jumble, but the cartoon’s dialog and the clue/question set the whole gag up nicely.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/29/15

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Au...

Queen of United Kingdom (as well as Canada, Australia, and other Commonwealth realms) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whatever life throws at us, our individual responses will be all the stronger for working together and sharing the load.”   —   Queen Elizabeth II

(Our first QEII quote, at least since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  She’s right.  Individual efforts are important, but they gain strength through cooperation with others.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/28/15

Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Writing means sharing.  It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.”   —   Paulo Coelho

(I bet this dude writes a mean blog!  Write?  I mean, right?  Besides the sharing aspect, I suspect there’s a little narcissism going on.  Maybe it’s just me.  LOL.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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