Archive for January 19th, 2016

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/19/16

Cropped image of a Socrates bust for use in ph...

Cropped image of a Socrates bust for use in philosophy-related templates etc. Bust carved by by Victor Wager from a model by Paul Montford, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”   —   Socrates

(This goes along nicely with my motto:  Fakin’ it till I’m makin’ it!  I think today there is an over-emphasis on higher degrees and certification.  It’s really a bit of a racket, designed to milk people of their money.  It’s also a way – excuse, really – to keep a lot of older workers out of good positions, or to lay them off.  I’ve met too many “geniuses” with Masters degrees, and even some with Doctorates, who are either dumb as a post, or excruciatingly one-dimensional.  Give me a well-rounded, regular Joe any day.  Sure, there are a number of jobs where you need a higher degree of speciality, but things have definitely gotten out of hand.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Jumble Spoiler – 01/19/16

English: Fiddler On The Roof Français : Un Vio...

English: Fiddler On The Roof Français : Un Violon sur le Toit, illustration du thème (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Meddler On The Court.

MOCEA  =  CAMEO,  TUCEA  =  ACUTE,  SKROEH  =  KOSHER,  TREIMH  =  HERMIT   —   Giving us:  AMEACTKRHM

Clue/Question:  When he paired the two players, the tennis pro was a – – –

English: Fiddler Cast Picture 2003

English: Fiddler Cast Picture 2003 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  BIT OF A YENTA?  No, it’s:  MATCHMAKER

(For whatever reason, many of the songs from Fiddler On The Roof really stay with you.  They are very catchy tunes.  I guess that’s a tribute to Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s talents.  All of today’s clue words are old favorites, and we have definitely seen one of today’s jumbles before.  They’ve used TUCEA for “acute” before.  It took me a few seconds to realize something was “kosher”.  The answer letter layout was a well crafted jumble.   Nothing about it hinted towards the answer.  I’ve always been fond of the sports themed cartoons.  How do you think John McEnroe would do against Serena Williams?  There was some talk last year about reviving a kind of Bobby Riggs – Billie Jean King battle of the sexes grudge match.  But, I think Mac chickened out!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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