Archive for June, 2016



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/25/16

Portrait of Countee Cullen in Central Park. Ju...

Portrait of Countee Cullen in Central Park. June 20, 1941. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My poetry, I think, has become the way of my giving out what music is within me.”   —   Countee Cullen

(Well, the two are so closely tied.  This is the first Countee Cullen quote since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  Always exposing us to different people!  I hope to see more.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 06/25/16

The University of Sydney, established in 1850,...

The University of Sydney, established in 1850, is the oldest university in Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Kitchen table conference.

IRECI  =  ICIER,  KORJE  =  JOKER,  GAMEAD  =  DAMAGE,  CODENS  =  SECOND   —   Giving us:  ICIJORDAMSEON

Clue/Question:  Deciding what to study in college can be a – – –

English: A panoramic view of the Sydney skylin...

English: A panoramic view of the Sydney skyline as viewed across Sydney Harbour from Kirribilli. Taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 100mm f/2.8 lens. This is an exposure blended image. Français : Vue panoramique de Sydney depuis Kirribilli avec le bassin de Port Jackson au premier plan. Photo prise avec un appareil Canon EOS 5D et un objectif 100mm f/2.8. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  MAJOR DECISION

(Oh, yeah.  That’s a stinky pun!  All of today’s clue words are old favorites, but three of the jumbles did come up as new.  We have definitely seen “gamead” before.  The answer letter layout kind of gave away the word MAJOR, for me.  And from there, it was easy coming up with DECISION.  It looks like Sydney is following in her dad’s footsteps, one way or another. And, isn’t it always the kitchen table for these kind of things?

Yesterday was the busiest – most visits to this blog – day ever!  I guess a lot of people had a tough time accepting the pun!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/24/16

The Carolina Theater, Greensboro, North Caroli...

The Carolina Theater, Greensboro, North Carolina, September, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m convinced of this:  Good done anywhere is good done everywhere.”   —   Maya Angelou

(But, I think we all need to do as much good as possible.  If only to offset the bad that too many unhappy, negative people do.  So, as usual, be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 06/24/16

Visual Description:  The parcel pass-over policy.

GANCO  =  CONGA,  SNAPT  =  PANTS,  ORETES  =  STEREO,  CICHET  =  HECTIC   —   Giving us:  CONPANSTOECI

Clue/Question:  The landlord wouldn’t sign for tenants’ packages, – – –

Answer:  NO ACCEPTIONS

(Great pun, of two of the most misused soundalike words; except and accept!  I really like it!  There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles did come up as new.  Hoyt has used “snapt” before.  I thought the answer letter layout was absolutely brilliant.  No clues there.  Very amusing cartoon.  The delivery van’s name – Huge Prime – would appear to be a takeoff of Amazon Prime.  And, I’m not sure who looks grumpier, the super or his cat!  By now, most of you know that the Brits voted “Brexit“, yesterday.  World markets are not happy about it, but initial reactions are often more than a little knee-jerk.  Let’s hope that cooler heads begin to prevail.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/23/16

That is the saving grace of humor.  If you fail, no one is laughing at you.”   —   A. Whitney Brown

(Always liked A. Whitney Brown!  I love the irony, but no laughter to a comedian is the most hurtful thing going.  Ouch!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Bremain!) Jumble Spoiler – 06/23/16

Palace of Westminster or the Houses of Parliam...

Palace of Westminster or the Houses of Parliament, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Tourists at the Palace of Westminster.

TAYRP  =  PARTY,  NFGIL  =  FLING,  VOITEM  =  MOTIVE,  HRALEB  =  HERBA  —   Giving us:  ATFLIMOEL

Clue/Question:  Big Ben may be the most famous clock – – –

This image was selected as a picture of the we...

This image was selected as a picture of the week on the Malay Wikipedia for the 48th week, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  OF ALL TIME

(A very timely pun!  Today is the day that Great Britain votes on whether to remain – Bremain – or exit – Brexit – the European Union.  They’re saying that the vote is too close to call, as of this morning’s newspaper.  A Brexit victory would have a negative ripple effect on international markets, and could put Great Britain behind the eight ball for a good number of years, according to the “experts”.  Let’s hope that cooler heads prevail!

No new clue words today, yet all of the jumbles came up as new!  I only hesitated on “hraleb” for a couple of seconds.  The answer letter layout was an excellent jumble too.  I don’t think it gave away a thing.  Great likeness of the clock tower.  Typical teens.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Tough) Jumble Spoiler – 06/22/16

Visual Description:  A taverner’s largesse.

BROTI  =  ORBIT,  UYOSP  =  SOUPY,  TUSHIA  =  HIATUS,  YGANIS  =  SAYING   —   Giving us:  ORBSOPITUING

Clue/Question:  They loved the new wine bar and its – – –

Wine Glass

Wine Glass (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  BIG POURTIONS

(It took me a little time to solve today’s Jumble.  Two of the jumbles came to me right away, but the other two made me think.  One was because we’ve never had “saying” as a clue word before.  Ralis95 can add this to his world famous clue word database.  The other is because . . . I always thought that the Kardashians were from “TUSHIA”.  The answer letter layout did a splendid job of keeping today’s answer a puzzlement.  I thought the first word was going to be either OUT or BIG, and I thought that the four letter portion was probably POUR, but I was erroneously thinking POUR-INGS for a while.  Because of the cartoon, with the over-sized wine glasses and the name on the window – Big Girl Bisto – I settled on BIG and POUR, which left me with SOITN.  Then the lights came on!  A nicely challenging Jumble, I thought.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/22/16

Magyar: Komárom (SK) - Selye János emléktábláj...

Magyar: Komárom (SK) – Selye János emléktáblája a Selye János Gimnáziumban (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.”   —   Hans Selye

English: Wordmark of the name Eustress

English: Wordmark of the name Eustress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I think that popular culture, and the media, puts a much larger emphasis on negative stress, but there are positive stresses, as well.  Eustress is the term that Selye coined for positive stress.  But, ultimately, it’s a matter of perception and attitude.  If you do heavy labor, or you’re forced to march a long distance, you tire – and grumble – much more quickly than if you approach it as exercise, that’s going to help you gain muscle and lose fat/weight.  The same goes for almost every experience and emotion in our lives.  The negative stresses, which we always hear of the detrimental effects, is better categorized as distress.  I had forgotten that we’ve had a Selye quote in the past.  I bet WordPress will find it and tack it on to the bottom of this post.  Be well . . . by being positive, and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/21/16

Feel what you feel, know what you know, and set your relatives free to do the same.”   —   Melody Beattie

(I always liked the name Melody.  It’s such a bright and cheery, and feminine name.  Maybe I’m a little influenced by the Irving Berlin song?  And, maybe I am a little bit of a chauvinist, but I do believe that a pretty girl is like a melody.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 06/21/16

Publicity photo from the television program Ma...

Publicity photo from the television program Mayberry R.F.D. Pictured are Ken Berry (Sam Jones), Buddy Foster (Mike Jones), and Andy Griffith (Sheriff Andy Taylor). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Rural real estate agent.

WYENL  =  NEWLY,  NAXEN  =  ANNEX,  ETIRVD  =  DIVERT,  TALWEL  =  WALLET   —   Giving us:  NLNEDIAL

Clue/Question:  The real estate agent who specialized in selling large tracts of property, had a – – –

Sam Drucker

Sam Drucker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  LANDLINE

Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson).

Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Definitely more of a visual pun!  The old style corded telephone, and deliberately showing the wall jack.  And, all the photos of farm land type properties.  Looks like a scene from one of the old TV series, like Petticoat Junction, or Green Acres.  Could be a young Sam Drucker.  Or, maybe The Andy Griffith Show.  He looks a little like Howard Sprague, too.  Ralis95 will have to update his world famous clue word database, for the word “wallet”.  That is if he hasn’t succumbed to the ridiculously high heat, that’s been wreaking havoc in the Southwest.  The jumble for “annex” gave me some pause, and it turns out they’ve used it before.  If I kept lists, like Vijay does, I’d have to put it on one of them.  S’about it.  Be well and do good . . . friends.)   —   YUR


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