Archive for January 5th, 2018

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/05/18

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You always pass failure on the way to success.”   —   Mickey Rooney

(More motivation that tells you that you’ve got to be in it to win it!  Observation is all well and good, but you really need to get in the game.  As the classic line says:  “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”  Most likely Chaucer.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/05/18

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Visual Description:  Like when Wilbur first heard Mr. Ed speak.

COUEN  =  OUNCE,  FINKE  =  KNIFE,  DDOCEE  =  DECODE,  TZYLIG  =  GLITZY   —   Giving us:  OUKNIODITY

Clue/Question:  He couldn’t believe the young goat could talk.  Then the young goat said – – –

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Answer:  I KID YOU NOT

(Wow.  This one was a bit of a challenge for me, as I did not receive a newspaper this morning.  A little snow, and sub-zero temps, and the delivery “man” disappears!  When I was a twelve and thirteen year old boy NOTHING stopped me from delivering the paper!  NOTHING!!!  I found out recently that my newspaper no longer has regional managers and delivery people who work directly for them.  They’ve sub-contracted that role to a delivery “service”.  When you don’t receive a paper, or it comes damaged/drenched, they no longer offer to have someone – like a regional manager –  come and bring you the missing/damaged paper.  The automated phone program asks you if you’d like today’s paper delivered with tomorrow’s paper!  Sure, I want day old news along with the current day’s news . . . like I want another hole in the head!  Who do they think would opt for this choice???  Some crazy hoarder, or something?  It’s ludicrous!  When I’ve opted for “credit” to my bill, I’ve never seen a reduction to it.  And, as you may recall from an earlier rant, they recently raised the subscription rate by 50%!  Newspapers have been struggling to stay afloat for quite awhile now, but the way they running them now is just speeding up their path to extinction.  Total BS.

And, some of you online solvers just found out that Arkansas Online totally reformatted their product.  A few wrote to me this morning asking for my help.  I’m no member of Mensa, but I was able to navigate their new format, and found both the Jumble and Cryptoquote for them.  Whether, or not, they’ll be able to copy and print them depends on a few other factors that I don’t need to go into.  Change is inevitable.  Adapt, become irrelevant, or die, I guess!

Jumble?  Oh, yeah!  Still no new clue words for 2018, however there were three new jumbles today.  The only one that I could verify as having been used before was “finke”.  The answer letter layout was another doozy!  It almost spells a strange word.  An oukniodity, if you will.  The cartoon was another fun barnyard scene!  Hoyt must be getting some of his ideas from a country cousin, or something!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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