Archive for December, 2018



Jumble Spoiler – 12/28/18

Visual Description:  Dual purpose farm.

XINEV  =  VIXEN,  MILDY  =  DIMLY,  VRREOF  =  FERVOR,  GRYTEA  =  GYRATE   —   Giving us:  IENDLFERGYE

Clue/Question:  When they installed windmills on the farm, they created an – – –

Answer:  ENERGY FIELD

(“Any way the wind blows”  GONG!!!  A renewable energy pun!  Of course, I love it.  The extracting, refining, and burning of fossil fuels has taken its toll on our once robust planet.  You know . . . the only place that 99.999% of us can ever possibly call home.  We desperately need to step up our production of renewable energy, and wean ourselves off of fossil fuels.  If you’re still a climate change denier . . . just unsubscribe from this blog, right now.  I don’t want/need people like you reading.  I don’t write for people who refuse to see.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  No newbies.  But, all of today’s jumbles did come up as new.  I didn’t find any of them tough, but I’m just a big smarty pants.  The answer letter layout was a wonderfully cryptic, 11-letter jumble.  It did a noble job of disguising the answer.  Maybe, the biggest clue was the clue/question ending in AN – – –.  Good job, Mr. Hoyt!

Another fine farm cartoon from our old pal, Jeff Knurek.  Can’t make out what their crop is, but the windmills are unmistakable.  Fun Friday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.  Go green!)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/27/18

I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.”   —   Vincent Van Gogh

(No doubt he said this as he debuted his – now iconic – The Starry Night!  The troubled genius took his own life at the age of 37.  At least his quasi-friend, Paul Gauguin, almost made it to age 55.  And, he spent some great years, as well as his final years, in French Polynesia!  Now, that’s an artist’s life that I would have enjoyed.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/27/18

Visual Description:  Jerk making it hard for the rest of us.

CUVOH  =  VOUCH,  CANET  =  ENACT,  PHISMA  =  MISHAP,  WUDINN  =  UNWIND   —   Giving us:  OHENTMSWI

Clue/Question:  The TV anchorman didn’t know he was about to be fired.  It would soon be – – –

Answer:  NEWS TO HIM

(Actually, what he just said isn’t all that bad.  But, this IS a family format puzzle, so the guys have to keep it clean.  At least he’s keeping his hands to himself.  I’m pretty sure this pun-swer has been used – not recently, of course – before, but it has been re-worked to fit our current state of affairs.

All of today’s clue words appear to be on the – politically correct – ralis95 clue word database.  And, surprisingly, three of the jumbles have definitely been used before.  Only “phisma” is coming up as new.  I did not struggle with it, but I did think that “phisma” was a great jumble.  The answer letter layout was a wonderfully cryptic jumble.  The whole cartoon, and clue/question, set up the answer perfectly, but the answer letter layout didn’t give anything away.

Great newsroom cartoon.  It puts me in mind of the “Murphy Brown” reboot.  I wasn’t the biggest fan the first time around, but I did watch it, on occasion.  But, the new one . . . Oy!  Most of the jokes are so corny and cliched.  I mean the show has its moments, I guess.  But, I can’t see it rivaling its initial run, by any stretch of the imagination.  The best thing in the show was introduced mid to late season, when Murphy adopts this special needs dog.  He’s a French Bulldog/Boston Terrier mix who gets around on rear wheels, because of paralyzed hind legs.  They end up naming him Ben, after Ben Hur, because his wheels are like his chariot!  Little Benny will either save “Murphy Brown”, or maybe he’ll get his own spin-off series!  A star is born!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/26/18

Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand.  Only dreams give birth to change.”   —   Sarah Ban Breathnach

(Wow!  Today’s was a tough solve for me.  Even knowing that the Q had to be either the A or the I, it still was tough.  Surprisingly, the first word I figured out was “quiet”.  Not a lot of good bio on the author.  She was born Sarah Crean, and then married Ed Sharp and published under the name Mrs. Sharp.  Not sure how, when, or why, she picked up Ban Breathnach.  She’s best known for her “Simple Abundance” books.  Very popular with Oprah.  This is part of a New Year’s Day quote.  Today, we welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —  YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 12/26/18

Visual Description:  Gluttony fed by avarice.

DUGEN  =  NUDGE,  WLEDL  =  DWELL,  BURUNA  =  AUBURN,  LRIFAY  =  FAIRLY   —   Giving us:  DGEELARAL

Clue/Question:  Voting to raise prices more than 500 percent, the selfish business people – – –

Answer:  ALL AGREED

(Oh, well.  I guess we have to put the spirit of Christmas in the rear view mirror, and get back to the unfortunate reality of . . . the world.  Sigh!  It was fun while it lasted.  Hope everyone had a pleasant holiday.

No new clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  I did not struggle with any of them.  The answer letter layout was a splendid jumble too.  It was sufficiently cryptic.  The hyphen and the quotation marks were the big clues, along with the cartoon and its dialog.

The cartoon does a fine job of showing a corporate boardroom.  They all voted to gouge their customers, despite lower costs.  These guys should invite Martin Shkreli to their little cabal.  I know he’d vote with them!  Be better than these cretins, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Holiday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/25/18

Let’s keep the warmth and love of this holiday season glowing throughout our lives.”   —   The Puzzle Editors

(Let’s try to temper our greed, and need . . . for power.  With love and empathy the world we can shower!  Charity may begin at home, but it doesn’t have to end there, people.  A generosity of spirit could, and should, infect the entire world.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Christmas Jumble Spoiler – 12/25/18

 

Visual Description:  Holiday crafting.

XIPLE  =  PIXEL,  NHOTM  =  MONTH,  MAYFLI  =  FAMILY,  GERDED  =  DREDGE   —   Giving us:  IETFDG

Clue/Question:  When it came to making presents for her family, the girl was – – –

Answer:  GIFTED

(You can’t call today’s pun “stinky”.  That wouldn’t be appropriate.  How about . . . aromatic?  Like cinnamon, and pine needles, and peppermint.  Maybe a little nutmeg.  You can also throw in the enticing smells of your favorite roasting meat and veggie dishes!  Hey, it’s Christmas!  The original, international day of thanksgiving.  Be joyous!  Be grateful!  Show the love.  Be the love.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  But, all of the jumbles came up as new.  Fortunately, none of them stumped me any.  The answer letter layout was a nifty, cryptic jumble too.

The cartoon shows the little girl making gifts for the holidays of the season.  A little for Christmas.  A little dreidel for Hanukkah.  And, some Rasta beads for Kwanzaa.   A beautiful inclusive cartoon. 

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank David and Jeff for all the great work they do in providing us great Jumbles, all throughout the year.  It’s more than a job for them, it’s a labor of love, and it shows.  We’re all very fortunate that these two talented gentlemen got together to do the Jumble.  Merry Christmas to all.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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