Archive for the 'Games' Category

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/22/14

Argue for your limitations

Argue for your limitations (Photo credit: Thalita Carvalho ϟ)

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.”   —   Richard Bach

(Desire definitely lightens the load.  Hey, the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull is still out there, folks.  I think I read Illusions, about a hundred years ago!  He had a terrible plane accident in 2012, but he just recently returned to flying!  If you’re interested, go to his website and pay him a visit!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – Vernal Equinox 2014


A small vegetable garden in May outside of Aus...

A small vegetable garden in May outside of Austin, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”   —   Margaret Atwood

(Dirt is a great smell!  Most of us have become too citified to get our hands dirty, and that’s a crying shame.  Okay.  You don’t actually have to get your hands dirty.  You can wear gloves!  We all should pledge to plant something this spring.  It doesn’t have to be a tree, or an entire vegetable garden, although that would be nice.  Just plant some annuals, or some tulip or daffodil bulbs.  Anything where you put a spade, or trowel, into the earth, so you can get that great smell!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/19/14

The flower is the poetry of reproduction.  It ...

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life. ~Jean Giraudoux (Photo credit: E_TAVARES)

The flower is the poetry of reproduction.  It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.”   —   Jean Giraudoux

(Perhaps the best definition of a flower that I’ve heard!   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/18/14


clara_schuman-2012-hp (Photo credit: Yvonne Kao)

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.”   —   Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Possibly said soon after the death of her husband, Robert Schumann.  What a remarkable and talented couple they were.  He, an accomplished composer, and she an accomplished pianist and composer, from the Romantic era.  The story of their lives is filled with such romance and drama that I thought it would make for a great movie.  As it turns out, someone in the 1940s had the same – great – idea, and did make it into a movie, starring Katharine Hepburn, called Song of Love.  It was released in 1947.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it, but it looks like a great film with a great cast.  Obviously, Kate plays Clara.  Paul Henreid plays Robert Schumann.  You movie buffs would remember him as Victor Laszlo, in Casablanca.  The film also stars Robert Walker and Leo G. Carroll.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s shown on Turner Classic Movies, from time to time.  Who knows?  Maybe it’s even available On Demand.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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St. Paddy’s Day Jumble Spoiler – 2014

The scam truck

The scam truck (Photo credit: jepoirrier)

Visual Description:  Not falling for the short con.


Clue/Question:  The St. Patrick’s Day scam artist was attempting a – – –

English: Chicago river dyed green on St. Patri...

English: Chicago river dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day, looking east from Michigan Avenue bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig)...

Saint Patrick’s Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) in Dublin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(May the road rise to meet you . . . not sink, like a foot deep pothole!  This has been one horrific winter for our thoroughfares, my friends!  I brought in my trusty Buick Le Sabre for what I thought was going to be a replacement of a strut.  But, as it turns out, the chassis had broken, and was pushed up into the frame of the car!  It can’t be fixed!  It’s a major safety issue that has doomed it to the scrap heap.  The shame is the engine is running perfectly.  So, now yer uncle has to go out and spend some of his dwindling dollars for some new-er wheels.  My mechanic was so upset that he couldn’t even call me to break the news to me.  I tell ya folks, if you have a choice between being rich or good looking . . . choose rich!  That’s what I’m doing . . . in my next life!

So, no new clue words today.  But, the jumbling was kinda cool.  I put down CONIVE for the third word, but that left me with an extra C, and no N!  I was thinking CONNIVE, but I wouldn’t think to spell it with two Ns.  Very often my hands and tongue connive against my brain, and I just write and say the stupidest things!  So, I actually backed into “novice”.  Bear with me, folks.  I’m new at this.  I thought it was sort of funny that we had both “blurt” and “blotch” in the same puzzle.  The answer letter layout was okay.  Pretty cool cartoon also.  Hey!  If the little bearded dude also had bad skin . . . would the answer have been LEPER-CON???  That’s all I got today, kids.  Be well, do good and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!)   —   YUR

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St. Paddy’s Day Cryptoquote Spoiler – 2014


English: Postcard: "St. Patrick's Day Sou...

English: Postcard: “St. Patrick’s Day Souvenir” postmarked 1912 in the United States. On postcard: “OLD WEIR BRIDGE” Description: “1912 POSTCARD ST. PATRICK’S DAY SOUVENIR; POSTALLY USED and CANCELLED MARCH 1912” Pictured: The painting depicted is of the “Old Weir Bridge” located Dinis Cottage, in Killarney National Park, Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”   —   Irish Blessing

(Happy St. Patrick’s Day, to one and all!  Everyone is an honorary Irishman today, so feel free to partake in the wearin’ o’ th’ green!  And, if you’re feelin’ like a contrarian . . . wear o’ th’ orange!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/14/14

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Benjamin Franklin Bridge (Photo credit: jasonmurphyphotography)

Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.”   —   Ben Franklin

(Use it or lose it, folks!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/13/14

English: no original description

English: no original description (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Accidents will happen!


Clue/Question:  After getting into a traffic accident with his wife’s car, he was a – – –

A Chevrolet Malibu involved in a rollover crash

A Chevrolet Malibu involved in a rollover crash (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I guess he’s not in good hands . . . and probably doesn’t have a good neighbor . . . or a friend like Flo.  He probably doesn’t even have a little lizard!  Oh yeah.  This guy is toast.  He better get used to riding the bus!

No new clue words today, but I think all the jumbling may have been.  It took me a couple of minutes to figure out “leeway”, and I really liked “spotty”.  Splendid job on the answer letter layout.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  Cool cartoon.  What exactly is it that he hit?  Some kind of concrete median divider?  Yeah.  I guess I’ll go with that.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Crypto(mis)quote Spoiler – 03/12/14

Rustic Civility by William Collins showing a c...

Rustic Civility by William Collins showing a child “tugging his forelock” as a local authority figure passes on horseback (only visible by the shadow) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Always mistrust a subordinate who never finds fault with his superior.”   —   John Churton Collins


English: William Collins (d. 1759)

English: William Collins (d. 1759) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(This quote appears to be mis-attributed.  I initially looked at all the John Churton Collins quotation pages, and I could not find this particular quote.  The closest being:  “Never trust a man who speaks well of everybody.”  However, a search on the quote itself returns multiple citings of this quote being said by a William Collins.  There are a number of William Collins’ who could have said it, but the sites that follow up the quote’s author with a little bio have it as William Collins, the 18th Century poet.  I suppose the internet could be wrong, but it’s much more likely that our Cryptoquote friends just got this one wrong.  Hey!  We all make mistakes, from time to time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/11/14


Prairies (Photo credit: bpmm)

Visual Description:  Little Kibbutz on the Prairie (or: Field of Khaloymes)


Clue/Question:  The pioneer got so excited after seeing the homestead that his wife said – – –

Geneseo log cabin

Geneseo log cabin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



prairie grass

prairie grass (Photo credit: **** j a z z z i ***)

(Mazel tov!  They finally have arrived!  No new clue words today, but all the jumblings look new to me.  I especially liked the jumbling of “trophy”.  The answer letter layout was nicely cryptic today, too.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you struggled to get today’s answer.  The cartoon was great, and it didn’t bonk us over the head with any silly bonus clues.  Just the way yer uncle likes it!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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