Posts Tagged 'Language'



Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/24/08

There is only one quality worse than hardness of heart, and that is softness of head.”   —   Theodore Roosevelt

(I don’t know about “worse”.  I think it’s more like a tie.  I know Teddy was a no nonsense kind of guy.  He was a “sportsman” and a soldier . . . and it was a different time.  If he had lived to see the likes of Hitler, Mao and Stalin he might have been a bigger advocate of balance . . . above brilliance and brutality.)   YUR

P.S.  These Cryptoquote people need to get more clever/cryptic with quotes by certain “authors”.  Certain ones just jump off the page, making solving the quote a little anti-climatic.  They could resort to using occasional nicknames, like The Bard, Papa, The Great Communicator, etc. Or, in the case of certain well known presidents, they could say The Twenty Sixth President (Teddy). In the meantime, I’ll have to try and avert my eyes from the “author”/credit line, and only look at it as a last resort.  Sort of like I do with the cartoon portion of the Jumble.   YUR

P.P.S.  Before anybody concludes that I’m somehow anti-Teddy, I’d like to say that I’m actually a big admirer of the man.  He was a progressive, independent thinker, who believed in conservation and gave us our system of national parks.  And, we sure could use someone with his “trust busting” balls, because we’re living in the new age of Robber Barons.  One could very well argue that it’s worse now than in Teddy’s time!  That being the case, what we really could use is a Teddy Roosevelt . . . on steroids!  Minus the “roid-rage”, of course!   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/24/08

BLUESH = BUSHEL, LUFTAY = FAULTY, TRAFYC = CRAFTY, NEEVEL = ELEVEN, PRAILL = PILLAR, UNGAMM = MAGNUM   —   Giving us:  SELAULTYLNILGU

Visual Description:  Family birthday scene, with an evasive mom.

Clue/Question:  When a woman stops telling her age, it’s . . .

Answer:  USUALLY TELLING

(What’s in a year?  It’s just a number.  Age is more a state of mind.  Your uncle always cops to 39 . . . every time.)   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/23/08

I’m tired of love, I’m still more tired of rhyme, but money gives me pleasure all the time!”   —   Hilaire Belloc

(“!” assumed by your uncle.  I like this guy’s style!)   YUR

(Satisfying) Jumble Spoiler – 08/23/08

ADNUT = DAUNT, ECHLE = LEECH, BOWELL = BELLOW, DARFOE, FEDORA   —   Giving us:  DUNLEELWDOR

Visual Description:  Tubby hubby complaining:  I’ve gained another five pounds.

Clue/Question:  Too many square meals can make one . . .

Answer:  WELL ROUNDED

(Interesting words, cute cartoon, good pun.  What more could you ask for?)  YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/22/08

It is easy for a somebody to be modest, but it is difficult to be modest when one is a nobody.”   —   Jules Renard

Jumble Spoiler – 08/22/08

ENNIL = LINEN, ROHNO = HONOR, NICKES = SICKEN, POATTE = TEAPOT   —   Giving us:  ENSCTO

Visual Description:  Musician/collector forking over big bucks for a high end instrument.

Clue/Question:  Needed when buying and playing a vintage violin.

Answer:  C NOTES

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/21/08

A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.”   —   Joseph Addison

Jumble Spoiler – 08/21/08

HORAB= ABHOR, MUBIE = IMBUE, LAROSI = SAILOR, TENJIC = INJECT   —   Giving us:  BHIMSAONJE

Visual Description:  Stableman tending to a steed.

Clue/Question:  The groomer brushed the show horse’s hair because it was . . .

Answer:  HIS MANE JOB

(THIS is the kind of clue/question that calls for the “. . .”!)   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/20/08

If you don’t like the games people play, make up your own games.”   —   Source Obscure

(Yes.  Tuesday’s WAS much HARDER!)   YUR

(Sneaky?) Jumble Spoiler – 08/20/08

ERQUE = QUEER, TEPIN = INEPT, HECARB = BREACH, EMTYSS = SYSTEM   —   Giving us:  ETHTE

Visual Description:  Fat cats discussing their staff, over lunch.

Clue/Question:  What the executives needed when they met for a bite . . .

Answer:  TEETH

This was NOT a fill-in-the-blank/continuation type of Jumble!  Then why the “. . .“?  Was the . . .” an honest mistake . . . or were the Jumble folks intentionally trying to throw us off track???  Hmmm?  Inquiring minds want to know . . . especially us kinspiracy minded types!  (Yes, I’m still tired.)  YUR


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