Posts Tagged 'Puzzles'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/25/21

Oscar Wilde – Modernism Lab

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”   —   Oscar Wilde

(The Big O was such a misanthrope!  Well, at least he was humorous in being so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/25/21

Men Having Fun Arm Wrestling Each Other In Bar Stock Photo - Download Image Now - iStock

Visual Description:  Brains over brawn.


Clue/Question:  Even though he was smaller, the winner of the arm wrestling match – – –

Friends With Your Ex? Rashida Jones Understands | WVXU


(I guess it’s been a while since we’ve had a good arm-wrestling pun Jumble!  I remember an episode of “Seinfeld” where they played on a variant of having the upper hand.  I think they just made it up, but I can’t be certain.  Anyway, they just called it having hand.  It always sounded a little dopey to me, but I guess it could be a New York thing?  I always thought it was just kind of a long con that led up to the final joke.  George had been having some kind of back and forth with his girlfriend – of the week – and finally she got fed up with him.  Poor George cried out:  “But, I have hand!”   And of course she replied:  “And, you’re going to need it.”

No new clue words today.  Back to normal.  Two of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  But, we’ve definitely seen “puden” and “gurho” before.  No toughies for me today.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  But the setup and the final answer letter slots made for a quick solve.

Fairly simple pub/bar scene cartoon.  A couple of spectators enjoying a pitcher of beer, and a dart board on the wall behind the surprise champion.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PSWhy Rashida Jones???  Because I think she’s beautiful.  And, it’s her birthday.   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/24/21

Gail Devers Biography - Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline

Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”   —   Gail Devers

(Our first quote from Ms. Yolanda Gail Devers!  But, don’t call her Yoli!  She’ll probably say:  “That’s Not My Name”.  Gail was at risk for losing her feet to amputation, when radiation treatments for Grave’s disease caused them to blister and swell, to the point where she had to crawl or be carried!  Fortunately, that wasn’t necessary, as the radiation treatments ended, and the swelling and blistering subsided.  And, she went on to win multiple gold and silver medals throughout her illustrious career.  We welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/24/21

Appian Way, The First Roman Road | Amusing Planet

Visual Description:  Don’t stray from the Appian Way!


Clue/Question:  When the I, V, X and L went for a hike together, they were – – –

Team Metric » Roman Numerals to Hindi Numerals


(Gotta love the classics!  Classic stinky puns that is.  Today’s Jumble utilizes two of ancient Rome’s greatest contributions to their success:  Roman numerals and one of their great engineering feats.  Their aqueducts and prolific road building had as much to do with expanding their empire as did their well regimented, and disciplined, military might.  Many of both still exist to this day, as do many of their bridges and tunnels.  And, that’s just a few of Rome’s engineering marvels.  The calendars that we use today are based on Roman calendars.  Of course they used Roman numerals!  Even today, when we want to be fancy schmancy, we use Roman numerals!  We see them on buildings, monuments, copyright dates on movies and television . . . and on Super Bowls!

Would you believe that Hoyt has done it again?  Yes, he has given us another new clue word, in “sitcom”!  I think he’s been saving them up, in a secret file, to dole them out ONLY when he sees fit.  Our friend, ralis95, will have to update his world famous clue word database once again!  All of today’s jumbles came up as new for me.  The only one that got me was – ironically – “ctmios”!  I couldn’t see “sitcom” to save my life!  I had to back into it, after getting the final answer.  Thankfully, there were enough clues for me to quickly solve that.

Very amusing cartoon.  I always enjoy Jeff’s animated letters and numbers.  And, he did a great job capturing the Italian countryside.  Hey, if you put these numeral together you get 66.  So, maybe they’re getting their kicks . . . on Route LXVI?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday, brutha George!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/23/21

Irritable medusa and Thomas Henry Huxley. On the left, Rhizostoma... | Download Scientific Diagram

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”   —   Thomas Huxley

(Easier said than done.  The second part that is.  I don’t think you can ever really know everything about anything.  But, I guess it’s all in the trying.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/23/21

Vintage Bentwood Cane Rocking Chair Style of Thonet Stamped Made In Poland  & R 4 | eBay

Visual Description:  The family heirloom.


Clue/Question:  The rocker had been in their family for generations, and they would – – –

Is the Paleo Diet “For Whites Only”? part 2 – Barriers for Blacks coming to  the Paleo table | blackgirlspaleo


(Now this is truly a bad, stinky pun!  Even yer Uncle will concede this point.  But, it put me in mind of a corny old song from the 1960s, by a group called The Association.  They were kinda the nerdy version of The Beach Boys.  Beautiful harmonies, but oh so corny lyrics.  My wife digs all these cornball songs.  She’s a big fan of The Association and especially The Lettermen.  I let her drag me to a Vegas show of The Lettermen a few years ago.  And, even though I’m not really a fan, I have to admit that they are very talented, and they put on a great show.

Stop the presses!  We have breaking news.  HEADLINE NEWS, actually!  David L. Hoyt has actually come up with a brand new clue word, in “nicer”!  Yes, the long drought is finally over.  I won’t hold my breath waiting for the next one, but there is some cause for minor celebration.  Hopefully, our dear friend ralis95 is all healed, and able to update his world famous clue word database.  I have been remiss in checking up on him.  Shame on me.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new, but I know that we’ve seen “gamie” and “griehh” in the past.  Would you believe that I had to back in to “nicer”?!!  I started off seeing “rince” – for rinse – and  then just kind of spun my wheels.  Fortunately, the final answer was pretty easy, with the quotation marks and the hyphen.  But, even then it took me a few looks to get “nicer”!  Maybe I need to be nicer?

Great multi-generational family scene cartoon.  Besides the awesome rocking chair, I see a nice looking crib behind the impending Grandma and Great Grandmas.  This whole thing has put me in a corny mood, so I’m going to give you both The Association and The Lettermen songs.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Belated) Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/21/21

Sophocles | Biography, Books and Facts

There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so powerful as the conscience which dwells within us.”   —   Sophocles

(Unless you’re a sociopath!  Then you think that everyone else is an idiot, and you’ll never be caught.  And, you have no remorse for what you did.  Does that then mean that sociopaths have absolutely no conscience???  Interesting.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Belated) Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/21/21

Personal Pages - Bose Corporation Model 2201 speakers

Visual Description:  Audio advancement.


Clue/Question:  Amar Bose asked investors to fund his new speaker company, and they said – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (4-letters)  (6-letters)  (5-letters)

Bose: The king is dead, long live the king!


(And, that was like music to his ears!  I would definitely call this a minor stinky pun.  Maybe, because there is so much truth to it?  They are superior speakers.  That’s why their slogan is:  To get a Bose . . . you’ll pay through the nose!  JKLOL!

All of the clue words are familiar old friends, though some we haven’t seen in quite a while.  Every one of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  And, a couple of them were real toughies too!  I had to skip over, and comeback to, both “lutess” and “gimepa”.  I was afraid for a while that I might have to back into them, but I didn’t need to resort to that.  The answer letter layout was a fantastic fifteen letter jumble.  But, the combination of the clue/question’s leading nature, and the layout of the final answer slots, made for a quick solve.

Fun period piece cartoon!  I guess this must be around 1964 . . . according to Wikipedia.  At first glance – before reading any of the dialog, or clue/question – I thought I was looking at a triangular pepperoni pizza!  Hey, my priorities always start with food!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/22/21

Harriet Beecher Stowe - HISTORY

The past the present and the future are really one:  they are today.”   —   Harriet Beecher Stowe

(The woman wrote the book that helped lead to the end of slavery in the United States.  Just don’t think that the North was lily white leading up to the Civil War, because they weren’t!  There was a sick kind of enabling game going on to appease the Southern states, because for a long time the Southern states were the money makers.  Industrialization helped the North to develop somewhat of a backbone.  Most don’t realize there were slaves in the “free state” of New Jersey right up to the Civil War. 

But, when the South seceded the North/Union was more concerned about competition for the western territories, than actually “freeing the slaves”.  The Monroe Doctrine didn’t anticipate a non-European entity intervening in the Americas!  Expansionism was the dirty, un-publisized, reason for “preserving the Union”.  The freeing of the enslaved people was simply the auspicious – and moral – byproduct of the war.  History books are written by the victors.  They get to frame the story into good guys versus villains.  When you’re dealing with a death toll that approached 750,000 you really need find a way to put some lipstick on the pig!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/22/21

Building a Deck: Laying Out and Installing Joists - Fine Homebuilding

Visual Description:  All decked out.


Clue/Question:  After helping her dad install the floor joists, she was – – –

Circular saw - Wikipedia

Answer:  BEAMING

(I think the guys just needed a reason to use the word JOIST!  While not being an “uncommon” word, it’s a word that is much more common among contractors:  roofers and carpenters.  To the uninitiated, a deck is simply made up of planks and beams.  But, the  beams, are the mainframe supports, while the joists are the horizontal boards that span them.  They provide the support for the planks.  JOIST is a great crossword puzzle word.

All familiar old clue words today.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  Only “duefg” has definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a concise seven letter jumble.  It was cryptic enough that I had to check off the ING before I saw the BEAM.  It was the connection between joist and beam that made this work for me.

Nice domestic scene cartoon.  Dad and daughter seem to have things well in hand.  Mom is looking on approvingly.  They all seem to be beaming, to me!  Nice Monday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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