Posts Tagged 'Word Games'

Jumble Spoiler – 02/09/16

Pablo Picasso, Three Musicians (1921), Museum ...

Pablo Picasso, Three Musicians (1921), Museum of Modern Art. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The Faux Arts.

THEYF  =  HEFTY,  KAHIK  =  KHAKI,  LUWSAR  =  WALRUS,  TINKET  =  KITTEN   —   Giving us:  HTKAARSITN

Clue/Question:  He said the painting of the Mongolian leader was a Picasso, but it was made by a – – –

Pablo Picasso, 1937, Guernica, protest against...

Pablo Picasso, 1937, Guernica, protest against Fascism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  KHAN ARTIST

(A terrific stinky pun!  Very smart Jumble.  Art fraud is very big business.  All of today’s clue words are old favorites, and two of the jumbles have definitely been used before.  It looks like “theyf” and “kahik” are new though.  The answer letter layout is a beautiful jumble too.  I don’t think it gave away anything.  The cartoon shows that – above all else – cartoonists are artists.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I’ve been a fan of Picasso’s since I was five or six years old, as a copy of Three Musicians hung prominently in the music room of my elementary school.  I love the dogs in the painting.  The guitar player stands out, and the one guy seems to be playing a clarinet.  But, I never quite got what the third musician was playing.  Can anybody enlighten me?   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/08/16

English: Statue of Lao Tzu (Laozi) in Quanzhou...

English: Statue of Lao Tzu (Laozi) in Quanzhou 中文: 福建泉州老君岩 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kindness in words creates confidence.  Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.  Kindness in giving creates love.”   —   Lao Tzu

(I guess the consensus is that: kindness is the way to go!  Happy Chinese – Lunar – New Year, everybody!  It’s the year of the monkey!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/08/16

English: Four white geese in a park (Cagliari)...

English: Four white geese in a park (Cagliari) Italiano: Quattro Anser domesticus in un parco a Cagliari (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry . . .

UNMOD  =  MOUND,  FINSF  =  SNIFF,  LYALGE  =  GALLEY,  SPYMAW  =  SWAMPY   —   Giving us:  ONSNGASW

Clue/Question:  The waterfowl’s final performance was her – – –

own work, gfdl

own work, gfdl (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  SWAN SONG

(Not quite sure why she’s wearing a crown.  Maybe, because she’s a diva?  It’s cute though!  I don’t think the answer should have been all that tough for anyone to get.  We do have one new clue word today, in “swampy”.  It’s possible we’ve had it in the past, but that probably would have been on a Sunday, when ralis95 doesn’t always catch them.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “finsf” having been used before.  I always appreciate the kind of clue letter groupings like we had today.  Makes my job just that much easier!  The answer letter layout was another nifty jumble.  And, it’s a super cartoon!  I always enjoy Jeff’s ducks and geese.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Congrats to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, on their impressive Super Bowl 50 victory!  Was this Peyton’s swan song???  Before the game, my brother and I were saying if Denver played their game then it was going to be a low scoring game.  Some guy in the newspaper was saying the game would be over 44 points!  Pssshh!  What a maroon!      YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/07/16

Dwight D. Eisenhower photo portrait.

Dwight D. Eisenhower photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.”   —   Abba Eban

(Well . . . you don’t expect the other guy to just give you his oil, gas and mineral rights!  Do you???  It’s much easier to just go in on some trumped up pretext, guns blazing, and take what you want.  Then you can extend your military industrial complex profits, with a prolonged occupation.  That will disenfranchise and alienate more young men, to join more and more “terrorist” organizations, and you can perpetuate the militaristic cycle of profit for the few, at the expense of the many.  Maybe, they’ll behave more wisely after they have exhausted all the resources?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Super Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/07/16

English: Andra Davis, a player with the Denver...

English: Andra Davis, a player with the Denver Broncos American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Miscalculated Michigan alum appearance!

DAUNOB  =  ABOUND,  MARACE  =  CAMERA,  TIENYT  =  ENTITY,  DUNSED  =  SUDDEN,  PICCHU  =  HICCUP,  LERONL  =  ENROLL   —   Giving us:  ADEANTTDNICEN

Clue/Question:  After their team won the Super Bowl, some of the fans were – – –

Denver Broncos logo

Denver Broncos logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  IN ATTENDDANCE

(What???  Two weeks is NOT enough time to edit a cartoon???  Who’s playing today, people?  That’s right, the Carolina Panthers and . . . the Denver Broncos!  NOT that banged up bunch of also rans, coached by the illegitimate, morose son of Al Davis.  LOL!  Nothing scared me more, and pleased me more, than the AFC Championship game of two weeks ago.  Especially after last year’s Super Bowl debacle.  Who even thinks to throw the ball on second and goal from the one yard line, when you have the best power back in the league?!  It was beyond stupid.  It was – beyond a shadow of a doubtTHE biggest gaffe in Super Bowl history.  Worse than Jackie Smith dropping that pass, that hit him in the numbers, while falling to his butt in the end zone.  Even worse than Scott Norwood‘s wide right field goal miss.  Arrogance and ego are two of the greatest ills of human existence, because they have a funny way of biting you in the butt.  Pete Carroll had to learn that the hard way.

There were no new clue words today, but four of the jumbles came up as new.  The guys have definitely used both “dunsed” and “leronl” sometime in the past.  I liked all the jumbles though.  The answer letter layout maybe could have been better, but I’m not exactly sure how.  You just knew the first word had to be either AT or IN, based on the lead in of the clue/question.  I guess AN was an option too, but it would have been too obvious, seeing that it was right there in the answer letter layout.  Hoyt wouldn’t do that.  The quotation marks and the hyphen, and Jeff’s – delusional – celebration were the biggest clues!

I really don’t have a favorite going into today’s Big Show.  I don’t hate either team . . . for me to have someone to root against.  No questionable, or dirty, players or coaches.   And, I like both of the QBs.  Based on their records, and the outcomes of their respective Championship games, the Panthers are the clear favorites.  But, Peyton is the sentimental favorite.  The charismatic, aging gunslinger, with probably his last chance to get his second ring, makes for a nice Hollywood movie-style ending.  All we really want is that the game is competitive.  Lop-sided games take all the fun out of the Super Bowl hype.  Let’s hope for that, no serious injuries, a few clever commercials, and an entertaining – Cold Play – halftime show!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/06/16

The Modern School in New York City, circa 1911...

The Modern School in New York City, circa 1911-12. Will Durant stands with his pupils. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to say.”   —   Will Durant

(It’s hard for me to argue with this!  It made for a fairly challenging solve.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/06/16

English: Dog in a retreat. Português: Cachorro...

English: Dog in a retreat. Português: Cachorro em um retiro. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Department store diva.

PALAH  =  ALPHA,  RIWTL  =  TWIRL,  KOLTEC  =  LOCKET,  VHALIS  =  LAVISH   —   Giving us:  ALHTLLEAVI

Clue/Question:  The shopper demanded 50% off everything in the store because she wanted to – – –

Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at th...

Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa. I took this picture. This looks just like my dog Yuma. He was from a shelter in Evanston Il. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  HALVE IT ALL

(Punderful!  The “alpha” shopper liked to “twirl” her way to get the “lavish” “locket”.  Which one of our readers used to do this with the clue words???  Was it JT?  Could be.  It’s all kind of a blur to me by now.  None of today’s clue words are new, but three of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  Hoyt has definitely used “palah” before.  The answer letter layout was an admirably constructed jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  Knurek’s cartoon sets the tone perfectly.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  The family and I got ourselves a new family member, from a local animal shelter.  Wally!  He’s believed to be a 2 year old yellow lab and chow chow mix.  But, who really knows?!  I guess we could have a DNA test done on him, but it’s not all that important.  He’s medium sized, with short golden fur, a short muzzle and a semi-stocky build.  He’s no Ginger!  No dog will ever be.  But, he’s got a sweet disposition and he seems to be acclimating well.  So far, no accidents.  Knock wood!   The house feels more complete again.   —   YUR


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