Posts Tagged 'Word Games'

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/29/16

Portrait of Evelyn Waugh

Portrait of Evelyn Waugh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If politicians and scientists were lazier, how much happier we should all be.”   —   Evelyn Waugh

(I get the politician part, but not the scientist!  Must be a Republican thing!  Surprisingly, this is our first Waugh quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Tough) Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/29/16

English: Pit crews have to work together effic...

English: Pit crews have to work together efficiently in order to repair heat winning cars so they can return to compete in the feature event. Most derbies require that the same car qualifying in the heat must be used in the feature. Occasionally, some derbies allow heat winners to use a fresh car in the feature.(Photograph by Bill Lowenburg) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Pit crew compatriots.

MIFRON  =  INFORM,  LOWLOH  =  HOLLOW,  MARTEP  =  TAMPER,  GEUNHO  =  ENOUGH,  LETHEM  =  HELMET,  THWICS  =  SWITCH   —   Giving us:  INRHOWTMEENOELESWI

Clue/Question:  He hadn’t won the Indy 6500 yet, but the – – –

Pre-Answer:  4 Words  (6-letters) (4-letters) (2-letters) (6-letters)

Emerson Fittipaldi dominated the 1994 Indianap...

Emerson Fittipaldi dominated the 1994 Indianapolis 500 until his crash on lap 185 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  WHEELS WERE IN MOTION

English: Mexican Duff beer, purchased in Switz...

English: Mexican Duff beer, purchased in Switzerland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Wow!  An 18-letter answer!  And, it had me stumped for a while.  There were no new clue words, but five of the jumbles are new.  They have used “lethem” before.  I thought the jumbles for “inform” and “enough” and “tamper” were very creative.  But, the best jumble was the answer letter layout!  I didn’t see the word WHEELS for the longest time.  For a while, I thought the second word was either TIME or SHOW.  And, I also thought the third word was either IS or TO.  I left it for a while, and when I came back the word WHEELS just hit me, then WERE, and then the pun finally fell into place!  Very cool cartoon.  I don’t follow racing, so I don’t know who Jeff’s driver is.  Or, how a Duff Beer blimp comes into play.  But overall, I thought this was a very challenging and entertaining Jumble.  How ’bout you guys???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/28/16

Ameesha Patel walks for Rocky S at Aamby Valle...

Ameesha Patel walks for Rocky S at Aamby Valley City India Bridal Week 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are human and we make mistakes, but learning from them is what makes the difference.”   —   Ameesha Patel

(Our very first Ameesha Patel quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  I kind of think her newness is why we got this well-worn, re-hashed quote.  It wasn’t very difficult to solve, but if you tend to rely on the author’s name as a way of solving these, I can see how one might struggle to get it.  It’s the second one this week that started with We!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/27/16

English: This is Huxley, a Jack Russell terrie...

English: This is Huxley, a Jack Russell terrier. She is probably half Parson Russell terrier as she has long legs (13.5″ at the shoulder). Huxley is named after Aldous Huxley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”   —   Aldous Huxley

(I’m trying, friends!  I’m not OLD old, yet.  But, I’m staying in shape, listening to new music that I actually like, and just being the silly ass that I’ve been all my life.  You need to keep that youthful verve, if you don’t want to swerve into mental retirement.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  The dog is cuter than Aldous.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/27/16

Screenshot of Elvis Presley and Judy Tyler fro...

Screenshot of Elvis Presley and Judy Tyler from the trailer for the film Jailhouse Rock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Presley producing.

MLUAB  =  ALBUM,  KIYLS  =  SILKY,  THIKNG  =  KNIGHT,  TIBNTE  =  BITTEN   —   Giving us:  AUMSLKKIGITTN

Clue/Question:  Elvis got so many things done simultaneously because he was the  – – –

Dualdeck

Dualdeck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  MULTITASKKING

(Beautiful pun!  And, a nice long 13-letter answer!  Was this one difficult?  I think for the majority of regular Jumble fans this was not.  All of the clue words were old favorites.  Three of the jumbles look to be new.  Hoyt has used “kiyls” before.  The answer letter layout was nicely cryptic.  A wonderful jumble itself.  Lots of fun with Jeff’s cartoon.  Guitar and keyboard.  Old-style telephone and cassette tape.  The pen holder on the console could be the one-eyed cat, from Shake, Rattle and Roll.  Priscilla’s high-hair.  The coup de grâce is the TV, with a bullet hole in it!  The fatter, Vegas-style Elvis seems a little out of place though, but only by a year or so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Stumper – 05/26/16

Deutsch: Stumper

Deutsch: Stumper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I’m spinning my wheels on this one, people!  There are one set of double letters in the last word, and the author’s last name.  And, it’s looking like either the R or the G could be the E.  I’m not giving up.  I’m just not there yet.  I’ll get back to you.  No answers, please!  Meanwhile, enjoy this handsome dog!)   —   YUR

(Never mind.  I got it!  See below.)   —   YUR

English writer Hilaire Belloc (1870-1963)

English writer Hilaire Belloc (1870-1963) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”   —   Hilaire Belloc

(Well.  Today, the author’s name was absolutely no help!  At least, not to me.  I did figure – early on – that the word following the comma was either BUT or AND, but that wasn’t nearly enough to get me very far.  And initially, I was thinking IXG was either ARE or THE, but that got me nowhere!  Finally, I figured that the TR could not be NO, or DO, or SO.  So, I gave WE a shot . . . and the other letters just started to fall into place!  Someone is bound to comment that this wasn’t tough, but it sure was for me!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I’m too tired to preview today’s Related Articles, so I just clicked on the first 10.  I’m not sure how many of you look at them, or appreciate them, anyway.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/26/16

Statue of st. Peter

Statue of st. Peter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Jumble meets Non Sequitur.

KAWAE  =  AWAKE,  NUHOD  =  HOUND,  HONYWA  =  ANYHOW,  VERHIT  =  THRIVE   —   Giving us:  AKEHONANHTHVE

Clue/Question:  After realizing he was at the Pearly Gates, he said – – –

English: Chicago Cubs logo

English: Chicago Cubs logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  OH, THANK HEAVEN

(A nice, long, 13-letter answer!  I did not see it immediately, but it didn’t take me too long to get it.  No new clue words, however three of the jumbles came up as new.  We have definitely seen “verhit” before.  I thought the answer letter layout was a dandy!  A great jumble, that didn’t give away anything.  The cartoon was a lot of fun.  David Hoyt’s “Phew!  I’m so relieved.”, combined with the two letter answer box, followed by the comma, were what lead me to the answer.  Immediately, I figured the 2-letter word was either NO or OH, but Dave’s comment sewed it up for me.  For those of you not familiar with Non Sequitur, it’s a comic panel/strip by Wiley Miller, that a lot of newspapers carry.  It’s a very satirical comic, that has a number of recurring themes, one of them being people at, or approaching, the Pearly Gates.  It is one of my favorites, for a number of reasons.  Jeff’s Saint Peter looks to be very kindly.  I just hope this doesn’t jinx Hoyt’s health!  Go get a physical, cuz!  At the very least you have to hang around long enough to see your Cubbies win the World Series!  They are definitely looking like the team to beat this year!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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