Posts Tagged 'Word Games'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/18/18

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A cloudy day or a little sunshine have as great an influence on many constitutions as the most real blessings or fortunes.”   —   Joseph Addison

(Hmm.  Shouldn’t it be HAS, instead of HAVE?  OR is not a collective, like AND, so “cloudy day” and “a little sunshine” would be singular, right?  I HAVE, you HAVE and they HAVE, but he, she and it HAS.  Right?  It’s a nice long quote, that took some work to solve.  And, there is truth to it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/18/18

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Visual Description:  Starting a victory garden?


Clue/Question:  When it came to tilling the soil by hand, he was – – –

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Answer:  GUNG HOE

(An earthy pun!  As all stinky puns are.  Only a seven letter long answer, but maybe not that easy, if you’re not familiar with gardening tools, and this expression.  Gung Ho is a popular expression of enthusiasm, particularly of the United State Marines, but it has kind of changed from its Chinese origins.  I can still see its positive link though.

No new clue words today, yet all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  None of them tripped me up today.  The answer letter layout was smartly cryptic.  Especially, for being only seven letters long.

Nice domestic, suburban cartoon.  The guy appears to be wearing a visor.  He’s got either rosy cheeks, or a little smudge of dirt on them.  And, his trousers legs are covered in dirt.  You can see a little added emphasis to the hoe also.  And, if you look closely, you can see they both seem to be wearing work gloves.  They do help cut down on blisters.  Nice little Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/17/18

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It’s always been the woman’s disadvantage to be older, never the man’s.”   —   Jane Fonda

(Wake up, Jane!  It might affect you ladies a little earlier, but eventually ageism affects us all.  But, welcome to the Cryptoquote Club!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/17/18

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Visual Description:  Exclusive angel.


Clue/Question:  She needed a blood transfusion.  Luckily, the patient’s boyfriend was – – –

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(A romantic pun, for a Friday.  There’s even a certain relationship about it.  Love is a matter of the heart.  And, what does the heart do?  It pumps the blood throughout our bodies.  There you go!  Thank you, Captain Obvious!

Somehow, the clue word “slyly” is coming up as new.  It seems kind of familiar though.  Perhaps we’ve seen it since the last version of the ralis95 clue word database was released???  My copy is read only, so I can’t add to it, and therefore . . . I dunno.  We definitely haven’t seen it with this particular jumble, I can tell you that.  If it’s truly new, I guess the boss man will have to update for it.  We have seen the jumble “plutip” before.  I was able to see all the clue words right away today.  The answer letter layout was another dandy of a jumble.  Nicely cryptic.

Nice hospital room cartoon.  The patient even is wearing one of those ID bracelets that they give you.  I’ve lost track of how much blood I’ve donated throughout my life.  It’s got to be about 13 gallons, or so.  I started when I was 18, and I’ve been doing it pretty steadily for about 43 years.  There used to be more of an appreciation for it, but they don’t do as much as far as recognition goes, nowadays.  Many companies used to entice their employees to donate, by offering them some small reward, or even a personal day.  And, three or more donations in a year would generate some kind of bonus reward.  And, they used to give out pins when you reached different gallon levels, and you might be listed with other gallon level donors, in some kind of news letter.  Now, it’s more wham, bam, thank you ma’am.  Hit the road, Jack!  Part of the problem is that there doesn’t seem to be any centralized records of the donations.  But, part of it is they’ve just become too cheap, and lazy, to recognize the effort.  I still do it, because I know it’s necessary.  But, the lack of gratitude is a little disheartening.  Such is 21st Century America, I guess!  Be well and do good, friends.  Donate blood!  The top picture would definitely entice me!)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/16/18

Nobility is defined by the demands it makes of us – by obligations, not by rights.”   —   José Ortega y Gasset

(He lived in Spain during some very turbulent times.  He had a great perspective on all the things that were going on around him.  Cool dude.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/16/18

Visual Description:  After NOT sleeping on the plane ride!


Clue/Question:  After upgrading to lodgings with two bedrooms, they would have – – –


(Very familiar stinky pun!  I’m pretty sure we’ve had a version of this pun in the past.  Not the recent past, mind you, but I’m almost positive it’s been used before.

None of the clue words are coming up as new, however all of the jumbles appear to be so.  The toughest one for me was “denki”.  The others I got immediately.  Excellent answer letter layout.  Nothing obvious about it, at all.

Cute cartoon.  I’ve never stayed at a hotel room/suite with bunk-beds, but I’m sure that they’re out there.  I am disappointed to find that *bunkbeds* is not an acceptable compound word!  What’s up with that???  The world is run by idiots!  LOL!  Short and sweet today, word-nerd bunkies!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/15/18

Visual Description:  Why most people hate the airlines?


Clue/Question:  The wealthy couple always flew first class and could well afford – – –


(IF I had money, I’d probably be more like Warren Buffett.  I’d stay humble, and try to be frugal.  Why spend tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands on a Rolex, or Hublot, or Piaget watch, when a Timex, or Citizens, or Seiko keeps the time just as well, for a tiny fraction of the cost???  First class airline seats could only be considered “worth it” because they really screw the coach passengers out of a decent flying experience.  Most people can’t sit down in a coach seat without hitting their knees on the seat in front of them.  Passenger advocate groups argue that the cramped quarters are a safety issue, in the case of an emergency evacuation, but the airlines point to their – rigged – tests, using all young and fit – and well-rehearsed – test participants.  Not many people miss the old airline food, that used to come with the price of the flight, but all the nickel and diming, and treating coach passengers like cattle – or sardines – has really ruined the flying experience for people like me.  What was once joyful is now dreadful, thanks to the greedy airline executives.  Unless, of course, you can afford business class or first class.  Then, the Hell with everybody else.

Now that I’ve brought everybody down, let’s get to the Jumble stuff!  It looks like we actually might have a new clue word, in “hugely”.  I could not find it on the latest version of the ralis95 clue word database.  It’s not an uncommon word, but I wonder how long it has been an adverb.  Hmm.  Well, it appears to be new, so our good buddy, ralis95, will have to update his world famous database.  All of today’s jumbles are coming up as new as well.  The answer letter layout was another first class winner of a jumble!  I didn’t see the answer right away.  I had to note the scarcity of vowels, for me to put it all together.

Superb cartoon, today.  Jeff makes first class look like it’s worth every penny.  The flight attendant – remember, you can’t call them stewardesses anymore – appears to be bringing them a lobster!  Do they really have masseuses for first class service, or is this just Jeff having a little fun?  Despite all my bitching and moaning, I thoroughly enjoyed today’s Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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