Posts Tagged 'Word Games'



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/22/15

English: Tennessee Williams, American playwrig...

English: Tennessee Williams, American playwright; cropped from photo of Williams with cake for 20th anniversary of “The Glass Menagerie” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.”   —   Tennessee Williams

(Both amusing and true!  And, some genuinely like to have it both ways.  They claim that no one visits or calls, but they choose to live alone.  What are you gonna do?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/22/15

English: WikiWorld comic based on articles abo...

English: WikiWorld comic based on articles about John Calvin, Thomas Hobbes and the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Calvin . . . angling for a fat lip!

MAFYO  =  FOAMY,  SHISW  =  SWISH,  FEUDON  =  FONDUE,  TRIVED  =  DIVERT   —   Giving us:  FOASSHFNDIT

Clue/Question:  After a competing lemonade seller moved in next to her, she was – – –

Lucy and her "five-cents-please" psy...

Lucy and her “five-cents-please” psychiatric help booth as depicted at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  STANDOFFISH

English: Picture of graves decorated with flag...

English: Picture of graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(He better hope that she’s just “standoffish”, ’cause Lucy ain’t playing!  She will beat Calvin like a rug!  This was a great way for the guys to close out the week.  None of the clue words were new, but all of the jumbles were.  The answer letter layout was phenomenal!  I don’t think there was anything obvious about it, and I bet a good number of you struggled to get the answer.  I almost made it into an Uncle Rave’s Wiseguy of the Month contest, as I thought it was that good, but I don’t have the time or energy for those anymore.  The cartoon is great.  I really miss Calvin and Hobbes.  It was such a great comic strip.  I think Peanuts is all syndicated re-runs these days.  It’s very conventional, but it also has an endearing universal quality to it.  Have a great Memorial Day Weekend, friends.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/21/15

Chamomilla suaveolens, Gryfino, NW Poland

Chamomilla suaveolens, Gryfino, NW Poland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The latest hipster craze.

TIXSY  =  SIXTY,  EESSN  =  SENSE,  EPUPIL  =  PILEUP,  YARNTT  =  TYRANT   —   Giving us:  XTSEEEPRAT

Clue/Question:  His ability to brew such amazing Earl Grey, chamomile and chai was a result of his – – –

Yellow chamomile

Yellow chamomile (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  EXPERTTEAS

(Quotation marks AND hyphenation!  Someone is not going to be too happy about this.  LOL!  We have a new clue word toady, in “pileup”.  ralis95 can add this to his world famous clue word database.  It’s a compound word, so I’m not all that thrilled.  The other jumbles all appear to be new as well.  I liked the one for “sense”.  The answer letter layout was a dandy.  But, I didn’t struggle to get today’s answer.  The cartoon is great.  I like the guy looking down at his cup.  It looks like he’s thinking:  Big deal.  And, I am with him!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/21/15

A portrait of the American writer Mark Twain t...

A portrait of the American writer Mark Twain taken by A. F. Bradley in New York, 1907. http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/publications/siycfall_05.pdf http://www.twainquotes.com/Bradley/bradley.html See also other photographs of Mark Twain by A. F. Bradley taken in March 1907 in New York on Mark Twain Project Online. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Be careless in your dress if you must, but keep a tidy soul.”   —   Mark Twain

(As long as I don’t have to wash my mouth out with soap!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/20/15

Lily pads in front of the New Orleans Museum o...

Lily pads in front of the New Orleans Museum of Art (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The idyllic lily pond.

GAMIE  =  IMAGE,  DORPO  =  DROOP,  RENYRO  =  ORNERY,  WULLAF  =  LAWFUL   —   Giving us:  IDPOA

Clue/Question:  The frog couldn’t build a deck where he lived, but he was able to make a – – –

Frog candle

Frog candle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  PADIO

(I guess the frogs’ coop board was really strict, huh?  I think the fish looking on must be a board member, because he/she does NOT look pleased!  And, old Claude is completely oblivious to the animal politics playing out in front of him.

Hey, guess what, folks?  There were no new clue words today.  And, only two of the jumbles were new.  We’ve definitely seen “gamie” and “wullaf” before, but not “dorpo” or “renyro”.  Our old friend ralis95 can get kind of “ornery” at times.  Especially when yer uncle  fails to read his email!

The answer letter layout was great, for the size of the answer.  The quotation marks were the biggest clue though.  The cartoon is loaded with little details.  The frogs are sitting on what looks like Adirondack chairs, next to a tiki torch, holding little cocktails.  The artist has a little beret, and he’s holding a palette, while standing at his easel.  And, the pond is surrounded by some kind of weeping willows.  Great job, Jeff.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/20/15

English: Bust Of Bertrand Russell-Red Lion Squ...

English: Bust Of Bertrand Russell-Red Lion Square-London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is generally admitted that most grown-up people, however regrettably, will try to have a good time.”   —   Bertrand Russell

(He must have said this ages ago, because nowadays the “however regrettably” sounds a little alien.  With the increasing “Me Generation”, having a “good time” has become much more of a – for better, or for worse – priority.  Duty and selflessness have become secondary.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/19/15

Actor Jim Nabors

Actor Jim Nabors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Apparently . . . not Jim.

HYYLS  =  SHYLY,  ROLYG  =  GLORY,  BEMLIN  =  NIMBLE,  DONEOL  =  NOODLE   —   Giving us:  SHGRIBNOE

Clue/Question:  They bought the house next to the horse farm because they loved the – – –

Deutsch: Rondell

Deutsch: Rondell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  NEIGHBORS

Publicity photo from the television program Th...

Publicity photo from the television program The Andy Griffith Show. Pictured are Don Knotts (Barney Fife) and Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I wonder if Jim Nabors is a fan of the Jumble?  He’s still kickin’ at 84, soon to be 85!  They always say crossword puzzles and other word games help to keep your mind sharp.  I always liked his character on both The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.  Two great shows from my childhood.  His speaking voice was always a little goofy, but he had a beautiful baritone singing voice.  There were some silly rumors about him and Rock Hudson, a bunch of years ago, but that’s all they were, just rumors.  They knew each other, but they weren’t a “couple”.

Horse at Kentucky Horse Park

Horse at Kentucky Horse Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anyhow, there were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles were new.  We’ve only – definitely – seen the jumble for “glory” before.  And, “glory” is one of those words that spells out in alphabetical order!  The answer letter layout was actually very good.  It took me a little while to figure out the answer.  And, it should have been a little more obvious, considering the quotation marks.  But, I was looking for something with an ING, initially.  Great cartoon.  Must be an Indiana ranch.  I hope ol’ Jim is doing whatever it takes to keep his mind sharp!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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