Posts Tagged 'Word Games'



Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/28/16

KNUSPER! Die 3 Glorreichen 7

KNUSPER! Die 3 Glorreichen 7 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just played a horse yesterday that was so slow the jockey kept a diary of the trip.”   —   Henny Youngman

(Funny and clean!  I don’t have a problem with the occasional F-bomb and assorted cursing.  Many great comedians play blue.  But, there’s a whole world of funny out there that can get by without it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/27/16

English: Memory (1896). Olin Warner (completed...

English: Memory (1896). Olin Warner (completed by Herbert Adams). Bronze door at main entrance of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Memory is the storehouse in which the substance of our knowledge is treasured up.”   —   Charles Bridges

(I can’t remember seeing “treasured up” before, but it works.  I’m seeing a whole slew of quotable Charles that they’ve used for the Cryptoquote, but this is the first Charles Bridges.  I’m not familiar with him.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/27/16

Holstein dairy cows from http://www.ars.usda.g...

Holstein dairy cows from http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/graphics/photos/ Holstein dairy cows thumbnail Image Number K7964-1 Holstein dairy cows. Photo by Scott Bauer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Dairy dilemma.

INONO  =  ONION,  URTOM  =  TUMOR,  SAPROT  =  PASTOR,  LUUPNG  =  UNPLUG   —   Giving us:  OITMOTONP

Clue/Question:  Whether or not the cow’s milk would be used to make cheddar or Swiss cheese was a – – –

Jarlsberg cheese

Jarlsberg cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  MOO-T POINT

(Be-yoo-ti-ful!  A nice, silly Saturday pun, and a Jumble that was far from easy!  Okay, I got “onion” right away.  But, the other three clue words were both brand new, AND extremely well-jumbled!   I had a bit of trouble with both “tumor” and “unplug”, but I had to back into “pastor”!  I’m not sure ralis95 can handle adding three new clue words to his world famous database, all on one day!  Has it ever been done before???  The answer letter layout was pretty spiffy, and didn’t give anything away.  The combination of the cartoon and the layout of the answer blocks – with the quotation marks, of course – made the answer fairly obvious to me.  Love the cartoon.  Jeff draws a nice cow!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/26/16

English: "General George Washington at Tr...

English: “General George Washington at Trenton,” oil on canvas, by the American artist John Trumbull. 92 1/2 in. x 63 in. Courtesy of the Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University, New Haven, Conn. Gift of the Society of Cincinnati in Connecticut. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is infinitely better to have a few good men than many indifferent ones.”   —   George Washington

(And, old George was a very good judge of men!  That’s a very necessary trait of a great leader.  I think this quote may have inspired the title of that great move:  A Few Good Men!  This is the second George Washington quote in a little over a week.  Maybe he’s trying to catch up with Abe and Thomas?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/26/16

Done jigsaw puzzle of historical map from 1639 y.

Done jigsaw puzzle of historical map from 1639 y. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Puzzling parenting skills?

OHCOP  =  POOCH,  MEAZA  =  AMAZE,  PERLIP  =  RIPPLE,  GUFREE  =  REFUGE   —   Giving us:  PCAMILEEE

Clue/Question:  When they worked on the jigsaw puzzle during dinner, they put it together – – –

English: Puzzle Svenska: Pussel

English: Puzzle Svenska: Pussel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  PIECEMEAL

(I love this Jumble pun!  It really has a fresh feel to it.  Growing up, my family was into jigsaw puzzles, but would never think to combine playtime with mealtime.  Besides offending our general sensibilities, it just doesn’t look like a very practical endeavor.  But, the sight gag made for a grand Jumble.  We were even treated to TWO brand new clue words today, in “pooch” and “ripple”!  I kind of expected “pooch” to be new, but “ripple” kind of surprised me.  And, ALL of the jumbles came up as new.  The answer letter layout was a swell jumble as well.  Great, silly cartoon.  I can’t decide if the kid in the lower left is going to play his piece, or eat it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  It looks like a good number of people had trouble yesterday with GECKO and possibly the answer, UNDERTAKING, based on the stats.  Nice going, Hoyt.   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/25/16

English: Blue plaque re Dorothy L Sayers on 23...

English: Blue plaque re Dorothy L Sayers on 23 & 24 Gt. James Street, WC1 See 1237424. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have the most ill-regulated memory.  It does those things which it ought not to do and leaves undone the things it ought to have done.”   —   Dorothy L. Sayers

(Hey!  It’s called growing old!  In her case though, it might have been partially due to narrowing of the arteries.  She didn’t exactly have a long life, dying of coronary thrombosis at the age of 64.  Our first Dorothy L. Sayers quote!  Maybe, some will seek out her books – mystery/crime novels mainly – due to today’s Cryptoquote.  Hope so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —    YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/25/16

English: new york city and new jersey from emp...

English: new york city and new jersey from empire state building, nyc (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Tunnel excavation.

WARND  =  DRAWN,  KOGEC  =  GECKO,  WUTOTI  =  OUTWIT,  NNVUEE  =  UNEVEN   —   Giving us:  DRAGKUTINEN

Clue/Question:  Digging a tunnel connecting NYC to New Jersey was a big – – –

NYC-Skyline-4

NYC-Skyline-4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  UNDERTAKING

(Good stinky pun!  None of today’s clue words are new, but every jumble came up as new.  They were all fairly challenging, but for me the toughest was “kogec”.  I actually had to back into it.  Even after realizing that I needed the G and K, it still took me a little while to see “gecko”.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble.  But, the combination of the available letters, the cartoon, and the clue/question made the answer pretty easy for me to get.  I wonder if this jumble was inspired by a recent visit to NYC???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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