Posts Tagged 'Word Games'



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/17/21

The Holocaust and 'Why?' Elie Wiesel's provocative answer. - Chicago Tribune

Hope is like peace.  It is not a gift from God.  It is a gift only we can give one another.”   —   Elie Wiesel

(Works for me!  Religions have caused plenty of wars, but that’s just various men’s interpretation of “God’s will”.  He/She doesn’t start the wars, so he/she isn’t responsible for any peace.  People need to take more responsibility for their actions.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/17/21

Practice Tips For Little League Baseball – SlingPitcher

Visual Description:  Pitching instruction.

VNARE  =  RAVEN,  CNEUL  =  UNCLE,  RMYIGL  =  GRIMLY,  RMNAAT  =  MANTRA   —   Giving us:  VENUCLEGRIANR

Clue/Question:  The young pitcher struggled to throw a breaking ball because there was a – – –

Former little league star Mo'ne Davis, fame and a future

Answer:  LEARNING CURVE

(Excellent baseball pun!  Not stinky, really.  And, it is seasonally appropriate!  I’m loving the Major League Baseball season, so far this year.  My Mets are in first place in the National League East, and the guys’ Cubbies are in first in the NL Central.  My guys weren’t able to pull off the four game sweep – as we lost to the Cubs tonight – but we won three out of four!  And, the Mets are doing it with a number of their starters on the Injured Reserve List.  So, I’m a happy camper!

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we have seen “vnare” sometime before.  I thought that “rmyigl” was fairly challenging, but I really struggled to unscramble “rmnaat”.  I had to back into it.  First time in a very long time.  Good thing it was the last clue word.  I had enough of the answer letter layout, without the ANR, to see CURVE, and then figured out LEARNING.  A very impressive thirteen letter jumble though!  Good job, Hoyt!

Fine little league-ish cartoon.  I like that Jeff decided to mix it up a little bit, and went with Scramblers, instead of going with Jumblers.  A nice, challenging Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/16/21

Federal Courthouse Evacuated After Suspicious Package Found

The right to be left alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.”   —   William O. Douglas

(There is pretty much no way to be – truly – left alone in the 21st Century.  With the GPS in our cars and cell phones, and credit card chips, and the currency bands in all of our money, we’re always going to have . . . company!  You’d have to be some kind of hermit farmer to actually be “left alone”.  And, who among us has it within them to be a Euell Gibbons, or a Bear Grylls?  Not yer uncle, that’s for sure!

Happy birthday to my dear departed Dad!  He would have turned 87 today!  I’ll have some strawberries in his honor!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Billy “Crash” Craddock!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/15/21

James Michener -- Academy of Achievement Photo Credit | Art, Artist art,  Art placement

An age is called dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.”   —   James Michener

(Folks – unfortunately – get a little too comfortable in their ignorance.  They only see what they want to see, until they’re shown the light.  And, even then sometimes they refuse to acknowledge some inconvenient truths.  Besides being a great novelist, James was also a great patron of the arts.  He was also not shy about entering into a mixed marriage, as he wed his third – and last – wife Mari Yoriko Sabusawa in 1955.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to bot Ruby Nash Garnett of Ruby and the Romantics, and Leo Nocentelli of The Meters!

Jumble Spoiler – 06/15/21

Paddock Grid for Horse Floor System, the Horse Arena Flooring

Visual Description:  A little horse sense.

VEOMI  =  MOVIE,  CUVOH  =  VOUCH,  CANBEO  =  BEACON,  SOCOEH  =  CHOOS  —   Giving us:  MIEVOHBOHE

Clue/Question:  The horse asked for new horseshoes because he thought it would – – –

How to Feed a Horse Confined to a Stable

Answer:  BEHOOVE HIM

(Ah, yes!  I love the smell of horse-apples in the morning!  Smells like . . . a Jumble pun!  That was most definitely a stinker.  But in a good way.  It was nice to see that the horse was able to rein in his urge to nag his owner.  He didn’t want to saddle his un-stable owner – Hey!  He’s conversing with his horse! – with undue clip-clop, that might spur him to buck on pony-ing up for new shoes.  After all, isn’t that the mane point?

It looks like Hoyt decided to trot out some familiar old clue words today.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new for me.  But both “veomi” and “cuvoh” are old Jumble chestnuts!  The answer letter layout was a terrific ten letter jumble.  That Hoyt is such a jumble studNeigh!  The thoroughbred of the word puzzle world!

Cute cartoon of the valiant young steed, and his western Wilbur, completely unbridled, inside the paddock.  I see a little mouse hole in that lower panel.  Hopefully, the equine can tolerate a barn feline, as a barn cat can run roughshod over those pesky little prancers.  What a hackneyed commentary!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Steve Walsh of Kansas, and Brad Gillis of Night Ranger!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/14/21

The Pubs Of Charles Dickens | Londonist

Every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.”   —   Charles Dickens

(Boy!  Was Chuck feeling good on the day he said this, or what?!  Everybody thinks that their baby is the best looking baby ever.  But let’s face it.  Some babies are truly beautiful, while a good number of them are merely “cute”.  But through the eyes of love . . . there is only beauty.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Alan White of Yes, and Boy George of The Culture Club!

Jumble Spoiler – 06/14/21

Boys Learning Domestic Chores In Home Economics Class: About Time -  SheThePeople TV

Visual Description:  Home Economics.  (Or is that “politically incorrect” too?)

CEFNE  =  FENCE,  KMISP  =  SKIMP,  LIFTEL  =  FILLET,  CARDOC  =  ACCORD   —   Giving us:  FESMFEAOD

Clue/Question:  The stitching between the panels didn’t look quite right and – – –

Home Ec 1974-75 at Bradshaw Jr High #FlashbackFriday – Curious as a Cathy

Answer:  SEAMEDOFF

(A good old stinky pun to start off the work week!  Who doesn’t enjoy a good homophonic pun?  Besides snooty linguists I mean!  I remember taking Home Ec when I was in Junior High.  I guess I was a freshman, and it might have been the first – or one of the first – years that it was offered to boys.  It was not coed though.  Just us guys, and the woman who taught it.  I was paired with a guy named Bruce, who was only at my school for a year or so.  Fun dude.  I know we must’ve learned some sewing, but I really don’t remember what we might have – tried to – make.  But I definitely remember the cooking.  Not that I remember anything that I learned in that course now, but I did enjoy it.

No new clue words today.  Unless the OED starts accepting some new five and four letter words to it, the ralis95 database may have reached its limit.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have seen both “kmisp” and “liftel” in earlier Jumbles.  I thought that “cardoc” was a fairly challenging jumble.  David’s answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  Very nicely cryptic.  Quotation marks always are a big hint.

Fine classroom scene cartoon.  I like that Jeff included the little floor pedal that you step on to make the sewing machine run.  Sewing a straight line is not easy, folks!  It definitely takes practice, and a steady hand.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Spooner Oldham – who played with Wilson Pickett, and Rod Argent of The Zombies and Argent!

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/13/21

LITERATURE - Goethe - YouTube

Happy is the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers.”   —   Goethe

(Very often – unfortunately – it takes some time to realize that we don’t have the necessary powers.  But then again, some people just don’t have enough confidence, and give up way too early!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to both Rivers Cuomo of Weezer, and Paul DeLisle of Smash Mouth!

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 06/13/21

The Argyle Sweater by Scott Hilburn for November 01, 2014 | GoComics.com |  Math humor, Math jokes, Funny cartoons

Visual Description:  Alpha-Numeric hysterics.

BOSARB  =  ABSORB,  GYOGMS  =  SMOGGY,  APOITU  =  UTOPIA,  TCNIEE  =  ENTICE,  MTYILE  =  TIMELY,  NSFGUU  =  FUNGU  —   Giving us:  BRSMUTANEIEYFNS

Clue/Question:  The Roman numerals’ convention didn’t need security because there was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (6-letters)  (2-letters)  (7-letters)

The Roman Numeral Comics And Cartoons | The Cartoonist Group

Answer:  SAFETY IN NUMBERS

(Just like our mom always said when we were kids!  “I don’t want you going there alone, but you can go if you’re with friends.”  Most of these old adages are things my Mom used to say.  Not so much my Dad.  I think she had a better command of the English language than my Dad did.  He was kinda funny with some of his malapropisms though!

All familiar clue words today.  Five of the jumbles appear to be new.  Strangely, we’ve seen “apoitu” before.  Strangely because that’s the only jumble that tripped me up some.  Had to skip it and come back to it.  The answer letter layout was a fabulous fifteen letter jumble.  If it wasn’t for the leading nature of the clue/question this might have stumped me.  But I saw the final answer right away.

Cute cartoon of letters looking down on Roman numerals.  But . . . “Go alphabetize yourself!”???  What the L???  LOL!  Sorry about yesterday’s Jumble Spoiler being so late.  I was cutting the lawn yesterday, then got caught up in watching “The Shawshank Redemption”!  For my money, that is one of the best movies of all time!  And, never should’ve lost out on the Oscar to that dopey “Forrest Gump”.  I love Tom Hanks, but that was such a silly-ass, ridiculous movie.  I also caught parts of “Saving Private Ryan”, but it started late, and I knew I probably wouldn’t finish it.  Now, THAT’S a great Tom Hanks movie!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to David Gray, and Dennis Locorriere of Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show!

Jumble Spoiler – 06/12/21

Six of The Best Movie Courtroom Scenes - HeyUGuys

Visual Description:  Mac is out of order.

CREOF  =  FORCE, NUTOC  =  COUNT,  GRFTOO  =  FORGOT,  RPRAUO  =  UPROAR   —   Giving us:  ORCCUTFOTUROR

Clue/Question:  The tennis player became a lawyer and left the – – –

Roger Federer and the Top 10 Men's Grass Court Players Now | Bleacher  Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

Answer:  COURT FOR THE COURT

(I always like a sports themed Jumble pun.  I guess it’s kind of topical too, as the French Open is currently going on.  Not that I actually follow tennis though.  I believe that Djokovic actually beat Nadal, which is surprising, because Nadal seems to own the clay courts at Roland Garros.  Maybe Rafa had tummy ache, or something.  Just kidding.  Novak Djokovic is an excellent player.

No new clue words today.  But, surprisingly, all of the jumbles came up as new.   Even though they were new, none of them gave me any trouble.  The answer letter layout was a tremendous thirteen letter jumble.  If the final answer slots weren’t as such, and the answer wasn’t wasn’t fairly obvious . . .

Cute court cartoon.  Johnnie slammed his book on the floor to demonstrate his outrage.  Case closed!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick!


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