Jumble Spoiler – 04/24/14

English: A man helps a friend along at the 200...

English: A man helps a friend along at the 2005 Boston Marathon, near mile 25 on the MBTA overpass. Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Run for life.


Clue/Question:  After his heart surgery, the marathon runner was happy to once again be a – - -

Medtronic EnRhythm Pacing System

Medtronic EnRhythm Pacing System (Photo credit: stev.ie)


Austrian marathon runner Eva-Maria Gradwohl in...

Austrian marathon runner Eva-Maria Gradwohl in the half marathon race of the WACHAUmarathon 2008 shortly before the finish in the stadium of Krems. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Works for me!  Fun pun.  Pacemakers are getting so sophisticated.  They are much smaller than they used to be.  The batteries can last up to 11 years.  And, some come with a built in defibrillator!  My Dad could have used one of those ones.  A lot of people think that they’re supposed to prevent heart attacks, but their main purpose is just to regulate the heart beat.  If my Dad had had one with a built in defibrillator he’d probably still be with us today.

No new clue words, but they were all jumbled well.  All the jumblings look new to me.  I had to think some on “airway”.  The answer letter layout wasn’t optimum today.  I felt it was a little obvious.  Kind of a no-frills cartoon, but that’s what today’s puzzle called for.  You would’ve thought that they would’ve run this one on Monday.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/24/14


"Writing is thinking on paper." -Wil...

“Writing is thinking on paper.” -William Zinsser (Photo credit: RowdyKittens)

Four basic premises of writing:  clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.”   —   William Zinsser

(Something to strive for!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/23/14

English: A view from the Member's Gallery insi...

English: A view from the Member’s Gallery inside the NYSE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  One of many things wrong with the stock market.


Clue/Question:  He was able to afford his new landscaping after making so much money in his – - -

World Economic Forum visits New York Stock Exc...

World Economic Forum visits New York Stock Exchange to mark International Women’s Day 2012 (Photo credit: World Economic Forum)


(Not bad at all!  The clue words were all jumbled well.  We even have two new clue words, in “faded” and “grand”.  Such simple words, and somehow both of them have been missed, up to now.  I’m not crazy about “faded”.  To me, these past tense – normally – four-letter words, that just have a D at the end, are no better than plural – normally – four-letter words, that just have an S at the end.  The word “helmet”  always trips me up a bit.  The answer letter layout was great.  The cartoon is cute, with lots of detail.  I like the dollar signs on the mansion doors!  New York Shrubs Express?  That’s rich!  This guy should probably be investigated by the real NYSE.  I’ve long had a problem with short-selling.  I understand that it’s supposed to decrease a stock’s volatility, and they can be used as a hedge against a market downturn, but there’s something so pessimistic about betting on failure.  I also don’t care for these exotic derivatives that some rocket scientist from the Wharton School of Business comes up with to “create” more wealth – almost out of thin air – for the privileged few.  Institutional traders think they’re smart, jumping on the bandwagon of these Frankinvestments, when in reality they have no clue how they work!  Super fast program trading is another thing that puts most of us at a disadvantage.  And, these hedge funds are largely designed to make sure that the rich get richer.  The average little guy can’t even get into them.  The market is currently going great guns.  My rollover IRA is as high as it’s ever been.  But, my paper gains can be gone tomorrow, while some fat cat in a hedge fund laughs all the way to the bank.  Nothing really has changed since 2008.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR   

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/23/14

US Postage stamp: Thomas_Jefferson_1861_Issue-...

US Postage stamp: Thomas_Jefferson_1861_Issue-5c.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”   —   Thomas Jefferson

(Indeed.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/22/14

English: J.W. Sexton High School, Interior, Fl...

English: J.W. Sexton High School, Interior, Floor Mosaic, Drama Masks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The Idiot’s _____ to Ushering


Clue/Question:  The usher at the theater wanted to be an author, so he wrote a – - -

Comedy and tragedy masks

Comedy and tragedy masks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(A lot of people take their jobs very seriously.  Which is generally good, as long as they don’t take them too seriously.  Our hero definitely has the look of earnestness.  There is a lot to like in today’s Jumble.  None of the clue words were new, but they were all jumbled very nicely.  I especially liked “audio” and “beside”.  The answer letter layout was also jumbled very well.  You really had to look to find the answer.  The cartoon is rich in detail.  The seat numbers, the aisle lights, the trainee’s flashlight, the exit sign, and the masks of Thalia – comedy – and Melpomene – tragedy!  I hope my little write up has been an adequate accompaniment to today’s spoiler.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/22/14

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Description unavailable (Photo credit: Laser Burners)

Grammar is a piano I play by ear.  All I know about grammar is its power.”   —   Joan Didion

Menu Grammar Check

Menu Grammar Check (Photo credit: tdstone)


(This one was tougher than it looked.  Even with the A and the I fairly obvious.  No words ended in E, and there were only two Es in the entire quotation, including the author’s name.  I had to write out:  C,F,G,H,M,Q,V,X,Z to figure out the G and the M for grammar.  I would have had this up sooner, but when I looked up Ms. Didion – I knew she was a writer – I invariably go through a kind of six degrees of separation.  My go to page for everybody is Wikipedia.  But from her bio I went to The Panic in Needle Park, to Kiel Martin, to Midnight Cowboy!  I never knew that J.D. Larue was up for the part of Joe Buck!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/21/14

Warning sign.

Warning sign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cut out all these exclamation points.  An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.”   —   F. Scott Fitzgerald

English: Contagious Laughter

English: Contagious Laughter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I REALLY wanted to end both sentences of this quote with exclamation points!!!  And, what’s so wrong with laughing at your own jokes?  Lots of great comedians do.  I think there’s a very old school mentality that says laughing at your own joke is like cueing your audience to laugh.  Which I guess was considered kind of pathetic.  To an extent it is, but some of your audience is usually either distracted/inattentive and/or a little slow on the uptake, so they can use a little prompting.  It’s nowhere’s near as bad as an applause sign or a laugh track.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I’m guilty of using exclamation points a bit much myself.  I AM aware of this weakness, and I DO try to keep it somewhat in check.  Admitting that I have a problem is the first step towards recovery!  Right???   —   YUR   ;-)

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