Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/01/15

Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William S...

Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner as Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk from the television program Star Trek. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Tandem sky-talk.


Clue/Question:  They jumped out of the plane together and were able to – – -

Leonard Nimoy appearing at a science fiction c...

Leonard Nimoy appearing at a science fiction convention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Plenty to like about today’s Jumble!  We have another surprising new clue word, in “zipper”.  ralis95 can finally add this common word to his world famous clue word database!  All but “tentik” represent new jumbles, from my vantage.  I struggled a bit in getting “uneasy”.  I think that was jumbled very nicely.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble, but, with the great cartoon and the quotation marks, I had the answer without even looking at it.  Of course, I did look at it for confirmation, but I didn’t really need to.

English: Leonard Nimoy (Spock) at the Las Vega...

English: Leonard Nimoy (Spock) at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We lose interesting people almost on a daily basis.  The bizarre deaths of Bob Simon and David Carr, within a day of each other.  We lost Louis Jourdan on Valentine’s Day!  Golfers Billy Casper and Charlie Sifford.  In basketball we lost legendary college coaches Dean Smith and Jerry Tarkanian, then Jerome Kersey, then Earl Lloyd – the first Black man to play in the NBA, and now we’ve lost Anthony Mason – one of my all-time favorite Knicks!  And on Friday, the world lost Leonard Nimoy.  The inimitable Mr. Spock! Not sure why I’ve brought this up.  Maybe, because of today’s cryptoquote???  I guess it just seems like it’s been a busy month for deaths.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/01/15

MS Oscar Wilde

MS Oscar Wilde (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Moderation is a fatal thing.  Nothing succeeds like excess.”   —   Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Ahh!  The “Live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse” mentality.  Some people feel they have to be this way in order to be . . . relevant.  Others don’t.  A short, jam-packed life of . . . experiences vs. a long, drawn out life of meaningless . . . existence?  Oscar Wilde only lived to 46.  And the last 4 – 5 years were in progressively declining health.  There is no guarantee of tomorrow, but most of us think we have to believe we’ll see it.  Wilde was more reviled than revered during his lifetime, so this philosophy made perfect sense, to him.   Most of the rest of us strive for more of a happy medium.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Marvelous City


“When my baby . . . When my baby smiles at me I go to Rio . . . De Janeiro”

Originally posted on CollTales:

At 450, Rio de Janeiro Does
Not Look a Day Older Than Me

According to family records, Maria and Heitor were watching the Carnival parade on a Rio de Janeiro street, an early Ash Wednesday, when she went into labor. A rush to the military hospital was all it took for her third and last son to be born, a couple of hours later.
That’s probably why I never really liked Carnival. As for Rio, whose 450th anniversary is Sunday March 1, is not just Brazil’s premier party town – even when Cariocas decide to have fun with you – but where physical beauty and pleasure are steeped into its DNA.
The Saturnian nature of that night, and the subconscious background of music, rhythm and drums, was all I took from the city by the sea when we left it five years down the road. Oh, yes, I took…

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/28/15

Česky: dopravní kužel

Česky: dopravní kužel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The concrete traffic cone theory.


Clue/Question:  The fact that he got into an accident with his dad’s car was – – -

Logo for the 2010 United States Census.

Logo for the 2010 United States Census. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  EVIDENT

(Wow!  I completely struggled with the two 6-letter words today.  As it turns out, the word “caviar” is new to the Jumble!  ralis95 has a new word for his world famous clue word database.  I finally saw that word on my own, but I ended up backing into “census”, which is ironic, since I worked on the 2010 U.S. Census.  The answer letter layout was fine, but I was able to figure out the answer without the last two letters.  I’m a little surprised they didn’t go with EVI-“DENT”.  Nice slice of life cartoon.  Jeff will be going through this himself, soon enough!  Be well and do good friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/28/15

Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.”   —   Elbert Hubbard

(NOT to be confused with the Scientology guy!    El-Bert is responsible for many of my favorite quotes.  One of them being: “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/27/15

English: Winston Churchill takes a fresh cigar...

English: Winston Churchill takes a fresh cigar from a case as Joseph Stalin looks on, smiling, during a break in the Yalta Conference. Español: Winston Churchill y Stalin en un descanso de la Conferencia de Yalta. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”   —   Winston Churchill

(I think old Winnie is right up there with Mark Twain when it comes to quotable quotes!  Don’t be afraid to listen to the other person’s point of view.  You just might learn something!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/27/15

Dracula (first edition cover), Bram Stoker's v...

Dracula (first edition cover), Bram Stoker’s vampiric novel, a reference for gaslight fantasy literature. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Drac’s make-over.


Clue/Question:  Dracula’s image was on the decline, so he decided to – – – 

English: Thecount

English: Thecount (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  REVAMP IT

(A wonderfully stinky pun!  Lots to like.  No new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up new for me.  The answer letter layout is really very good, especially for the size of the answer.  But, considering the letters and the question’s set up, it was pretty obvious that the second word was “IT”.  After that, it didn’t take too much to come up with “REVAMP”.  The cartoon is great!  Dracula as a corporate blood-sucker . . . hiring a PR firm . . . employing focus groups.  Very funny.  Be well . . . B + and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

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