Jumble Spoiler – 02/12/16

English: Ploughing with oxen near Kufri, Himac...

English: Ploughing with oxen near Kufri, Himachal Pradesh. Deutsch: Pflügen mit zwei großen Rindern nahe Kufri, Himachal Pradesh. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Barnyard beat-down.

REXET  =  EXERT,  GINAA  =  AGAIN,  NESOSA  =  SEASON,  NASLOM  =  SALMON   —   Giving us:  XRTAGASONSON

Clue/Question:  The bull would lose the arm-wrestling match because he wasn’t – – –

Armwrestle

Armwrestle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  STRONG AS AN OX

(Very cute!  And, I guess this answers one question.  Is it better to be STRONG LIKE BULL or as STRONG AS AN OX?  All of today’s clue words are old favorites, but three of the jumbles came up as new.  They’ve definitely used “ginaa” in the past.  The answer letter layout was a beautifully cryptic jumble.  It took me a minute or two to come up with the answer, mainly because of the great answer letter layout.  Great animated farm animals.  Lots of fun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/12/16

Publicity photo of Loretta Young for Argentine...

Publicity photo of Loretta Young for Argentinean Magazine. (Printed in USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Love isn’t something you find.  Love is something that finds you.”   —   Loretta Young

(Kinda like your lost keys.  The harder you look for them, the more elusive they are.  Give up and go about your business . . . and there they are . . . right where you put them down . . . for whatever stupid reason!  Great quote from the lovely Loretta Young.  Looks to be her first, since I’ve been posting these spoilers at least.  She was always a favorite actress of my mom’s.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/11/16

St. Francis de Sales, the gentleman saint and ...

St. Francis de Sales, the gentleman saint and patron of St. Francis de Sales High School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.”   —   Francis de Sales

(Just do it, folks!  Put it all out there, and it will come back to you.  Our first quotation from Francois de Sales, and it’s a beauty!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/11/16

English: Glenn Cote and Brent Spiner on the se...

English: Glenn Cote and Brent Spiner on the set of “Star Trek: Nemesis” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Star Trek, TNG scene.

LAPNT  =  PLANT,  REHUS  =  USHER,  BRIFDO  =  FORBID,  XILIER  =  ELIXIR   —   Giving us:  PNTURODIR

Clue/Question:  The spaceship’s orbit encircling the planet was a – – –

English: Brent Spiner, William Shatner, and Le...

English: Brent Spiner, William Shatner, and Levar Burton at the Tweet House during Comic-Con in San Diego, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  ROUND TRIP

(Figuratively, and in this case literally, as well.  Most orbits are a bit more elliptical, but this one looks very round.  No new clue words again, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  I really enjoyed the jumbles for “usher” and “forbid”.  Once again, the answer letter layout was lovely jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  If it weren’t for the image on the monitor, in the cartoon, it would have taken me much more time to get the answer.  That clued me into “round”, and the remaining letters gave me “trip”.  It’s always fun when Jeff gives us an old television show, or movie.  Brent Spiner, aka:  Lieutenant Commander Data, turned 67 last week!  I had no idea he was that old.  I always figured he was my age, or a year or two older.  Belated Birthday wishes to him!  And, Happy Birthday to Conrad Janis, who turned 88 today.  Can you guess his tele/space reference?  No?  Well, I’ll just tell you then.  He played Mindy’s father, Frederick, on Mork & Mindy, back in the late ’70s early ’80s!  And, while I’m at it, I’m going to send wishes to six beautiful ladies who are also celebrating birthday’s today: Tina Louise, Catherine Hickland, Carey Lowell, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Aniston,  and Marisa PetroroI have an affinity for Aquarian women.  We’re supposed to be most compatible.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/10/16

Tract housing near Union, Kentucky from the air.

Tract housing near Union, Kentucky from the air. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Tracking the tract.

NUTTS  =  STUNT,  NEESS  =  SENSE,  DONELO  =  NOODLE,  LACELO  =  LOCALE   —   Giving us:  STTNSOODLAL

Clue/Question:  When it came to places to build a home, the new subdivision had – – –

Deutsch: Sanierte Zechensiedlung in Königsborn...

Deutsch: Sanierte Zechensiedlung in Königsborn (Unna) mit typischen Kniestock-Häusern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  LOTS AND LOTS

(They probably could have worked this one so the answer would be:  LOTS OF LOTS, but they went the AND route.  None of the clue words are new, but three of the jumbles appear to be so.  I can vouch that we’ve seen “neess” sometime in the past.  Nice jumbles, but none gave me any trouble.  The answer letter layout was a fine jumble as well.  The cartoon and it’s dialog set things up nicely.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  On a totally unrelated note, I was reading a USA Today Sports article, this morning, on a journeyman golfer, named Rob Oppenheim.  The thing that struck me was that the article said he was 26, but turned pro . . . in 2003!  Even Tiger Woods was older than 13 when he first turned pro!  Clearly, they meant he is 36, but why don’t they have proof readers?  This isn’t a local article by the hometown newspaper, it’s the USA Today Sports section!  And, after Googling the guy, I found out that this morning’s story is mainly a rehash of something that happened in October!  I know the time between the Super Bowl and pitchers and catchers reporting is a little slow, sports-wise, but shouldn’t that mean they’d have just a little more time for accuracy???     YUR

Picture of Rudy Giuliani

Picture of Rudy Giuliani (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beyoncé Knowles performing "Listen" ...

Beyoncé Knowles performing “Listen” during “The Beyoncé Experience” in Munich, Germany. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PPS.  I found the Super Bowl 50 halftime show to be very entertaining.  I’ve been hearing two extreme reactions, that just kind of boggle my mind.  One, coming from some Millennial twit, saying that the Cold Playfeatured performance – was somehow less than the secondary performances of Beyoncé and Bruno MarsNo . . . it wasn’t.  Cold Play provided the songs, and Bruno/Beyoncé provided the dance . . . with a smattering of rhythmic singing, just kind of thrown in.  Two, is Rudy Giuliani’s ridiculous objection to Beyoncé’s performance.  Not because she was scantily dressed, and thrusting her pelvis, and shaking her lovely tushie, but because he considered it . . . “an attack on police”.  Give me a break!  The Black Lives Matter movement is not anti police, it’s just pro fairness.  Maybe Rudy needs to start an Irrelevant Retired Mayors Lives Matter movement.  He just saw all the Bruno and Beyoncé kids on the field, and just wanted to scream:  Get offa my lawn!  Go back to sleep, Rudy.     YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/10/16

English: Vector representation of embossed Ore...

English: Vector representation of embossed Oreo face. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”   —   Charles M. Schulz

(If now and then means . . . at least once a day!  My sweet tooth can’t be satisfied by fruit, or licorice, or some tangy candy.  It wants chocolate!  Right now, my family is into the Oreo Thins.  I’ve heard some people complain that they’re “unnecessary”, but I totally disagree.  They are proportionately much more like the original Oreos, whereas the Double Stuffs are clearly the same chocolate cookie, but with twice the filling.  This makes them a little too sweet, and not chocolaty enough for me.  The newer Thins give you the original taste experience in just a thinner, crisper format.  And, with this new format, I don’t feel compelled to twist the cookie apart, and eat one side naked and the other side with the cream.  I was never one to eat just the cream, and then the two naked cookies!  The extra bonus is I can be satisfied with eating 3 or 4 of the Thins, which is a whole lot less – calorie-wise – than 3 or 4 of the originals.  And, fuhgeddaboud the Double Stuffs!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/09/16

English: Kristin Chenoweth at the Oxford Union

English: Kristin Chenoweth at the Oxford Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better.  And that makes you so happy.”   —   Kristin Chenoweth

(I love this little wood nymph!  She’s so tiny, but so talented.  I bet she’s a big fan of Bernadette Peters.  One of my other all-time faves.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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