Archive for December, 2010



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/17/10

Carved Nativity group made by Faith Craft

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Faith consists in believing when it is beyond reason to believe.”   — Voltaire

(So, there’s that finest of lines between faith and delirium.)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/16/10

From Arlington Park Horse Race Track, on Memor...

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Visual Description:  A betting window at a horse racing track.

SARBS  =  BRASS,  EUQER  =  QUEER,  ROBAHR  =  HARBOR,  SKENIC  =  SICKEN —   Giving us:  SSEEHROSEN

Clue/Question:  Why he bet the minimum on the race.

Answer:  HORSE SENSE

(Kind of like what it took to solve this puzzle!  I’ve typed enough this morning!  See below.  Be good, do good, friends.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/16/10

From left to right: Bill Clinton, George H. W....

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There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right in America.”   — William J. Clinton

(This is from his 1st Inaugural Address, in January of 1993.  Great man-of-the-people quote!  But of course, our Billy-boy was paraphrasing a quote from an earlier President:  Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Too bad Bubba didn’t give credit where credit was due.  Here’s Ike’s version, and you tell me whether Bill should have referenced his predecessor:  “There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure.”  Now, I don’t know about you, but I’d say that the positives that Ike cited would generally be acknowledged as, at least, some of “what is right in America”.  Now, I would still take Bill Clinton over George W. Bush, in a heartbeat.  But, over the years I have lost so much respect for the man.  And, in turn, the office of the Presidency, and our so-called two-party “system”.  The “incident” at Ruby Ridge – which actually happened under George H. W. Bush’s watch, the siege/massacre at Waco Texas, and the Elian Gonzalez debacle showed us all just how brutal our federal government can be.  Essentially, the federal government can, and will do, whatever they think they have to, no matter the cost or consequences.  These kind of abuses of federal power are, for me, the cornerstones of my questioning the “official” accounts of the events of September the 11th, 2001.  But, I don’t want to get into that megillah, today.  What I’m saying is, it’s like we’re living in an extended good cop/bad cop scenario.  Arguably, Reagan was a “good cop” and Papa Bush was a “bad cop”.  Then Clinton was – again, arguably – a “good cop” and Duh-bya was the “bad cop”.  And, now we have Mr. Obama, who is our so-called “good cop”.  The whole who was/is “good” vs. who was/is “bad” is totally subjective, but my point is that they are, essentially, all the same.  They – the powerful – are just taking turns, running the country and running our lives.  We have been, and continue to be, gamed.  Our country desperately needs a viable third party.  It is the only way we will ever escape this loop of insanity.  Now, I’m not a fan of the Tea Party movement.  Mostly because there are just too many thinly veiled overtones of racism and reactionism.  I am hearing that the Working Families Party has been making great strides in getting on recent ballots.  This kind of momentum needs to be built upon and encouraged!  There is most definitely room for 3, or more, political parties in our great country.  We just need to fight, and break out of, this two-party system mindset.  If we don’t, then we’ll continue get the good cop/bad cop routine.  And, the take turns gang will continue to laugh at us . . . all the way to the bank.)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/15/10

Trapeze artists Kia and Lindsay at Circus Smirkus

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Visual Description:  Circus acrobat calling up from the net.

FINEK  =  KNIFE,  LULET  =  TULLE,  LAMAMM  =  MAMMAL,  DOBOLY  =  BLOODY   —   Giving us:  KFTLAOO

Clue/Question:  What happened when the trapeze stunt failed.

Answer:  HE TOOK THEFALL

(A very sound jumble!  Decent clue words, good scrambling all around.  A nice play on words.  Oh, the joy that I’ve found!  Be good, do good, friends.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/15/10

Muhammad Ali, bust portrait / World Journal Tr...

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It’s just a job.  Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand.  I beat people up.”   — Muhammad Ali

(The Greatest . . . of All Time!!!  I think that I shall never see, a heavyweight as awesome as Muhammad Ali.  With punches that flurried, and dazzling footwork.  His head feints and windmills turned tough guy to jerk.  His taunts were delivered, half grimace – half smile.  He knew he could goad you and stir up the bile.  He’d attack then retreat, because all the while.  Though your power be mighty, there was no denial.  He knew The Sweet Science was more about style!)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/14/10

Cropped screenshot of Bette Davis from All Abo...

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Visual Description:  Worried airline passengers experiencing a Bette Davis moment.

AMDAM  =  MADAM,  THEIG  =  EIGHT,  YINJET  =  JITNEY,  DIMYAD  =  MIDDAY   —   Giving us:  ADGTTEIA

Clue/Question:  How she felt when the plane bounced around in the storm.

Answer:  AGITATED

(Not bad.  A little weak on the clue word scramblings.  Better with the answer letter scrambling.  Her comment, in the cartoon, totally gives it – the answer – away.  I guess they feel they have to throw us a gimme every now and then.  Now, everybody run out and rent “All About Eve“!  Be good, do good, friends.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/14/10

Ted Koppel at Invesco

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History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions.”   — Ted Koppel

(With the way this is stated it kind of implies a fairly narrow definition of history.  And, I doubt Mr. Koppel actually holds such an opinion.  I think what he probably intended – and, to me, this makes much more sense – to say is:  Politicians use history as a tool to justify their intentions. He was making a statement about politicians, not about history.  But what do I know?  I’m just your average wise guy with a keyboard.  What do you English majors think?  Or, how about Mr. Koppel himself?  Would Ted like to clarify this statement, or set Uncle Rave straight?)   — YUR

(Nostalgic) Jumble Spoiler – 12/13/10

The engine block of the Ford I4 DOHC engine (w...

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Visual Description:  Chip off the old block, playing in the shadow of the engine block, with a sort of building blocks.

LIPTO  =  PILOT,  FERAT  =  AFTER,  DINKLY  =  KINDLY,  TIFLLE  =  FILLET   —   Giving us:  OTTRKNYIE

Clue/Question:  What he turned his car into.

Answer:  A TINKER TOY

(Lots of fun!  My brother had a set, and I had a set!  Not that I ever built anything memorable, but I believe I graduated to an Erector Set.  Much more dangerous!  With sharp lengths of metal and numerous screws and nuts.  I’m sure Mom must have reveled in vacuuming up hundred of those little nuts and bolts.  I tried to emulate the old man, who was pretty handy.  But I was all thumbs.  You probably have to be some minimum age to get any of this.  I’m sure today’s kids have virtual versions of these old standards.  You can’t stab your brother in the butt with a virtual version!  Have a great day, folks!)   — YUR

PS.  Condolences to all the Jets fans.  What is it about December with this team???

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/13/10

Cropped screenshot of Doris Day from the trail...

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Middle age is youth without levity, and age without decay.”   —   Doris Day

(It was tough getting any traction on this one.  Maybe my brain’s just starting to decay.  Do good, friends.)   — YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/12/10

Me and me lol

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Visual Description:  Steamy passengers, waiting on the El.

REPUMB  =  BUMPER,  REPOPH  =  HOPPER,  ERVEWS  =  SWERVE,  AMPIGE  =  MAGPIE,  TISSAD  =  SADIST,  YALDDE  =  DEADLY   —   Giving us:  MRHRWEMIESTEA

Clue/Question:  The commuter described the heat wave as . . .

Answer: SIMMER WEATHER

(Not bad.  Not bad.  Some of the clue words were fairly obvious.  The answer letters were well scrambled.  I didn’t have much trouble actually getting the answer though.  Reminds me a little of the Cheri Oteri character on the SNL of a few years back.  Simmah down na! LOL!  Chill, chills.)   — YUR


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