Archive for January, 2011

Jumble Spoiler – 01/31/11

Robin Shoots with Sir Guy

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Visual Description:  The Merry Men groovin’ to some tunes!

YADIL  =  DAILY,  NIXEV  =  VIXEN,  KRABEM  =  EMBARK,  RUMAID  =  RADIUM   —   Giving us:  DLENEBARAD

Clue/Question:  To the minstrels Robin Hood was . . .

Answer:  A BAND LEADER

(Good stuff!  For the most part, I think the negative connotations of “vixen” have kind of faded away.  You only see that in works by Shakespeare, and such.  I bet some of you were tripped up by “embark”.  And, maybe “radium”, but I know we’ve seen it before, under a different scrambling.  Good scrambling of the answer letters, and a great cartoon!  Anybody have a problem with the answer?)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/31/11

"The Favorite" - Grandfather and Gra...

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True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.”   — Edna Buchanan

(I had an Aunt Edna.  Actually, she was my Great Aunt.  They don’t do “Grand” Aunts, do they?  Anyway, she was my Gramma’s older sister.  Very amusing woman.  She always played kind of ditzy, but she was a lot smarter than she let on.  She made her husband – Uncle Jack – feel like a king!  I’ve seen pictures of her and my Gramma from back in the ’20s.  Real knockouts!)   — YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/30/11

American Football player Peyton Manning talks ...

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Visual Description:  A couple discussing what they can’t afford.

TALUCA  =  ACTUAL,  TRIVUE  =  VIRTUE,  TISSIN  =  INSIST,  HYDING  =  DINGHY,  HYLLOW  =  WHOLLY,  MINGOH  =  HOMING —   Giving us:  TUITIGHWOONG

Clue/Question:  Keeping your spending under control often means this.

Answer:  GOING WITHOUT

(Very good, indeed!  Great clue words, nicely scrambled.  Great scrambling of the answer letters.  And, a very good, common sense message!  A better investment might be to declaw that surly looking cat!  Pro Bowl?  Yawn!  I can’t remember when I last watched one.  Too much offense, not enough defense, and being before the Super Bowl prohibits a number of players, who deserve to be there, from playing in it.  Some fat cat must have figured out that the networks and owners make more money by them playing it the week before the Super Bowl.  Isn’t that what it always comes down to these days?)   — YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/30/11

Republican backed nominee Michael Bloomberg

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As wealth is power, so all power will infallibly draw wealth to itself by some means or other.”   — Edmund Burke

(Do you think that Michael Bloomberg fought so hard, for what was – at the time – an illegal third term as mayor of New York City, because he wasn’t profiting from the position???  Forget about his taking only a single dollar in annual salary.  That’s just a smokescreen.  Why do you think Rahm Emanuel wants to be mayor of Chicago so badly, making a mockery of residency laws?  Why does just about every member of Congress start running for re-election within a few months of their initial election victory?  We need unassailable term limits, and much more oversight, accountability and transparency.  Public service was never intended to be profitable, at least not to such an obscene extent.)   — YUR

 

What have we wrought?

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - late Shah of Iran

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History keeps repeating itself, and our *empire* refuses to learn from it.  Why?  Because empires feel they are ABOVE such things.  We like to think we’re the great puppet masters, but ultimately our control in these matters is limited, in time and in scope.  We propped up the Shah for decades, but we couldn’t stop the Iranian Revolution.  Saddam was “our boy” for decades, and when we were done with him we tried to spur unrest/revolt, to have the Iraqi people ” take him out”.  That didn’t quite work out so well.  So, we finally did it ourselves.  But, the people???  Last week, Zine in Tunisia.  Now, (maybe) Mubarak in Egypt.  How long before Yemen dumps Saleh?  Can Morocco be far behind?  The world is becoming a much smaller place all the time, and much less naive.

The actions of the U.S. simply do not match our words.  Democracy?  Human rights?  How does Hu Jintao keep a straight face, when Obama brings these issues up?  Our *foothold-friend*, who the U.N. established – at the U.S. and Britain’s direction – back in 1947, is losing its strategic value.  Their human rights record is atrocious.  Our original *nation building experiment* was, arguably, very successful.  But, just look at the cost!  The West Bank is now like the Warsaw ghetto, and the situation in Gaza is even worse.  How many Trillions in aid have gone to the blue and white in the past 60 + years?  And, I’m just talking about direct aid.  How much has gone to the so-called “friendly” Arab states, to mollify them?  We now have next to zero credibility in the Muslim World.  And, for very good reason.  In the long run, the crusades didn’t work during the middle ages, and – despite our pretty packaging – they are not working today.

I’m not sure of the etymology (I wouldn’t be surprised if it originated in the Middle East), but there is an old saying that goes:  If you lie down with dogs, you will wake up with fleas.  Looks like we’re going to be scratching for quite a while! There are plenty of others, too.  We made our bed, now we have to sleep in it.  And: The chickens are coming home to roost.  We ignored all the warning signs – and believe me there have been plenty over the years – because *arrogance* does such things.

YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 01/29/11

040130-N-9693M-020 U.S. Naval Academy, Annapol...

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Visual Description:  Hoopsters ordering lunch.

OYLED  =  YODEL,  ISTUE  =  SUITE,  NERRED  =  RENDER,  BELTAL  =  BALLET   —   Giving us:  OETRDRALL

Clue/Question:  What the basketball team gave the deli.

Answer:  A TALL ORDER

(Roy Rogers!  Now, there was a cowboy who could “yodel”!  Such a bizarre talent.  But, I guess everything has its place.  Cute cartoon.  The long list, and the look on the counterman’s face!  Fun clue words, but they made for answer letters that were not scrambled all that well.  What are ya gonna do?!)   — YUR

PS.  Thanks, Hakkila!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/29/11

Sophokles-

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It is terrible to speak well and be wrong.”   — Sophocles

(So, is it OK to speak poorly and be wrong???  Was Sophocles’ assumption that only those who speak well would be listened to?  In times when intellect is valued over charisma, literate speakers are taken more seriously.  Other times the masses seem to turn a deaf ear to well spoken rationale, in favor of – the more plain spoken – being told what they think they want to hear.)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 01/28/11

Screenshot of Bambi and Faline from the traile...

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Visual Description:  “Sportsmen”  closing in on Bambi!

VEFER  =  FEVER,  YIRNB  =  BRINY,  EEPPUK  =  UPKEEP,  DAYMAL  =  MALADY   —   Giving us:  FERIEELD

Clue/Question:  When the buck spotted the hunters, he ran for . . .

Answer:  DEER LIFE

(The clue words weren’t too tough.  And, the answer should have been pretty obvious to most.  Good little pun though!  Hey!  I heard Sunday that Dick Cheney is looking to go hunting with some of his buddies again!  They’re going to make a documentary about, and call it:  None But The Brave!)   — YUR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8jeLyCjltQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fcYKVj23FU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wXAzAgb4pA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aleKwCjy3t8

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/28/11

My freshly sprained ankle of about 6 hours. Fo...

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A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”   — Mark Twain

(Currently having both a broken leg and a severely sprained ankle I can appreciate this sentiment.  I now have an even greater empathy for what amputees go through.  At least my condition will, eventually, remedy itself.  Though, not soon enough, to my liking.  I’ve always had a lot of patience . . . with others.  Much less so for myself.)   — YUR

PS.  Again, this is not me.  Mine is my left leg.  I started out in this air/cold-brace, then the doctor – who discovered I also had a broken leg – switched me to a “boot”, then he put me in a cast.  If the ligament situation does not improve I’ll have to surgical screws put in.  Do your stuff, cast!

Jumble Spoiler – 01/27/11

250px|right|thumb|Tomorrow’s Memoir:Prequel Comic

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Visual Description:  Boyfriend hoping to impress her mom.

SNAIE  =  ANISE,  GRAWE  =  WAGER,  IMMORE  =  MEMOIR,  GLAJEN  =  JANGLE   —   Giving us:  NSWAOINL

Clue/Question:  What she wanted to get for her mother.

Answer:  A SONINLAW

(Not too tough.  “Memoir” might have challenged some.  That’s about it!)   — YUR


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