Archive for February, 2011



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/24/11

Dutch Attack on the Medway, June 1667 by Piete...

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Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends.”   — Samuel Pepys

(We host a lot of “reunion” events, and my wife has a lot of relatives and friends from out of town.  And, occasionally, one of my relatives comes to visit.  We kind of treat our house like an inn.  We should have a framed copy of this quote somewheres near our main entrance!  The pronunciation of the name Pepys – “peeps” – always amuses me.  It just seems so un-British.  I guess it’s because it is originally French, and it came over in the Norman invasion of 1066.  It always makes me think of the little marshmallow chicks, and bunnies(?), that you see at Easter time.  I could never be bothered by them.  Marshmallows are for cocoa and campfires!  These Peeps take up valuable space that could be filled by chocolate eggs and bunnies!)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/23/11

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Visual Description:  Checkpoint Charlie with the jukebox boogie . . . yeah, yeah!

VALIE  =  ALIVE,  SHOAC  =  CHAOS,  ETTORP  =  POTTER,  JERPUM  =  JUMPER —   Giving us:  AIOSPTRUPR

Clue/Question:  What the radio commentator gave the soldiers.

Answer:  AIR SUPPORT

(At first glance, I thought this answer was going to be tough to get.  Good job on the scrambling!  I considered that the first word might be “tip” or “top”, but then the word “support” kind of jumped out at me.  And, that left me with “air”!  I fully appreciate that our modern military helmets probably provide more protection, than the older ones, WWII thru Vietnam +.  But, they always remind me of the Nazi era German helmets.  I think that sometimes these simple subtleties have a large impact on how our troops are perceived.  Particularly in the countries where we are viewed as “occupiers”.  If you’re reading this from the Pentagon, you might want to bring this up at the next uniform discussion.)   — YUR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnZODL-RGvc

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/23/11

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It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”   — Ralph Waldo Emerson

(It’s always nice to hear:  Some things never change.  You’re still an idiot. Good ol’ Ralph!  Lookin’ a li’l like Honest Abe, without the beard here.)   — YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/22/11

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Visual Description:  Latter 20th Century depiction of the deliverance of postal materials.

KOLEY  =  YOKEL,  LAWRC  =  CRAWL,  CUTLED  =  DULCET,  OSUREA  =  AROUSE —   Giving us:  OKRWDTOUE

Clue/Question:  How the postman stayed fit.

Answer:  HE WORKED OUT

(Very nice!  None of the clue words were obvious.  Nor was the answer.  I actually had a little trouble getting “dulcet”, because this wonderful adjective seems to have been relegated to mainly describing the music of Kenny G, and other such purveyors of muzak.  Could you guess that I’m NOT a fan???  Oh, and the New Yorker’s – not the magazine – definition of a “yokel” is: anybody who hails from outside the five boroughs! So, I guess that makes me and a few billion others yokels!  No offense to postal workers, especially our faithful mailmen!  AKA: mail persons.  You guys have taken a big hit, and I feel for you guys/gals.  Be good, do good, kids.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/22/11

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Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”   — Frank Gehry

(Whether you admire his style, or not, the man is a genius.  I’d listen to him.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/21/11

Listen to your father

Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.  Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”   — George Washington

(Boy, has this country strayed since its “Father” wrote/spoke these words, at his Farewell Address!  The U.S. is still a great nation.  We’re just not what we profess to be, nor are we what our founding fathers envisioned.  The frustrating thing is . . . we still could be.  We’d have to overthrow the Corporatocracy that has hijacked our government and kidnapped our national spirit, but the possibility does exist.  Far too many of us suffer from a kind of “Stockholm Syndrome“, where we relate and even revere our corporate captors.  It’s a kind of co-dependency.  Those of us who do see what has happened, and what continues to go on, need to approach this situation as a relative, or other loved one, would of an alcoholic or other addict.  Because we do care we cannot just ignore it, and pretend that it will go away on its own.  We need to orchestrate a national intervention.  If we don’t, then these unfortunate addicts are just going to drag us all down with them.  Oh, yeah.  Happy President’s Day.) —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/21/11

The barber

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Visual Description:  Unexpected outcome at the barber shop.

HUMOT  =  MOUTH,  AWREY  =  WEARY,  GLAITH  =  ALIGHT,  SELING  =  SINGLE —   Giving us:  MOWRIGHNE

Clue/Question:  What happened when the barber gave him a crew cut.

Answer:  IT GREW ON HIM

(Not bad.  Fairly common clue words, except for “alight”, I guess.  All around great scrambling, but especially the answer letters!  The answer is not all that difficult, but at least it wasn’t given away by lazy scrambling.  Nice going.  Expected about 3 inches of snow overnight.  Got closer to 6!  And, all I can do is watch while others shovel.  Life is strange.)   — YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/20/11

US Postage stamp: LBJ, 1973 issue, 8c

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There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few we can solve by ourselves.”   — Lyndon B. Johnson

(I’m a little surprised this is my first LBJ quote.  Very quotable president!  I think a lot of us were hoping that President Obama could demonstrate some LBJ qualities in dealing with the Republicans in Congress.  But, let’s face it.  LBJ was a bit of a Blue Dog Democrat to begin with, which made it easier to reach out to Republicans.  And, in the wake of the JFK assassination I think that more Republicans were receptive to cooperating for the greater good.  Today, the entire concept of the greater good seems to have been lost on far too many Republicans, and unfortunately they have become the Party of No! And then again, there’s the downplayed – by this administration – issue of race.  The Obama camp cannot afford to raise this specter, for very obvious reasons.  But, do not fool yourselves, for a minute, into thinking that race is not an issue, when it comes to a substantial segment of the anti-Obama camp/sentiment.  You’d think that the United States would be so much past this.  But, no.  It really does seem that the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Sad.)   — YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/20/11

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Visual Description:  Disappointed plaintiff at the end of the hearing.

THIBLE  =  BLITHE,  BLOTEG  =  GOBLET,  PHYSEC  =  PSYCHE,  RYNWIT  =  WINTRY,  MADORR  =  RAMROD,  MNOMOC  =  COMMON —   Giving us:  IHGTSCHWIAOMMN

Clue/Question:  What a lawyer can get when he loses a case.

Answer:  WHATS COMING TO HIM

(I like it.  Great clue words, nicely scrambled.  None were obvious, to me.  Superlative scrambling of the answer letters!  And, a contemporary classic cartoon.  Dude should’ve arranged some kind of contingency arrangement with his legal beagle.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, friends.  Be good, do good.)   — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/19/11

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A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.”   — Bette Davis

(There’s happiness in just making it through each day.  You just have to allow it to enter into your consciousness.  Peace.)   — YUR


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