Archive for May 26th, 2011

Such Is The World – By JoAnna Nathan Welles

Tornado damage in Arkansas

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A semi-submitted poem, which is apropos to the violent storms that are devastating the Midwest of the United States:

Black crows, big as rabbits,
pluck worms off the knoll at dawn.
More unidentified flying objects
perch in Hitchcockian rows
on rooftops, on the edge of drains.
Naive house cats will not be allowed
to play on the grass today.
Such is the world
 when turned upside down.
Such is the world, I say.
Gray clouds gather, whistling winds,
raining over thirsting plains.
Natures fire lights up the gray.
Funnels writhe like unheld hoses,
ominous monsters approaching.
All children and parents and pets alike
should stay out of the rain today.
Such is the world
 when turned upside down,
Such is the world, I say.

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/26/11

Edouard Manet 010

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There are no lines in nature, only areas of color, one against another.”   —   Edouard Manet

(Ah!  The “true” Father – or maybe Godfather(?) – of Impressionism.  Monet was indirectly responsible for the naming of the new art movement, with his painting titled: Impression.  A critic thought he was delivering a clever insult by calling Monet an “impressionist”.  But, it was Manet who helped painters break free from the linear constraints of Realism, with his looser brush strokes and sketch-like approach to painting.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/26/11

Terry's Coffee Shop in Brooklyn close to Marcy...

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Visual Description:  Harried greasy spoon worker struggling to render us obese.


Clue/Question:  For the over-worked fast-food cook, Monday was turning into . . .

Answer:  FRYDAY

(Very nice!  Fairly predictable pun.  But for me, that’s what makes language fun!  I had no trouble with “sunny” and “fiddle”, but it took me a couple of looks to get “rural”.  Must be some kind of American Idol backlash/mental block.  But, boy-o-boy!  I had to work backwards from the answer to get “yawned”.  Even after figuring out I needed another Y, I still had some trouble.  That is some clever scrambling.  It’s either that, or I’m just a little dopey this morning.  I was a little surprised to see how many people had trouble unscrambling “debtor” from yesterday’s Jumble.  I received over 210 queries yesterday, and so far about 10 today.  Mr. Hoyt must be doing something right!  It’s a beautiful day, here in the Northeast.  Yesterday, there were another 77 reported tornadoes plaguing the Midwest.  It just boggles the mind.  And we’re still only midway through the tornado season!  Let’s keep a good thought for all those effected, and help out any way we can.  Be well and do good, friends.)    —   YUR

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