Archive for July, 2011

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/31/11


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Every evil in the bud is easily crushed; as it grows older it becomes stronger.”   —   Cicero

(I am not a fan of the word “evil”.  It’s, primarily, a concept that has been used to frighten and control children – and the uneducated – since the dawn of speech.  It’s really an unnecessary absolute that serves no good purpose.  There are simply varying degrees of good and bad in this world, and there is always some underlying impetus for such.  You could very easily replace the word “evil” with the word “good” in this quote, and it would be just as true.  It’s all a matter of nurture, because in nature things simply are.  The indoctrination – and perpetuation – of “evil” is mankind’s biggest impediment to enlightenment.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 07/31/11

John Lawrence Sullivan (October 15, 1858 – Feb...

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Visual Description:  Mis-match in the boxing ring.


Clue/Question:  What the lightweight didn’t have when he stepped into the ring with the heavyweight.


(LOTS of great clue words today!  The first two I found very easy, but the other four were more interesting and more of a challenge.  “Scotch” and “gambit” were really fun, and “tirade” threw me for a few seconds.  Nice scrambling of the answer letters, but the answer itself was pretty evident to me.  Enjoy your Sunday, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/30/11

It's the most unhappy people who most fear cha...

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”   —   Mignon McLaughlin

(Oh, great!  Now, I gotta die before you putzes appreciate me???  Damn!  Today’s was harder than I thought it was going to be.  I was thinking “every” from square one, but I kept thinking that “dead” had to be either “that” or “else”.  Then, I had a Hell of a time tying in the KEM to the KMEM of the big word in line two.  The possessive “its” was just about THE last three letter word I tried!  I think – it was way back this morning, folks –  I just went with the D being the E, and the M being the S, and that’s how I FINALLY settled on  “its”.  From there it all fell into place.  And, of course, the author was absolutely no help.  I’d never heard of Mignon  McLaughlin before.  Pretty cool lady.  A “Smith” girl!  Rest up, kids.  The Sunday word games are coming.)   —   YUR

PS.  I almost gave you a James Carroll Beckwith painting!  Next time around, kids!

Jumble Spoiler – 07/30/11

Burgas seacoast alee

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Visual Description:  Cautious biker, away – maybe alee – from the heartland.


Clue/Question:  The road down to the shoreline was perfect for this.


(Not bad!  Superlative scrambling all around!  All the clue words had a certain level of difficulty, depending on where you’re coming from.  My daughter acted like she’d never heard/seen the word “gulch” before.  And, she graduated in the 7th percentile of her class, of 400 + kids.  I think I only graduated high school, and later got into college, because someone stole some of the Regents exams that year!   But, the baby girl is more of a Math and Science geek, whereas the old man is an English and History/Social Studies nerd.  Okay.  Move along, folks.  There’s nothing more to see here.  Be well, friends.  It’s Saturday.  You can do a little bad.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/29/11

Disparity of rich and poor in Rio de Janeiro

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I don’t know if I should care for a man who made life easy.  I should want someone who made it interesting.”   —   Edith Wharton

(Well then, if Edith were my wife she’d be positively thrilled!  I definitely don’t make life easy.  Things get interesting, but never easy.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/28/11

A photo of the Watergate Complex taken from a ...

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Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude toward us.”   —   John Mitchell

(Despite the apostrophe, I had a very difficult time solving today’s quote!  I had the E and the S from the beginning, but everything else was up for grabs, for quite a while.  After realizing that the first word could be “our” and the last word might be “us” I was finally able to crack “attitude”.  From there it all fell into place.  I thought I was going to have to appeal to you guys for a hint of some kind.  The gubmint must’ve pumped in stupid gas through mah winder last night!)  🙂      YUR

Jeter Jumble Spoiler – 07/28/11

Derek Jeter

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Visual Description:  “Way on the other side of the Hudson . . .”


Clue/Question:  Where THE Yankee went to get a replacement for part of his uniform.


(Just for Lesley, guys???  Just kidding!  I’ll never be a Yankee fan, but I’ve never had anything against “The Kid”.  Besides being a great all-around player, Derek Jeter exemplifies all the best qualities of just about any sport.  He’s humble and respectful to all.  He’s even-tempered and a “good sport”, win or lose.  He doesn’t complain, and does what is needed, with a superlative work ethic.  And, he’s grown into the kind of leader that coaches love.  One who can lead – primarily – by example.  As impressive as his overall numbers might be, it’s his intangibles that make him one of the – if not THE – most revered players of this era.

I don’t know about anyone else, but all the clue words jumped off page for me, today.  Also, with the sign and the New York skyline, the answer was pretty obvious.  Despite the name of the company, from this vantage point it’s more likely located in Weehawken or Hoboken.  Possibly Jersey City, but definitely not Newark.  Nice “Guido” working the counter, Jeff!  Ayyy!  Does Tony Soprano run this shop, or what?!  I’m sure, at the very least, he providing some kind of . . . “insurance”.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Since yesterday was a “Name That Tune” spoof, what song does today’s Visual Description line come from?

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/27/11

John Herschel Glenn Jr. (born July 18, 1921, i...

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I don’t know what you could say about a day in which you’ve seen four beautiful sunsets.”   —   John Glenn

(Probably THE first, and maybe THE greatest, American hero of my lifetime!  Navy and Marine pilot, who flew numerous combat missions in WWII and Korea.  He even flew a number of missions with the great Ted Williams, of Boston Red Sox fame.  Probably best known as an astronaut who was the third American in space, and the first American to orbit the Earth.  And, a four term U.S. Senator for the state of Ohio.  He also returned to space in 1998, at the age of 77, for the purpose of studying the effects of space flight on the elderly.  The man is a Rock Star, in my book!  Be well, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I missed his birthday last week.  Sorry, sir!  John Glenn turned 90 on Monday, July the 18th!

Not Bumble Bee Spoiler – 07/27/11

Statue of "Charlie the Tuna" at the ...

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Visual Description:  The Undersea World of . . . Jacques Gamesheau?


Clue/Question:  When Mr. and Mrs. Albacore had a baby, they played this.


(You can hear the moans and groans for MILES and MILES on this one!  But, to my way of thinking, if you’re NOT fond of puns; why the Hell do you do the Jumble in the first place?  I was reluctant to go with “mints”, because it appeared to be a plural noun.  But, then I realized that MINT is also a verb, so it’s all good, folks!  “Batty” and “haggle” were pretty simple, but “annual” might have thrown a few of you, for a while, because it starts with a vowel.  There was no giveaway with the answer letters, today.  And, that’s always – as Martha Stewart would say – a good thing!  Cute, nonsensical cartoon.  I suppose today’s Jumble could have been difficult, for those not familiar with either; the StarKist Tuna mascot, Charlie The Tuna, or the old game show Name That Tune.  But, I’m sure sure all the Boomers – and older – got it, with no problem whatsoever.  I sure hope today’s was a Dolphin Safe Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PSI rock at Name That Tune, folks!  Just as I rock at Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!

PPS.  The word “Hell” generates a lot of funky, scary, Medieval artwork in the Zemanta gallery.  Too many people have very sick imaginations!



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/26/11

Göttingen Lichtenberg closeup April06

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You can make a good living from soothsaying, but not from truthsaying.”   —   Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

(Tell me about it, brotha!  Blogging the truth has gotten me nothing but a modest following.  I hardly get squat from the adds you’re now seeing.  Maybe I should move this blog to a different venue.  I don’t know.  I am going broke here!)   —   YUR

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