Archive for March 31st, 2012

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/31/12

Mother holding girl.

Mother holding girl. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is as grandmothers that our mothers come into the fullness of their grace.”   —   Christopher Morely

A photograph of a 2 month old human infant, hi...

A photograph of a 2 month old human infant, his mother, his maternal grandmother, and his maternal great-grandmother. Each person in this photograph gave birth to the next younger person thus showing four generations in one family photograph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(A beautiful line from the section on Mothers, in the Book:  Mince Pie, by Christopher Morely.  I’d like to dedicate this quote to my baby sister, who became a grandmother just last week!  Blood-wise, she is actually ahead of me, although I am the proud Grampa of three, via my handsome and talented step-sons.  I’m going to treat you guys to a link to the online-literature page on Morely’s Mothers.  I think you’ll enjoy it.  Thanks, Rebecca!  Be well and do good, friends.  Love and appreciate your moms!)   —   YUR

Jumble (Stretch) Spoiler – 03/31/12

Flag of Maryland

Flag of Maryland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Sitting pretty at the Chateau Oriole.


Clue/Question:  The oriole bought a manor in Baltimore, Maryland, because he was this.



Triple Crown

Triple Crown (Photo credit: RedDogFever)

(Fortunately, it was fairly obvious that the second answer word was going to be BIRD.  Otherwise, this might have been pretty tough.  Of course, the Oriole is the official state bird of Maryland.  For those of you who follow horse racingand that might not be that many of you, these days – you probably know that the state flower is the Black-eyed Susan.  For those of you NOT into horse racing, the second leg of the Triple Crown, The Preakness Stakes, is held at Pimlico Racetrack, in Baltimore.  The winning horse is presented with a blanket of Black-eyed Susans.  Furthermore, a “manor” is also known as an “estate”.  The house itself could be referred to as a mansion, or manor house, or manor hall.  ESTATE BIRD is a stretchy play on words.  A true groaner of a pun!

2001 Preakness Stakes

2001 Preakness Stakes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Jeff threw in some fun detail.  A bowl of worms on the table next to the chaise lounge, and the state flag of Maryland can be made out, if you squint a bit.  I’m sure in Jeff’s proofs it’s much more defined.  The clue words were all well-jumbled.  “Dodge” is new to the ralis95 clue word database.  Moreover, the answer letter layout was beautifully cryptic.  Nothing given away.  A very nice Jumble.  Especially for a Saturday, when a good number of you are NOT busy at work . . . which is kind of bad for your unclerave.  I get my most visits during the work week.  It’s lonely here on the weekends.


Black Eyed Susans

Black Eyed Susans (Photo credit: L*Ali)

That’s about it, people.  For those of you who are still following the NCAA tournament, I’m hoping for a little blue on blue in the Finals.  I’d really like to see a Battle of the Ks!  But, may the best teams win, later today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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