Archive for April, 2012

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/29/12

Vito Antuofermo

Vito Antuofermo (Photo credit: casspixx)

Visual Description:  A disbelieving loser in the boxing ring.


Clue/Question:  The boxer was this after losing the bout.

Answer:  _ _ _ _   _ _ _   _ _   _ _ _ _ _


(Been having trouble coming up with this answer.  Like I told Lesley, I got all the clue words fairly quickly, but the answer letters are leaving me cold! I’ve always been a big boxing fan, but I’m a strugglin’ to git this answer. I was thinking the fourth word has to be UPSET, because the way the pug is talking it seems he was favored to win. However, the single F, and the absence of an R, is making me think that the fourth word might be OFTEN, because the palooka seems to be repeating himself. The other five letter word I was toying with was BOAST, sorta for the same reasons as UPSET. I suppose it’s possible I messed up on one of the clue words, but I think this is a case where I’d do better with a couple of long words, than four shorter words. It’s probably something SO simple and obvious that I’ll end up kicking myself!  NEVER MIND!  I got it, finally!  The two smaller words just sunk in, and you had to kinda think UPSET and his NOSE, both BENT OUT OF SHAPE.  Be well and do good, friends!)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/29/12

We are the 99% (23 of 27)

We are the 99% (23 of 27) (Photo credit: glennshootspeople)

You don’t realize that you’re intelligent until it gets you into trouble.”   —   James Baldwin

(Being not as smart as you think you are is what really gets you into trouble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/30/12

Pep Talk

Pep Talk (Photo credit: pietroizzo)

Visual Description:  Pre-game basketball pep talk.


Clue/Question:  After their defeat the night before, the coach wanted them to do this.


(This was a nice easy one, custom made for a Monday morning!  None of the clue words were too tough, but they were all jumbled well.  It looks like “snuck” is new to the ralis95 database.  The WordPress spell-check feature does not even recognize it as a valid word, so maybe the Brits only acknowledge sneaked?  The answer letter layout gave nothing away!  Jeff was nice enough to add a pretty obvious visual bonus clue.  That is all, folks.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/30/12


Plutarch (Photo credit: WeMeantDemocracy)

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.”   —   Plutarch

(Apparently, this is the first Plutarch quote since I’ve been posting the spoilers!  That was surprising to me.  However, this puzzle was such an easy solve.  Even without a pen I was able to figure out the first line.  And, if I’d put my mind to it, I might’ve been able to figure out the entire quote without a pen.  But alas, I did not challenge myself thusly!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/28/12


Robert Mapplethorpe - My own eyes

Robert Mapplethorpe - My own eyes (Photo credit: Cea.)

I think you can leave the arts, superior or inferior, to the conscience of mankind.”   —   William Butler Yeats

(I guess Mr. Yeats’ works weren’t big on Rudy Giuliani’s reading list!  Blue-noses are entitled to their opinions, as much as the rest of us.  As long as they don’t let their opinions escalate to actual censorship, I can deal with their constricted thought processes.  Be well, do good . . . and try to keep an open mind, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/28/12

French Quarter, New Orleans. Clarinetist & ban...

French Quarter, New Orleans. Clarinetist & bandleader Jacques Gauthe makes gesture of aproval to brass bass player Tom Saunders. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  An outdoor summer band concert.


Clue/Question:  The bandleader feared becoming one as the storm approached.



A return stroke, cloud-to-ground lightning strike.

A return stroke, cloud-to-ground lightning strike. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(As long as his baton isn’t metal – unlikely anyway – he’s probably fairly safe.  Lightning seeks out the tallest objects, so the pavilion would probably get hit any way.  An open pavilion, however, is not a safe place to seek shelter during an electrical storm.   So, if that’s the only structure nearby, probably everyone should find adequate shelter.  Especially the horn players!  Everybody back on the bus!  You just never want to fool around with lightning!

The jumbling of the clue words was great, today.  I even had to think a little to come up with “chaos”.  For some reason, I saw “comic” and “bandit” right away.  However, “suitor” was a different story.  I didn’t back into it, though.  I wrote out ten different attempts, with nothing even close.  Then, somehow I saw the word SUIT, and then it clicked.  Oh, yeah!  And, “suitor” is new to the ralis95 clue word database!  The answer letter layout was very good.  Nothing was given away, in my opinion.  The answer, though, wasn’t too tough, as bandleader and conductor are fairly synonymous.  Have a good weekend, people.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/27/12

1895 HoughtonMifflin HolidayBooks Armstrong

1895 HoughtonMifflin HolidayBooks Armstrong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.”   —   Ralph Waldo Emerson

(If you guys aren’t talking about, and recommending Unclerave’s then Unclerave’s isn’t growing.  Without growth there can be only one thing.  And that is death.  Fortunately, some of you have been talking, because we’ve been gaining new subscribers, and we’re getting new “Likes”.  So, let’s keep it going . . . and growing.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/27/12

Maureen O'Sullivan & Johnny Weissmuller in Tar...

Maureen O'Sullivan & Johnny Weissmuller in Tarzan's Secret Treasure - trailer (cropped screenshot) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Pudgy iron pumpers and pedal pushers left in the lurch.


Clue/Question:  When they were late opening the gym, it resulted in this.

Answer:  WAIT GAIN

(Look at Hoyt, using “abrupt” twice in the same week!  Trying to be all sneaky an’ she-it!  As long as the jumbling was different – and it was – it’s all good.  No new clue words, today . . . again.  I guess David L is giving ralis95 some time off.  None of the clue words were all that difficult.  The answer letter layout was good, and the answer made for a good pun. 

How many of you guys are going to run out and sign up for a membership to “Sweatie’s Gym”?  Huh?  Not many.  I know the boys are trying to expand their Jumble empire, but I don’t think “Sweatie’s” is going to add much to their bottom line.  Maybe they should work on something called “Jumble Gyms”, where you have to perform certain exercises/physical activities to get individual elements of a Jumble, and/or other word game.  Each jumbled clue word would require the completion of a specific task, determined either by a trainer, or the individual exerciser – once he/she reaches a certain level – before advancing to the next activity and jumbled clue word, culminating with viewing the cartoon and clue/question.  Most gyms have a variety of monitors linked to various exercise machines already, so it would take incorporating some fairly simple computer programs to make it work.  It would be a great way to work both the body and the mind.  Of course the name would be a play on the words jungle gym, the structures that kids climb on, and also the old Johnny Weissmuller character, Jungle Jim, from his post-Tarzan years.  How ’bout it, Jeff and David?  Just have your girl call my girl and we’ll work out all the details.  Be well . . . be fit and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/26/12

This photograph (1 of 2) depicts the Khalil Gi...

Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of spirit.”   —   Khalil Gibran, or جبران خليل جبران

(So many wonderful, meaningful quotations, squeezed into an all too short life!  And, so many great quotes on love and friendship!  Sometimes, I think it’s true that only the good die young.  However, if he were living in America today, he’d likely be detained at the airport, nearly every single time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/26/12

The Midtown Manhattan skyline as seen from Nor...

The Midtown Manhattan skyline as seen from Nordkop Mountain in Suffern, New York, 30 miles northwest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The unfortunate reality of far too many ERs these days.


Clue/Question:  After getting to the emergency room, he was hoping (in vain) for some . . .


(Boy, can I ever sympathize with this guy!  It looks like he’s having to deal with outright rudeness, while I only had to deal with horrendous inefficiency and indifference.  You really don’t get a good sense of time here, but I would have gladly traded the rudeness he’s getting for the nearly 5 hours that Good Samaritan Hospital – in Suffern, NY – made me wait, in their waiting room, a year ago January.  As the Cryptoquote demonstrates, every quotation seems to have an equal and opposite quote.  “Good things come to those who wait” did not work out so well for me, or the woman with the huge gash in her hand.  I don’t think being the squeaky wheel would have made much of a difference, though.  I never even saw a doctor.  Only a gruff X-ray tech and a fairly green P.A.  The next time me, or my family, is in need of emergency care I’m going out of my way to the hospital across the county.  Well, at least if it’s non-life threatening.

Great clue words today, and all of them were well-jumbled.  None are new, but I really liked seeing “cavity” and “glitch”.  It’s hard to put my finger on it, but I wasn’t thrilled, today, with the answer letter layout.  Maybe switching “soupy” and “fight” would have made it a little tougher.  IHTSOPATYLI?  Eh!  Menza Menza.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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