Archive for April 18th, 2012

Farewell Dick Clark!

RIP Dick Clark, 1929 - April 18, 2012

RIP Dick Clark, 1929 - April 18, 2012 (Photo credit: clotho98)

Long time American icon, Dick Clark, passed away today, of an apparent heart attack.  He was 82.

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Baby Boomers will forever remember him as the host, and face, of American Bandstand.  He looked like one of the teenage dancers on the show – in the earlier days – and for the longest time it seemed like he positively refused to age.  He was dubbed ‘America’s Oldest Teenager’!  As with all good things though, that finally caught up with him when he suffered a pretty severe stroke eight years ago.  The stroke took a lot out of him, but he was able to teach himself how to walk and talk again.

He was also well known for hosting “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve“, on ABC, from 1972 until his stroke in 2004.  He made a comeback, of sorts, in 2006, but his spirit was much stronger than his physical being.  He was like a mentor to his eventual successor, Ryan Seacrest.

Dick Clark was also a successful producer of such television shows as “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the game show “$25,000 Pyramid”, both of which he hosted, for a time.  His very illustrious professional life spanned more than 55 years!

God bless Dick Clark!  He’ll be remembered, and he will be missed.  Rest in peace, sir.  We salute you.

   YUR

Cryptoquote Spouiler – 04/18/12

Americans Who Speak the Truth - Marian Wright ...

Americans Who Speak the Truth - Marian Wright Edelman (Photo credit: MrSchuReads)

 

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree.”   —   Marian Wright Edelman

(I think helping your children to understand about compassion and empathy is every bit as important as their formal education.  Facts and formulas are a big part of the cold, hard truths of this world.  However, attention has to be paid to the warmer, softer aspects as well. 

Because of the coded word “degree” I was a little hesitant to designate the Ms in the puzzle as the letter E.  No single letter words, and no:  ARE, ONE, THE, USE – pretty rare, actually or AGE.  It made this a fairly challenging cryptogram to decipher.  I kinda wimped out and did it in pencil.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/18/12

Master Clock (at left) driving several slave c...

Master Clock (at left) driving several slave clocks. Note third one along at the top from the right is a radio controlled quartz for reference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  An over involved chrono-enthusiast and upset spouse.

SMTUY  =  MUSTY,  YXTIS  =  SIXTY,  BNELBI  =  NIBBLE,  CAFORT  =  FACTOR   —   Giving us:  MUTSITIBEATO

Clue/Question:  When he put the finishing touches on his book about clocks, his wife said this.

Answer:  ITS ABOUT TIME

(So many letters . . . so little challenge!  USUALLY a twelve letter answer means you’re in for an interesting proposition.  Usually.  Today, with the wife’s face and comments, and all the clocks in the room, you didn’t even need to read the Clue/Question.  None of today’s clue words were new, but they were all well jumbled.  The answer letter layout was beautiful!  But overall, this Jumble just kinda whacks you with the hammer of obviousity.  Sometimes a twelve letter answer means a grand slam, other times it’s just a weak grounder back to the pitcher.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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