Archive for May, 2012

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/31/12

English: - Emblems of belief available for pla...

English: – Emblems of belief available for placement on USVA headstones and markers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.”   —   Lydia M. Child

Statue of Sarah Winnemucca by Benjamin Victor ...

Statue of Sarah Winnemucca by Benjamin Victor (NSHC statue) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


[1] The great moments of understanding are the...

[1] The great moments of understanding are the great moments of listening to the inner voice, confidence will come and stay with you! Magic my friends!:) (Photo credit: UggBoy♥UggGirl [ PHOTO // WORLD // TRAVEL ])

(This remarkable woman was just so far ahead of her time!  She was Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan B. Anthony and Sarah Winnemucca, all rolled into one.  She must have had a marvelous upbringing, because she definitely believed in herself.  She righteously exemplified the word humanitarian.  The woman had a beautiful spirit.  Be well, do good . . . and be cheerful, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/31/12

Two Tahitian Women

Two Tahitian Women (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A Nice(?) beach scene.


Clue/Question:  He wore goggles in the Mediterranean so he could do this.




CANNES (Photo credit: TOMOYOSHI)

(Maybe it’s St. Tropez, or Cannes, or some other hotspot in the South of France!  I’m betting this chubby little perv is hoping that there might be some nude, or at least topless, bathers for him to uh . . . observe.  But, who could really blame him?  The human body is a marvelous sight.  I’m partial to the female form, but I can acknowledge the beauty of the fit masculine, as well.  Yer uncle’s general lack of melanin kind of prohibits him from spending too much time at the beach, but I like the idea of frolicking at the beach.  Pale faces got it rough!

Some good jumbling of the clue words, today.  Nothing too tough though.  I was surprised to find that “amaze” is not on the ralis95 clue word database.  A little strange, because amazed is.  The answer letter layout was good, but not great.  The early stats indicate that not all that many of you are having a hard time with today’s clue words, or Jumble answer.  Some days gonna be like dat!  At least Jeff got to show off a little of his high school French!  Être bien et de faire le bien, amis.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/30/12


André Malraux painted portrait _DDC2930

André Malraux painted portrait _DDC2930 (Photo credit: Abode of Chaos)

An art book is a museum without walls.”   —   André Malraux

(This one was tougher than I thought it would be.  Even going with A for the Ps – it could have been I, I suppose – it took me a while to figure this out.  None of the words in the quote ended in E, and only “museum” contained an E.  This one was definitely a good challenge, for me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/30/12

The Coakham pack of Bloodhounds starting a hum...

The Coakham pack of Bloodhounds starting a human trail in England (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A “hunter” trying to use the wrong dog for the job.


Clue/Question:  The hunting dog didn’t get along with the hunter because the hunter was always . . .


English: A Chesapeake Bay Retriever retrieving...

English: A Chesapeake Bay Retriever retrieving a Mallard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Can you blame that poor Hound dog?  He knows what he’s been bred for, and it ain’t retrieving!  This numb nuts should be using a Golden, a Lab, or a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, or any dog in the retriever line.  He could also use a Pointer or a Setter for the job.  Heck, even a Poodle can be used as a retriever, at times.  But, a Hound dog???  They’re good for tracking, and chasing rabbits, raccoons, woodchucks, deer, and foxes and such.  Maybe even bear and big cats.  And, people, of course.  But, when it comes to fetching shot down fowl, well that dog ain’t gonna hunt.  There are always exceptions to every rule, but you’d be fighting generations of breeding and training.

No new clue words again, today.  The five letter words were pretty simple, for me.  I thought “manner” was jumbled well, and I had a little trouble with “origin” for a minute.  I kept seeing IRONING, but that’s seven letters, and of course, I’d need another N for that.  The answer letter layout was beautiful.  I thought maybe I had gotten a clue word wrong, because my first inkling was DOGGING HIM, but dogging is only seven letters long.  It’s a good thing Jeff is good at drawing hounds!  They mean pretty much the same thing, anyway.  But, this ain’t horse shoes or hand-grenades, folks.  Close don’t count!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/29/12


English: Picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue...

English: Picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue in the Lincoln Memorial. Italiano: La statua di Lincoln al Lincoln Memorial. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”   —   Abraham Lincoln

(Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to bear this in mind.  So many more emotionally negative and defeatist elements kind of force this thoughtful consideration into submission.  No matter how rational we like to think we are, emotions are often too hard to fight.  We all need thicker skins, for Abe’s advice to really take hold.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/29/12

English: Television host interviewing Admiral ...

English: Television host interviewing Admiral during a taping session of ‘. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Behind the scenes at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart!


Clue/Question:  Where the comedian gets his daily news.


(A nice little send up to Mr. Stewart and his Daily “news” Show!  The show is extremely funny, and it delivers a tongue-in-cheek account of a number of actual news reports.  Very popular with the 18 – 49 crowd, and even us cranky 54 year olds enjoy it.  I don’t remember the numbers, but a certain segment of their audience gets all of their news by watching only The Daily Show.  On the surface that may sound alarming, but when you considered the cloned and canned crap the corporate media continues to force feed us, like the foie gras geese that we are, who’s to say that they are wrong?  I still think it’s a little lazy, though.  I still watch the network and cable news shows, but I just turn the bull shit meter up to high.  The corporations have co-opted the news in order to control the dialog.  They can sell all they want.  There’s nothing that say you have to buy it.

Today’s clue words kind of lulled me in, with two simple jumbled words.  Then they clobbered me with two toughies!  None of the words were new, but it took me a while to get “annual”, and I actually had to write out 7 combos before coming up with “fiasco”.  I wouldn’t blame anyone who had to back into either of those two words.  The answer letter layout was great.  It might have been hard trying to back into any of the clue words, because the answer is actually not correct, when you think about it.  Jon Stewart takes real news and makes it into something entertaining.  He doesn’t take entertainment and try to pass it off as news.  Oh, well.  I still enjoyed it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – Memorial Day 2012

English: Picture of graves decorated with flag...

English: Picture of graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Soldiers, working those upper bodies!


Clue/Question:  The gym at the military base strengthened the . . .


(With a very fitting message in the background, right next to an American flag!  Of course, this only has meaning for Americans.  And, for any country who feels they benefited from American military intervention.  For a lot of our readers, who do the Jumble, this is just another day.  I guess the same thing applies to the Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day and – our – Thanksgiving. 

We had a new clue word today, in “summon”!  Fairly tough, as was “female”.  Stellar answer letter layout of our ARMED FORCES!  The entire Jumble made for a nice, and respectful, pun.  Be well, do good . . . and remember, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/28/12


Coat of Arms of Diana, as Princess of Wales fr...

Coat of Arms of Diana, as Princess of Wales from 1981 to 1996 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You need bruises to know blessings, and I have known both.”   —   Frances Shand Kydd

(I definitely did not recognize the author name, and it took me a little time to figure out “bruises” and “blessings”.  But overall, a fairly easy one, today!  By the way, Ms. Kydd was Lady/Princess Di’s mom!  So, I’d say she knew bruises.  It’s a terrible thing to outlive a child.  Be well, do  good . . . and count your blessings, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/27/12

English: A milk chocolate Easter Bunny.

English: A milk chocolate Easter Bunny. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  . . . with mint jelly, lyonnaise potatoes, a delicious ratatouille, and a couple of cloverleaf rolls.


Clue/Question:  When her sheep gave birth, Mary . . .


(Where’s Gary Larsen when you need him???  That was actually one of his cartoons, many, many moons ago.  Late ’70s – early ’80s, I’d guess.  The Far Side really broke ground in the funnies/comics world.  I remember my sister saving me the one about the guy who bit off just the ears and tail of the chocolate Easter bunnies.  She said it was me!  Of course that’s how I’d start, but I would eat the rest, over a certain amount of time.  I think her gripe was that I also ate the ears and tail off of her chocolate bunny.  Well, it’s not my fault she just left them there uneaten!  She was too slow.  And, they were calling to me.  Eat me, uncle.  Eat me!  My philosophy is to never argue with a chocolate Easter bunny.

No new clue words, today.  ralis95 can stand down!  They were all jumbled well though.  The only one that I had to think on was “tandem”.  Great job, there.  The answer letter layout was sublime!  If you didn’t pick up on the nursery rhyme the answer letter layout would have left you puzzling and puzzling.  Nice little down on the farm cartoon, too.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  That better be a solid milk chocolate bunny!  The hollow ones are hardly worth the time.   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/27/12


1795 - 1823

1795 – 1823 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When a man does all he can though it succeeds not, we’ll blame not him that did it.”   —   George Washington

(A little confusing, for yer old uncle!  The guy who tried, but failed?  Or, is he talking about the guy who tried, blaming the guy who succeeded, for his not succeeding?  You’d think it would be the former, and not the later, but it would be much clearer if old George didn’t talk like freaking Yoda!  Be well and do good, friends.  Enjoy your Memorial Day!  Take in a parade, or visit a veterans cemetery.)   —   YUR


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