Archive for May 11th, 2012

Jumble Spoiler – 05/11/12

John McEnroe playing World Team Tennis in Mama...

John McEnroe playing World Team Tennis in Mamaroneck, NY (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The 1980’s Bad-boy of tennis arguing with the ump.

ANFIT  =  FAINT,  MKSIP  =  SKIMP,  QAOUEP  =  OPAQUE,  AHMMEY  =  MAYHEM   —   Giving us:  INTSKIOPEAHM

Clue/Question:  John McEnroe would sometimes lose his temper trying to . . .

Answer:   MAKE HIS POINT

(Sometimes???  I shouldn’t talk.  The other side of yer uncle is easily as dark and volatile as Johnny-boy!  A lot of purists don’t like this style of tennis player, but I think the guys who wear their hearts on their sleeves, like Ilie Nastase, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker and John McEnroe have humanized the sport, and have brought it more of a mass appeal.  Tennis used to be much more elitist.  Now, even your ham and eggers pay attention to the major tournaments.  What I’m not all that crazy about are the grunters.  There seem to be a lot more women grunters than men, and for me the grunts just get so friggin’ tedious.  And of course, certain grunts are more annoying than others.  I think some coaches actually teach grunting.  I understand the concept of why, but I don’t necessarily buy into it.  Tennis will never match my love for team sports, but it is a great sport, and I do watch it, on occasion.

 

mayhem-is-coming-allstate

mayhem-is-coming-allstate (Photo credit: roberthuffstutter)

No new clue words again, today, but everything was jumbled really well.  “Skimp” is a fun word.  But, I especially liked “opaque” and “mayhem”.  I like the Mayhem character in the Allstate commercials!  Seems like all the best commercials these days are insurance commercials.  The answer letter layout was excellent, and Jeff did a great job depicting McEnroe’s antics.  Be well, do good . . . and try to control your tempers, friends.  I’ll try to do my part.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/11/12

Sir John Gilbert's 1849 painting: The Plays of...

Sir John Gilbert’s 1849 painting: The Plays of William Shakespeare, containing scenes and characters from several of William Shakespeare’s plays. Since the artist died in 1897, this work is now in the public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Absence from those we love is self from self – a deadly banishment.”   —   William Shakespeare

(I feel like I cheated, today.  Usually, the author line doesn’t give much away, but William always kind of jumps off the page for me.  The length of the last name, and seeing where the As might go, confirmed for me that it was Shakespeare.  However, it did take a little time to figure out ABSENCE, BANISHMENT and especially DEADLY.  Bill, Will or W. Shakespeare would have made this more of a challenge.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   Your Uncle Rave


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