Archive for July, 2012

Jumble Spoiler – 07/31/12

English: Triathlon photographs from the Chinoo...

English: Triathlon photographs from the Chinook-Half-Ironman Calgary Alberta Canada, June 23 2007. more photos of the race visit Magyar: A kanadai Chinook Half Ironman triatlonversenyen készült képek (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Committing to the Ironman.


Clue/Question:  After he trained by running, cycling and swimming, the athlete decided to . . .

Answer:  GIVE IT A TRI

(Nice homophonic/heterographic pun!  I don’t have the mental toughness to even seriously consider competing in a triathlon.  I’m pretty much a couch-potato.  Very sad. 

The clue words were jumbled very well.  Two brand new clue words, today!  ralis95 will be adding both “rigid” and “regret” to the clue word database.  Answer letter layout was alright.  I woulda swapped “avoid” and “rigid”, but that’s just me.  The cartoon and the clue/question tell you everything you need to know.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote FAILURE! – 07/31/12

Question mark

Question mark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sorry, people!  I don’t seem to have it, today.  I was playing around with it starting with TO HAVE, and with the author being JAMES HOWELL(?), but the rest is not falling into place.  No single letter words, no THE, no double letter words, and nothing ending in ING – that I can see.  Two cups of coffee, and still nothing!  Anybody have any good hints to get me started???   —   YUR

English: Gold bars created by Agnico-Eagle

English: Gold bars created by Agnico-Eagle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Okay.  Here it is, friends.  Thanks to a few anonymous commentators, and Grandpa!

To have gold brings fear; to have none brings grief.”   —   James Howell

I kinda gave up on it.  Just not with it, today, I guess.  Sorry to let you guys down.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/30/12


ophthalmology (Photo credit: Mary Thorman)

Visual Description:  It’s all over, at the ophthalmologist.


Clue/Question:  Her visit to the eye doctor was over in the . . .


Ball Collection, Acc 18692

Ball Collection, Acc 18692 (Photo credit: otisarchives4)

(Not bad!  This very popular idiom should have made this a pretty obvious solve.  I really didn’t even have to look at the answer letters to get it.  But, the answer letter layout was fantastic!  Very nicely jumbled, Mr. Hoyt!  The clue words were all old standbys, but they too were very nicely jumbled.  I hesitated a few seconds with “unlock”, and, as it turns out, we have had the jumble CLUNKO before.   This cartoon reminds me that I need to set up an eye appointment.  Too often I’m taking my glasses off to read things in the paper, including the Jumble!  And, with the internet, I’m constantly having to go to ViewZoomZoom In, in order to get the font to a readable size.  But, what irks me even more than the small type size is the colorif you can call pale gray a color – that they seem to be using more and more of, all the time.  I’ve never been an absolutist, so I don’t expect a pure, stark black, but a nice deep, rich, charcoal gray is much easier on the eyes, than so much of what we’re getting these days.  It’s why I give you guys a lot of bold fonts and dark colors.  I’m doing unto others . . .  Tiny and faint print is like saying:  Hey old guys, screw you!  Very nice, indeed.  And, after all we’ve done for you!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  And, speaking of poor vision, I wish more of us would take off the blinders and really see what is going on in this world!     YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/30/12



“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; act...

“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it” Ralph Waldo Emerson (Photo credit: Foto_di_Signorina)


A man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.”   —   Ralph Waldo Emerson


( . . . or, he makes you think:  Why didn’t I think of that?  And maybe, on some level, you did think of it, but you just failed to act on it . . . out of a lack of confidence.  I think a lot of what we call genius is less about the brain and more about the heart.   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR





Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 07/29/12

Plains Zebras (Equus quagga), more specificall...

Plains Zebras (Equus quagga), more specifically the Damara subspecies (Equus quagga antiquorum) in Okavango, Botswana. An edit of Image:Zebra Botswana.jpg on English Wikipedia, done for that image’s FP try on Wikipedia. The original image description: Zebra, Okavango, Botswana, 2002. Taken & submitted by Paul Maritz (Paulmaz) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Equine showdown on the savannah.


Clue/Question:  The giraffe was going to try to break up the fight between the zebras, but he decided not to . . .


Ursus_maritimus_Polar_bear_with_cub.jpg, with ...

Ursus_maritimus_Polar_bear_with_cub.jpg, with color correction and cropping (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(This is one of those interesting factoid ones!  Apparently, and contrary to popular belief, the zebra on the left is correct!  They are essentially black, with white stripes.  It’s similar to the majority’s belief that polar bears fur and skin are white, when in reality their skin is black, and their fur is actually transparent!  Cool stuff, huh kids?


Harlequins (Photo credit: Crossett Library Bennington College)

Had some great jumbling of some great clue words, today.  Right out of the gate, I stumbled a bit on “settle”.  I kind of ignored one of the “T”s and was writing in STEEL . . . when the Homer in me came out!  Doh!  Alright, I recovered quickly.  The next word I got right away, but as it turns out “shrunk” is going to be a new addition to the ralis95 clue word database.  I can see some having trouble getting “immune”.  I love the word “torrid”.  It always makes me think of those Harlequin romance novels that the ladies like so much.   I’m generally kind of “cranky”, and I thought that “accuse” was jumbled really well.  Sorta like with “settle”, I was seeing SAUCE, and wondering what the extra C was for?!  I wasn’t actually writing it out, this time, but it did take me a few extra seconds to come up with the right word.  The answer letter layout was good enough.  Looking at it now, I can sort of make out the word STICK, mainly because of the ICK, but I wouldn’t call it super obvious.  The biggest clue was the cartoon itself, with the giraffe peeking from behind a tree.  Very cute.  I thought overall today’s was a lot of fun.  I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!  Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/29/12

Cropped screenshot of Hedy Lamarr from the fil...

Cropped screenshot of Hedy Lamarr from the film Dishonored Lady. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Any girl can be glamorous.  All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.”   —   Hedy Lamarr

US Patent 2,292,387 - Lamarr & Antheil

US Patent 2,292,387 – Lamarr & Antheil (Photo credit: floorvan)

(She could get away with saying such things, because besides being gorgeous she was also highly intelligent and mathematically gifted.  We shouldn’t assume that all beautiful people – especially actors and actresses – are less than intelligent.  In my experience, most people in the performing arts are very intelligent.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/28/12


Archery (Photo credit: Vassilis Online)

Visual Description:  The archery event at the Olympics.


Clue/Question:  After three bulls-eyes in a row, his goal of winning an Olympic gold medal was this.


green version of line art drawing of an archer...

green version of line art drawing of an archer or bowman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Great clue word scrambling.  I had a little trouble getting “effort”, and as it turns out we’ve had the jumble “fertof” before!  The answer letter layout was pretty impressive.  The answer itself was pretty simple though.  I guess a lot of the shooting events have people of all types.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/28/12



English: Richard Dawkins at New York City's Co...

English: Richard Dawkins at New York City’s Cooper Union to discuss his book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”   —   Richard Dawkins


(I find it so ironic that this quote is so heavily used as a retort, by mainly the religious right – the less open-minded, towards liberals – the more open-minded.  Mr. Dawkins is a well known critic of creationism and intelligent design.  He is a humanist and an evolutionary biologist.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Jumble Spoiler – 07/27/12

English: Westminster Palace in London, The Gre...

English: Westminster Palace in London, The Great Westminster Clock; The bell within the clock tower is named ‘Big Ben.’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  River sight-seeing trip in London, England.


Clue/Question:  The Palace of Westminster is located near one in the Thames.

Answer:  A BIG BEND


London Olympics 2012

London Olympics 2012 (Photo credit: Andrea Vascellari)

(Been to London, once, about 23 years ago.  Way before they had that big ferris wheel!  Lots to see there!  You can see even more with these day trips.  Stratford Upon Avon, Stonehenge, Bath, Cambridge, etc., etc.  Got hit by a car in Bath.  Well, my hand did.  Cracked my camera, too.  Would love to go back, some day.  Food was rather basic, but not bad.  The beer was great!  Good cartoon, Jeff.  Is that David and a friend?  Clue words weren’t new, but they were all jumbled well.  I didn’t find any of them too challenging.  The answer letter layout was only fair.  Coulda been better.  That’s it.  Be well and do good, dear friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/27/12

It's Just Natural

It’s Just Natural (Photo credit: ShuttrKing|KT)

We find comfort among those who agree with us  –  growth among those who don’t.”   —   Frank Howard Clark


(This guy has a lot of wonderful, plain speaking, common sense quotations attributed to him.  Here’s two of my favorites that, I’d love to see in future Cryptoquotes.  Why not upset the applecart?  If you don’t, the apples will rot anyway?  and  I’d rather see folks doubt what’s true than accept what isn’t.   A true critical thinker.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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