Archive for August, 2012

Jumble Spoiler – 08/31/12

English: People climb the indoor rock climbing...

English: People climb the indoor rock climbing wall at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. The wall features auto belay devices. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  An experienced climber trying to guide a novice.


Clue/Question:  After his climbing companion started to panic, he told her to . . .

Answer:  GET A GRIP

(Cute!  Very punny, as some would say.  All the clue words were nicely jumbled.  I struggled a little getting “benign”, and I didn’t find “piracy” all that easy either.  Surprisingly, “image” is a new clue word for us Jumblers.  ralis95 will have to add it to his clue word database.  Nothing obvious about the answer letter layout, and that is always a positive, in my book.  And, the cartoon conveys everything very clearly.  Not a big head scratcher, or anything, but a solid puzzle.   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Happy birthday to some of my all-time favorites:  Frank Robinson – 77, Van Morrison – 67 and Glenn Tilbrook – 55!     YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/31/12

Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson, 1892.

Portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson, 1892. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”   —   Robert Louis Stevenson

English: Two people holding a banner of the or...

English: Two people holding a banner of the organization Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth. The text of the banner reads: “Hundreds of Architects & Engineers Demand a Real 9/11 Investigation.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(That’s always your uncle’s goal!  I know not everybody is going to agree with me, when I spout off about this and that.  But, I always hope that I’ve given you something to think about.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/30/12

1913 Detroit Tigers, baseball card portrait

1913 Detroit Tigers, baseball card portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Jeff Knurek projecting his hopes and dreams!

Detroit Tigers

Detroit Tigers (Photo credit: Keith Allison)



Clue/Question:  After he pitched a perfect game, he . . .



The Merriam-Webster logo.

The Merriam-Webster logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Very interesting.  To my knowledge, the Detroit Tigers have never experienced a perfect game.  Not on the winning side at least.  But . . . it could happen!  Heck, if the Mets could finally win a No Hitter, like they did this year, then I guess anything is possible!  Being a baseball fan, I loved this Jumble.  I thought the clue words were all well jumbled.  There is a new word for the ralis95 clue word database, but I think it could be deemed debatable.  The word “hyper” is accepted as a stand alone word, by some sources.  However, Merriam Webster’s still has it as a prefix only.  Not as a stand alone word.  This could get the purists up in arms!  We’re going to have to have another debate, over what constitutes a valid Jumble clue word.  Me?  I could care less.  I just like causing trouble, from time to time.  Back to the critique.  I thought the answer letter layout was a thing of beauty!  Nothing given away here, at all.  If it wasn’t for the pitcher’s comment about celebrating this would have been a very tough Jumble to solve.  As it is, I bet that a number of you had some difficulty in solving it.  Pitch and throw are synonymous, so that was the pun aspect.  If I wasn’t already so far behind in my day I might have made this an Unclerave’s Wiseguy of the Day contest.  I blame Lesley.  She HAD to go and say that she hated doing the crossword puzzle!  I usually don’t bother with it these days, but since she brought it up . . . and with such passion, I just HAD to do today’s!  It’s the one from the Los Angeles Times, so if anyone is having trouble with it . . .

Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/30/12

English: American entertainer and commentator ...

English: American entertainer and commentator , speaking at a memorial service for Lee A. Archer on February 4, 2010 at , New York City . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice.”   —   Bill Cosby

(That Bill Cosby is such a card!  Sure, the “stupid ones” are the ones who should take the advice.  But . . . they’re stupid!  It goes in one ear and out the other, they forget it, or they ignore it.  Maybe they think they know better?  The imparter of  the wisdom realizes this, so he/she tells those who they think are smart enough to accept, and act on, the advice.  The saying is an alliterative way of saying:  Ya know, if you’re smart . . . But, guess what?  There certainly is no guarantee that the person imparting this wisdom is wise.  A lot of complete idiots think they know it all, but . . . they’re idiots!  Some nefarious types actually enjoy giving out misinformation, either for their personal gain, or just to mess with you.  And, there are also times when wise people have bad info, through no fault of their own.  But, if they were truly wise you’d think they’d vet the info before passing it on.  Bottom line?  It’s all a bit of a crap shoot when someone offers you advice.  You always have to consider the source, then use your own noodle.  Always assess the risk and the reward before taking action.  Just remember that there are very few sure bets in this world.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/29/12

The former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland Mic...

The former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland Michael Steele (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Domicile dweller not digging this drilling dilemma.


Clue/Question:  Their attempt to drill for water didn’t . . .

Answer:  END WELL

(Well, well, well!  What  do  we  have  here?  I thought we were looking at your basic classic Jumble clue words, but as it turns out “thrown” is new!  ralis95 will have to update the clue word database.  The word throw is also not in the database, but for good reason.  Those letters can spell a handful of words.  The clue words were all jumbled well, but none were all that difficult to get.  I liked the answer letter layout.  Very nicely done.  But, it reminds me that I have to have my cholesterol levels checked.  I thought it was a little strange to see the word “drill” three times in the puzzle.  Once as a clue word, once in the character dialog and once in the clue/question.  Drill, drill, drill!  What up wit dat?  Not big fans of renewable energy???  What are you, Michael Steele republicans???  Get  off of my blog, you stinkin’ defilers of the earth!  I’m un-friending you, right now!  How you like dem apples, buckos?!  All the rest of you . . . be well and do good.)   —   YUR   😉

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/29/12

Jerry Seinfeld at the 44th Emmy Awards

Jerry Seinfeld at the 44th Emmy Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A two-year-old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.”   —   Jerry Seinfeld

(How very droll.  Jerry’s the man!  Big Mets fan!  I can still remember one of his earliest bits where he talks about how socks just seem to disappear.  He supposed that it likely happened in the dryer, and was akin to a prison breakout, with the sock secretly clinging to a towel or blanket – waiting for its big break.  It’s partially a visual thing too, so it loses a little something just reading it.  Trust me.  It was very clever.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/26/12

Beacon, New York

Beacon, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Brawl – sorta – at the ball game.


Clue/Question:  He could have avoided getting punched in the face if he’d . . .


Looking north along NY 9D in a wooded area sou...

Looking north along NY 9D in a wooded area south of Beacon, NY, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(This was most definitely a challenging Sunday Jumble!  Good thing I had some expert assistance, from the one and only ralis95!  I had gotten all the clue words, and wrote out the answer letters, but the answer itself was certainly NOT obvious!  At least not to me.  So I went ahead and did the Sunday Cryptoquote.  Fairly challenging in itself!  I had to prepare for a short trip to meet with the esteemed ralis95, who just happened to be visiting a fairly nearby bed and breakfast, as part of a momentous cross country trip, with his lovely wife, Pat.  Knowing that ralis95 does not get the Sunday Jumble, I decided to bring it along with me, to give him a shot at it.  We both agreed that the cartoon was a little confusing, because the guy doing the hitting looks like the insulted party, but apparently it was the hittee who was insulted, and must have said something just as bad, if not worse, to the guy who threw the punch.  And, I guess the observers are talking about the hittee, but it seems like they’re talking about the hitter!  I found the whole thing just a little awkward.  But anyway, during our get together we were talking about it.  It was in ralis95’s hand, so I was considering it mostly by memory of solving the individual clue words, while he was poring over it, and rearranging the answer letters into all consonants and vowels, in alphabetical order.  I threw out the word DUCKED as a possible first word, then I think one of us said DECKED, but ralis95 was quick to point out that there was only one D.  We all went on chatting about this and that when ralis95 says TURNED THE OTHER CHEEK!  Huzzah!!!  Hoorah!!! and Hooray!  The master had solved the Jumble!  Then we went back to eating and drinking, and chatting like we’d known each other our entire lives!  We spent a good four hours together.  Our wives got along swimmingly.  And, if it weren’t for a prior commitment, of Carol’s and mine, we probably would have continued and gone out to dinner!  But, like they say, all good things must come to an end.  So, we went on our merry way, while ralis95 and his lovely wife enjoyed another blissful night at The Chrystie House, in beautiful Beacon, NY.  It couldn’t have been a nicer day, in O so many ways.  I could write even more, but this is already getting a little long winded.  So, be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

English: I-84 near Beacon, New York

English: I-84 near Beacon, New York (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PS.  No new clue words on this Sunday!  I think the only clue word that gave me the most trouble was “cougar”.  Very nicely scrambled!  Oh, yeah.  And, the answer letter layout was exquisite!    —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/28/12

Messy is fun

Messy is fun (Photo credit: WarzauWynn)

Visual Description:  Kathy Kent-Knurek  having to deal with daughter Sydney’s living space.


Clue/Question:  She hinted that her daughter should clean her room, but her daughter didn’t . . .

Answer:  PICK UP ON IT

(Some really great jumbling of the clue words!  No new words, but we have seen SCINEK as a jumble for “sicken” before!  And, probably as before, this was the one clue word that gave me trouble.  The answer letter layout was masterful.  No giveaway there, at all.  Nice little pun.  I don’t think it was all that difficult for most of you to get.  Especially, with Jeff’s great, illustrative cartoon!  Ain’t parenthood a hoot?!?!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/28/12


English: PORTRAIT OF JOHN XXIII Español: IMAGEN DE JUAN XXIII (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have looked into your eyes with my eyes.  I have put my heart near your heart.”   —   Pope John XXIII

(Well, now.  Everybody loves that personal touch!  Now, don’t they?  I nearly went with A for the Hs, until I saw the author name.  Knew it HAD to be a Roman numeral.  And, with one that big, I figured it had to be a Pope!  Couldn’t be a sovereign.  That number, then, could only be 23, and the only one with that high number was a John.  I think the next highest is a tie between Benedict and Gregory, at XVI.  Anyway, after that it was all downhill.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/27/12


Reindeer (Photo credit: fwooper)

Visual Description:  Jeff’s subtle send up to Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer.


Clue/Question:  When the does met, they knew instantly they would become . . .


(After a pretty tough Sunday Jumble, it looks like they’re easing us into the work week with a fairly obvious one.  Ya gotta like the cartoon!  I love the pseudo-Starbucks’ logo on the window!  I didn’t know that does hooves came with opposable thumbs!  Ah, the power of the cartoon!  Decent clue word jumbling.  Nothing too difficult.  However, it looks like “revive” is going to be a new addition to the ralis95 clue word database.  I did like the answer letter layout.  Very nicely jumbled.  This looks like it’s a post-Rudolf scenario.  So, what was it exactly?  A messy divorce?  Mishap with a 747 engine?  Did all the fame just go to Rudolf’s head?  Enquiring minds want to know!  Be well and do good friends.)   —   YUR

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