Archive for August 12th, 2012

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/12/12

Boeing 737-200 at Zurich Airport

Boeing 737-200 at Zurich Airport (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The premiere of Pan Am?

BODRIF  =  FORBID,  BUUSED  =  SUBDUE,  EEGGAN  =  ENGAGE,  SPYLUP  =  SUPPLY,  UTROIS  =  SUITOR,  FLUNGE  =  ENGULF   —   Giving us:  OISDEEPPITOL

Clue/Question:  The new TV show about the aviators was this.

Answer:  A PILOT EPISODE

(Personally, I thought the answer letter layout gave this one away.  It wasn’t hard to take PITOL and see PILOT.  Then the OISDEEP quickly became EPISODE.  Just reversing the order of “engage” and “supply” would have made a huge improvement.  OISDPPEEITOL would have been one of a few more cryptic layout options.  But, at least the clue words themselves were nicely jumbled.  They all had a certain level of difficulty.  And, there were two new clue words in “engage” and “supply”.  ralis95 can add them to his clue word database.  The cartoon has the classic couple watching prime-time television.  It could be from a Jumble from 20 – 30 years ago, accept for the flat-screen TV/Monitor.  I thought that the Pan Am show had some potential, but I guess they tried to make it more than it really had to be, making the one stewardess an operative for the CIA.  It had a good cast.  They should have just played it straight, and maybe worked that in at the end of the season, or even held off on that kind of thing for the potential season two.  Sometimes these TV guys are just a little too ambitious and impatient.  I remember when a pair of stewardesses rented a house in my neighborhood, for a while, when I was a kid.  We just kinda let our minds run wild, imagining their lifestyle.  We wished they would have stayed longer, but they surely didn’t need an entire house.  Especially since we weren’t even close to the airport.  Yeah, those producers shoulda just stuck with boozy businessmen hitting on the pretty stewardesses, and six year olds getting their wings from the pilots, and turbulence and barf-bags, and regular stuff like that.  At least for the first season.  Commercial flying was still fairly rare and adventurous in the early and mid ’60s.  The secret agent angle was too much, too soon.  Live and learn, buckos!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/12/12

painting

painting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My mind is as open as a forty-acre field, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to change it.”   —   Everett Dirksen

(“The Wizard of Ooze”!  A great politician – and orator – from my childhood.  Even though he was a Republican he played key roles in the writing and passing of civil rights legislation.  There was SO much more cooperation and reaching across the aisles back in the day.  Way before the polarizing and recalcitrant Grover Norquist nonsensical mindsets.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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