Archive for September, 2012

Jumble Spoiler – 09/20/12

2010 Michigan State Spartans Football Helmet.

2010 Michigan State Spartans Football Helmet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Shell-shocked coach on the hot-seat.


Clue/Question:  When it came time to explain the team’s defeat, the coach was this.

Answer:  AT A LOSS

(. . . for words.  Not bad, but not all that tough.  No new clue words today, and none of them gave me any trouble.  We’ve seen the jumble CLEDOK before.  I like seeing the word “adage”.  It’s very appropriate for the Jumble.  The answer letter layout was fine.  It’s just that the answer was pretty obvious.  I see that Jeff is giving it to State again!  I bet in the movie 300 Jeff was the only one cheering for the Persians!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/20/12

English: Bacon

English: Bacon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality.  It’s part of the sizzle.”   —   Camille Paglia

(Makin’ the bacon!  I still enjoy the seduction, but at my age I could do with a little less pursuit.  And, I would probably settle for just a steady tingle.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 09/19/12

BNSF 5307,EMDX 9006 Bonita Ks.

BNSF 5307,EMDX 9006 Bonita Ks. (Photo credit: therailroadrooster)

Visual Description:  Box-car commuting nightmare.


Clue/Question:  When the zombies took over the railroad, passengers rode on . . .


Contemplative Chef Zombie

Contemplative Chef Zombie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(From freight trains to fright trains!  Very good!  You really have to admire the professionalism of the zombie conductor and zombie brain vendor!  I think as long as you have your ticket, and you’re willing to buy some brains, they’re not going to try to eat you!  Just don’t:  Tell Her No.


I actually had more trouble figuring out both “chaos” and “factor” than the other two words, though all were jumbled well.  It looks like ralis95 has even more work to do, with his clue word database, as “clinic” is another new addition!  The answer letter layout gave absolutely nothing away, so you really had to pay attention to the cartoon.  Cute cartoon.  Cute Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PSHappy Birthday to my lovely wife! (The love of my life!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/19/12

Tueeulala Falls in Hetch Hetchy - Yosemite - J...

Tueeulala Falls in Hetch Hetchy – Yosemite – John Muir quote read by Ron Good (Photo credit: muirpower)

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”   —   John Muir

(You might not find what you are looking for, but you definitely will benefit greatly by keeping your eyes and heart/mind open.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

A 9/11 – 11 Year and 1 Week Anniversary Bonus!

Library sign designed by Jessamyn West

Library sign designed by Jessamyn West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Thought for Today:

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions.  When they don’t fit it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.”   —   Jessamyn West

(A little ironic that she died in 1984.  Not ironic that she was an American Quaker.  I wonder what she would make of the world today???  Be well, do good, and keep asking questions, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Perhaps this quote has been mis-attributed.  There is also a living Jessamyn West, who designed the above sign!  Hmm!      YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 09/18/12

English: Own work made in the style of Andy Warhol

English: Own work made in the style of Andy Warhol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A fine dining establishment . . . with Jeff and Kathy celebrating in the background.


Clue/Question:  The chef’s new restaurant was this.




Aphrodite (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I really like the mock Warhol on the wall!  I always preferred Alphabet soup to Tomato soup, anyway!  Is today Jeff and Kathy’s anniversary, or something?  If so, then congratulations!

I only had difficulty with one clue word, today, and it happened to be “laptop”!  I think I will always struggle, some, with compound words.  It’s just who yer uncle is!  Merriam Webster‘s has the word as first being used in 1984, but I don’t see when they first acknowledged it as such.  It is not currently in the ralis95 clue word database, so it’s a brand new word, as far as Jumble clue words go!  ralis95 loves adding new words to his database!

The answer letter layout was really great, today.  Nothing given away.  I can see some of you struggling to get today’s answer.  It wasn’t killer, but it’s a clever pun.  I wonder if Elegante’s serves a burger???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I would have given you a picture of Warhol’s Tomato Soup, but it’s copyrighted.  Fortunately, the Marilyn Monroe one is of a legal(?) knockoff!  Don’t know how the Aphrodite came up, but I never pass up the opportunity to post a lovely tush!      YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/18/12


zen (Photo credit: mkebbe)

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.”   —   Robert M. Pirsig

(This was a deceptively tricky cryptoquote!  It starts out easy enough, but then I got a little hung up.  Then, I thought I had it right, with the third and fourteenth word being MEN, but then I couldn’t complete MOUNTAINS.  I thought MOUNTAINS could possibly be FOUNTAINS, but then FIND and OF would have been wrong.  I knew MEN didn’t fit with IS, but you can’t always count on good grammar with quotations.  I thought, for a second, that possibly there was some kind of typo, here, but I didn’t want to give in to that notion.  Finally, I decided MOUNTAINS was correct and I needed something else for MEN.  I went through the entire alphabet – and surprisingly, this quote uses 20 out of 26 letters – until I hit upon ZEN!  The funny thing is I actually read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, probably 30, or so, years ago.  Who knows if I even grasped its meaning, back then?!  Today I’d say, there’s nothing wrong with making a searchful type of journey, but ultimately what you are seeking lies within, and you are really on a journey of self-awareness.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 09/17/12

pocket billiards (pool) table. This image is m...

pocket billiards (pool) table. This image is misnamed – what is shown is not a snooker table! Tirada com o meu nokia 5140 😉 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Collecting for a proper snooker surface.


Clue/Question:  When it came time to raise money for a new billiards table, they did this.

Answer:  POOLED IT

(No new clue words, today.  I liked the jumblings of “rodeo” and especially “uproot”.  I think anytime you put out a jumbled word, that looks very close to an actual word, it makes it a little more difficult to un-jumble.  Both “willow” and “proxy” seemed fairly obvious.  Very nice answer letter layout, but there wasn’t much of a challenge for today’s answer.  I don’t imagine many of you having a hard time getting this one.  Just easing us into a Monday!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Today might have been a better day for the Mount Rushmore jumble, as it’s the anniversary of the day Abraham Lincoln’s head was dedicated there.   —   YUR


Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/17/12

Illustration of poem by John Keats

Illustration of poem by John Keats (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You are always new, the last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.”   —   John Keats

Illustration of poem by John Keats by W. J. Neatby

Illustration of poem by John Keats by W. J. Neatby (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Boy, did this guy ever know how to sweet talk the ladies!!!  I can’t believe that this is the first Keats quotation, since I’ve bee posting these spoilers!  It was an easy solve, but a great line.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(On Time) Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 09/16/12

Little Girls Princess Bracelet

Little Girls Princess Bracelet (Photo credit: AbsoluteJewelry)

Visual Description:  A mother/daughter dynamic, on display at the mall.


Clue/Question:  When it came to fashion, her daughter was this.


(Certainly NOT open to the suggestions of someone who still sees them as a cute little five year old!  Some day the teen will experience – for herself –  what it’s like, to watch her baby become a young adult . . . before their time.  It is not easy, and boy . . . does it ever happen too fast!  That one car commercial nails it, by showing the very concerned dad cautioning what looks like his five or six year old daughter, before handing her the keys to the car, and poof!  She becomes this sixteen/seventeen year old young lady, about to drive off . . . on her own.  We all kind of fool ourselves when we look in the mirror, but parents almost always see their children as little kids.  It’s very bitter-sweet.  I better stop this shit, before I make myself cry.

No new clue words, today!  Stand down, ralis95!  And though, most the clue words were nicely jumbled – “pairim”?  REALLY??? – I didn’t struggle to get any of them.  I think the answer letter layout really made up for the fairly easy clue words.  Neither of the answer words were hinted at in the answer letter layout.  I felt strongly that the second word was MINDED, and after writing out the remaining letters . . . I got the pun.  I loved it.  I think this was a very satisfying Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Happy Rosh Hashanah, to all of our Jewish readers!   —   YUR

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