Archive for December, 2012

New Years Eve Jumble Spoiler – 12/31/12

Happy New Year 2009!

Happy New Year 2009! (Photo credit: Koshyk)

English: Father Time and Baby New Year from Fr...

English: Father Time and Baby New Year from Frolic & Fun, 1897 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Hoyt, Knurek and guests, ringing in the new year!


Clue/Question:  With each glass of champagne, the party guest was becoming . . .


New Year wishes

New Year wishes (Photo credit: annamatic3000)

(Very cute.  And, very apropos!  The guy with the beard looks like such a lech!  That’s right, my pretty . . . keep drinking.  I hope Jeff and David keep an eye on that guy.  Dig that wild child, Hoyt!  All dressed[?] up like the Baby New Year!  Knobby knees, and all!  I think this is some kind of Knurek payback!

No new clue words, today.  The jumbling was okay.  I don’t think anyone had too much trouble unscrambling any of them.  Sweet job on the answer letter layout though!  The cartoon makes the answer fairly obvious, so I don’t think the answer letter layout held too many back.  S’about it for 2012, kids!  I thought it was clearly an above average year!  Here’s to a Happy & Healthy, Safe & Prosperous, Peaceful New Year!  Ya know, in a way, every Friday starting January 4, is going to be Friday the 13th!  What are all the worrywarts gonna do???  LOL!   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

New Years Eve Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/31/12

Emily Macafore

Emily Macafore (Photo credit: dingler1109)

Then sing, young hearts . . . with never a thought of sorrow; the old goes out, but the glad young year comes merrily in tomorrow.”   —   Emily Miller

(The . . . stands in for “that are full of cheer”.  It was a fairly lengthy quote without those words, so I’m sure it was just a matter of space constraints.  It still works.  This kind of poetry is very easy for yer dim uncle to process!  Be safe tonight, crypto-fans.  May 2013 bring you peace of mind.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/30/12

English: Tap dancing class in the gymnasium at...

English: Tap dancing class in the gymnasium at Iowa State College. Ames, Iowa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Poverty is no disgrace to a man but it is confoundedly inconvenient.”   —   Sydney  Smith

(An understatement, if ever I heard one!  There is such an inequity of wealth in this country.  There is just no tap dancing around this issue.  What’s the most manipulative show on network television these days?  “Undercover Boss”.  Aw gee!  Bosses aren’t so bad, after all.  CEOs are just like you and me.  Bull shit!!!  If you buy into that crap then you probably should stop reading this blog.  CBS should be ashamed of itself.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/30/12

Hanging out @ Melbourne Zombie Shuffle

Hanging out @ Melbourne Zombie Shuffle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Casting call at the zombie movie set.


Clue/Question:  He took the role as a zombie, but he wasn’t . . .


(Some top-notch clue word jumbling on this one!  No new ones though.  None of them jumped off the page for me.  Well, maybe “hourly” and “deluxe” were fairly easy, but the rest took some thought.  Mr. Hoyt did a splendid job with the answer letter layout.  Nothing given away, and even a little misdirection – whether intended, or not – with the word “hold” right in the middle of it.  The cartoon does a great job of getting the point across.  Boy, our guys are really big on the zombie theme!  Aren’t they?  Probably because so many of our euphemisms have the word dead or death in them.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/29/12

TV Guide #1553

TV Guide #1553 (Photo credit: trainman74)

Visual Description:  Dick Loudon greeting a couple to The Stratford Inn.


Clue/Question:  When they asked the owner of the inn if they could check in early, he said . . .

Answer:  BE MY GUEST


The Waybury Inn (c.1810)

The Waybury Inn (c.1810) (Photo credit: origamidon)

(Newhart was a brilliant show.  Of course, it was hardly an original concept.  New York sophisticates moving to the sticks, and contending with a slew of oddball country folk, was done twenty some years earlier on Green Acres.  You’d have to call Newhart more of a thinking man’s Green Acres though.  Bob Newhart‘s understated comic style was unique.  He’s getting on in years, but he still makes the occasional appearance on television.

No new clue words, today.  And, we’re still awaiting some word from Hoyt, on yesterday’s use of WAIVER, and whether it qualifies as a stand alone Jumble clue word.  Do clue words need to be stand alone dictionary listings, and not the comparative – a la wavier – or superlative of another word???  Enquiring minds want to know!  Today’s clue words were jumbled well, as was the answer letter layout.  I think today’s answer is also the title of a bouncy little number from Beauty and the Beast.  Disney cartoon version, that is.  Or was that Be Our Guest?  I’m mellowing out to the Carpenters Greatest Hits right now.  The wife was always a big fan, so one of her Christmas presents was this CD.  Takes me back to my pop childhood.  Karen really did have a lovely voice.  Such a shame that she died so young.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/29/12

collected stories of hortense calisher

collected stories of hortense calisher (Photo credit: cdrummbks)

A happy childhood can’t be cured.  Mine’ll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that’s all, instead of a noose.”   —   Hortense Calisher

Happy Childhood

Happy Childhood (Photo credit: Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi)

(This woman was an accomplished writer.  But, if this quote is representative of her work, I think I’ll take a pass.  I don’t understand/appreciate the need to mix the positive with some negative, as she does.  Why in the world  would anybody want to cure a happy childhood?  The second part of the quote would be fine if she ended it at rainbow.  A happy childhood should go a long way towards one projecting a confidant and optimistic attitude.  I understand that she’s implying that an unhappy childhood can hang around your neck like a noose, but I think it could have been better said by either saying more . . . or saying less.  Yer uncle is a very simple man.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/28/12

Goya, 1795, Self-Portrait

Goya, 1795, Self-Portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The self-indulgence of Jumble creators.  😉


Clue/Question:  The Jumble artiste‘s cartoon is a . . .


(I love the pun, and as a onetime Fine Arts major I love the concept.  Now, I think, for Jeff to really show his artistic chops, he has to – just once, mind you – give us a continuous line drawing Jumble!  If nothing else, I think it would freak out a lot of the regulars!  What’s he doing?  Did the Jumble hire a new artist??  Are we going to get this crap every day???  LOL!  C’mon, Jeff.  Dare to upset the apple cart, bro!  What?  Don’t hold my breath?  Hey, it was just a suggestion, bub.  Don’t get your knickers all in a twist.  Yeesh.

So, guess what, kids?  The new clue word drought has ended!  Hoyty-toity has finally broken open the clue word piggy bank and given us – not one, but two – brand new clue words!  Both “rudder” and “waiver” are, soon to be, new additions to the ralis95 clue word database.  And overall, the clue word jumbling was excellent, today!  As was the answer letter layout.  It gave away nothing.  Today’s Jumble would have made a dandy Unclerave’s Wiseguy of the Day contest, but I don’t have time for those anymore.  That’s about it, kids.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Jeff, you could SO rock that hat!  Let’s see which hip and happening hipster celebrity is the first to try to bring this hat style back!  C’mon, Bruno Mars!  C’mon, Johnny Depp!  C’mon, Kid Rock.  C’mon, Snoop Dogg!  C’mon, Nicki Minaj (Anybody but a Kardashian – or Miley Cyrus!)  Be the first.  Be the style trend-setter.  Just remember, friends.  You saw it on UncleRave’s Wordy Weblog first!      YUR

PPS.  This just in, via personal email; the guy handing over the raffle ticket (in the cartoon), to Jeff Knurek, is none other than YOURS TRULY . . . Your Uncle Rave!  I had no warning that this was about to happen, so I was caught totally off guard.  I think it’s a pretty good likeness, although I’m much younger and much more handsome than this!  JKLOL!  How ’bout dem apples?  I’ve been immortalized in a Jumble cartoon!  Thanks, Jeff!  And, don’t forget what I said about the hat.     YUR

(Uh oh!) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/28/12

English: at

English: at (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific (D)problems is just as dumb as the next guy.”   —   Richard Feynman

(Was it just my newspaper, or did the rest of you also have an extraneous letter, in today’s Cryptoquote???  That is unusual.  Another funny thing about this quote is that it uses every letter except Q, W and Z.  And, that was even without the author’s name!  I love the quote, because too many people act as though they think scientists think they are better than the rest of us.  Most scientists have varying degrees of humility, just like the rest of us.  And funny, a lot of these same people try to claim, that for a lot of people, science is their “religion”.  This kind of narrow-mindedness is disturbing.  But, people get very defensive about their “beliefs”, so it just doesn’t pay to try to have a rational discussion on the subject.  One of the biggest recurring themes of this blog has always been to question authority and to embrace uncertainty.  Certainty locks you down and holds you back.  The world, and the entire universe, is constantly changing.  So, it’s much healthier to keep an open mind about things.  Oh, and don’t worry, having an open mind does not mean that your brains will fall out!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Jumble Spoiler – 12/27/12

English: Dilemma of man's love of the world an...

English: Dilemma of man’s love of the world and yet destructive dependency upon it. Theme about Climate Change and Global Warming. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A disinterested digger.


Clue/Question:  His job at the mine was and wasn’t . . .

Answer:  BORING


Climate change

Climate change (Photo credit: jeancliclac)

(Not bad.  Not tough, but not bad.  The new clue word drought continues!  I blame Climate Change, due to Man Made Global Warming!  Suck on it, Weather Channel dude!  The jumbling was alright.  Didn’t get tripped up on anything today.  Good job of making the miner look unengaged.  Mining and drilling have also taken their toll on this old world of ours.  Take, take, take take, take!  Don’t worry about the consequences.  As long as we get we want.  Let someone else worry about the cleanup and the long-term effects.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/27/12

" Waldo Emerson, head-and-shoulders portr...

” Waldo Emerson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right / engraved and published by S.A. Schoff … from an original drawing by Sam W. Rowse in the possession of Charles Eliot Norton, Esq. ; S.A. Schoff.” Engraving. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.”   —   Ralph Waldo Emerson

(I started out looking for someone like that.  But, I was seduced by someone who was gorgeous and nurturing instead.  This one really had me going for a while.  Especially, because I started out having the fifth word as SIGN, the second word ending in ING and the ninth word ending is SS.  Not a good way to go about solving this one!  Even without the bad start this was difficult.  No single letter words.  No THE, AND, ANY, ARE, NOT, ONE or YOU.  And, how often does the word CHIEF come up???  Not all that often.  It even took me about half way through solving it before I realized who the author was.  Of course, I try solving these without looking at the author, as much as possible.  If I had keyed in on the author I probably would have solved it much sooner.  Nice challenge!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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