Archive for April, 2013

Jumble Spoiler – 04/30/13

hART of BC Dinosculpture

hART of BC Dinosculpture (Photo credit: Dougtone)

Visual Description:  B.C. trying to sell Grog on the spear.


Clue/Question:  When he talked about the advantages of using a spear, he made some . . .


(Hey!  A new crossover?  Cool.  The clue words were jumbled well, but they weren’t really difficult.  None of them are new.  The answer letter layout was pretty good, too.  I think the answer was pretty obvious.  But, the cartoon was fun!  My paper doesn’t carry B.C., so it was a treat for me.  Is this just a one shot deal, or are we going to get to see Cute Chick and/or Fat Broad?  Hmm.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/30/13


A dog is the only thing on earth that loves yo...

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. (Photo credit: chris zerbes)

Every man has his follies – and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.”   —   Josh Billings

(Not being a man of letters, or great accomplishment, I guess this applies to me as much as anyone else.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/29/13

English: 18 Avenue intersecting with Bay Ridge...

English: 18 Avenue intersecting with Bay Ridge Parkway in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Retro doesn’t always work.


Clue/Question:  His poor judgment when it came to designing  tank tops would cause him to . . .



English: Man in a tank top style known as an A...

English: Man in a tank top style known as an A shirt, at the Brooklyn Book Festival. Photographers blog post about this photograph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Good stuff.  None of the clue words were too tough.  I liked “shroud” the best.  No new clue words, today.  Fair to middlin’ answer letter layout.  Switching the first two words would have worked better, in my opinion.  Aayyy!  Dis shop would do swell in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn . . . U-S-A, baby!  What dese kids don’t know . . . fuhgeddaboudit!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/29/13

John Cage with the pianist Maro Ajemian, to wh...

John Cage with the pianist Maro Ajemian, to whom he dedicated Sonatas and Interludes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.  I’m frightened of the old ones.”   —   John Cage

(The man was a genius.  Enough said.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/28/13

Visual Description:  A lovely day on the nature trail.

A branch of one of many hiking trails leading ...

A branch of one of many hiking trails leading up to a gazebo seen against guest rooms in the far background across Lake Mohonk at Mohonk Mountain House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Clue/Question:  The hiking trail had this on it.



English: Hiking trail Soonwaldsteig

English: Hiking trail Soonwaldsteig (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(About as perfect a Jumble as you’re going to find!  Wonderfully jumbled clue words.  I really enjoyed “finale”, “safari” and “enroll”.  It looks like “enroll” is going to be a new addition to the ralis95 clue word database!  For some reason I always hesitate on words like “swivel”.  I’m never sure if they end in EL or LE.  I’m too lazy to look it up, so I semi-backed into the word today!  A nice long answer, with a beautifully laid out answer letter layout.  Nothing obvious there.  The real clues are in the charming cartoon, and the careful selection of words in the cartoon.  Good day to get outside and enjoy this fine Spring weather!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/28/13

A White gold wedding ring and a single diamond...

A White gold wedding ring and a single diamond, gold banded engagement ring with a six-prong Tiffany mount. {| align=”center” style=”width:80%; background-color:#f7f8ff; border:2px solid #8888aa; padding:5px;” |- | Camera and Exposure Details: Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700 Lens: Nikon Zoom Nikkor ED 8.9-71.2mm 1:2.8-4.2 Exposure: mm (mm in 35mm equivalent) f/3.8 @ 5/906 s. (50 ISO) |}Category:Taken with Nikon Coolpix 8700 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.”   —   Zsa Zsa Gabor

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, circa 1954, this is a c...

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, circa 1954, this is a cropped version of File:Zsa Zsa Gabor with playboy Porfirio Rubirosa Ariza, circa 1954.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(She could always make such a horrid statement sound so downright cute!  It was all part of her shtick.  But, that doesn’t mean she was just trying to be clever.  She is on her eighth husband, after all.  The problem with this kind of statement is when people take it so seriously that they develop an attitude of entitlement.  I know Zsa Zsa was talking about the more frivolous, extravagant gifts of jewelry from her wealthy spouses and suitors, but too many take this gag a little too far.  What exactly is yer ol’ uncle talking about?  Engagement rings, following a breakup.  There are a disturbingly high number of women out there who don’t see them as a symbol of commitment, but more of something that they are somehow entitled to.  So sad.  Sure, there are certain circumstances of, crass betrayal, where the woman might be free to keep the ring.  But, when the breakup is of mutual agreement, or he breaks it off because she was untrue, or she calls it off for some reason other than betrayal or abuse, then that symbol of commitment should be returned.  But, even in the case where the guy has been a total cad, why would someone want to keep a reminder of him?  Oh yeah.  Sell it . . . and go on vacation!  That’s the other amusing line that some will use.  And, why?  So they can meet the next contestant in their own personal version of The Bachelorette???  What a sad, materialistic mindset some have.  Here’s an idea.  Assuming you’re the wronged one, and you don’t give the ring back – as a form of punishment, whathaveyou – sell it and donate the proceeds to a worthy cause.  A battered/abused women’s organization, or maybe to some charity that you know he would never donate to.  And, do it in his name.   Unless he’d be able to claim it on his taxes!  Ask your tax consultant first.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PSJust so you know, it never happened to yer uncle.  I’ve only asked one woman to marry me, and 27 years later we’re still married.   —   YUR

PPS.  All the pictures of Zsa Zsa that Zemanta provided show her in pearls, and not diamonds!  Almost proves the tounge-in-cheek nature of her quip.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/27/13

English: The Clown and the tightrope walker, P...

English: The Clown and the tightrope walker, Painter:Herbert Schondelmaier (my own painting) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Auditioning for the balancing act.


Clue/Question:  He hoped that becoming the circus tightrope walker would be a . . .


English: The Tightrope Walker Deutsch: Die Sei...

English: The Tightrope Walker Deutsch: Die Seiltänzerin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(A lot to like about today’s Jumble.  Decent pun.  Fun clue words.  Two of them were even new!  Both “aback” and “choppy” are not yet to be on the ralis95 database.  That will be remedied soon!  The answer letter layout was brilliant.  It led me to believe that the second word was JOY for a few minutes.  Who doesn’t love scenes from a circus???  It always puzzled me how some kids are terrified of clowns.  The funniest thing is that it often stays with them to/through adulthood.  I bet a lot of them were frightened of Santa Claus too.  Be well and do good, friends.  I’ll make sure today’s spoiler doesn’t get stuck as a draft.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/27/13

Scott Adams, MBA 1986, creator of the comic st...

Scott Adams, MBA 1986, creator of the comic strip Dilbert. Español: Scott Adams. Suomi: Scott Adams. Français : Scott Adams. עברית: סקוט אדאמס. 日本語: スコット・アダムス. Nederlands: Scott Adams. ‪Norsk (bokmål)‬: Scott Adams (1957). Polski: Scott Adams. Português: Scott Adams. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep.”   —   Scott Adams

(I think that Scott has got to be a genius!   Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PSHappy birthday to my niece, April!  And, happy belated birthday to my stepson Bob!     YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/26/13

A woman in a bikini at a Beauty pageant 7 Marc...

A woman in a bikini at a Beauty pageant 7 March 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  An inexperienced international traveler.


Clue/Question:  When the beauty pageant winner from the U.S. traveled, sometimes she would . . .


(Great pun!  The clue word jumbling was very good.  I had a little trouble getting “medium”, and as it turns out “medium” is new to the Jumble clue word database.  Hoyt did a bang up job on the answer letter layout.  I can see some of you having some difficulty in solving this.  The cartoon did a great job of telling the story though.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/26/13


Drawing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some people talk in their sleep.  Lecturers talk while other people sleep.”   —   Albert Camus

(Very funny.  For me, it all depends on the combination subject matter and lecturer.  Some subjects are going to bore you to tears . . . no matter what.  Some speakers are just too monotone and unanimated.  Ideally, you get someone who is a skilled speaker and the topic is of interest to you.  If it’s not ideal . . . they better not lower the lights!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

PS.  Sometimes I forget that Camus is more of a contemporary writer, and not a “classical” writer.  To my eye, his name is very similar to that of Dumas, who I think most would consider a classical writer.  Hey!  The are both Als!  Carry on, kids.   —   YUR 

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