Archive for April, 2013

Jumble Spoiler – 04/25/13

Get Out of Jail Free Card - 1% Justice

Get Out of Jail Free Card – 1% Justice (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Visual Description:  Tom Green using his Get Out of Jail Free card.


Clue/Question:  He would be leaving the police station without being charged, thanks to an . . .

Answer:  ALIBYE


Tom Green

Tom Green (Photo credit: jdlasica)

(Works for me!  Decent little pun.  Today’s clue words were jumbled very well.  We have a new word in “allege”.  Even the answer letter layout was good, considering the length of the answer.  Looks like a scene right out of Law and Order.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/25/13

a Bocksbeutel style Bottle

a Bocksbeutel style Bottle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A sweetheart is a bottle of wine; a wife is a wine bottle.”   —   Charles Baudelaire

(Is this a crack?  Or, is this some kind of compliment that is escaping me???  I think if Chas was referring to this bottle he was making a crack!  Anyone know for sure?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/24/13

English: Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis)

English: Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Dining at Café Le Pew.


Clue/Question:  The food was pretty good at the skunk restaurant, but the . . .



skunk (Photo credit: Slideshow Bruce)

(Beautiful!  I loved it!  Some of the all-time great Looney Tunes characters.  Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Pepé Le Pew . . . and Pepé’s cousin Jean Claude!  I actually had to back into “candid” today.  “Clerk” was the easiest solve.  It was just backwards.  Not sure if anything was new.  The answer letter layout was fantastic.  Jeff’s marvelous drawing made the answer all too apparent, though.  Ya coulda worked for Tex Avery or Chuck Jones, kid!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/24/13


A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, an...

A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down. – Robert Benchley ~ Day 100/365 (Photo credit: FabulousTerrah)

Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he’s supposed to be doing at that moment.”   —   Robert Benchley

(Well, there’s work . . . and then there’s WORK.  Work is no problem.  It’s that WORK that’s going to kill you!  Be well and do good, friends.  Don’t WORK too hard.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/23/13

Tom Green holding a producer credit for The 1 ...

Tom Green holding a producer credit for The 1 Second Film (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Comedian Tom Green at the observatory!


Clue/Question:  Something was wrong with the telescope.  He would need to . . .


Athene noctua Español: Habia dos muy cerca uno...

Athene noctua Español: Habia dos muy cerca uno del otro. Teira, Galicia, España. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The art deco dome of the Hale Telesco...

English: The art deco dome of the Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory, opening at dusk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Hoo-boy.  I don’t think even that little owl gave a hoot about today’s answer.  Not exactly a pun, and very predictable.  They can’t all be masterpieces, I guess.  Some of them are going to be like the paintings for sale at the gas station, in the summertime.  This one was the clown, or kitten, painted on black velvet!  The answer letter layout was pretty pathetic.  None of the clue words were all that challenging.  I did like the “doula” jumble though.  Super cartoon, as well.  Was that Hoyt, or just the generic bald guy?  Was the bearded one anyone in particular.  I was getting the Tom Green vibe.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/23/13


From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun

From Dawn to Decadence by Jacques Barzun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

"Teacher Appreciation" featured phot...

“Teacher Appreciation” featured photo. Place unknown. Probably a Kindergarten or Special Education teacher insturcting a student. According to the US Census Bureau Facts for Features, as of 2004, there were 6.2 million teachers in the US and the 71% of which were women. The national average for annual salary for public elementary and secondary school teachers was $44,700; With the highest average of $54,300 in California and the lowest of $31,300 in South Dakota. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.”   —   Jacques Barzun

(I think, here in the United States, part of the problem may be in the demonization of the teacher’s unions.  As a progressive liberal, with a more than a modicum of libertarian views, I’ve always been in favor of labor unions.  But, that being said, there is also the problem of too much of a good thing.  Many many educators are underpaid, but many educators make very good money these days, and there is just  a lot of stuff tied up with the issue of tenure.  Sometimes things designed to be a kind of safeguard can end up strangling the system.  I’ll always be pro-teacher, and pro-union, but some of the – for lack of a better word – excesses need to be re-evaluated and adjusted.  The same goes for cops and civil servants, what have you.  Judge teachers as you’d judge anyone else, on an individual basis.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/22/13

darth vader punk

darth vader punk (Photo credit: txerra_c)

Mos Eisley Representing

Mos Eisley Representing (Photo credit: Diamondduste)

Visual Description:  League Bowling night in Mos Eisley, Tatooine.


Clue/Question:  The Rebel bowling team was leading, but players worried the Empire’s team might . . .


(Good pun!  I liked today’s Jumble, immensely.  The clue words weren’t all that tough, but good answer letter layout.  I like the double meaning in the punswer.  As bad as hair-larious???  And, Jeff’s cartoon is a lot of fun.  I love Darth Vader’s and the stormtrooper’s bowling shirts!  Anything related to the movies is always good by me.  Great way to start the week.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/22/13


what it is 1

what it is 1 (Photo credit: byronv2)

If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.”   —   Lynda Barry


writing the unthinkable

writing the unthinkable (Photo credit: bittermelon)

(For some of us, it’s more like a scud missile, or maybe even a Qassam rocket.  Very much cheaper, and woefully inaccurate.  This is our first Lynda Barry quote since I’ve been posting the spoilers.  Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with her work.  I tried “B” first, but it could have been Garry or Harry, or even Parry or Zarry.  Right, Art?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —  YUR


Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/21/13

The Cyclops, gouache and oil by Odilon Redon, ...

The Cyclops, gouache and oil by Odilon Redon, undated (Kröller-Müller Museum) Dated before 1905, possibly a replica of a pastel, according to Klaus Berger, “The Pastels of Odilon Redon”, College Art Journal 16.1 (Autumn 1956:23-33) p. 30f; dated 1898-1900 by David H. Porter, “Metamorphoses and Metamorphosis: A Brief Response”, American Journal of Philology 124.3 (Fall 2003:473-76); illus. in Sven Sandström, Le Monde imaginaire d’Odilon Redon: étude iconologique,1955:69. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Pop and Junior Cyclops, debating who gets to smite Odysseus.


Clue/Question:  The Cyclopes weren’t . . .


Cover, Classic Comics (1946)

Cover, Classic Comics (1946) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Now THIS is much better!  All tried and true Jumble clue words, that provided a decent challenge.  A masterful answer letter layout.  A nice long answer, that makes for a good pun.  And, a marvelous Jeff Knurek – Classic Comics – drawing.  Of course it was updated a tad, showing the teen? son in more contemporary clothing, but that just helps to lighten the mood of, what could be viewed as, a potentially violent scene.  Great job, guys.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/21/13

English: Will Rogers Monument at the western t...

English: Will Rogers Monument at the western terminus of Route 66 in Santa Monica, CA, at the intersection of Ocean and Santa Monica. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”   —   Will Rogers

(Another great insight into the perils of complacency.  We shouldn’t ever feel like we’ve “arrived”.  We’ve all heard that life is not a destination, but a journey.  Well, it’s also a bit of a moving target . . . that sometimes shoots back!  Don’t be lulled into being a sitting duck, people.  Keep moving.  And, be prepared to zig when others are expecting you to zag.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I chose this pic because the wife is attending a reunion in L.A. this weekend.  She spent a night at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel – a real treat – before switching to the hotel where the festivities are taking place.  Miss you, babe.  Have fun though!   —   YUR

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