Archive for May, 2013

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/31/13

Jean Paul

Jean Paul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joy descends gently upon us like the evening dew, and does not patter down like a hailstorm.”   —   Jean Paul

(Wow!  What a lovely line!  This is the firs Jean Paul quotation since I’ve been posting these spoilers, and it’s a beaut!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/31/13

English: M4 toll booth

English: M4 toll booth (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The travails of the travellers.

RAWEY  =  WEARY,  ROFEF  =  OFFER,  VIRDET  =  DIVERT,  GELALE  =  ALLEGE   —   Giving us:  WYFERAE

Clue/Question:  After getting stuck at the toll booth, they wished they had taken the . . .

Answer:  FREE WAY

 

A toll booth on old Kingston Road, near Port U...

A toll booth on old Kingston Road, near Port Union. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Yeah, but it’s a little bit longer in miles, you have to get off the highway to get gas & food, you have to deal with all those tractor trailers, and all that stuff.  There’s always a little tradeoff.  None of the clue words were too tough today.  I don’t think any of them were new.  Decent answer letter layout, but again, with a short answer it really doesn’t make a whole lot of difference.  I like the drawing though.  Grumpy little couple, driving a topdown – as my wife likes to call them – waiting in the the toll lanes.  Here’s hoping that none of you get stuck in bad traffic this coming warm weekend!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/30/13

English: The Union Pacific 618 at Heber Valley...

English: The Union Pacific 618 at Heber Valley Historic Railroad. Photo by Evan Jennings, Oct, 2004. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A Butch Cassidy-esque scene.

RUBBL  =  BLURB,  THICD  =  DITCH,  SOXEEP  =  EXPOSE,  KAAILL  =  ALKALI   —   Giving us:  UDHPOL

Clue/Question:  When the train robber was running late, his partner asked him what was the . . .

Answer:  HOLD UP

Butch Cassidy and The Wild Bunch - ca. 1900 (P...

Butch Cassidy and The Wild Bunch – ca. 1900 (Public Domain) (Photo credit: KurtClark)

(A little obvious.  Some great clue word jumbling though.  I’d bet that some of you had a hard time coming up with “alkali”.  It’s not your everyday word.  Maybe even some of you had difficulty in getting “blurb”.  The answer letter layout was good, but there wasn’t exactly a lot to hide in there.  Now, was there?  Looks like the boys are fixin’ to rob the 5:10 outta Cheyenne!  Good thing the Kid showed up!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/30/13

Jane Fonda show 01

Jane Fonda show 01 (Photo credit: Luiz Fernando / Sonia Maria)

Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.”   —   Hosea Ballou

The 18th century saw the establishment of the ...

The 18th century saw the establishment of the Universalist Church in America, in part due to the efforts of Hosea Ballou (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Oh, yeah.  Cat Ballou‘s grandfather!  Frankie Ballou’s old man.  I think I pulled that old gag the last time we had a Hosea Ballou quote.  Can’t help it.  It’s a very memorable movie for me.  I remember both my mom and my aunt laughing so hard they cried watching that movie.  Lee Marvin won Best Actor for playing the duel role of Kid Shelleen/Tim Strawn in that movie.  AFI voted it one of their Top Ten Westerns of all time.  It’s most definitely worth a rental, folks.   Luckily, I have it on DVD.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/29/13

Churches, Guns, Bowling, and Strip Clubs in th...

Churches, Guns, Bowling, and Strip Clubs in the U.S. (A Comparative Analysis) (Photo credit: On Being)

Visual Description:  U.S. geography quiz.

NALST  =  SLANT,  XOCIT  =  TOXIC,  ETEGOS  =  STOOGE,  ATAFOL  =  AFLOAT   —   Giving us:  STTCSTEAFA

Clue/Question:  The U.S. Geography teacher wanted the students to . . .

Answer:  STATE FACTS

(Not a whole lot to talk about with this one.  Clue words were pretty tame.  I’ll have to check on “stooge”, as far as being new.  The answer letter layout probably could have been better too.  Swapping both the five letter words, and the six letter words would have given us:  TCSTAFASTE.  Ah, proboably doesn’t make much of a difference, either way.  Standard classroom setting, easy pun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  We need less guns . . . and more strip clubs.   —   YUR  😉

(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/29/13

 

7 Lucky Gods of japan

7 Lucky Gods of japan (Photo credit: Steve-kun)

God sleeps in the minerals, awakens in plants, walks in animals, and thinks in man.”   —   Arthur Young

(Yes . . . but, where does God eat???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/28/13

Sapo en Chilecito - La Rioja - Argentina

Sapo en Chilecito – La Rioja – Argentina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A possible Bufonidae bar-fight a brewin’!

DANTS  =  STAND,  MOLBO  =  BLOOM,  BARTIB  =  RABBIT,  SIVINO  =  VISION   —   Giving us:  STDLOOATSO

Clue/Question:  Everything was fine at the amphibian bar until the frog sat on the . . .

Answer:  TOAD’S STOOL

 

English: retired number 41

English: retired number 41 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Which reminds me of a great – yet terribly homophobic – joke.  But, we won’t go there.  No new clue words today, but there was some decent jumbling.  Just a so-so job on the answer letter layout.  But, I liked the pun.  And, I really liked Jeff’s cartoon.  A little Kermit.  Some kind of newt or salamander.  And, a toad kind of reminiscent of Michigan J. Frog!  We all know how Jeff likes all things Michigan, except Michigan State.  Not the toughest Jumble, but a fun one.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/28/13

 

Steel engraving of Walt Whitman. Published in ...

Steel engraving of Walt Whitman. Published in 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.”   —   Walt Whitman

(This is a pretty good example of how the written word can be misconstrued.  Read one way, with positivity and sincerity, it’s a compliment to the friends, because he feels they’re too good to him.  Read another way, with a little negativity and sarcasm, it can come off like:  With friends like this . . . who needs enemies?!?!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

PS.  Looks like he could have been a wise guy, to me!   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/27/13

Red sunset

Red sunset (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”   —   Rabindranath Tagore

 

"Ra-Tha" wooden seal by Rabindranath...

“Ra-Tha” wooden seal by Rabindranath Tagore. Source: Rabindranath Tagore and his World of Colours (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(We should always appreciate men of perspective.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Memorial Day Jumble – 05/27/13

Major General John A. Logan

Major General John A. Logan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  LBJ signing the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, June 28.1968.

GREVE  =  VERGE,  BIORN  =  ROBIN,  TREERV  =  REVERT,  BACFIR  =  FABRIC   —   Giving us:  VGERONEETFR

Clue/Question:  Congress designated that Memorial Day would always be the last Monday in May so that we’d . . .

Answer:  NEVER FORGET

A young patriot salutes heroes at the 2009 Nat...

A young patriot salutes heroes at the 2009 National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol. See more at Army.mil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: I took photo with Canon camera of LBJ...

English: I took photo with Canon camera of LBJ photo at National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. National government permanent collection. Public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I told you the guys wouldn’t let us down.  But . . . it is just a little misleading.  Originally, Memorial Day was always celebrated on May the 30th.  The first “official” Memorial Day – originally called Decoration Day – was observed on May 30, 1868.  The origin of Decoration Day is debatable, but it’s believed to have started during the American Civil War, when ladies would decorate the graves of their loved ones, who had died in battle, with flowers and small flags.  It likely wasn’t done on any specific day in the beginning, just whenever the spring flowers were in full bloom.  Many believe the informal Decoration Days were first carried out by Confederate wives and mothers.  And ironically, when it was proclaimed a holiday, by the Union General John Logan, many Southern states refused to acknowledge it.  It wasn’t until after WWI that the Southern states joined in, mainly because the holiday had grown to honor those Americans who had died in fighting any war.  Memorial Day was made a Monday holiday by an act of Congress, which wanted three day weekends for federal employees, through the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.  The act made Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day Monday holidays.  It was signed in 1968, but first took effect in 1971.  Washington’s Birthday later became President’s Day.  And, Veterans Day quickly reverted to its original November 11th observance.  When they later – 1983 – created Martin Luther King Jr. Day it was also designated as a Monday Holiday.  Memorial Day should be a fairly somber day of remembrance, but it is traditionally observed with parades and barbecues, as well.  It’s also known as the “unofficial start of summer” because beaches and pools open, colleges and universities are done with their spring graduations, and many school systems in the South are done for the year.  Most of the northern states gotta tough it out until around June the 20th.

Flags that were placed on gravesites at Fort L...

Flags that were placed on gravesites at Fort Logan National Cemetery during Memorial Day 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No new clue words.  Impressive answer letter layout, and a great drawing of Lyndon Baines Johnson and some late 60s dudes!  Be well, do good . . . and take time to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country, friends.)   —   YUR


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