Archive for November, 2013

Earthquakes shake Texas town on Thanksgiving, and fracking might be to blame

Read where it says that it used to be rare for this area to experience earthquakes. The more that man messes with the earth, by digging up and pulling out, or by pumping crap in to get something out, the more that we’re seeing increased earthquakes and sinkholes. Burning gas is a very attractive alternative to oil and coal. Extracting that gas is potentially as ugly as it gets!

Jumble Spoiler – 11/30/13

English: Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and ...

English: Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics Larry Bird in Game two of the 1985 NBA Finals at Boston Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Hoopster hitting Chi-town, via charter flight.


Clue/Question:  Basketball players enjoy away games because this is allowed.

Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell during a bas...

Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell during a basketball game (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Nice pun.  But, the truth of the matter is these days – in the NBA, at least – that refs rarely call traveling infractions.  Not that many of these prima donnas actually have the balls to take it to the hoop these days, but when the few do, they all take three or four steps, and the refs allow it!  Because now they say it’s part of making their move.  Bullshit!  By the rules – that most of us learned the game by – it’s still traveling, but the game has devolved over the years.  In my opinion, the three-point shot has made the game nearly unwatchable, anyway.  Too little mixing it up means too little defense means too many three-point attempts means too many over-inflated rebound numbers means they’ve lost me as a fan.  Real fans want more action in the paint, and more taking it to the hole.  Oh, by the way, most of my basketball opinion comes via being a Knicks’ fan.  Maybe I should just switch my allegiance to a team that plays a more all around kind of game.  Does that even exist anymore???

Guess what, kids?  There were two brand new clue words today!  Hoyt gave us both “qualm” and “micron” for the first time.  I had to pen them in lightly at first to see how the letters would work with the final answer.  THEY WORKED!  ralis95 has a little work to do, updating his clue word database.  The answer letter layout was also very impressive.  It took me a couple of minutes to put it together.  Very likely due to my feelings about the state of the sport.  Cool cartoon, Knurek.  It wouldn’t surprise me if some of you had some difficulty with today’s Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/30/13


“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes” -...

“Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes” –Maggie Kuhn. Cringle Park, Levenshulme, Manchester (Photo credit: dullhunk)

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can.  That is the only secret of style.”   —   Matthew Arnold


Speak your mind...

Speak your mind… (Photo credit: Totally Severe)

(And, if it runs contrary to the messages conveyed by the mass – corporate – media they’ll either drown you out, or twist what you say to make you sound like some kind of depraved and treasonous loser.  But, screw them.  Say it anyway.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/29/13

English: HMCS Rainbow through a porthole

English: HMCS Rainbow through a porthole (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Just average shipboard pupils.


Clue/Question:  The Oceanography class consisted of – – –

Boat on slovenian sea (near Piran)

Boat on slovenian sea (near Piran) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(And through the porthole we see the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon!  I think it’s in their contract.  They HAVE TO give us a certain number of sinking sailboats on the horizon each year, or else they’ll be replaced . . . by ralis95 and Art Shapiro!  Oh!  You don’t think they’re watching you, Hoyt and Knurek?  Well guess again, buckos!  These guys are waiting in the wings, and they’re chomping at the bit.  You’ve already got that one strike against you, for allowing that plural word a few weeks ago.  And, our lawyers are scouring your contract, searching for other possible infractions!  That’s right, guys.  No one stays on top forever.  Flying high in April, shot down in May.  That’s life, bitches.  Nothing personal though.  It’s just bidness.

Some fun jumbling today.  No new clue words, but I liked both “sonata” and “seesaw”.  The answer letter layout was mighty fine.  The cartoon might not have worked if not for the Cs on their exams.  Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving yesterday!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/29/13

English: GI CARD GAME, Watercolor, James Pollo...

If man is to be liberated to enjoy more leisure, he must also be prepared to enjoy this leisure fully and creatively.”   —   Eleanor Roosevelt

(Beyond sleeping more, I cannot promise to be anymore prepared in the enjoyment of my leisure time.  OK, so I’m a lazy SOB!  So sue me!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Thanksgiving Jumble Spoiler – 2013

Visual Description:  At the end of THE meal.


English: PERSIAN GULF (Nov. 27, 2008) Capt. Ro...

English: PERSIAN GULF (Nov. 27, 2008) Capt. Robert P. Irelan, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), speaks to Marines and sailors before carving the turkey for the Thanksgiving dinner for Marines and Sailors aboard Iwo Jima. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Strike Group are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Patrick M. Johnson-Campbell/Released) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Clue/Question:  The Thanksgiving turkey was so good that everyone – – –

English: Thanksgiving Dinner, Falmouth, Maine,...

English: Thanksgiving Dinner, Falmouth, Maine, USA 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I’m just wondering if the word “gobble” existed, as a word, prior to someone deciding that turkeys speak in gobbles?  Hmm.  I could look it up, I suppose.  But, I’d rather open it up to my highly intelligent readers!  Who can educate their dear old Uncle on this matter???

Tried and true clue words today.  Only the jumbling of “thumb” was new to me.  Super job on the answer letter layout!  Nothing giving anything away.  Nice, intimate family gathering, Jeff.  That’s it, folks.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving.  Be well, be safe and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Thanksgiving Cryptoquote Spoiler – 2013

Oscar Wilde at Oxford

Oscar Wilde at Oxford (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives.”   —   Oscar Wilde

(And that is why we celebrate Thanksgiving, folks!  My only blood relatives today will be my children.  But, I will also be celebrating with a number of in-laws and outlaws and friends.  All of whom I consider family.  Be well and do good, friends.  And . . . be thankful!)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/27/13

Ten-pin bowling in action

Ten-pin bowling in action (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Yea, though he bowls through the alley of the shadow of death.


Clue/Question:  The finale of the bowling tournament was so exciting that you could – – –

bowling pin

bowling pin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Very nice.  Look how intense our hero is.  That’s his spare stare.  Can he make it?  I Billieve he can!  That was for my buddy, WIMPY.  No new clue words, but some fun jumbling.  I thought “smoker” was pretty challenging.  The answer letter layout was beautiful.  I appreciate the letter groupings in the clue words.  Makes it easier for me to color and embolden! Loved the cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/27/13


English: Bust of Marcel Proust in Celebrity Al...

English: Bust of Marcel Proust in Celebrity Alley in Kielce (Poland) Polski: Popiersie Marcela Prousta w Alei Sław w Kielcach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossoms.”   —   Marcel Proust

(All I can think of is Chance the gardener, from Being There.  That movie made me happy.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YURsouls

Jumble Spoiler – 11/26/13


Gambling (Photo credit: sincerelyhiten)

Visual Description:  A ritzy alpine gambling den.


Clue/Question:  The mountaintop casino featured – – –

Pair of Dice

Pair of Dice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Not a bad pun!  I’m not in favor of the proliferation of these gambling establishments.  I think, in the long run especially, it – gambling – is much more damaging than the other two traditional societal taboos:  drugs and prostitution.   It’s every bit as – if not moreso – addictive, and it can destroy both the individual and entire families.  I also see it as part of the increasing transferal of wealth, that has been taking place over the last 30 odd years.  Lots and lots of individuals lose more and more money, while these corporate entities get richer and richer.  Their lobbyists push for it, so the politician$ get behind it, under the pretense of job creation and revenue that will “help fund education.”  Most of the jobs are of the low-paying, highly transient variety, and the education angle was already played when states started to promote the Lottery.  The lotteries are bigger than ever, but how is the state of education in this country?  Hardly commensurate, my friends.  If it were would we be dragging up this same haggard gambit?  Expanded casino gambling was recently passed in New York state because the only thing the people heard were all the positive praises . . . paid for by the gambling industry.  Just the pros.  No commercials from the cons.  Will we ever learn?

Great clue word jumbling and answer letter layout.  Swell cartoon, too.  Be well and do good, friends.  Remember friends, the house always wins!)   —   YUR

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