Archive for December 31st, 2013

Jumble Spoiler – 12/31/13

English: Sophy's Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine Русс...

English: Sophy’s Cathedral, Kiev, Ukraine Русский: Софийский собор, Киев, Украина (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A soaking sight-seeing trip in eastern Europe.

PIMLE  =  IMPEL,  CANKK  =  KNACK,  LEPYUL  =  PULLEY,  TENERL  =  RELENT   —   Giving us:  IKAUERN

Clue/Question:  When they got caught in the downpour in Kiev, they were in the – – –

Coat of arms of Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine

Coat of arms of Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  UKRAINE

(Clever pun!  I’m sure that a number of you may have had some difficulty in getting today’s answer.  Especially, if you are not too keen on modern geography!  Of course, Kiev is an old city, and Ukraine has been – off and on – an independent region/nation.  But, from 1922 until 1991 it was a – largely unwilling – republic of the Soviet Union.  I’d like to see Kiev some day.

Decent clue word jumbling.  Unless ralis95 has sent me an updated clue word database, “pulley” is a new clue word!  The answer letter layout is swell.  It might have helped in stumping some of you.  And, the usual great Jeff Knurek cartoon.

I’m going to tell you guys what I told my Cryptoquote spoiler fans:  Be well, do good . . . and be careful tonight, friends.  If you’re going to be drinking, please drink in moderation.  If you are going out and drink, please consider enlisting the services of a designated driver.  And remember, it’s not just you.  There are likely to be many, many drunk drivers out tonight.  It’s one of the reasons New Year’s Eve is known as Amateur Night.  Happy New Year, guys and gals!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/31/13

 

English: Fireworks over Edinburgh on New Year'...

English: Fireworks over Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”   —   F. Scott Fitzgerald

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve (Photo credit: besighyawn)

(I think this mainly applies to people with addictive personalities.  Francis loved – at first – to drink, but his addiction to alcohol both muddled and shortened his life.  Be well, do good . . . and be careful tonight, friends.  If you’re going to be drinking, please drink in moderation.  If you are going out and drink, please consider enlisting the services of a designated driver.  And remember, it’s not just you.  There are likely to be many, many drunk drivers out tonight.  It’s one of the reasons New Year’s Eve is known as Amateur Night.  Happy New Year!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/30/13

 

 

President of the United States Thomas Woodrow ...

President of the United States Thomas Woodrow Wilson, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left. Deutsch: Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten von 1913 bis 1921, Friedensnobelpreisträger des Jahres 1919, aufgenommen am 2. Dezember 1912. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels.  The thing to do is supply light and not heat.”   —   Woodrow Wilson

 

(The man was ahead of his time.  I greatly admire his intellect, but I don’t necessarily agree with all of his policies.  Clearly, he started out with a 19th Century mindset.  But, he saw how the country – and the world – was changing, and he was doing his best to be both flexible and progressive.  We could do much worse – and have – than have another Ivy League university president – or academic – as our next Commander-in-chief.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

 

Jumble Spoiler – 12/30/13

Prison for Profit: CCA, GEO et al Put Revenues...

Prison for Profit: CCA, GEO et al Put Revenues Ahead of Rehabilitation (g1a2d0018c1) (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

Visual Description:  Short term vs. long term.

SEDUO  =  DOUSE,  CNARH  =  RANCH,  PUNOCE  =  POUNCE,  SCEOHO  =  CHOOSE   —   Giving us:  DSRANPONCOS

Clue/Question:  The new prison had its – – –

Spirit of Justice in America

Spirit of Justice in America (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Answer:  PROS AND CONS

 

Rise Up! The System Is Broken!

Rise Up! The System Is Broken! (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

(Chances are – if it’s new – it’s a “privatized prison”.  Yet another fiasco started – or restarted, to be fair – under the Reagan administration.  There are just SO many things wrong with this societal dilemma that it would take pages and days to write.  So, I’ll just provide you with a few links, so you can read up on it on your own.

These had to be the four easiest clue words in a long, long time.  But surprisingly, the word “choose” is new to the Jumble.  The ralis95 clue word database has choosy, but not “choose”.  I thought the answer letter layout was fantastic.  If you weren’t able to pick up on the combo of the picture and the clue/question, you might have had a hard time breaking down the answer letters.  I did this yesterday, but didn’t have the opportunity to post it.  I’m glad to get back to the full size Jumble that my newspaper runs.  The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle runs the reduced sized puzzles!  You lose a lot of detail and they’re just harder to read.  And, no Cryptoquote during the week!  The content of The Journal News largely sucks, but at least they do a good job with the Comics section.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 


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