Archive for January, 2014

Jumble Spoiler – 01/31/14

super bowl

super bowl (Photo credit: sinosplice)

Visual Description:  Super profit producing pointy flags.

GALEE  =  EAGLE,  TINUY  =  UNITY,  BLOONG  =  OBLONG,  MORRAY  =  ARMORY   —   Giving us:  EAENYBNARR

Clue/Question:  The pennant company was having a – – –

East Rutherford, NJ ...item 4.. SUPER BOWL REC...

East Rutherford, NJ …item 4.. SUPER BOWL RECIPES, SUPER BOWL FOODS — THERMOS-FRIENDLY TAILGATING COCKTAIL RECIPES …item 7.. The Best of The Grass Roots: 20th Century Masters (Full Album) — Baby Hold On … (Photo credit: marsmet522)

Answer:  BANNER YEAR

Super Bowl XLVIII iPhone Wallpaper

Super Bowl XLVIII iPhone Wallpaper (Photo credit: Hawk Eyes)

(Bang up job, guys!  It’s current and relevant.  Clue words are tried and true.  None were too difficult.  The answer letter layout was top-notch.  For those of you with the reduced sized Jumble, that’s an XLVIII on those pennants.  Does anybody have any Super Bowl predictions?  I have very mixed feelings about it.  Good defense and a strong running game very often prevail, so I think you have to give the edge to the Seahawks.  But, you can’t discount the experience and caginess of guys like Peyton Manning and Wes Welker.  Should be a good game either way!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/31/14

 

L Hoover WH Portrait

L Hoover WH Portrait (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I majored in Geology in college but have majored in Herbert Hoover ever since.”   —   Lou Henry Hoover

 

English: United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

English: United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Every little breeze seems to whisper Louise.  Very cute quote from a largely forgotten First Lady of long ago.  Some First Ladies stand out more than others, either because of their personality and activism, or due to the popularity of their husbands.  We all know the Marthas, Abigails, Dollys, Mary Todds, Eleanors, Bess’, Mamies, Jackies, etc., etc.  But, what about Mrs. Fillmore, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Polk, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Taft and the like?  They always used to say:  Behind every great man there’s a great woman, so how could we let so many great women go so unrecognized?  Someone needs to compile the activities and accomplishments of these largely forgotten great women.  After all, it’s not just a man’s world anymore.  Our next President could very easily be a woman.  President Warren, or maybe President Gillibrand?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/30/14

Rose Carter, former First Lady of the United S...

Rose Carter, former First Lady of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.”   —   Rosalynn Carter

 

Jimmy Carter

Cover of Jimmy Carter

(This is one of the reasons why admire the Carters so much.  They both have so much compassion for their fellow man.  Her husband, Jimmy, was the last independent thinking, true public servant to hold the office of the Presidency of the United States.  It’s just too bad that he was considered so much of an outsider, and he crossed the wrong people.  As a result, they were not treated well by the media.  They both have so much intelligence, grace, humility and integrity.  All the traits we should hope for in our President and First Lady.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/30/14

Cropped screenshot of Audrey Hepburn from the ...

Cropped screenshot of Audrey Hepburn from the trailer for the film Roman Holiday. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Hopeful Eliza Doolittles.

TMAID  =  ADMIT,  NEAAR  =  ARENA,  CAILIT  =  ITALIC,  PENWEH  =  NEPHEW   —   Giving us:  MTRTAIEP

Clue/Question:  When she wasn’t working her 9-to-5 job, she studied acting – – –

English: Original trailer for The Children's H...

English: Original trailer for The Children’s Hour (film) (1961) starring Shirley MacLaine (left) and Audrey Hepburn (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  PART-TIME

(The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain.”  “I think she’s got it.  I think she’s got it!”  Accents can really be a bitch.  Some people pull them off so – seemingly – effortlessly, but they generally take a lot of work.  I haven’t watched My Fair Lady in quite a while, but it’s a great play/movie.  No new clue words, but I really liked the jumbling of both “italic” and “nephew”.  Hoyt did a fine job with the answer letter layout too!  You really have to re-arrange the letters to get today’s answer.  Well, not me of course.  I’m the idiot savant of Jumbles!  Ya have to be good at something!  Knurek also did a fine job . . . setting the stage.  That’s about it, friends.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/29/14

Jacqueline Bouvier by David Berne in the John ...

Jacqueline Bouvier by David Berne in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.  Love of books is the best of all.”   —   Jackie Kennedy

Drawing of Huckleberry finn with a rabbit and ...

Drawing of Huckleberry finn with a rabbit and a gun, by EW Kemble from the original 1884 edition of the book. 哈克貝利及一隻兔子和槍的畫作。 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I worry for the future of books.  In this age of tablets and digital books I think we stand to lose more than what we think we might be gaining.  Having a tangible, printed book gives us the reassurance that this is what the author really said.  When it’s in its digital form it can be edited and manipulated, by whatever powers that may be, and no one has to be the wiser.  Whether it’s the use of the “N-word” in Huckleberry Finn, or earlier versions of NORAD and FAA Protocols, digital versions can be “sanitized” to suit someone’s needs, at the expense of originality . . . and the truth.  Speed and convenience are wonderful things, but truth and accuracy are ultimately much more important.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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English: An orbital analyst tracks the COSMOS ...

English: An orbital analyst tracks the COSMOS 1402 satellite in orbit in the Space Defense Operations Computation Center, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/29/14

Stephen King visits USO Warrior Center

Stephen King visits USO Warrior Center (Photo credit: The USO)

Visual Description:  A cute couple cwossing the quad.

WAKOE  =  AWOKE,  NOYIR  =  IRONY,  TOMINO  =  MOTION,  HETYRO  =  THEORY   —   Giving us:  WEIRMTR

Clue/Question:  When Tabitha Spruce met Stephen King in college, she met – – –

Stephen King Colection

Stephen King Colection (Photo credit: Sai89AJ)

Answer:  MR. WRITE

(And, he . . . Mrs. “Write”, to a lesser extent, as she is also an author.  Very few are as prolific as Stephen King though.  James Patterson can crank them out too, but King’s can be rather lengthy at times, while Patterson seems to be able to keep his stories to under 400 pages.  But, none of this has anything to do with today’s Jumble!

No new clue words today, but I did enjoy the jumbling of both “motion” and “theory”.  TOMINO put me in mind of tomatillos, which I just heard/read about for the first time.  I thought that the chef/author was just trying to sound ethnic, talking about some kind of small, Mexican tomatoes, or something, but they are a “fruit” unto themself, and are used in making Mexican/Central American green sauces.  They are in the same family as tomatoes though.  It was a recipe for something called Denver Green Chili, and it sounded good to me!  But of course, I’m a sucker for stews and chilis.  I likes my comfort food, folks!  Oh, yeah.  The Jumble.  The answer letter layout was pretty spiffy today.  Nothing given away there.  And, that’s saying a lot for a short answer like today’s.  The cartoon was charming and romantic.  Was King expecting this, Jeff?  Or, was he just kind of the most logical choice for this Jumble?  Doesn’t really matter, I guess.  I just know that sometimes Jeff has very specific reasons for his cartoons.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/28/14

ORGANIZED DAILY EXERCISES AT THE CENTURY VILLA...

ORGANIZED DAILY EXERCISES AT THE CENTURY VILLAGE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY – NARA – 548584 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Fogie friendly Floridian fiddler.

LEECX  =  EXCEL,  LODFO  =  FLOOD,  SIMRYE  =  MISERY,  BINLEB  =  NIBBLE   —   Giving us:  XCFODMIENIE

Clue/Question:  The handyman at the retirement community lived on a – – –

Answer:  FIXED INCOME

Official seal of Caribou, Maine

Official seal of Caribou, Maine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Quaint and cute.  Old Ray may not be living off of a fat pension, but at least he can supplement his income by doing odd jobs for other people his own age.  This is more likely Arizona.  Or even South Africa, I suppose.  It looks to be a heck of a lot warmer than the Hudson Valley region of New York, where it’s currently – around noon – 17° but feels like 7°.  I guess I should be happy I don’t live in International Falls, MN or Caribou, ME, but those people are accustomed to mega-frigid winters.  We’re not!  We are used to it being four or five degrees degrees above freezing, during the daytime.  We’ll survive.  But, our heating bill is going to be astronomical!

No new clue words today, but some decent jumbling.  “Misery” was the most interesting jumble.  It’s funny, the word “misery” was also prominent in the Cryptoquote today.  Fine job on the answer letter layout.  It did not give away anything.  Great cartoon, too.  No one looks cranky today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Pete Seeger, Pamela Means, Magpie; Clearwater ...

Pete Seeger, Pamela Means, Magpie; Clearwater Festival 2008; Croton on Hudson NY; June 22, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PS.  Rest in peace, Pete Seeger!  Thank you, for inspiring generations of folk singers and political activists.  Whether it was civil rights, the environment, or the anti-war effort you could always be counted on to shine the spotlight on all forms of injustice.  With a hammer, a bell and a rousing song about love between our brothers and our sisters, you have taught us all that by banding together we shall overcome . . . some day.  Peace be with you, Pete!      YUR

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