Archive for February, 2014

Jumble Spoiler – 02/28/14

Warren Buffett speaking to a group of students...

Warren Buffett speaking to a group of students from the Kansas University School of Business Image is cropped and flipped. See original image http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Warren_Buffett_KU_Visit.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  He didn’t go to Jared!

MAIDT  =  ADMIT,  MUTPH  =  THUMP,  ROCCEE  =  COERCE,  TOMRIP  =  IMPORT   —   Giving us:  ADITHPCEEIPR

Clue/Question:  When he didn’t buy his wife the diamond ring she was hoping for, he – – –

Gladys' birthday

Gladys’ birthday (Photo credit: matsimpsk)

Answer:  PAID THE PRICE

 

English: Writer and TV finance expert Suze Orm...

English: Writer and TV finance expert Suze Orman at the Time 100 Gala, May 3, 2010. Photo by David Shankbone. This photos is licensed under the Attribution 3.0 license, which means it can be used and modified for any purpose only if the author is properly credited where it is used. Category:Suze Orman Category:Time 100 Gala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(This is another: Stop the world.  I want to get off! issue for me.  This kind of entitlement attitude has been carefully created over the last 30 years, or so, by our ultra commercial corporate media.  Television and radio commercials used to sell us, predominantly, things that all of us need.  Soap, cornflakes, Chevys, toothpaste, appliances, beer, things like that.  You still see commercials for these kind of things, but  nowadays there are more and more commercials for luxury items.  High end cars and jewelry stores come to mind.  Lexus, Infiniti, Cadillac, Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar, to name a few.  And the jewelry stores:  Jared, Kays, Zales, De Beers, Tourneau, etc.  They all push this unrealistic ideal that these things are what we need . . . to be “happy” in life.  And, if we don’t get them we’ve somehow been cheated.  Bull Dookie!  All these companies want to do is separate you from your money.  It’s another aspect of the transferal of wealth that has been going on – and continues to go on – in this country.  And, if you don’t have the cash . . . well they have these “convenient credit” traps er, I mean terms for you.  So, now you don’t have the money you once had . . . AND you’ll also be paying off these tremendous debts for the remainder of your life!  But, Gee.  Now, Gladys has that rock on her finger, and she can make all her girlfriends jealous, and you can brag to all of your buddies what a big shot you are!  It’s all a carefully orchestrated trap, that far too many of us are willing to fall for.  Wise up, friends.  Don’t you fall for it.  Think more like a Warren Buffett, or Suze Orman.  You don’t need these kind of things.

No new clue words today, but some really great jumbling.  Even though we’ve seen this exact same jumble before, I struggled some with “coerce”.  A bit with “import” too, although I haven’t seen this jumbling of it before.  The answer letter layout gave nothing away.  Nicely cryptic!  Great cartoon and a fun pun/turn of a phrase.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/28/14

 

, of the animation department, National Film B...

, of the animation department, National Film Board of Canada, drawing directly on film (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Animation is not the art of drawings that move but rather the art of movements that are drawn.”   —   Norman McLaren

(This man was an absolute master of animation!  If you’ve never seen his work check out his Pas de Deux.  It’s both stunning and haunting.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/27/14

English: A Levi Strauss advertising sign paint...

English: A Levi Strauss advertising sign painted on a brick wall in Woodland, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Have pun.  Will travel.

PURUS  =  USURP,  SAAIL  =  ALIAS,  TEMRAT  =  MATTER,  NAYCON  =  CANYON   —   Giving us:  SRPASMTTAYN

Clue/Question:  Levi Strauss’ success selling denim  jeans was a result of him being a – – –

Levi's 506 jeans

Levi’s 506 jeans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  SMARTY-PANTS

Forever in Blue Jeans

Forever in Blue Jeans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I say there were three puns in the cartoon setting up this jumble gag.  Besides “riveting” and “jeanius” . . . overall could have quote marks around it.  After all, they make – or at least made – overalls, as well as pants.  Great clue words, nicely jumbled.  Surprisingly, the word “matter” is new to the Jumble.  ralis95 can add this to his clue word database.  The answer letter layout was exquisite!  And, the cartoon was a great period piece.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Crypoptoquote Spoiler – 02/27/14

English: The Footbridge and Canal: The Slipper...

English: The Footbridge and Canal: The Slippery Slope A slippery walk down the bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once you decide to titillate instead of illuminate, you’re on a slippery slope.”   —   Bill Moyers

US journalist and commentator Bill Moyers

US journalist and commentator Bill Moyers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Long ago, the numbers crunchers at all the corporate media outlets took a “damn the torpedoes” approach to this!  Titillation is the new name of the game, people.  That along with manipulation, of course.  We are almost continuously bombarded with stories of some pretty young thing, who either:  killed their boyfriend or hubby, killed their roommate, or killed their own child.  And if not a pretty perpetrator, then it’s a pretty victim, as in Laci Peterson or Stacy PetersonYou’d think guys named Peterson would be having a tough time getting laid these days.  All terrible, PERSONAL tragedies . . . for the families and friends of all involved.  The crimes, and the usually lengthy trials, have very little bearing on the vast majority of our lives, and virtually none on the world at large.  Why do they feed us these salacious stories?  Many reasons.  They divert our attention away from the serious matters of domestic and international importance, so more of us won’t object to what is really going on.  A blithely dumbed down populace is never a threat to the powers that be.  There are ratings aspects to it too, but they’re all giving us the same stories anyway.  The networks used to have News Divisions, which were autonomous of the Entertainment Divisions.  They did away with the News Divisions, so now it all falls under Entertainment.  But, another reason why they continue to do this is because we let them.  We should be rejecting all these tawdry, meaningless stories, as well as the all too frequent tear-jerking fluff stories of service men and women coming back, unexpectedly, from war zones, to their young children, or some special needs kid being allowed to score the winning basket or touchdown.  Don’t get me wrong, they DO get to me.  I’ll choke up, and my eyes will well up with tears, just like the next guy.  But when it’s over, I realize that I’ve been played . . . again.  The purpose of the news is supposed to be to inform us, not to merely elicit these kind of emotions.  We deserve better.  We deserve the real news.  We deserve more people like Bill Moyers.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/26/14

Rub a dub dub

Rub a dub dub (Photo credit: BarrettB)

Visual Description:  Rub-a-dub-dub, two men in a tub.

MAYFO  =  FOAMY,  CHEBA  =  BEACH,  GINISD  =  SIDING,  TEBLOT  =  BOTTLE   —   Giving us:  OAMEAHSINBTTE

Clue/Question:  He was stranded at sea, and his buddy was – – –

English: Drawing of a sport fishing boat

Answer:  IN THE SAME BOAT

(Nice long answer.  The guys really seem to be on a roll.  No new clue words today.  Stand down, ralis95.  The jumbling was swell, though I didn’t struggle with any of the words today.  Decent answer letter layout.  Not optimum, but decent.  Loved the cartoon!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/26/14

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Photo credit: Diorama Sky)

Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library.  The only entrance requirement is interest.”   —   Lady Bird Johnson

San Diego City College Learing Recource City r...

San Diego City College Learing Recource City retrieve a book (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(It’s the latest, it’s the greatest, it’s the li-brar-eee!    They have REAL – hard copy – books there, friends.  They are the REAL records of the world.  All the e-books, and everything you see online, are soft copy.  They can be revised and manipulated, at will, for whatever reason suits the entities that control them.  I can edit this post, and any of the posts I’ve ever put up, at a moments notice, and you’d be none the wiser.  This is one of the biggest dangers of the internet, folks.  It is super fast and super convenient, but there is so much misinformation, disinformation and controlled information, that you are wise to not take too many things you read as “gospel”.  Frequent your public libraries, and don’t be afraid to read/own real books.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/25/14

Numbers

Numbers (Photo credit: Martin Pettitt)

Visual Description:  Frigid figuring.

GIRNB  =  BRING,  NIBOS  =  BISON,  NOCMUL  =  COLUMN,  URUYXL  =  LUXURY   —   Giving us:  BRNBSUMUR

Clue/Question:  After the heat went out in the school , the Math class featured – – –

Interval numbers

Interval numbers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  “NUMB-BURRS”

(All new jumblings, for me, today.  And,we have a new clue word in “luxury”.  I guess Mr. David L. Hoyt is really trying to keep ralis95 busy!  The answer letter layout was sufficiently cryptic.  The cartoon conveys the cold . . . charmingly.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/25/14

 

Mediagopoly: The Megacorps that Control Mainst...

Mediagopoly: The Megacorps that Control Mainstream Media and Much More (g1a2d0057c1) (Photo credit: watchingfrogsboil)

When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.”   —   Edward Bulwer-Lytton

(Something for the folks at FOX “News” to consider.  Although, they ARE just playing their part, as “bad cop” if you lean left, or “good cop” if you lean right.  Click on the pic above for more on the issue.  And, the Tea Party people too.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/24/14

Tony Kendall (poker player)

Tony Kendall (poker player) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Young swagger vs. EXPERIENCE. (Which do you think is gonna win?)

DIRIG  =  RIGID,  SIHTO  =  HOIST,  MCONOM  =  COMMON,  ZAGBOE  =  GAZEBO   —   Giving us:  RIDHSTCNAE

Clue/Question:  For the rookie poker player, winning the game wasn’t – – –

Poker

Poker (Photo credit: maorix)

nswer:  IN THE CARDS

(But of course, corporate America’s has gone ALL IN on young swagger.  Experience – and loyalty – count for nothing when – potentially – you can hire two kids right out of school for the same money as one experienced worker.  They save on benefits as well, because many opt for the catastrophic health plan, if at all, and it’s just an individual plan, not a family plan.  Life insurance is a minor concern to them too.  By and large, they also put less in to their savings plans (IRAs).  They’re never going to get old!  And even the max % they can contribute is going to be easily matched, because their salaries are smaller.  Then the companies work them until they burn out, and start the process all over again.  If they stay and complain they hear: “You should be thankful you HAVE a job!”  To supplement some of that lost experience they hire consultants.  They don’t have to pay for any benefits for them, and the cost of hiring consultants is written off as a business expense.  This, along with increased “automation”, is the major reason why unemployment is so high in this country.

Great clue word jumbling!  It was an uncommon jumbling of “common”, and “hoist” is always fun!  And, we have yet another new clue word for the ralis95 clue word database, in “gazebo”.  The answer letter layout gave nothing away.  Great job again, Hoyt!  And, Jeff’s cartoon does a great job in setting up the gag/pun.  Have a good week, friends.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/24/14

"enthusiasm"

“enthusiasm” (Photo credit: TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³)

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”   —   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson Once you make a decision, ...

Ralph Waldo Emerson Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen (Photo credit: symphony of love)

(Yeah.  That “whatever” attitude won’t get you very far.  That’s for sure!  Be well, do good . . . and be passionate, friends.)   —   YUR

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