Archive for May 8th, 2014

Jumble Spoiler – 05/08/14

English: Overview of the Hanseatic School for ...

English: Overview of the Hanseatic School for Life, including the fish pond, auditorium, soccerfield, and some guest houses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Sometimes it’s more than instinct.


Clue/Question:  The wild ox did so well in school because he was a – – –

Tibet-5811 - Tibetan Yak all dressed up.......

Tibet-5811 – Tibetan Yak all dressed up……. (Photo credit: archer10 (Dennis))



Soviet VTOL Yakovlev Aircraft Yak-38. 1976.

Soviet VTOL Yakovlev Aircraft Yak-38. 1976. (Photo credit: Peer.Gynt)

(Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!  We have another winner, folks!  A relevant, relatively modern pun.  Merriam Webster’s has the first known use of the word brainiac being in 1982.  WordPresss’ spell-check does not even recognize the word, so today’s answer might escape some Brits.  There were no new clue words today, but I’m seeing all the jumblings as new.  None of them were terribly difficult to un-jumble though.  RIOCIN reminds me of ricin, which is bad, but “bicker” reminds me of a girl I once loved, named Bricker.  And, that can’t be bad. The answer letter layout was fantastic.  It was a brilliant jumble in itself.  But, it’s the cartoon that really makes today’s Jumble.  With the wise owl as the teacher, and two animals that are considered some of the smartest in the animal kingdom, sitting in the front row.  The dolphin has his personal little water tank, and the monkey looks like he’s tired of always being beaten to the punch.  There’s even a little irony in this, as the yak is not really considered to be a very intelligent beast.  Another fun one!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/08/14


Compassion (Photo credit: elycefeliz)

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.”   —   Albert Camus


Generosity (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)


(Another quote that sounds funny, presumably because there is no real context to it.  It definitely sounds like he doesn’t like “charity”, which is a little strange because that does require at least a modicum of generosity.  Maybe he objects to a lot of the formality of charity, as opposed to simple generosity.  There are arguments that the reasons for giving to charities aren’t always altruistic.  Things like; religious obligation, tax benefits and ego issues:  Hey, look at me.  I gave this much to so and so, and this much to so and so, etc.  But, even the act of generosity can be viewed as less than altruistic.   “Cast our bread upon the waters, and it will come back to us tenfold”, which apparently is a misquoting of the Bible.  Giving and being kind is always a good thing, in my opinion, and the idea/belief that the universe is better off for it gives us those warm and fuzzy feelings.  But, I guess it’s a matter of expectation.  If you fully expect that your giving is going to result in your getting – tenfold, no less – then that act of giving/generosity is based on a kind of greed.  Many people give some pretty pricey gifts with the expectation that they will soon/eventually receive expensive gifts in kind.  To be truly generous you have to be able to give with no expectation of getting something in return.  Simple and compassionate acts of kindness, and simple gifts, would seem to be more in the spirit of true generosity.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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