Archive for June, 2014

Jumble Spoiler – 06/30/14

Larry Holmes - The Easton Assassin

Larry Holmes – The Easton Assassin (Photo credit: MarkGregory007)

Visual Description:  Filched farm fowl cackleberries.


Clue/Question:  There were no eggs in the henhouse because they had been – – –

poached egg

poached egg (Photo credit: *Psycho Delia*)

Answer:  POACHED


Billy Crystal

Billy Crystal (Photo credit: Bob Bekian)

(Oh no!  Who could have pulled off such a dastardly deed?  Could it have been Larry Holmes???  He likes eggs.  Billy Crystal told me so.  Or, maybe it’s that girl from The Amanda Show.  She likes eggs, too.  Or, that guy, Dave Gorman.  He’s another egg lover.  Or . . . maybe it was your Uncle Rave.  Yeah, I like eggs, too!  I prefer them fried or scrambled, but I can eat them poached, if I have to.  I’m not a big fan of hard-boiled eggs though.  They get too sulfury that way, for my taste.  And also, I remember that scene from Cool Hand Luke only too well!  Have you had enough of me talking about eggs?

There were no new clue words today.  All of the jumbling was new, to me.  I especially liked the jumbling of “bounce”.  It comes off as three syllables, but the word has only one.  That’s good jumbling.  The answer letter layout was another great jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  I liked the cartoon, with all three chickens with their wings in the air!  I think they were in on it.  They probably sent those eggs off to a chicken orphanage.  It was a selfless act, that only a mother could appreciate.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking with it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/30/14

English: Yalta summit in 1945 with Winston Chu...

English: Yalta summit in 1945 with Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin Yalta Conference, February 1945 Allied leaders pose in the courtyard of Livadia Palace, Yalta, during the conference. Those seated are (from left to right): Prime Minister Winston Churchill (UK); President Franklin D. Roosevelt (USA); and Premier Joseph Stalin (USSR). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is no use saying, “We are doing our best.”  You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.”   —   Winston Churchill

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, G...

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, Germany, ca. 06/1940 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(What an age of charismatic leaders that was!  FDR, Churchill, Hitler & Mussolini.  I don’t think Stalin was charismatic, just terribly shrewd.  If guys like this are what it takes to start and fight a World War, maybe we’re better off with most of the leaders we have now.  Obama does have charisma, but nowhere’s near as much as FDR.  As bad as things might seem, we should be able to avoid another World War with our current crop of “leaders”.  At least we all better hope so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/29/14

A hand, a book & a pen

A hand, a book & a pen (Photo credit: radiant guy)

The last thing we discover in writing a book is what to put at the beginning.”   —   Pascal

(Some versions of this quote have “to know” between the “is” and the “what”.  The idea is the same, regardless, in my opinion.  I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a book.  The funny thing is that, technically, I have started writing it, but I started by writing a kind of preface.  Maybe, that is my problem.  I should be saving that for last.  I should be listening to Pascal.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 06/29/14

English: Portrait of Walt Disney, 1 January 19...

English: Portrait of Walt Disney, 1 January 1954 Here is a picture of Walter Disney cropped from a NASA photograph. Deutsch: Walt Disney, 1954 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The opening of a Disney classic.


Clue/Question:  After the deer had a baby, they – – –

Shhhhh ........ Sleeping Fawn .... Trinity Alps

Shhhhh …….. Sleeping Fawn …. Trinity Alps (Photo credit: Beyond the Trail)


(Much easier, for me, than last Sunday’s Jumble!  But, I didn’t get it instantaneously.  At first I said:  Uh oh!  Here we go again.  But, when I took a second look, it just came to me.  I didn’t figure it out from the answer letter layout, because that would have been too tough.  It was beautifully jumbled.  The clue words are all old favorites.  I was able to get them all immediately.  Some of the jumbling was new to me, although I didn’t bother checking them all.  Forgive me for my laziness.  The cartoon is Disney worthy.  All the deer and the bunny rabbit are adorable.  I don’t think you miss any detail if you have the smaller jumble, but I’m sure the dialog might have been difficult to read.  It’s a bit small even in the full sized Jumble.  I don’t know about the rabbit’s comment about Bambi being a “girly name”.  I think maybe Jeff has been to one too many strip clubs!  😉  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/28/14

Lord Byron

Lord Byron (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of Annabella Byron (nee Anne Isabella...

Portrait of Annabella Byron (nee Anne Isabella Milbanke) (1792-1860) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.”   —   Lord Byron

(Spoken like someone who died at the tender age of 36!  He was only married for about 9 years.  Had this dude lived to the ripe old age of 60 or 70 he probably would have revised this quote some.  But, then he might not be remembered so much as such a romantic.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR



Jumble Spoiler – 06/28/14


169381_shoe_salesman (Photo credit: stans_pat_pix)

Visual Description:  Slacking shoe salesman.


Clue/Question:  He didn’t make a good shoe salesman because he was a – – –

A pair of Blue brand black leather loafers

A pair of Blue brand black leather loafers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  LOAFER


somebody's got a case of the mondays

somebody’s got a case of the mondays (Photo credit: kenyee)

(Pretty predictable, this one.  Felt like a re-run.  No new clue words, today.  We did have two new jumblings though, in “galley” and ” forbid”.  Well, new to me at least.  The answer letter layout made for a good jumble.  In the background of the cartoon you can see both a down and an up escalator.  The salesman looks a little like my son!  The one in the cartoon.  The one in the picture looks older than me.  Grumpier too!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 06/27/14


English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Before there was Under Armour there was Over Armour . . . sort of.


Clue/Question:  The knight bought his armor at the – – –

English: under armour hat

English: under armour hat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



NYC: 86 Gramercy Park East

NYC: 86 Gramercy Park East (Photo credit: wallyg)

(I guess the majority of the articles sold at Victoria’s Secret would then qualify as “soft-wear”!  I hope I didn’t just spoil an upcoming Jumble!  When Under Armour started getting popular, I always thought it was the skateboarding and surfing clothing company Hurley.  Very similar logos.  Hey, Bob!  If you ever decide to sue Kevin Plank I think I deserve a piece of the action!

No new clue words today.  All of the jumbling seemed new to me, but not very difficult.  The answer letter layout was splendid.  The fifth jumble!  At first, I thought this might be another Seinfeld syndication-type puzzler, but I quickly realized the five letter word was STORE.  After I wrote out the remaining letters I figured out the pun.  The shovel should have clued me in, but I guess I was a little slow on the uptake.  Cute Cartoon.  Kind of a Friar Tuck/Ish Kabibble haircut on the salesman.  You old-timers know what I’m talking about.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/27/14

View from Hammock

View from Hammock (Photo credit: Dan Zen)

Lying in a Hammock and Reading

Lying in a Hammock and Reading (Photo credit: Kevin H.)


Lazy people tend not to take chances, but express themselves by tearing down other’s work.”   —   Ann Rule

(Does this mean that I qualify as a lazy person???  Hmm.  I certainly hope that I don’t have serial killer tendencies too!  Be well and do good, friends.  But, don’t take candy from strangers!)   —   YUR


Jumble Spoiler – 06/26/14

Sunrise 6/23/2014

Sunrise 6/23/2014 (Photo credit: Laespada_99)

Visual Description:  “Morning has broken . . . “


Clue/Question:  He made scrambled eggs at the – – –

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs (Photo credit:


Sunrise 6/23/2014

Sunrise 6/23/2014 (Photo credit: Laespada_99)

(This looks like a couple of happy campers!  Today’s jumble was a real treat.  All of the jumbled clues were new, from what I could see.  And, we even have a new clue word, in “drank”.  ralis95 can add this to his clue word database.  Getting “walnut” is always a little tricky, and “chrome” was great because the jumble makes it look like it might be two syllables.  Excellent answer letter layout.  If you were not familiar with the idiom, this wouldn’t make it any easier for you.  Loads of fun detail in the drawing.  But, even with the larger cartoon, I can’t tell if that is a fish jumping out of the water, or a head of some water fowl, like a duck or a loon.  I could go for a nice, cool, relaxing mountain lake!  Sans the bugs, though!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/26/14


Big Brother is watching you ... .. .

Big Brother is watching you … .. . (Photo credit: digital cat )

Who controls the past controls the future.  Who controls the present controls the past.”   —   George Orwell

Anomalia - George Orwell, 1984

Anomalia – George Orwell, 1984 (Photo credit: ckOrange)


(This is why we shouldn’t allow some of these *revisionists* – who want to minimize some of our past statesmen’s accomplishments, while giving greater focus to the statesmen who *better represent* their values – have their way with our schools’ history books.

This cryptoquote would have been really hard without the author’s name!  And, it’s the first Orwell quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

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