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July 4th Jumble Spoiler, 2014

King George III, by Sir William Beechey (died ...

King George III, by Sir William Beechey (died 1839). See source website for additional information. This set of images was gathered by User:Dcoetzee from the National Portrait Gallery, London website using a special tool. All images in this batch have been confirmed as author died before 1939 according to the official death date listed by the NPG. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  George (the) III’s wake up call.


Clue/Question:  When King George read the Declaration of Independence, he found it to be – – –

The Sons of Liberty pulling down the statue of...

The Sons of Liberty pulling down the statue of George III of the United Kingdom on Bowling Green (New York City), 1776. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


George Washington (Lansdowne portrait), First ...

George Washington (Lansdowne portrait), First President (1789-1797) (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

(Tough cookies, Georgie Porgie!    That’s what you get for all that taxation without representation thing!  Thought we was chumps, didja?  Well, we showed you a thing, or two.   Didn’t we?  Of course it did help that we had the home field advantage, and you had to cross the Atlantic Ocean – repeatedly – to get to us.  And of course, there was that whole ongoing thing with the French that you had to deal with.  And, we didn’t always stand in a big, dopey line and allow your guys to just shoot us, like you were used to.  Guerrilla warfare is a bitch, ain’t it?  We really more outlasted you and frustrated you than anything.  But, we got what we wanted.

There were no new clue words today.  Three of the jumblings were new, to me.  I only see “bravo”‘s being used before.  I especially liked the jumbling of “locale”.  The answer letter layout was not so revealing.  And, that’s a good thing.  Great cartoon!  You can even make out some of John Hancock‘s signature, if you look closely.   Be well and do good, friends.  Have a safe and happy fourth!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – July 4th, 2014

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale: (1805) [c...

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale: (1805) [cropped] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”   —   Thomas Jefferson

Helen Keller

Helen Keller (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(That sounds to me like we have permission, perhaps even a duty, to revolt . . . from time to time.  The tricky thing is that some of today’s tyrants mask themselves in patriotism.  And to me, it’s not specifically about individuals, although there are some who do qualify as tyrants.  It’s more about a system that has grown tyrannical.  It’s been happening incrementally over the years, and many of these changes . . . for the worse . . . have been rationalized by the need for security.  Helen Keller once said:  “Security is mostly a superstition.  It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.  Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.  Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”  The politics of fear is very pervasive, but it can’t work forever.  Be well and do good, friends.  Happy Fourth of July to all of my American brothers and sisters!)   —   YUR


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