Archive for August, 2014

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/31/14

A tactical map for the Invasion of Leyte on 20...

A tactical map for the Invasion of Leyte on 20 October 1944. The 24th Infantry Division landed in the northern part of the island with X Corps. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To get something done a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.”   —   Robert Copeland (The Rear Admiral, NOT the racist.)

Battle off Samar. Part of the Battle of Leyte ...

Battle off Samar. Part of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Robert W. Copeland was an American Naval hero, of the Battle of Samar, during WWII.  Without his actions the Japanese counter-offensive to the Allies’ Leyte invasion may have succeeded, which would have resulted in thousands of casualties, and would have prolonged the war.  The jerk who referred to President Obama as a bleeping N-word makes Donald Sterling look like an all-accepting community leader.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944: American su...

Battle off Samar, 25 October 1944: American survivors of the battle are rescued by a U.S. Navy ship on 26 October 1944. Some 1200 survivors of USS Gambier Bay (CVE-73), USS Hoel (DD-533), USS Johnston (DD-557) and USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) were rescued during the days following the action. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Robert W. Copeland circa 1944

Robert W. Copeland circa 1944 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/31/14

Representation of the legend of the three livi...

Representation of the legend of the three living and the three dead (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Free Swim of the Living Dead.

TROYWH  =  WORTHY,  CINTEE  =  ENTICE,  PIESCT  =  SEPTIC,  MAIDYS  =  DISMAY,  ATOANS  =  SONATA,  CIDTIN  =  INDICT   —   Giving us:  WRHEEETDANTAID

Clue/Question:  When the zombie went swimming, he was – – –

Instructors teach children how to swim

Instructors teach children how to swim (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  DEAD IN THE WATER

English: Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New Y...

English: Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882 (Lithographie) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Not a real head scratcher, but fun.  All of the clue words were old favorites, but each one had a jumbling that was new to me.  The only one to really make me stop and think was “sonata”.  I had to remind myself that it was  an actual word of the English language, of Italian origin, and not the Korean word for mid-size sedan.  Looking at the answer letter layout, I must say that I am impressed.  If I had to solve this puzzle based on the answer letter layout alone, it would have been tough.  Fortunately, for me, the cartoon and the clue/question made the answer a no-brainer.  It’s kind of hard to depict a zombie in a swimming pool, especially with all the accoutrement of goggles, snorkel, swimmies, and a beach ball.  We’re more used to seeing them in raggedy clothing, with usually an eye-ball about to fall out, or some other piece of the face/body about to fall off.  But, it worked.  Hey, a lot of public pools will be closing this weekend, so this is an appropriate end of the traditional – if not actual – Summer Jumble!  Enjoy these last few days and drive carefully on the way home.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/30/14

Richard Karn in a special "Family Feud&qu...

Richard Karn in a special “Family Feud” featuring an all-USAF team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The Family Feud . . . with food.

VARAL  =  LARVA,  LATSL  =  STALL,  FRUGIE  =  FIGURE,  SUNEAA  =  NAUSEA   —   Giving us:  LVTLLIREAEA

Clue/Question:  The fight at the family reunion was – – –

 

Logo for the WikiProject Television Game Shows...

Logo for the WikiProject Television Game Shows. Includes elements associated with four game shows: a price tag, like those found on The Price is Right, a Free Spin from Wheel of Fortune, a case from Deal or No Deal, and a signaling device similar to one found on quiz shows like Jeopardy!. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  ALL RELATIVE

(Clap, clap, clap!  Good answer!  Good Answer!  What a popular, dumb-ass show that is!  Half of the time, I’m usually asking myself:  What kind of bozos were in that audience when they surveyed that question?  But, the show isn’t about real knowledge, or intelligence.  It’s more like the old Dating Game, or Match Game.  The set up is more to generate laughs.  It’s just light-hearted entertainment.  It’s certainly no Jumble!

And, speaking of the Jumble, there were no new clue words today.  And, only the jumbles for “stall” and “figure” were new.  Hoyt did a great job with the answer letter layout though.  The cartoon is pretty funny.  It looks like the dads, up top, might get into it as well.  Somebody better pick up that spatula.  Looks like the burgers and dogs are starting to burn!  Be well and enjoy this Labor Day weekend.  Drive safely and try to do good.  If some jerk tries to cut in from the shoulder on you . . . just let him.  There’s just no payoff to road rage, anyway.  I let some bozo get my goat on the Garden State Parkway yesterday.  Totally different situation.  Immediately afterwards, I felt like such an ass.  Take care, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/30/14

English: Motel 6 No. 1, which opened in 1962 i...

English: Motel 6 No. 1, which opened in 1962 in Santa Barbara, California. It is still in business today. Photographed on April 1, 2006 by user Coolcaesar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test.  In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”   —   YUR

(So THAT’S why I’ve been held back so many times!  I keep flunking life’s tests.  Our first Tom Bodett quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  I didn’t even know he was a real person.  I just thought he was a folksy voice-over character used in the Motel 6 commercials.  Shows how much I know.  I guess they didn’t leave a bright enough light on for me!  Apologies to Mr. Bodett.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  And, apparently, this is a well known quote.  See below.      YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/29/14

Neil Armstrong, one of the first two men to la...

Neil Armstrong, one of the first two men to land on the Moon, and the first to walk on it, in 1969 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Lining up the LEM.

MURST  =  STRUM,  SIAAL  =  ALIAS,  GINODI  =  INDIGO,  IDONRO  =  INDOOR   —   Giving us:  SMASINOINO

Clue/Question:  When it came to Neil Armstrong‘s determination to walk on the moon, he was – – –

Neil Armstrong photographed by Buzz Aldrin aft...

Neil Armstrong photographed by Buzz Aldrin after the completion of the Lunar EVA on the Apollo 11 flight (brighter and smaller version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  ON A MISSION

Armstrong stands next to the X-15 ship#1 after...

Armstrong stands next to the X-15 ship#1 after a research flight. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Beautiful!  Man on the moon.  Probably, the most celebrated accomplishment of our lifetime.  I miss those days of lift-offs, orbiting, spacewalks, and re-entries.  There was nothing so relieving as watching a successful splashdown.  Our astronauts were true pioneers and real American heroes.  I think the abundance of Sci-fi has kind of ruined things for the younger generations.  They don’t seem to appreciate all the sacrifice that went into getting us to the moon.  It’s not their fault though.  Our government kind of dropped the ball on keeping the space program in the public eye.  No doubt that was by design though.  For the most part, I don’t think they really want us to know that much of what they do up there.  Too bad.  I miss all the wonder.

No new clue words today.  All the jumbling appears to be new though.  The only one that hung me up, at all, was “indoor”.  Great job on the answer letter layout too.  And, a fine Jeff Knurek cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/29/14

Windows of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace o...

Windows of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, Yvelines department, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.”   —   Sydney J. Harris

(You can’t think that the world is all about you . . . unless you like being ignorant.  There are so many other views out there . . . just waiting to be met.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/28/14

English: tandem sky-diving in Cordoba, Argentina

English: tandem sky-diving in Cordoba, Argentina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Skydiving squabble.

NALTP  =  PLANT,  TAGOL  =  GLOAT,  SURIDA  =  RADIUS,  RUTFOH  =  FOURTH   —   Giving us:  LNGLAIUFOT

Clue/Question:  They parachuted together on a regular basis until they had a – – –

Sky diving in Dakar with Captain Jeannec Rapho...

Sky diving in Dakar with Captain Jeannec Raphoz, 1976 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FALLING OUT

Tom Petty performing at Nissan Pavilion in Bri...

Tom Petty performing at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, VA – June 10, 2006. Photo taken by Marion S. Rights have been specifically given by the photographer for the images’ use on Wikipedia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Yeah.  A free falling out!  That’s one of my favorite Tom Petty songs:  Free Falling!  Who just said:  Who cares?  Thirty lashes with a wet noodle for you!  I once told a co-worker that Tom Petty was the son of race car driver, Richard Petty.  He either believed me, or he did a fine job in humoring me.  Either way, I was just blowing smoke.  They are not related.

There were no new clue words today.  Three of the clue word jumblings were new though.  With only the one for “fourth” being used before.  It’s always written numbers that give me a little trouble.  Must be a verbal vs. math kind of thing.  The answer letter layout was marvelously cryptic.  If you couldn’t get the answer from all the narrative and the great cartoon, then this answer letter layout would have further stumped you.  Jeff’s cartoon did a fantastic job of depicting sky diving.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 


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