Archive for December, 2014

Jumble Spoiler – 12/26/14

English: Banner of the Galactic Empire (Star W...

English: Banner of the Galactic Empire (Star Wars). Image based on picture of the banner in the PC game Star Wars Galaxies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The Darth brothers, Sidious and Vader, overseeing the effort.


Clue/Question:  The Empire was able to get another death star built quickly, thanks to the – – –

Amsterdam, De Dam, Darth Vader

Amsterdam, De Dam, Darth Vader (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Tons of fun, with a Star Wars pun!  There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles appear new, to me.  I always thought that a BEERKU was poetry you came up with at the bar.  The answer letter layout was pretty good.  I would have swapped “occur” for “unwed” though.  The cartoon is awesome.  We have a little R2D2 downstairs, along with one stormtrooper, riding what looks like a Segue.  And of course, the two Darths are masterful.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/26/14

English: "Judge Roy Bean, the `Law West o...

English: “Judge Roy Bean, the `Law West of the Pecos,’ holding court at the old town of Langtry, Texas in 1900, trying a horse thief. This building was courthouse and saloon. No other peace officers in the locality at that time.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And finally winter, with its bitin’, whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.”   —   Roy Bean

(Words from The Hangin’ Judge!  A colorful character from US  history.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Bleeding red day

For those of you who are NOT at the shops and malls today, returning and exchanging, and scrounging for those after Christmas SALES . . . a little something to think about.

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

what should we box
wasted sweets in giant socks
uncountable gold, silver coins
shiny colourless rocks

billions saved from wasting lights
pieces of junk causing unthinkable fights
money spared of expensive hangings
unwanted gifts, lingerie, leggings

turkeys, sprouts all food wasted,
wine, liqueur, those drinks never tasted
having more and more, cleaning entire stores
of those things we’ve bought, unwittingly sought

a day of reckoning what could have been
a generous giving yesterday should have been
humanity matters possessions certainly not
what a wonderful bleary weak afterthought!


Universally applicable to second days of Eid, Diwali, Christmas and all other global retail festivals, so no discrimination in collective criticism…I wish I could act on this thought but I don’t so certainly don’t practice what I preach…

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Christmas Cryptoquote Spoiler – 2014

English: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans at Knott's ...

English: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans at Knott’s Berry Farm in the 1970s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christmas, my child, is love in action.  Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas. ”   —   Dale Evans Rogers

(The purest definition of Christmas ever told.  And, from a great lady!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Christmas Jumble Spoiler – 2014

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New Y...

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Mega-WATT display.


Clue/Question:  He put up so many Christmas lights, the neighbors were in a – – –

English: Christmas lights in Haughton, Staffor...

English: Christmas lights in Haughton, Staffordshire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(They look stunned and amazed, to me.  No new clue words today.  But all of the jumbles seemed new to me.  That doesn’t mean they were difficult though.  The best jumble was the answer letter layout.  Nicely done, there.  The cartoon was . . . enlightening!  Hope you had a wonderful holiday, friends.  Be well and do good!)    —   YUR

Christmas Eve Jumble Spoiler – 12/24/14

Sergeant Rayene Stewart Simpson decorating a C...

Sergeant Rayene Stewart Simpson decorating a Christmas tree in Korea, 1953. Simpson was later decorated with the Victoria Cross while serving with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in 1969. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The family tree tradition.


Clue/Question:  When they added ornaments to the Christmas tree, they – – – 

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Maybe they Scotch Pined it up!  Or Douglas Fir’d it up.  I like the expression spruced up!  Too many of our tried and true idioms seem to be waning in popularity.  Too much urban/pop speak is taking over our vernacular, in my opinion.  ‘Tis a sign of the times, I suppose.  It’s kind of a cyclical/generational kind of thing.  I suppose the language will survive, despite today’s . . . and tomorrow’s inanities.  End of grumpy old man rant.

There were no new clue words today, while all of the jumbles came across as new, to me.  I thought they were an eclectic bunch, even though I had no trouble in unscrambling any of them.  I can tell a lot of thought went into today’s answer letter layout.  Nothing given away.  Nothing obvious.  The cartoon makes for a nice middle class holiday postcard, with only a hint of self-promotion.

I hope everybody can be with friends and family this holiday season.  Merry Christmas, my friends.  Be well, be joyful and do good.)   —   YUR

Season’s Greetings Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/24/14

Have a Happy Christmas and enjoy this Holiday Season.”   —   Your Puzzle People

(Sounds like warm and wise advice to me!  Be . . . joyful and do good, my friends.)   —   YUR

Glorious exceptionalism (an anthem for being different)

Don’t be “the norm”, people! Only Norm is The Norm. Be: The Bob, The Art, The Hal, The Lesley, The Jenn, The Linda Lee, The Wimpy, et al ! Be yourselves.

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

you standout
from the crowd
believe deliverance
trust in difference

come on
you stand,
from the crowd

what is holding you back
have courage, sail
you will, unarguably, fail
many times,
most of the times

just believe,
from the crowd
from the crowd

pick yourself up
dirt will disappear
a new you appear
bask in glory

from the crowd
they are waiting
from the crowd

doubters, shouters
hooters, looters
will feel sorry
for what they did,
they should

from the crowd
you deserve it!


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Jumble Spoiler – 12/23/14

Visual Description:  The Flintstone burial ground.


Clue/Question:  The archaeologist wished the caveman was still alive so he could – – – 


(This pun definitely requires the visual clue from the cartoon!  No new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up new for me.  I thought the jumbling of “indoor” was pretty spiffy.  The answer letter layout was first class all the way.  I don’t think it gave a thing away.  The cartoon is hilarious!  The visual clues are the little rock hammers, aka: picks, being held by the scientists.  It looks like ol’ Fred was buried in his favorite suit, along with his bowling ball and . . . aw, Dino!  I sure hope that Dino predeceased Fred.  Dino was a good boy!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/23/14

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”   —   Charles Dickens

(Good humor???  Damn.  Now, I want an ice cream bar!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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