Archive for December, 2014



Rest In Peace, Joe Cocker.

Joe Cocker performing at Gulfstream Park in Ha...

Joe Cocker performing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, FL. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joe cocker performing; 16th October 1980 Natio...

Joe cocker performing; 16th October 1980 National Stadium, Dublin He does look happy, he was drunk as a skunk but gave an amazing performance to a half full venue. Photo: Eddie Mallin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The great British Rocker/Soul Singer passed away today, after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer.  Known best early on for his great cover versions, he went on to have huge hits with “You Are So Beautiful“, and “Up Where We Belong“.  His distinctive gravelly voice, with a range from a full growl to a sweet, sweet gentleness, made him instantly identifiable and wildly popular.  He helped a generation get by . . . “With a Little Help From My Friends“.  He will be missed, and will long be remembered.  Joe Cocker was 70.     YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/22/14

Charles Dudley Warner

Charles Dudley Warner (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.”   —   Charles Dudley Warner

(Lost on far too many people these days.  One of the things I really like about the Cryptoquote is that it introduces me to writers who I’d previously never heard.  This man led a very interesting life, and was friends with Mark Twain.  And yes, Art.  I was able to figure out the name today without having to look him up.  There weren’t any other Ds or Ws in the quote, but they just seemed to be the most logical letters.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/22/14

The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda).

The Mona Lisa (or La Joconde, La Gioconda). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Jeff’s Bohemian days!

KEEOV  =  EVOKE,  YORNA  =  RAYON,  YENOLF  =  FELONY,  REMHIT  =  HERMIT   —   Giving us:  ERAFNIT

Clue/Question:  Business was good, but the policeman only wanted to – – – 

Fine Arts at Unmaad Oct 2009.

Fine Arts at Unmaad Oct 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FINE ART

(Now, this is a great pun!  Not a lot of Fine Arts majors become cops, I bet.  After banking, I looked into it, but by then I was too old.  The wife would’ve crapped a brick anyway.  She didn’t even want me to be a guard at the county jail, or even be a limo driver.  Oh, well.  No new clue words today!  We did have a few new jumbles though.  Only the one for “evoke” had already been used, by my records.  The answer letter layout pretty good, for only seven letters.  The cartoon is fun.  I like the glasses on the Mona Lisa!  And, the pot-belly on the cop.  Fun for Monday!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 12/21/14

A juvenile giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis tip...

A juvenile giraffe (giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi), 8–9 feet (2.4–2.7 m) tall, eating leaves. Pictured in Tanzania in a zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Faithful friends, who are dear to us, gather near to us . . . once more.

TORFUH  =  FOURTH,  OZABEG  =  GAZEBO,  CUBASA  =  ABACUS,  KAYWLE  =  WEAKLY,  NURADO  =  AROUND,  CEXTIO  =  EXOTIC   —   Giving us:  FHEOCSWKONDEOT

Clue/Question:  The zebras stopped by to visit the giraffes when they were in the giraffe’s – – – 

Français : Stavo__est_kenya__47.jpg

Français : Stavo__est_kenya__47.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  NECK OF THE WOODS

(Not a real stumper, answer-wise, but it was a good stinky pun!  We actually had a new clue word, in “weakly”.  Apparently, we’ve had WEAKEN and WEEKLY, but this is our first “weakly”.  ralis95 has a little work to do with his clue word database.  It looks like there were a few new jumbles too.  I liked the ones for “fourth” and “gazebo” . . . and “around”.  The answer letter layout was great.  Very cryptic.  It’s just that the answer was pretty darn obvious.  Great nature scene cartoon.  Straight outta National Geographic!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/21/14

English: Illustration of the mental process ca...

English: Illustration of the mental process called “transcendence” during the practice of Transcendental Meditation Français : Illustration du processus mental dit de « transcendance » dans la pratique de la Méditation Transcendantale Español: Ilustración del proceso mental llamado “trascendencia ” en la práctica de la Meditación Trascendental Deutsch: Illustration der geistigen Prozess namens “Transzendenz” während der Ausübung der Transzendentale Meditation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My son has taken up meditation – at least it’s better than sitting down doing nothing.”   —   Max Kauffmann

(I wonder if ol’ Max would make the same crack about somebody praying?  Some people never want to leave their comfort zone.  Expand your horizons, folks.  There’s a big world out there.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/20/14

English: set of statues in the harbor of Annap...

English: set of statues in the harbor of Annapolis showing Alex Haley (author) reading to children. According to Haley (and historical markers near the statues), his ancestor Kunte Kinte landed in the harbor as a slave coming from Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.”   —   Alex Haley

(Some aspects of family actually hold us back, but we’d rather wear the rose colored glasses.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/20/14

Temperature predictions from some climate mode...

Temperature predictions from some climate models assuming the SRES A2 emissions scenario. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Divisive . . . by design.

GRACO  =  CARGO,  POLEE  =  ELOPE,  RITBET  =  BITTER,  CETHAD  =  DETACH   —   Giving us:  CAOEPEITTDH

Clue/Question: For some people, global warming is a – – –

The global warming icon for the ubx.

The global warming icon for the ubx. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  HEATED TOPIC

(I wonder if the people who are having trouble getting today’s answer are in the denial camp???  I wouldn’t be surprised!  No new clue words today, but we have three new jumbles, by my records.  Only the one for “cargo” has definitely been used before.  Once again, we had a really splendid answer letter layout.  No hints or clues whatsoever.  Clever cartoon, too.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 12/19/14

Visual Description:  Ethnic specialty shop.

RUNPS  =  SPURN,  POATD  =  ADOPT,  MESSEA  =  SESAME,  VEWTEL  =  TWELVE   —   Giving us:  SURATSMTWE

Clue/Question:  The most-popular items at the German deli were the – – –

Answer:  WURST MEATS

(Ahh.  A little irony thrown into today’s stinky pun.  By the way, some of these sausages can be pretty pungent themselves, but once you cook them up they are delicious.  Pretty sure Knurek has a good bit of German in him.  Hoyt too, but the name Hoyt can be Dutch and English too.  I guess the Hoyts got around!  We have no new clue words today . . . for a change.  Three of the jumbles were new to me though.  “Adopt” is another one of those words that spells out in alphabetical order.  Today’s answer letter layout was USDA Grade A Select!  Without the great cartoon and the hint word “German” I don’t think a lot of you could have gotten the answer, just from the answer letter layout.  Nice job.  That’s it, folks.  One really great week of Jumbles!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/19/14

Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.”   —   Karl Lagerfeld

(Of course a designer is going to say something like this.  He’s got to generate buzz for his high-priced nonsense.  Me?  I try to buy only what I need.  What excites me is getting quality . . . at a fair price.  All this glamorized consumerism is why we have dwindling resources, but increased pollutants and CO2 levels.  And of course, this feeds into the more stuff, but less values equation too.  Pay no attention to these fancy-pants people, and those who are generally only out to make a buck, folks.  They are leading us down the road to ruin.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Jumble Spoiler – 12/18/14

A treehouse in Marayur, Kerala, India

A treehouse in Marayur, Kerala, India (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Up-top . . . Down-under.

ZBTIL  =  BLITZ,  GYROL  =  GLORY,  HAMSAT  =  ASTHMA,  SNARKH  =  SHRANK   —   Giving us:  LITGOYHAHAK

Clue/Question:  The Australian marsupial’s new tree-house was – – –

Mother wallaby with joey in the Tasmanian summ...

Mother wallaby with joey in the Tasmanian summer rain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  HIGH KOALATY

(This might be the best, stinky pun I’ve ever seen!  It’s hilarious!  All of today’s jumbles are new, from my perspective.  And, we seemingly have two new clue words, in “blitz” and “shrank”.  They both kind of surprised me, but I’m fairly sure we’ve seen “shrank”, one time over the last two months.  We’ll just leave it up to the big boss-man, ralis95.  He can either enter it into his clue word database, in silence, or he can grace us with a Yea or Nay.  The answer letter layout was a superlative jumble in itself.  I think it gave away nothing whatsoever.  And, I don’t think it was an easy solve either.  I can see a number of people struggling to get this one.  Even the cartoon exceeded my usual expectations.  I love the perspective of looking on the tree-house from above.  And the koala characters are classic.  She, the wide-eyed bit of a bimbo, and he the lecherous lothario.  Nowadays they call him a “playah”.  Lots of fun today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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