Archive for March 25th, 2015

Curtain Raiser

Remember when we laughed at the idea of SELLING/BUYING bottled water??? Well, thanks to pervasive marketing far too may of us don’t give it a second thought. But, we all really should. Very soon, fresh potable water is going to be the hottest commodity. There will likely be wars over it. But, through a conscious effort, we can still turn this thing around. Please read on. — YUR

CollTales

Drink it But Lose the Bottle, Colltalers

Water, Earth’s arguably most important element, is having quite a busy time. From playing villain in the climate change drama to disappearing in vast regions, while showing up unannounced in distant moons, it seems now ready for its top billing closeup.
Since 1993, when the United Nations began to observe March 22 as World Water Day, increased demand has caused extended droughts where people need it the most, and, indirectly, the threat of rising sea levels to billions living in coastal areas.
What appears as a contradiction has, in fact, a common cause in our predatory way of living and wasteful use of natural resources, combined with overpopulation. We tend to forget how finite and vulnerable a resource water really is.
Even when it’s tangential to progress, water can determine the fate of entire ecosystems and the communities depending on them. In this…

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/25/15

English: The image of Bruce Lee on the wall

English: The image of Bruce Lee on the wall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.”   —   Bruce Lee

(This was Bruce’s personal approach in developing his Jun Fan Gung Fu.  It’s a great philosophy for living.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

Jumble Spoiler – 03/25/15

Close-up detail of Song Dynasty Chinese painte...

Close-up detail of Song Dynasty Chinese painter Ma Yuan’s Angler on a Wintry Lake, featuring the oldest known depiction of a fishing reel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Landing the whopper!

GREWA  =  WAGER,  NALTS  =  SLANT,  SHCENT  =  STENCH,  NUMMIE  =  IMMUNE   —   Giving us:  GERLNSTEINE

Clue/Question:  While trying to get the huge fish into the boat, the fisherman was – – –

Fishing reel

Fishing reel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  SENT REELING

(A fine pun, indeed.  The catch of the day!  Hopefully for this guy, he was successful, and this didn’t end up as . . . just another fish story.  Then it could be construed as another kind of whopper.  None of the clue words were new today, but three of the jumbles were.  I could only confirm that we’ve seen the one for “immune” before.  I think this is one of Hoyt’s best answer letter layouts in a while.  I don’t think it gave away a thing.  It actually kinda made me think of Frankenstein’s daughter!  Not that there was such a thing, but I guess it’s conceivable.  He did take a bride, right???  And, Knurek’s cartoon was very entertaining.  In a little touch of irony, when I came into work this morning, my buddy John tells me about this bamboo fishing reel from the 1950s that he just bought on eBay!  And, I just happen to be wearing this funky, fly-fishing shirt today.  And yes, I did pick it out before cracking open today’s newspaper.  So, there must be some kinda fishy mojo in the air today.  That’s enough.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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