Archive for April, 2015

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/30/15

Gordon B. Hinckley from GC Conference Oct 2007...

Gordon B. Hinckley from GC Conference Oct 2007 (zoomed from very far away 🙂 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe in the principle that I can make a difference in this world.  It may be ever so small, but it will count for the greater good.”   —   Gordon B. Hinckley

(This is a great attitude to have!  Unfortunately, even those working for the greater bad believe this.  Fortunately, I think more of us are working for the greater good.  But, it doesn’t happen on its own!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/30/15

What was that about cats and dogs again?

What was that about cats and dogs again? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  El gato’s giveaway.


Clue/Question:  The dog was certain he’d made the cat very angry after seeing the – – –


CruCe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(See!!!  I told you they were setting us up for a toughie!  I zipped through the old favorite clue words, put the answer letter layout down, read the clue/question, then I . . . just stared off into space for a while.  I went and did the Cryptoquote, and then came back to it.  I knew that the word “tail” had to be part of the answer, but wasn’t sure if it was the one in quotes, or the last word.  I guess it could have been the first word, but I wasn’t thinking that way.  It finally just kinda hit me.  

Three of the jumbles came up as new for me, with only the one for “input” definitely having been used before.  The answer letter layout was good enough to keep me guessing for a while.  The cartoon was great.  You can really see the dog eying the cat’s upright, frizzed out tail.  The poor baby better turn tail, and hightail it outta there, before that hellcat scratches its nose off!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/29/15

English: Lin Yutang 中文: 林语堂

English: Lin Yutang 中文: 林语堂 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it, and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”   —   Lin Yutang

(Don’t allow yourself to be too driven by degrees and titles and things like net worth.  Status does not equate with happiness.  The lasting pleasures in life cannot be purchased.  They can only be attained by investing yourself with others.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Jumble Spoiler – 04/29/15

Polish Coat of Arms very small

Polish Coat of Arms very small (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Brygida’s Kielbasa break.


Clue/Question:  The housekeeper had leftover sausages for lunch, which she – – –

Various kinds of Polish Kielbasa

Various kinds of Polish Kielbasa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(A little heavy on the clues today!  The Polish coat of arms on the wall, she’s polishing a silver pitcher, and chances are very strong that she’s eating Polish sausage!  I guess you could even argue she’s wearing a babushka, but that might be a stretch.

There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles have come up as new . . . again.  The answer letter layout was actually very good  A great jumble, that – by itself – gave nothing away.  I really liked the cartoon, but the totality of the clues was a bit much, for my taste.  Maybe the guys are just setting us up for a real tough stumper???  Let’s hope so!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Curtain Raiser

Another well thought out piece, by our friend Wes! — YUR


The Earth Moves; We Hurt, Colltalers

The mega earthquake that hit Nepal Saturday has already triggered a familiar set of obvious realizations, callous statements, and the usual few insights that could potentially make a difference going forward, but most likely will soon be ignored by all.
We’re sure that those who can help, will, and in fact, we wish to express our sadness and solidarity with the ones having their time of reckoning. But we can’t help it but see a worn out sequence of reactions about to play out as it has many times before.
As aftershocks and the search for victims continue, news coverage will be centered on the devastation and on calls for international aid in the weeks ahead, with the occasional proverbial digression about the unpredictability of natural disasters.
Not to be flippant, but one can be sure that there’ll be wall-to-wall reporting, dramatic rescue footage…

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/28/15

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (1890)

Vincent van Gogh: Irises (1890) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.”   —   Vincent Van Gogh

Self-Portrait, August 1889 Oil on canvas, 57 ×...

Self-Portrait, August 1889 Oil on canvas, 57 × 43,5 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (F626) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I wonder when he came to this realization?  From my experience, most artists have a bit of a self-absorption issue.  By and large they are wonderful people, but everyone else kind of just plays a part in their world.  It’s kinda like they’re in their own version of The Truman Show.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/28/15

English: in 2007 Esperanto: en la jaro 2007

English: in 2007 Esperanto: en la jaro 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Tiger and Phil.


Clue/Question:  After walking to the golf course near his house, he was ready for a – – –

English: Golf driving range, The Warwickshire ...

English: Golf driving range, The Warwickshire Another type of driving range is in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


San Diego's favorite son pitches one of only a...

San Diego’s favorite son pitches one of only a handful of shots taken around the 18th green during Tuesday’s practice round (his only practice round) at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Okay.  Obviously, Tiger Woods is not the only black golfer, just as Phil Mickelson is not the only left-handed golfer out there.  But, I think it works.  And, so does today’s pun/answer.  It may “boggle” your mind to learn that “boggle” is a new clue word for us.  If we had it before it must have come with a Sunday Jumble, before our friend started looking in on Sunday spoilers.  It can now be safely added to the ralis95 clue word database.  And, all of the jumbles appear to be new again!  Hmm!  The answer letter layout was, again, desirably cryptic today.  Nothing obvious about it.  And, the cartoon does a fine job showing what’s probably the first tee.  I like the divots and the “bonus clue” walking shoes.  That’s about it for today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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