Archive for May 31st, 2015

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/31/15

English: A den or family room in Camarillo, Ca...

English: A den or family room in Camarillo, California, USA with mission-style furhishings and a brick fireplace. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Today’s – dysfunctional – family room.

RASLIP  =  SPIRAL,  NEXYOG  =  OXYGEN,  ACTNAV  =  VACANT,  FUNXIL  =  INFLUX,  ANGEEG  =  ENGAGE,  TOSHOE  =  SOOTHE   —   Giving us:  SRXECTINENESTE

Clue/Question:  After increasing their home’s bandwidth, they were worried about their kid’s – – –

A family room in Vinh Moc tunnels, Quang Tri, ...

A family room in Vinh Moc tunnels, Quang Tri, Vietnam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  INTERNET EXCESS

(A great – and socially relevant – stinky pun!  Maybe, one of the best Sunday Jumbles ever.  None of the clue words were new, but every one of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  It took me a minute or two to figure out “spiral”, but I also thought that both “influx” and “soothe” were jumbled expertly.  The answer letter layout made for another fine jumble.  The cartoon did a great job of capturing some of today’s internet related products.  From the cell phone, to the tablet, to the old reliable desktop, utilizing some form of Skype, or FaceTime.  It reminds me of a book that a co-worker/buddy once told me about, probably 20 years ago.  It was some science fiction tale about a man who lived so much on the computer that he actually became one with the computer.  I am woefully poorly read, so I can’t tell you the title, nor the author, but maybe some of you know of this book.  At the time, I thought that the premise was preposterous, but now I’d say it was prescient.  Be well and do good, friends.  And, try to place limits on your internet exposure.  Even if that means reading this blog less!)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/31/15

English: The American Humorists albumen print ...

English: The American Humorists albumen print from left to right: Josh Billings, Mark Twain, and Petroleum V. Nasby (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One would be in less danger from the wiles of the stranger if one’s kin and kith were more fun to be with.”   —   Ogden Nash

(Such a clever writer, that Nash!  The words “kith” and “kin” are not terribly unusual, though not all that common these days.  But, Nash’s reversing their order did make for a more interesting solve.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I would have liked to give this post a picture of Ogden Nash, but they all seem to be “owned” by Getty.  They are very quietly, but very rapidly, buying up the rights to tons of internet property that – I believe – was previously classified as “Public domain”.  Companies that exercise this kind of control should be feared, friends.      YUR


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