Archive for July, 2015

Jumble Spoiler – 07/31/15

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto...

English: A photo of a cup of coffee. Esperanto: Taso de kafo. Français : Photo d’une tasse de caffé Español: Taza de café (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The coffee run.


Clue/Question:  She had her friend drive her to the coffee shop because she needed a – – –

Coffee Cup

Coffee Cup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Pretty stinky pun.  But, not too difficult.  We did have a new clue word today, in “plague”.  ralis95 can add another word to his world famous database.  All the jumbles except for “cupank” seem to be new.  Great answer letter layout.  Very cryptic.  All of Jeff’s cars seem to have a *classic* look about them.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/31/15

English: Two women sparring with a speed bag B...

English: Two women sparring with a speed bag Booka and Chris Durack sparring with a speed bag. The sisters are wearing long skirts and shirts with rolled up sleeves and no boxing gloves. The speed bag is attached to timber beam in an open sided building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”   —   Sam Ewing

(Try to be a sleeves person, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Farewell to a King

For once, I’m in agreement with the court of public opinion! — YUR


Cecil, the Lion, Who Wore
His Mane & GPS With Pride

He couldn’t have cared less how he’d live or die; just did it both the best way he could. The slaughter of Cecil the Lion, an iconic Zimbabwean big cat who’d been studied for most of his 13 short years, continues to generate waves of grief and anger throughout the Web.
His death, however, is more of a despicable routine than a surprising casualty. His killer, a dentist who’s now candidate to world’s worst person according to a dubious online consensus, spent a small fortune for the right to maim first, and then execute, the majestic feline.
Cecil left behind his brother Jericho and the extended pride they both commanded, along with a bloodline which will most likely be exterminated too. He also leaves years of research for the Oxford University team that outfitted him with a GPS collar…

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/30/15

"Statue of Robert G. Ingersoll in Peoria,...

“Statue of Robert G. Ingersoll in Peoria, IL” — statue of Robert G. Ingersoll at the bottom of Glen Oak Park, Abington Street and Perry Avenue, Peoria, Illinois. Photograph by John Dodd, July 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds.”   —   Robert Green Ingersoll


Mandala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(So true!  Our idea of permanence is clouded by our limited perception of time.  I love the Tibetan sand mandalas!  As soon as they are completed – and that can take quite some time – they are ceremoniously destroyed.  Be well, do good . . . and remember that life is fleeting, friends.)   —   YUR

(Easier) Jumble Spoiler – 07/30/15

English: Kitten

English: Kitten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Sittin’ pretty, with kitty!


Clue/Question:  The family loved their new kitten.  Everyone thought she was the – – –

An adorably curious kittyyay its adorable, i l...

An adorably curious kittyyay its adorable, i love it, its called tricky nathen maister (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  CAT’S MEOW

(Olde-timey stinky pun!  23 skiddoo!  Wow!  Yesterday’s Jumble sure drew a lot of hits!  Today, in a strange bit of coincidence, considering my remarks to Iris, we actually have TWO new clue words.  Both “flown” and “cognac” are new and will need to be added to the ralis95 clue word database.  I love cognac!  B and B and cognac are my two favorite after dinner drinks.  But, too much makes my gout act up.  I guess it’s a good thing that I’m on a beer budget!  And, mainly domestic at that.  The only jumble that wasn’t new was “nalts”.  We’ve seen that before.  The answer letter layout was actually very nicely cryptic.  It made for another great jumble.  Some of you younger whippersnappers might not be familiar with the phrase.  Gramps, in the cartoon, has probably said it many a time.  Cute family scene.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/29/15

A pair of scissors.

A pair of scissors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Our guys . . . on LSD.


Clue/Question:  The forest of scissors had – – –

English: A pair of large, Fiskars-brand scissors.

English: A pair of large, Fiskars-brand scissors. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Initially, a head scratcher.  But then . . . a major groaner!  “The Forest of Lost Scissors?”  Wow.  THAT is out there.  Did you know that in the New York City area there are a lot of people who will say/ask:  Do you/Can I have “a scissor”?  Not a pair of scissors, but “a scissor”.  It was one of the many little mind blowing aspects of getting used to the area.  None of the clue words were new today, but all of the jumbles came up as new, again.  I had some trouble solving “spoil” and “social”, but not to the point where I had to back into either of them.  The answer letter layout was masterful, again.  For a while, I didn’t know where the guys were going with this one!  I’m betting that there were a fair amount of you guys in the same boat as me.  Bizarre, but fun cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Iris asked:  What do you mean when you write that there are no new clue words? I don’t understand, what clue words. Do you mean words in the drawing/puzzle or the riddle? Is that what you call the clue words? Thanks

Answer:  The four un-jumbled words (six on Sunday), with the circle boxes, to the left of the cartoon.  I compare them to the copy of a clue word database compiled by a gentleman who goes by “ralis95”.  If they’re already on the list then they’re not new.  “New” clue words are a fair rarity, but we see them from time to time.  I could not “confirm” your comment, as there was something hinky about how your IP/email address came over.  I need to protect the integrity of the blog!  LOL!     YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/29/15

A photo of a bust of Henry David Thoreau from ...

A photo of a bust of Henry David Thoreau from the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at the Bronx Community College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”   —   Henry David Thoreau

(An exceedingly easy puzzle to decipher, even without realizing who the author was.  Does anyone want to tell me what old Dave was getting at?  I really don’t have any patience for when people use absolutes such as “evil”.  I understand that some of it was just how people spoke during those times, but I still don’t appreciate it, and I actually expect better from someone such as Thoreau.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.   WordPress/Zemanta has returned the standard Related Articles thumbnails!  Much easier for me choose from.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/28/15

The 33 convicted members of the Duquesne spy r...

The 33 convicted members of the Duquesne spy ring (FBI print). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Sin-twin spooks.


Clue/Question:  The twins who worked for the spy agency were – – –

English: Silhouette of a spy with a stolen doc...

English: Silhouette of a spy with a stolen document (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I guess you could say this is one of those literal/figurative puns!  Right?  I ripped right through the clue words.  None were new, but all the jumbles came up as new again.  A couple of handy letter groupings . . . for me.  The answer letter layout was masterful again.  It didn’t give anything away.  But, any time they use twins, you can usually count on one of the answer words to be “double”.  Fun cartoon.  The local sheriff, or state-boy, appears to be of the western variety.  Sometimes it’s the locals who are corrupt, and other times it’s the Feds.  This time it looks like we should be siding with the locals.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/28/15

English: Lucy Lawless at the 2010 Comic Con in...

English: Lucy Lawless at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am waiting for a sign that will indicate to me what meaning I must give to my life, but right now my existence is satisfactory.”   —   Lucy Lawless

(I’m not sure if she uttered this while still in character, as Xena – Warrior Princess, or as herself!  But, I think the words are very wise.  All the worry about why we’re here, and where we’re going is completely out of our control.  Just enjoy the fact that we are.  We are all in this together, and we just need to appreciate the gift that we are experiencing.  Supposition and religious dogma can only truly comfort us when we’re all in agreement.  And, last time I checked there was a whole lot of disagreement going on out in the world.  So, let’s just enjoy the lightness of being.  All the other stuff is just weighing us down.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/27/15

Ping-Pong game by Parker Brothers, The Childre...

Ping-Pong game by Parker Brothers, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Lost episode of Mr. Ed.


Clue/Question:  The ping-pong playing horses were enjoying their game of – – –

Italiano: specifiche tavolo ping pong

Italiano: specifiche tavolo ping pong (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Horse apples!  That’s what this pun smells like!  LOL!  Hey, we have a new clue word today, in “lawman”.  I hope ralis95 is reading this.  All the jumbles came up as new, for me.  Outstanding answer letter layout.  Beautifully jumbled!  And the cartoon is both very funny and well drawn.  Reminds me a little of the latest Geico commercial, where the medieval torturers are playing ping-pong, with their victim willingly acting as the net.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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