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Gatekeeper of Outerspace

Hey! Pluto is nearly 50 miles bigger than earlier estimates! Don’t know if it’s enough to re-qualify as a full planet though. I love all things Astronomy! — YUR

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Pluto & the Fading Thrill
of the Great Discoveries

Little engine that could. Ugly duckling. Nine-day wonder. Pictures that the New Horizons satellite took of its arrival at Pluto, after a nine-year trek, have stunned the world by their unexpected beauty, and even jaded space buffs have marveled by what’s been revealed to humanity.
The going has been rough for the heavenly body that sits at the edge of our Solar System. Not long after the probe’s departure from Earth, Pluto had already lost its planetary status and been downgraded to a dwarf planet. Other indignities could have followed it as well.
But the striking images still arriving from Pluto may change all that, at least in part, igniting a new found curiosity about the universe in the process. The last time that happened was arguably when the Pioneer twins brought us closer to the wondrous realm of Saturn and its…

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/15/15

English: Golden Gate Bridge from the North end...

English: Golden Gate Bridge from the North end. Telephoto of car lanes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Bridging the generations.

SADAL  =  SALAD,  GIRNB  =  BRING,  GLUPEN  =  PLUNGE,  RREFOV  =  FERVOR   —   Giving us:  SALINGPLNFEO

Clue/Question:  Hundreds of millions of cars have crossed the Golden Gate Bridge, thanks to its – – –

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA a...

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA at sunset taken from the Marin Headlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  LONG LIFE SPAN

(Most older major bridges were built with the intention of lasting – with an expected amount of maintenance – virtually forever.  The ones built in the 1950s and 1960s all seem to have a 50 year life expectancy!  Very strange.  Was it because of some morose Cold War mentality?  It’s mind boggling to me.

There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles were new.  We’ve definitely seen the one of “fervor” before.  The answer letter layout was a wonderful jumble as well.  It was nicely cryptic.  Interesting cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/15/15

Ambrose Bierce-1

Ambrose Bierce-1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Advice:  the suggestions you give someone else which you hope will work for your benefit.”   —   Ambrose Bierce

(Very droll.  This man lived an amazing life, during a remarkable period of American history.  His short story, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” should be mandatory reading in our schools.  And probably, it should be mandatory reading for all of today’s pundits, who seek to impose today’s morality and ethics on people, and issues, of an earlier time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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