Archive for January, 2016

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/31/16

Gravity Probe B (GP-B) has measured spacetime ...

Gravity Probe B (GP-B) has measured spacetime curvature near Earth to test related models in application of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Big Al, at the board!


Clue/Question:  Not fully comprehending Einstein’s general theory of relativity was – – –

Ball falling to the floor in an accelerated ro...

Ball falling to the floor in an accelerated rocket (left) and on Earth (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I guess they couldn’t grasp the gravity of the situation!  There were no new clue words today, but five of the jumbles came up as new.  I know we’ve seen “penweh” before.  The answer letter layout did a great job of keeping the answer hidden.  This was kind of a word replacement pun for comprehending.  A fine cartoon, with a great likeness of Albert Einstein.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/31/16

Peggy Cass, James Thurber, and Joan Anderson

Peggy Cass, James Thurber, and Joan Anderson (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Early to rise and early to bed makes a male healthy, wealthy and dead.”   —   James Thurber

(Our most quoted James!  A clever turn of Ben Franklin’s advice, but not so reasonably well said.  Except in the sense that even the healthy, wealthy and wise . . . eventually end up dead.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/30/16

Swiss Commemorative Coin 2011 B CHF 20 obverse

Swiss Commemorative Coin 2011 B CHF 20 obverse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it.”   —   Max Frisch

A Haier MWM7800TBPG microwave oven

A Haier MWM7800TBPG microwave oven (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(And, this guy died largely before the age of the internet, hand-held devices, holograms and virtual reality!  He’s probably referring more to television, supermarkets, fast food and microwave ovens.  I wonder how he might view the millennials and youth of today?  We are living in a strange age.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 01/30/16

English: Gold :: Locality: Mother Lode (Mother...

English: Gold :: Locality: Mother Lode (Mother Lode belt), Tuolumne County, California, USA (Locality at :: Size: 1.6 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm :: (largest). A 2-piece set from the Mother Lode District of California. Two large, sculptural and flattened, river-worn gold nuggets with rich gold lustre and color comprise this set. Deutsch: Gold :: Fundort: Hauptader, Tuolumne County, Kalifornien, Vereinigte Staaten (Fundort bei :: Größe: 1.6 x 1.1 x 0.3 cm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Striking the mother lode!


Clue/Question:  After they struck gold, the owner of the gold mine was a – – –

English: Chicken bouillon cube "Maggi&quo...

English: Chicken bouillon cube “Maggi” (purchased in Bulgary) Български: Пиле бульон кубче “Маги” Русский: Кубик куриного бульон “Maggi” (приобретён в Болгарии) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Great pun!  A surprisingly challenging answer, for a Saturday.  All of today’s clue words are old favorites, however two of the jumbles came up as new.  We have seen both “logio” and “duoia” before.  The answer letter layout hid the answer very nicely!  If it wasn’t for the pun aspect of it, this might have taken me much longer to get.  Yer Uncle is a regular punk rocker.  Though some of you probably think I’m just a little punchy.  You all know how I love the pungent ones.  And, you know I feel no compunction about punishing you with my lack of punctilios.  Some of you will probably want to expunge this post from your memory banks.  Hey, how about that cartoon?!?!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 01/29/16

English: Aluminum alloy wheel

English: Aluminum alloy wheel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Her auto-motive to buy.


Clue/Question:  She needed new tires for her car, and the tire salesman was ready to – – –

Stacked and standing car tires

Stacked and standing car tires (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I know we like to think they are synonymous, but wheels and tires are not the same thing.  The wheel is one of man’s oldest tools, while the tire is a covering for the wheel, which serves a multitude of functions.  Tires prolong the life of the wheel, they provide a more comfortable ride, and they hold the road so much better than a bare wheel ever could.  Is the distinction necessary for today’s Jumble?  No.  I just felt like being picky, picky, picky!

There are no new clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new!  They were dandy jumbles, but I was able to see all four words instantaneously.  The answer letter layout was another marvelous jumble, that did not provide a hint to the answer.  It was the salesman’s spiel, and the leading way that the clue/question was worded, that made the answer pretty obvious.  At least to me.  Splendid cartoon.  A wonderful effort by our two buddies.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/29/16

English: John Lennon

English: John Lennon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I used to think the only use for sports was to give small boys something else to kick besides me.”   —   Katharine Whitehorn

(Wow!  Humorous, but also a little dark.  I know it’s not “politically correct”, but to a – hopefully – much lesser extent, the words of John Lennon still ring true, in too much of the world:  Woman is the nigger of the world.  Can you imagine if someone were to try and come out with a song like this today?  I, personally, believe that banning language is both childish and counter-productive.  It’s like putting a band-aid over an infected wound.  It might look a little better, to the untrained eye, but it’s just a cover up.  The wound still festers.  If/When people can’t use “The N-Word” – F-ing ridiculous – they just come up with alternative slurs, like thug.  When you really think about it, any word can be turned into invective, by simply using inflection.  Just listen to the corporate media, especially our friends at Fox News.  Instead of wasting everybody’s time, banning “offensive” words, we should be addressing the irrational fears, hatred and general ignorance that causes people to lash out at people who are different from them.  It’s only through knowledge and understanding that we will ever get past the primal urge to dehumanize the “other guy”.  Some people will argue that banning certain words is just the first step, but I see it much more as a slippery slope.  It’s a very scary form of censorship.  And censorship is anathema to a free society.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Zemanta did provide some lovely pictures of Ms. Whitehorn, but unfortunately they are all “owned” by Getty Images.  As stated many many times, I won’t give in to their BS.   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/28/16

English: WikiWorld comic based on articles abo...

English: WikiWorld comic based on articles about John Calvin, Thomas Hobbes and the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.”   —   Bill Watterson

(Alright!  I always thought that a fair question.  And please, spare me the: In God’s time replies. What I want to know is was this uttered by Calvin, or could it have been by Hobbes?  It’s such a shame that he pulled the plug on this classic comic strip, more than 20 years ago now!  A ton of people still remember it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 01/28/16

Banana on Pancake

Banana on Pancake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Hash house heaven!


Clue/Question:  Their pancakes were becoming popular and selling – – –

English: Pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon.

English: Pancakes, eggs, sausage, and bacon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(One of those literal puns!  Not at all stinky.  I love the smell of pancakes in the morning!  Smells like . . . victory!  Especially, when they come with a side of bacon, or sausage.  Mmm!  No new clue words today, and only two of the jumbles came up as new.  we’ve seen “kejro” and “darisu” before.  The answer letter layout did not give away the answer.  It was a dandy jumble in itself.  The answer is just another one of those classic American idioms.  Beautifully detailed cartoon.  The one waitress is carrying a pot of coffee, the little plate with extra pads of butter, the order rack, the heat lamp, and the order up bell!  And, I think that waitress in the background looks like she could be Donald Trump’s sister!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/27/16

English: George Eliot Statue

English: George Eliot Statue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More helpful than all wisdom is one draft of human pity that will not forsake us.”   —   George Eliot

(I’ve seen this one with draft spelt draught, and also with the word simple preceding the word human.  Sympathy and empathy are more necessary than many people think.  If you have them, now, try not to lose them.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler (Tease) 01/27/16

English: American cook, author, and television...

English: American cook, author, and television personality (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The French Chef . . . and hubby.


Clue/Question:  The chef got a new apron and she liked her new – – –

English: Julia Child's Kitchen on display at t...

English: Julia Child’s Kitchen on display at the National Museum of American History (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Just a hint, for those of you who might be struggling to get today’s answer.  The answer is definitely a pun, that plays on what you’re seeing in the background of the cartoon.  Gotta run.   —   YUR

(Well, alrighty then!  I thought more of you were going to be like me.  I got all the clue words instantly, but I found both the cartoon’s dialog and the clue/question a little awkward.  None of the clue words are new, but three of the jumbles appear to be new.  We’ve definitely seen “shikw” before.  I thought the answer letter layout was . . . diabolical, to borrow a word from one of our truest followers.  I was seeing WORK and CROW and CORK, but I wasn’t seeing COOK for a few minutes.  The three words I was seeing were using too many consonants for the other four letter word segment.  But, I finally saw COOK and then COOKWARE, and then the pun sunk in!  The cartoon of Julia Child and Paul Cushing Child was very amusing.  I think Jeff’s wife forced him to watch Julie & Julia!  Be well and do good, friends.)   – – –   YUR

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