Archive for January 5th, 2016

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/05/16

ERC Magnetic Experiment - GPN-2003-00054

ERC Magnetic Experiment – GPN-2003-00054 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact.  But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”   —   Patrick Rothfuss

(M-m-m-maybe.  IF the question is important, or is of interest, to him.  This quote comes off as a little too maharishi/yoda-ishy for my tastes.  If a man has a question already, he wants a damn answer, not another question.  Yes, there are merits to figuring things out on your own, but unless the subject is going to be your life’s work there are issues of practicality that mitigate those merits.  The accumulation of little facts makes up a large part of what we like to call knowledge.  And, knowledge is a good thing.  Right, Martha?  Just be careful where you get your facts.  I hear FOX News like to make up their own.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 01/05/16

octopus vulgaris

octopus vulgaris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Why man created boats!


Clue/Question:  The antisocial octopus welcomed the unexpected visitor – – –

English: Tide pools octopus. Octopus could go ...

English: Tide pools octopus. Octopus could go out of the water and move between the pools in low-tide zone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Man created boats because there’s a lot of scary sh . . . er . . . stuff in the ocean!  And should it be unexpected, or unsuspecting???  No, sir.  Keep me on good ol’ terra firma, or C-Deck.  Preferably at the pool-bar.  Suction cups, ink, teeth . . . egads!  Not without me can o’ spinach!

It looks like yesterday’s Jumble must have been tougher than I thought!  Plenty of queries came in on “DINO-MIGHT”.  Today, we actually have a new clue word, in “shame”.  It’s surprising that it took this long for the word to be used, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.  It can now be added to the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  Two of the other jumbles are new today, with “cewit” having been used before.  I had a little trouble getting “rodent”.  At first I was seeing “tendor”, which might be Latin, but definitely isn’t English.  As soon as I realized that was wrong, I saw “rodent”.  Very nifty answer letter layout.  A beautiful jumble that gave nothing away.  The cartoon speaks for itself.  That lady is freaking out!  So much so she has spit out her snorkel!  Actually, octopuses are fascinating creatures and are extremely intelligent.  They’ve been on this planet a whole lot longer than we have.  And, if we don’t fish them into extinction, or completely destroy their habitats, they’ll likely outlive us.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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