Archive for January 10th, 2016

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/10/16

English: A nasty attack of alliteration! Sign ...

English: A nasty attack of alliteration! Sign by the NYMR engine sheds, Grosmont. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The authors’ cult . . . er club.


Clue/Question:  When the young author sold his first book, he and other authors celebrated his – – –

English: Collage of photos of authors

English: Collage of photos of authors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Excellent, literate pun!  And a great Jumble!  With great use of alliteration!  A lot of snobs will tell you that alliteration and puns are pretty lowbrow.  Tell them to stick it where the sun don’t shine!  I love ’em both.  I hope that doesn’t sound too “coarse” because . . . that is our newest clue word to add to the ralis95 clue word database.  Yes, it is a new clue word.  Assonance . . . and I never even realized this until today.  Most of the jumbles came up as new today as well.  We have definitely seen “zehewe” before.  A carefully crafted answer letter layout.  A real Jim-dandy jumble.  The cartoon is a little creepy.  Part Harry Potter, part Stephen King-esque tale.  As a matter of fact, that could be J. K. Rowling and Stephen King flanking the newbie!  Maybe Jeff will confirm?  If . . . he’s not too busy with his other career!  LOL.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/10/16

English: Detail from Corrupt Legislation. Mura...

English: Detail from Corrupt Legislation. Mural by Elihu Vedder. Lobby to Main Reading Room, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. Main figure is seated atop a pedestal saying “CORRUPT LEGISLATION”. Artist’s signature is dated 1896. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.”   —   Will Rogers

(Boy.  If old Will thought things were bad in his day . . .  At least he was mainly referring to our government’s ineptness, instead of the corruptness that pervades our government today.  Sure, there was corruption back then.  Our era certainly didn’t invent corruption.  But, today the corruption has become institutionalized.  So much so that we’re not only numb to it, we actually kind of expect it.  And that is sad.  At least in his day you could, relatively easily, get an audience with your senator or representative.  Nowadays, the main way to get an audience with any member of Congress is to be a lobbyist with a deep pocket of M.O.N.E.Y.!  Like with so many things that are wrong in society today we inadvertently let it happen.  Too much trust, not enough involvement, too much apathy, a little bit . . . a lot of bit . . . of all three.  One thing we could do, and should do, is insist on term limits.  Because, when these people become ensconced in their positions of power they quickly become inured to the ugly sense of entitlement.  If they knew that their time was short, and/or that we insisted on some measurable report card of productivity and achievement, in order to be allowed to run again, they would have to put us first.  Then maybe we would have a more accountable and productive government.  We need to take back our government, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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