Archive for January 17th, 2016

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/17/16

Map of territorial losses (the areas in black)...

Map of territorial losses (the areas in black) of Germany after the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. The descriptions are in Czech. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided.”   —   Konrad Adneauer

English: Mass demonstration in front of the Re...

English: Mass demonstration in front of the Reichstag against the Treaty of Versailles (“the brutal peace”) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(That is one way to look at it.  If the Treaty of Versailles hadn’t been so punitive, maybe post WWI Germany wouldn’t have been plunged into the depths of such a terrible depression.  Possibly avoiding the rise of a disappointed art student, who went on to wreak havoc throughout Europe in the 1930s and 1940s.  And, that’s just one glaring example.  Unless . . . that was all part of a larger, more nefarious plan, as some have asserted.  I’ve always loved history, but it can be a rather sticky subject, being that it is predominantly written by the victors.  We should try to stay open to the less official versions of it, if we want a clearer picture of what actually happened.  Don’t be cowed into thinking the word revisionism is something despicable, because it ain’t necessarily so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/17/16

English: Andy Warhol

English: Andy Warhol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Pop art pandemonium.

DACROW  =  COWARD,  MARPHE  =  HAMPER,  PIDEME  =  IMPEDE,  BUTPAR  =  ABRUPT,  SUPAMC  =  CAMPUS,  VACIDE  =  ADVICE   —   Giving us:  CDHAEMERPTAPUIC

Clue/Question:  When her grandfather gave them such a valuable painting, it was – – –

English: Royal Scottish Academy column decorat...

English: Royal Scottish Academy column decorated with Andy Warhol’s Campbell Soup Can (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  MUCH APPRECIATED

(From $100 to $15Million is a very nice appreciation, I’d say!  And that’s the 2011 price.  I suppose it could be worth even more by now.  Art is both fickle, and heavily manipulated, when it comes to value.  Especially nowadays.  Ehh.  Let’s get on with the Jumble.  No new clue words.  Not like last Sunday.  I hope ralis95 was paying attention to last Sunday.  He doesn’t get a Sunday paper, with the Sunday Jumble, so he doesn’t always check here, on Sundays, for new clue words.  Sometimes he’ll check the email notification that each post generates, but not always.  Four of the six jumbles came up as new.  I know we’ve seen both “dacrow” and vacide” before.  The answer letter layout was a marvelously cryptic jumble!  It gave nothing away.  You really had to pick up on the cartoon’s dialog and its character’s reactions – which are great – along with the clue/question, to solve the answer.  A not terribly difficult, but overall very rewarding Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  The above price could be for the set of Andy Warhol’s 32 soup cans.  I’m not sure.   —   YUR

 


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