Archive for January 29th, 2016

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

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