Archive for February, 2016



Jumble Spoiler – 02/25/16

English: new york city and new jersey from emp...

English: new york city and new jersey from empire state building, nyc (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Tunnel excavation.

WARND  =  DRAWN,  KOGEC  =  GECKO,  WUTOTI  =  OUTWIT,  NNVUEE  =  UNEVEN   —   Giving us:  DRAGKUTINEN

Clue/Question:  Digging a tunnel connecting NYC to New Jersey was a big – – –

NYC-Skyline-4

NYC-Skyline-4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  UNDERTAKING

(Good stinky pun!  None of today’s clue words are new, but every jumble came up as new.  They were all fairly challenging, but for me the toughest was “kogec”.  I actually had to back into it.  Even after realizing that I needed the G and K, it still took me a little while to see “gecko”.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble.  But, the combination of the available letters, the cartoon, and the clue/question made the answer pretty easy for me to get.  I wonder if this jumble was inspired by a recent visit to NYC???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/24/16

English: a slackers ....

English: a slackers …. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Slackers, missing out.

SERDS  =  DRESS,  MENOV  =  VENOM,  GENBIN  =  BENIGN,  LINKUE  =  UNLIKE   —   Giving us:  DREVNEGNNIE

Clue/Question:  The professor’s explanation of infinity seemed like it was – – –

Vocalist and trombonist Glen Pine of The Slack...

Vocalist and trombonist Glen Pine of The Slackers performing at the Ilosaarirock festival on the 15th of July 2007 in Joensuu, Finland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  NEVERENDING

(Versus the students’ attention span . . . which appears to be non-existent.  If you want something done right, with dedication and dependability, hire someone over 40.  If you want something done cheaply, by someone who really doesn’t give a crap, hire someone fresh out of school.  Are there exceptions to the rule?  Sure.  But, do you really want to take the chance?

No new clue words today, but two of the jumbles came up as new.  I really liked the one for “benign”.  I never get excited by any UN words.  They’re kinda cheap, in my book.  The answer letter layout was great.  The biggest clue was was the kid complaining:  “This is going on forever.”  Fun cartoon.  I find the concept of infinity to be fascinating.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/24/16

English: Eleanor Roosevelt with President Ramo...

English: Eleanor Roosevelt with President Ramon Magsaysay and Mrs. Luz Magsaysay of the Philippines in Manila (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive.  One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”   —   Eleanor Roosevelt

(I love the very purposeful association of curiosity to life!  Without curiosity – with just accepting all you are told – you are merely existing.  Don’t ever be afraid to question things.  Don’t be afraid to live.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/23/16

In concert at the Zembo Mosque, Harrisburg, Pa

In concert at the Zembo Mosque, Harrisburg, Pa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If people stand in a circle long enough, they’ll eventually begin to dance.”   —   George Carlin

(Maybe not well . . . but they will dance.  I remember when I was in college, and we would have cast parties at the end of a show.  Once everybody was fully loosened up someone would put on Billy Joel’s Piano Man and call out “Circle up!”  We’d all get together in a massive huddle and sing that hackneyed song, rocking and swaying, more or less as one.  I guess that was sort of dancing.  We weren’t proud, but we were loud!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/23/16

"Jeff Tweedy performing with Wilco @ Prim...

“Jeff Tweedy performing with Wilco @ Primavera Sound Festival 2007” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Roger _ _ _ _ _ and out.

PLITU  =  TULIP,  DEIOV  =  VIDEO,  BYLBAF  =  FLABBY,  ONOPCU  =  COUPON   —   Giving us:  TUEABP

Clue/Question:  After his successful audition, the drummer was – – –

English: tee shirt

English: tee shirt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  UPBEAT

(So long as he was upbeat on the downbeat!  Today’s Jumble was just an excuse for Jeff Knurek to draw his favorite band!  And, it’s a great likeness!  There were no new clue words today, however all of the jumbles came up as new.  The jumble for “video” is in alphabetic order.  The answer letter layout was good, but you can only do so much to hide a one word 6-letter answer.  The cartoon is the thing though.  We’ve graduated from Jeff’s favorite band tee-shirt, to his actual favorite band.  Nice Tweedy and fine Nels.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/22/16

English: Janis Joplin's blouse, used in 1971 p...

English: Janis Joplin’s blouse, used in 1971 photo shoot, in preperation for a tour which never happened because of her death the same year. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely.  All you really have that really matters are feelings.”   —   Janis Joplin

(Part of a bigger quote:  “Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. You can fill your life up with ideas and still go home lonely. All you really have that really matters are feelings. That’s what music is to me.” – Janis Joplin”  Such a unique talent, who left us far too soon.  Stay away from heroin, guys.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/22/16

Close up image of a peppercorn

Close up image of a peppercorn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Last will and testament.

RIYAN  =  RAINY,  SOTHI  =  HOIST,  SNURKH  =  SHRUNK,  PREPEP  =  PEPPER   —   Giving us:  RIHISHEP

Clue/Question:  When he inherited the blimp from his grandfather, he inherited an – – –

English: Created by: User:Fcb981

English: Created by: User:Fcb981 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  HEIRSHIP

(Great stinky pun to start the week!  I loved it.  We even have a new clue word today, in “pepper”.  Such a basic word.  You’d think it would have been used before now!  Someone send a telegram to ralis95.  NEW CLUE WORD FOR THE WORLD FAMOUS CLUE WORD DATABASE -(STOP)- WORD IS “PEPPER” -(STOP)-  WHO’D A THUNK IT -(STOP)- UNCLE RAVE  Three of the jumbles appear to be new as well.  We have seen “sothi” before, but I thought that was the best of the jumbles.  Beautiful answer letter layout.  And, a fine cartoon.  Did you catch Jeff’s bonus pun???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/21/16

City Hall, Beverly Hills, California, USA

City Hall, Beverly Hills, California, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Beverly Hills is very exclusive.  For instance, their fire department won’t make house calls.”   —   Mort Sahl

(A great political comedian!  He also has a great analytical mind.  He sees through the bull shit.  More of us need to read between the lines, like he does.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/21/16

English: Calumet High School Class of 67 Reuni...

English: Calumet High School Class of 67 Reunion. Calumet Michigan, July 2007, 40 year anniversary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  30 year high school reunion.

CHIPCU  =  HICCUP,  CRANEP  =  PRANCE,  TOSHOE  =  SOOTHE,  HERDIN  =  HINDER,  SAFIOC  =  FIASCO,  CATEKP  =  PACKET   —   Giving us:  HIUPRETHENDIASKET

Clue/Question:  The man was losing his hair, but he wanted to – – –

Pre-Answer:  5 Words  (4-letter) (2-letter) (5-letter) (3-letter) (3-letter)

English: Batch '83 (Marist School (Marikina), ...

English: Batch ’83 (Marist School (Marikina), ) celebrated its 25th high school reunion. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  KEEP IT UNDER HIS HAT

(Verrry loooong answer today!  17 letters!  Very literal pun though.  That might have thrown some of you.  All of the clue words were old favorites today, and four of the jumbles were new.  We’ve definitely seen both “toshoe” and “herdin” before.  I thought the answer letter layout was very impressive.  A wonderfully long jumble that gave away nothing.  The cartoon was pretty standard fare today.  Not bad, just not great.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/20/16

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an Ameri...

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an American boat in California, 1964. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Heroes may not be braver than anyone else.  They’re just braver five minutes longer.”   —   Ronald Reagan

(And, they’re usually quicker to react.  Most of us are a little stunned in situations that call for heroics.  Such a great photo of Ron and Nancy.  So vibrant and happy here.  They look like they’re in their own personal Camelot.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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