Archive for March, 2016



Jumble Spoiler – 03/28/16

Visual Description:  Chock Full O’ Nuts???

ROIRP  =  PRIOR,  EWLIH  =  WHILE,  VERGLA  =  GRAVEL,  CONHOP  =  PONCHO   —   Giving us:  RIWHEGREPOH

Clue/Question:  Electricity in heaven is provided by a – – –

Promotional photograph of The Kinks, taken in ...

Promotional photograph of The Kinks, taken in 1970 or 1971. From left to right: John Gosling, Dave Davies, Mick Avory, John Dalton, Ray Davies (the band’s lineup 1970–1976, 1978). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  The Henry H. Kessler Foundation

What?  Oh, sorry!  I meant:  HIGHER POWER

(I guess I was thinking about that PBS series, called Afterlife.  There were no new clue words today, however three of the jumbles came up as new.  We have seen “conhop” before.  It’s possible that, in the not so distant future, “poncho” will have to be removed from the ralis95 clue word database, as there’s a big push to make “conhop” the next new compound word.  With the growing prison population in this country we may be seeing a whole slew of con related compound words.  “Con-hop” describes the manner in which a prisoner in leg-shackles has to walk.  And, of course, you can take this as fact, because you are reading it here, on the internet!  If you’re good at reading backwards, you probably noticed that “roirp” is  just “prior” backwards.  The answer letter layout was a dandy jumble!  Remember the Kinks had a hit in 1966 with Dandy?  It was a jaunty little tune!  So, heaven is cordless?  Hmm!  I guess everything is bluetooth and wi-fi up there.  Let’s make sure we’re all buried with our handheld devices!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/28/16

Charley Chase at Porn Star Karaoke, October 16...

Charley Chase at Porn Star Karaoke, October 16, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The biggest trouble with success is that its formula is just about the same as that for a nervous breakdown.”   —   John Holmes

(I’m gonna go with the poet, and not the porn star.  Not that Johnny Wad couldn’t have said this, just not with this particular phrasing.  Constant work is generally a good thing.  But, too much will wear you down, physically and mentally.  Porn work may look like all fun and games, to some, but hey, it’s still work.  Even if you could eliminate all the inherent risks – not an easy task – the work itself would still get to you.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/27/16

Quentin Crisp by Ella Guru

Quentin Crisp by Ella Guru (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There was no need to do any housework at all.  After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse.”   —   Quentin Crisp

(I guess for him, cleaning was . . . a drag.  LOL!  He does kind of have a point.  Although, I wouldn’t recommend this logic to any prospective couple.  This is the kind of thing you want to grow into . . . gracefully?  It’s awfully hard to get around doing laundry and dishes, but dusting and vacuuming are much easier to . . . put off . . . indefinitely.  But, don’t listen to old Quentin, or me for that matter.  Cleaner is healthier, and it’s good for your conscience.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Easter Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 2016

Easter eggs // Ostereier

Easter eggs // Ostereier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Injured Easter Icon Enlists Innocents.

RALYHD  =  HARDLY,  NEDPAX  =  EXPAND,  NEDHIB  =  BEHIND,  TURIVE  =  VIRTUE,  TIVLYE  =  LEVITY,  CRADIN  =  RANCID   —   Giving us:  RLYEPNBEHVUEEYND

Clue/Question:  The rabbit and his family got all the Easter eggs delivered on time because – – –

Pre-Answer:  Two Words – (5-letters 5-letters)  (6-letters)

Easter eggs from France

Easter eggs from France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  EVERYBUNNY HELPED

A Cute Little Bunny With Some Eggs

A Cute Little Bunny With Some Eggs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Not the easiest Sunday Jumble, that’s for sure!  No new clue words, but I thought the bottom three jumbles were rather challenging.  I passed on #4, then I passed on #5.  #6 took me a few looks before I came up with “rancid”.  Like putrid, it’s such a descriptive word!  I came back and got “levity” on my own, but “virtue” escaped me.  Kind of ironic, I guess.  I didn’t have to back into it though . . . because I gave it to my daughter, and said:  What’s this word?  Yes, your dear old uncle cheated a little today.  So, sue me.  Because, I have a strict no refunds policy.  The answer letter layout was pure genius.  But, once you realized that “BUNNY” had to be one of the en-quoted 5-letter words everything else fell into place rather quickly.  Cute cartoon.  I wonder how E.B. broke his leg/foot?  Lucky for him he had so many eager kits!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/26/16

New York Mets coach Yogi Berra at camera day 1...

New York Mets coach Yogi Berra at camera day 1969, Shea Stadium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”   —   Jimmy Johnson

(I think Jimmy was channeling Yogi Berra when he came up with this one.  Either that, or he was a little dizzy from the hair spay fumes!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

English: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Joe Garag...

English: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Joe Garagiola in a 1951 issue of Baseball Digest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PS.  I was always a big fan of Joe Garagiola‘s!  I don’t remember him as a player, but I do remember him as an announcer, especially for the Saturday Game of the Week, on NBC, when I was a kid.  My parents split when I was six, and I don’t think my dad was ever a big baseball fan anyway.  And, my mom had a bug up her butt about Little League, so I never participated.  Baseball is not an easy sport to pick up on your own, just by observing.  You really need to either play the game, or have a parent, or anyone in-the-know, explain it to you.  I credit Joe Garagiola for teaching me the game of baseball.  He may have annoyed some who already knew the game, but to a clueless kid like me . . . he was a Godsend!  I’m happy that he had a nice long life.  But, he will be missed.  Rest in peace, Joe.  And, thanks for everything.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 03/26/16

Church service Atlantic conference

Church service Atlantic conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The teeming sermon.

UDMHI  =  HUMID,  VARAL  =  LARVA,  FALBEF  =  BAFFLE,  TOLINO  =  LOTION   —   Giving us:  HUILAFFLT

Clue/Question:  The crowded church service was – – –

English: Church service

English: Church service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FAITHFULL

(The holidays seem to have a way of bringing in the strays!  All old favorite clue words today.  Two of the jumbles did come up as new though.  The answer letter layout was also a great jumble.  I knew immediately that the second part of the word had to be FULL, but it took me a minute to unscramble HIAFT into FAITH.  When I did, I though:  Well, duh!!!  Great cartoon.  I love the one guy obviously asleep, and the little kid turned around sticking his tongue out!  A bit of the cartoon’s dialog kind of ties into today’s Cryptoquote.  Be well and do good, friends.  Peace be with you.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/25/16

President Barack Obama in front of a portrait ...

President Barack Obama in front of a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business.”   —   Abraham Lincoln

(This could just as easily have been said by President Obama.  I’m not saying that he has been a perfect president.  No president ever was.  Nor am I saying that I’ve agreed with everything he has done.  But, he has demonstrated otherworldly restraint, in not responding to the attacks that have been launched against him, from before the 2008 election, to today.  And, unfortunately, probably tomorrow and the day after that, and the day after that.  His detractors like to assert that their complaints are purely partisan ideology.  And, a bit of that may be true.  But there are bigger, older, and uglier . . . fearful sentiments at play here, that most refuse to acknowledge.  Largely, the same ones Lincoln faced.  And sadly, for the same old nonsensical reasons.  This country still has a long way to go.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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