Archive for March, 2016

Jumble Spoiler – 03/25/16

Prenatal vitamins contain higher levels of iro...

Prenatal vitamins contain higher levels of iron and folic acid, compared with typical multivitamins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Misdirection delivery.


Clue/Question:  The money she earned selling vitamins and other nutrients was – – –

Vitamin D

Vitamin D (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Aah!  Tricky!  If you were thinking anything clown related then you probably had a hard time solving today’s final answer.  None of the clue words were new, although all of the jumbles came up as new.  “CELLO” is one of those words that spells out in alphabetical order.  “PUNDIT” may have been the toughest for me, but I still got it rather quickly.  The answer letter layout was sublime!  It gave away nothing.  I think it was the phrasing of the clue/question that clued me in to the answer.  The cartoon is very amusing and silly.  It did a good job of throwing me off for a bit.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Lots of queries for yesterday’s Jumble!   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 03/24/16

English: Ferdinand Magellan Español: Herando d...

English: Ferdinand Magellan Español: Herando de Magallanes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  At the bow of the Nao Vittoria.


Clue/Question:  When Magellan navigated around the tip of South America, his passage was – – –

English: French map of the first world circumn...

English: French map of the first world circumnavigation of Ferdinand de Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano, from 1519 to 1522. Français : Carte de la première circumnavigation autour du monde, par Ferdinand de Magellan et Juan Sebastián Elcano, de 1519 à 1522. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The Strait of Magellan cuts through the southe...

The Strait of Magellan cuts through the southern tip of South America connecting the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(A lovely, historical and geographical pun!  Magellan was a pretty crafty dude.  He gets credit for being the first to circumnavigate the globe, despite being killed by my in-laws ancestors!  Well, at least his ship and some of his crew made it back home.  We have no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles are coming up as new.  We’ve definitely seen “bihta” before.  I really liked the jumble for “putrid”, and I just love the word.  It has disgust built right into it!  The answer letter layout was masterful.  It gave nothing away.  I think you have to be a bit of a history – and maybe geography – buff to get and appreciate today’s Jumble.  Cool drawing too.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/24/16

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., vi...

U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., visits with a patient at the U.S. Air Force hospital as her escorts look on. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

America is not a melting pot.  It is a sizzling cauldron.”   —   Barbara Ann Mikulski

(Washington (CNN) Even before Clinton declared her presidential bid earlier this year, more than 60% of Democratic senators had already endorsed her run.”  Of course Barbara was one of them.  This is from an article way back in early November, 2015!  At this time very few had any idea that Bernie Sanders would pose this strong an opposition.  The corporate media all but anointed her the Democratic nominee way back then, and they have bent over backwards to trumpet even her smallest victory, while minimizing and downplaying every Sanders victory.  They know who butters their bread.  They’re also very careful in not showing each of those two candidates’ rallies.  Hillary can barely fill a ballroom, while Bernie is filling stadiums.  There have been numerous voting irregularities in three states – MA, OH, AZ – that Clinton has “won”, but the Sanders camp chooses not to whine about it.  I wonder how many of those 60% are reconsidering their earlier endorsement?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Curtain Raiser

I like sharing Wes’ work! — YUR


The Supreme & Supremo Courts, Colltales

Citizens United, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling that political spending is a form of protected free speech, has not only flooded American politics with corporate money, but it’s also assigned the judiciary with a clear ideological bias.
Similarly, the same branch of government has been given an oversized role in Brazil’s current political crisis. The difficult circumstances trapping the presidents of both countries are matched only by two painfully self-serving legislative classes.
While President Obama’s leaves office within a year, President Dilma Rousseff may be forced out even before that. Such limits, along with inefficient congresses, grant legal courts in both sides of the Equator a unique, and extra, charge of power.
To their constitutional role of interpreting the law, judges are being asked to reflect society’s rifts too, as exemplified by recent decisions split along partisan lines. Developments in both countries have only…

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/23/16

Baja California Desert in the Cataviña region,...

Baja California Desert in the Cataviña region, south of Ensenada, Mexico. Saguaro cactus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Snakes on a plain?


Clue/Question:  When the hikers came across the poisonous snake on the trail – – –


(Wow!  A nice, long, punny answer!  There were no new clue words today, however three of the four jumbles came up as new.  The only one we’ve definitely seen before is the only one that gave me any trouble.  And that was “dimmue”.  I had to back into it.  Actually, I chose to back into it.  I’m a little lazy these days.  If I don’t get a clue word after a few looks I go on to the next one, and then the big answer.  Of course, this only works when the answer is not terribly tough, like today’s.  The cartoon snake is clearly a rattler, but they were very careful to dance around that by calling it a “poisonous snake”.  And of course, it’s very wise to carefully dance around a rattle snake.  The answer letter layout was tremendous.  It didn’t give anything away.  No, it was the great cartoon, and the set up of the clue/question that made the answer unmissable for me.  Be well and do good, friends.  Stay away from those rattle snakes!)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/23/16

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”   —   George Washington

(A message for today’s Presidential candidates???  Well, not Bernie Sanders, of course.  His entire candidacy is based on conscience.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/22/16

Aquilegia caerolea (Columbine)

Aquilegia caerolea (Columbine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quit now, you’ll never make it.  If you disregard this advice, you’ll be halfway there.”   —   David Zucker

(Human conditioning is a funny thing.  With some people, you tell them that they can’t, and it only inspires them more to prove that they can.  With others, any cautionary words are absolutely paralyzing.  We need to raise our children with the mindset of the former.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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