Archive for April, 2016

Jumble Spoiler – 04/30/16

English: Staley Da Bear, the official mascot o...

English: Staley Da Bear, the official mascot of the Chicago Bears. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The guarantee that didn’t bear out.

TAIRO  =  RATIO,  GITDI  =  DIGIT,  TAHYAP  =  APATHY,  SUIFEN  =  INFUSE   —   Giving us:  RADTTHISE

Clue/Question:  They thought their new garbage can was animal proof, but the animals – – –

English: Two black bears mating

English: Two black bears mating (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  TRASHED IT

(Not bad.  I like the cartoon better than I like the pun.  No new clue words today.  However, three of the jumbles are coming up as new.  They’ve definitely used “tairo” in the past.  Nice job with the answer letter layout.  It didn’t give the answer away.  Bears seem to be getting a lot bolder these days, as are coyotes, and to a lesser extent cougars.  It’s our own fault though.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/30/16

Tecumseh color

Tecumseh color (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From my tribe I take nothing.  I am the maker of my own fortune.”   —   Tecumseh

(Our first Tecumseh quote!  I’m not sure of the context of this quote though.  I believe we all take something from our tribes – unless we have rejected our tribe, or they have rejected us – as we’re all products of our environment/nurture.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/29/16

Cropped photo of Ann Curry

Cropped photo of Ann Curry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.”   —   Jessica Savitch

(No resting on your laurels for her!  Jessica had a meteoric, but brief, career as an NBC News anchor back in the early 1980s.  She was very attractive and very popular.  She tragically lost her life in 1983, when the car – in which she was a passenger – drove into a canal, during a heavy rainstorm.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/29/16

John James Audubon - American Stork - WGA01059

John James Audubon – American Stork – WGA01059 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Knee deep . . . in conversation.

WARBL  =  BRAWL,  NAGDL  =  GLAND,  CEAPIE  =  APIECE,  GIBEOL  =  OBLIGE   —   Giving us:  AWLNDAICLG

Clue/Question:  The crane loved her new phone and really enjoyed the – – –

Signature of John James Audubon

Signature of John James Audubon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  CALL WADING

(A cute stinky pun.  Hey, if homeless people can have cell phones why not large birds?  There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles registered as new.  None of them gave me any trouble today.  The answer letter layout was well thought out.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  Nice cartoon.  Jeff could be the next John James Audubon!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/28/16

The Philippsburg nuclear power plant, in Germa...

The Philippsburg nuclear power plant, in Germany. Français : La Centrale nucléaire de Philippsburg, en Allemagne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  An eager early bird.

XOYPE  =  EPOXY,  DAYLM  =  MADLY,  GAUTOE  =  OUTAGE,  NARPYT  =  PANTRY   —   Giving us:  EPOMADUTGANT

Clue/Question:  To start his new job at the nuclear power plant, he needed to – – –

Panoramic image of Neckarwestheim nuclear powe...

Panoramic image of Neckarwestheim nuclear power plant, stitched from five images (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  GET UP AND ATOM

(I promise not to challenge you dear readers today!  Apparently, I was a bit too intimidating yesterday.  Although the cartoon looks to be original, the answer definitely rings a bell.  Regardless, it’s still a good pun.  There are no new clue words today, but two of the jumbles have come up as new.  We have seen “gautoe” and “narpyt” in the past.  Welcome letter groupings in the clue words!  Makes my job that much easier.  The answer letter layout was super, but you just knew the first two words were going to be GET UP.  And, from OMADANT it was easy to get AND ATOM, and the pun.  Somehow, Tuesday became the busiest day for Uncle Rave’s Wordy Weblog, and the combination of Tuesday and Wednesday made for the busiest two days in the blog’s history!  It seems that both the jumbles for purser and hectic were pretty challenging, along with the final answer, of course.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/28/16

English: Elon Musk at the panel Tribeca Talks:...

English: Elon Musk at the panel Tribeca Talks: Revenge of the Electric Car, for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”   —   Elon Musk

(Our first Elon Musk quote!  Possibly the greatest entrepreneur of all time.  And, this guy is still just 44 years old.  It’s remarkable what he has accomplished so far, and what he is on the cusp of accomplishing.  He’s a bit of a gambler, but a very calculating and knowledgeable gambler.  His gambles are not so much in will it work.  His gambles are more in going up against the entrenched systems, that have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.  He’s a man of great vision, who places a higher emphasis on progress over mere profit.  I don’t know if I believe in “fate”, but he seems to have come along at just the right time in human history.  If he had been born, and started out, 10 – 15 years earlier he might not be where he is today.  He was tailor-made for this internet era, and he is doing so much to change the world, for the better.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/27/16

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”   —   Maya Angelou

(This one was a little tough getting started.  The author’s name was a big help again.  Do you think there is some significance in there being no letter I in this quote?  After all, there is no “I” in team, as the saying goes.  I like the quote’s collective tone!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/27/16

Yin and yang stones

Yin and yang stones (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  A bad acid trip, man.

BEIRB  =  BRIBE,  CINEM  =  MINCE,  CCHITE  =  HECTIC,  RUSPRE  =  PURSER   —   Giving us:  RIEMINHTIPER

Clue/Question:  Two, three, five and seven will always be – – –

Barnstar yin yang

Barnstar yin yang (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  IN THEIR PRIME

(Talking worms . . . doing their impressions of numbers . . . and they had arms, man!  Next time they tell you to stay away from the brown acid, you better stay away from the brown acid!  And now, for a Barbara Waltersesque question.  If you could be a number, what kind of number would you be?  Would you be a snooty prime number, or would you rather be a complex composite number?  A simple, homogeneous loaner, or a blended amalgam of your fellow numbers?  Are you one of those representational rednecks, that’s into numeric purity, or do you embrace the diverse digital blend?  I would be an 8.  Hey, it’s also the sign for infinity . . . and how cool is that?!?!  Either that or . . . 69, dude!  I’ve always been into the yin yang of that . . . in more ways than one.  Talk about fun with numbers!  Primes are kind of asexual, or homosexual at best.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that!  Hey.  If you’re wired that way . . . that’s cool.  I’m just attracted to more curvy figures!  Although, I have had a few skinny girls in my day.  The important thing is that we all have a common denominator.  But, I hear that numerators pay dividends.  And, in this economy, dividends are much more attractive than interest.  Are we having fun, yet???

There were no new clue words today, but three of the four jumbles appear to be new.  They have used “cinem” before.  I breezed through the first three jumbles, but “ruspre” kind of stumped me.  I had to back into “purser”.  It’s a pretty specific word, that doesn’t come up all that often.  The answer letter layout was awesome!  I’m surprised that I was able to get the answer without the PER.  Jeff’s cool cartoon, and the leading nature of the clue/question were what saved me.  The fact that I was able to recognize two, three, five and seven as prime numbers is a minor miracle.  Not too bad for a guy who barely passed Algebra . . . the second time around.  Be well . . . count your blessings . . . and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/26/16

Arnold Palmer enlisted in the United States Co...

Arnold Palmer enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1950 as a Yeoman and continued to serve until 1953. Though a Yeoman, Palmer participated in many matches as the Coast Guard allowed him to continue to play golf. Here, he is playing in the 1953 North and South Amateur Golf Championship held at Pinehurst Country Club, Pinehurst, N.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else.  I believe you have to be better than you ever though you could be.”   —   Ken Venturi

(Good golfer, that Ken Venturi.  Great announcer too.  He was right though.  You don’t have to be the number one guy, but you do have to try to be better than you think you are.  You have to strive to succeed.  I have a Club House pass from the 1968 U.S. Open, at Oak Hill Country Club, in Rochester, NY, with a bunch of autographs on it.  No Ken Venturi, but It does have Charles Sifford, Larry Ziegler, Gay Brewer, Bobby Nichols, Bob Panasiuk, Jim Gabrielson, Arnold Palmer, and some names that are a little tough to make out.  Maybe it will be worth something to a golf enthusiast.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/26/16

Tonkotsu ramen

Tonkotsu ramen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description: Sis-boom-bah-men.

CEENH  –  HENCE,  GLOMU  =  MOGUL,  DOSTED  =  ODDEST,  DANPRO  =  PARDON   —   Giving us:  HENMOLOESARDN

Clue/Question:  The male college cheerleaders’ favorite meal consisted of – – –

English: RAMEN de SKY 日本語: 日本航空の国際線機内で提供される「らー...

English: RAMEN de SKY 日本語: 日本航空の国際線機内で提供される「らーめんですかい」 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  RAHMEN NOODLES

(Cheap soup!  Tasty, easy to make, and fairly filling.  Usually pretty high in sodium though.  Not a good idea to make a habit of them.  No new clue words today, however all of the jumbles came up as new.  I stumbled a bit on “dosted”, but the others were instantaneous for me.  Splendid answer letter layout.  It gave nothing away.  For whatever reason, I couldn’t/didn’t think of ramen right away.  I thought of udon noodles, though I knew that was an unlikely answer.  But, it did give me the NOODLES, which left me with HENMAR.  That’s when ramen, and it’s pun: RAH-MEN set in.  The cartoon was fun.  But, with the guy standing up, it looked like he was holding up an order of fries.  The seated dudes did a better job of conveying noodles.  Be well and do good, friends.  Don’t eat too much instant ramen, especially the kind that comes in styrofoam containers!)   —   YUR


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