Archive for May, 2016

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/31/16

English: Marilu Henner attending the AARP's 20...

English: Marilu Henner attending the AARP’s 2011 Life@50+ National Event and Expo in September 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most of us start out with a positive attitude and a plan to do our best.”   —   Marilu Henner

(Even the people who most of the world end up reviling!  They started out innocent, trusting and sweet, as any child does.  It’s experiences that change us.  Unfortunately, not always for the best.  Be well and always do good.  You never know who you might be effecting.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/31/16

The Rolling Stones discography

The Rolling Stones discography (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The greatest Rock band ever!


Clue/Question:  The Rolling Stones have been together so long, because as a group, they are – – –

The Rolling Stones' "Tongue and Lip Desig...

The Rolling Stones’ “Tongue and Lip Design” logo designed by John Pasche in 1971 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Okay.  So, I kind of gave away part of the answer, in the VD.  So, sue me!  The boys have been on a hot streak lately, either with difficult puzzles, or/and great cartoons!  No new clue words today, but three of the jumbles are new.  We’ve seen “cotdek” before.  We haven’t seen “lousy” in quite a while.  The answer letter layout was a fine jumble.  Nothing obvious there.  The drawing is really great!  Top notch likenesses of Mick and the boys!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Memorial Day Cryptoquote Spoiler – 2016

English: Francis Marion Crawford.

English: Francis Marion Crawford. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They fell, but o’er their glorious grave; floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.”   —   Francis Marion Crawford

Flags of Georgia, 1920 -

Flags of Georgia, 1920 – (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Which is one of the reasons why we can’t completely ban the Stars and Bars of the Confederate flag.  While it might represent hatred and oppression to some, to others it represented a way of life that they felt was worth fighting, and dying, for.  Modern/current values aside, it’s not fair to, nor should we try to, erase all vestiges of past history.  Both sides lost greatly, and both sides deserve to honor their dead.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Memorial Day Jumble – 2016

English: Picture of graves decorated with flag...

English: Picture of graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Vet, remembering his fallen comrades.


Clue/Question:  Doctors at veterans’ hospitals dedicate their lives to treating the – – –


English: WAR MEMORIAL GUTHRIE-KENTUCKY (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Adaxial (left) and abaxial (right) surfaces of...

Adaxial (left) and abaxial (right) surfaces of a pinnate fern frond (Blechnum appendiculatum). Sori are evident on the abaxial surface. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(And, we all should take time to remember those who have died while serving our country, regardless of our political stances for any given conflict.  Those who serve don’t get to pick and choose where and who they fight.  They fight with a trust in their superiors, and a belief that our leaders are committing them to a noble cause.  The trust and faith of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country should never be forgotten.

And, guess what, guys?  We have two brand new clue words today!  Both “frond” and “madder” can be added to the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  I really thought we had seen “frond” before, but if we did it must have occurred on a Sunday.  “Madder” is one of those simple words that surprises you when you find that it’s not on the list.  We’ve seen both the jumbles “kahys” and “cronee” before.  The answer letter layout was excellent once again.  I initially thought that the second word was going to be HEROES, but that left me with AFRDMC.  You can’t do anything with that, but it did hint at the word ARMED, and that’s what brought me to ARMED FORCES, and then to the pun!  Very respectful cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/29/16

Portrait of Evelyn Waugh

Portrait of Evelyn Waugh (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If politicians and scientists were lazier, how much happier we should all be.”   —   Evelyn Waugh

(I get the politician part, but not the scientist!  Must be a Republican thing!  Surprisingly, this is our first Waugh quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Tough) Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/29/16

English: Pit crews have to work together effic...

English: Pit crews have to work together efficiently in order to repair heat winning cars so they can return to compete in the feature event. Most derbies require that the same car qualifying in the heat must be used in the feature. Occasionally, some derbies allow heat winners to use a fresh car in the feature.(Photograph by Bill Lowenburg) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Pit crew compatriots.


Clue/Question:  He hadn’t won the Indy 6500 yet, but the – – –

Pre-Answer:  4 Words  (6-letters) (4-letters) (2-letters) (6-letters)

Emerson Fittipaldi dominated the 1994 Indianap...

Emerson Fittipaldi dominated the 1994 Indianapolis 500 until his crash on lap 185 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Mexican Duff beer, purchased in Switz...

English: Mexican Duff beer, purchased in Switzerland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Wow!  An 18-letter answer!  And, it had me stumped for a while.  There were no new clue words, but five of the jumbles are new.  They have used “lethem” before.  I thought the jumbles for “inform” and “enough” and “tamper” were very creative.  But, the best jumble was the answer letter layout!  I didn’t see the word WHEELS for the longest time.  For a while, I thought the second word was either TIME or SHOW.  And, I also thought the third word was either IS or TO.  I left it for a while, and when I came back the word WHEELS just hit me, then WERE, and then the pun finally fell into place!  Very cool cartoon.  I don’t follow racing, so I don’t know who Jeff’s driver is.  Or, how a Duff Beer blimp comes into play.  But overall, I thought this was a very challenging and entertaining Jumble.  How ’bout you guys???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/28/16

Ameesha Patel walks for Rocky S at Aamby Valle...

Ameesha Patel walks for Rocky S at Aamby Valley City India Bridal Week 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are human and we make mistakes, but learning from them is what makes the difference.”   —   Ameesha Patel

(Our very first Ameesha Patel quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  I kind of think her newness is why we got this well-worn, re-hashed quote.  It wasn’t very difficult to solve, but if you tend to rely on the author’s name as a way of solving these, I can see how one might struggle to get it.  It’s the second one this week that started with We!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Tough?) Jumble Spoiler – 05/28/16

Commemorative Comic Strip Classics

Commemorative Comic Strip Classics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Funnies illustrators’ road trip.


Clue/Question:  When the comic strip creators sang on the way to their annual get-together, they were – – –

English: Scan of the cover of a Tijuana bible ...

English: Scan of the cover of a Tijuana bible featuring Wimpy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I think there was kind of a double omission/misdirection going on with today’s Jumble.  They used “creators”, instead of artists, in the clue/question, because they didn’t want to give away the ISTS portion of the answer.  And of course, they had to go with “comic strip” over cartoon.  Initially, I bit on the “creator” aspect, and was trying to use the words ART or ARTIST.  It didn’t take me long to change horses though.  From ARTIST I picked up on the ISTS, and that they were singing in a CAR.  That’s when the pun sank in!  For me, this was a little more difficult than yesterdays.  How about you guys?

All the clue words were old favorites, but all the jumbles came up as new.  I saw “abate” and “scout” immediately, but I had to think a few seconds on both “square” and “intent”!  The answer letter layout was another masterful jumble.  Nothing about it gave anything away.  Very personal, and fun cartoon.  Hopefully, Jeff will grace us with the who’s who!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Don’t belittle yourself, be brave 

I think you guys will like this as much as I do! — YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/27/16

English: This is Huxley, a Jack Russell terrie...

English: This is Huxley, a Jack Russell terrier. She is probably half Parson Russell terrier as she has long legs (13.5″ at the shoulder). Huxley is named after Aldous Huxley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”   —   Aldous Huxley

(I’m trying, friends!  I’m not OLD old, yet.  But, I’m staying in shape, listening to new music that I actually like, and just being the silly ass that I’ve been all my life.  You need to keep that youthful verve, if you don’t want to swerve into mental retirement.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  The dog is cuter than Aldous.   —   YUR

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