Archive for May, 2016

Jumble Spoiler – 05/27/16

Screenshot of Elvis Presley and Judy Tyler fro...

Screenshot of Elvis Presley and Judy Tyler from the trailer for the film Jailhouse Rock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Presley producing.


Clue/Question:  Elvis got so many things done simultaneously because he was the  – – –


Dualdeck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Beautiful pun!  And, a nice long 13-letter answer!  Was this one difficult?  I think for the majority of regular Jumble fans this was not.  All of the clue words were old favorites.  Three of the jumbles look to be new.  Hoyt has used “kiyls” before.  The answer letter layout was nicely cryptic.  A wonderful jumble itself.  Lots of fun with Jeff’s cartoon.  Guitar and keyboard.  Old-style telephone and cassette tape.  The pen holder on the console could be the one-eyed cat, from Shake, Rattle and Roll.  Priscilla’s high-hair.  The coup de grâce is the TV, with a bullet hole in it!  The fatter, Vegas-style Elvis seems a little out of place though, but only by a year or so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Stumper – 05/26/16

Deutsch: Stumper

Deutsch: Stumper (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(I’m spinning my wheels on this one, people!  There are one set of double letters in the last word, and the author’s last name.  And, it’s looking like either the R or the G could be the E.  I’m not giving up.  I’m just not there yet.  I’ll get back to you.  No answers, please!  Meanwhile, enjoy this handsome dog!)   —   YUR

(Never mind.  I got it!  See below.)   —   YUR

English writer Hilaire Belloc (1870-1963)

English writer Hilaire Belloc (1870-1963) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”   —   Hilaire Belloc

(Well.  Today, the author’s name was absolutely no help!  At least, not to me.  I did figure – early on – that the word following the comma was either BUT or AND, but that wasn’t nearly enough to get me very far.  And initially, I was thinking IXG was either ARE or THE, but that got me nowhere!  Finally, I figured that the TR could not be NO, or DO, or SO.  So, I gave WE a shot . . . and the other letters just started to fall into place!  Someone is bound to comment that this wasn’t tough, but it sure was for me!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I’m too tired to preview today’s Related Articles, so I just clicked on the first 10.  I’m not sure how many of you look at them, or appreciate them, anyway.   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/26/16

Statue of st. Peter

Statue of st. Peter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Jumble meets Non Sequitur.


Clue/Question:  After realizing he was at the Pearly Gates, he said – – –

English: Chicago Cubs logo

English: Chicago Cubs logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(A nice, long, 13-letter answer!  I did not see it immediately, but it didn’t take me too long to get it.  No new clue words, however three of the jumbles came up as new.  We have definitely seen “verhit” before.  I thought the answer letter layout was a dandy!  A great jumble, that didn’t give away anything.  The cartoon was a lot of fun.  David Hoyt’s “Phew!  I’m so relieved.”, combined with the two letter answer box, followed by the comma, were what lead me to the answer.  Immediately, I figured the 2-letter word was either NO or OH, but Dave’s comment sewed it up for me.  For those of you not familiar with Non Sequitur, it’s a comic panel/strip by Wiley Miller, that a lot of newspapers carry.  It’s a very satirical comic, that has a number of recurring themes, one of them being people at, or approaching, the Pearly Gates.  It is one of my favorites, for a number of reasons.  Jeff’s Saint Peter looks to be very kindly.  I just hope this doesn’t jinx Hoyt’s health!  Go get a physical, cuz!  At the very least you have to hang around long enough to see your Cubbies win the World Series!  They are definitely looking like the team to beat this year!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/25/16

Colin Powell, Secretary of State.

Colin Powell, Secretary of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.  Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”   —   Colin Powell

(I thought maybe we had seen a Colin Powell quote before, but his name did not come up in my Tags.  Either I forgot to do so, or this is the first quote from him, since I’ve been posting the spoilers.  It’s a great quote.  We all should strive to do our best, in all we do.  Not everyone will notice it in the small things, but you’ll know.  This attitude will carry over to your bigger functions.  Be well . . . do your best, and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/25/16

English: "Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) ...

English: “Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) in the Uniform of the New York Artillery” by Alonzo Chappel (1828-1887) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Alexander Hamilton versus Severus Snape.


Clue/Question:  The unscrupulous magician attempted to thwart his competition with – – –

Teenage Severus Snape (Alec Hopkins) in Harry ...

Teenage Severus Snape (Alec Hopkins) in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(I’ve finally gone off my rocker!  Or, have I???  Jeff’s stage magician looks remarkably like Lin-Manuel Miranda, who stars as Alexander Hamilton, in Hamilton, on Broadway.  And the audience magician could pass for a young Snape, the brooding dark magic creepy dude in the Harry Potter stories/films.  I think his character ends up other than his outward appearance, as you reach the end of the tale.  But, the Snape most of us remember was very capable of dirty tricks.

There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles came up as new.  They’ve used “catrt” in the past.  All of them were fun.  The answer letter layout was another great jumble, that didn’t give anything away.  The cartoon and the clue/question set up the whole thing very nicely.  It took me no time to figure out the answer.  The cartoon was pretty amusing.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  All the photos of Lin-Manuel Miranda provided by Zemanta, are “owned” by Getty Images, and I will NOT consent to their terms of use.  But, trust me.  He rocks the ponytail, beard and expressive eyebrows.      YUR


Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/24/16

President Barack Obama presenting Maya Angelou...

President Barack Obama presenting Maya Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.”   —   Maya Angelou

(Another gem, from the ambassador of positivity!  I think it’s kind of like the saying:  it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.  I’m not sure how true this is, but smiling and doing good go hand in hand together, and are such simple acts, so why not!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble (Kids?) Spoiler – 05/24/16

English: A girl lost in her thoughts!

English: A girl lost in her thoughts! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A goat kid at a petting zoo climbs on its mother.

A goat kid at a petting zoo climbs on its mother. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Amateur landscaping.


Clue/Question:  When he planted the three oaks side by side, he planted a – – –

Banner for the webcomic Kids' Zer0

Banner for the webcomic Kids’ Zer0 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  TREEO

(I think one of David Hoyt’s kids came up with this one.  Most puns have a kind of childlike innocence to them – that’s part of the charm of them – but today’s almost has a knock-knock joke quality to it.  A little obvious, and a little corny.  But, that’s okay.  A little silly is good for the soul.  But, hey!  Guess what???  We have a new clue word today!  Yes, the drought is over.  The word “thrift” can be added to the ralis95 clue word database.  I’m always a little surprised when it’s such a simple, common word like that.  Of course, its jumble is new as well, but two other jumbles came up as new too.  The only one we’ve definitely seen before is “netve”.  The answer letter layout was a nice little jumble.  Cute little yard scene.  I hope those are some kind of dwarf oaks, because they’re planted awfully close together if they’re going to grow to full size.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Remember to put the glass down! & Bardağı yere bırakmayı unutma!

Great advice! — YUR


semras world 2 sss

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: ”How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them…

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/23/16

1st round USO

1st round USO (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.”   —   Venus Williams

(The power of positive thinking is always a big plus.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/23/16

The Adoration of the Magi (circa 1305) by Giot...

The Adoration of the Magi (circa 1305) by Giotto, purportedly depicting Halley. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Astro-tangent.


Clue/Question:  His grandfather’s story about Halley’s Comet was a – – –

Comet P/Halley as taken March 8, 1986 by W. Li...

Comet P/Halley as taken March 8, 1986 by W. Liller, Easter Island, part of the International Halley Watch (IHW) Large Scale Phenomena Network. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  LONG TALE

(That’s because comets have long tails!  Not bad, huh?  No new clue words today, but three of the jumbles came up as new.  We’ve seen “rolyg” before.  And, “glory” is a word that spells out in alphabetical order.  Great job on the answer letter layout.  Nothing obvious about it.  Cute cartoon.  Gramps is kinda clueless.  Won’t be long ’til I’m there, so I better watch it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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