Archive for May 23rd, 2021

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/23/21

Admiral Chester Nimitz | National Portrait Gallery

A ship is always referred to as “she” because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.”   —   Chester Nimitz

(Now, now, ladies!  No need getting your knickers all in a twist.  It’s just a little dated – yet still valid in my book – humor.  Please resist your urge to vandalize, or destroy, statues of the man.  He’s still an American hero . . . pretty much like all the others whose statues have been defaced, destroyed, or removed.  The United States is supposed to be a country of tolerance, not over zealousness.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Jewel!

Curtain Raiser

Especially for those of you who still believe the American corporate media’s mythology of Israel’s virtue! — YUR


We All Desire Life, Colltalers

The first crack in the up-to-now overwhelming support for President Biden suddenly exploded like, and due to, Israeli strikes in Gaza, which shocked the world for their viciousness and unrestrained violence. For a change, public opinion is turning and more Americans now care about the Palestinians.
Thousands around the globe rallied to decry Israel’s apartheid policies even as the U.S. stands firmly to its side. We’re on our own again. For if not, this week would be marked by a serious pipeline hack and in Brazil, by a Congressional inquiry into President Bolsonaro’s disastrous handling of Covid.
A Senate panel is trying to establish a timeline of Brazil’s failures to contain the virus and the still current lack of vaccines to cover every citizen. The probe however is unlikely to change what’s already public knowledge: the president downplayed the crisis until it was too late…

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/23/21

Read Why Nevada is The True Birthplace of Mark Twain

Visual Description:  Explaining the nom de plume to his brother Orion.


Clue/Question:  When Samuel Langhorne Clemens started going by Mark Twain, he – – –

Pre-Answer:  Five Words   (4-letters)  (1-letter)  (4-letters)  FOR  (7-letters)

Mark Twain - Virginia City, NV - Nevada Historical Markers on


(I really like the fact that Twain’s name change had an understandable reason to it.  There are far too many writers who adopt names that might sound nice, but don’t seem to have much reason behind them.  Voltaire and Moliere come to mind, but there have been many others.  Yer uncle likes things he can easily understand.  Abstractions generally don’t do it for him.

It’s always good when the Sunday Jumbles have well established clue words.  Our friend ralis95 doesn’t get the Sunday Jumble, and doesn’t seem to receive the emails from this blog.  Five of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we have seen “sayile” before.  None of the jumbles tripped me up any.  The answer letter layout was a very impressive sixteen letter jumble.  I thought it was above average on the cryptic scale.  I think the arrangement of the final answer slots gave me the quick resolve.

Mighty fine period piece cartoon!  One might think that this is the Mississippi River in the background, but it looks like Sam had moved out west to the Nevada Territory, with his brother Orion, at the time of his name change.  So, maybe a little artistic license.  There are probably rivers and creeks somewhere around Virginia City, Nevada.  He had tried his hand at mining out there, but was unsuccessful.  Writing, and later public speaking, is what paid the bills for him.  Good, clean fun Jumble though.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy Birthday to Phil Selway of Radiohead!

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