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The spoilers will be delayed until this evening.  Thank you for your patience!   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 06/10/18

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Visual Description:  Lanes of glory!


Clue/Question:  The new bowling alley was just completed, and the owner was anxious to – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (3-letters) (3-letters) (4-letters) (7-letters)

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(A traditional groaner.  For about 10 seconds, I thought that the answer was going to be something tougher, because there was a great big, 17-letter answer letter layout.  But, the Gs and the Ts gave me GET THE, and the Ls gave me BALL ROLLING soon after.

No new clue words today.  However, five of the six jumbles came up as new.  We’ve definitely seen “taanso” before.  The only one though to give me pause was “amlerv”.  I didn’t have to back into it, or even skip it, but it did make me think.  Great jumble.  Like I said above, the answer letter layout was an impressive seventeen letter jumble.  And, it did not give anything away.

The cartoon looks like standard bowling fare.  But, upon closer inspection, it looks like Jeff inserted “The Dude” – second from the left – AKA Jeffrey Lebowski, or the Little Lebowski, as opposed to the mega-rich Big Lebowski, from the movie “The Big Lowbowski”.  That movie has three of my favorite actors:  Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi.  Even the more secondary characters are played by splendid actors.  It’s a great offbeat comedy, that really only has a few bowling scenes in it.  As opposed to “Kingpin”, another very funny movie, which mainly takes place in bowling alleys.  I saw “The Big Lewbowski” just a few months ago, on cable one night.  But, it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen “Kingpin”.  Anywho, great Sunday Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS. Hey!  How about that Justify winning the Triple Crown?!?!  I think maybe he was sandbagging it a little bit in The Preakness Stakes, a few weeks ago.  Maybe, he just wanted it to look like he was running out of gas, and wasn’t a distance horse.  He sure surprised me, taking it from post to post.  And, from the rail no less!  And, Congrats to Mike Smith, for being the oldest jockey to ride the Triple Crown winner!  Well, now I’ve seen 5 Triple Crown champions in my lifetime.  5 out of the 13, in the last 150 years is not bad.  I think a few of our readers may have been around for 4, or maybe even 5 or 6 more, as there were numerous Triple Crown champions in the ’40s, and later ’30s.  Who’s got me beat???   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/07/18

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Visual Description:  Late ’60s/early ’70s Rock scene.


Clue/Question:  Jim Morrison and his band had so many fans, it was difficult to – – –

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(As a long-time Rocker, I gotta love it!  The Doors might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but their name makes this pun!

No new clue words today, but three of the jumbles are coming up as new.  We’ve definitely seen “riwtl” before.  It took me a second or two to see “smooth”, and multiple looks before I saw “govern”.  I thought “vongre” was a great jumble!  I didn’t have to back into it, but I was challenged.  The answer letter layout was a beautiful, long jumble.  I felt it hid the answer very nicely.

The cartoon is another great period piece!  Probably 1970 or so.  Very good likeness of the band.  I’m assuming the guy in the lower right is their manager.  The bellhop, behind the hotel doors, looks both shocked and a little scared.  I really liked the guy peeking around the side of the hotel, trying to signal them to go that way.  a very satisfying Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Curtain Raiser

A very good read! Watch the Childish Gambino video “This is America” and keep some of this in mind. — YUR


Demand the Impossible (Again), Colltalers

It’s May, again, and if it wasn’t for our brain’s obsession with patterns, it’d would be just like the previous 49. But May 1968 was nothing like the ones before it, so it still resonates half a century later. Was it really a revolutionary year, at least for the West, or just our mind tricking us?
‘History repeats itself,’ said Karl Marx, born 200 years ago last Saturday, but the second time around is as a farce. Still, we’re bound to take these odds, regardless any inherent Apophenia, because times may be ripe for the kind of change that that month in the Sixties seemed to promise.
In reality, the causes for the explosive events led by students that took place in France, had little to do with other mass movements elsewhere in Europe, or the U.S. that year, except for a familiar denominator: people…

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Jumble Symposium – May 19, 2018

In case any of you missed this last week, the guys are heading up a Jumble Symposium, in Chicago, on May the 19th.  So, if you live in the Chicago area, or plan on being there over that weekend, please check out the link below for the applicable details.  It looks like good old fashioned Jumble fun!      YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/06/18

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Visual Description:  A family aff-air.


Clue/Question:  When the heating/cooling specialist taught his kids about the family business, it was – – –

Pre-Answer:   Two Words  “(4-letters)”  (12-letters)

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(Ooh!  A cool, stinky pun!  Gotta love the silent H.  All of today’s clue words are old favorites.  Yet, all of the jumbles came up as new.  As usual, I zipped through the first five like a hot knife through butter.  But, when I got to my old nemesis, “casino”, I hit a wall . . . again.  I couldn’t get it!  I had to back into it, after getting the big answer.  Fortunately, the way I checked off the letters in the answer spaces, I saw them in the CIN order that would eventually get me to “casino”.  I’ve been to a few of them over my 60 plus years.  I have gambled.  Mostly just small time stuff.  There is an electricity in the air, but there is also this over-riding feeling of desperation, that always strikes me as sad.  I’m glad I don’t have the gambling bug.  I did like playing the little sheets, at work, during football season.  Point spreads made it more of a game for me.  And, of course the box pools for the big playoff games and the Super Bowl.  And, the
NCAA brackets in March.  Oh, and my one friend, Tony, ran this 13 run pool during baseball season.  Like the box pools, it was all fairly random.  Team names pulled out of a hat.  It was all as much about office camaraderie, as actually winning, which I occasionally did.  It was more a matter of kismet, than going up against the house.  Casinos are for people who think they know better.  I know I don’t know better.

The answer letter layout was a beautiful sixteen letters long.  By itself, it didn’t give anything away.  A beautiful, cryptic jumble.

As usual, it was the combination of the great cartoon, and the cartoon’s dialog that made the answer a breeze for me.  I hope that you all saw it as quickly as I did.  I actually gave in, and turned on our air conditioner for a few hours, on Friday.  Fortunately, Saturday and Sunday the temps have been more seasonal.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Play Dough

Inspired by last Sunday’s Jumble Spoiler??? — YUR


But Why Didn’t They
Call it The Big Pizza?

The world would laugh, if it’d even care, about the little idiosyncrasies New Yorkers seem to invest themselves with so much passion one would think that the fate of humankind is squarely pinned on them. Case in point: pizza, local fast food extraordinaire.
Now, we know, would it kill us to exercise restrain and abstain from such prosaic subject? We’re not above it, though; yesterday, when we were cold and short of cash, it seemed like a good idea. But fear not, for we approach the beast with utmost respect.
For even for pizza there’s a certain way of eating it, if far from solemn, that denizens of this great cesspool are proud of mastering early on. And then there’re all the wrong ways to be ashamed doing it. Just ask the Mayor, who was caught eating the holy dough…

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