Well, about 12 batches into all grain I've finally dealt with my first stuck sparge.
Less than ideally prepared, i shoved a chopstick up the spigot to try to free up the flow. then when that didn't work we tried a coat hanger so we could bend around the elbow. No dice.
Finally we dumped the entire mash into the brew kettle, cleaned and reassembled the false bottom and other plumbing, dumped the mash back into the tun, reheated the sparge water and started fresh.
Who knows how this thing'll turn out. But it was a good time, regardless.
Here's to good beer without too many screw ups.
*arrogant bastard ale clone, by the way*