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Visual Description: Even though we’ve codified it and ritualized it, superstition still thrives as . . . superstition.
ODORP = DROOP, ONNKW = KNOWN, YULDOC = CLOUDY, KUENTJ = JUNKET — Giving us: DOOKOWNCODNKE
Clue/Question: When he talked about his new furniture business, he did this.
Answer: KNOCKED ON WOOD
(I sure hope none of my readers suffer from Triskaidekaphobia, because you . . . Hey, look! It’s a black cat! Just kidding. I think it’s hilarious that so many people are still so superstitious. A cat’s a cat. A crack in the sidewalk is just a crack. And, a broken mirror is just dangerous garbage. Be careful cleaning it up, but throw it out and move on with your life. Four leaf clovers? Yeah, fairly rare . . . but that’s about it. Lucky pennies? They kind of come in handy, when you pay for things . . . especially things that carry sales tax. But, what can you buy with a single penny these days? I’m sure most of you know the old line/gag about the “lucky” rabbit’s foot. It wasn’t very lucky for the rabbit! But, fearing numbers??? You’ve got to be kidding me! There are just so many superstitions out there, but when you dissect and examine them, they all break down into nonsense. The only ones I can think of that have any practical application are: walking under a ladder – it can be a safety issue, and three on a match – but only if you’re in a shooting war. Luck, good or bad, is merely happenstance. Things won’t make good things happen, or prevent bad things from happening. Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time for me to tend to my Jade plant.
13 letters in today’s answer! I don’t think that was by accident. However, there were no new clue words today. None of them presented a challenge to me, but they were jumbled nicely. The answer letter layout gave nothing away . . . again, which is always a good thing. The furniture maker looks a little like someone, but not enough to say with confidence. I ‘spose Jeff will say something if it is a someone. Be well and do good friends. Hopefully, it will come back to you.) — YUR