Cryptoquote Solved – 06/24/22

The consummate curmudgeon at his summer house

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.”   —   Andy Rooney

(I don’t think I could possibly get tired of this quote!  It is so true.  Andy Rooney was an “old man” my entire life.  It’s hard to even imagine him as a young man.  But I could almost always relate to him.  Like me, I don’t think he’d care for today’s level of “political correctness”.  What do they say about good intentions?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/24/22

Driver crashes car into barrier, apparently out of spite, police say

Visual Description:  Losing his touch?


Clue/Question:  After seeing the damage to the car, there would be a lot to – – –

Wreck-It Ralph Movie Review | Common Sense Media


(Poor Ralph!  Why did that post back-up to his car like that?!!  I actually had a woman ask me that after she rear-ended me . . . at a stop light!  After she hit me, I put my car in Park and went out to check on her and her passengers, to see if anyone was hurt.  I expected some kind of apology, or at least an “oops!”  But, she screamed at me:  “Why you back up?”  I don’t think I’ve ever felt more incredulous in my entire life.  Seeing that there was no damage to either car, I just told her to have a nice day, and got back in my car and left.  I don’t like to ascribe to “popular stereotypes”, but that encounter definitely reinforced one.

The clue words are all long-time members of the ralis95 clue word database.  However, all four jumbles appear to be brand new.  Surprisingly, it took me a few looks to see “catnip”.  The others . . . right away.  The answer letter layout was an elusive eleven letter jumble.  I immediately thought of the word WRECK, but it took a little letter checking off before I saw the entire pun.  Nice job, Hoyt!

Great cartoon of an elderly couple after they backed into the post.  Not sure why anyone would need a tow truck in this situation though.  I guess it was kind of necessary in setting up the pun.  I’m a little surprised that Jeff is reinforcing another “popular stereotype”.  Ageism is not a pretty look, Jeff.  You should know your audience better!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Google Images is being seriously obtuse today!  It doesn’t seem to understand “rear-ending” or “backing into”.  Tons of front-end crashes involving posts though!      YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/23/22

Meeting Marie Curie. The most underrated female scientist of… | by Fareeha  Arshad | Lessons from History | Medium

I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy.”   —   Marie Curie

(Yet an air of cooperation and unity has a way of speeding up the process of progress.  Obstructionists always result in regress.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/23/22

Small Business Saturday 2021: How to shop small

Visual Description:  Local yokels.


Clue/Question:  Many small stores had opened in the  community, which created a – – –

Shop Local Thank You for Supporting Our Small Business Sign | Etsy


(Wow.  Definitely NOT the easiest of solves.  Those answer letter layout letters did not exactly scream out the answer.  At first I thought it be be something – HOLD, but the YVIOLE did not seem viable as a word.  Unless olivey is a word, which sounds silly!  Nope, WordPress doesn’t like that.  But they don’t like a lot of words that we use on the smart side of the pond.  But, in this case, I have to agree with them.  But the miss on HOLD did lead me to HOOD.  And, the YLVILE did bring me to LIVELY.

We’ve seen all of these clue words before.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen both “lyohl” and “lidyo” in previous Jumbles.  The answer letter layout was a thoughtful ten letter jumble.  I thought it disguised the final answer brilliantly.

Fine street scene cartoon.  Sure, there are people shopping at the small stores, but neither the two main characters, nor the other shoppers, came off as particularly “lively”.  That might have helped to convey the word livelihood a little better.  But it was still a good pun.  I’m watching the latest January 6th Committee Hearing, so I’ve been a little distracted this afternoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/22/22

Mark Plotkin - 2004 - Roy Chapman Andrews Society

The rainforests hold the answers to questions we have yet to ask.”   —   Mark Plotkin

(And, we’re like the disinterested teenagers thinking that Grampa doesn’t know what the heck he’s talking about!  If we’re not careful – and we haven’t been – then the rainforests will die – even before Grampa does – taking with them all the knowledge we’ll never get to benefit from!  It looks like this is the first quote from Dr. Plotkin at the Cryptoquote.  So, we welcome Mark to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/22/22

Doesn't all that ticking drive you crazy? – Antique and Vintage Clocks

Visual Description:  Heirloom timepiece.


Clue/Question:  The family’s clock had been handed down for generations with the – – –

Antique Clock Dial Closeup Vintage Pocket Stock Footage Video (100%  Royalty-free) 12369632 | Shutterstock


(I’ve heard that “the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.”  And, I think there is a lot of truth to that.  There really is no point in stressing out over missing this experience, or that one.  What matters most is how you feel, and being with loved ones.  And, treating each other with dignity, respect, and just plain common decency.  The Golden Rule used to be the universal order of the day, before the religious extremists started insisting that things HAD to be done their way.  I’ve noticed a fairly rapid increase in religiosity since the days following 9/11/01, combined with the overall regression in tolerance.  Fear and uncertainty tend to bring out the worst in people.  And, there are plenty out there who are benefiting from it . . . at our expense.  I wish I had the power to lift the blinders, and open the eyes, of those who’ve been dazed and bedazzled by these manipulators.  But I’m just a guy with a little blog about solving puzzles.  I just wish I could resolve this one.

All of today’s clue words have been passed down over time.  However, Mt. Hoyt has come up with four brand new jumbles!  None stumped me, but they are new.  The answer letter layout was a thrilling thirteen letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  The layout of the final answer slots immediately brought me to OF TIME, which opened the door to PASSAGE.

Fine cartoon of one generation handing down a family heirloom to another.  The younger ones are very appreciative, and the older ones are pleased with their warm welcome of the treasured timepiece.  Yeah, the wife loves clocks too!  We’ve got way too many of those as well.  Good Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/21/22

F. Scott Fitzgerald | National Portrait Gallery

I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”   —   F. Scott Fitzgerald

(I guess everyone has a favorite season, but I’m not onboard with Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald.  For me it’s spring.  Summer is kind of like the teenage years.  Lots of growth and sunshine, but mainly just hot and sweaty.  Spring is much more varied.  Not always pretty, but it’s refreshing, because that’s where life renews.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/21/22

Dry US 'bread-basket' works wheat prices up + pizza prices perk up too|  Commodities | Pizza Marketplace

Visual Description:  Frontier farmers.


Clue/Question:  As the U.S. Midwest was being settled in the early 1800’s, farms began – – –

The Midwest The Bread Basket General Facts Includes


(A wonderful stinky pun!  Probably not the most original Jumble pun of all time, but I can’t say I recall seeing this one before.  The Midwest was known as America’s breadbasket, because the ground was so arable and fertile.  The farmers could easily grow corn and wheat and soybeans.  But farming is far from an easy life.  They had to get up at the proverbial crack of dawn, and pretty much work until sundown.  And, they weren’t riding around on fancy tractors, or anything.  They had to walk behind a horse, or a mule, who was pulling the plow.  And, the farmer had to keep the animal, and the plow, going straight, so it was even tougher than pushing a power lawn mower.  All the harvesting was done manually then also.  And, they had to deal with the fickleness of the weather.  Sometimes too much rain, and sometimes drought.  And, those pesky twisters . . . and gophers . . . and locusts, etc., etc..  Even with modern farm equipment it’s a long difficult day, and most Americans are not into that level of labor anymore.

None of today’s clue words cropped up as new.  They were all harvested long ago.  Three of the jumbles appear to be fresh sprouts, but we’ve all seen the “ropfo” in the pudding.  The answer letter layout was a tepid ten letter jumble.  The P’s and the U made for a very quick solve.

Fine cartoon of the neighboring farmers.  The one is just picking the ears of corn off the stalks, while the other’s harvesting is done, and he’s taking his crops to market.  The “sod-busters” were a big part of what made America successful!  Fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Solved – 06/20/22

Honoring Juneteenth | Carroll University

Visual Description:  Vision store.


Clue/Question:  The optometrist’s new facility made for improved – – – 

Confederate States of America and the Legal Right To Secede - History

Answer:  EYESITE

(A good stinky pun for the first federal observance of Juneteenth!  Of course, it was actually yesterday, June the 19th, but since that was a Sunday the government observes it on the following Monday.  So, don’t expect banks or public schools to be open today.  Oh, yeah.  And, no U.S. Postal Service.  It kind of figured that Texas would be the last state to free its slaves.  They were the furthest western state of the Confederacy, and they had been an independent republic for a while, so they thought they could do their own thing.  Ironically, the last battle of the Civil War was fought fairly long after Lee’s surrender, at the Battle of Palmito Ranch, in Texas.  And, the Confederate troops prevailed.  This might have added to the Texans’ reluctance to acknowledge the emancipation of the slaves.

We’ve seen all of today’s clue words before, with “impel” being used just a week ago.  That reminds me, I still need to call ralis95!  Three of the jumbles did come up as new, but it looks like Hoyt likes to use “pmlie”.  The answer letter layout was a slight seven letter jumble.  Fairly cryptic.  But the whole set-up made for a quick solve.

Fine cartoon of the preparations for the grand opening of the optical store.  It’s all starting to come into focus!  Yes, I can see clearly now!  Happy Juneteenth everybody!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Solved – 06/20/22

Q&A: Poet, writer and educator Warsan Shire |

No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark.”   —   Warsan Shire

(This lovely young woman is a poet, a writer, an editor and a teacher.  She was born in Kenya to Somali parents, and it sounds like she is echoing the feelings of her parents.  For a long time it seemed like Somalia was locked in a never-ending civil war.  Likely a good reason for her parents leaving.  Apparently she is very popular, but of course I’d never heard of her, as I’m not into the poetry scene.  First time at the Cryptoquote!  So, we welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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