Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/20/22

Posters for 100th Anniversary of William Saroyan on Behance

If you give to a thief, he cannot steal from you, and he is then no longer a thief.”   —   William Saroyan

(Okay, what’s this semantics B.S.?  Besides, you don’t know someone is a thief until they try to rob you.  And, once you know that you can willingly give what you want to him, but that doesn’t change what he is.  And, if you give to a thief before you know he’s a thief he’ll likely rob you anyway.  And, if you give all to him – either way – you’re left with nothing.  This seems like a namby-pamby kind of quote, to me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Paul Stanley of KISS, and to Rob Bourdon of Linkin Park!

Jumble Spoiler – 01/20/22

Boeing 747: Why the jumbo jet was designed with a hump | Stuff.co.nz

Visual Description:  Good Morning Starshine!

MMMOY  =  MOMMY,  SIJTO  =  JOIST,  JCOTBE  =  OBJECT,  BSEUUD  =  SUBDUE   —   Giving us:  MMMJOTOBJUBUE

Clue/Question:  The planes were chatting near the gates.  The nonsensical one was a – – –

Ask the Captain: Do planes have reverse?

Answer:  MUMBO JUMBO JET

(At least he looks calm.  You wouldn’t want to make him angry.  There are many times when it’s just more practical to patronize some folk.  And, there really is no reason to question some things.  Oliver knew this when he wrote “Good Morning Starshine”, just as The Chiffons did when they wrote “He’s So Fine”, and Francis Albert did with “Strangers in the Night”.  Okay, initially many people did question “Doo lang, doo lang, doo lang” and “scooby dooby doo”, but we all kinda learned to roll with it.  Can you kids come up with some other songs with silly lyrics???

As per usual, there were no new clue words today.  However, three of the jumbles have come up as new for me.  But we’ve definitely seen “sijto” some time ago.  I’ve finally gotten used to the fairly obscure word “joist”!  The jumble that took me a few looks was “bseuud”.  But I was able to “subdue” the answer without having to back into it.  The answer letter layout was a thrilling thirteen letter jumble.  But when I saw the bulbous dome of the 747 the word JUMBO jumped out at me!  So, that made for a quick solve.  Apparently, the word mumbo is not recognized in the U.K., as WordPress seems to think it’s an error.  They must not use the phrase mumbo-jumbo, as even combined they think it’s an error!  Bollocks, I say!

Cute cartoon of animated aeroplanes.  They all appear to be jets.  Is the 747 a jumbo jet, or a Jumble jet?  Maybe our guys are rich enough to own their own 747.  Kinda like John Travolta.  I’m not sure I’d care to fly on a jet piloted by Vinnie Barbarino!  “There’s the runway, Captain.  What?  The runway.  It’s time to land the plane!  Where?  Right down there!  Oh, yeah.”  Not a real confidence builder.  Fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthdays to Edwin McCain, and to Greg K. of The Offspring!  (But first . . . a little Oliver.)

Jumble Spoiler – 01/19/22

Isla Holbox: Things to Do + Where to Eat, Stay and Play

Visual Description:  Breezy pickup.

DARUF  =  FRAUD,  CATTR  =  TRACT,  RARPOL  =  PARLOR,  TURAOH  =  AUTHOR   —   Giving us:  FADTRAPAOTHO

Clue/Question:  Her sombrero blew off onto the beach but was picked up – – –

Travel to Cancun: Documents, Requirements and Restrictions

Answer:  AT THE DROP OF A HAT

(Boy!  A real Johnny-on-the-spot there!  Lucky for her that he’s been stalking her???  Can you blame the guy?  Hey!  I wonder why his hat is staying on?!  A snugger fit maybe?  Who knows!  Some places say the Jumble pun phrase comes from signaling the start of a race, by either dropping a hat, or sweeping it in a downward motion.  I don’t know if that’s accurate, but I’d buy that.

All of today’s clue words are currently on the ralis95 clue word database.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “daruf” and “cattr” in previous Jumbles.  No trouble today unscrambling any of them.  The answer letter layout was terrific twelve letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  The final answer slots layout was the big clue for me.

Fun cartoon of people on the beach.  Somewhere in Mexico, no doubt.  Cabo San Lucas?  Puerto Vallarta?  Cancun?  Acapulco?  I don’t know, as I’ve yet to visit Mexico.  It looks warm and sunny though.  Of course I liked the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon, over our hero’s shoulder!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to John Wozniak of Marcy Playground!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/19/22

Clothes that Shaped the Brand: $$$$ Million Dollar Shoes $$$$ - Brand  Consultant, Lee Heyward, The Prosperous Image

Second in importance to having good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger.”   —   Elmer G. Letterman

(A master salesman – insurance – who wrote a number of books about selling.  New to the Cryptoquote, so we welcome Elmer G. Letterman to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Apparently no relation to David Letterman.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe!  (So nice that he wrote a song about me!)

 

Jumble Spoiler – 01/18/22

Hard Luck Pool Hall, Bar & Lounge

Visual Description:  Can you feel the love?

EOYRF  =  FOYER,  VALGE  =  GAVEL,  STATET  =  ATTEST,  LHUEMI  =  HELIUM   —   Giving us:  FERGAETTTLI

Clue/Question:  They re-surfaced the pool table, and – – –

How Much Does It Cost to Refelt a Pool Table (DIY and Professional Costs)?  - Man Cave Advisor

Answer:  IT FELT GREAT

(A clean slate!  Covered by a brand new, fresh, smooth layer of felt.  All the other tables are green with envy.  Or burgundy, or blue . . . or any number of colors these days.  It’s not like the old days, when just about every pool table was green.  But felt is felt.

All of today’s clue words are already on the ralis95 clue word database.  But it looks like all of the jumbles are new.  The only one I struggled with was “lhuemi”.  I took the easy way out, and backed into “helium”.  There was enough of the answer letter layout, without the LI, for me to solve the final answer.  The final answer slots made that easy for me.  But it’s an excellent eleven letter jumble.

Fun cartoon of some billiards devotees at their favorite pool hall.  And the proud owner of the establishment!  I like the overhead lights too!  Just not sure what that is on the guy’s baseball cap.  It looks kind of like a slug!  Not sure of the relevance of that.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/18/22

Clifton Fadiman - Hollywood Star Walk - Los Angeles Times

Ennui, felt on the proper occasions, is a sign of intelligence.”   —   Clifton Fadiman

(The vast majority of us need to be mentally stimulated.  Hopefully, that means the vast majority of us are intelligent.  This is our first Clifton Fadiman quote at the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, we welcome Mr. Fadiman to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Yes, I had to Google Clifton Fa in order to get his last name.  I also struggled to get this one started, as my first inclination was that PROPER was PEOPLE!  But I couldn’t think of any three letter words that could end in L.  IS A SIGN got me started.  Then I saw INTELLIGENCE.  It took me a while to see PROPER!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Jonathan Davis of Korn!

Jumble Spoiler – 01/17/22

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Depression and Empathy That Contributed to  His Humanity – Constellation Behavioral Health

Visual Description:  Not as bad as painting yourself into a corner!

PYUSO  =  SOUPY,  HISSU  =  SUSHI,  SAYEIL  =  EASILY,  CAMPTI  =  IMPACT   —   Giving us:  SPSIESMT

Clue/Question:  The staircase wasn’t going to be finished on schedule because of the – – –

Betty White Challenge' to support Minnesota animal shelters

Answer:  MISSTEPS

(A real Monday morning groaner!  This is one of the ways you know it’s Monday.  But a stinky pun is better than no pun at all.  It looks like someone miscalculated when they took the job.  They underestimated how much wood they would need.  A real faux pas!

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles did come up as new, but we’ve seen “hissu” in prior Jumbles.  It was the only jumble to trip me up some.  But I got it.  Hey, I don’t like much fish that is cooked, so it’s no wonder “sushi” doesn’t jump off the page for me.  The answer letter layout was a great eight letter jumble.  Beautifully cryptic.

Great cartoon of the bumbling carpenters.  Clearly, neither one of them are members of Mensa!  I hope at least one of them has a cell phone!  Without those lower steps I’m not sure how stable the staircase is.  I hope they have some way of getting out of there.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Happy 100th anniversary of Betty White’s birth!   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/17/22

2 x Vintage Zest Deodorant Beauty Bar Soap 3-3/4 oz Bars | eBay

Zest is the secret of all beauty.  There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.”   —   Christian Dior

(Would he be referring to lime or lemon zest???  LOL!  Or, maybe he was angling for a deal with Zest Bar Soap!  “You’re not fully clean unless you’re Zest-fully clean!”  LOL!  Anyway, I think we may have had this quote before.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Kid Rock!

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/16/22

Schlitze was born in Yucatan, Mexico in 1881. His real name was Simon Metz,  and his sister was also a pinhead.… | Human oddities, Creepy carnival,  Famous americans

Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.”   —   Oliver W. Holmes Jr.

(I’m going to guess that he was referring to the sideshow geeks, and not the actual heads of pins!  My newspaper screwed up this Cryptoquote . . . too!  They’re supposed to be double spaced, so you can write in the correct letters easily.  But my paper decided to single space it.  Ugh!  Hopefully, they’ll get it right next Sunday.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Happy birthdays to Jim Stafford, and to Nick Valensi of The Strokes!

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/16/22

Palisades Interstate Park: The Complete Guide

Visual Description:  Peeking from the peak.

DYOITD  =  ODDITY,  YOPOKS  =  SPOOKY,  RIMOFN  =  INFORM,  TUORPO  =  UPROOT,  LOOERI  =  ORIOLE,  OMEEVR  =  REMOVE   —   Giving us:  OTOKINFUOTOLRO

Clue/Question:  The hikers found the mountaintop scenic view area after being – – –

Pre-Answer:  Five Words  (2-letters)  THE  (7-letters)  (3-letters)  (2-letters)

The Palisades cliffs, a natural monument in New Jersey

Answer:  ON THE LOOKOUT FOR IT

(Loooking goood!  Who used to say that?  Somebody Latino, I’m pretty sure.  It was a long time ago.  Maybe it was Cheech Marin?  Maybe it was from an old SNL skit?  Does it ring any bells with any of you guys?  As you drive up the Palisades Interstate Parkway, from NYC – well, actually from Fort Lee, NJ – there are a couple of scenic overlooks that you can stop at.  The Palisades rise to a height of 540 feet on the west side of the Hudson River, giving people a great view.  The PIP is a very scenic drive.  You wouldn’t believe you’re only a couple of miles from one of the most populous cities in the world.  At least early on.  It runs 38.25 miles, up to the Bear Mountain Bridge.

No surprises on the clue word scene!  They’re all members of the ralis95 clue word database.  However, every one of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  I had to skip over “tuorpo”, and come back to it.  I saw the other five right off the bat though.  We had “oddity” last Sunday!  If David L. Hoyt is on the lookout for a “new” five-letter clue word he should use SPOOK.  It’s NOT on the list.  The answer letter layout was a forceful fourteen letter jumble.  I found nothing obvious about it.  The clue/question, and the great cartoon, set up the final answer very nicely.

Great cartoon of the scenic overlook.  It looks like they’re pretty high up there.  There seems to be a winding river down below.  Lots of fun!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Happy birthdays to:  Katherine Anderson Schaffner of The Marvelettes, Maxine Jones of En Vogue, and Sade!


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