Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/21/19

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I consider every drummer that ever played before me an influence, in every way.”   —   Buddy Rich

(I was a little surprised to see that this is the first Buddy Rich quote used in the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  It’s long overdue, but we welcome Buddy to the Cryptoquote Club!  He was a fantastic drummer, and quite a character.   I remember seeing him on the Merv Griffin Show, the Mike Douglas ShowJohnny Carson, and also on shows like The Muppet Show, Happy Days, and Here’s Lucy.  He played with a lot of the big bands in the ’30s and ’40s, and was also leader of his own bands.  He also did a lot of sessions work with a number of top musicians.  He was a bit of a tough guy too, both professionally and in his personal life.  He had fights with Frank Sinatra, but they became lifelong friends.  Seeing his name brought back a lot of great memories!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/21/19

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Visual Description:  Class discipline.


Clue/Question:  When Nate had to stay after school, he was – – –

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(A great stinky pun!  With some other words, and some other letters the answer also could have been BOARD SILLY, BOARD TO DEATH, or BOARD TO TEARS.  The pun comes from the bored play, and not necessarily the descriptive portion.

None of today’s clue words came up as new.  Although three of the jumbles did.  We have definitely seen “snafet” sometime in the past.  The answer letter layout was a cryptic ten letter jumble.  I did not pick up on the quotation marks right away, so this wasn’t an immediate solve for me today, so the answer letter layout did a good job of hiding the answer . . . from me.

Fine cartoon from our guest cartoonist, Lincoln Peirce.  My newspaper does not carry “BIG NATE”, but strips with kids as the main characters are usually pretty funny.  It was giving me kind of a “Nancy and Sluggo” vibe.  That’s an oldie that I haven’t seen in a while.  Although, I think it is still running in some newspapers.  Lots of fun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/20/19

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A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.”   —   P.J. O’Rourke

(Nowadays, it seems we have too much government and not enough luck.  I remember when the Republicans used to run on the idea of a smaller Federal Government.  Then George W. Bush came along!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/20/19

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Visual Description:  He wants to go “Up”!


Clue/Question:  Edison filled his attic with helium because he wanted a – – –

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(At least this kid wasn’t trying to use hydrogen!  Don’t kids do the darnedest things?  I guess most of our great scientists and inventors started out as curious kids.  I remember trying to make things in my backyard out of old bicycle parts and an Erector Set.  Clearly, I was no mechanical genius.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve seen both “voseh” and “vitreh” before.  The answer letter layout is a nicely cryptic ten letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it.  Funny how it almost resembles a German word.  The Zeppelin, LZ 129 Hindenburg, was designed to primarily use Helium gas, but it was so hard to produce and expensive to get – and there were also U.S. export restrictions – that they used hydrogen gas instead.  Hydrogen is extremely flammable, but the designers thought they had it under control.  Like the Titanic, nature found a way to overcome human ingenuity, and say:  See!  I told ya!

Cool cartoon from our guest Jumbler, John Hambrock.  I’m not familiar with this comic, but all newspapers have their limitations.  Looks to be amusing.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/19/19

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True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”   —   Socrates

(I guess that makes me fairly wise then!  There is always so much more to learn.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/19/19

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Visual Description:  Short-circuit surprise.


Clue/Question:  The experience of using his first battery-operated toothbrush was – – –

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(Good thing this is DC and not AC, I guess.  The voltage in batteries is generally lower than if the electric toothbrush were plugged into an outlet.  Ooh!  Can you imagine a short if it was plugged into an outlet?

Although it seems to me we’ve had it before, the clue word “filly” is not on the ralis95 clue word database.  Hopefully, it will after today.  The other three are old favorites.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “nitew” having definitely been used before.  None of them tripped me up.  The answer letter layout was a beautiful twelve letter jumble.  The cartoon was the biggest clue!

I haven’t read Mad Magazine in years, but it was a big part of my adolescence.  It always made me laugh.  Today’s guest cartoon made me laugh.  Thank you, Dan McConnell.  The Guest Jumbler series is always a lot of fun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Delayed Cryptoquote “Spoiler” – 11/18/19

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It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you’ve fallen in love with.”   —   Clark Gable

(Yeah, love can be more of a chemical thing than a meeting of the minds.  The ones you actually like are the ones you should end up with.  The romance angle has a way of fading, but the best friend aspect is for life.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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