Jumble Spoiler – 04/27/17

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Visual Description:  Benedictines . . . monk-eying a round.


Clue/Question:  When they figured out how to write down music, it was – – – 

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Answer:  NOTABLE

(A very literate stinky pun.  I like it!  There were no new clue words today.  However three of the jumbles came up as new.  We have definitely seen “talog” before.  The answer letter layout probably would have been a little more challenging had “gloat” and “impel” been switched.  As it was, the OTE made it just that much easier for me to see the answer.  Another fun period cartoon.  I thought the poplar trees in the background were a nice touch.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/27/17

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The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run.”   —   Herman Melville

(Our very first Melville quote!  At least since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  And, it certainly was no gimme.  I suspected the essential T and E – and lesser O – right away, but I couldn’t commit to them, and go forward, until I looked at the author cipher.  I generally don’t like to do this, but nothing was jumping off the page for me.  I even had to write out the heretofore unused consonants BCFGJKQXZ before I could solve FIXED and GROOVED.  Truth be told, I whiffed on GROOVED and went with BROOKED, because it just seemed more 19th Century to me.  IF this partial quote had been put into the context of the full quote – even just the two preceding words – I probably would have come up with GROOVED on my own.  The remainder of the quote would have helped greatly in getting the F and G, although it would have made for a very lengthy quote.  The Cryptoquote people probably gave us this partial quote – and omitted the first two word sentence – on purpose, to make it more challenging.  It worked!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

“Swerve me? The path to my fixed purpose is laid with iron rails, whereon my soul is grooved to run. Over unsounded gorges, through the rifled hearts of mountains, under torrents’ beds, unerringly I rush! Naught’s an obstacle, naught’s an angle to the iron way!”

Jumble Spoiler – 04/26/17

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Visual Description:  A bad day of fishing beats a good day of work.


Clue/Question:  The fishermen wanted to reel in some fish, but they were only able to – – – 

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(A more modern idiom, and a little more subtle cartoon today.  There were no new clue words, but all of the jumbles are coming up as new today.  The answer letter layout made for a phenomenal jumble!  There was nothing obvious about it.  Fun cartoon.  The guy not even trying to fish was the big giveaway.  He of the no shirt, asking for the sunscreen!  Very amusing.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/26/17

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In a world of peace and love, music would be the universal language.”   —   Henry David Thoreau

(It kind of is anyway.  Hopefully, that means there is more peace and love in this world than most of us might think.  Let’s strive to make it so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 04/25/17

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Visual Description:  Friendly formula for feasting.


Clue/Question:  The chemists ate lunch every day at the  – – – 

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(That’s a good, stinky pun.  Like Ammonium sulfide!  No new clue words today, but three new jumbles.  Hoyt has used “tarreh” before.  The answer letter layout was pretty awesome.  Too bad the cartoon gave away the answer, with the PERIODIC TABLE hanging right there on the wall.  I don’t think that *bonus clue* was necessary.  The clue/question and the cartoon’s convo was enough to solve it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/25/17

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The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.”   —   Arthur Schopenhauer

(Yoda-speak makes my brain hurt!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Jumble Spoiler – 04/24/17

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Visual Description:  “I must be in the front row!”


Clue/Question:  The elegant new box seats at the baseball stadium were – – – 

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Answer:  FANSEE

(Seasonal, and cute.  No new clue words, but two of the jumbles appear to be new.  We’ve seen both “vonle” and “mupel” before.  Nicely jumbled answer letter layout.  Great cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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