Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/15/18

There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.”   —   Tony Robbins

(I saw the first three words right off the bat.  And, that set the tone to solving the entire quote.  I didn’t fully commit, but initially I thought ANY was AND, so when I looked at the author’s first name I was thinking:  What kind of a name is TOND?!  It still didn’t hit me that it wasn’t AND, until I saw the word EVERY!  The quote is kind of standard motivational speak, but I suppose there is some truth to it.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/15/18

Visual Description:  Clever nonsense.


Clue/Question:  When young Rube Goldberg wanted to catch a mouse, he built a – – –

Answer:  CON-“TRAP“-TION

(Beautiful pun!  Best one of the week, so far.  As you all can read, today’s guest artist was Ed Steckley, who is a Mad Magazine and Rube Goldberg illustrator.  It’s been a while since I picked up a Mad Magazine, but I always loved it as a kid.  And, I was a big fan of the game Mouse Trap.  I love the thought processes that go into these kinetic pieces.  It’s one of the reasons that I like the opening of the TV show “Elementary”!

We actually have a new clue word today, in “lotto”.  I hesitated to write it in, as – for me – it’s simply the name of many state lotteries.  But apparently, it is an actual word.  So, our old buddy, ralis95, will have to add this to his world famous clue word database!  Also, all of the jumbles came up as new.  The answer letter layout was a nice 11-letter jumble.  It gave away nothing.  Today, the quotation marks were the major key for my solving this Jumble.  They helped me to see the word TRAP, and after that the whole pun came together for me.

Hilarious cartoon . . . as implausible as it might be!  Still, a lot of fun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/14/18

Visual Description:  Up all night.


Clue/Question:  Drinking coffee after three o’clock caused Susan a – – –


(My bias prevented me from seeing the answer for a while.  I’m strictly a black – two sugars – kinda coffee guy.  Cappuccinos and lattes and such are not really in my purview.  I’ll occasionally go for an espresso.  So, today we get Sandra Bell-Lundy, the creator of “Between Friends”.  This is a cartoon that my newspaper does carry!  It took the place of “Cathy” when that lady retired.  I like it better than “Cathy”.

No new clue words today.  However three of the four jumbles came up as new.  We’ve seen “otapi” before.  I thought that “lespye” and “katmer” were challenging jumbles.  The answer letter layout was a stupendous jumble!  It kept me going for a while.  At first I thought maybe TOTAL something, or SLEEP something, even though a clue word had SLEEP in it.  I thought the second word might be MATTRESS, but I was lacking one S.  I had to come back to it, and concentrate on the quotation marks, for the punny word.

Great cartoon.  Susan definitely looks totally wired!  She will not be getting much sleep.  She’ll be dealing with some nice dark bags under her eyes the next day.  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/14/18

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”   —   Anonymous

(For better, or for worse!  This was a nice easy solve.  Not like today’s Jumble!  I have to get back to that.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/13/18

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”   —   Walt Disney

(I was at least half way through before I realized this was from Uncle Walt!  I kind of resent what Disney has become, especially 42nd Street in NYC, but Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color”, and then “The Wonderful World of Disney”, played a big part in my childhood!  Especially in the early ’60s, when the majority of TV was still broadcast in black and white, the NBC peacock, and shows like Disney, and “The Virginian” were colorful marvels!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/13/18

Visual Description:  The R.U.R.  O.R.?


Clue/Question:  When the robot experienced abdominal surgery, it was – – –


(Day two of our guest Jumblers is Dave Whamond, the creator of Reality Check.  This one I’m completely unfamiliar with, but the guy draws a mean robot!  Is he a regular character, or was this just for the Jumble?

All of today’s clue words are old favorites, and three of the jumbles appear to be new as well.  Only “guctah” has definitely been used before.  I had the most trouble unscrambling “taigru”.  I usually have trouble getting “guitar” for some reason.  The 12-letter answer letter layout was a very impressive jumble.  I didn’t find anything obvious about it.  I figured the second part of the answer was going to end in ING, but I was thinking ATING before I realized there was no A.  But, that forced me look at the letters more closely, because I really didn’t have a clue as to what they were looking for!

Very cool cartoon.  Classic looking robot.  I was trying to key on the word “abdominal” in the clue/question, at the same time that the cartoon wrenches were registering in my limited, first generation CPU.  What is that peering in through the OR door, a dog, or a wolf???  Hmm!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/12/18

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition.”   —   Barack Obama

(I’m pretty sure he’s referring more to some of these wealthy fat-cats, more than those who actually struggle to make ends meet.  There is a lot in the world that could use some bettering, so those that can be philanthropic should be so.  The Scrooge-types are less likely to be remembered anyway.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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