Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/19/19

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Whenever a man’s failure can be traced to management’s mistakes, he has to be kept on the payroll.”   —   Peter Drucker

( . . . if only to keep him quiet!  Far too often management does not like to own up to their “mistakes”.  It’s much easier to take the employee’s “failure” and just make him/her the scapegoat.  And, if he/she makes too big of a stink, you offer them a package to leave, and make them sign a non-disclosure agreement!  This is another case of the way things should be vs. the way things usually are.  Not really negative, folks.  Just been there, done that!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/19/19 (Oh, ralis95!)

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Visual Description:  Bill Seward and Andrew Johnson considering the logistics.


Clue/Question:  Exploring Alaska for its natural resources in the 1800s was difficult, but that – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words (and THE)  (4-letters)  (4-letters) THE  (9-letters)

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(Definitely NOT a gimme, for me!  And, it was one of those literal/figurative puns.  Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867, and remained a territory for its first 102 years, finally becoming a state in 1959.  The answer did not jump off the page for me.  I knew there was a paste tense element to it, but I kept seeing the words MORE and WHAT, and not CAME.  I didn’t belabor very long to get the answer, but it took me more than a few looks to see the word the characters were avoiding.

We appear to have two new clue words today, in “quirky” and “confer”.  I felt strongly that “confer” was new, but felt like we’d seen “quirky” before.  Maybe we’ve seen it since 02/23/19, the date of my latest copy of the database?  Five of the jumbles appear to be new, with only “tribet” having definitely been used before.  “nrocef” gave me the most trouble.  The answer letter layout is a very impressive, and cryptic, seventeen letter jumble.  I thought it disguised the final answer very well.

Great period piece cartoon.  Super good likenesses of Secretary of State William Seward and President Andrew Johnson.  The clothing and everything in the White House office look to be appropriate for the time.  The people who referred to it as “Seward’s Folly” were actually in the minority.  The deal worked out to be about 2 cents per acre, so even the harshest critics look like buffoons.  And, Sara Palin can see Russia from her front porch, so we also got that going for us!  Actually, I hate it when we make political hay from someone’s figurative speaking.  I never cared for the woman, but I knew she wasn’t speaking literally.  Some people just can’t resist the low-hanging fruit.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/18/19

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One who buys needs one hundred eyes; one is enough for him who sells.”   —   German Proverb

(Gotta love the directness of these German sayings!  This came up in my Google Image search for German Proverbs.  It may not be appropriate, but it made me smile.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 05/18/19

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Visual Description:  A future Joey Chestnut?


Clue/Question:  His claim that he could eat a hotdog in just two bites was – – –

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(I’ve never really been able to appreciate the spectacle of these eating contests.  They’re essentially obscene displays of gluttony, and – no doubt – waste, as many of the participants end up tossing their . . . cookies.  I guess it’s just a perverse kind of fascination.  Kind of like watching a train wreck.  I personally could never do it.  I prefer to enjoy the art of savoring a meal, or even a snack.  Taking my time, and experiencing the flavor of the food.  I’d sooner run a marathon, before entering one of these eating contests.  And, you know that ain’t gonna happen!

Huzzah!  We appear to have a brand new clue word for the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  I had a funny feeling while unscrambling “thoyl” that “hotly” might be new . . . and it seems to be so.  Two other jumbles appear to be new, while we’ve definitely seen “wordsy” before.  The answer letter layout was a great thirteen letter jumble, but the whole setup just made getting today’s final answer a breeze, for me.

Great cartoon of teen boys at the sea, or lake, shore.  I can’t make out what is on the boy’s cap, but I like the foot long vendor cart!  And, just to the right of the vendor cart’s umbrella, you can see a tiny, classic sinking sailboat!  A fine Saturday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Google insists on making hotdog two words, but surprisingly WordPress accepts it!  This might be the first time I’ve agreed with WordPress!      YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/17/19

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You are much deeper, much broader, much brighter than any idea you could have of yourself.”   —   Harry Palmer

(I can’t tell if this is a quote from the Len Deighton character from “The Ipcress File”, or from the author of “The Avatar Path”!  Most likely the latter, but I couldn’t swear to it.  Rebecca has been known to slip in a character’s quote on occasion.  This makes me want to see the series of Michael Caine movies though!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler(?) – 05/17/19

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Visual Description:  Older fishing couple.


Clue/Question:  The angler knew he’d found the perfect fishing spot the moment he – – –

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(Definitely NOT what I was expecting!  I almost threw the towel in on this one, and was going to ask the faithful for today’s answer.  The four letter word in quotes really threw me off.  I kept thinking FISH or CAST had to be part of the pun.  I never would have thought that the pun was on the word “spot”.  I was thinking the answer had to be in the past tense, but there was no D.  I did not pick up on the word CAUGHT until I was starting to write this post.  And even then, after figuring the last two words were OF IT, I had to write out IEST, before catching the pun.  Was it just me, or did any of you struggle with this one?

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “noggi” having definitely been used before.  I had a tough time unscrambling “clnieh” to make “lichen”!  The answer letter layout made for a very tough – for me – fourteen letter jumble.  I found it to be very cryptic.

Great cartoon of an older couple preparing to fish on a mountain lake.  It looked, to me, like they probably argue a lot.  I liked the fish jumping out of the water, in the background.  Tricky Jumble for me!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/16/19

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If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.”   —   Lao Tzu

(Oh, he never would’ve made it on MTV!  I think they borrowed from the Mick Jagger quote:  “Too much is never enough.”  Mick is no slouch though.  He was likely playing off the famous Lao Tzu quotation.  But, I think Johnny Cash said it best when he said:  How do you do?  My name’s Lau Tzu!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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