Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/23/18

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Dreams do not come true just because you dream them.  It’s hard work that makes things happen.”   —   Shonda Rimes (Sic)

(As a lazy ass dreamer, I cannot disagree!  It’s not that I haven’t worked hard in my life . . . because I have.  It’s just that I never worked hard towards achieving a dream.  I’m a settler, I guess.

If your newspaper is like mine, they left the H out of Shonda Rhimes last name.  Kind of strange, as well known as she is.  She seems to rule ABC.  Remarkably – maybe – I’m not a fan.  I haven’t seen all of her shows, but the ones I have watched always seem to lean to the tawdry side of things.  God knows I’m no prude.  Far from it.  I like a little raunch as much as the next guy.  Maybe even more so.  But, I like it in its place.  I remember when “Grey’s Anatomy” first came on, I was all excited.  I had kind of been jonesing for a good medical drama ever since “ER” went off the air.  I like hospital shows with a little soap opera thrown in, but “Grey’s Anatomy” is just a soap opera . . . with a little hospital thrown in.  “Private Practice” was just a spin-off, so I couldn’t be bothered with it.  That actress never did anything for me too.  But, I was also excited about “How to Get Away with Murder”, because I like legal dramas . . . and Viola Davis.  But, in the very first episode they showed this gay love scene, that I thought was completely superfluous.  And, I’m someone who has always been a proponent of Gay rights!  “Scandal” never appealed to me.  Hey, the name says it all!  I watched the first episode of “For The People”, but it came off as kind of light weight.  Just a lot of extremely young, and pretty lawyers, mostly sleeping with each other.  I haven’t given “Station 19” a shot yet.  Maybe, I will.  But, I’m not going to get my hopes up.  I completely understand that there is an audience – Gen Xers, I suppose – for her kind of shows, but so far they have not been for me.  Maybe, I’m just getting old.  If so, so be it.  The networks never really cared for my – current – demographic in the first place.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Oops!) Jumble Spoiler – 05/23/18

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Visual Description:  The wonder of the cosmos!

LIBUD  =  BUILD,  LATOG  =  GLOAT,  CRUPES  =  SPRUCE,  SJYLUT  =  JUSTLY   —   Giving us:  BLOASREJTL

Clue/Question:  When Neil deGrasse Tyson explains star formation, he does a – – –

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Answer:  STELLAR JOB

(An excellent pun, making for an excellent Jumble!  But, one yer Uncle came SO close to posting an incorrect – but oh so close – answer!  All the clue words were familiar old favorites, that I got instantaneously, even though three of the jumbles were new.  We’ve seen “crupes” before.  For whatever reason, when I was writing out the answer letter layout, I pulled the U from “spruce” instead of the E I cant remember the last time I did anything like this!  So, seeing that the answer words were 7 letters and 3 letters, I immediately jumped on JOB for the second word.  This left me with LASRUTL.  I started thinking along the lines of ASTRAL, even though it meant I was missing an L, and I substituted another A for the U.  But, after playing with those letters, I was able to come up with the word LUSTRAL.  It’s not a “usual” word, but it is derived from LUSTRUM, which also gives us LUSTER!  I thought I was golden, as I’ve always heard of the luster of the stars!  My answer, as unconventional as it may have looked, was LUSTRAL JOB.  So now, as I’m preparing to write this post, not quite feeling like LUSTRAL would make for the glowingest of answers, I looked at the jumbles, and my answer letter layout one last time, and I spotted my mistake!  Wow!

Cool answer letter layout . . . either way.  A very non-obvious jumble.

And of course, a great cartoon.  The likeness of Neil deGrasse Tyson was superb.  The animation of the galaxy works well, and the expression of awe, on the rapt viewers, was also great.  Good job, guys!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/22/18

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I celebrate you as you remember the power of grace and pride, and I challenge you to choose freedom over fear.”   —   Janelle Monae

(I think this girl has it all!  She’s beautiful, intelligent, and very talented.  She’s fierce!  And, she’s so friggin’ cute and petite!  And, I actually knew of her before my daughter did!  Just like I did with Mayer Hawthorne, although she tries to fight me on this.  Our government, and the corporate media, love to play up the illusion of “security”.  There really is no such thing, folks.  Especially as an absolute.  They play the fear card constantly, and try to convince us that we have to be willing to surrender our privacy, and freedom, in order to be “safe” and “secure”.  It is B.S., friends!  So, take Janelle’s advice, and choose freedom over fear.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 05/22/18

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Visual Description:  Appreciative of their gifts.

SMOTP  =  STOMP,  IRREV  =  RIVER,  UDONEF  =  FONDUE,  PUNTEA  =  PEANUT   —   Giving us:  SOMERNDEEUT

Clue/Question:  When they figured out how to get syrup from maples, it was – – –

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Answer:  TREEMENDOUS

(Wow!  A super Tuesday Jumble pun!  I can’t say stinky, because I love the smell of maple syrup, and other maple products.  Even maple flavored beer!  All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends again.  One of the jumbles, “smotp” has been used before.  The other three seem to be new.  Both “udonef” and “puntea” were challenging for me.  I even had to back into “peanut”!  And, it still took me a while, knowing I needed the E,U and T.  In that order, no less!  Very often, I attribute these troublesome jumbles to my negative biases, like with “poetry” and “casino”.  But, I love peanuts!  I was just eating some last night.  I guess I just gotta give it up for Hoyt’s great jumbling skills!

The answer letter layout was another super jumble.  By itself, it gave nothing away.  The quotation marks and the hyphen, along with the avoidance of the word TREE in the cartoon’s dialog, were what clued me into the answer.

The cartoon is a fine depiction of people who clearly have a deep appreciation for the natural world.  I remember arguing, with a very conservative, dear friend of mine, about the virtues of the native people of the Americas.  He still liked to think of them as savages, and not necessarily peaceful, because tribes did war against each other from time to time.  I countered that all people were territorial, to an extent, and it wasn’t much different from European countries warring with each other.  I just love the way they respected their environment, and everything in it.  When they would kill an animal it would be only for food, and not for “sport”.  And, they would go to great lengths to use as much of the carcass as humanly possible.  They didn’t view the world as something they should lord over.  They didn’t have that arrogant air of entitlement.  They saw that they were an equal partner in nature, and they recognized that they had a responsibility to not despoil it.  They were surprisingly far sighted.  But, I digress.  The abundance of trees in Jeff’s cartoon was also a clue to today’s answer.  Did you catch the shadow of a deer lurking to the left?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/21/18

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Trust your gut, keep throwing darts at the dartboard.  Don’t listen to the critics and you will figure it out.”   —   Will Ferrell

(Our first quote from Will Ferrell!  And, it’s great advice.  I wish I had heard advice like this when I was young.  I just saw Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon do an HBO spoof of TV coverage of Saturday’s Royal wedding, between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  Of course it was over the top, but it was also too true to life.  I’m not sure which coverage turned me off first, the “real”, or the spoof.  Anyway, I’m glad the wedding is now history.  I’m more than done with fascinators for a while!  Although, I hear some of them can pick up DirecTV!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

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Jumble Spoiler – 05/21/18

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Visual Description:  “Two for the Road”

VACHO  =  HAVOC,  BBRUL  =  BLURB,  KENODY  =  DONKEY,  LEAPAC  =  PALACE   —   Giving us:  AOBUBDKLCE

Clue/Question:  The trail the twins walked on had ended, so they decided to – – –

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Answer:  DOUBLE BACK

(Very stinky, but very logical.  All old reliable clue words today.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “bbrul” having definitely been used before.  They all came to me quickly.

The answer letter layout was neatly cryptic – nothing too obvious about it.  A fine jumble, in its own right.

Jeff’s twin cartoons are always fun.  I like the meandering path over the rolling hills.  The boys appear to be identical twins.  It looks like a beautiful day in the cartoon, as it does here in the Hudson Valley today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  “Two for the Road” is a fairly obscure movie from 1967, starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney.  Not sure if I’ve seen the movie before, or not.  Maybe.  The title just kind of popped into my head.  I think I was trying for a Hope and Crosby “Road” picture.      YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/20/18

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Beverly Hills is very exclusive.  For instance, their fire department won’t make house calls.”   —   Mort Sahl

(As a kid, Mort Sahl was one of my favorite comedians!  I haven’t seen him in a while, but he is still kicking at 91 years.  Very funny guy.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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