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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/31/16

English: Albert Camus in 1957

English: Albert Camus in 1957 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Charm is a way of getting the answer Yes without asking a clear question.”   —   Albert Camus

(Something that I’ve not always been very adept at.  For a long time I always thought Camus lived a couple hundred years ago, like Alexandre Dumas.  There is a certain kind of similarity in the two names, but it mostly shows how poorly read I am.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 07/31/16

Wedding dress of Elizabeth II

Wedding dress of Elizabeth II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The shifting sands of time.


Clue/Question:  She said that her wedding dress still fit, but she was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (10-letters)  (3-letters)  (5-letters)

Русский: Женшина-казашка в свадебном наряде на...

Русский: Женшина-казашка в свадебном наряде на лошади Nederlands: Kazachse in traditioneel bruiloftsgewaad te paard. Op de achtergrond een yurt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(She wasn’t the most petite bride in her wedding photo, on the bureau, either.  But, you can see the increase in her hippiness, and you can make out signs of stress – to be polite – on her dress today.  It’s the guy that seems to have had the bigger increase!  Too many brew-skis and not enough exorcise.  I’ve been there.  There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles have turned up as new.  Once again, I kind of saw “greesy” again, but immediately knew it wasn’t right, and wrote down “geyser”.  I also mentally played with “tranty” before realizing it was “tyrant”.  It’s hard to say that there was anything wrong with the answer letter layout, but I could somehow tell that STRETCHING was going to be the ten letter word.  And, THE TRUTH followed as pretty obvious.  But, it’s a fun pun and a fun cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/30/16

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.”   —   Bill Watterson

(That is if they came to the realization that we’re essentially just little bugs, living on a speck of a speck of a speck.  Be well . . . be humble and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


Jumble Spoiler – 07/30/16


Photo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Double trouble.


Clue/Question:  When the twins spoke at the same time, sometimes they would – – –

Hereford twins from

Hereford twins from Image Number K4323-18 Hereford twins produced at the ARS Range and Livestock Research Unit at Miles City, Montana. Photo by Jack Dykinga. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(A beautiful pun!  Best one in a while.  No new clue words today, but a couple of the jumbles are new.  We’ve seen both “gamie” and “cranep” before.  The answer letter layout made for a very cryptic jumble.  Cute cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/29/16


Historia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.”   —   A. Whitney Brown

(And, it’s almost always written down with a certain bias.  “History is written by the victors.”  —  Walter Benjamin  The victors are always the virtuous ones, and losers are – essentially – the bad guys.  Revisionist history is a term that is mainly used derisively, but more often than not, most history requires a good amount of revising.  History has always been my favorite subject, but I know to take most of it with a good dose of salt.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/29/16

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see filename (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Women’s bar.


Clue/Question:  With each glass of wine they filled, money – – –

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, sh...

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, showing colour Shot with Nikon D70s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  POURED IN

(This one was a little tricky for me.  My very first inclination was for the second word to be UP, but that left me with ENOIDR.  From that dead end, I quickly switched UP with IN, and then the answer came pouring in!  There were no new clue words today, but two of the jumbles were new.  We’ve had both “cante” and “birto” before.  I didn’t struggle, but I did have to think a few seconds on the first three jumbles.  “Luxury” jumped right off the page for me, though.  “Madcap” is another compound word, but it’s one that doesn’t really bother me.  But, why hasn’t deadend become a compound word yet?  Seems to me it would make a good one!  But, I digress.  The answer letter layout made for another good jumble.  Maybe you didn’t, but I had to think a little to get the answer.  Fun cartoon.  Jeff intentionally went a little overboard on the money angle.  Even the guy in the back looks like he’s paying with cash.  Wine bars seem to be more of a chick thing.  LOL!  Most guys are going to either have a beer, or some kind of liquor.  Some kind of mixed drink, or maybe a shot.  I love a nice glass of wine, usually a Cabernet, but only as a prelude to, and then with, a meal.  Drinking wine, without the benefit of a meal, usually results in a headache and sometimes a hangover.  And, I can do without both of those.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/28/16

Barbed wire (rusting after years of hard work)...

Barbed wire (rusting after years of hard work) Français : Vieux fil de fer barbelé rouillé Italiano: Filo spinato (arrugginito) Русский: Колючая проволока, покрытая ржавчиной (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Cowboys’ conundrum.


Clue/Question:  When the ranchers cattle escaped under the fence, he said – – –

English: Ex-Iron Curtain barbed wire.

English: Ex-Iron Curtain barbed wire. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  HOLEY COW

(I’m relatively sure we’ve had  other versions of this answer before.  But, it’s the cartoon that makes this one really special.  It looks like a scene from an old western, with the barbed wire fencing fading off into the horizon, and the mesas in the background.  The one guy kind of tipping his hat back was a nice touch.  If you have the reduced size Jumble you probably can’t see that one of the escaped cattle is running on his hind legs, and he’s carrying a shovel.  Great stuff!  None of the clue words are new today.  Three of the jumbles are though, with “cleet” having been used sometime in the past.  It’s amusing that the clue words kind of describe the current presidential election!  Oh, yeah.  And, the answer letter layout was also a nice jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/28/16

Maya Angelou at the Discovery 2000 conference.

Maya Angelou at the Discovery 2000 conference. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter.”   —   Maya Angelou

(Yeah, baby!  At a bare minimum give them a quick:  S’up?  All most people really want is some kind of acknowledgement that you’re not just walking past a stone.  If you’re not just passing by, listen for an answer.  And, smile.  Make someone’s day.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/27/16

American Author Ernest Hemingway aboard his Ya...

American Author Ernest Hemingway aboard his Yacht around 1950 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.”   —   Ernest Hemingway

(A little trial and – hopefully NOT – error!  We need to be able to take that leap of faith sometimes.  No one can afford to be gullible, and be taken in by con men, but there are times when you just have to trust that the other person is going to do the right thing.  It’s all part of the golden rule.  Be well and do good, friends.)    —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/27/16

An animation depicting the orbits of GPS satel...

An animation depicting the orbits of GPS satellites in medium Earth orbit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Future space junk.


Clue/Question:  There are more than 1000 satellites orbiting earth, because there’s – – –

Ozone cycle

Ozone cycle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


(Yeah, but all those holes in the ozone layer, the thermosphere, and the exosphere, have got to be taking their toll.  Right?  It’s got to be the same as with drilling holes in the earth.  How many holes do we think we can drill into the ground, extracting oil and natural gas, and replacing it with mostly salt water, without some kind of repercussions?  There are natural fault lines throughout the U.S., but which state – without a major fault line – do you think is seeing the most earthquakes these days?  It’s Oklahoma!  They had more than 900 earthquakes last year.  55% more than they had in 2014.  They used to average about 2 per year.  They are – largely – not of the magnitude of the ones along the major fault lines, but still, they do damage, and . . . they’re just not natural.  With all of our concerns for the ozone layer, already depleting for other man-made reasons, how many more man-made holes can we afford to inflict on our planet’s atmosphere?  There are about a thousand active man-made satellites out there currently, but there are thousands more that are floating around out there, essentially as space junk.  Sure, satellites are a very necessary part of modern life.  But, doesn’t there have to be a kind of tipping point?  It just seems that too much modern technology, or actually, too much of our need of/dependence on modern technology, is outpacing our planet’s ability to sustain all of these intrusions.  I could go on and on, but most of you are only here for a puzzle spoiler, so I’ll stop for now.

Without further ado . . . there were no new clue words today!  But two of the jumbles were new, and two were re-runs.  I was able to get the first three immediately, but “tiptoe” stumped me . . . once again.  With me, it’s always those compound words that trip me up.  Even though I knew the spelling was incorrect, I was seeing “pottie”.  Since Hoyt doesn’t inflict street talk upon us, I knew this wasn’t right.  Since the final answer wasn’t all that tough, I knew I needed a T, O, P and E, so I was able to back into “tiptoe”.  Even though I could figure out the answer, minus four letters, I thought it was a great answer letter layout.  Nothing given away.  The cartoon is great, but I was surprised to see the word “plenty” in the dialog.  They should have just used LOTS!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Hey, Hoyt!  The word POTTY is not in the ralis95 clue word database yet!   —   YUR

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