Archive for February, 2017



Jumble Spoiler – 02/23/17

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Visual Description:  Thriving . . . and surviving.

IDYLO  =  DOILY,  SEASY  =  ESSAY,  PILREP  =  RIPPLE,  UGPALE  =  PLAGUE   —   Giving us:  OIYESSRPPLPLE

Clue/Question:  When he started making fun of his wife’s skiing ability, he was on a – – – 

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Answer:  SLIPPERY SLOPE

(Yeah.  She might end up giving him the cold shoulder, for quite a while.  Fun stinky pun!  No new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  None of them were super easy, but I’m betting “ugpale” really slowed some of you down.  The answer letter layout was an excellent jumble, too.  Nothing obvious about it.  Jeff’s cartoon, with the contrasting skiing styles, was pretty funny.  There’s a third skier in the background, and maybe a couple on the ski lift, but they’re kind of hard to make out.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/23/17

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This journey has always been about reaching your own other shore no matter what it is, and that dream continues.”   —   Diana Nyad

(Kind of a strangely worded/punctuated – run on – sentence.  But, dreams are definitely important, and you have to work at them.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/22/17

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Visual Description:  Earning his supper.

CLAKF  =  FLACK,  TTCAR  =  TRACT,  TUDIBO  =  OUTBID,  CNADEN  =  CANNED   —   Giving us:  ACKTRATICA

Clue/Question:  When the squirrel couldn’t get the walnut open, his friend wanted – – – 

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Answer:  A CRACK AT IT

(Very cute pun!  It’s looking like we have a new clue word in “flack”.  I guess our old buddy, ralis95, is going to have to update his world famous clue word database once again.  Two more jumbles were new, but we’ve seen “ttcar” before.  The answer letter layout was an inspiring jumble.  The cartoon was a lot of fun.  I feed the squirrels daily, when it’s my turn to take care of my Mom.  They much appreciate shelled peanuts to walnuts in the shell.  They’re a lot less work!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/22/17

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The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for among old parchments or musty records.”   —   Alexander Hamilton

(They need to be out there, circulating, and widely available to all the citizenry!  If people lose sight of their rights, especially in return for . . . ahem “security”, they will open themselves to all kinds of enslavement.  Be well, be informed, and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/21/17

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Visual Description:  The drawback of a fancy bathroom.

SYFIH  =  FISHY,  RBBUL  =  BLURB,  COHLTB  =  BLOTCH,  PITETO  =  POETIC   (oops!)  TIPTOE   —   Giving us:  IYBBBTPOTI

Clue/Question:  Drilling through the hard tile would be done – – – 

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Answer:  BIT BY BIT

(The trick is having the proper bit for the job.  Don’t ask me which bit you should use to drill through tile.  But, I do know you can’t always get by with the basic bit.  No new clue words today.  At least they all look like old favorites.  However, all of the jumbles came up as new.  The answer letter layout was nifty, but it couldn’t hide a fairly obvious answer.  Fun cartoon of a Mr. DIY.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/21/17

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When I’m tired, I rest.  I say, ‘I can’t be a superwoman today.’”   —   Jada Pinkett Smith

(She can always let Will be “Hancock”!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/20/17

Image result for jumble calendarVisual Description:  Time . . . to celebrate!

HIMDU  =  HUMID,  EDAYC  =  DECAY,  SAKBET  =  BASKET,  ZIRYFZ  =  FRIZZY   —   Giving us:  HMDDEAAETRIY

Clue/Question:  When the owner of the calendar factory gave his employees a big bonus, it – – – 

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Answer:  MADE THEIR DAY

(I guess this is a pun because the workers make days, weeks and months.  There were no new clue words today, but it looks like all of the jumbles are new.  The answer letter layout was a wonderful jumble.  The cartoon shows the boss holding a Jumble-a-Day desk calendar.  Do the guys sell these at their website???  Of course they do!!!  They certainly have plenty of material to do so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/20/17

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If you try and take a cat apart to see how it works, the first thing you have on your hands is a non-working cat.”   —   Douglas Adams

(This guy, Adams, died at age 49 from a heart attack!  He must have lived a very hard/wild life, because he looks ancient for 49, to me.  I’m 59, pushing 60, and I look at least 10 years younger than he did shortly before he kicked it.  I guess I should count my blessings!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/19/17

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A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.”   —   Rudyard Kipling

(I’ve long thought that man’s “certainty” was one of the most dangerous things in the world.  It’s nice to see a quote from Rudyard Kipling.  It has been a while.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/19/17

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Visual Description:  Forgetful weekend fishermen, making do with what they’ve got.

CIPTAM  =  IMPACT,  HAACTT  =  ATTACH,  EKCLOT  =  LOCKET,  KAHENS  =  SHAKEN,  CITFEN  =  INFECT,  CICNLI  =  CLINIC   —   Giving us:  ACAAHCTSHANCTCC

Clue/Question:  The fishermen didn’t have fishing poles and they lacked proper bait, so it was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words   (5-letters)-(2-letters)-(5-letters)-(3-letters)

Answer:  CATCH-AS-CATCH-CAN

(This guy has got a little McGyver in him!  Nice pun.  There were no new clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles, other than “ciptam”, are new today.  My initial reaction to “haactt” was that it was thatch, even though there were two As and only one H.  That mistake stuck in my head, and prevented me from seeing “attach” for a little while.  I didn’t have to back into it, or anything, but I had to skip it and come back to it, after getting the others.  The answer letter layout was pretty good, but because of all the As and Cs and Ts, and the clue/question, I didn’t have any problem getting the answer.  The cartoon is a great outdoor scene.  Did you notice the name of the little motorized rowboat?  It’s why I’m using today’s picture.  It’s from 1954, and The Jumble started in 1954.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  The third jumble is REPEN.  That should help you get the answer!     YUR


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