Archive for May, 2017

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/31/17

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One only dies once, and if one does not die well, a good opportunity is lost and will not present itself again.”   —   Jose Rizal

(Maganda!  Hero of the Philippines, naman!  No doubt he said this shortly before the Spanish executed him.  This is one of the reasons why your mother used to tell you to always wear clean underwear.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/31/17

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Visual Description:  Lock shop biz.


Clue/Question:  The locksmith had great customer service, which he considered to be a – – –

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(That qualifies as a good, stinky pun!  None of today’s clue words are new, but all of the jumbles do appear to be new.  I had to skip, and then come back to, both “ksade” and “uhiss”.  They were two tough jumbles, for me.  “Sushi” came to me before “asked”!  The answer letter layout was nicely cryptic, too.  The lady getting the key copied kind of gave away the answer for me.  The cartoon definitely got the point across.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/30/17

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Visual Description:  THE big news of late May, 1953.


Clue/Question:  When Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached Everest’s peak, it was a – – –

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Answer:  TOP STORY

(“Top o’ the world, Ma!”  But, ol’ Eddy likely said Mum, instead of Ma.  Actually, I have no clue what Kiwis call their moms.  And, I have less of a clue as to what the Nepalese call their moms.  No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new.  Only “sopie” has definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a fun jumble.  And a great historical cartoon.  I do kind of wonder how much publicity/credit Tenzing Norgay received back then.  Usually, all the press would go to the white guy, in those days.  Not exactly the good old days!  Thankfully, things are fairer these days.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/30/17

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It is no secret that the moon has no light of her own, but is, as it were, a mirror, receiving brightness from the influence of the sun.”   —   Vitruvius

(I’m betting that this no secret was forgotten for a number of years, then rediscovered by someone like Copernicus, during the Renaissance.  He certainly inspired da Vinci, that’s for sure.  The ancient Romans, like the Greeks and Egyptians, etc., were way ahead of their times.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR  


Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/29/17

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Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”   —   Jorge Luis Borges

(I guess Becca is in a romantic mood.  If I had needed to, I think I could have solved this one without pen and paper.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Memorial Day Jumble – 2017

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Visual Description:  Somber remembrance.


Clue/Question:  We can never truly compensate those who fought for our country, but we can – – –

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(Beautiful sentiments.  I was quite surprised to see that “boxer” was NOT in the ralis95 clue word database!  Boxcar and boxing are , but not “boxer”.  Ralis95 has a little updating to do!  The clue word “empty” spells out in alphabetical order, and we’ve seen “costek” before.  The answer letter layout was a delightful jumble.  Nothing obvious there.  The cartoon was very appropriately solemn.  An earnest portrayal of Arlington National Cemetery.  Note the Lincoln and Washington Memorials in the distance.  Be well, dear friends.  Our young soldier is doing good.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/28/17

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I was born with a priceless gift, the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others.”   —   Dame Edna Everage

(She – ? – is only two years older than me!  Maybe it’s not to late too start my own drag . . . er female impersonation career!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/28/17

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Visual Description:  Traditional Memorial Day (Weekend) Race.


Clue/Question:  With such a big lead going into the final lap at the Indy 500, he was – – – 

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

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(Hypnotizing?  Or, just boring?  How many times can you watch a car go around a freaking oval?  Give me a drag race any day!  Or, even a good old thoroughbred horse race!  Road course races are more interesting though.  At least they turn both ways.  

No new clue words today, but five of the jumbles came up new.  We have seen “nitugo” before.  I didn’t find any of them too tough.  The answer letter layout was the best jumble of the day.  Kudos, Hoyt!  Great cartoon.  Loved the “Play Jumble” banner being pulled behind the airplane!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 05/27/17

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Visual Description:  Comics nerd heaven!


Clue/Question:  When the cartoonists sketched people in the comic shop, they – – – 

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(Not for nothin’ – as we like to say in Brooklyn – but this seems like either a rerun, or a variation of a rerun.  The answer, that is, at least.  There were no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles appear to be new.  We have definitely seen “rawey” before.  The answer letter layout was a decent jumble.  It’s hard to hide the answer with those Ws and Ds.  Very cool cartoon.  I’m sure Jeff can supply us with the names of all the characters.  No doubt either some of Jeff’s pals and/or favorites.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/27/17

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The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.”   —   P. G. Wodehouse

(It has been a long while since we’ve seen a P. G. Wodehouse quote!  Very clever.  I see – and respect – the need for hunters of many animals.  But, certainly not all animals.  It takes a level of skill and guile, but referring to it as a sport is a bit of a stretch for me.  “Sportsmen” feel free to weigh in though!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  People who compete in the biathlon, and other marksmanship competitions, are definitely engaged in a sport!     YUR

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