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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/21/17

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Learning, to be of much use, must have a tendency to spread itself among the common people.”   —   Henry Ward Beecher

(I know he meant well, and of course it’s true, but whenever you use the phrase “common people” you’re going to come off sounding a little arrogant.  But, also, 21st Century sensibilities have become excessively whiny, so I think we need to give old Hank a pass here.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/21/17

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Visual Description:  Gorilla dilemma.

KORPE  =  POKER,  PMIBL  =  BLIMP,  BAZAEL  =  ABLAZE,  YAASLW  =  ALWAYS   —   Giving us:  POERBIMBLZELAS

Clue/Question:  For King Kong, finding clothing that fit was a – – – 

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Answer:  SIZABLE PROBLEM

(King Kong don’t need no suit!  He’s The Eighth Wonder of the World!  He’s The Scourge of Skull Island!  He’s the 80,000 pound gorilla in the room!  We ain’t talkin’ no Magilla Gorilla here.  Dis is KING KONG . . . and Denzel Washington ain’t got NOTHIN’ on him!  Go ahead.  Try to call HIM a “monkey”.  I dare ya!  LOL!

All old clue words, with all new jumbles today.  Really terrific answer letter layout today!  I first tried making one of the 7-letter answer words BLAZERS, and that left me with POEBIML.  That was enough for me to see my PROBLEM!  Cute cartoon.  Lot’s of clues in its dialog.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

 

Jumble Spoiler – 07/20/17

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Visual Description:  “And, where is the hair on a pear?  Nowhere, mon frére!”

WTYIT  =  WITTY,  SUMEA  =  AMUSE,  GREVON  =  GOVERN,  MIYFAN  =  INFAMY   —   Giving us:  ITMSGRINM

Clue/Question:  The barbers liked to eat their meals without all the – – – 

 

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Answer:  TRIMMINGS

(But, of course!  Nobody likes hair in their food.  All of the clue words are old favorites, again.  And, we’ve seen both “grevon” and “miyfan” before.  The other two appear to be new.  The answer letter layout was a great jumble.  It gave nothing away.  The cartoon, and its dialog, did a great job of setting up the pun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/20/17

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Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”   —   Leo Tolstoy

(I guess then sociopaths don’t make for very good artists!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/19/17

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Visual Description:  The too long catwalk.

FARGT  =  GRAFT,  KENAL  =  ANKLE,  SEWEFT  =  FEWEST,  SWIMOD  =  WISDOM   Giving us:  GRFANFEWIO

Clue/Question:  The appeal of being a fashion model was – – – 

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Answer:  WEARING OFF

(Some of these crazy outfits, besides being bizarre, can also – very often – be dangerous!  In the higher photo above, the poor girl is taking a tumble.  The combination of the crazy high, platform high-heels, and the flowing  wrap skirt/cape thing appear to be a bit much for her.

All of today’s clue words  are old favorites.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “kenal” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout made for an exquisite jumble!  It gave nothing away.  It looks like Jeff has a real flair for high fashion!  Who knows?  Maybe he’ll even give up his day job!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/19/17

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Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves; and without that the conqueror is naught but the first slave.”   —   James Thomson

(Overcoming our biases and preconceptions, and or other faults???  You know me, folks.  Poetry is not my strong suit.  I’m guessing the line is from the James Thomson above, but I guess it could be from the slightly later one.  Does anyone know which one this line belongs to?  The quotation – including the author’s name – uses every letter but K, X and Z, which I think is pretty cool!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/18/17

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How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude!”   —   Emily Dickinson

(She seems to have had a great appreciation for nature.  Just not for people.  Maybe for her, people weren’t natural!  If so, I think there are times I might agree with her on that.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/18/17

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Visual Description:  Voyage to the bottom of the sea.

GAUVE  =  VAGUE,  TOMOT  =  MOTTO,  RNINEW  =  WINNER,  CROTHO  =  COHORT   —   Giving us:  AGETTWIRHT

Clue/Question:  When the three people got into the two-person submarine, the sub was – – –

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Answer:  WATERTIGHT

(Excellent pun, and excellent Jumble!  None of the clue words were new, but all of today’s jumbles were.  I had to think to get “motto”, and I almost had to back into “cohort”.  But, I got it!  I’m not sure if I would’ve figured out the answer without it.  I thought it was a challenging solve, and the answer letter layout did not make an easy solve.  Fun cartoon!  Maybe they’ve stumbled upon the Lost City of Atlantis!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 07/17/17

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Visual Description:  A peak performance!

PRAAT  =  APART,  FTORN  =  FRONT,  ROMPIT  =  IMPORT,  DEULHD  =  HUDDLE   —   Giving us:  PRTFOTMOHE

Clue/Question:  When they sang songs at the summit, they sang them – – –

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Answer:  FROM THE TOP

(A very nice, stinky pun!  All of the clue words are old favorites, again.  We’ve seen “praat” before, but the other jumbles are coming up as new.  The answer letter layout was a superb jumble.  It gave nothing away.  I don’t have the cartoon in front of me, as I never received the newspaper today, and I wrote it free-hand, from viewing it on ArkansasOnline.com.  But, I’m sure the cartoon was the pinnacle of Jeff’s abilities!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/17/17

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We all know that a good example is more effective than advice.  So, set a good example, and it won’t take long for others to follow.”   —   Anne Frank

(If she actually wrote the diary that’s been attributed to her, she was wise far beyond her years.  I’ve seen claims that someone else wrote it a few years after the war, as kind of a propaganda piece.  I think it’s something that can’t possibly be proven, one way or another.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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