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Jumble Spoiler – 08/28/17

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Visual Description:  Satellite locksmith.

DOFOL  =  FLOOD,  CULYK  =  LUCKY,  WYOLSL  =  SLOWLY,  TNIKET  =  KITTEN   —   Giving us:  OKYSKE

Clue/Question:  To get more customers, the locksmith set up a – – – 

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Answer:  KEYOSK

(A wonderfully stinky pun!  And, it even has an air of originality!  None of the clue words are new, however three of the jumbles appear to be new.  We have definitely seen “culyk” before.  Nice answer letter layout.  Fun cartoon, with a cute pun of its own.  “Sure Lock Homes”.  And, we get another Jeff character!  It’s about time we see David L. Hoyt though.  Right?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Human Nature…..

“There ain’t no good guys. There ain’t no bad guys. There’s only you and me, and we just disagree.”

Turning Point

humn 3                   HUMAN NATURE…..  humn 2                                 We are both light and darkness. We will always have both these elements in us—- we can never have only one of the elements. And it is precisely this co-existence of polarly contradictory elements that makes us HUMAN… neither god nor devil…. neither angel nor beast…. 

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/27/17

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave minutes longer.”   —   Ralph Waldo Emerson

(There is something very familiar about this quote.  Either we’ve had it before, or one that is very similar.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/27/17

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Visual Description:  The gifted grease-monkey!

CLIFEK  =  FICKLE,  OILERO  =  ORIOLE,  MYSSET  =  SYSTEM,  NUMMIE  =  IMMUNE,  RUUPES  =  PURSUE,  ALXEEH  =  EXHALE   —   Giving us:  FIKOOLSTIMNRSLE

Clue/Question:  To be an expert mechanic requires – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (4-letters)  (5-letters)  (6-letters)

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Answer:  FINE MOTOR SKILLS

(Definitely not a gimme!  I got all the words immediately, and wrote down the answer letter layout.  CBS Sunday Morning was on the tube, and the kitchen was very active, and all I was seeing was TOOLS.  I gave it to my daughter, and she immediately saw TOOLS, but also saw FINE.  That left KIMRSL, which I’m pretty sure can’t be made into a word.  So, following breakfast, I took the paper into the reading room.  In there I saw the alternative to “engine”, and my SKILLS kicked in!  All of the clue words are old favorites, but five of the jumbles came up as new.  It looks like they’ve used “nummie” before.  I’d say that today’s answer letter layout was amazingly cryptic!  It had me going!   Fun cartoon.  It looks like Jeff’s Jumble Jag is leaking oil.  But, it looks like the master will work his magic soon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/26/17

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Photography doesn’t teach you how to express your emotions; it teaches you how to see.”   —   Bereniece Abbott

(Either Rebecca, or my newspaper, erroneously spelled Berenice’s name with an additional E.  I knew it didn’t look right, but my paper had:  YDQDCPDED.   I also think the first “how” might be a little extraneous.  We had a quote from Berenice not too long ago, so I recognized her name.  She knows what she’s talking about, so who am I to argue with her?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 08/26/17

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Visual Description:  Valuable vinyl.

SOCRS  =  CROSS,  LECRI  =  RELIC,  VRUDEO  =  DEVOUR,  SUPMCA  =  CAMPUS   —   Giving us:  CROREIDERCPS

Clue/Question:  The classic vinyl albums were selling for – – –

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Answer:  RECORD PRICES

(I think this one was designed to stump just about everybody under the age of 40!  I let a nephew of mine have my vinyl collection, some years ago, for five bucks!  I’m sure there were a few that would have been fairly valuable if I had sought out a collector.  I know I had Jefferson Airplane’s Takes Off, and either Volunteers, or Surrealistic Pillow.  Maybe all three.  I was never that big into them to begin with.  I think my Mom bought them for me for Christmas, one or two years.  And, either she just liked the name of the band, or some salesman recommended them to her.  I was too young to appreciate them, at the time.  I was more into The Monkees, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and Three Dog Night.  Ooh, and The Archies!  Not a real band, but they did have a monster hit.  “Sugar Sugar”.  At 10, 11 and 12 I was like most kids.  I was more into Pop, than serious Rock.  I’ll give you some 60’s Pop after this is finished.

We actually have a new clue word today, in “cross”.  Across is on the ralis95 clue word database, but not “cross”.  I was quite surprised.  I guess it will be a new entry shortly!  All of the jumbles came up as new today.  That doesn’t happen every day.  All the jumbles came to me right away today.  The answer letter layout did a great job of keeping the answer hidden.  It was another case of:  which word are they trying so hard to avoid?  The cartoon is a beauty.  Jeff put himself in it, wearing a WILCO tee-shirt . . . of course.  The clerk is wearing a Clash tee, as he’s holding Led Zeppelin’s first album.  It looks like Jeff is holding a Beatles album, but I could be wrong.  This one was a lot of fun, for a guy like me.  I hope most of you enjoyed it as much as I did.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/25/17

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Giving up doesn’t mean you’re weak.  Sometimes you’re just strong enough to let go.”   —   Taylor Swift

(Wow!  I have to admit this is a pretty good quote.  Are we sure she wasn’t paraphrasing someone else?  Either way, I still can’t be bothered by her kind of music.  Sorta country, sorta pop.  Yer uncle is an alt rocker.  I felt bad for the whole Kanye interruption thing, but I’m sure that made her bigger than she was at the time.  So, that very easily could have been orchestrated.  I always felt the same way about John Travolta’s messing up Idina Menzels’s name.  Adela Dazeem???  C’mon!  That wasn’t even close.  Had to be a set up.  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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