Archive for October, 2017

Halloween Jumble Spoiler – 2017

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Visual Description:  “More candy?” . . . said no Mom, ever!

WROGL  =  GROWL,  TIDRH  =  THIRD,  GRLAUF  =  FRUGAL,  VFARLO  =  FLAVOR   —   Giving us:  GLTHIFUFLR

Clue/Question:  After eating so much candy, the scary trick-or-treaters were – – –

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Answer:  FRIGHTFULL

(A holiday appropriate stinky pun!  None of today’s clue words came up as new, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen any of them.  All of the jumbles came up as new, though.  I stumbled getting “flavor”, as I wrote out two thirds of VALOR, before realizing my mistake.  The answer letter layout was great, but the quotation marks and the hyphen made for a fairly simple solve, for me at least.  Spooky fun cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Halloween Cryptoquote Spoiler – 2017

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Sometimes there is no darker place than our thoughts, the moonless midnight of the mind.”   —   Dean Koontz

(Especially some of those people who thought up the Saw movies, and The Hills Have Eyes, and such!  Those are some very dark – and disturbed – minds, indeed!  Not really a fan of that genre.  It’s the reason why I can’t watch Criminal Minds, as well.  They make it seem like every other person out there is a sadistic serial killer.  I’d like to think a little better of our fragile humanity, thank you.  Our first quote from Dean Koontz, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  Today’s was a piece of cake, compared to yesterday’s cryptoquote.  Just scanning the first line I was able to figure out the “E”s and the “S”s.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/30/17

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Visual Description:  Fido’s ferocious focus.

HNOYE  =  HONEY,  NUYNB  =  BUNNY,  COTKEL  =  LOCKET,  COSLIA  =  SOCIAL   —   Giving us:  HEBNLTOAL

Clue/Question:  The dog who was very good at playing fetch was – – –

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Answer:  ON THE BALL

(The lady’s cup of coffee kinda threw me for a little!  But, I really like the little doggy’s intensity.  Reminds me a little of this toy Yorkie I tried to catch last week.  That little bugger was as quick as any cat!  Maybe, if I tried to tackle him, but I probably would have crushed the little guy. 

No new clue words, and only two new jumbles.  We’ve seen both “hnoye” and “coslia” before.  The answer letter layout was another masterful jumble.  It did a great job of hiding the answer.  Cute dog!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/30/17

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Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.”   —   Mary Shelley

(Clearly, this is a line from Frankenstein.  Was this Bud Abbott’s line, or Lou Costello’s?  Maybe it was the Wolfman’s, or Dracula’s.  Okay, so I’m just kidding.  But, so many of my cultural references do come from movies and television.  I’m not proud of it, but I’m not going to try to pull the wool over your eyes either.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/29/17

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An actor is a guy who, if you ain’t talking about him, ain’t listening.”   —   Marlon Brando

(This one took me longer than it should have!  My dear departed mom taught me that “ain’t” ain’t proper, so I fumbled and fussed for quite a while.  And, this appears to be our first Marlon Brando quote, so I didn’t see the author for a long time too.  Oh, yeah.  And my wife thinks like my dad looked like a young Marlon Brando!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/29/17

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Visual Description:  Mediocre Marcel Marceau.

FEHART  =  FATHER,  KECITP  =  PICKET,  NOOBBH  =  HOBNOB,  TRUGET  =  GUTTER,  CNEERO  =  ENCORE,  FENISU  =  INFUSE   —   Giving us:  FAHPKONOGTTNOEIS

Clue/Question:  The performer earned some money working as a mime, but it was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (7-letters)  (2-letters)  (5-letters)  (2-letters)

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Answer:  NOTHING TO SPEAK OF

(Lots to like about today’s Jumble!  No new clue words, but five new jumbles, by my count.  We’ve seen “truget” before.  I actually had some trouble getting “father”!  And, when was the last time we saw “hobnob”???  The answer letter layout was another masterpiece!  I was able to figure out the answer pretty quickly, but I gave it to my daughter and her boyfriend, and they got it, after a bit.  The cartoon did a good job of setting things up.  I’ve seen a lot of street performers come up almost empty handed, and that’s too bad.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/28/17

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The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.”   —   John Sladek

(Very funny, and sadly, probably very true.  Our first John Sladek quote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/28/17

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Visual Description:  Early assisted stargazers.

CIPYK  =  PICKY,  ROGPU  =  GROUP,  SMULSE  =  MUSSEL,  MENOYK  =  MONKEY   —   Giving us:  PIGOULONK

Clue/Question:  As more telescopes were purchased, the telescope maker’s business was – – –

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Answer:  LOOKING UP

(Oh, those crazy kids . . . and their fads!  Galileo did not invent the first telescope, but he was the first to use Lippershey’s invention, with some modifications, for astronomical purposes.  There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  The answer letter layout was a superb jumble.  But, the leading nature of the clue/question, and the cartoon characters, brought the answer quickly into focus.  Great period cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/27/17

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It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one’s memory.”   —   Edgar Degas

(Is this how Degas painted?  I thought, back in his day, that it was perfectly okay to stand/sit around, and sketch, while watching young girls danced.  From this quote, I would surmise that he watched for . . . some amount of time, then went back to his studio, and drew from memory.  Can any Art History majors clarify this issue for me?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 10/27/17

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Visual Description:  Congress, f i n a l l y working!

ENPUR  =  PRUNE,  DIBEA  =  ABIDE,  FAYSET  =  SAFETY,  TIMYUN  =  MUTINY   —   Giving us:  PREABISATNY

Clue/Question:  If politicians worked together to solve problems, then they could say – – – 

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Answer:  BYE“-PARTISAN

(Political parties have almost always been about partisanship.  But, there used to be more of a spirit of compromise, in the name of getting things done, for the good of the country.  Nowadays, everyone seems to be a hard-liner, and everyone seems reluctant to reach across the aisle.  And so, we all suffer from a form of gridlock.  Things simply don’t get done.  Both parties are guilty of this.  And, it needs to stop.

There are no new clue words today.  However, three of the jumbles came up as new, with “dibea” having been used before.  The answer letter layout was another masterpiece!  A superb jumble.  And, a cartoon right out of CSPAN!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I never knew that “munity” was a word!  When I miss-spelled  mutiny, WordPress did not correct me.  Apparently, it means:  a privilege that is granted.  Live and learn!     YUR


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