Archive for November, 2017

Jumble Spoiler – 11/30/17

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Visual Description:  Faulty foundation.

CARKO  =  CROAK,  TXSYI  =  SIXTY,  NKREEL  =  KERNEL,  HARRET  =  RATHER   —   Giving us:  COSTYKRRAT

Clue/Question:  The stone wall would eventually get finished, in spite of the – – –

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Answer:  ROCKY START

(Not exactly a jewel of a Jumble, but a reliable mainstay of the word game.  No regular puzzler would skip it!  All of today’s clue words are old favorites.  Although, checking the ralis95 clue word database has become quite a chore, since this most recent Windows 10 “update”.  The PDF file comes up in this ridiculously small font now, and it won’t let me set it to a larger one!  Every one of the jumbles came up as new though.  The answer letter layout was a nice jumble, but it didn’t do much to hide the answer.  Fine cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/30/17

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Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”   —   A. A. Milne

(It’s kind of a shame that he’s remembered, almost exclusively – by shlubs like me, at least – as the guy who wrote “Winnie-the-Pooh”.  He was actually quite prolific, writing screenplays and plays, novels and non-fiction, poetry, etc., etc.  Didn’t a movie about his success with Pooh just come out recently?  I rarely go to the movies these days.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/29/17

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The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.”   —   Harriet Beecher Stowe

(Of course, I’d like getting the truth in the beginning and the middle as well!  Our governments, the corporate media, and our history books, are only interested in giving us their “truth”.  But, it is possible to glean – at least some of – the truth, from all of their rigmarole, if you learn to read between the lines.  Don’t just accept all that you’re told, folks.  Ask questions.  Don’t be afraid to question authority.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/29/17

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Visual Description:  Grass-snafu.

CHITK  =  THICK,  UNOWD  =  WOUND,  MRAYWL  =  WARMLY,  VABHEE  =  BEHAVE   —   Giving us:  THIWNWRYEAE

Clue/Question:  When the farmer’s baler malfunctioned, things – – –

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Answer:  WENT HAYWIRE

(Wunderbar!  A great old American idiom.  Looking up things for this post sent me on too many tangents though!  No new clue words, although all of the jumbles came up as new.  I didn’t think any of them were particularly tough though.  The answer letter layout was the best jumble!  It did a wonderful job of disguising the answer.  The cartoon is great too.  It shows some proper bales of hay, as well as the mangled ones.  Today’s Jumble put me in mind of some lyrics from a 1975 Southern Rock – Charlie Daniels Band – song:  “Elvin Bishop’s sittin’ on a bale of hay.  He ain’t good lookin’ but he sure can play.  And there’s ZZ Top and you can’t forget that old brother Willy’s gettin’ soakin’ wet.  And all the good people down in Tennessee are diggin’ barefoot Jerry and the CDB.”  LOL!  Dems were my glory days, peeps!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/28/17

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Visual Description:  Giving it the ol’ college try.

SRNUP  =  SPURN,  PMLIE  =  IMPEL,  LATEHH  =  HEALTH,  OBFEER  =  BEFORE   —   Giving us:  SPIHHOE

Clue/Question:  He really wanted to say hello to the woman and had – – –

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Answer:  HI HOPES

(“Just what makes that little old ant, think he’ll move that rubber tree plant.  Anyone knows an ant can’t move a rubber tree plant.”  Yeah!  Sing it, Francis!  A simple, but effective, pun.  No new clue words today, but three of the jumbles came up as new.  We have seen “latehh” before.  Nice job with the answer letter layout.  It wasn’t so obvious.  The cartoon reminds me of my days in college.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

(Tough) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/28/17

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Love the art in yourself and not yourself in the art.”   —   Constantin Stanislavski

(Awards and adulation are all well and good, but you can’t let that be the driving force.  Be true to your craft.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/27/17

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Visual Description:  Grammatical tenses.

GNEBU  =  BEGUN,  SUHEO  =  HOUSE,  SMIRPH  =  SHRIMP,  VTINEN  =  INVENT   —   Giving us:  BEOSRVE

Clue/Question:  The teacher was explaining action words to the students and was being – – –

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Answer:  VERBOSE

(The obverse of this anagram is observe!  LOL!  I liked this pun.  It was a little different.  And, not – initially – all that obvious to me.  I saw observe right away though.  No new clue words, but two new jumbles.  We’ve seen both “suheo” and “smirph” before.  The answer letter layout was pretty nifty.  Decent cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR 

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/27/17

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My daddy was a minister, my grandfather was a Voodoo priest, my uncle was a mason; I was raised with a lot of studies.”   —   Wyclef Jean

(I think I prefer Lauryn Hills songs!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/26/17

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If you want to say it with flowers, remember that a single rose screams in your face:  ‘I’m cheap!’”   —   Delta Burke

(I thought we’d had a Delta Burke quotation before!  But, nothing came up in my Tags.  Hmm.  Funny quote though!  I’m sure there are times when a single rose is not necessarily cheap, but actually appropriate.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 11/26/17

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Visual Description:  All rhyme no reason.

MESSEA  =  SESAME,  VARSOY  =  SAVORY,  MURMES  =  SUMMER,  NUEVEA  =  AVENUE,  VRRIED  =  DRIVER,  MSSETY  =  SYSTEM   —   Giving us:  SSESVRSERVUERVESSE

Clue/Question:  The poetry competition featured – – –

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

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Answer:  VERSES VERSUS VERSES

(Ehh, sort of.  Just rhyming words never really impressed me much.  All of the clue words are old favorites, with five of the jumbles coming up as new.  We have seen “messea” before.  An impressive 18-letter answer letter layout, but a lot of repeat letters made for a quick solve.  Splendid cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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