Archive for January, 2018

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/31/18

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My stories run up and bite me in the leg – I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite.”   —   Ray Bradbury

(A true giant of 20th Century American literature!  He says that he wrote everyday of his life, from around age 12 on.  I guess that means he was bitten every day!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/31/18

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Visual Description:  Polecat perception.

FINKE  =  KNIFE,  TBUDO  =  DOUBT,  GONLOA  =  LAGOON,  SSUIME  =  MISUSE   —   Giving us:  KNIDOTGONISS

Clue/Question:  The skunk knew exactly when to spray, thanks to – – –

 

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Answer:  GOODINSTINKS

(A putrid pun!  Really acrid.  Sort of like a burning tire.  Even without consulting the world famous ralis95 clue word database, I knew that today’s clue words were all old favorites.  But, I checked anyway.  It’s part of the routine.  Hey, sometimes I surprise myself, and there’s a word that’s not on the list.  Three of the jumbles came up as new though.  We’ve definitely seen “finke” before.  David’s answer letter layout was a fine jumble also.  Jeff’s cartoon and dialog were also great.  We had a young fox trot through our backyard yesterday morning.  Much smaller than the one I saw a block away last week.  Thankfully, I think the skunks are still hibernating.

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Did anyone get up early to watch the Tom Selleck moon?  I did, and it was a bit of a ripoff for us East coasters.  Sure, it was “super”.  Yeah, it was a “blue moon”.  But, we got next to nothing of the “blood”, aka the eclipse.  I watched it until about 10 to 7:00.  It had a slight shade at the upper left portion of it, as it was sinking in the horizon, and the dawn was nearly breaking.  We East coasters usually get gypped, when it comes to astrological events.  Oh, well.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/30/18

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I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”   —   Frida Kahlo

(This appears to be the first Frida Kahlo quotation, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  A wonderful artist, who was married – on and off – to the artist Diego Rivera, and lived an extraordinary life, albeit a short one.  So many of her self-portraits exaggerate her eyebrows.  The one above is a little more subtle.  I don’t mind a little bit of a mustache on a woman, but I would have introduced her to tweezing the brows, if I had been in Diego’s shoes.  Salma Hayek did a wonderful job portraying her in the movie “Frida”.  Love me some Salma!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/30/18

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Visual Description:  Middle school misery.

TYEPT  =  PETTY,  ORNHO  =  HONOR,  SMUFOA  =  FAMOUS,  LAMCYL  =  CALMLY   —   Giving us:  ETTHRFAAM

Clue/Question:  He didn’t do so well on his Algebra test and worried about the – – –

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Answer:  AFTERMATH

(I love a good stinky pun!  And, today’s answer fits the bill.  All of the clue words are tried and true, and two of the jumbles appear to be new.  Hoyt has definitely used “tyept” and “lamcyl” in the past.  The answer letter layout made for a nifty jumble too.  I don’t think there was anything obvious about it.  Jeff’s cartoon’s dialog and the leading nature of the clue/question were all you really needed.  Classic cartoon classroom.  I never liked/appreciated Algebra when I was a kid.  I don’t like blaming my teachers, but I just never picked up on the practical applications of it.  And, I just barely got it . . .  after flunking it, and retaking it the next year.  The article below probably would have been of some help to me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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https://www.thoughtco.com/what-is-algebra-why-take-algebra-2311937

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/29/18

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I think fame itself is not a rewarding thing.  The most you can say is that it gets you a seat in restaurants.”   —   David Bowie

(Apparently, far too many use their “fame” to take . . . liberties with others.  It sounds like Ziggy Stardust was far more grounded than many give him credit for.  Attaboy, Mr. Jones!  Miss you.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/29/18

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Visual Description:  Executive perks.

CIHNF  =  FINCH,  RARUL  =  RURAL,  DEMLID  =  MIDDLE,  ACRAME  =  CAMERA   —   Giving us:  NHRAMICA

Clue/Question:  The head of the recliner factory was the – – –

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Answer:  CHAIRMAN

(Yeah, man.  Can you dig it?  “You gotta love livin’, baby, ’cause dyin’ is a pain in the ass.”  You feelin’ me, bruh?  Aight boom!  This is a good stinky pun.  All of the clue words are tried and true.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “demlid” having been used before.  The answer letter layout was a swell jumble.  And, it was a fine cartoon.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/28/18

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It was a little all-too-devouring, just gobble, gobble, gobble.  No social content.”   —   Ralph Nader on PAC-MAN

(This is our first Ralph Nader quote!  It made for an unusual solve.  I think it’s the first time they added a qualifier to the author’s name, which made solving it a little slow.  It’s an amusing quote.  Of course I played some PAC-MAN in my day.  But, I never really got caught up in much of the video game craze.  I remember liking Asteroids though.  And, also that one where the gorillas would toss exploding bananas at each other.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/28/18

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Visual Description:  Deep water doings.

TRAYRE  =  ARTERY,  MULTEB  =  TUMBLE,  HANEVE  =  HEAVEN,  SEPUUR  =  PURSUE,  MDYIAS  =  DISMAY,  RICAGL  =  GARLIC   —   Giving us:  AEUEEENURSDSGAL

Clue/Question:  When the crustaceans started playing sports on the ocean floor, they had – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (7-letters)  (5-letters)  THE  (3-letters)

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Answer:  LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

(This one was a toughie all-around!  None of the clue words are new, but all of the jumbles appear to be so.  And, some of them were pretty challenging.  The only ones I saw immediately were “tumble”, “heaven”, and “garlic”.  I love garlic!  Once again I played around with the possibility of “rarety” before coming up with “artery”.  And again, I tried to to make “puruse” before I saw “pursue”.  The jumble for “dismay” gave me a little pause too, but not like the others.  The answer letter layout was diabolical!  A truly masterful jumble.  Great job, Hoyt!  With the benefit of the free THE in the answer line I was able to fairly quickly surmise UNDER THE SEA.  But, it took me quite a while to make anything out of EEUSGAL.  Today’s answer really wasn’t any kind of idiom.  It was just a pun on sports leagues, so I think that’s one of the reasons it took me so long.  The cartoon is classic Knurek!  Great sea critters, and even a submarine passing by in the background.  For some reason, the little face next to the Pacific Division sign reminded me of the animated character Fred, from Channel 1, on the old “Captain Kangaroo” show.  I loved that show as a kid!  Looking Fred up, he really looks nothing like that, but I did find some nice memorial cartoons that some cartoonists did upon Bob Keeshan’s passing.  Instead of pics and drawings of sea creatures I’m giving you the Bob Keeshan cartoons, because the show meant so much to me.  David and Jeff did an outstanding job today though!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/27/18

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If you hype something and it succeeds, you’re a genius, it wasn’t hype; if you hype it and it fails, then it’s just a hype.”   —   Neil Bogart

(Aah!  The famous 1970s record executive who signed and promoted Kiss, Donna Summer, and the Village People, among others.  Tragically, his life was cut short by Lymphoma, at the age of 39.  Such a shame.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/27/18

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Visual Description:  Are you smarter than a 2nd Grader?

FRADW  =  DWARF (or, LITTLE PERSON),  TOSOD  =  STOOD,  NOHHOC  =  HONCHO,  THURCC  =  CRUTCH   —   Giving us:  DASDOT

Clue/Question:  The seven and nine didn’t get along and were often – – –

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Answer:  AT ODDS

(EVEN an ODD-ball like me knows that a ZERO can be MORE THAN a NOTHING.  And, my math skills are LESS THAN . . . CARDINAL!  Fun with puns!

All of today’s clue words are tried and true.  And new jumbles and old jumbles . . . were tied at TWO.  We’ve definitely seen “nohhoc” and “thurcc” be-FOUR.  The answer letter layout was pretty BASIC or . . . COMMON CORE?  It served its PRIMARY role.  Ooh!  My puns have gotten pretty RANK.

It looks like Jeff might be moonlighting at “Sesame Street”, or something.  My favorite character was always the COUNT!  Okay.  I’m done.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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