Archive for March 11th, 2018

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/11/18

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To me the outdoors is what you must pass through in order to get from your apartment into a taxicab.”   —   Fran Lebowitz

(I hate quotations like this.  They can be funny, coming from a Fran Drescher character, but otherwise they just sound ignorant, to me.  I hope Ms. Lebowitz was just trying to be clever.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/11/18

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Visual Description:  Down on his luck bicyclist.

MELTHE  =  HELMET,  FRAYDT  =  DRAFTY,  MMLEEB  =  EMBLEM,  BONDOY  =  NOBODY,  RULPLA  =  PLURAL,  TANDET  =  ATTEND   —   Giving us:  HEDATEEMODPLLTED

Clue/Question:  To raise money quickly, the athlete sold his Olympic gold by putting the – – – 

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  “(6-letters)” (2-letters) (3-letters) “(5-letters)”

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Answer:  PEDDLE TO THE MEDAL

(Ooh!  A double pun!  A bicycle pedal, and the precious metal!  I really can’t claim much about today’s solve, as I let my daughter and her boyfriend do the Jumble today.  All the clue words looked very familiar though.  But, all of the jumbles came up as new!

The answer letter layout was a very impressive 16-letters long.  And, nothing jumps out at me as obvious.  I think this one might have taken me quite a bit of time to solve.

Great pawn shop cartoon.  The clerk looks like the stereotypical sleazy kind of guy that would work/own a pawn shop.  Championship rings, World Series trophy, and a Super Bowl trophy, along with the standard musical instrument.  Very nice.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Saturday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/10/18

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Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.”   —   Theodore Dreiser

(I’d never heard of this gentleman before, but I really like the way that he wrote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Saturday Jumble Spoiler – 03/10/18

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Visual Description:  California Dreamin?

WYENL  =  NEWLY,  PADIL  =  PLAID,  KAWNEE  =  WEAKEN,  SILVUA  =  VISUAL   —   Giving us:  NIDEVI

Clue/Question:  The winery’s grapes were finally ready to pick.  They described the taste as – – –

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Answer:  DIVINE

(That’s a good stinky pun!  Lot’s of states grow grapes and have wineries.  New York’s Finger Lakes region is home to over 100 wineries.  There are wineries in the Hudson Valley, and even on Long Island.  New York is the #2 producer of wine in the U.S.  But, California is the best known state for wineries.  And, their wines are fine!

None of the clue words were new, but two jumbles came up as so.  Hoyt has used “wyenl” and “kawnee” before.  It’s been a while since they’ve used the clue word “visual”!  The answer letter layout was very good, for such a short answer.

Great cartoon.  The vintners look like young hippies.  Could be the Finger Lakes Region, or it could be the Napa Valley.  I love wine, but I still prefer beer.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Friday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/09/18

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The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.”   —   Herb Caen

(Probably better known to Californians – and more specifically San Franciscans – of a certain age, than the general population.  It looks like he was a rather witty fellow.  Welcome to the world of Cryptoquotes, Herb.  Posthumously, of course.  I wonder how many disgruntled Born Again Christians he’s run into, in the afterlife?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Friday Jumble Spoiler – 03/09/18

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Visual Description:  Sea traffic control.

KNOTE  =  TOKEN,  FIRTD  =  DRIFT,  SCEWHA  =  CASHEW,  GOINGN  =  NOGGIN   —   Giving us:  TOKDTCHEOIN

Clue/Question:  The harbor master had a busy day scheduled, with several ships – – –

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Answer:  ON THE DOCKIT

(A not-quite nauseating noxious nautical pun?  I know.  Dock-it off, Uncle!  All of Friday’s clue words were tried and true, with three of the jumbles being seemingly new.  Hoyt has definitely used “knote” before.  I hesitated on “cashew” just as before.  And, I always liked the word “noggin”.  That’s using your noggin!  My Dad used to say that a lot.  The answer letter layout was a beautifully cryptic jumble.  Nothing obvious there, at all.

The cartoon set things up very nicely.  The seawall with the warning light.  The container ship, and the cruise ship, on the horizon.  And the berths for the ships to park it.  Good job, guys.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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