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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/26/18

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Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”   —   Yehuda Berg

(I think this quote would have been better had Yehuda gone from the negative to the positive.  As it is, it ends up as kind of a downer.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/26/18

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Visual Description:  Perturbable pricing to laid back seating.

MORGO  =  GROOM,  NYACF  =  FANCY,  EZENSE  =  SNEEZE,  ROYHTN  =  THORNY   —   Giving us:  OOMFCNEZTOR

Clue/Question:  The price of the fancy new recliner was not in his – – –

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Answer:  COMFORT ZONE

(Not bad, for a Monday.  A little unusual for a clue word to be in the clue/question, but that really doesn’t make a difference.  All of the clue words are tried and true, yet all the jumbles appear to be new.  I thought that “ezense” was the most challenging of them.

The answer letter layout was a decent jumble.  Maybe MOTOR would have worked better than GROOM.  The resulting MOOFC would have hid the word COMFORT a little better than the OOMFC.  As it was, I kinda saw COMFORT right off the bat. 

Nice cartoon.  Before reading anything, my first impression was a guy in a business class airline seat.  The lady could have been a flight attendant.  But, the tags and dialog, and the clue/question brought me back to a straight and upright position.  Jeff’s boys made it to the Final Four.  They’ve got to play the underdog, Cinderella team, Loyola Chicago, who has Sister Jean in their corner!  And on Easter Eve no less!  That’s a tall order.  I’ll be pulling for Kansas to win it all, so I can watch Michigan/Loyola as a pure basketball fan.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/25/18

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Show me a man who has enjoyed his school days and I will show you a bully and a bore.”   —   Robert Morely

(A great character actor!  But, I suspect Robert was on the receiving end of bullying when he was in school.  I have mixed memories of my high school days, but all of my college days were enjoyable.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/25/18

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Visual Description:  The uncertain seamstress.

DULHED  =  HUDDLE,  HERTTE  =  TETHER,  IDRAWN  =  INWARD,  NAYMIL  =  MAINLY,  SAYILE  =  EASILY,  GAMEAD  =  DAMAGE   —   Giving us:  HDEHEWDMANEADM

Clue/Question:  When asked when she thought the dress would be finished, she – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (6-letters)  (3-letters)  (5-letters)

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Answer:  HEMMED AND HAWED

(A great old expression that may have eluded a few of you!  I wonder if even one of our guys has to occasionally look up some of these sayings.  Relative to a lot of us regular – hopefully – readers David and Jeff are young pups!  So many of our idioms are either old English, or have some kind of rural roots, so they are not as common place in our modern, more urban society.

None of today’s clue words are new, and only three of the jumbles came up as new.  We’ve seen “dulhed”, “sayile” and “gamead” in the past.  I’m guessing that “inward”, “mainly” and “easily” may have been the toughest for some of you to get.  Two of them because they begin with vowels.  The answer letter layout had a good number of repeating letters, so that, along with the cartoon and its dialog, made getting the answer pretty simple, for me.

The cartoon showed a nice little dress shop.  I liked the name on the door’s window:  Stitch In Time!  The bride-to-be sure hopes that every stitch will be in time!  It’s too late to bolt!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/24/18

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The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.”   —   H. Jackson Brown Jr.

(Ahh.  Mr. Warm and Fuzzy strikes again!  He supposedly got all these adages from his parents.  I guess they had to make up for naming him Harriet somehow!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/24/18

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Visual Description:  Pie-chart progress.

NUYNS  =  SUNNY,  URRMO  =  RUMOR,  BMMEEL  =  EMBLEM,  LUSODH  =  SHOULD   —   Giving us:  UNNRORMBESUD

Clue/Question:  Hula-Hoop sales were reported in – – –

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Answer:  ROUND NUMBERS

(Maybe I should’ve said Pi-chart?  For simplicity’s sake, they always round that to 3.14, but that’s because it seemingly goes on forever.  All of today’s clue words were tried and true, yet all of the jumbles are brand-spanking new!  Old or new, I saw them all instantly today. 

The answer letter layout was a dandy of a jumble, but I was able to see the answer instantaneously.  I think we may have had too many visual clues, to make this one at all challenging.  But, sometimes that’s just me, and a few of you will say that it took you a few looks.  How about it?  did most of you breeze through this, like me?

The cartoon was a nice little conference room scene.  I have to fess up, that I am undoubtedly THE worst hula-hooper in the history of the sport/game!  I move my hips, but they never seems to make enough  contact with the hoop, and the hoop ends up on the ground with the first rotation!  It’s tragic, because it has always looked like so much fun, as well as being great exercise.  The strange thing is, I’m not one of those uncoordinated boobs.  I do have some physical skills.  Oh, well.  At least I’m pretty good at the Jumble and the Cryptoquote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/23/18

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Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my line life.”   —   Tom Petty

(Music can be magical for all of us, I think.  It can transport us to a different time and place, and age.  It allows us to believe we are who we always dreamt we’d be.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/23/18

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Visual Description:  Hey, R&A!  It doesn’t matter if you had the first Open Championship.  It’s now the British Open!  Deal with it, you Limey twits!!!

MPIRC  =  CRIMP,  SOMEO  =  MOOSE,  RRAATT  =  TARTAR,  SULBEH  =  BUSHEL   —   Giving us:  CRIMOETAARUSEL

Clue/Question:  In the early days of golf, the flags were made out of – – –

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Answer:  COURSE MATERIAL

(Not SOURCE MATERIAL!  Although, that could be a punny answer for a different scenario, I suppose.  We were just discussing the words coarse and course just about a week ago.  Canvas is not as coarse as burlap, and probably more durable.

All of today’s clue words are old favorites, and only one jumble is coming up as new.  We’ve seen “someo”, “rraatt” and “sulbeh” in the past.  The answer letter layout was a nifty cryptic jumble.  It hid the answer nicely.  It took me a minute or two to realize that the second word was MATERIAL.  The CROUSE gave me COURSE, which gave me the pun.  Usually, I get the idiom outright.

The cartoon has the classic look of St. Andrews, with the North Sea as its backdrop, with the classic sinking sailboat, and a very high-tech lawn mower!  The guy tending the pin is no doubt a redhead!  Both of the laddies in their kilts, wearing their tam o’shanters!  There used to be a beer and ale out of Rochester, NY called Tam o’Shanter.  It was before my time, but I do have a bottle opener with the name on it.  Fun Friday Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/22/18

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To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measure with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”   —   Douglas Adams

(That usually generates the bigger tips!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/22/18

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Visual Description:  Pro-Am match?

SATTY  =  TASTY,  VOLNE  =  NOVEL,  RIHFTT  =  THRIFT,  WKEYEL  =  WEEKLY   —   Giving us:  ASTNOLITWEL

Clue/Question:  The tennis player hadn’t lost a single game to her opponent and was – – –

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Answer:  ALL SET TO WIN

(This one wasn’t a piece of cake either!  It took me a couple of minutes to come up with.  No new clue words and only two new jumbles today.  We’ve seen “satty” and “volne” before.

The answer letter layout was a wonderful jumble.  It didn’t give anything away.

The cartoon was a classic tennis scene.  Did Kathy ever play Billie Jean???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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