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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/21/18

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All I want is the best of everything and there’s very little of that left.”   —   Cecil Beaton

(Our third Cecil Beaton quote in three weeks!  Maybe there’s someone new putting the Cryptoquote out?  This was one of the fastest solves in a while.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/21/18

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Visual Description:  Jumble Tire Center.

CWAYK  =  WACKY,  DEALG  =  GLADE,  NURYHG  =  HUNGRY,  WDERHS  =  SHREWD   —   Giving us:  WCGLEHUNSRE

Clue/Question:  To get his tools where they needed to be, the auto mechanic had to – – –

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Answer:  LUG WRENCHES

(A perfectly inflated pun!  I wouldn’t be surprised if this gave some of you a little trouble.  Even though all of the clue words were old friends, all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  I hesitated on “wacky” because I always think it’s whacky.

The answer letter layout was a sublime jumble.  I think it gave absolutely nothing away.

The cartoon does a great job of showing the guy struggling with all of his wrenches.  Even if he had his tool box he’d still be lugging his wrenches.  Right?  Fun Jumble though.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/20/18

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Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn.”   —   Lewis Grizzard

(A generally very descriptive summation of things.  This year we’re looking at 36° on the first day of Spring, and there is still snow on the ground.  They’re even talking about more snow coming in the next few days.  Then, I’m sure we’ll shoot right up to 70° for a week.  Then to 80°+ for the rest of the “Spring”.  We’ll likely see a heatwave before the Summer solstice.  I miss the old, more predictable seasons.  This guy, Grizzard, lived a short but interesting life.  But, look at all of the fun that he’s missing out on!  Be well and do good, my friends.  Happy Spring.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/20/18

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Visual Description:  The great indoors?

KAARP  =  PARKA,  KLFEU  =  FLUKE,  CLORSL  =  SCROLL,  TAPDUE  =  UPDATE   —   Giving us:  PAAFESCLUDA

Clue/Question:  The bird that accidentally flew inside the house – – –

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Answer:  CAUSED A FLAP

(I like it!  A good stinky pun.  It was just out there enough so it wasn’t obvious.  All of the clue words were old favorites.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “clorsl” having been definitely  used before. 

The answer letter layout was an awesome jumble.  David Hoyt is really on top of his game.

Jeff’s cartoon proves what an artist he is.  I really enjoyed the perspective.  A real bird’s eye view.  The bird might look a little angry, but I’m betting that he/she is just scared.  Open a door and a window, or two, and they’ll find their way out.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/19/18

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Most people in this society who aren’t actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics.”   —   Susan Sontag

(They must be running a special on Sue Sontag quotes!  Buy one, get one free!  Can’t argue with her here.  If I’m not active, I’ve definitely got the potential.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 03/19/18

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Visual Description:  Flopping like Dick Fosbury.

TOMEP  =  TEMPO,  OLYRG  =  GLORY,  SINOIV  =  VISION,  ROAPND  =  PARDON   —   Giving us:  TEOGRVIIDON

Clue/Question:  The high jumper was successful in practice, but his coach worried he was – – –

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Answer:  OVERDOING IT

(This gag would also work with the activity in the background, the pole vault.  You might even argue that it applies to the hurdles, the steeple chase, and other equine jumping events.  Are there any others?

All of today’s clue words are tried and true.  Unlike yesterday, where WAGGLE was new!  Got that, boss man?  All of the jumbles appear to be new, and “glory” spells out in alphabetical order.  The answer letter layout was jumpin’!  Or sumpin’.

Nice track and field cartoon.  You don’t really see all that many track and field events at the Summer Olympics anymore.  Mostly just the various races.  I can’t remember when I last saw the hammer throw, or the shot put, or the javelin.  They mostly show events where Americans excel, or there’s some high profile, charismatic star athlete, like Usain Bolt.  I always liked “Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport…”  The more popular events kinda bore me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/18/18

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An editor is one who separates the wheat from the chaff and prints the chaff.”   —   Adlai Stevenson

(Most likely said by II.  He was very popular with liberal-minded folks of the 1950s and early 1960s.  A well respected politician.  But, super tough running against the war hero, Eisenhower, and then the charismatic Jack Kennedy.  I wonder what he’d think of today’s media?  Yeesh!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/18/18

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Visual Description:  Non-committal neutral ground.

TFOINY  =  NOTIFY,  VTRIED  =  DIVERT,  GEWLAG  =  WAGGLE,  RRHEAD  =  HARDER,  DONORI  =  INDOOR,  MOLARN  =  NORMAL   —   Giving us:  TFDERALEHDIDOOM

Clue/Question:  There was nothing special about the boulevard’s new median.  It was just – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Hyphenated Words  (6-letters)-(2-letters)-(3-letters)-(4-letters)

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Answer:  MIDDLEOFTHEROAD

(Was this a wishy-washy pun, or a great stinky pun?  Hmm!  We were actually treated to a brand new clue word today, in “waggle”.  I penned it in ever so softly, because I was not sure it was a legitimate word.  I also lightly penned in the ALE in the answer letter layout, before looking at the cartoon and the clue/question.  It all worked out in the end, so I guess we need to alert ralis95, to add “waggle” to his world famous clue word database.

The other five clue words were well-jumbled, established clue words.  And, all six jumbles appear to be new.  The answer letter layout was a wonderfully cryptic jumble.  I found nothing about it to be obvious.

The cartoon, it’s dialog, and the clue/question made getting the answer easy for me.  For some strange reason the cartoon put me in mind of the tragic pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami, Florida this week.  A brand new bridge!  That one just boggles the mind!  Not what one would expect of a first world nation.  Sympathies and condolences to the families of all those who were killed or injured.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/17/18

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Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”   —   Leo Tolstoy

(It’s like I’m frequently telling you, folks.  The truth needs to be uncovered.  Don’t take all that we’re told, and shown, as “truth”.  Train yourselves to read between the lines.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/17/18

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Visual Description:  Clubhouse commission.

GROOF  =  FORGO,  EELXI  =  EXILE,  HUGONE  =  ENOUGH,  STULEA  =  SALUTE   —   Giving us:  FREEENGSE

Clue/Question:  The extra charge for the side salad at the golf course’s restaurant was a – – –

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Answer:  GREENS FEE

(Awesome Saint Paddy’s Day pun!  It’s too bad the Jumble isn’t in color today.  They can only suggest the color green.  None of the clue words were green.  Nope, they’re all old favorites.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “groof” having been used before.  I thought “stulea” was a great jumble.  I had to back into it.  Not sure if it was all that hard.  Some days I’m just not as patient as I should be.

The answer letter layout was grand!  It made for a naggin jumble.

The cartoon is great too.  I liked how the restaurant was opposite a putting green.  And, the whole thing is not a silly St. Paddy’s Day cliché.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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