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Jumble Spoiler – 04/26/18

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Visual Description:  Mourning in the marina.


Clue/Question:  After seeing that his houseboat had been wrecked in the storm, his – – –

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(THAT is a real bummer!  It’s one of the main reasons why I don’t want a house on the beach/shore, or even along a river.  Storms and floods can take it all away from you.  I’m a confirmed mountain lake man.  Much safer, generally, at least in my mind.

All of the clue words are already on the ralis95 clue word database.  The jumble “finsf” has definitely been used in the past.  The other three appear to be . . . new.  I thought “eegula” was fairly challenging.  The answer letter layout may have been the best jumble of the day.  I found there to be nothing obvious about it.

Great cartoon!  Even thought there is clear devastation, it shows the calm after the storm.  The sailboat on the horizon is NOT sinking this time!  Although, the tilted mast of the sunken sailboat, in the harbor, does kind of hint at the classic version.  Overall, a very satisfying Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/25/18

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The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others.”   —   Any Poehler

(Very few – if any – can go it alone.  We all need to help each other out in this life.  I’ve always been a big Amy Poehler fan.  It’s great that we’re seeing her as of late.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/25/18

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Visual Description:  Funky flight attendant.


Clue/Question:  The hypnotist who worked in Europe and North America was – – –

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(That’s a good stinky pun!  It gets the Uncle Rave Seal of Approval!  All of today’s clue words are tried and true old friends.  Yet, all of their jumbles are coming up as newbies!  I didn’t struggle with any of them.  ACCEPT is one of those words that spells out in alphabetical order.

The answer letter layout was another masterful, 14-letter jumble.  Separating the Ts helped to make it a challenging jumble.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some of you struggled a bit to get the answer.

Fun cartoon.  It shows a nice amount of diversity.  The guy probably does not work for the airline, and maybe he was intending to only hypnotize one passenger.  But, it looks like the effect kind of spread.  The guy with the headphones is likely NOT hypnotized.  He can’t see the pendulum from his angle, and he can’t hear the sound of the svengali’s voice.  I guess he just looks like that naturally.  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/24/18

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The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.”   —   George Santayana

(A very colorful writer!  We should bear his words in mind, as we sit on the couch, with our tablets/cell phones on our bellies, watching YouTube videos of cats.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/24/18

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Visual Description:  I Love Lucy meets Willy Wonka.


Clue/Question:  The story about the candy factory was – – –

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(A very tasty Tuesday pun!  And, it certainly was not like taking candy from a baby!  You had to do a little work to get this one.  At least I did.

All of the clue words were Jumble work horses.  But, all of their jumbles appear to be new.  It took a few looks for me to figure out “pretu”.  The answer letter layout was a 13-letter master jumble.  “AND” kind of spelled out in order, but the individual letters were separated by some letters.  The likelihood of “AND” being the middle word helped me out some, as my idiom radar was a little off this morning.  It took me a few looks to figure that ERTHESTWSO was the SHORT and SWEET of it.

The cartoon has lots to like.  The semi-Wonka-esque tour guide, the little kids eating gummy worms and candy canes, Dad with, no doubt, a piece of chocolate, and Ethel and Lucy wo-manning the increasingly faster assembly line!  Dad seems a little disappointed, maybe even a little miffed, that the tour wasn’t longer.  The Willy Wonka aspect might be a bit of a stretch on my part, but it’s one of my daughter’s all-time favorite movies!  She says the lines of the characters, right on cue, in a number of scenes.  I think she fancies herself as a female version of Charlie.  I need to take a trip out to Hershey, PA one of these days!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/23/18

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I find television very educating.  Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”   —   Groucho Marx

(Just a little irony, from one of the kings of the Golden Age of Television!  I highly doubt that he found anything dull about the paychecks TV provided him!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/23/18

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Visual Description:  Mushy serendipity!


Clue/Question:  He felt that fate was leading him to give her a smooch.  It was – – –

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Answer:  KISSMET

(If he were shopping at Uncle Rave’s Used Car lot, instead of being out on a date, it woulda been “KAR-MA”!  A bright and cheery pun for a Monday morning.  A great way to ease into the week.  There were no new clue words today, although it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen “jostle”.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “saume” having definitely been used before.

The answer letter layout was a well thought out jumble.  There was nothing obvious there.  The clues to the answer were in the dialog word “destiny”, and in the clue/question word “fate”.  I know:  Thank you, Captain Obvious!

The cartoon was a classic end of a date, doorstep scene.  Very symmetrical, with some unusual framing.  Were the upper corners of the frame kind of filled in in your paper???  They were in mine.  Hey!  Maybe “Kismet” will be the next big Broadway revival!  You heard it here first, folks!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/22/18

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The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”   —   Nietzsche

(I used to try to put that positive spin on people with Alzheimer’s.  But, with them there’s a lot of frustration and fear.  And, nobody enjoys those things.  Be well and do good, friends!

Hey, Happy Earth Day!  Do something good today, like plant a tree or bush, or go around picking up litter, and put it in its place.  Hopefully, something like a recycling bin.  It’s a BIG day for birthdays today!  Too many to mention them all, so I’ll give you my personal favorites.  The Incomparable Jack Nicholson is 81, the Marvelous Mel Carter is 79, the Genius John Waters is 72, Rock singers Peter Frampton and Paul Carrack are 68 and 67, respectively.  And, actor Joe Bottoms is 64.  A slew of others under 60, so Happy Birthday to all the rest.  Or, LAL HET SERT as Jeff Knurek would say!)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/22/18

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Visual Description:  The updated reboot of “Sister, Sister”:  “Brother, Brother”!


Clue/Question:  The two siblings expressed their displeasure with their family’s plans – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  “(6-letters)” -(2-letters) – “(6-letters)”

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(“Oh, we ain’t got a barrel of money.  Maybe we’re not always funny.  But, we travel along, writin’ this blog.  Stride with pride.”  Thank you, ladies and gentlemen!  I’ve got a million of them!

Hey!  Guess what, kids?  We have a brand new clue word today, in “LARGER”!  Yes, our good friend, ralis95, can add yet another word to his world famous clue word database.  How ’bout dat?  LARGE has been there almost since the beginning of time, but it took eons to pop on the comparative R.  Five of the jumbles appear to be new, as well, with “rulhoy” having definitely been used some time in the past.  It took me a couple of looks to see “indigo” and “radish”.  It’s funny because I like radishes, but when they put some on my plate, last night, with tacos carnitas, I treated them like they were something from another planet!  RADISHES?!  We don’t need no stinkin’ RADISHES!!!  I can be one bad-ass bandito, when I want to be.

The answer letter layout was both amazing AND remarkable!  A truly cryptic jumble, that makes you work for the answer.  I bet, even with the quotation marks – and superfluous hyphens – that a good number of you struggled – some – to get today’s answer.  GOOD!  Struggle builds character!  At the very least, struggle builds synapses between neurons and receptors in our noggins!  And, as Martha would say:  “That’s a good thing!”

The cartoon is a classic middle class family scene.  Sure, the boys are standing next to each other, but there is no cheesy, overt bonus clue.  The “Sister, Sister” show was one of my daughter Katrina’s favorites, when she was a kid.  I used to tease her, ALL THE TIME, by calling it “Moesha”, Moesha, because there was another sitcom that starred a Black teenage girl, that was running at the same time.  To this day, whenever I see Tia or Tamera, the stars of “Sister, Sister”, I’ll say to my daughter:  Look, hon!  It’s Moesha, Moesha!  When she was a kid it always frustrated her to no end, but now that she’s an adult, she just smiles at me and says I’m a moron!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/21/18

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”   —   Native American Proverb

(Truer words were never spoken!  But, I fear some Christians resent this truism, as it sort of contradicts a well known Bible passage.  Let’s put our prejudices away, and really hear the actuality.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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