Archive for August, 2018

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/31/18

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you are further along in life than most people.”   —   Leonardo Dicaprio

(Very true.  This is the first time we’ve seen a Leo Dicaprio quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, welcome to the Cryptoquote Club, Leo!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/31/18

Visual Description:  Guacamole?

MYOCF  =  COMFY,  LEYAM  =  MEALY,  ENLHIA  =  INHALE,  LIREOO  =  ORIOLE   —   Giving us:  MFYALHEOIL

Clue/Question:  When making a new home, prairie dogs burrow with help from the – – –

Answer:  HOLE FAMILY

(But, of course.  Let that sink in.  Is it penetrating?  Can you dig it?  I knew that you could.  A very cute Jumble.

Hoyt’s cavalcade of new words continues!  Today he has given us “comfy”, for the first time.  It too will soon enter into the world famous ralis95 clue word database!  I hesitated a little with both “comfy” and “mealy”, but I went for them anyway.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “lireoo” having been used before.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble.  Not obvious at all.

The cartoon is really cute.  Prairie dogs are friendly looking little buggers.  Kinda like otters.  I’m sure ranchers and such consider them burrowing vermin, but they’re one of nature’s creatures.  My wife brought my daughter a salad with guacamole yesterday, and it immediately made me think of the whack-a-mole game, which explains my silly Visual Description.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/30/18

I don’t want problems solved for me.  I want the fishing rod, not the fish.”   —   Yanni

(Yanni’s take on the classic “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”  Sometimes attributed to Maimonides, sometimes to Lao Tzu, and sometimes to a bunch of other bygone folk.  Yanni is just asking to be taught, so he can figure things out for himself.  A noble aspiration.  We welcome Yanni to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/30/18

Visual Description:  Kindergarten math.

HITTG  =  TIGHT,  HNIKT  =  THINK,  XUFOOT  =  OUTFOX,  NLEENK  =  KENNEL   —   Giving us:  GHTTINOTOXNNE

Clue/Question:  The number 1 is so low that its value is – – –

Answer:  NEXT TO NOTHING

(It’s also “the loneliest number that you ever knew”, according to Three Dog Night!  An excellent band from my childhood days, by the way.  Many hits and memorable songs.  “One” being one of them.  I didn’t realize that the majority of their songs were written by other artists and song writers.  But, when you see the list of songs and their actual writers, they all make perfect sense.  At least to me they do.

Guess what, again???  Yes, we have another new clue word!  Our pal, ralis95, will have to update his world famous clue word database for the word “outfox”.  Hoyt is REALLY on a roll!  And not like some deli sandwich, either!  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “hittg” having been used in the past.  The answer letter layout was a beautiful, 13-letter jumble.  Extremely well-constructed.  Not even giving away nothing!  The visual of the white board, and the leading nature of the clue/question is what tipped me off to the answer.

Standard classroom setting, with a pretty young teacher, and some cute little tykes.  I cannot say that I had zero ice cream last night, as I had an ice cream sandwich.  I wonder why icecream hasn’t been made into a compound word yet?  Seems like a no-brainer, to me.  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/29/18

A good many car drivers don’t need seat belts as much as they need straight jackets.”   —   Source Unknown

(I’m pretty sure this unknown source was somebody’s mom!  I think they – the drivers – are mostly adrenaline junkies.  They’ve got the need for speed!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/29/18

Visual Description:  Assembly line aroma.

ODPOR  =  DROOP,  LXIEE  =  EXILE,  SKCITY  =  STICKY,  CLAHNB  =  BLANCH   —   Giving us:  DEETNC

Clue/Question:  The pennies were just minted and had a unique smell.  This made them – – –

Answer:  CENTED  (Not DECENT)

(I thought I’d nip THAT one right in the bud!  Even though DECENT would fit, it does not make for a relevant pun.  And, puns is the name of the game, at the Jumble!

Guess what?  We have yet another new clue word today, in “blanch”.  Yes, our dear old buddy, ralis95, will once again be updating his world famous clue word database!  Fortunately, he enjoys stuff like this.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “odpor” having been used sometime in the past.  The answer letter layout was a fine, short jumble.

Cute cartoon.  Slightly reminiscent of that “I Love Lucy” episode, where Lucy and Ethel worked at the chocolate candy factory.  There’s been lots of talk about discontinuing the penny.  Even though there is virtually no copper in them anymore, they cost much more to make than they’re worth!  I believe Canada has already done so.  For me, it’s sad to think of a world without pennies.  But, time marches on.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/28/18

The first step to get what you want is to get rid of what you don’t.”   —   Paulo Coelho

(Another new guy to the Cryptoquote Club!  Welcome, Paulo!  I jumped the gun early on, and made the author’s first name Pablo.  This led me to making the words “you” into “job“.  I was thinking:  Wow!  This is a very rough translation!  I actually inserted the word “you” between “job” and “want”, and then between “job” and “don’t” to get it to make sense to me.  I did not realize my mistake until I Googled Pablo Coelho, but it redirected me to Paulo Coelho.  Okay, so now I know better.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/28/18

Visual Description:  Oh!  So that’s what the Illuminati looks like!

ELCTF  =  CLEFT,  PRNUS  =  SPURN,  GLEYCR  =  CLERGY,  IWIGRN  =  WIRING   —   Giving us:  CLERNCERIIN

Clue/Question:  The small meeting of the shapes was called by the – – –

Answer:  INNER CIRCLE

(Very clever pun.  Sorta like one of Hoyt’s other games.  The one where you have to figure out a phrase based on some funky pictures.  He puts it up on Facebook sometimes.  I’m not all that good at it.

But, our Head Word-Nerd has given us ANOTHER new clue word today, in “wiring”!  Boy, he sure is keeping our good friend, ralis95, busy, updating his world famous clue word database.  I think we’re coming up on 32 and 1/2 pages.  Or, maybe even a little more!  All of today’s jumbles came up as new.  None of them tripped me up any.  The answer letter layout was a masterful jumble, but I just knew that CIRCLE had to be the second word of the answer.  Maybe if he had used FLECK instead of “cleft”, and left us with LEC instead of CLE it might have been a little tougher.  We’ll never know!

Cute cartoon!  That circle looks like he’s up to no good.  Before reading the clue/question, I was thinking street signs instead of shapes.  Although I’ve never seen a street sign in the shape of a star before.  The triangle and the star brought drinks with them to the meeting.  What could these shapes be plotting?  Hmm!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Happy Birthday to my brother, Geoff!  Boy, that guy is getting old!  LOL!   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/27/18

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The wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.”   —   Nancy Wynne Newhall

(A very interesting woman, who appeared to be slightly ahead of her time.  She wrote mainly about the photography of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.  She was the wife of the former curator and director of the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, Mr. Beaumont Newhall.  She also had substituted for her husband as the curator of the department of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, while he was serving in the military, during WWII.  She died in a tragic accident on the Snake River of Grand Teton National Park, in 1974.  But, we welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/27/18

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Visual Description:  Annnd . . . ACTION!  (English language lesson.)

BROOT  =  ROBOT,  LIVTA  =  VITAL,  AYRSLA  =  SALARY,  EEFLNN  =  FENNE  —   Giving us:  RBVALYEL

Clue/Question:  How do you say action words such as give, accept, obey and untie?

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Answer:  VERBALLY

(Okay, kids!  Understand?  I’m sure you all can grasp and recognize and comprehend what action words are.  I’m pretty solid with nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  After that I get a little lost in the English language lingo.  Participles and prepositions and syntax, and this, that and the other thing . . . I just try to wing it, and hope that I’m understood.

Hoyt has given us yet another new clue word, in “fennel”.  It’s a plant that is an aromatic and flavorful herb.  I’m not sure what it is mainly used to flavor.  Soups???  But, I do know enough not to confuse it with Fentanyl.  Our good friend, ralis95, can add this, along with yesterday’s “bookie”, to his world famous clue word database.   All of today’s jumbles are coming up as new.  None of them tripped me up today.  The answer letter layout made for a nice jumble too.  It just couldn’t hide what, to me, was a fairly obvious answer.

Nice elementary classroom setting cartoon.  Do schools even use chalk and blackboards anymore?  Or, do they only use whiteboards and dry erasable markers?  I’ll try to pay attention when I go to Colorado, to visit/babysit with my grandkids.  Not sure if I’ll be posting the spoilers that week, or not.  I’ll let you know, one way or another.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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