Archive for October 19th, 2018

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/19/18

Never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”   —   Winston Churchill

(There should be a comma after IN.  And, this is only a segment of the much larger quote where he was essentially rebuking the appeasement policy of his predecessor Prime Ministers.  Everyone kind of dumps on Neville Chamberlain, but he was continuing the same policy of his predecessors.  Ironically, we are now in the midst of a kind of appeasement with Saudi Arabia.  We’ve put up with their human rights violations for quite a long time, because of various oil and arms deals, and because of their supposed status as being an “ally”.  But, can we seriously allow them to get away with murdering  an American citizen???  Currently, it’s still an “alleged murder”, but it does appear to be so.  I’ve been extremely leery of Saudi Arabia ever since 9/11/2001.  Things have only gotten worse since their involvement in the civil war in Yemen.  With friends like this . . . who needs enemies?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/19/18

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Visual Description:  Earnest astronomy lesson.

SIBKR  =  BRISK,  SOYBS  =  BOSSY,  TUBODI  =  OUTBID,  AITUCQ  =  ACQUIT   —   Giving us:  BRIOSSUTIAUIT

Clue/Question:  When he taught students about the brightest star in the night sky, he was – – –

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Answer: SIRIUS ABOUT IT

(A brilliant stinky pun!  A shining example of David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek’s puzzling skills.  And, a great way to cap off the work week.  I’ve been noticing Mars in the southeast evening sky lately, not too far off from the moon.  I always take the time to gaze upon the cosmos, as I walk my Wally-boy at night.  I can’t really identify all that much of it, but I do have a great appreciation for all its majesty.

All of today’s clue words are old favorites again.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, with “soybs” having definitely been used before.  “Bossy” is one of those words that spells out in alphabetical order.  The 13-letter answer letter layout was a fairly cryptic jumble.  It didn’t seriously give anything away.

The clue/question’s leading nature, the cartoon’s dialog, and the quotation marks were all big clues for me.  Fortunately, I do know that SIRIUS is the “Dog Star”.  But, I did pull down ABOUT IT first.  And, that’s when I got “SIRIUS”.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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