Archive for November, 2018

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/30/18

Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.”   —   Paulo Coelho

(Was?  Maybe he’s referring to his youth, or some other period of his life.  No matter what age – to an extent – timing is everything.  Just try to not let those moments pass by.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/30/18

Visual Description:  Surf’s – and prices are – up, dude!

SRBAH  =  BRASH,  OBTOA  =  TABOO,  RECCAS  =  SCARCE,  DECAAF  =  FACADE   —   Giving us:  BRSHTOOSRCAADE

Clue/Question:  The prices for equipment in the surf shop were rising – – –

Answer:  ACROSS THE BOARD

(Bummer!  I blame the Haoles.  They ruin everything, kāne.  But, today’s Jumble was a great stinky pun!  The prices are literally across the boards!

All of today’s clue words are familiar old hoalohas.  No need for the big Kahuna, ralis95!  Two of the jumbles came up as new, but we’ve seen “obtoa” and “reccas” before.  I didn’t struggle with any of them today.  The answer letter layout was an impressive 14-letter jumble.  It did a fine job of hiding the final solution.

Maika‘i cartoon.  Cool surf boards.  And, a nice view out the window, of a young wahine surfing.  And, the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon is always a nice touch.  What’s not to like?  Mahalo, guys!  Be well and do good, hoalohas.  Aloha nui loa.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/29/18

Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing.  If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”   —   Aretha Franklin

(Words of wisdom from the “Queen of Soul”?  This is the first time one of her quotes has made it to the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been doing these spoilers.  Welcome to the Cryptoquote Club, Aretha!  It’s always better to be confident, but isn’t stage fright kind of a lack of confidence?  There are many performers who have to deal with stage fright.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/29/18

Visual Description:  Planning Paris’ panorama.

ITAOR  =  RATIO,  OPMHR  =  MORPH,  LOVTIE  =  VIOLET,  EYEWLA  =  LEEWAY   —   Giving us:  RTOMRHVOETEEW

Clue/Question:  Gustave Eiffel was shorter than most Parisians, but he was able to – – –

Answer:  TOWER OVER THEM

(WOW!  I can’t remember when I last had trouble unscrambling two jumbles, but today I did.  I even had to resort to backing into one of them.  And, even then it took me some time.  Fortunately, even without the four missing letters, the final answer was pretty obvious.

There are no new clue words today, but three of the jumbles are coming up as new.  I thought that “eyewla” was somewhat of a challenge.  But, it was the return of “lovtie” that caused me fits once again!  It wasn’t until I tried OIVLET that I was able to see “violet”.  The funny thing is, I’m pretty sure that violets were the first flower I learned of, as a small boy, following my Mother around the garden.  She enjoyed gardening, and instilled in me an appreciation for flora.  The answer letter layout was a fine 13-letter jumble, but the cartoon and the clue/question, set up for a fairly obvious answer.

The cartoon was wonderful.  The partially complete tower, the plans on the makeshift desk, and the Frenchie dudes were all great.  Especially the one with the Poirot mustache!  Maybe, someday I’ll get to Paris, and see the Eiffel Tower for myself.  That would be nice.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/28/18

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”   —   Dale Carnegie

(The other great man from Missouri!  The other other being Harry “Give ‘Em Hell” Truman!  Dale Carnegie is one of the people that our public schools should be quoting, regularly.  The youth of America could benefit greatly from learning his words of wisdom.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/28/18

Visual Description:  Bring back the Glass–Steagall Act!

NAGIT  =  GIANT,  LENKT  =  KNELT,  INIOCC  =  ICONIC,  BBRASO  =  ABSORB   —   Giving us:  GNTKNINIAOB

Clue/Question:  Financial institutions need your business and are – – –

Answer:  BANKING ON IT

(Okay.  What’s the catch?  Do you need to maintain a balance of at least $10,000 or something?  Are you limited to a certain number of checks per month?  Do you need to promise them your first male child?  JKLOL.  I think banks know that they can make money off you and still give you free checking.  Your deposits earn squat, but the rates they charge you for everything are ridiculously high.  As a result, lots of people are moving their business to credit unions!  I think this one of those literal/figurative puns anyway.

Today is a bit of a rarity.  This is the first time, that I can think of, where there are no new clue words, AND all of the jumbles have been used before!  All the clue words pretty much jumped off the page this morning.  The answer letter layout was – technically – the only new jumble of the day.  It was a dandy too.  It disguised the final answer very nicely.  The omission of the word bank, in the cartoon and clue/question, made getting the answer a piece of cake.

Great cartoon, as usual.  I liked the bank employees’ little name tags, and also the little pen standing on the desk inside the bank.  It probably has a chain attached to it.  Fun, yet simple, Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/27/18

Half of being smart is knowing what you are dumb about.”   —   Solomon Short (alter ego of:  Daniel Foreman, a creation of David Gerrold)

(We welcome David Gerrold to the Cryptoquote Club today!  I know I’m *dumb* about myriad things.  I sometimes come off as a bit of a smart-ass, but I’ve always taken Dirty Harry words very seriously:  “A man’s got to know his limitations.”  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/27/18

Visual Description:  Do The Wrong Thing.

FCOSF  =  SCOFF,  OILGO  =  IGLOO,  DIDFEE  =  DEFIED,  LOBBBE  =  BOBBLE   —   Giving us:  SCFILEFIOLE

Clue/Question:  The movie set in the pizza parlor showed a – – –

Answer:  SLICE OF LIFE

(Not a PIECE of life?  LOL!  No need to drag up that old argument again.  Right?  This one also came to me right away.  Have patience, folks.  They’ll probably get more difficult as the week wears on.

None of today’s clue words are new.  But all of the jumbles appear to be new.  They were all pretty easy solves though.  The answer letter layout was a nice jumble too, but it couldn’t disguise the answer.

Great recreation of “Do The Right Thing”!  I liked most of that movie . . . until everyone did the wrong thing.  Rosie Perez was such a cute little hottie in that movie.  But, the entire cast of the movie is fantastic.  So many recognizable faces.  This scene made for a nice Jumble.  Be well and do good.  Do the right thing!)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/26/18

Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair.  But a confident bald man – there’s you diamond in the rough.”   —   Larry David

(Larry David is a very bright and funny man.  His characters, who are essentially based on himself, come off as very annoying.  But, he is very funny.  And, we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Yay, Larry!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/26/18

Visual Description:  Fostering farm friends.

FYOTL  =  LOFTY,  VARSO  =  SAVOR,  CEENTD  =  DECENT,  PLIUHL  =  UPHILL   —   Giving us:  LOTSREETHIL

Clue/Question:  The pony that was getting over a bad cold was a – – –

Answer:  LITTLE HORSE

(Thank you, Captain Obvious!  They used the same gag with one of their commercials where he brought his miniature horse into a ski lodge.  Hopefully, that actor is a Jumble fan.  It would be a shame if he wasn’t.

All familiar old clue words again today.  But, all of their jumbles came up as new.  I would probably never use the compound word “uphill”, or downhill for that matter.  Lazy asses!  They were all pretty easy to solve today.  David’s answer letter layout was a nice 11-letter jumble, but it couldn’t hide the fairly obvious answer.

Great barnyard scene, Jeff!  I always get a kick out of his talking animals.  They always remind me a little of “Mr. Ed”.  They use a brief clip of the classic television comedy in the movie “The Shape of Water”.  Carol and I just watched that on HBO, on Saturday night.  I enjoyed it.  I was screaming at the television for about half of the movie.  There are a number of scenes that just make you want to scream.  Stupid characters, or more fairly characters doing stupid things, just rile me up sometimes.  If you’ve seen the movie you probably know what scenes I’m talking about.  But, this was a fun, no-brainer of a Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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