Archive for March, 2019

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/31/19

The middle of the road is where the white line is – and that’s the worst place to drive.”   —   Robert Frost

(That’s why I’m a Progressive Democrat!  I do not dig the namby pamby centrists!  They might as well be Republicans.  Not that there’s anything wrong with them.  But, there are things – and times – in life where you have to choose one over the other.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/31/19


Visual Description:  On a wing and a . . . dare.


Clue/Question:   Boeing became a huge aircraft manufacturer after getting – – –

Pre-Answer:  Five Words  (3-letters)  (2-letters)  (1-letter)  (6-letters)  (5-letters)


(A fairly challenging stinky pun of a Jumble!  I’m wondering now if the expression has its roots in manned flight.  It does make sense.  Were the Wright Brothers the only ones building planes prior to the Boeing Company?  It just seems a little strange, to me, that a company way back in 1916, and way out in Seattle, would take the lead in aviation, like they did.  I can’t imagine that Seattle was very big in 1916.  Could be my East Coast bias, but I guess that great industrialists come from all over the place.

All of today’s clue words are old favorites.  However, all of the jumbles appear to be new!  The only one to give me pause was “lofarl”.  But, I didn’t struggle long with it.  The answer letter layout was a spiffy seventeen letter jumble.  I did not find it the least bit obvious.  It took me some time to come up with FLYING, as I was first going with OFF ON A _ _ _.  But, from my remaining letters I did see START, and realized I needed to swap out one of my T’s for the N.  I’m sure that many of you saw the right answer before I did.

Great cartoon of Bill Boeing, addressing his workers.  Outside the hangar you can see a seaplane taking off from Puget Sound.  That was likely the bonus clue . . . a plane taking off.  A nicely challenging and entertaining Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/30/19

A man is but the product of his thoughts – what he thinks, he becomes.”   —   Mahatma Gandhi

(I don’t know.  I’ve always thought myself quite the stud, but . . .  But, a positive attitude IS pretty key to being what you want to be.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/30/19

Visual Description:  Setting up a secure website!


Clue/Question:  They wanted to make sure the locksmith’s new website had enough – – –


(I’m not even sure I realized that “keywords” was a legitimate compound word.  Left to my own devices, I would have made it two words.  Either way it’s still a good stinky pun!  One thing that locksmiths are known for is making new keys, but they do so much more than that.  And, not every lock uses a key!  Unless you consider a combination a type of key.

All of today’s clue words are old favorites.  But, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  One thing I noticed, in checking the ralis95 clue word database, is that they’ve used the words “spoof” and “spooky”, but NOT “spook”!  So, if David L. is paying attention . . .  The answer letter layout was a great eight letter jumble.  Nicely cryptic.

Fun locksmith cartoon.  I like the safe, and the different locks on the wall.  The guy looks like a locksmith!  Hey, Smitty!  You wouldn’t happen to be a locksmith, would you???  A good Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/29/19

Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.”   —   Luis Bunuel

(And, cheese can sometimes be stinky!  But, that’s for a different spoiler.  Serious fans of serious cinema know of Luis.  I guess I’m a little more of the casual film buff.  But, we welcome Sr. Buñuel to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/29/19

Visual Description:  *Give me your tired, your sore, your swollen tootsies yearning to breathe free.*


Clue/Question:  The podiatrist had a fancy new office and had enough patients to – – –


(This is a very stinky pun, of a profession that has the high potential of being pretty stinky.  I think I might prefer being a gynecologist, or even a gastroenterologist, than being a podiatrist.  I’m fairly familiar with all the related smells, but really stinky feet skeeve me more than those other parts of the body.  I know they have to be clinical about such things, and they even build up a kind of resistance to bad odors, but stinky feet can be uber-nasty!

All old familiar clue words today.  However, two of the jumbles did come up as new.  We’ve seen both “colkb” and “trohet” sometime before.  The jumble “tecmir”  did trip me up for a minute or two.  I guess I’m a typical American, who has problems with anything metric!  The answer letter layout was a nice eleven letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it.

Standard doctor office cartoon.  I liked the model foot on a stand, next to what looks like a fortune plant, or maybe a bamboo plant.  Are they related?  Hmm.  Not sure if these are friends of Jeff’s, or just a couple of semi-generic dudes.  Be well and do good, friends.  Always practice good hygiene when going to these doctors!)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/28/19

Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions.”   —   Liberty Hyde Bailey

(Did someone try to say they do???  This is likely part of a larger quotation.  This is the first quote from the horticulturalist/botanist, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, we welcome Mr. Bailey to the Cryptoquote Club!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/28/19

Visual Description:  Kids being kids, and moms being . . . responsible.


Clue/Question:  As kids of cautious parents, they could only watch TV if they went through the – – –


(A very good, stinky pun!  Approved by the NEANational Education Association, but not necessarily by Betsy DeVos.  And, maybe even by the NEANational Endowment for the Arts, but not necessarily by the Trump administration.  But, surely by the CBPCorporation for Public Broadcasting!  The kids used to be able to watch “Sesame Street” for free on PBS, but now, if they want to watch a first-run episode, they have to pay a premium to watch it on HBO.  Who do you think President Trump’s favorite “Sesame Street” character is?  Cookie Monster?  Big Bird?  Oscar the Grouch?  Why do I kind of doubt it would be Rosita???

All of today’s clue words are as familiar as most of the “Sesame Street” characters.  Three of their jumbles came up as new, with “tnnih” having been used sometime in the past.  The answer letter layout was a very ambitious fourteen letters long jumble.  I think it did a commendable job of disguising the answer.

Great cartoon of a couple of moms, and a couple of kids.  The moms with their coffee, at a table, and the tots with their juice boxes, in front of the tube.  The kids are all wide-eyed and engrossed.  Lots of fun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/27/19

Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.”   —   Woody Allen

(I’m sure this is a line from one of his movies.  Anybody want to tell me which one???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/27/19

Visual Description:  *Learning Center* commercial.


Clue/Question:  Failing his history test was a – – –

Answer:  NO-“KNOW

(A simple, but sly stinky pun!  Definitely more of a visual gag.  No-No has always been kind of baby talk.  It’s part of the popular vernacular, but you don’t really use the expression in serious/professional discussions.  It’s much more casual/juvenile.  Appropriate for this cartoon though.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Two of the jumbles are new, but we’ve definitely seen “copoh” and “kaneew” sometime before.  I didn’t struggle with any of them.  The answer letter layout was like a quick pick six.  Don’t forget to play PowerBall tonight!

Nice little family scene cartoon.  It looks like Junior is definitely in the dog house!  Oh, well.  Everything will turn out fine in the end.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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