Archive for March, 2019



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/26/19

Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.”   —   La Fontaine

(Fabu-lous!  But, I don’t get it.  Poets, especially fabulists, seem to be in their own little worlds.  And, I lack the credentials to enter.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/26/19

Visual Description:  Date disappointment.

KAIHK  =  KHAKI,  SREDS  =  DRESS,  ONTINO  =  NOTION,  SSOOMC  =  COSMOS   —   Giving us:  AKIDRENTNCMO

Clue/Question:  The collector who wouldn’t stop talking about his model trains had a – – –

Answer:  ONETRACK MIND

(Not for nothing, but I doubt he’d be the type of guy to waste his time with online dating sites.  Once you’re a model train nerd . . . you are long gone, baby. Everything else is pretty much off the tracks.  For many, this passion borders on an obsession.  What would he need a woman for?

All of today’s clue words are familiar old clue words.  Of course, as usual, I had to semi-back into “khaki”.  I can never remember if it’s “khaki” or “kakhi”.  I’m just not that up on my Urdu!  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “sreds” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a nifty twelve letter jumble.  It gave nothing away.  For me, it’s always a combination of the visual of the cartoon, and the leading nature of the clue/question.

Great depiction of a model train enthusiast’s basement!  It’s been ages since I’ve been in one.  When I was a wee lad, our nextdoor neighbor had a setup in his basement, and a few family friends had setups.  My Dad even had tracks and engines and cars.  But, I don’t think my Mom allowed him to set it up.  Likely one of the reasons they were divorced by the time I was six.  She always thought she was too good for him.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/25/19

The more I see of deer, the more I admire them as mountaineers.”   —   John Muir

(I hope John wasn’t trying to be a poet here!  John, himself, was quite the mountaineer.  I’m sure there are some cranks out there that would typify John simply as a “tree-hugger”.  But, I don’t think that would bother him a bit.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/25/19

Visual Description:  What we all go through.

XYITS  =  SIXTY,  CORFE  =  FORCE,  WNIMON  =  MINNOW,  RAWTDO  =  TOWARD   —   Giving us:  SITFEMIOTWA

Clue/Question:  He tried on the pants he wore on his wedding day, but it was a – – –

Answer:  WAIST OF TIME

(Yeah.  I definitely cannot fit into a size 32 waist anymore.  But, I’ve come down from a 38, and can squeeze into a 34.  Most of it is a weight issue, but there is also an issue of shifting.  I now have a bigger problem with my jackets, because of my shoulders and chest.  We are not static creatures.

No new clue words today.  But, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  I only had a modicum of difficulty with only “xyits”, but it just took a few seconds – not 60 – to see the real word.  The answer letter layout was a nicely cryptic eleven letter jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  It was mainly the quotation marks that clued me in to the final answer.

Cute domestic cartoon.  For half a second, before reading the cartoon, I thought this was going to have something to do with feet!  The bare feet just stood out for me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/24/19

The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but still ’tis nonsense.”   —   Benjamin Franklin

(I’m sure that even beloved, great men see things from a fairly limited perspective.  But, I think Ben may have been referring to someone very specific with this quote.  A fairly easy solve, but it took a little time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/24/19

Visual Description:  Classic 1970’s entertainment.

NOYTBU  =  BOUNTY,  TODEMS  =  MODEST,  USERUN  =  UNSURE,  PLIAAM  =  IMPALA,  SILUVA  =  VISUAL,  MHPRIS  =  SHRIMP   —   Giving us:  BUNMESSRIPAISUSHP

Clue/Question:  After Evel Knievel’s early success performing motorcycle jumps, he was able to – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (4-letters)  (2-letters) (3-letters) (8-letters)

Answer:  RAMP UP HIS BUSINESS

(A great nostalgic stinky pun!  I was a pre-teen when Evel started becoming a big deal.  His jumps became must-see events!  And, this was long before the days of  YouTube, or any aspect of an internet.  Despite having broken virtually every bone in his body, many of them more than once, he actually had quite a lengthy career.  I believe most moms referred to him as “that damn fool!”

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  So, no need to bother ralis95.  However, five of the jumbles appear to be new, with only “noytbu” having definitely been used before.  A couple of them gave me pause.  “pliaam” took me a couple of looks, but I saw “impala” pretty quickly.  But, “userun” had me stumped!  Even after considering UNRUSE I couldn’t seem to come up with it.  I had to back into it, after the big solve.  It only represented two letters, so the big solve was no problem.  The answer letter layout was an impressive seventeen letter jumble.  Nothing jumps out at you!  It was the combination of the cartoon, its dialog, and the leading nature of the clue/question that made the final answer easy for me.

Great cartoon of Evel, and probably his manager.  Great likeness of him, his bike and outfit.  The ramp, before the row of cars, shows prominently above their heads.  And, you can clearly see that they are in some kind of stadium, or race track.  The cane/walking stick was a nice touch!  All of Evel’s injuries kind of took their toll, as he only lived to age 69.  One thing can definitely be said about him, he never lacked for confidence.  Very memorable character!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/23/19

There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.”   —   John Mortimer

(“Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today.  And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, hey, hey, hey.”  Listen to our old friend John, folks!  We welcome John to the Cryptoquote Club, today!  Today’s Cryptoquote goes nicely with the Thought for Today:  “What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.”   —   Alexander Pope  Live while you can, people.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/23/19

Visual Description:  From up on high.

NYIWD  =  WINDY,  SRIUV  =  VIRUS,  TBEERT  =  BETTER,  CIDEKW  =  WICKED   —   Giving us:  WIYVRSBEEIED

Clue/Question:  They decided to build their nest near the summit because they liked the – – –

Answer:  BIRDSEYE VIEW

(Crystal clear stinker of a pun, today!  Nothing to throw me off, at all.  Today, I could “see for miles and miles and miles and miles, and miles.  Oh yeah.”  Thanks to everyone for their help with yesterday’s answer.  Like Mark Knopfler once famously sang:  “Sometimes you’re the windscreen.  Sometimes you’re the bug.  Sometimes it all comes together, baby!”  With yesterday’s Jumble . . . I went splat!  But, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  However all of their jumbles appear to be new.  Regardless, I breezed through them all.  The answer letter layout is a lovely twelve letter jumble, that I think did another masterful job of disguising the answer.  The total Jumble just clicked for me today.  The cartoon, its dialog, the leading nature of the clue/question, and the layout of the answer slots – with the punctuation – made this an automatic no-brainer for me.

Amazing cartoon!  Beautiful vista, looking over mountains, trees, and a river, all from a lofty perch.  Plus, I always enjoy talking animals.  Eagles have great vision, and they pretty much command the skies.  Lots of fun, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler(?) – 03/22/19

Visual Description:  A band of merry men!

LEFTE  =  FLEET,  OWNOS  =  SWOON,  DTARSN  =  STRAND,  CLIEPV  =  PELVIC   —   Giving us:  FEESONSTRAELV

Clue/Question:  To rob from the rich and give to the poor, Robin Hood needed – – –

Answer:  (6-letters)  (2-letters)  “(5-letters)”

Take Two!  Answer:  NERVES OF “STEAL”

(I’m not seeing it this morning!  So, I’m putting it out there for you guys to tell me.  Clearly, the punny aspect lies in the third word, the one in quotation marks, but that is not enough for me this morning.

No new clue words, and only two of the jumbles are coming up as new.  We’ve seen both “lefte” and “ownos” some time before.  Great answer letter layout.  It sure ain’t obvious to me!

Great cartoon of Robin, Little John, Friar Tuck, someone else . . . maybe Alan-A-Dale or Will Scarlet, and perhaps Maid Marian.  They’re in Sherwood Forest, no doubt.  I was thinking the first answer word might be FOREST, but I can’t seem to come up with the pun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Thanks to all of the readers who wrote in with the correct answer, starting with an “Anonymous” at 9:44 AM.  I don’t know if I COULD have come up with this answer, as easily as many of you guys seemed to!  I had not been trying, since I originally posted this, so I don’t know IF I would have gotten it, if I had kept at it.  I definitely see, and get, the pun . . . now, but my mind relies very heavily on visual clues.  In my mind, the answer HAD TO have SOMETHING to do with the story of Robin Hood, the detailed plans Robin is pointing to, or something to do with the woods or the far off castle.  I clearly did not pick up on the tone of Robin’s monologue.  And, I wasn’t looking for an alternative to “rob” because that’s already the way the line went/goes!  It doesn’t happen all that often, but today the guys got me!   —   YUR

PS.  Super cartoon!   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/22/19

The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson.”   —   Anonymous

(It’s like the old conundrum of trying to get that first job, where all they seem to want is “experience”.  You have to gauge whether someone seems intelligent enough, and trainable enough, to handle the work, and then help them learn the ropes.  On the job training is a great way to learn.  Less preconceived notions, and you can get them to do the job the way you want.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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