Archive for April, 2019

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/25/19

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The glory of each generation is to make its own precedents.”   —   Belva Lockwood

(Belva?  I really had no clue which way to go with this first name.  But, this made for a surprisingly challenging Cryptoquote!  I could see THE, EACH, IS, TO and ITS right off the bat.  But, I had to work for the rest of it.  We welcome Ms. Lockwood to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/25/19

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Visual Description:  Thinking of his baby girl?


Clue/Question:  The tugboat operator was not very forgiving, and known to – – –

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(I like this one!  A great groaner of a pun.  I haven’t heard anyone use the phrase harboring a grudge in some time, but it’s a fine phrase.  Jeff could have drawn any harbor, but . . .

All of today’s clue words are current residents of the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  However, all of their jumbles appear to be new.  I’d say that “guava” is probably the most exotic of the words.  But, I was able to see all the words right off the bat.  The answer letter layout is a beautifully cryptic thirteen letter jumble.  It disguised the final answer very nicely.  The cartoon’s dialog, and the clue/question led me to an immediate solve though.

Great cartoon of feuding tugboat captains, on Sydney Harbor.  You see Jeff’s usual attention to detail.  The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  I also like the tug’s little portico for water to drain out.  Very entertaining Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/24/19

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There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”   —   Susan Cain

(I think that I would like this woman.  Not that she is in need of my approval, but I think I’d enjoy meeting/knowing her.  She sounds like someone who really knows how to listen to people.  We welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/24/19

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Visual Description:  It’s not always a good/nice person!


Clue/Question:  Who is going to be the magazine’s “Person of the Year”?

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(Yes, they will.  And yes, this is a good stinky pun too!  I subscribed to Time Magazine for close to forty years, just recently letting it lapse.  It’s definitely part of the Corporate Media, but I learned to take what they were offering with a grain of salt.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  And, one of the jumbles, “penit”, has definitely been used before, but the other three appear to be new.  It took me a few looks before I saw “lately”.  Great twelve letter jumble for the answer letter layout.  I don’t feel it gave anything away.

Fine cartoon of the magazine editors making their selection.  I like the photos of the past recipients hanging on the wall.  Looks like “Bubba” and “Duh-bya”.  I thought I liked one.  Never cared for the other.  Fun Jumble though.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  A message from David L. Hoyt:

To anyone in the Seattle area today…I will be playing GIANT Word Winder at the Bothell Library from 7 PM to about 9 PM. The library is located at 18215 98th Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011 about 25 minutes north-northeast of downtown Seattle.
— David L. Hoyt

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/23/19

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A man is known by the company that keeps him on after retirement age.”   —   Source Obscure

(Yeah.  Good luck with that!  The majority of companies today don’t even care if you make it to retirement age with them.  It’s so much cheaper to hire a kid right out of college, pay them squat, and run them ragged for three to five years, rinse and repeat.  Corporate loyalty is all but dead.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/23/19

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Visual Description:  Millennial roommates.


Clue/Question:  Driving people from place to place allowed him to bring home his – – –

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(I don’t know about that!  I think a pizza – that he is going to partake of anyway – doesn’t put much of a dent in his half of the rent and cable bill.  Doesn’t sound fair to me.  It’s a nice little distraction though, especially if the gamer dude is motherfungry!  Yeah, I had to look up that slang.  But, it makes for a good, stinky, Jumble pun.

All of today’s clue words are already on the ralis95 clue word database.  However, all of the jumbles came up as new.  Ironically, the only one I struggled with was “thearf”.  Being a dad you’d think I would’ve seen it right off the bat.  Nicely cryptic answer letter layout.  The answer doesn’t jump out at you.  The clue/question set the whole thing up.

Nice cartoon of a shared apartment.  It’s tough for a lot of people to afford a place just for themselves.  Wages and salaries have been lagging rents for a long time.  I like that guy, Jimmy McMillan, the founder of The Rent is Too Damn High party!  He’s a bit of a one trick pony, but he’s definitely a colorful character!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/21/19

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Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t, they’d be married too.”   —   H. L. Mencken

(Oh!  Somebody call the P.C. Police!  He’s stereotyping, and being dismissive of, women.  Time to burn all his works!  Stop the world.  Yer uncle wants to get off.  The final straw, for me, was when the New York Yankees, and now also the Philadelphia Flyers, decided to end the playing of Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America”.  And all because she sang some other songs – a hundred friggin’ years ago – that are now being deemed “racially insensitive”.  There wasn’t even anything hateful about those songs, they were just full of the racial ignorance of the time.  Those days are long gone, and those stupid songs had been long forgotten . . . until some nonsensical numbskull decided they just had to be dredged up.  I can’t stand the stinking Yankees.  I’m no fan of the Flyers.  I think the song is jingoistic nonsense that reinforces the small-minded notion that God actually takes sides, when it comes to nations of the world.  And, Kate Smith’s voice was always way to brassy for my taste.  But, this is just going too far!  What the hell is next???  Are we going to do away with “Gone with the Wind”?  I wonder what the Vegas odds are on that!  And, will it because of the #MeToo Movement, or the way overzealous racial muckrakers???  This is Big Brother fascism at its basest.  Shame on us all, for allowing it!)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/21/19

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Visual Description:  The hunt is on!


Clue/Question:  When they collected Easter eggs together, it was a – – –

Pre-Answer:  Two Words  (6-letters)  (9-letters)

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(And, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?  Of course they are, for me at least.  For some it’s more the holey-moley stuff, but I’m not down with all that magical thinking.  I’m more concerned with the here and now, and trying to do unto others as I’d have them do unto me.  The hereafter will just have to take care of its own damn self.

All of the clue words are as traditional as an Easter egg hunt.  Five of the jumbles appear to be new, with only “rgygog” having definitely been used before.  None of them stumped me.  The answer letter layout was a beautifully cryptic fifteen letter jumble.  It gave nothing away, in my opinion.  It was seeing the grandparents, mom, dad and all the kids that egged me on to the final answer.

Great cartoon of everything mentioned above.  The tulips were a nice spring touch.  Everything is really starting to get green around here.  It’s truly the season of rebirth, that doesn’t require any kind of leap.  Enjoy it, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/22/19

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Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.”   —   Dwight D. Eisenhower

(My very first President!  Born in Texas, but mainly raised in Kansas.  He was actually born David Dwight, but his mother switched the order, to avoid the confusion of having two Davids in the family, with his dad being David too.  Also, his family Anglicized their last name, from the original German Eisenhauer.  I ran into a local Eisenhauer when I was working the census back in 2010, and they clued me into that little tidbit.  He tried to warn us all of the burgeoning Military-Industrial Complex, but we were a bit too slow on the uptake with that.  Now, it’s grown to the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex, and there is pretty much no stopping it.  It has effectively taken over our country.  I wish old Ike had made a bigger issue of his warning, but at the heart of it, he was just being a good soldier.  He couldn’t help himself.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/22/19

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Visual Description:  Looks like a Food Network show!


Clue/Question:  She knew she wanted to be a chef after her – – –

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(“Worst Cooks in America”, maybe?  My daughter watches a lot of those shows, because she likes to cook.  I think “Worst Cooks” is mainly just for laughs.  She prefers the shows where she can actually learn something.  “Chopped”, “Beat Bobby Flay”, “The Barefoot Contessa”, “The Pioneer Woman”, and the Guy Fieri shows.  They’re not really my bag, but they make for something that we can watch together.

All of today’s clue words are familiar dishes.  Maybe not quite comfort food, but nothing too exotic.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “slojet” definitely having been used before.  The only one that I had to give a couple of looks to was “irice”.  The others came right away, for me.  The answer letter layout was an excellent eleven letter jumble.  Nothing obvious.  I think the line of:  “You like my appetizer!” was the big clue for me.

Great restaurant style kitchen scene cartoon.  I like how it’s clear that the middle guy burned everything, and probably the guy at the bottom too, as he’s scraping off his dish into the garbage.  Right now, it looks like the lady is going to be the only one to pass this cooking class.  Good fun!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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