Archive for May, 2019

Jumble Spoiler – 05/31/19

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Visual Description:  High-end haberdashery.

SIJTO  =  JOIST,  TTUNA  =  TAUNT,  SIBNHA  =  BANISH,  PUYLPS  =  SUPPLY   —   Giving us:  OITTUTBISUL

Clue/Question:  The new tuxedo rental store was designed by its owner and – – –

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Answer:  BUILT TO SUIT

(I like it.  It’s a little different, but still a good pun.  I wonder if any/many of you struggled with it.  A nice way of closing out the work week.

“Su-prise, su-prise, su-prise!”  Where is Gomer Pyle, when you need him?  “Would you believe . . . ” – Maxwell Smart – that “supply” is a *new* clue word?  Well, apparently it is.  Our wise old friend, ralis95, will soon be adding this everyday word to his world famous clue word database.  Three of today’s jumbles are coming up as new, with “ttuna” having definitely been used sometime in the past.  The answer letter layout was a DANDY eleven letter jumble.  All the T’s and U’s helped to get the final answer.

Nice outside shot of a commercial clothing venture.  Our boy, Jeff, is as good a cartoonist, as our friend Hoyt is a wordsmith puzzler!  Two top-notch pros, who exemplify good teamwork.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/31/19

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For your own good is a persuasive argument that will eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.”   —   Janet Frame

(Kind of a puzzling quote, until you read a little of her life story.  Apparently, she had spent some years in a psychiatric hospital, and was just days away from having a lobotomy, when – fortunately – she won a major literary award for her short stories, giving her a reprieve.  I’m fairly sure that her doctors had convinced her that the lobotomy would be for her own good.  Boy!  Did she dodge a bullet there, or what?!!  Another great reason to not blindly believe all that you’re told, people.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/30/19

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In America, there are two classes of travel:  first class, and with children.”   —   Robert Benchley

(Old Bob’s sardonic wit would probably not play well today, with the current parenting . . . *style* of most parents.  I don’t have time to vent on the subject, so I’ll just leave it at that.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 05/30/19

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Visual Description:  Not for sissies!

RAHFW  =  WHARF,  SSLAA  =  SALSA,  CISLEP  =  SPLICE,  TOSHOE  =  SOOTHE   —   Giving us:  WAFSASIESTH

Clue/Question:  The client had little choice but to listen to her trainer who did things – – –

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Answer:  AS SHE SAW FIT

(Surprisingly difficult, for me.  You’d think, that with four short words, this would have been a piece of cake.  But, no!  Of course it didn’t help that I initially thought one of the three letter words had to be THE.  But, at least I was on the right track with AS.  I kept re-reading the clue/question, and finally the light bulb came on.

There were no new clue words today.  But, a couple of the jumbles appear to be new, with “sslaa” and “toshoe” having definitely been used before.  It took me a couple of looks to figure out “cislep”.  I love the jumbles that make a one syllable word look like two!  The answer letter layout was a dandy eleven letter jumble.  It is probably why I struggled to get the final answer.

Nice gym cartoon.  It’s reminding me that I need to wrap up these spoilers, so I can get my workout in today.  After a few months of not checking, I weighed myself the other day, and was pleased to see that I’m still under 200 lbs.  I cut out cardio six months ago, and have been so-so un-serious about my diet, so 197 was a pleasant surprise.  Like the trainer’s tee shirt says:  NO PAIN, NO GAIN . . . and sometimes just no gain!  Which definitely works for me.  A little muscle gain, but no weight!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/29/19

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An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.”   —   Fred Allen

(Fred was a very funny and quotable guy.  He died shortly before I was even thought of, but I’ve always enjoyed his quotes.  He’s becoming a staple of the Cryptoquote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 05/29/19

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Visual Description:  What’s my motivation for this scene?

RULBB  =  BLURB,  LOWDR  =  WORLD,  LEYREF  =  FREELY,  ZILSEZ  =  SIZZLE   —   Giving us:  BLRWDFEEILE

Clue/Question:  Before starting the new ad campaign, the underwear model was – – –

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Answer:  WELLBRIEFED

(That’s the short of it, folks!  When I was growing up, there was just no question about it.  Guys wore briefs.  Boxers were for old guys.  So, I wore briefs well into my thirties.  Then, my oldest step-son clued me in to boxers.  I guess they were starting to come into fashion again in the later ’80s.  Plus, he pointed out how less restrictive they were.  So, I gave them a try . . . and I’ve never gone back.  I’ve heard tell, and seen, these things call boxer-briefs.  But, they’re just longer versions of briefs.  Some people might like how they accentuate your tush, and such.  Butt, it’s underwear!  Who the heck is going to see them?  Plus, my boys long to be free!

All of today’s clue words were comfy old boxers.  Three of the jumbles did come up as new, with “leyref” having definitely been used before.  I found them all to be be light and breezy.  The answer letter layout was clean, like the underwear your mama always told you to wear . . . in case you get into an accident, or something!

Great photo staging scene cartoon.  The photographer is displaying what she wants the model to display.  She’s trying to keep things short and sweet.  Nice mid-week Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/28/19

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I’ve married a few people I shouldn’t have, but haven’t we all?”   —   Mamie Van Doren

(I always kind of confuse her with Jayne Mansfield.  Both were bleached blond bombshells, in the Marilyn Monroe mold.  Jayne died in a tragic car accident at the age of 34, but Mamie is still with us, at the age of 88.  Good for you, Mamie!  We welcome Mamie to the Cryptoquote club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 05/28/19

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Visual Description:  Shop???  How ’bout a nice trattoria, or ristorante?  Shop, my a . . !

REOAP  =  OPERA,  FROEF  =  OFFER,  MIRSEM  =  SIMMER,  NARBEN  =  BANNER   —   Giving us:  OAORMMER

Clue/Question:  They didn’t have a specific agenda while visiting Italy’s capital, so they could – – –

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Answer:  ROAM ROME

(Other than the ruins, and historic sites, and beautiful landscapes and scenery, the thing I remember most about Italy, and Rome in particular, is . . . THE FOOD!  It was absolutely fabulous.  No matter where we went, we never had a bad meal, or snack.  I think it must be a federal law, or something, over there.

Just last month, Hoyt was saying how a friend of his ran some program, and decided that they were running out of unused five and six letter words, that could be used for the Jumble.  You certainly wouldn’t know that from the last couple of weeks.  We’ve been getting new words left and right.  Today we’re seeing another one in “simmer”.  Our good friend, ralis95, is going to have to update his world famous clue word database once again!  Hoyt has also been on a hot streak with new jumbles, as they are all new today again.  The answer letter layout was a decent eight letter jumble, but it didn’t really take a genius, or geography geek, to get today’s answer.

Great cartoon of tourists outside the Pantheon!  When I was in Rome, in April of 1990, there was still a lot of scaffolding up, because they were hosting the World Cup that year.  It took away from the experience a little, but it was still a great trip.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/27/19

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Political history is far too criminal to be a fit subject of study for the young.”   —   W. H. Auden

(I think he might be saying that in this photo!  Historians try to tell us that things actually have been this bad in the past.  But, that was definitely before my time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 05/27/19

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Visual Description:  Small town American pride!

DLABN  =  BLAND,  SRHEF  =  FRESH,  CPBUIL  =  PUBLIC,  LDTEEE  =  DELETE   —   Giving us:  BLARESPCEET

Clue/Question:  The crowd of people attending the Memorial Day parade was – – –

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Answer:  RESPECTABLE

(But of course!  It may signal the unofficial start to Summer, but Memorial Day is actually a very solemn day.  Honoring those who served and died, in service to their country.  We owe them all a debt of gratitude.

Surprisingly . . . again, we appear to have a new clue word in “delete”.  Pretty basic six letter word, but the ralis95 clue word database goes from deity straight to deluge.  Delete will fit in very nicely.  As would deject, and delay.  All of today’s jumbles are coming up as new!  The answer letter layout is a respectable eleven letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it.

Great hometown cartoon.  I think this is Jeff’s hometown.  The boys from the American Legion post take their job very seriously.  And, the crowd appreciates their hard work.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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