Archive for June, 2019

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/30/19

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Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like them.”   —   Marlene Dietrich

(I don’t know about “most women” trying to change their men, but I do know that the ones who do try to “change” them usually end up failing.  And, it’s kind of foolish anyway to try.  You have to accept people for who they are.  If you don’t see enough pluses, just move the heck on.  I think Marlene may have been the originator of RBFResting Bitch Face!  Of course, my daughter taught me that expression!  It’s so hard finding a photo of Ms. Dietrich smiling.  It’s always sultry, or sullen.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 06/30/19 (Oh, ralis95!!!)

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Visual Description:  Nursery woes . . . and waahs!

INTOOL  =  LOTION,  DNNALI  =  INLAND,  DUYELR  =  RUDELY,  GHEWIT  =  WEIGHT,  BLOHEB  =  HOBBLE,  PNYHHE  =  HYPHEN   —   Giving us:  LTIANDEWIGHBBHE

Clue/Question:  With the number of crying babies at the daycare facility, the workers were – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  –  (6-letters)  THE  (5-letters) – “(4-letters)”

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Answer:  BEHIND THE EIGHT-“BAWL

(A very sneaky, misdirection kind of Jumble.  I did not see this answer right away, and went on to do the Cryptoquote.  I got that no problem.  Then I logged on and started to post this spoiler, and realized that I hadn’t solved it yet!  So now, with no TV on, and my wife not yakking my ear off, I sat back down at the old kitchen table, and took a second look.  Still nothing, initially.  Because of the Clue/Question ending with “were” I figured that the first answer word was likely an action word – a verb – ending in ING.  So now, with LTADEWIHBBHE I tried make heads or tails of things.  I couldn’t come up with a relevant ING verb, so I decided to concentrate on the word in quotation marks.  Somehow, the word BAWL seemed plausible.  That led me to EIGHT, and that made me realize that the first word could NOT end in ING, because there was only one G in the answer letter layout.  That’s when I finally saw BEHIND, and completed the pun.  I did notice that there were eight babies, but I also noticed that there were only seven cribs.  Maybe some of you guys jumped right on this, and got the answer right away, but not me.  I was trying to look for a word that the guys were trying to avoid, but that did no good.  I was wondering how “The Ren & Stimpy Show” – via the name of the daycare facility on the window – came into play, but that was also no good.  A sneaky good Jumble.  I’m just glad I didn’t have to ask you guys for help.  Although, I do get MANY more comments when I have to resort to that.

Now that I’ve kept ralis95 in suspense, and probably annoyed him a bit with my rambling, we have a new clue word today in “rudely”.  It surprised the crap outta me that it wasn’t on the list, but that’s how it usually goes with “new” clue words.  They’re some of the most common words that just seemed to have slipped through the cracks over the years.  Five of the six jumbles appear to be new, with only “bloheb” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a sublime fifteen letter jumble!  Hoyt really outdid himself today.  It did not give away a thing, for me.

Fine nursery cartoon.  All the babies appear to be about the same age.  Neither of the worker ladies appear to be too stressed, at this point, but that could always change.  I love babies, but that part of my life is largely over.  My biological children have not married yet, so that could always change, and I’ll have to get back to to baby tending mode.  Gay Pride Month ends today.  I never found a way to tie it in to any of this month’s spoilers, but I think it should be acknowledged.  So, Happy Gay Pride Month to all of our LGBT readers!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/29/19

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I never forget a face, but in your case, I’ll be glad to make an exception.”   —   Groucho Marx

(One of the funniest men of all time!  I’m not sure if he would make it in 2019, as his humor would probably be labeled as “misogynistic”.  How would Winnie the Pooh put it???  “Oh, bother.”  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/29/19

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Visual Description:  Always Jeff, never David.

BOYHB  =  HOBBY,  TUHRT  =  TRUTH,  EEEDRM  =  REDEEM,  AUTMTE  =  MUTATE   —   Giving us:  OBBTRTREETTE

Clue/Question:  He started winning more poker tournaments after becoming a – – –

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Answer:  BETTER BETTOR

(ER versus OR, but unless you stress the OR the words sound exactly the same.  It’s a familiar homophonic pun.  But, I don’t think we’ve seen it here for quite a while.  My wife’s ex-brother-in-law is a big casino gamble.  I don’t know what his game is, and actually I don’t care.  But, allegedly, when his wife opened the trunk of his car one time it was full of cash.  Guys like that may win big very often, but they also lose big.  If I’m in need of that kind of adrenaline rush I’ll just jump out of an airplane again.

Our friend ralis95 can rest easy today, as there are no new clue words in this puzzle.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “boyhb” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a fine twelve letter jumble.  The totality of the Jumble made getting the final answer pretty easy.

Great cartoon of a casino poker table.  A nice dealer lady and three losers.  The guy to Jeff’s left doesn’t look like he’s old enough to be in a casino.  Fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/28/19

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Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself.”   —   A. H. Weiler

(That’s why generals are usually off on a hill somewhere, far from the battle.  They know the costs involved, but can’t afford to be part of the equation.  It’s a numbers game, and the troops are little more than numbers to them.  Most will mourn the losses, in some way, but they have to look at things a little more abstractly, in order to be effective leaders.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/28/19

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Visual Description:  The cute kind of kitty litter.

CANKK  =  KNACK,  TIHDC  =  DITCH,  PLUCEO  =  COUPLE,  BOLTEG  =  GOBLET   —   Giving us:  KNADITCOLEOBET

Clue/Question:  The cat gave birth to a huge litter, and she loved the whole – – –

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Answer:  KITTEN CABOODLE

(Of course she did!  Most mammals, humans included, have strong motherly instincts.  Nurturing and protecting their young is kind of hardwired.  And for many, those instincts/feelings continue long after their young have matured.  We love our kids . . . no matter what!

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new, while both “cankk” and “pluceo” have definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was an impressive fourteen letter jumble.  It was beautifully cryptic.  If it wasn’t for the quotation marks this might have been a more difficult solve.  Even with them, some may have struggled to get the answer.

Cute cartoon of the mama cat and her five little kittens.  Five kittens is not that large a litter.  It’s pretty much average.  Eight kittens would be more of a “huge” litter.  I love cats!  It’s the litter box that I don’t care for.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/27/19

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You have to go through the falling down in order to learn to walk.  It helps to know that you can survive it.”   —   Carol Burnett

(Instinct and encouragement are essential to learning to walk.  Falling down is a big part of the trial and error process of learning.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/27/19

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Visual Description:  Shoddy workmanship.

SUFHL  =  FLUSH,  ENOYH  =  HONEY,  DARTIE  =  TIRADE,  FESYAL  =  SAFELY   —   Giving us:  FLSHHOETIRSFEL

Clue/Question:  The bookcase wasn’t made very well and had a – – –

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Answer:  SHORT SHELF LIFE

(I think this is one of the more clever Jumble puns we’ve seen in quite a while!  I just bought a couple of different sized standing fans, and was a little disappointed in how much light weight plastic make them up.  Hopefully, the motors have enough juice to get the job done.

Surprisingly, we have two new clue words today, in “flush” and “safely”.  Our good friend, ralis95, will be updating his world famous clue word database once again.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, with only “dartie” having definitely been used before.  The fourteen letter answer letter layout jumble was definitely top-shelf!

Nice domestic scene cartoon.  Cheap shelves are so annoying.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Hopefully, some of these issue will come up in the Democratic candidates debate! I hear the opening of the debate will feature all the candidates spilling out of a clown car! — YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/26/19

Carrie Fisher, Return of the Jedi, Star Wars

All of us are looking for an outside ordeal that will internally change us.”   —   Carrie Fisher

(I think this comes from an interview she did that was published in Rolling Stone magazine . . . “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….”.  This appears to be the first Carrie Fisher quote to be used in the Cryptoquote.  So, we welcome Carrie into the Cryptoquote Club today!  My favorite step-niece-in-law? was a big fan of hers!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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