Archive for June, 2019

Jumble Spoiler – 06/26/19

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Visual Description:  Accessorizing?


Clue/Question:  It was hard to choose which new socks to buy because they were so – – –

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(I woulda thought that the quotation marks would just go around the PAIR portion of the word.  That’s the pun portion.  But, what do I know?  I’m just a guy with a blog.  I never majored in English, or anything.  Just a big-mouthed word-nerd, who loves puzzles.

No new clue words today.  Stand down, ralis95!  Smoke ’em, if you got ’em.  All four of the jumbles appear to be new though.  None of them caused me to stumble.  The answer letter layout was a dandy eleven letter jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.

Fine cartoon of two ladies shopping.  It’s hard for me to get excited about socks, slippers and gloves though.  Try to come up with a Jumble that features babydolls, teddies and bustiers.  C’mon, guys!  I know you can do it!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/25/19

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If we all take the time to listen and love each other, this world would be a better place.”   —   Mike Love

(I had an old girl friend who loved Mike Love.  She said he was the *naughty boy* of the Beach Boys!  Maybe it was nasty boy?  This appears to be the first quote of Mike Love’s used in the Cryptoquote, so we welcome him to the Crytoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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PS.  143 years ago today, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Chief
Gall led the combined Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes in the Battle of Greasy Grass, better known to most of us as the Battle of the Little Bighorn.  Cocky George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Calvary did not fare so well, as we all know.   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/25/19

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Visual Description:  Too many cooks spoil the broth.


Clue/Question:  They were trying to follow the recipe in the cookbook, but weren’t – – –

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(I can’t take sides here, because I really don’t have the patience for cooking.  It kinda sounds like the guy did jump the gun though.  Cooking a meal is as much about planning and timing, as it is the physical act of cooking.  You don’t necessarily need something to be done, just to get it out of the way.  To everything turn, turn, turn.  There is a seasoning . . . Okay, enough of that.

The race to complete the ralis95 clue word database continues, with today’s addition of “fungi”.  We’ve had fungus many times before, but this is the first time we’re going with the plural.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “posyu” having definitely been used before.  For the past number of days, I’ve been getting the first three right away, but the fourth one is always making me work some to get it.  I didn’t have to back into “melody” today, or anything, but it wasn’t automatic either.  The answer letter layout was a fine ten letter jumble, but the answer came to me immediately.

Nice little domestic, kitchen scene cartoon.  Mom is definitely not pleased, and Dad is getting defensive.  I think Mom is going to give Dad a beer and a bag of chips, and send him to the den.  Or, it could go the other way, I suppose.  LOL!  The couple up top seem to be getting along MUCH better!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/24/19

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There is something about a closet that makes a skeleton terribly restless.”   —   Source Unknown

(If I had to guess, I’d say this sounds like something Oscar Wilde might have said.  But then again, it could’ve been Erma Bombeck, or Art Buchwald.  Someone with a good sense of humor.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble spoiler – 06/24/19

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Visual Description:  Ascending as one.


Clue/Question:  The climbers who worked together in an attempt to reach the summit – – –

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Answer:  TEAMED UP

(So much more sane than solo climbs!  And, at least these people are using ropes.  Free soloing is the other extreme.  You have to be part Spiderman to do that.  Or, maybe a . . . muted ape?

There are no new clue words today.  However three of the four jumbles appear to be new.  We’ve definitely seen “baldeb” some time in the past.  The answer letter layout made for a fun eight letter jumble.  I’m sure we all knew, right off the bat, that the second word was going to be UP.

Great mountain climbing cartoon.  Jeff is good at depicting the great outdoors.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/23/19

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In the case of many poets, the most important thing for them to do is to write as little as possible.”   —   T. S. Eliot

(Who better qualified to make such a statement?  I’ve never had the patience for long poems.  I prefer haikus . . . and limericks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 06/23/19 (Oh, ralis95!)

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Visual Description:  Castles in the sand?


Clue/Question:  Her new sand bucket was custom-made.  She knew all the others would – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  “(4-letters)”  (2-letters)  (10-letters)

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(Ooh!  A good, stinky pun.  Smells like low tide!  But, that’s one of the many things that make for a great Jumble.  Of course the other things are challenging jumbles and a great cartoon.  So, the guys are hitting on all cylinders today!

David L. Hoyt has served up yet another new clue word today, in “midair”.  Our old pal, ralis95, will once again have to update his world famous clue word database.  Four of the jumbles are coming up as new, with both “casmio” and “apindu” having definitely been used before.  Very impressive, sixteen letter, answer letter layout jumble.  Nothing obvious about it, to my eye.

Great seaside cartoon!  All the kids are sufficiently cute, we’ve got a wave in the water, and a distant pier with people on it.  And, there’s a classic sinking sailboat on the horizon.  And, there appears to be a gull way up the beach too.  The complete Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/22/19

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Visual Description:  Not exactly going as planned.


Clue/Question:  Her dinner party was suffering from a – – –

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(Or, maybe she didn’t plan very well?  She didn’t know one of her guests couldn’t have peanut oil, she forgot to see if they had any Sterno, and she left the meat out where the dog could get at it!  I don’t know what the one husband’s problem might be, but It doesn’t seem like it could be something that he ate!  And, there are six place settings, so who might be missing?  Is someone else in the bathroom with the husband???  Isn’t the Jumble supposed to be family friendly???  Okay, okay.  Get your minds out of the gutter, people!  Let’s not try to read too much into this.

There were no new clue words today, so ralis95 can rest easy.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “someo” having definitely been used before.  I saw “siphon” right away, but had trouble with “truble”.  Hey!  Isn’t that an episode of the original “Star Trek” series?  The answer letter layout was a challenging fourteen letter jumble!  Immediately, I went with LOSS OF . . .  Hmm.  BROTHEMP?  THOMBERP?  I rechecked the clue words to see if I had made a mistake, but no.  I rewrote the answer letter layout, and spotted my “problems”.  But that left me with FOSHOT.  I knew OF was still good, but SHOT . . . got to me.  I thought it could be a SHOT OF PROBLEMS,  but . . . Then HER hit me over the head with the fondue pot, and SHOT became HOST.  Saturday Jumbles usually don’t give me such a hard time!

Fine dining room cartoon.  I like how Jeff made sure to have those long fondue forks on the table.  I remember fondue back in the ’70s!  It was fun, for a while.  Did it make a comeback, or something?  I’m not exactly up on the latest trends.  Be well and do goof, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 06/21/19

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We shall not grow wiser before we learn that much that we have done was very foolish.”   —   Friedrich Hayek

(A good example is those who have – finally – come around to the reality of Climate Change, due to man made Global Warming!  Of course there are still some deniers, but their ranks are thinning.  Well, there are also some people who still believe the earth is flat!  So, what are you gonna do?  We welcome Friedrich to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.  Happy Summer Solstice!)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 06/21/19

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Visual Description:  1950’s staple.


Clue/Question:  Drive-In movie theaters were popular because people flocked to them – – –

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Answer:  IN DROVES

(Aah!  Those were the days!  I was still going to the Drive-In up until the late 70’s, but I moved to NYC in 1980 and no longer used a car, for a number of years.  You don’t hear the expression:  “In droves” all that much these days, but most of us old-timers know it.  If nothing else, from watching Western movies, where the cowboys would embark on long, heroic cattle drives.  Our cowboys always showed disdain for the sheep herders though.  They called them mutton-punchers.  I guess their flocks were just unwanted competition for the grass and water.  But, the shepherds were just plain folk, like them.

Can you believe that Hoyt is giving us TWO new clue words today?!  Yup, both “curvy” and “milder” have no presence on the most recent edition of the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  The big boss-man is keeping very busy lately.  I . . . ahem, chose to back into “milder” this morning.  The other three came to me right away, although all four jumbles appear to be new.  The answer letter layout is a great eight letter jumble.  Not obvious, at all.

As a kid, I always got a kick out of the D.A. haircut.  Polite people referred to it as a “duck’s tail”, but it really stood for “duck’s ass”!  Remember when saying “damn” and “ass” was really exciting?  Of course, it could still get you your mouth washed out with soap!  Which is why I have very little tolerance for IPAs.  They both have that flowery taste.  Ugh!  Oh, yeah!  And, jasmine rice too!  Nasty stuff!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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