Archive for August, 2019

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/31/19

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You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”   —   Amelia Earhart

(It definitely sounds like Amelia had some very positive influences when she was growing up.  Ones that taught her the concepts of  self-confidence, and of the risk to reward ratio.  It’s tougher growing up always hearing:  “Better safe than sorry!”, and other tales of caution.  Live well and do good, friends!)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/31/19

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Visual Description:  Classic misdirection???

COLFA  =  FOCAL,  CRIHP  =  CHIRP,  NEOUFD  =  FONDUE,  LRIHLS  =  SHRILL   —   Giving us:  FOLCHIPFONUSHL

Clue/Question:  They got hungry while waxing their car, so they stopped to – – –

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Answer:  POLISH OFF LUNCH

(The age – “65 years old” – of the classic Jumble-mobile was irrelevant to the puzzle’s answer.  But, who doesn’t like seeing a beautiful old boat from the 1950s?  Those babies got about 8 miles to the gallon, because they were all chrome and steel.  My earliest memories of cars really only goes back to the early 60s, but there was always someone who held onto one of those 50s’ gems.

No new clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  The only one to give me any trouble was “neoufd”, but I’m getting better at spotting “fondue”.  The answer letter layout was a nifty fourteen letter jumble.  It did a fine job of disguising the final answer.  I saw OFF first, then POLISH, and got LUNCH from the remainder.

Great family cartoon.  Kinda reminiscent of the 50s itself!  Great attention to detail, with the garden hose on the lawn, and the chamois and the open can of Turtle Wax on the driveway.  The old car is shimmering in the August sun!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/30/19

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Visual Description:  At the mountain lake cabin .

DULEE  =  ELUDE,  NUHBC  =  BUNCH,  SSMCOO  =  COSMOS,  LAZETO  =  ZEALOT   —   Giving us:  EDEBUNCSMEALT

Clue/Question:  When something starts to smell moldy and stale, it – – –

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Answer:  MUST BE CLEANED

(Misty is much better than musty!  So hopefully, they’ll get the cabin all cleaned up, so they can enjoy a nice misty morning the following day.  Worse than a musty, moldy cabin is a any car – or truck – belonging to a heavy smoker!  Those seem to take forever to air out.

All of today’s clue words were familiar old friends.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “dulee” having definitely been used before.  It took a couple of looks to decipher “lazeto”.  The answer letter layout was a wonderful thirteen letter jumble.  I think it made for a fairly challenging solve.  After seeing “moldy” and “stale” in the cartoon, I figured that they were dancing around musty.  That helped me see MUST BE.  And, from EDNCEAL I was able to come up with CLEANED.

Great cartoon of a cabin.  I love a good cabin!  My aunt and uncle live in a gorgeous cabin, on a pretty piece of property, that they built a little over 50 years ago.  It’s a big, year round place, and it’s gorgeous.  I owe them a call.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/30/19

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Outstanding people have one thing in common:  an absolute sense of mission.”   —   Zig Ziglar

(Motivational quotes always leave me a little cold.  Maybe I just think I’m too smart for the power of suggestion?  But, I’m not a pessimist.  Definitely a bit of a contrarian though.  It’s not that I disagree with what he says.  I just don’t care for the attaboy attitude.  But, ol’ Zig seemed to have a sense of humor, and genuineness,  about him.  And, that works for me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/29/19

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No one can be so welcome a guest that he will not annoy his host after three days.”   —   Plautus

(My mom always used to say:  House guests and fish, both stink after three days!  Try not to stink, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/29/19

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Visual Description:  80’s “chicks”!

SAYET  =  YEAST,  NALKP  =  PLANK,  GRAUTI  =  GUITAR,  MTEENC  =  CEMENT   —   Giving us:  ESPAKITCM

Clue/Question:  She loved all of Jagger’s music, so she made a – – –

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Answer:  MICKS TAPE

(A fine homophonic pun!  And, the answer to the hidden/implied question is “Dancing In The Street”.  Of course, it was a remake of the Martha and the Vandellas 1964 classic.  Other bands have also covered it over the years.  I don’t think that Bowie and Jagger voices necessarily blended all that well, but they were both at the top of their games at the time.

All familiar old clue words today.  Although, we do have a couple of new jumbles, in “grauti” and “mteenc”.  I was able to see them all right away.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  It didn’t give anything away.  And, I can see some folks struggling to come up with the final answer.

Great cartoon of what looks like a college dorm room.  Rock star poster on the wall.  Remember milk crates as furniture?  Great for storing record albums and such.  And of course, the boom box for playing your mix tapes, or pre-recorded tapes, or just the radio.  My college days were actually 1975 – 1979.  Life seemed so much simpler back in the 70s and 80s.  Technology didn’t go “obsolete” in just a few months, like it seems to today.  Oh, well.  I guess I’m just getting old!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/28/19

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Visual Description:  Way up there.

VIPTO  =  PIVOT,  RNIDG  =  GRIND,  UFEEDS  =  DEFUSE,  LIDEUT  =  DILUTE   —   Giving us:  PIOTINDEUSDUT

Clue/Question:  They wanted to learn more about Mount Rainier, so they – – –

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Answer:  STUDIED UP ON IT

(Ooh! A difficult one!  And, more of a literal pun.  I found this one to be fairly challenging.  I figured two of the words had to be UP and IT, but didn’t know if the third two letter word was going to be TO or ON, for a bit.  DINUSED made me switch from TO to ON, and that’s when I saw STUDIED.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “rnidg” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a very cryptic thirteen letter jumble.

Great mountain top cartoon!  I remember how cold it was when we reached the top of Pikes Peak!  And, that was in the middle of August!  Elevation do matter.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/28/19

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You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”   —   Woodrow Wilson

(Woody was our “Academic President”, that’s why he sounds like that.  There are many ways to enrich the world, so go forth, and do something.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/27/19

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People would be surprised to know how much I learned about prayer from playing poker.”   —   Mary Austin

(Freddie Mercury’s best friend/girlfriend/beard/common-law wife!  That’s the only Mary Austin I’m coming up with!  Cute quote!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 08/27/19

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Visual Description:  Grumpy Gramps is set in his ways.

CROGA  =  CARGO,  NTTUS  =  STUNT,  EYELKW  =  WEEKLY,  FCEDET  =  DEFECT   —   Giving us:  ARGOSTNWEYEFE

Clue/Question:  Talking to some people about clean, renewable power can be a – – –

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Answer:  WASTE OF ENERGY

(Funny how this ties in with Today in History!  Today in 1859 the first successful oil well was drilled in the United States.  The correlations between energy and populations are pretty strong.  Although it had been used – in limited use – for a couple thousand years, coal really took off during the Industrial Revolution, from the mid-1700s through the 1800s.  But, the world population jumped from around 700 Million to around 1.65 Billion during that period.  Pretty significant.  With oil starting to be refined and burned around 1859 the world population grew from around 1.35 Billion to 7.7 Billion today.  A 6.5 Billion increase in humans, in just 160 years, is downright mind boggling!  And, of course, the rate of energy consumption has more than kept pace.  We all know – via basic earth science – that burning just about anything produces carbon dioxide – CO2.  But, the burning of coal and petroleum products also introduce many more gasses and chemicals into the atmosphere.  If we weren’t destroying the rain forests, and old growth forests, and polluting the oceans and seas, the world might be able to utilize the CO2 to make more oxygen – O2.  But, because we have severely compromised the forests and oceans, there is a glut of CO2 in the world!  It’s a simple matter of exceeding capacity.  And, CO2 is much warmer than O2.  The result being . . . Global Warming.  Or, to be more accurate, Man-Made Global Warming.  Unfortunately, deniers still exist, despite the scientific study results.  People like Grumpy Gramps can’t die off fast enough!  LOL!  Enough preaching . . . for now.

No new clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  None of them were difficult for me.  The answer letter layout was an impressive thirteen letter jumble.  I thought it disguised the final answer very nicely.

Great cartoon of a kid showing off his science project to his family!  He should do well.  Renewables do still have a way to go before they can totally replace fossil fuels.  But, this recalcitrance to increasing renewables, and reducing fossil fuels, is leading the world down the road to ruin.  So sayeth yer Uncle!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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