Archive for September, 2019

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/30/19

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Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.”   —   Herbert Hoover

(No.  There are dirt-bags in both/all parties!  Our 31st President!  And, the guy who takes most of the heat – right or wrong – for the Great Depression.  Tough one to get started, for me.  I wanted the first word to be NEVER, but that wouldn’t work out.  I then tried COLOR, but no good.  Finally HONOR hit me!  Does this difficulty mean I’m not an honorable man???  Be well and do good, friends.)    —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/30/19

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Visual Description:  A buddy movie, starring David L. Hoyt and Robert Downey Jr.!

RYEDB  =  DERBY,  ZIYZF  =  FIZZY,  LANFIE  =  FINALE,  TUNOTB  =  BUTTON   —   Giving us:  DERIZNABON

Clue/Question:  The Mercedes driver wound through the Alps, easily negotiating the – – –

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Answer:  BENZ IN THE ROAD

(It’s a remake, and I hear they’re calling it “Thelonious and Louis”With the French pronunciation of Louis, of course!  It’s a semi-macho payback for the recent remakes of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Ghost Busters”.  But, the hook this time is that they’re two Gay friends, escaping their repressive relationships.  It’s already been filmed.  It’s in the can, man!  And, it’s awaiting post production, and they’re currently fishing for a distributor.  David Hoyt asked me to be a producer, but yer uncle had to pass on the opportunity.  If it’s a big hit, I may be kicking myself.  But, that’s life.  I’ll just have to settle for being good looking.

Hoyt has graced us with a brand new clue word today, with “fizzy”.  Our good friend, ralis95, will need to update his world famous clue word database!  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “lanfie” sometime in the past.  The answer letter layout was a swell ten letter jumble.  It hid the final answer very well.  A total coincidence that I brought up Cinnabon, in yesterday’s comments.

Great road trip cartoon!  I was a little surprised to see that hood ornament . . . until I read the clue/question, that is.  They usually feature a Jumble Mobile, but that wouldn’t work for today’s gag.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/29/19

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Not to know the events which happened before one was born, that is to remain always a boy.”   —   Cicero

(No one can know it all, but to use that lame excuse:  Oh, that was long before I was born is just not going to cut it.  Not if you want to be considered an adult.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 09/29/19

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Visual Description:  EMTs to the rescue!

ZRAHDA  =  HAZARD,  VINTAE  =  NATIVE,  PRUYYS  =  SYRUPY,  EEBARK  =  BEAKER,  LIPTER  =  TRIPLE,  LWEFOL  =  FELLOW   —   Giving us:  HADNTISYAETIEFW

Clue/Question:  He’d passed out while shopping, and they didn’t have the – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (8-letters)  (4-letters)  (3-letters)

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Answer:  FAINTEST IDEA WHY

(But, the EMTs have their fingers on the pulse of things.  They are used to working under pressure.  They will get to the heart of the matter in no time.  If need be, they can fast-track him to the ER.

All six of the clue words are familiar old friends.  But today, all of the jumbles have come up as new!  Usually, we have a mix of something old and something new.  The answer letter layout was an interesting fifteen letter jumble.  I thought it hid the final answer beautifully.  The cartoon and dialog were the big clues, for me.

Great mall scene cartoon.  I blame the wife!  The poor guy.  We can’t shop like you girls can!  We need to find a pretzel, or Cinn-a-bon, or ice cream every now and then.  His blood pressure is too low.  He’s hypoglycemic!   You girls are just trying to kill us.  Have you no sense of mercy, ladies???  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/28/19

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The old cathedrals are good, but the great blue dome that hangs over everything is better.”   —   Thomas Carlyle

(It’s a masterpiece that gets remade every day.  No one’s been able to top it!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/28/19

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Visual Description:  Life in the arboreal complex.

SOGEO  =  GOOSE,  NKLAB  =  BLANK,  TUMNTO  =  MUTTON,  LWISEV  =  SWIVEL   —   Giving us:  OSEANKMTTNSIE

Clue/Question:  When the mother bird tried to feed the wrong baby birds, it was an – – –

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Answer:  ONNEST MISTAKE

(A sincere faux pas!  A straightforward slip-up!  A genuine gaffe!  A bona fide boo-boo!  But hey!  It can happen to the best of us.  No use in crying over spilt . . . worm.  As long as she doesn’t react like that Dallas lady cop!  Of course, that is no laughing matter.  They really need to tighten up the psych evaluations for people looking to become police!

No new clue words today!  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “sogeo” having definitely been used before.  The thirteen letter answer letter layout was a beautifully cryptic jumble.  I don’t think it gave anything away.  The cartoon dialog, the clue/question, and the quotation marks and hyphen clued me into the answer.

Cute nature scene cartoon.  The baby bird she was about to feed doesn’t seem to mind that she’s not his mom!  But, her real one, next branch up, seems to be saying:  Hey, Ma!  Up here!  No teasing mom, when she gets up to the right nest.  She still controls the worm portions!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/27/19

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Visual Description:  The tumbling Jumble.

DALPI  =  PLAID,  NLATP  =  PLANT,  XIERIL  =  ELIXIR,  BUUESD  =  SUBDUE   —   Giving us:  PLALANELRUDE

Clue/Question:  The gymnast’s skill on the asymmetrical bars was – – –

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Answer:  UNPARALLELED

(Ooh!  Ooh!  I spelled it correctly!  That is one difficult word, for me.  And, the uneven bars have got to be the most difficult of all the gymnastic routines.  Although, none of them look very easy.  Men’s gymnastics has it’s appeal, but the women’s gymnastics garner the better ratings, overall.  The guys are a little more about raw power, but the women add the elements of grace and dance to it.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  However, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  The only one to give me pause this morning was “xieril”.  The answer letter layout was a wonderful twelve letter jumble.  But, the cartoon’s dialog and the clue/question made the answer abundantly clear to me.  Unlike today’s Cryptoquote!  That took me some doing.

The cartoon was fantastic!  Jeff always pays great attention to detail.  The gymnast looks like she could be Simone Biles.  How can anyone not love her?  She’s cute, she’s powerful, she’s uber graceful, and she’s always spot on.  She’s a champ.  Proud that she’s an American, as I’m proud of the entire U.S. Women’s Gymnastic Team.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/27/19

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Failure is an event, not a person.  Yesterday ended last night.”   —   Zig Ziglar

(I haven’t always been all that kind to Zig’s quotations, as I’m not a big fan of “motivational speakers”.  But, today’s quote is so full of hope and promise.  Just because you failed to achieve something does not make you a “failure”.  It just means you were unsuccessful in that attempt.  Today is another day.  And, if it doesn’t work out today there is always tomorrow.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/26/19

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Miracles sometimes occur, but one has to work terribly hard for them.”   —   Chaim Weizmann

(By my way of thinking, this thinking/logic pretty much says that miracles do NOT occur.  When something significant works out in your favor, it is the result of your hard work.  And, probably a little fate . . . and favoritism.  If you didn’t work hard for it, but you – somehow – prevailed, then that would be more of a miracle.  But, there are still the elements of fate and favoritism there.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Palestinian_exodus

https://www.vox.com/2018/11/20/18080030/israel-palestine-nakba

https://www.fosna.org/content/what-nakba

Jumble Spoiler – 09/26/19

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Visual Description:  Tough old broad!

KROPE  =  POKER,  ZARRO  =  RAZOR,  MEECAB  =  BECAME,  FATYES  =  SAFETY   —   Giving us:  PKRRBEEAE

Clue/Question:  The owner who wouldn’t sell her pub was a – – –

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Answer:  BARKEEPER

(Ah!  The smell of beer and pretzels!  Maybe some beer nuts, or that mix that’s kinda like Chex Mix.  The one with the sesame sticks!  Probably a dart board in the back.  Maybe even a Skee Ball machine, or pinball machine, too.  But, they used to be smoky back in the day, so I’m glad that at least that has changed.  They may not be high class joints, but there is something comforting about a neighborhood – or even a dive – bar.   I remember some dive bars from my college days.  Of course I was under-aged, but as long as the LCB – Liquor Control Board – wasn’t in town everything was A-okay.  I’ll be revisiting one, or more, of those places next weekend, as I’ll be attending a 40th Reunion/Homecoming!  Should be interesting!

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, while we’ve definitely seen both “krope” and “zarro” before.  I think we should make “Fat Yes” a thing!  The answer letter layout made for a fine nine letter jumble.  Nicely cryptic.  Hey, have you ever seen that Cush Jumbo, from “The Good Fight”?  She is one fine looking woman.  A splendid blend, as many tend to be.  Gorgeous, expressive eyes!  But, back to the Jumble.

Great neighborhood bar cartoon.  The guy looking to buy looks sufficiently sleazy.  We see two regulars sitting at the bar.  Marie is a tough looking bird.  At first I thought she was holding the soda/water spritzer hose, and was about to spray away the “vulture”.  But, it’s just a tap handle.  Okay.  That’s one thing I don’t really like about some of those older small neighborhood bars.  Poor pour selections.  Kinda take it or leave it.  But, at least there were no GD IPAs!  The lady in the top photo is definitely not old.  It’s hard to say how tough she is.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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