Archive for December, 2019



Jumble Spoiler – 12/28/19

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Visual Description:  What’s the story, morning glory?

RUENT  =  TUNER,  GENIT  =  TINGE,  BLLOGA  =  GLOBAL,  WOSIND  =  DISOWN   —   Giving us:  TNETNGLOBIOW

Clue/Question:  When asked when he’d be done writing his new short story, the author said – – –

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Answer:  IT WON’T BE LONG

(Wonderful pun!  I love it.  I wonder at what point a short story becomes long?  The author reminds me a little of Stuart, the comic book store owner, on “The Big Bang Theory”.

No new clue words today.  Two of the jumbles are new, but we’ve seen both “blloga” and “wosind” before.  The answer letter layout was an impressive twelve letter jumble.  The spacing of the answer slots helped me get the final answer.

Fun cartoon.  Looks like the author is Skyping, or Facetiming with his publisher.  It looks like he’s written a good amount.  And, of course he’s a Jumble fan!  He’s got his own mug!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/28/19

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Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.”   —   Betty Bender

(Not a lot on this lady.  She is likely the writer who lives in Columbia, TN.  Very positive quote though.  We welcome Ms. Bender to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Hope I picked the right photo.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Belated Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/21/19

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The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”   —   Morrie Schwartz

(Must be a line from “Tuesdays With Morrie”.  I read the book about 20 years or so ago, so I can’t be sure.  Beautiful quote.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Belated Jumble Spoiler – 12/21/19

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Visual Description:  Mathematic hieroglyphics.

EEOSB  =  OBESE,  LIVAL  =  VILLA,  WOCARD  =  COWARD,  PRISTI  =  SPIRIT   —   Giving us:  EEVLORS

Clue/Question:  He’d failed to figure out the solution but wasn’t giving up because of his – – –

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Answer:  RESOLVE

(And boy, I would need tons of resolve to crack that equation!  It took me two shots to get through Algebra, then that was it for math and me!  Regrets?  Sure.  Because now I see how intertwined math is with so many other things.  Especially with things like astronomy, chemistry and music, but also in computing.  Too bad I was a know-it-all teen!  I knew crap!

It looks like we have a new clue word this day, in “spirit”.  Seems strange to me, but I could not find it on the latest version of the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “lival” before.  The answer letter layout was a sweet seven letter jumble. 

Nice cartoon of what looks like a college/university level lecture hall.  That’s a very realistic looking advanced mathematical equation.  I wonder if Jeff copied from somewhere?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/27/19

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Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.”   —   Christian D. Larson

(Looks like this guy was an optimist!  This appears to be the first Christian D. Larson quote to be used in the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/27/19

 

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Visual Description:  Avoiding the smoking section.

UAOTQ  =  QUOTA,  CANTE  =  ENACT,  LOCLRS  =  SCROLL,  BLYAFB  =  FLABB  —   Giving us:  TAEASCRLY

Clue/Question:  They saw the polluted air by the smoking section and decided to – – –

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Answer:  STAY CLEAR

(And, who could blame them?  Second hand smoke can be nearly as dangerous as smoking itself, and the smoke clings to your clothing and hair.  For us non-smokers, this is definitely a stinky pun!  I smoked for a few periods of my adolescence, but I never truly enjoyed it.  And – fortunately – I don’t have an addictive personality, so I never had to fight quitting.  I am semi-addicted to word puzzles!  I need to do my daily Jumble and Cryptoquote.  And, if I’m bored, I do the crossword puzzle.

All familiar old clue words today.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “cante” having definitely been used before.  No stumpers today, for me.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it.

Great cartoon!  Stereotypical looking smokers.  Possibly not fair to them, but . . .  The non-smokers look satisfactorily judgmental too.  Lungs just weren’t made for smoke, folks.  And, tars and nicotine are hardly recommended “nutrients”.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/26/19

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A peacock that rests on his feathers is just another turkey.”   —   Dolly Parton

(Yeah, baby!  Ya gotta strut yer stuff!  Be uncommon.  Make a little noise in this world.  Don’t be hiding under any bushel baskets.  Ms. Parton is the only Dolly we’ve ever gotten quotations from.  Maybe we could see some quotes from Dolly in “The Family Circus”.  She always has plenty to say.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/26/19

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Visual Description:  Whinnying in the winner’s circle.

PMILE  =  IMPEL,  WARNP  =  PRAWN,  BELVAR  =  VERBAL,  NTEEDO  =  DENOTE   —   Giving us:  IERWNRBDNE

Clue/Question:  The horse that won lots of money for his owners was a thorough – – –

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Answer:  BRED WINNER

(Aah!  A nice homophonic stinky pun!  Yes, the past tense of BREED is BRED, which rhymes with BREAD.  Howdy, folks!  I’m yur Captain Obvious, and we’ll be flying into Albuquerque, at an altitude of 33,000 feet, today.  We’ve got clear skies, and a strong tail wind, so we should be there before you know it.  So, fasten your seat-belts, and please don’t harass the attendants!  That’s my job.  Ooh!

A very nice assortment of jumble/clue words.  As clue words we’ve seen ’em all before.  But as jumbles, they are all coming up as new.  The first two were cake, but the six-letter ones were a little trickier.  I got “denote” legitly, but I had to back into “verbal”.  Oh, the irony!  The answer letter layout was a splendid ten letter jumble.  But, the leading nature of the clue/question, and the quotation marks led me to the finish line.  Seeing I needed the R and B allowed me to see “verbal”.

Fine cartoon of the race horse, jockey and owners, in the winner’s circle.  This horsie better be winning big purses, because feeding, boarding, and training him does not come cheap.  Heck . . . they eat like horses!  Aren’t you guys glad that I didn’t go with any horse apples analogies, with the stinky pun part above?  I’m so over that kind of childishness!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Christmas Day Jumble Spoiler – 12/25/19

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Visual Description:  Christmas morning with the kiddies.

ANIYR  =  RAINY,  EEGVR  =  VERGE,  SREYDS  =  DRESSY,  PTIEOT  =  TIPTO  —   Giving us:  RNEEDSTPE

Clue/Question:  The kids awoke to find gifts under the tree and loved the way they were – – –

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Answer:  PRESENTED

(I don’t know guys.  I think this particular Jumble answer may have been re-gifted!  But, it’s a good, stinky pun anyway.  Reminds me of Christmas at my house . . . twenty some years ago.

No new clue words on this day.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “sreyds” having definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  It was nicely cryptic.

Great cartoon.  Mom and Dad are clearly not awake yet.  The kids no doubt got them up at the crack of dawn.  I don’t mind that aspect of Christmas being in my past!  We’ve also gotten to the point where we mostly give gift cards.  There are a few wrapped presents, but nowhere’s like the old days.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Christmas/Hanukkah Cryptoquote – 12/25/2019

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Keep the good tidings and friendship of the holiday in your heart all year long.”   —   The Puzzle Editors

(Maybe we should all make this our primary New Year’s resolution!  Saving money, losing 20 lbs, and going to the gym more often should be further down the list.  Right???  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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