Archive for January, 2020

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/31/20

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Dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.”   —   Marsha Norman

(Fine quote from one of America’s premier playwrights and novelists!  Not sure if this quote is from an interview she gave, or from one of her plays, or novels.  But, this is the first of her quotes to be used in the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, we welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/31/20

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Visual Description:  ¡Ay, caramba!  Awkward!

UDHMI  =  HUMID,  MOXIA  =  AXIOM,  GOTOES  =  STOOGE,  GLAUPE  =  PLAGU  —   Giving us:  HDXISTEGE

Clue/Question:  When she saw her former husband in the restaurant, she wasn’t – – –

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Answer:  EXSIGHTED

(Pissed off?  Disgusted?  Resentful?  All of the above?  Yes.  But, definitely not excited!  These things are bound to happen though.  Chances are he may have taken you to that restaurant while you were married.  So, both of you probably knew there was the possibility of seeing one another there.  Just throw down a few more of those margaritas, and enjoy the company you’re with.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends again.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “gotoes” having definitely been used sometime in the past.  No stumpers today, for me.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  Not obvious.  But, it’s pretty rare to have an X in the Jumble.

Fine cartoon of a Mexican restaurant.  I like the bowl of tortilla chips, and the molcajete of guacamole on the table.  Personally, I’m more of a salsa guy, but I know avocados are the big buzz-fruit.  Especially on Super Bowl Sunday!  And, speaking of the Super Bowl, I’m a little torn but I’ll be rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs!  Both the Chiefs and the Forty Niners were two of the first teams that I used to follow as a kid.  But, the Forty Niners won a bunch of them in the ’80s and ’90s, and it’s been forever since the Chiefs won it.  Plus, I’m an AFC guy, as long as the Patriots aren’t in it, then I’m for the NFC team.  And, I root for the NY Giants, as long as they’re not playing the Bills.  This one is expected to be a very competitive game though!  Who do you guys like, and why?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/30/20

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If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.”   —   Dolly Parton

(The apostrophes were definitely a big clue in getting this one started.  I didn’t even bother looking for the Es.  The only word that I didn’t get until the end was paving.  There’s a lot of truth in this folksy saying.  Rebecca has been on a Dolly Parton kick, lately.  This is either the third, or fourth, one in the last few months.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/30/20

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Visual Description:  Looking out over the links.

ZUGEA  =  GAUZE,  TIARO  =  RATIO,  NMMTOE  =  MOMENT,  SMOCIA  =  MOSAIC   —   Giving us:  AUROMENSIC

Clue/Question:  When they dined in the clubhouse after a round of golf, they enjoyed the – – –

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Answer:  MAIN COURSE

(This was more of a sly pun.  At least for me, it was not an obvious answer.  But then again, sometimes I’m just a little dense.  I don’t always pick up on the clues.  I think that might be the reason that I often state the obvious.  But, I guess you’d have to call this one a literal/figurative pun.  Right?

None of today’s clue words came up as new.  Ralis95 can just relax with his beautiful wife today.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, with “zugea” having definitely been used before.  It took me a couple of looks to see the “mosaic”.  And, I love mosaics!  The answer letter layout was an awesome ten letter jumble.  For me, it disguised the final answer brilliantly.  I had to write out the consonants, and then the vowels right below them, for me to come up with the final answer.  The big clue – that I did not pick up on – was the waitress – excuse me, server – saying: Here are the entrees.

Great cartoon of a country club dining room!  The picture windows, looking out on to the main course, was what I was concentrating on, much more than the meal.  For me, it was a little sneaky, but definitely a great Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/29/20

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Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”   —   Vincent Van Gogh

(Sounds like a very organized person!  Yes, he cut off his ear during a bought of depression.  And, yes, he eventually took his own life.  But, who can deny his genius?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/29/20

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Visual Description:  Stuck behind a Granny.

GNIES  =  SINGE,  SAYID  =  DAISY,  WNTIHI  =  WITHIN,  VLARFO  =  FLAVOR   —   Giving us:  SNGDAIIINLVR

Clue/Question:  The carpenter was stuck in traffic instead of – – –

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Answer:  DRIVING NAILS

(I like this pun.  It’s a little different.  The guy is stuck behind a slow moving granny-type, but actually he is still driving.  Just not at the speed that he should be, in trying to get to work, where he would be driving nails.  This particular grey haired senior probably should give up her driving license, but that is always a very touchy subject.

We appear to have a brand new clue word today, in “within”.  It’s not on the latest version of the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  Yes, I was surprised.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “sayid” being the only exception.  It did take me a few looks to see “within”.  The answer letter layout was a fine twelve letter jumble.  I thought it disguised the final answer very nicely.

Great cartoon of a strange one lane highway.  I liked the hammer hanging from the carpenter’s belt, that is hanging from behind his seat.  I liked the fuzzy dice hanging from the sweet old lady’s rear view mirror, and her wrap around sun glasses.  Another great Jumble from our friends, David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/28/20

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Do not listen to those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious.”   —   Og Mandino

(Well, not those who ALWAYS weep and complain.  Every one of us has a valid reason for weeping and complaining, from time to time.  It’s the constant complainers that drag you down.  I like to point out the obvious sometimes.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/28/20

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Visual Description:  Queen for . . . 24,818 days!  Give or take.

NOONI  =  ONION,  NIMCE  =  MINCE,  RPMEET  =  TEMPER,  RWHOGT  =  GROWTH   —   Giving us:  NIONMNCTMERGOW

Clue/Question:  For Elizabeth, becoming Queen of England in 1952 was a – – –

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Answer:  CROWNING MOMENT

(Aah!  A literal/figurative pun!  Those are always fun.  Good old Elizabeth II is the longest reigning British monarch, at 67 + years!  She surpassed Queen Victoria in 2015.  She was 26 years old when she took the throne, and now she’s 93 years old.  Very likely she’s the oldest reigning British monarch as well.  I will never understand the media’s, and so many Americans’, fascination with the Royal Family.  It’s all overly romanticized nonsense to me.

Very well-worn clue words today.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “nooni” sometime in the past.  I was able to see all the clue words right away today.  The answer letter layout was a very lengthy fourteen letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it, at all.  For me, CROWNING was an immediate given.  But, I was leaning towards the word EVENT, before I noticed the Ms, and no V.  If Hoyt wanted to go all the way to nineteen letters – which I don’t think we ever have – the answer might have been CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT!

Great period/historical cartoon.  The young Liz, on a great throne, big crown, and all the high muckety-muck archbishop dudes, and such.  I’m more than happy living in a democratic republic.  England can keep their monarchy.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/27/20

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Not knowing you can’t do something is sometimes all it takes to do it.”   —   Ally Carter

(And, not thinking that you can’t do it is a big help also!  This is our first quote from the author of young adult fiction, like her series “Gallagher Girls”, and a whole bunch of other books.  Looks like a nice lady.  I like fresh blood!  We welcome her to the Crytoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/27/20

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Visual Description:  Going old school, in the den.

NOPER  =  PRONE,  LICDH  =  CHILD,  GLIMEN  =  MINGLE,  RFAOLL  =  FLORAL   —   Giving us:  PNEHIDMIORL

Clue/Question:  He wrote a letter to his old fishing buddy because he wanted to – – –

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Answer:  DROP HIM A LINE

(Good pun of an increasingly vanishing older phrase.  I don’t think some of the kids today would get “DROP HIM A LINE”.  I think the Jumble is working hard to keep the old adages, idioms and sayings alive!  And, that’s a good thing.

No new clue words today.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  The only one to trip me up a little was “rfaoll”.  But, just a little.  The answer letter layout was a nicely cryptic eleven letter jumble.  I had to think for a minute, before the final answer came to me.

Nice cartoon of a couple in his office/den.  I liked the trophies and photo on the wall.  Fishing is both a lot of fun, and it’s relaxing.  The last time I did any fishing was at one of my grandson’s birthday parties.  It was at this man-made, stocked pond, and the sunnies were hitting just about everything you put in the water.  They were tiny, but the kids really had a great time.  Fun Monday pun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.   If  “Dennis” looked like this I don’t think the wife would ever let him go fishing again!   —   YUR

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