Archive for January 10th, 2020

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/10/20

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Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”   —   Ralph Emerson

(This was a tough solve for me.  Even after figuring out USUALLY it still took me some time.  Nice job dropping Waldo from the author’s name!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/10/20

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Visual Description:  Paying tribute to the man who gave his life.

ZAAEM  =  AMAZE,  RFETA  =  AFTER,  NYHHEP  =  HYPHEN,  CROUNC  =  CONCUR   —   Giving us:  AMARHECNU

Clue/Question:  Running a marathon was invented by the – – –

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Answer:  HUMAN RACE

(A stinker of a pun.  But, also one that threw me for a bit.  It shouldn’t have, but it did.  I’ll explain how in the paragraph below.

There are no new clue words today.  But, all of the jumbles appear to be so.  The only one that I didn’t get immediately was “crounc”.  It took me a couple of looks to see “concur”.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  Because I wasn’t picking up on any kind of adage, or maxim, I wasn’t seeing the pun.  I even first went with HUMAN, but the AREC only registered as CARE in my addled mind!  HUMAN CARE fit, but made no sense.  So, then I went with CHARM/MARCH, but couldn’t do anything with AENU.  Then I tried REACH, but that left me with AMNU!  Finally, the bad pun sunk in!  This is the second day this week where I’ve misinterpreted some of the answer letters.  Wednesday was  THING for NIGHT, and now today I misread CARE when it was RACE.  I must be losing it, folks.

Cool cartoon of some Athenian official proclaiming the honorific.  Turns out “P” ran a heck of a lot further than Marathon to Athens.  The dude was a professional runner/courier, who was dispatched from Marathon to Sparta, to get reinforcements in fighting the Persians.  That’s 240 + km, or over 150 miles, that he did in two days.  Then he had to run back to Marathon!  Running 300 miles in four, or so, days is what took its toll on him.  The 26 miles from Marathon to Athens would have been like a Walk In The Park if he hadn’t spent himself on those earlier runs.  After winning the big battle against the Persians you’d think one of the generals could’ve spared a horse!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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