Archive for January, 2020

Jumble Spoiler – 01/28/20

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


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

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(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.


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

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(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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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/26/20

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In order to compose, all you need to remember is a tune that nobody else has thought of.”   —   Robert Schumann

(Easy for him, as he was a genius of a composer.  Primarily for piano.  Very accomplished, but, tragically, a short and troubled life.  But, this appears to be the first of his quotes to be used for the Cryptoquote, so we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 01/26/20


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Visual Description:  Municipality necessity.


Clue/Question:  Spending so much money replacing sewage pipes was a – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (5-letters)  (2-letters)  (3-letters)  (6-letters)

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(A wonderfully stinky pun!  Not like raw sewage, or anything, but good and stinky.  Not an easy solve either.  At least not for me.  I wanted the word WASTE to be part of the answer, but of course there was no W.  No F either, so the word OF was out too.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  I thought maybe “whimsy” might be new, but I guess it’s just been a long time since Hoyt has used it.  Four of the jumbles appear to be new, with both “rambek” and “teynit” having definitely been used in the past.  The only one that tripped me up was “rambek”.  I didn’t have to skip it, or anything, but I think it’s a fine jumble.  The answer letter layout was a very impressive sixteen letter jumble.  Nothing given away there.  You really had to pick up on the gag to get to the final answer.  Without counting, I first thought it was going to be STRAIN ON THE . . .   But, that left me with MYESD.  I was long on one and short – and wrong – on the other.  At least I had the middle nailed!  I went back and checked off the letters for ON THE SYSTEM, and that left me with ARIDN.  Then it sank in.

Great cartoon of the workmen laying the sewage pipes, with some of the town/city administration looking on.  I like the back-hoe and the hoisty thingy.  I can’t make out what’s on the window.  Great Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/25/20

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No solution can ever be found by running in three different directions.”   —   Deepak Chopra

(To be sure.  But, choosing your direction can only occur after you have weighed the options.  Otherwise, you are just flying off half cocked.  Surprisingly, this is the first Deepak Chopra quote to appear in the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So we welcome Mr. Chopra to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/25/20

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Visual Description:  The occasion of the moment was at present.


Clue/Question:  It required fixing, so they helped repair the town clock in its – – –

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(A simple, but very satisfying, stinky pun!  I hope all of those who find puns the lowest form of humor are sufficiently pissed off!  Life is too short, and frankly a little too sad and depressing, to not have a good laugh.  I think it’s so true when they say laughter is the best medicine.  It releases endorphins, and burns more calories than being a mope.

All of today’s clue words were – once again – familiar old friends.  But, all of today’s jumbles appear to be new.  The only one that tripped me up was “dirmel”.  It took me four or five looks before I saw “milder”.  At least I didn’t have to back into it.  The answer letter layout was a nicely cryptic ten letter jumble.  By itself, it gave nothing away.

Fine cartoon of a town clock tower.  Looks like this could be small town Indiana.  Will Jeff confirm?  Only time will tell!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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