Archive for January, 2020



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.

RAMBEK  =  EMBARK,  MYHISW  =  WHIMSY,  TUTWOI  =  OUTWIT,  SLUYIB  =  BUSILY,  TEYNIT  =  ENTITY,  INDSGI  =  SIDING   —   Giving us:  EARHMSOTTIYENSDN

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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Answer:  DRAIN ON THE SYSTEM

(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.

ELTFE  =  FLEET,  PZATO  =  TOPAZ,  NXADPE  =  EXPAND,  DIRMEL  =  MILDER   —   Giving us:  FETOENDMIE

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

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Answer:  TIME OF NEED

(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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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/24/20

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”   —   Anonymous

(A lovely thought, and it’s very true.  But, most of us kind of get locked into the quasi-negative, self-defeating mindset.  Oh, and don’t forget about laziness and procrastination!  Knock those bad boys out of the way, and you could even achieve those goals and dreams.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/24/20

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Visual Description:  Mr. and Mrs. Offerman.

MOTPE  =  TEMPO,  WKONN  =  KNOWN,  LBOWBE  =  WOBBLE,  DMEUTI  =  TEDIUM   —   Giving us:  TEOKNWWOBEDI

Clue/Question:  The table made out of mahogany was perfect, just like he – – –

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Answer:  KNEW IT WOOD BE

(Another great – and stinky – Jumble pun.  Reminds me of a joke from my childhood where an unfortunate one-eyed man, who couldn’t afford a glass eye, asks out this . . . ahem less than attractive woman.  She emphatically replies:  “Oh, would I!  Oh, would I!” And then he – angrily – says:  “Ah, forget about it, fvgg-face!”  It’s funny how some things stay with you.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends again.  However, all of their jumbles are coming up as new.    I zipped through the first three, but I got hung up on “dmeuti”.  I had to back into “tedium”.  The answer letter layout was a swell twelve letter jumble.  But, even with just the first nine letters I was able to get the final answer.  The quotation marks were a big help.

Great cartoon of Nick Offerman, and probably Megan Mullally.  I suppose it could be Tina Fey, as I’m fairly sure they’re all friends, but Megan is Nick’s Missus!  They’re all very funny.  And, I’ve heard that he loves making furniture, and working with wood.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/23/20

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Defeat may serve as well as victory to shape shake the soul and let the glory out.”   —   Edwin Markham

(A very poetic way of saying you need to experience loss in order to be a gracious winner.  This is our first quote from Edwin Markham, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Thanks to roy for pointing out my mistake!      YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/23/20

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Visual Description:  Rage against age . . . and genes.

LOFRO  =  FLOOR,  KASYH  =  SHAKY,  TONUDL  =  UNTOLD,  ISIMTF  =  MISFIT   —   Giving us:  FOOHAYUTOSFT

Clue/Question:  After seeing how well his hair transplant turned out, his wife said – – –

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Answer:  HATS OFF TO YOU

(This is a classic stinky Jumble pun!  Set up by great clue words and a nifty cartoon.  I know this is just observational, and anecdotal, but I’ve noticed that most guys that try to hide their baldness under their baseball caps were wearing baseball caps long before they started losing their hair.  It’s said that baldness is largely genetic, and passed down from the mother’s genes, but who’s to say that the wearing of the baseball caps doesn’t accelerate the process?!

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  However, all of their jumbles are coming up as new.  The only one that stumped today – and, it’s been a while – was the jumble “tonudl”.  I had to back into it.  I should have known better, seeing the U and the N in it.  I know they’re legit, but I still think all the UN words are a little cheesy.  JMHO, as the kids say.  The answer letter layout was a fine twelve letter jumble.  But, even without the UTO, I was able to solve the final answer.

Fun cartoon!  I think it definitely helped that the guy was holding his hat in the one hand.  Hair transplants are fairly expensive, and more than a little desperate.  Nowadays, people are more inclined to do what Michael Jordan did.  He saw that he was really starting to lose his hair, so he just shaved his head.  I’m lucky enough to still have a good head of hair, but it takes me quite a bit of time, and a few “products”, to make it look good.  Having a bald head is much more convenient, and economical.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/22/20

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An old dog can learn new tricks.  If your enthusiasm has lost its vitality, do everything possible to revive it.”   —   Don McArt

(This one took me quite a while to get started!  No single letter words, and only two words ended in E.  I suspected early on that the R was I, but I’d say finding the Q being the O, and especially the P being the N was what got me going.  It let me see LEARN, which led me to ENTHUSIASM.  Sadly, I do not recall Don McArt, but he was a comic actor who lived to age 90.  He did a lot of Broadway, but also some Disney movies and television.  No Wikipedia page, but there is some bio info of him in his obituary.  In this photo he looks like George Burns, which was probably by design.  It’s a fine quote, and we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 01/22/20

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Visual Description:  Fresh start court.

NEAYH  =  HYENA,  VAWIE  =  WAIVE,  TIBETR  =  BITTER,  BREGLI  =  GERBIL   —   Giving us:  YEAIVTTGRI

Clue/Question:  The courtroom was brand-new, and the judge was ready to – – –

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Answer:  GIVE IT A TRY

(Now, that’s what I call a stinky pun!  But, do the judges actually “try” the cases?  I thought the lawyers “try” the cases, and the judge hears them, or presides over the trials.  I watch a lot of legal dramas, but I’m kinda fuzzy on this.  Is “try” kind of a flexible term?  Any judges or lawyers out there?

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Although, each of their jumbles are coming up as new.  All of them are good, but none of them held me up.  The answer letter layout was a wonderful ten letter jumble, and not obvious.  I think the leading nature of the clue/question, and the final answer slots, were what made the answer evident to me.

Fine cartoon of what looks to be a new and modern courtroom.  There probably should be a flag or two though.  No jurors, or anything.  Maybe this judge does the pre-trial hearings, or something.  Either way, I thought this was a fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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