Archive for March, 2020



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/26/20

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We have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.”   —   Charles R. Swindoll

(Spoken like a man who’s never had a really hard life.  To a large extent we do have the ability to control our attitude, but there are a lot of factors out there that can do a pretty good job of taking that away from us.  He looks a little like Stephen Colbert, in about 30 years.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/26/20

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Visual Description:  Home security installation.

NOYME  =  MONEY,  DLAAS  =  SALAD,  AFUIRN  =  UNFAIR,  KACYRN  =  CRANKY   —   Giving us:  MOESLAUFARCRA

Clue/Question:  There’d been some burglaries in their neighborhood, which was – – –

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Answer:  CAUSE FOR ALARM

(Not really all that stinky of a pun, but definitely a challenging final answer, for me at least.  It was more of a literal/figurative pun.  Hey!  Did you know that the Brits don’t like some contractions that use ‘d?  At least WordPress doesn’t like them.  “There’d” keeps coming up as a misspelling!  Silly Limeys.

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  I guess Hoyt is giving ralis95 a little break.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, though we’ve definitely seen “noyme” sometime in the past.  The only one I struggled a little with was “afuirn”.  As you know, I’m not a big fan of the UN words, so it’s probably a minor mental block for me.  The answer letter layout was a marvelously cryptic thirteen letter jumble.  Definitely not obvious.  It had me going for a while.  I played around with something OUR FEARS, but couldn’t do anything with MLACA.  But there was enough there for me to see that ALARM would be the last word, and the rest fell into place.

Nice cartoon of an older couple and the alarm installer.  I mean, facially they look it, but the dead giveaway that they’re older is the newspaper!  The younger generations think newspapers are archaic.  They don’t see any value in them.  Maybe if they ran out of toilet paper they’d have a better appreciation for them?  Anyway, I think we’ve seen two challenging Jumbles in a row.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/25/20

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I don’t think anyone, until their soul leaves their body, is past the point of no return.”   —   Tom Hiddleston

(Wow!  And people call ME an unrealistic optimist!  LOL.  If he were Bernie Sanders the media would have pilloried him for this statement.  HOW DARE you point out any positive of a communist regime?!!!  I’m pretty sure that AIPAC, and just about all of Israel, might take some exception to this quote!  Ever heard of a guy named Adolf Hitler?  But, to quite a large extent, I actually do agree with this quote.  This is “Loki”‘s first quote to be used in the Cryptoquote, so welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/25/20

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Visual Description:  Highlight of the reception.

MAFYO  =  FOAMY,  EEZSI  =  SEIZE,  TOONNI  =  NOTION,  MIGATB  =  GAMBIT   —   Giving us:  OAMSEENTNGMIT

Clue/Question:  The wedding cake looked delicious and would be eaten – – –

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Answer: INGEST A MOMENT

(Ooh!  This was a sneaky, stinky pun!  Especially, if you spelled SEIZE wrong, like I did.  Can we – somehow –  vote to get rid of that STUPID “I Before E Except After C” rule???  I mean, I’ve always been aware of the exceptions, but why did some numb-nuts come up with this as a grammatical “rule” in the first place???

None of today’s clue words are new.  However, three of the jumbles are coming up as new.  We’ve definitely seen “mafyo” sometime in the past.  I got them all immediately this morning.  The answer letter layout was a very impressive thirteen letter jumble.  I thought it hid the final answer brilliantly.  Because I’m a rocket scientist – NOT – I saw that the middle word was A.  Then, I did figure that the third word was MOMENT.  But, because of SIEZE – groan – I was left with SINGIT.  Now, in Tagalog SINGIT means CROTCH, but In English you can only come up with SITING, and SITING A MOMENT did not seem to make much sense, considering the context of the clue/question.  So, I took a second look at the clue words, and saw that I had seized an erroneous answer.  By the by, I think that INGEST is a beautiful pun for IN JUST.  Kudos to whoever – Hoyt? – came up with it.  Sometimes these puns are suggested by the readers.

Very nice wedding reception cartoon.  Great cake and cake cutter.  The bride and groom look radiant!  They appear to be “Latinx”, so congrats on the diversity, Jeff!  I’d say this was a fairly tough solve, especially for a Wednesday.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google, flickr, and TheKnot

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/24/20

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If the fools do not control the world, it isn’t because they are not in the majority.”   —   Edgar Watson Howe

(Too true, Ed!  Unfortunately, I believe they ARE in the majority, and too many of them DO control the world!  Why “bailout” the airlines and other big corporations, at the taxpayers’ expense, when they can borrow as much money as they want/need at basically 0% interest?  Money should only be going to small businesses and the workers who can’t pay their bills.  Despite the ridiculousness of “corporate personhood”, corporations are NOT people.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/24/20

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Visual Description:  Opportunity knocking.

IRROG  =  RIGOR,  OOTRB  =  ROBOT,  OTREES  =  STEREO,  SOMCTA  =  MASCOT   —   Giving us:  RIRTEESOT

Clue/Question:  They bought the run-down corner market and planned to – – –

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Answer:  RESTORE IT

(Oh.  Well this is definitely a groaner of a stinky pun!  I can’t blame the language elitist for giving this a thumbs down.  I guess they could have gone with a hyphen, and quotation marks around store, but that might have made solving this even easier than it was.

We have definitely seen all of these clue words before.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, but we’ve seen “irrog” sometime before.  It took me a couple of looks to see “mascot” for some reason.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it.

Fine cartoon of a couple looking at a corner store.  What do you think; do they keep the name “Martha’s Market”, or try to come up with something fresh?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  I donated blood yesterday!  It’s been nearly three years for me, but lifetime I must be around 12 gallons.  It felt good, especially knowing that the need is great right now.  If you’re physically able, and Coronavirus symptom free, please strongly consider donating blood.  It’s quick and relatively painless, and we’ve all got to do our part.   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google and Fine Art America

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/23/20

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This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled.”   —   Leonard Cohen

(Way to be a downer, Leonard!  This could very well be true, but it’s still more productive to be optimistic about these things.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 03/23/20

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Visual Description:  Blame Bezos and the Millennials!

NYMLA  =  MANLY,  BAHTI  =  HABIT,  CLPIES  =  SPLICE,  RIOADH  =  HAIRDO   —   Giving us:  MLISLAD

Clue/Question:  With fewer and fewer customers, business at the indoor shopping center was – – –

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Answer:  DISMALL

(This pun would be much more stinky – and amusing – if it wasn’t so true!  Various department stores were always the anchors, or keystones, to our malls, and many of them have closed.  The smaller stores that relied a lot on impulse buyers are also going under.  The situation has totally gotten out of hand.

All of today’s clue words are already on the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  But, all four jumbles are coming up as new.  Surprisingly, it took me two looks to see “manly”, but the others came to me right away.  The answer letter layout was a very simple seven letter jumble.  But, it got the job done.

Fine cartoon of a practically empty shopping mall.  A security guard and two older gals getting in their walking exercise.  Not quite sure what a Leftorium would sell.  It looks like the old J&D department store is closed for good.  It’s a good thing that Jeff & David have an online presence.  😉  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/22/20

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If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.  Do good anyway.”   —   Dr. Robert Schuller

(I was never a fan of his, or of any “televangelist” for that matter, but I’ve always liked this quote.  I’m fairly sure that the sentiment had been expressed before Dr. Schuller, but probably not these exact words.  Either way, it is sound advice, folks.  Keep on doing good, no matter what people might say about you.  Be well and . . . well, you know.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 03/22/20

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Visual Description:  Granny and the kiddies.

CSTKEO  =  SOCKET,  GLEPTI  =  PIGLET,  CAEIDV  =  ADVICE,  PRYOLO  =  POORLY,  FOLTAA  =  AFLOAT,  CUSKUR  =  RUCKUS   —   Giving us:  SOPIVIEPORFOTRU

Clue/Question:  Was the cat content?  Yes.  The sound made by the cat was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Two Words  “(4-3 letters)”  (8-letters)

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Answer:  PURROOF POSITIVE

(Ooh!  This was a real stinky pun.  The clue words weren’t so tough, but the final answer was kind of sneaky challenging.  It actually made me groan a little!

All of the clue words are already on the world famous ralis95 clue word database.  But five of the jumbles appear to be new.  We have definitely seen “glepti” sometime in the past.  The answer letter layout was a super fifteen letter jumble.  It hid the final answer from me very nicely, for a while.  I figured PURR had to be part of it.  Then I saw the POSITIVE.  It took me another minute to process the OFO into OOF, and get the pun.

Cute cartoon of a granny and her grand-kids.  That is one monster of a cat!  He must weigh 20 pounds, or so.  At least he’s content!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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