Archive for July, 2020

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/31/20

Rebecca West | Biography, Books, & Facts | Britannica

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.”   —   Rebecca West

(Very prosaic, Dame Rebecca West.  She wrote both fiction and non-fiction.   I think I’d enjoy some of her books.  Especially, A Train of Powder and also The Meaning of Treason.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/31/20

How to Talk to Your Auto Mechanic: Communication Is Key to a Good ...

Visual Description:  Playing things by ear.


Clue/Question:  In order to pinpoint the problem, the auto mechanic needed to – – –

8 Car Noises & What They Mean | Firestone Complete Auto Care

Answer:  GET A FIX ON IT

(Awesome Jumble!  Wonderfully stinky pun!  Those plug-in diagnostic things are great for some/many things.  But, some guys just seem to have an ear for these things.  They’re like old school general practitioners.  They know what everything is supposed to look, sound and feel like.  I hope trade schools are still teaching young mechanics the fundamentals, and not relying solely on those diagnostic crutches.  I know that dental hygienists still need to learn how to use the basic tools.  Because of the COVID-19, they are not allowed to use those hydro-sonic plaque blasters.  Getting scraped by the scalpel thing was a trip.  It felt like had stepped back in time!

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but Hoyt has definitely used “broti” before.  I had a little trouble getting “agile”.  But, thankfully, I didn’t have to back into it.  Three of the clue words started with vowels today.  The answer letter layout was a remarkable eleven letter jumble.  Hopefully, the length of the five final answer slots were a hint to you, like they were to me.

Fun auto mechanic’s garage cartoon.  The older guy is like the car whisperer.  He just lets the engine speak to him.  Hopefully, the younger guy will learn from the master.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/30/20

The Letter of Paul to the Corinthians | Description, Historical ...

There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and endurance.”   —   Corinthians

(With this current pandemic, it’s gotten a lot harder to express our love for one another.  But, we still need to do our best to express that love.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/30/20

Abraham Lincoln - Facts, Birthday & Assassination - HISTORY

Visual Description:  Trying to fool the people?


Clue/Question:  The politician’s words couldn’t be trusted, and therein – – –

WH task force to reveal sobering data that drove decision to ...


(Which is worse, politicians’ fawning platitudes, or their outright lies?  I’m pretty much fed up with just about all of them at this point.  But, I still think there is value in political activism, and in voting.  At least this provides a little hope, that things will get done, and that things will get better.  Dropping out and giving up is just admitting utter defeat.  And, I’m not there . . . yet, folks.  Participate, or just keep your traps shut.

None of today’s clue words came up as new.  We haven’t seen “bevel” in quite a while though.  All of today’s jumbles appear to be new.  I really liked “dyolem”  The answer letter layout was a brilliant eleven letter jumble.  The clue/question’s “therein”, and the spacing of the final answer slots, were the big clues for me.

Great political rally cartoon.  It looks like these people can’t be fooled all of the time!  Doubting Thomases are good for a civil society.  Smith’s re-election chances are dwindling!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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History Lesson: The Bill of Rights and Gun Ownership

Vic’s post makes for a great refresher course, friends! Give it a read. — YUR


Amid the violence plaguing the US, we can’t forget the original controversy about gun ownership. For many gun owners, including friends and family, the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution is sacred. However, and here’s the kicker, there is no 2nd Amendment without the other nine.

The first ten amendments to the Constitution were drafted as a package, and were required to ensure adoption of the US Constitution. Collectively, they are called the “Bill of Rights.” The 2nd Amendment is only one of the ten. Tear down any of these fundamental rights, and you tear down them all.

Here is the set, courtesy of the National Constitution Center.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending…

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/29/20

Hal Borland (Author of When The Legends Die)

If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.”   —   Hal Borland

(Trees are great company!  Their canopies provide both shade and shelter.  And, other than the gentle rustling of their leaves . . . they don’t talk back!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 07/29/20

☆ TAG! You're It! ☆ - Discuss ScratchVisual Description:  Playground perseverance.


Clue/Question:  If you get tagged while playing tag, just accept the fact and think – – –

Meadow Brook Intermediate School - Schoolyard Playground

Answer:  SO BE IT

(Short and sweet!  Or, should that be short and solemn?  This Jumble may have been suggested by someone like Ken, or lwc.  My wife, who is a “good” Catholic, is very fond of this – originally – Biblical phrase.  I’m more of a “whatever” kind of guy, or “okie dokes”!  “Because I’m easy.  Yeah, I’m easy.”  “I’m easy as a Sunday morning.”  That’s the Keith Carradine/Lionel Ritchie mash-up of my philosophy, folks!

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends, again.  However, all of the jumbles appear to be new.  No stumpers today, for me.  The answer letter layout was a concise six letter jumble.  I thought it was nicely cryptic.  I just remember the “You’re It! of the tag of my youth.  Do Catholic kids go running around saying “So be It”?  JKLOL!

Fine schoolyard playground cartoon.  I’m seeing a jungle gym and the bottom portion of a slide.  All fenced in, for the kids security.  Nowadays, I think some folks would probably consider the game of tag a form of assault!  Of course, I say this in jest, but then again . . .  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Belated) Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/26/20

Biography: Blaise Pascal (via - Bathtub Bulletin

If Cleopatra’s nose had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been different.”   —   Blaise Pascal

(Is this because he himself had a fairly prominent proboscis?  Because I don’t see where he was going with this!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Belated) Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 07/26/20

A bay thoroughbred racehorse in a paddock. Head turned. photo by ...

Visual Description:  Panic in the paddock!


Clue/Question:  After buying so many horses, the owner of the horse farm was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (7-letters)  (4-letters)  (4-letters)


Saddles for the Hard to Fit Horse - The Horse Owner's Resource


(Ooh!  A great stinky pun!  I’m getting the scent of leather, horsies, and manure.  Smells like . . . VICTORY!  Hopefully, for our over extended horseman at least.  If he doesn’t get a win he’s going to have to sell one, or more, of his horses.  Either way though, he’s learning a valuable lesson.  Kind of the equine version of not counting your chickens before they’re hatched.

There were no new clue words this day.  Four of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen both “dibsee” and “glueed” sometime ago.  Sadly, I had to back into “fusion”!  The answer letter layout made for a grand fifteen letter jumble.  If the owner wasn’t saddling the horse, for the jockey, this might have been a more difficult solve.

Great cartoon of a horse farm.  I guess the owner has at lest five of them.  Not quite sure why the one behind the jockey appears to be already saddled.  I liked the pickup truck and the horse barns in the background.  Wonderful Sunday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/28/20

Nude Against Daylight 1908 Painting By Pierre Bonnard

You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself.”   —   Pierre Bonnard

(Apparently, I know very little about Post-Impressionists!  But, that’s what Petey was!  The guy seemed to be a bit of a lady’s man too.  He bedded three of his “subjects”, and at least two of them were already spoken for.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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