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Jumble Spoiler – 08/27/20

You're fired! Three Beach Boys founding members dumped by the band's frontman Mike Love | Daily Mail Online

Visual Description:  Before they could get any “Girls on the Beach”!


Clue/Question:  When Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson roughhoused on the beach, they were being – – –

Featured Artist – The Beach Boys


(A fine stinky pun.  Like Coney Island at low tide?  No, that’s really stinky.  Besides, this is clearly a West coast Jumble.  Maybe even Malibu!  It looks like Dennis and Brian are giving Carl a bit of tickle torture.  They always start out in laughter, and often end up in tears.

All of today’s clue words are as familiar as most Beach Boys songs are to us.  Ralis95 knows ’em all.  The clue words that is.  Well, and probably the songs too.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have unquestionably seen “soeeb” before.  The answer letter layout was a terrific ten letter jumble.  Not obvious at all, to me.  As usual, the quotation marks and the hyphen were big clues.

Plenty to love about today’s cartoon.  Great renditions of the three Wilson brothers.  I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s what their mom looked like too.  You’ve got a gull on the beach, and some in the air.  Someone lounging under a beach umbrella, and a surfer heading into shore.  A nice looking pier in the distance, and the ever popular sinking sailboat on the horizon!  I hope that’s not the “Sloop John B.”!  Great fun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google and


Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/27/20

Andrew Hendrixson | New American Paintings

Anyone who has ever made anything of importance was disciplined.”   —   Andrew Hendrixson

(I know.  I’ve never heard of the guy either.  And, after watching nearly five minutes of an almost fifty two minute video I don’t feel like I’m missing all that much.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a strong aversion to this quote, just to people like him.  Far too many poets are essentially pompous windbags, who feign humility.  I have a friend who’s a poet who isn’t so, but he seems to be more of an exception to my extremely subjective opinion of poets.  LOL!  But, this guy is both an artist and a poet, so he can’t be all bad!  And, he’s a handsome lad.  It’s his first quote to make the Cryptoquote, so we heartily welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 08/26/20

Twin | biology | Britannica

Visual Description:  Double trouble jokesters.


Clue/Question:  People thought the twins were identical, but their mom – – –

How to make meat fondue with oil - HOW TO DO EVERYTHING


(If there is one person in this world who is always going to know you, it’s your mama!  Discounting things like various forms of dementia, of course.  But, generally – and hopefully not – that is much later in life.   Nobody looks at you like your mom does.  Or, for the length of time, like a mom does.  Heck, they probably even know the subtlety of your scent.  Don’t mess with moms!

Clearly recognizable ralis95 database clue words today!  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “yawer” in the past.  I had a bit of trouble coming up with “fondue”, but I didn’t need to back into it.  Most people today think of fondue as dipping only pieces of bread into a pot of melted cheese.  But, I remember in the late ’60s – early ’70s cooking small pieces of meat in the little communal pot of oil.  Probably not the healthiest way to cook meat.  As a kid, I thought it was a lot of fun!  But, it was a fad, and it soon passed.  There’s also the dessert fondue, where you dip fruit into a pot of melted chocolate!  I haven’t seen a fondue pot, or fork, in ages.  Today’s answer letter layout was an impressive thirteen letter jumble.  Beautifully cryptic, but getting the final answer was no problem for me.

Fine cartoon of twin boys trying to put one over on their dear ol’ mom.  She’s too sharp for them though.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/26/20

When Lilly Met Dash: Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett's Love ...

Nobody outside of a baby carriage or a judge’s chamber believes in an unprejudiced point of view.”   —   Lillian Hellman

(Wow!  Unbiased judges, who only follow the rule of law, used to be the norm!  Imagine that, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/25/20

Zora Neale Hurston - Quotes, Books & Facts - Biography

Chicago soundtrack music |

Trees and plants always look like the people they live with, somehow.”   —   Zora Neale Hurston

(That’s a new one on me, Zora!  I’ve heard that about people and their pets, but not their plants.  She looks like Queen Latifah, to me.  Once again, I didn’t spot PEOPLE until I was about half way through this.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 08/25/20

11/29/2018 | OC Elementary School Second Grade Students Celebrate ...

Visual Description:  Sam Cooke, or James Taylor?


Clue/Question:  To teach addition to the students, the teacher wrote – – –

How can we make all schools successful? - San Antonio Express-News


(Sum ting wong? . . . the teacher asked the boy.  That’s just one of the cleaner answers in a politically incorrect Chinese menu joke that I remember, from back in the day.  It has nothing to do with much of anything, other than being another play on SOME.  Pretend you didn’t read it.  The world seems to be going to Hell in a hand-basket anyway.

All Classic Jumble clue words.  Long time members of the ralis95 clue word database.  All of the jumbles appear to be new though.  I even had trouble getting “census”.  I had to back into it.  The answer letter layout was a fair to middlin’ ten letter jumble.  I might have switched “blunt” and “rummy”.  I think a double U might have helped cloud the answer a little better.  Quotation marks are always a big clue though.

Standard, non-socially distanced classroom scene cartoon.  How old do you think these kids are?  Six or seven?  Yeah, probably second graders.  I can’t find the James Taylor version – by himself – of this song, so I’m giving you the original Sam Cooke one.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/24/20

Meet Marilyn vos Savant, The Woman With The Highest IQ Ever Recorded

Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person.”   —   Marilyn vos Savant

(It’s the “Ask Marilyn” lady!  She’s supposed to be a super smarty.  Maybe even give Ken a run for his money.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 08/24/20

Free Cartoon Owl Vector Vector Art & Graphics |

Visual Description:  Birds of a few different feathers.


Clue/Question:  With so many owls in the same place, it was hard to tell – – –

Who's Who | Audubon

Answer:  WHOS HOO

(Ohh!  Wise-guy, huh?  This pun is too cute to be considered stinky.  Owls are such fascinating creatures.  I usually take the Gary Larson approach to creationism.  So, when God realized that he’d made way too many small mammals, and they were multiplying too quickly, he created hawks and owls!  The hawks would handle the day shift, and the owls got the night shift.  Together they keep the rodent and rabbit populations in check.  With a little help from cats, coyotes, and foxes, of course.  Uncle Rave explains it all!

No new clue words today.  I thought maybe “woozy”, but it was on the ralis95 database.  And, “zowyo” has been used as a jumble before.  So has “sloas”!   I guess he regularly hears Claire say:  Git yer sloas down here!  JKLOL!  The other two jumbles came up as new.  The answer letter layout was a short seven letter jumble.   Without thinking, I wrote down WHO’S WHO.  Then, I realized there was only the one W, so I fixed it.

Great owl convention cartoon.  Jeff has given us a wide variety of owls.  Maybe they’ve all assembled for a Who concert!  That would be cool.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google, Vector Stock

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 08/23/20

Nashional Treasure: A Celebration of Ogden Nash | Rye, NY Patch

People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.”   —   Ogden Nash

(I had a really tough time getting this one started.  I seem to have a problem recognizing PEOPLE for some reason.  The Sunday ones are supposed to be a little tougher though.  Right?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 08/23/20

The legacy of Alfred Nobel and how it all began [Infographic]

Visual Description:  The explosive revelation.


Clue/Question:  When they learned that Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, it was a – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (5-letters)  (4-letters)  (3-letters)  (4-letters)

TNT vs. Dynamite: What's the Difference? | Mental Floss


(Ooh!  By my recollection, we haven’t had this stinky a pun in a while!  A long while.  Not exactly ancient history, but a great old school nugget of a stinker.  I get a bang out of puns like this.

All of today’s clue words are Jumble classics!  But, surprisingly, all of today’s jumbles are coming up as new for me.  They weren’t in my Tags at least.  All of them are great, but I didn’t struggle to solve any of them.  The answer letter layout was a very impressive sixteen letter jumble.  The final answer didn’t exactly come to me in a rush.  I got THE right away!  LOL!  Then I saw BLAST, and the rest came to me in a breeze of clarity!

Great lecture hall cartoon.  These look like college kids to me.  I’ve read that Nobel set up this big charitable organization to alleviate some guilt feelings and to silence some of his critics.  One newspaper had even labeled him the merchant of death!  Ouch!  He seems to be much more fondly remembered these days.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Images courtesy of Google

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