Archive for September, 2020

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/25/20

AA Milne

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.”   —   A.A. Milne

(As in:  So, that’s where I left my keys!  And:  I haven’t seen those in years!  Personally, I am anxious to find a couple of stock certificates that I know I have around here . . . somewhere.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/25/20

Water Well Drilling Moratorium is Bad Idea | Northwest Citizen

Visual Description:  More necessary than oil.


Clue/Question:  They successfully drilled for water, and it helped with everyone’s – – –

Witching for water – SPOOKY GEOLOGY


(A slightly unusual stinky pun.  The “THERE” is a little extraneous.  But, I doubt that it threw anyone.  So many of us take clean potable water for granted, but for millions of people around the world – including here in the U.S. – it’s rare, but indispensable.  That is one of the many reasons why I object to hydro-fracking.   Sure, it can be done safely.  But, there are many incidents of it going awry, and spoiling the surrounding groundwater.

The string of new clue words has definitely quieted down.  Our good friend, ralis95, can enjoy the springlike – for him at least – temperatures.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “huglc” being the only one that we’ve definitely seen before.  They all came quickly to me this morning.  The answer letter layout was a massive fourteen letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic, Hoyt!  But, with the great cartoon, and the hyphenated first final answer word, this was not a terribly tough solve.

Cute cartoon of folks out west.  They all look very satiated to soon being saturated.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/24/20

Why I Don't Read Rebecca Solnit | The Walrus

The ability to tell your own story, in words or images, is already a victory, already a revolt.”   —   Rebecca Solnit

(Alrighty then.  That’s what we like to see.  Our Rebecca is featuring a new Rebecca for us.  It’s always refreshing to pump new blood into these cryptograms.  We welcome Ms. Solnit to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Hopefully, we’ll be seeing more of her work.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/24/20

How To Be A Good Working Wife -

Visual Description:  Hapless hubby futzing.


Clue/Question:  Getting ready to put on his best suit, he couldn’t find his neckwear.  He was – – –

Wife knotting the necktie of her husband, helping and assisting him getting  dressed - Stock Video Footage - Dissolve


(I don’t know if this guy is fit to be anything!  Fit to be dressed by his wife/mommy maybe!  Why is this sad sack looking for neckties in his sock and underwear drawer?  I don’t know anyone who keeps their ties in any drawer.  You hang them on a tie-rack, or at worst some kind of hanger, in the closet.  I suppose we could blame it on the pandemic, but . . . I’m shaking my head.  SMH, for the Millennials and Gen Z crowd.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “fidtr” sometime earlier.  Got ’em all instantly this morning.  The answer letter layout was an interesting eleven letter jumble.  I found it pleasantly cryptic.  But, I also thought this was a pretty simple solve.

Great cartoon of the miffed husband, searching in vain.  You know his wife is going to know exactly where his ties are.  I think this, and other hapless husband jumbles, are designed to mollify all those who object to Cryptoquotes that come off as “sexist”, because they were written by men . . . MANY years ago!  LOL!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/23/20


How to Deal With Difficult Customers - Business News Daily

Visual Description:  Klueless Karen Kalling?


Clue/Question:  She called about her unusually high electric bill and asked – – –

When is the best day and time to call customer service? - Clark Howard

Answer:  LET ME SPEAK TO THE MANAGER!  No, just kidding.  It’s actually:  WATTS UP?

(Today’s answer was a real groaner of a stinky pun.  Noel Coward is spinning in his grave!  I’m relatively sure that he would agree with Samuel Johnson, with humor and wit essentially being interchangeable.

No new clue words today.  But, three of the jumbles appear to be new.  We have seen “beavo” at least once before.  No stumpers today.  The answer letter layout was a concise seven letter jumble.  It was sufficiently cryptic.

Great cartoon of a domestic couple.  We’ve all been there, paying the bills, and arguing with the various utility companies.  Even with all the lights on in the house you wouldn’t triple the usage.  Not unless you generally live like a bat!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/23/20

Noël Coward - Wikipedia

Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.”   —   Noel Coward

(For a whole lot of people, the impoverished and the diabetics to name a few, marmalade is a tremendous treat!  I’ve always thought that caviar was like the comestible version of “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.  Everyone pretends to be so impressed with it, in this case so they can appear to be sophisticated.  Blech!  I know that’s not the point of the quote, but if you want to see that, look up the Cryptoquote Spoiler of 10/23/19, because this is yet another re-run.  I hope everything is alright with our Rebecca!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/22/20

Rough Collie - zooplus Magazine

Grandchildren don’t make a man feel old; it’s the knowledge that he’s married to a grandmother.”   —   G. Norman Collie

(Will somebody please get this man a Wikipedia listing!  We’ve seen him before.  As a matter of fact we’ve seen this exact quote before!  Not all that long ago, on April 21, 2020.  I still like the quote, but a little variety would be nice.  Since there is no photo of the man, I give you this classic pup, forever known to me as a Dundee dog!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/22/20

Maths Odd & Even Numbers Posters by Ms Forde's Classroom | TpT

Visual Description:  The preeminent positive primary.


Clue/Question:  The first positive odd number considered itself to be – – –

Free Odd Number Cliparts, Download Free Clip Art, Free Clip Art on Clipart  Library

Answer:  ONE OF A KIND

(Initially, this is a fine numerical pun!  Definitely not the first of its kind, but even so.  I guess you had to figure that number ones would be Type A personalities.  So, they have a bit of an ego problem!  No one goes around sporting # 2 foam fingers, do they?

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new for me.  For some reason I had to take a bunch of looks at “lored”.  Maybe, because I’m in denial?  I also enjoyed the jumble “ecctan”, although it didn’t take me long to pick up on the “accent”.  The answer letter layout was a tidy ten letter jumble.  Nicely cryptic.  The biggest clue was the obvious omission of the word ONE in the cartoon’s dialog.  They danced around it nicely though.

Cute animated numbers cartoon.  If any of them look odd, I’d say that number nine takes the cake!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/21/20

Audre Lorde: poems, essays, and short stories | Poeticous

Nothing I accept about myself can be used against me to diminish me.”   —   Audre Lorde

(In an exceedingly judgmental society this is an important attitude for self-preservation.  If they ever do a biography of Audre, I think that Nancy Giles could play her.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 09/21/20

Using a Flea Collar? | ThriftyFun

Visual Description:  The infestation.


Clue/Question:  The dog with the flea problem told the small parasitic insects to – – –

Best Natural Flea Collar For Dogs - WebKu

Answer:  BUG OFF

(A modest little pun.  Just like a flea.  I would have thought that fleas were arachnids – like ticks – but the boys are right, they’re insects!  I guess both could infest a host animal at the same time, so I wonder if they would ever fight each other?  They’re both parasites, so maybe they just ignore each other.  I think dogs usually get fleas, and a lot of them, but ticks can be individual.  Ticks are nastier little buggers, in my opinion.  But, then again, I don’t remember my dogs having fleas.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have seen “goyfg” sometime before.  I was able to see all the clue words immediately today.  The answer letter layout was a simple six letter jumble.  I doubt than anyone struggled to get today’s final answer.

Poor Fido!  I guess when fleas are bad enough all the scratching leads to pain.  Then a flea bath is necessary.  These owners should invest in a simple flea collar.  An ounce of prevention, and all that stuff.  They could even go the more expensive route, of applications and injections, but the collars do a good job of keeping them off.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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