Archive for October 14th, 2020

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/14/20

akg-images - LÉON GAMBETTA

Great ability without discretion comes almost invariably to a tragic end.”   —   Léon Gambetta

(I think this great ability that he spoke of must have been the power that he witnessed being wielded, during his life in politics.  He made it all the way to Prime Minister of France, before his untimely death at the age of 44.  Apparently, he had been handling a pistol when it accidentally went off, shooting himself in the arm.  The wound – while not fatal – was healing very slowly, and while he was recovering he was stricken with appendicitis.  In 1882 that was almost always fatal.  But, we welcome Monsieur Gambetta to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/14/20

Angry seagulls dive-bombing beachgoers | Daily Mail Online

Visual Description:  Animus for “The Birds”.

ALGED  =  GLADE,  NGROP  =  PRONG,  SCAWEH  =  CASHEW,  FLYUEE  =  EYEFUL   —   Giving us:  GLAONGAEWFUL

Clue/Question:  The beachgoers didn’t appreciate the seagulls’ obnoxiously loud and – – –

Violent SEAGULLS attack Brit sunbather in bikini during heatwave

Answer: FOWL LANGUAGE

(A “fowl” odoriferous pun, indeed!  But, expertly executed.  ‘Tis folly to attempt to sup on the beach, as all gulls have a plethora of gall.  When perambulating, or reclining, they will bother you not.  But, endeavor to masticate some comestibles and they’ll annoy you a lot.

Hey!  Why not?  None of today’s clue words are new.  Three of the jumbles appear to be so, but we’ve definitely ran across “scaweh” in the past.  Coincidentally, it was one of the jumbles gave me some pause.  The other being “flyuee”.  The answer letter layout was a twisty twelve letter jumble.  It took me a few minutes for my pun-dar to tune into the gag.

Great cartoon of a little family trying to enjoy the beach.  With their pic-i-nic basket, blanket, and plates of food.  Dad is trying to shoo the gulls away with a napkin, while the little girl covers her ears.  They can be extremely noisy!  Their cries are summoning others to join them.  And of course, you can never go wrong with the classic sinking sailboat on the horizon.  Tons of fun!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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