Archive for October, 2020

Curtain Raiser

Some very good points, from our friend Wesley, folks. And, some of you might like my ensuing comment! — YUR


A Witching Hour Is Upon Us, Colltalers

Many Americans haven’t been sleeping well lately. Some worry about Nov. 3; others about how early voting is beating records across the land. Those concerned about that were sure their anti-democratic efforts to prevent people from voting had been successful. They may be up to a rude awakening.
Yet it’s Covid-19’s record of 83,000 cases in a day that the majority is rightfully scared about. Or an FBI report confirming foreign interference in the elections. On the other hand, most people support an antitrust lawsuit against Google. And others are celebrating the United Nations’ 75th anniversary.
Other issues worrying folks everywhere are climate change-driven wildfires, rising sea levels-boosted coastal flooding, and pandemic-aggravated hunger. In this particular, there’s Brazil, ironically one of the world’s four-largest food producers. In fact, with the U.S. and India, it also shares the top spot of coronavirus-infected countries. Combined, these countries have less than…

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/26/20

TOP 25 QUOTES BY ANDRE MAUROIS (of 116) | A-Z Quotes

To be witty is not enough.  One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it.”   —   Andre Maurois

(Because wise-guys tend to get tedious pretty quickly.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Image courtesy of Google

Jumble Spoiler – 10/26/20

African American Female Doctor Wear Face Mask Look At Camera, Headshot  Portrait. Stock Photo - Image of hospital, person: 188810226

Visual Description:  She can’t mask her amusement.


Clue/Question:  Even when the twins misbehaved, she loved them – – –

The Shame that Comes With Having A Toddler On Your Arms And A Bump - The  Fertile Chick


(Equal justice, under the law of Mom?  This has to be one of the more subtler puns the guys have ever used.  But, I like it.  The final answer was also a very quick solve.

There are no new clue words today.  However, three of the jumbles appear to be so.  Though we’ve definitely seen “tamle” before.  It was one of the two jumbles that tripped me up.  That and “rhitts”.  I didn’t have to back into either of them, but they did cause me to ponder more than I usually need to.  The answer letter layout was a so-so eight letter jumble.  Considering the clue words used though, I really don’t see any alternative.

Cute cartoon of a heroic front-line working doctor/mom, and her twin boys.  The boys found some creative ways to use the surgical masks!  It seems like we are fully in the midst of the pandemic’s second wave, so we all need to practice a healthy vigilance.  Please limit your, and others, exposure by wearing the masks when in public settings.  Practice social distancing, and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/25/20

Ingram's :: Inside Banking Kansas City

Visual Description:  Conventional banking.


Clue/Question:  They were considering a new bank to handle their finances, and there was a lot to – – –

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

How to Choose a Mortgage Loan Officer | PNC


(Definitely not a gimme!  This stinky pun took a little thought!  I kinda scratched my head, until I keyed into the woman’s dialog.  That’s what gave it to me.

No new clue words today.  Five of the jumbles appear to be new.  But, we’ve seen “cyritk” before.  I struggled a bit with both “ganjor” and “zanber”.  I’m really glad I didn’t have to back into them though.  The answer letter layout was a fantastic fifteen letter jumble.  It hid the final answer very nicely!

Fine commercial banking cartoon!  I liked the obligatory guard, guarding the obligatory vault!  Fairly challenging Sunday Jumble!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/25/20

Christian Dior French Fashion Designer Politics – Remember When Christian Dior was an Anarchist?

Zest is the secret of all beauty.  There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.”   —   Christian Dior

(Is he talkin’ lemon zest, or lime zest???  Could be orange, or even kumquat, I suppose!  The House of Dior certainly has a lot of staying power.  He was only active for about a dozen years – 63 years ago – but he’s still one of the top names in fashion.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/24/20

Bath, Art and Architecture: Lord Chesterfield by Stephen Slaughter, Dublin  Castle

Abhor a knave and pity a fool in your heart, but let neither of them unnecessarily see that you do.”   —   Lord Chesterfield

(He wasn’t big on showing emotion in general!  Stiff upper lip, and all that rot!  But, he did give us plenty of quotes.  Google Images is including photos of Jennifer Aniston!  Have no idea why.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/24/20

Federal parliament ignores farmers in flying fox review: NSW Farmers -

Visual Description:  Bat signal slackers!


Clue/Question:  Most of the bats were flying out of the cave, but a few decided to – – –

Hosting viruses is a cost of flying - Cosmos Magazine

Answer:  HANG BACK

(Commissioner Gordon is not going to like this lack of effort!  Will our heroes survive his wrath?  Tune in next time.  Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!  Batman was a big part of my life, as an 8, 9, 10 year old boy.  Julie Newmarthe original, and best Catwoman – was my first big crush!  At 5’11” that girl had legs for miles!  And, very sultry eyes.  What a woman!

There are no new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have seen “graauj” before.  The answer letter layout was a great eight letter jumble.  But, the final answer was a pretty simple solve.

Fine bat cave cartoon.  Those bats look pretty big.  Maybe they’re flying foxes.  I wouldn’t like running into any of those!  Thankfully, Jeff omitted drawing any guano.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/23/20


The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.”   —   (Jean) de La Bruyere

(He never married, so I’m wondering if he was referring to his mother???  Even with the obvious ALL and THAT I had to work to solve this.  I first went with Gruyere, thinking that he might have been involved with the cheese.  But, I switched to a B when my early searches on de La Gruyere brought me only to places.  No people.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/23/20

Gideon Sundback's Invention of the Zipper - America Comes Alive

Visual Description:  What we now take for granted.


Clue/Question:  When Gideon Sundback showed how his zipper worked, people were – – –

When Was the Zipper Invented? – @carry


(Yes, yes.  It is a real groaner of a pun.  And, that’s why we love it!  The zipper really did revolutionize clothing, of all kinds.  And, today they are so ubiquitous.  I’m certainly no engineer, but I was thinking that the semi forerunner of the zipper – the hook and eye closure – is also the basis of Velcro.  The biggest differences being that Velcro doesn’t use metal – they use Nylon – and there are hundreds of these tiny hooks and eyes, or loops.

There were no new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “udefg” before.  Besides, there’s no hiding “fudge” from a chocolate lover.  The answer letter layout was a tantalizing ten letter jumble.  I thought it was nicely cryptic.  The quotation marks and the hyphen were my biggest clues.

Another fine period piece cartoon from our buddy.  Between 1914 – 1917.  He drew a very nice likeness of Mr. Sundback.  When you actually stop, and watch how zippers work, they really are fascinating. 

Covid-19 seems to be making a strong comeback, so please take all the necessary precautions, folks.  Practice “social distancing”.  Wear the masks, when in public places.  And, wash your hands frequently.  Don’t touch your face until you’ve done so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Early voting starts tomorrow in New York state.  In some places it’s already in effect.  Don’t wait until the last moment.  Get out the vote!

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/22/20

Portrait of Woodrow Wilson Painting by Sir William Orpen

No man that does not see visions will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high enterprise.”   —   Woodrow Wilson

(As long as he didn’t claim to have had “conversations with God”, I can’t condemn him.  Other than the overly punitive Treaty of Versailles, which indirectly resulted in WWII, I think he was a very good President.  21st Century sensibilities put too much fault on his so-called racist policies, but I don’t think he actually hated anyone.  He was just the victim of his upbringing, and the prevailing white man’s superiority mindset of the time.  Fortunately, most of us are much more enlightened these day.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t go for all of us.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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