Archive for November, 2020

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/30/20

100 Year Old Lady Gives Secret To Long, Healthy Life | Incredible Things

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.”   —   Source Obscure

(I’ve got too many physical problems as it is already!  I’m not looking forward to more.  Hopefully, I’ll be spared the mental ones though.  This old girl seems to be handling it well.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/30/20

firststeps hashtag on Twitter

Visual Description:  Precious moments.


Clue/Question:  The process of an infant becoming a toddler involves – – –

When should my child take his/her first steps?" Your questions answered |  health enews


(Wow!  This truly takes me back about 28 plus years ago!  Raising a baby is truly a joy . . . when you’re young, and it’s all fresh and new.  When you’re much older, like me – and possibly entering your own second childhood –  it looks like more work than I can handle.  I think parenting is better suited to people in their mid to late 20s through their 40s.  After that it’s:  that baby’s cute, but I’m glad they’re not mine!

All of today’s clue words were familiar old friends.  Surprisingly, all of the jumbles came up as new for me.  No stumpers for me though.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble.  It was fairly cryptic.

Great cartoon of a nice young couple with their baby girl.  She looks to be one well fed baby!  But, that’s how we like them.  A well fed baby is generally a healthier, and more contented baby.  I like her wobbly, unsure little legs!  What’s that thing behind the rings though, under the guy’s arm?  Is it something for the baby?  Hmm.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/29/20

Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729)

Fire and sword are but slow engines of destruction, in comparison with the babbler.”   —   Sir Richard Steele

(Gossips can cause great harm.  Be careful with what you repeat, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 11/29/20

Common Raven Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Visual Description:   Theivin’ black birds!


Clue/Question:  When the large, crow-like birds took the eggs, the farmer was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (5-letters)  “(5-letters)”  (3-letters)

Corvid Clarity | The Urban Nature Enthusiast


(Pun-derful!  Rings fresh.  I was amused.

No new clue words today.  Five of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “scaaub” before.  The answer letter layout was a thrilling thirteen letter jumble.  Marvelously cryptic.  The quotation marks in the final answer slots were a big clue.

Cute cartoon of the irate farmer, in his barnyard, with his victimized chickens, screaming at the pilfering passeriformes.  His hens look plenty peeved too.  Crows and ravens are sneaky smart!  Fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/28/20

Robert Brault (@RobertBrault1) | Twitter

I suppose I will die never knowing what pumpkin pie tastes like when you have room for it.”   —   Robert Brault

(Ol’ Bob seems to be a bit of an internet enigma.  We know he’s an author.  But there are very few pictures of the man.  No bio, and no obvious social media presence.  I guess that’s the way he likes it . . . uh huh, uh huh!  But, personally, I have not had his problem.  I always have room for pumpkin pie.  I might have to wait about a half hour following Thanksgiving dinner these days, but it was never a problem when I was younger!  The last few years I’ve been buying pumpkin pie weeks before Thanksgiving.  And, hopefully, I’ll be buying – and eating – them for the next few weeks too.  The best thing about it is I’m the only one in my house who likes it!  But, I do behave myself.  Just one slice a day.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Literally just a slice of pumpkin pie : pokemon

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/28/20

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - The City of Shadows

Visual Description:  Some Asian ambience.


Clue/Question:  They thoroughly enjoyed the flavors of their food in a restaurant that was decorated – – –

Khigh Dhiegh


(Overall, I’m getting a Japanese vibe, from both the restaurant’s decor, and the food on our couple’s table.  But, of course I can’t be certain.  I think the Japanese are more concerned with presentation than a lot of restaurants.  Plating is very important.

All of today’s clue words are like reliable comfort food.  Nothing new.  Nothing fancy.  Although, you could say “lofty” is pretty fancy.  And, “stylus” sounds like it could be fancy . . . if it wasn’t more functional.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, with “lufat” having definitely been used before.  “Lufat” has a Chinese sound to it.  Sorta like Wo Fat, from “Hawaii Five-O”!  Watch out, Steve!  The answer letter layout was a tasty ten letter jumble.  It masked the final answer very well.  I had to start from the assumption of the answer ending in LY.  From there I was able to refine TASTEFUL.

Great restaurant scene cartoon.  With our primary couple, the gentleman does not seem to have a beverage.  Strange.  Jeff has been giving us a real international flair, lately.  We need to celebrate diversity.  Celebrate light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.  We’ll get to make that official, come Wednesday, January 20th.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR  😉

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/27/20

Irv Kupcinet

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.”   —   Irv Kupcinet

(A wonderfully clever quote, from the famous Chicago newspaper columnist, TV talk show host, and radio personality.  Not being a Midwesterner, the name didn’t ring a bell for me.  But, he had a storied six decade long career!  He’s been gone now for seventeen years, and this is his first quote to make it to the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting the spoilers.  So, We welcome “Kup” to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/27/20

Pros and Cons of Learning the Trumpet - GwinnettmusicGwinnettmusic

Visual Description:  Butchering the bugle.


Clue/Question:  The young musician couldn’t get the high notes just right and found them – – –

Best Kids Trumpet 2020 - kids toys and gift ideas


(Wonderful pun!  Both clever and challenging.  It has a fresh ring to it.  But, then again, we could’ve had it last year, or even last month, and it probably would seem new to me.  I’ve been doing this way too long, folks!

Three trusty, legitimate clue words today.  And, we also have that bastard of a word, “emcee”!  Words like “emcee” and “deejay”, and “veejay”, are just the phoneticized version of initials of two words that make up a job description.  They’re like the middle ground between the formal two full words, and the casual laziness of just the initials.  I’m far from being an English purist, but words like this just seem . . . unseemly, to me.  Two of the jumbles came up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “meeec” and “cotte” before.  I thought that “lcaslu” was a fairly challenging jumble.  The answer letter layout was a nifty ten letter jumble.  I thought it did a fine job of disguising the final answer.  I got SOME first, and from the EETLBR I was able to see the sonic play on TROUBLE.

Cute cartoon of the young bugle/trumpet/horn blower, and his very supportive parents.  It looks like the sibling is the only honest one in the picture.  LOL!  Well, every musician has to start somewhere.  Most are not prodigies.  The only way they get better is through practice.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Thanksgiving Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/26/20

The Art Of Thanksgiving By Norman Rockwell - - Art  History Stories

He who thanks but with the lips thanks but in part; the full, the true thanksgiving comes from the heart.”   —   J.A. Shedd

(I hope you’re all listening, friends and kiddies!  The world has more than enough platitudes.  Ya gotta have heart!!  I hope you all had a warm and wonderful, heartfelt and satisfying Thanksgiving.  I know I did.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Thanksgiving Jumble Spoiler – 11/26/20

How to Have a Safe Thanksgiving During the Pandemic | MyRecipes

Visual Description:  Somebodies close to Jeff Knurek.


Clue/Question:  When it comes to Thanksgiving turkey, he tended to eat a lot, which he – – –

Still deciding on what to make for Thanksgiving? 13 recipes you'll swear by  from here on out


(Indeed!  No stinky puns on Thanksgiving day.  Everything smells like turkey, and mashed potatoes, and gravy, and green bean casserole, and candied sweet potatoes, and stuffed mushrooms, and jellied cranberry sauce, and stuffing . . . and stuffing . . . and stuffing!  Guess what part of the meal I like most!

All of today’s clue words were traditional designations.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “lewbol”  before.  And, probably like before, it was the only one to give me trouble.  I started to write BOWEL but ended up with an extra L.  And, of course, those letters can also spell BELOW and ELBOW.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  From the cartoon, and its dialog, I knew that FULL was in it.  But, the phrase came to me fairly quickly.

Great cartoon of a relatively small family.  Maybe Jeff’s brother’s family?  Definitely someone that Jeff knows.  Whenever the characters don’t look generic you know that Jeff has someone in mind.  Whoever it is, I like his black lab!  Be well and do good, friends.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!)   —   YUR

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