Archive for November 19th, 2020

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/19/20

William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin

Constant complaints is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.”   —   Benjamin Franklin

(I’m assuming he came up with this quote post-independence.  Because pre-independence complaining was positively de rigueur, for patriots.  This quote is actually more suited to William Franklin, Ben’s illegitimate son, and Governor of New Jersey, who was a staunch Tory.  Boy, Thanksgivings must have been very interesting at that house!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/19/20

Stone Soup," by Marcia Brown (1947). A treasured book from childhood  courtesy of "Captain Kangar… | Picture books illustration, Stone soup book,  Autumn activities

Visual Description:  Smart aleck teen.

RAYWE  =  WEARY,  RFDAT  =  DRAFT,  MPAISH  =  MISHAP,  LYOGMO  =  GLOOMY   —   Giving us:  WERDTMSHOOM

Clue/Question:  Val was silent when Holly called her by her first name, even though – – –

stonesoup

Answer:  MOMS THE WORD

(Great pun, Jan Eliot!  I’m just guessing that this pun, and most of the subject matter of “Stone Soup”, comes from your actual life.  I vividly remember when my younger sister started calling my mom by her first name.  It was always dripping with attitude and sarcasm.  I think it’s something that daughters are more prone to do with their mothers, than sons with their dads.  I would use my mom’s first name when talking to one of my siblings, but face to face it was always Mom!

None of today’s clue words are new.  However, three of the jumbles appear to be new.  We’ve definitely seen “raywe” before.  It took a few looks for me to make out “mishap”.  It’s a common word, but also a little unusual.  The answer letter layout was a crafty eleven letter jumble.  At first, I thought the first word was going to be SHE’D, but that left me with WRTMOOM.  From that though I could see that the first word had to be MOM’S, and then the quotation marks sunk in, and I got the pun!

Cute cartoon of Val/Mom grinding her teeth, as Holly sashays out of the picture.  I’m not familiar with the “Stone Soup” comic, but I’m wondering if Jan got the name from the old French story about three traveling soldiers who cajoled some frightened villagers into giving them additional ingredients for their *stone soup*?  It was one of the stories that was occasionally told on “Captain Kangaroo”, when I was growing up!  I hadn’t thought of that old story in decades!  Thanks, for being a guest cartoonist at the Jumble!  And, thanks for bringing back a fond memory!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  It looks like the guys, or their editors, gave you an additional “L” in your last name!  Oh, well.  Mistakes happen.   —   YUR

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