Archive for December, 2020

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/26/20

Interview with Alexander's Author Judit Viorst -

Brevity may be the soul of wit, but not when someone’s saying, “I love you.”   —   Judith Viorst

(Hey!  Judy is a Jersey girl!  And, she is the author of “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, and this is her first quote to make it to the Cryptoquote.  So we Welcome Judith to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/26/20

10 Facts Worth Knowing About Noah Webster

Visual Description:  The author many other authors rely on.


Clue/Question:  When asked if his new dictionary could be purchased, Noah Webster said – – –

Noah Webster House (@NoahWebHouse) | Twitter


(Authors generally don’t just write for the sake of writing.  Everybody’s got to make a buck.  But, Noah Webster wasn’t just your average writer.  He was known as the “Father of American Scholarship and Education”.  He replaced the school books from England with brand new American books, which he wrote.  He might be the main reason why we write color, instead of colour.  And, neighbor, instead of neighbour, etc.  And, he changed a bunch of the words that the English spell with an re to an er.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have definitely seen “peseyl” in the past.  Of course I misspelled “gauge”!  I always put the U first!  The answer letter layout was a swell eleven letter jumble.  It did a fine job of disguising the final answer.  The quotation marks were, once again, a big clue.

Another great historical piece cartoon from Mr. Jeff Knurek.  Fine likeness of a young Noah Webster.  Happy Kwanzaa to all who celebrate it!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Christmas Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/25/20

Holiday Meals Are Back! - Nugget Markets Daily Dish

We wish our readers a holiday season filled with love, joy and peace that will endure forever.”   —   Your Puzzle Friends

(A very warm holiday sentiment from Rebecca and Co.  I hope all of you had a great day today!  I did.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Christmas Jumble Spoiler – 12/25/20

High angle view of African American family baking cookies in kitchen at  home photo by Wavebreakmedia on Envato Elements

Visual Description:  Cookie cooking clan!


Clue/Question:  They loved baking Christmas cookies together and were enjoying all the – – –

Afro-American family baking — Stock Video © WavebreakPremium #22644367


(Wow!  I have to admit that I did not get today’s final answer!  At first I was trying to come up with a word like CAMARADERIE, but ending in ERY.  Then, I did consider a word ending in ING, but wasn’t seeing the answer.  So, I let my daughter look at it, and after a couple of minutes, she got the answer.  Personally, I never would have thought that MERRYMAKING was a compound word.  Go figure.

No new clue words today.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “matug” and “greme” before.  I was able to see all of the clue words immediately.  But, that eleven letter jumble of an answer letter layout was a toughie for me!

Cute cartoon of a family that bakes together.  I wasn’t sure how many generations I was looking at, so I wasn’t sure if GRAMMY was going to be part of the final answer.  I didn’t work at it very long, so I don’t know if I’d have come up with it on my own, or not.  But, my baby girl bailed me out.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/24/20

Mamma Agata's Tomato Sauce - the taste edit

Twas the night before Christmas, or so sayeth the book, not a creature was stirring, excepting the cook.”   —   Anonymous

(At least most people who do the cooking really enjoy cooking.  I’m spoiled.  I just enjoy the eating.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/24/20

A family sitting by the christmas tree and relaxing by Chelsea Victoria -  Stocksy United

Visual Description:  Holiday lounging.


Clue/Question:  They’d had the couch for a couple of days, and – – –

Plan ahead for a relaxing Christmas - Chronicle Live

Answer: SOFA“, SO GOOD

(Ooh!  A real stinker-oo of a pun!  And, one that may have puzzled our non-New York City crowd.  Especially the Midwesterners, where the R’s are hard to miss!  I’m just from Western New York, and as a kid, I was always puzzled how “fa” was “a long, long way to run”.  But, for Oscar Hammerstein – a native Nu Yawka – it made perfect sense.

All of today’s clue words are like heirloom Christmas tree ornaments.  They’ve been in the ralis95 box a long, long time.  Their jumbles however are all coming up as new today.  None of them tripped me up though.  The answer letter layout was a perfect 10 of a jumble.  I’d say the quotation marks were a big clue to getting the final answer.

Heartwarming Christmas eve family scene.  The three older members, and Fido, are just chilling on the davenport.  While Junior seems to be wide awake, and more than ready for present opening.  The little mask on the Santa ornament will mark this as a Christmas Jumble of 2020.  Until the majority of us are vaccinated, I encourage all of us to continue the safety/health protocols that we are all too familiar with.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/23/20

Daily Mail Online

Christmas, that time of year when people descend into the bunker of the family.”   —   Byron Rogers

(Kind of an unusual way of putting it.  But, a bunker is a rather secure place.  And, most people feel most secure when they are with their family.  Byron is a Welshman, and a well respected journalist, essayist, historian and biographer.  This is his first quote to make it to the Cryptoquote, so we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/23/20

Super kitchen wall mural | Restaurant interior design, Restaurant interior,  Decor

Visual Description:  A pescatarian’s dream.


Clue/Question:  The chef who specialized in cooking grouper, tuna, cod, etc. was an – – –

fish, knife, fresh, food, restaurant, kitchen, nutrition, eat, cut, raw |  Pikist


(Definitely, a stinky pun!  Not three day old fish stinky, but stinky nonetheless.  Tell you what though.  I knew what the answer should be, but I had a bit of a problem sorting out the spelling of part three.  I guess I don’t use the word aficionado all that often.

All four of the clue words are tried and true, but three of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  We have definitely had “dbeia” before.  I got three of the clue words right away, but they had me at “hello” . . . for a few seconds.  The answer letter layout was a heavenly eleven letter jumble.  It hid the final answer very nicely.  The quotation marks and hyphens were big helps.

Great cartoon of a chef’s kitchen.  It looks like we’re looking at a variety of fish here.  I prefer fish that doesn’t look like fish, and also isn’t too fishy.  Swordfish, fillet of sole, tuna steaks, that kind of thing.  I also like fish and chips though.  When I cook fish, my specialty is fish sticks a la Mrs. Paul!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 12/22/20

OXFORD FASHION STUDIO at NYFW 2019 – Fashion Magazine 24

Visual Description:  The devil wears . . . nada?


Clue/Question:  Before the fashion model took the job, she – – –

7 Standout Fall 2020 Trends From the Milan Fashion Week Runways -  Fashionista


(I guess she has a lot of attitude.  But, she has to make her stance.  Her bearing and carriage are her stock and trade.

We’ve seen all of these clue words before.  And, we’ve seen three of the jumbles before.  The only new one is”reetos”.  I had a little trouble coming up with “spoil”, but I had to back into “disown”.  I may have had trouble with “wosind” the first time around.  I’m almost sure of it.  The answer letter layout was a fabulous fourteen letter jumble.  But, not really all that challenging.

Fun cartoon though.  Made me think of “Ugly Betty”, and that movie with Meryl Streep.  What’s it called again?  Maybe Jeff should try his hand at fashion designing!  He seems to have a flair for it.  Be well and do good, friends.  Wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands regularly.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 12/22/20

Flann O'Brien Quotations (38 Quotations) | QuoteTab

I suppose we all have our recollections of our earlier holidays, all bristling with horror.”   —   Flann O’Brien

(LOL!  I don’t know about ALL, but I’m sure we all can recollect a few of them.  Another writer who essentially drank himself to death, at an early age.  Cancer of the throat and heart attack, at age 54.  Oh, well.  We welcome Flann to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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