Archive for February, 2021

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/28/21

Edward Teller on the ABM Treaty

No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect.”   —   Edward Teller

(Yeah, creating the hydrogen bomb was a piece of cake!  Apparently, Ed could be a bit of a crank.  A lot of geniuses seem to have so little patience with us mere mortals.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/28/21

Exclusive Look Inside Frank Gehry's Home | 2019-06-02 | Architectural Record

Visual Description:  Loifestoiles of the Rich and Famous!


Clue/Question:  Whether you call it an estate, mansion, chateau, etc., depends on your – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  “(5-letters)”  (2-letters)  (8-letters)

Bruce Wayne. Wayne Manor. 60s. Classic | Wayne manor, Amazing architecture, Architecture details


(A beautifully narrowed down pun!  The only thing missing might have been villa, or stately home.  Both castle and palace are a few steps up from a manor.  I was not a big fan of the television show “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”, but it was definitely popular for a while.  Yer Uncle was never into all that snooty nonsense.  Just gimme a beer and a bowl of pretzels, and I’m as happy as a clam.

I think that we’ve seen it before, but the clue word “swoosh” is coming up as new for me.  Perhaps we saw it in an earlier Sunday Jumble???  It looks like I’ll have to send ralis95 a separate email, so he can update his world famous clue word database.  All six of today’s jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  None of them stumped me today though.  The answer letter layout was a fun-tastic fifteen letter jumble.  Nothing given away there.

Amusing real estate cartoon.  I can’t imagine Jeff studying architecture though.  He’s certainly no Frank Gehry.  I do like the old guy’s ascot and double breasted jacket!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday, Cindy Wilson!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/27/21

Summary: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Truly, thoughts are things, and their scope of operation is the world itself.”   —   Napoleon Hill

(This “self-help” guy has been called “the most famous conman you’ve probably never heard of”.  Maybe he was the inspiration for that Keith Raniere guy?  Clearly, Keith took things way too far, but ya gotta hand it to guys like Napoleon Hill.  He took the “fake it, til you make it” approach . . . and made it.  Nowadays, companies are more concerned with all these crazy degrees and certifications, without bothering to see who somebody actually is, and what kind of potential they might have.  More power to those who do it their own way!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/27/21

Historic Chelsea Hotel Closes to Guests - The New York Times

Visual Description:  Rock’s negative stereotype.


Clue/Question:  After the Rock group trashed their hotel suite, the hotel manager – – – | Punk  subculture, Punk rocker, Punk girl


(Of course, there’s always a certain amount of truth behind all stereotypes!  There are tales of certain bands who trashed their hotel rooms, back in the day.  Especially, back when there was a huge drug connection with Rock bands.  Thankfully, that has largely died down.

David L. Hoyt has given us another new clue word, in “bayou”.  More work for ralis95, and his world famous clue word database.  That’s three new clue words just this week!  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But, we’ve definitely seen “tenniy” before.  The answer letter layout was a tidy ten letter jumble.  But, all the repeating B’s, A’s, D’s and N’s made for a quick solve.

Great cartoon of an exaggerated rock band destroyed hotel suite.  I think some bands broke lamps and TVs, and probably punched a few holes in the wall, etc.  But, spray painting the walls and setting fire to a mattress is a bit much.  Coulda happened, I suppose.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/26/21

Leave who you were. Love who you are. Look forward to who you will become.  #ameliajames #quotes #confidence #inspiration | Quotes, Confidence, You are  smart

Leave who you were.  Love who you are.  Look forward to who you will become.”   —   Source Obscure

(Good advice.  But, I certainly don’t look forward to being some shriveled up prune of a human, on a ventilator!  That’s sort of how both of my parents went.  That’s why I don’t smoke, and I only drink in moderation.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/26/21

How to End Homework Battles | ParentMap

Visual Description:  Before Alexa?


Clue/Question:  For the student doing homework, looking up the definition of “finale” was a – – –

Parenting Help For Busy Parents – Family Fortunate


(It’s nice to see some families stressing self-reliance.  Too many parents today are too hands off when it comes to their children’s homework.  And, left to their own devices, too many kids are just Googling their homework questions, instead of doing the required reading.  In some ways, I imagine it’s harder than ever to be a good parent.  So glad that my kids are grown up.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “neypn” before.  None of them stumped me at all today.  The answer letter layout was another tremendous twelve letter jumble.  However, the final answer came to me immediately.  I guess it was a combination of the cartoon’s dialog, the clue/question, and the arrangement of final answer slots.

Great domestic family scene cartoon.  It looks like Mom is doing the Jumble, and nobody is watching TV!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday, Mitch!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/25/21

Oscar Wilde – Modernism Lab

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.”   —   Oscar Wilde

(The Big O was such a misanthrope!  Well, at least he was humorous in being so.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 02/25/21

Men Having Fun Arm Wrestling Each Other In Bar Stock Photo - Download Image Now - iStock

Visual Description:  Brains over brawn.


Clue/Question:  Even though he was smaller, the winner of the arm wrestling match – – –

Friends With Your Ex? Rashida Jones Understands | WVXU


(I guess it’s been a while since we’ve had a good arm-wrestling pun Jumble!  I remember an episode of “Seinfeld” where they played on a variant of having the upper hand.  I think they just made it up, but I can’t be certain.  Anyway, they just called it having hand.  It always sounded a little dopey to me, but I guess it could be a New York thing?  I always thought it was just kind of a long con that led up to the final joke.  George had been having some kind of back and forth with his girlfriend – of the week – and finally she got fed up with him.  Poor George cried out:  “But, I have hand!”   And of course she replied:  “And, you’re going to need it.”

No new clue words today.  Back to normal.  Two of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  But, we’ve definitely seen “puden” and “gurho” before.  No toughies for me today.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  But the setup and the final answer letter slots made for a quick solve.

Fairly simple pub/bar scene cartoon.  A couple of spectators enjoying a pitcher of beer, and a dart board on the wall behind the surprise champion.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PSWhy Rashida Jones???  Because I think she’s beautiful.  And, it’s her birthday.   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/24/21

Gail Devers Biography - Childhood, Life Achievements & Timeline

Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”   —   Gail Devers

(Our first quote from Ms. Yolanda Gail Devers!  But, don’t call her Yoli!  She’ll probably say:  “That’s Not My Name”.  Gail was at risk for losing her feet to amputation, when radiation treatments for Grave’s disease caused them to blister and swell, to the point where she had to crawl or be carried!  Fortunately, that wasn’t necessary, as the radiation treatments ended, and the swelling and blistering subsided.  And, she went on to win multiple gold and silver medals throughout her illustrious career.  We welcome her to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/24/21

Appian Way, The First Roman Road | Amusing Planet

Visual Description:  Don’t stray from the Appian Way!


Clue/Question:  When the I, V, X and L went for a hike together, they were – – –

Team Metric » Roman Numerals to Hindi Numerals


(Gotta love the classics!  Classic stinky puns that is.  Today’s Jumble utilizes two of ancient Rome’s greatest contributions to their success:  Roman numerals and one of their great engineering feats.  Their aqueducts and prolific road building had as much to do with expanding their empire as did their well regimented, and disciplined, military might.  Many of both still exist to this day, as do many of their bridges and tunnels.  And, that’s just a few of Rome’s engineering marvels.  The calendars that we use today are based on Roman calendars.  Of course they used Roman numerals!  Even today, when we want to be fancy schmancy, we use Roman numerals!  We see them on buildings, monuments, copyright dates on movies and television . . . and on Super Bowls!

Would you believe that Hoyt has done it again?  Yes, he has given us another new clue word, in “sitcom”!  I think he’s been saving them up, in a secret file, to dole them out ONLY when he sees fit.  Our friend, ralis95, will have to update his world famous clue word database once again!  All of today’s jumbles came up as new for me.  The only one that got me was – ironically – “ctmios”!  I couldn’t see “sitcom” to save my life!  I had to back into it, after getting the final answer.  Thankfully, there were enough clues for me to quickly solve that.

Very amusing cartoon.  I always enjoy Jeff’s animated letters and numbers.  And, he did a great job capturing the Italian countryside.  Hey, if you put these numeral together you get 66.  So, maybe they’re getting their kicks . . . on Route LXVI?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday, brutha George!

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