Archive for February 22nd, 2021

(Belated) Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/21/21

Sophocles | Biography, Books and Facts

There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so powerful as the conscience which dwells within us.”   —   Sophocles

(Unless you’re a sociopath!  Then you think that everyone else is an idiot, and you’ll never be caught.  And, you have no remorse for what you did.  Does that then mean that sociopaths have absolutely no conscience???  Interesting.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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(Belated) Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 02/21/21

Personal Pages - Bose Corporation Model 2201 speakers

Visual Description:  Audio advancement.


Clue/Question:  Amar Bose asked investors to fund his new speaker company, and they said – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (4-letters)  (6-letters)  (5-letters)

Bose: The king is dead, long live the king!


(And, that was like music to his ears!  I would definitely call this a minor stinky pun.  Maybe, because there is so much truth to it?  They are superior speakers.  That’s why their slogan is:  To get a Bose . . . you’ll pay through the nose!  JKLOL!

All of the clue words are familiar old friends, though some we haven’t seen in quite a while.  Every one of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  And, a couple of them were real toughies too!  I had to skip over, and comeback to, both “lutess” and “gimepa”.  I was afraid for a while that I might have to back into them, but I didn’t need to resort to that.  The answer letter layout was a fantastic fifteen letter jumble.  But, the combination of the clue/question’s leading nature, and the layout of the final answer slots, made for a quick solve.

Fun period piece cartoon!  I guess this must be around 1964 . . . according to Wikipedia.  At first glance – before reading any of the dialog, or clue/question – I thought I was looking at a triangular pepperoni pizza!  Hey, my priorities always start with food!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/22/21

Harriet Beecher Stowe - HISTORY

The past the present and the future are really one:  they are today.”   —   Harriet Beecher Stowe

(The woman wrote the book that helped lead to the end of slavery in the United States.  Just don’t think that the North was lily white leading up to the Civil War, because they weren’t!  There was a sick kind of enabling game going on to appease the Southern states, because for a long time the Southern states were the money makers.  Industrialization helped the North to develop somewhat of a backbone.  Most don’t realize there were slaves in the “free state” of New Jersey right up to the Civil War. 

But, when the South seceded the North/Union was more concerned about competition for the western territories, than actually “freeing the slaves”.  The Monroe Doctrine didn’t anticipate a non-European entity intervening in the Americas!  Expansionism was the dirty, un-publisized, reason for “preserving the Union”.  The freeing of the enslaved people was simply the auspicious – and moral – byproduct of the war.  History books are written by the victors.  They get to frame the story into good guys versus villains.  When you’re dealing with a death toll that approached 750,000 you really need find a way to put some lipstick on the pig!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 02/22/21

Building a Deck: Laying Out and Installing Joists - Fine Homebuilding

Visual Description:  All decked out.


Clue/Question:  After helping her dad install the floor joists, she was – – –

Circular saw - Wikipedia

Answer:  BEAMING

(I think the guys just needed a reason to use the word JOIST!  While not being an “uncommon” word, it’s a word that is much more common among contractors:  roofers and carpenters.  To the uninitiated, a deck is simply made up of planks and beams.  But, the  beams, are the mainframe supports, while the joists are the horizontal boards that span them.  They provide the support for the planks.  JOIST is a great crossword puzzle word.

All familiar old clue words today.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  Only “duefg” has definitely been used before.  The answer letter layout was a concise seven letter jumble.  It was cryptic enough that I had to check off the ING before I saw the BEAM.  It was the connection between joist and beam that made this work for me.

Nice domestic scene cartoon.  Dad and daughter seem to have things well in hand.  Mom is looking on approvingly.  They all seem to be beaming, to me!  Nice Monday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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