Archive for April, 2021

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/25/21

W. Somerset Maugham | British writer | Britannica

Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make complete use of the other five.”   —   Somerset Maugham

(Kind of a strange quote, from a fairly strange man.  Lived a lie for a long time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday Bjorn Ulvaeus of Abba!

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/25/21

Isaac Watts | The Asian Age Online, Bangladesh

Visual Description:  The Jesus jingle man!


Clue/Question:  Isaac Watts wrote more than 700 hymns.  There were many people who – – –

Pre-Answer:  Three Words  (4-letters)  (3-letters)  (7-letters)

Music at St. Paul's - St. Paul Parish


(An excellent stinky pun . . . in the highest!  Initially, Isaac caught some flack for his clever rhymes.  Even got punished for them.  But that didn’t sway him from writing some 750 hymns.  From my secular standpoint, his best known song is the popular Christmas standard “Joy to the World”.  I’m sure some of you indoctrinated types have your own favorites though.

All of today’s clue words are popular old standards.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, to me.  However, we have definitely seen “capect”, “tguino” and “syrags” at some point in time.  Surprisingly, none of them gave me any trouble today.  The answer letter layout was a fabulous fourteen letter jumble.  Nothing obvious about it.  But the final answer came to me immediately.  Almost as if by . . . divine intervention?  Nah!  Yer uncle was just on his game this morning.

Marvelous choral scene cartoon.  Great Ish Kabibble haircuts on the choir boys!  A very fine likeness of Mr. Watts, and other wigged ones of his era.  To this very day folks are singing . . . his praises!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy 76th birthday to Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival!  (a song for Ken)

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/24/21

Julius "Dr. J" Erving and the Nets' Glory Days on Long Island

I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.”   —   Julius Erving

(The legendary Doctor J!  Arguably the greatest all around basketball players of all time!  The man could do it all, but he was mostly known for his spectacular, long range dunks.  They say he was “the first man to weaponize flight”!  Can you imagine what a powerhouse the Milwaukee Bucks would have been had they been allowed to draft him back in 1972?  With Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Oscar Robertson?  Oh my god, they would have been unstoppable!  But, his old ABA team – the Virginia Squires – threw a monkey wrench into those plans, eventually trading him to the New Jersey Nets.  After a few years with them he went on to play for the Philadelphia 76ers.  Both the Nets and the 76ers retired his jersey.  And, to think that my Knicks turned down the opportunity to acquire him from the Nets!  SMH.  This is his first quote to be used in the Cryptoquote, since I’ve been posting the spoilers.  So, we welcome the Hall of Famer to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/24/21

Australian man dies on Grand Canyon river trip | Williams-Grand Canyon News  | Williams-Grand Canyon, AZ

Visual Description:  From the depths!


Clue/Question:  They took a guided tour of the Grand Canyon so they could – – –

Rafting the West | Colorado River - Grand Canyon


(And, NOT to be mistaken for the DOWNLOW, which means to keep secret, and which may – or may not – be a single compound word.  LOWDOWN is information, which is what the hikers/visitors were seeking.  I’m only providing the obvious for those who might have thought it was DOWNLOW.  Some of today’s youngsters aren’t always familiar with our old school jargon.

While not exactly from the Neogene period – like when the Grand Canyon started to form – none of today’s clue words are new.  Three of the jumbles arose as new, for me, but “tidot” definitely has to be considered an older jumble.  The answer letter layout was a tough ten letter jumble.  I probably could have struggled to get the final answer the way it was, because I did figure on GET.  But, I wrote out the consonants and the vowels in alpha order again, and it seemed to make solving it easier.

Great cartoon of folks at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  Ranger Bob really seems to know his stuff!  If you look very closely at the upper left-hand portion of the cartoon you’ll see both people on foot, and people on either horseback, or mule/donkeyback, coming down the trail.  It’s all – barely – legible, with the aide of a magnifying glass.  Thanks, Jeff!  Great Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/23/21

Stella McCartney and LVMH announce a new partnership to further develop the Stella  McCartney House - LVMH

Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.”   —  Stella McCartney

(An apt quote for the conclusion of Earth Week!  We all need to do – at least – the simple things, as in reuse reduce and recycle, not littering . . . and picking up litter.  It also helps to avoid wasteful packaging, like in single serving food products.  There are SO many little things we can do to help out the earth.  This looks like the first quote from Stella McCartney to be used in the Cryptoquote.  At least since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, we welcome Stella to the Cryptoquote Club today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/23/21

10 Things You May Not Know About Peter Pan - Celebrations Press

Visual Description:  The family tradition.


Clue/Question:  The story about Peter Pan being forever young – – –

The Reader's Notebook: Cyril Ritchard | WMKY


(Just like doing the Jumble . . . on a daily basis!  Some things never grow old.  When I was a kid I was a big fan of both the Disney cartoon of Peter Pan, and the NBC television broadcast of the Mary Martin version that ran a number of times in the early ’60s.  Very wholesome, family entertainment.  For many years Cyril Ritchard was THE Captain Hook!  But Dustin Hoffman did a wonderful job too in “Hook”, with Robin Williams as The Pan, and Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell.  From what I’ve heard/read, the J.M. Barrie story was the first instance of the name Wendy.  Before that it never existed!

All of today’s clue words were like classic television reruns.  Two of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen both “pwrie” and “ssevur” before.  But that didn’t stop me from struggling to get “versus”!  That’s a sneaky jumble.  The answer letter layout was an extensive thirteen letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic!  I think the final answer slots were what clued me into the answer so quickly.

Great cartoon of the three generations watching what looks to be the Disney cartoon version.  I’ve always enjoyed the story.  Even the Johnny Depp backstory, “Finding Neverland”.  Maybe that means yer Uncle never grows old?  Hey, I’ll always be just a big, good-natured kid!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/22/21

Miles Davis | Official Site

Every day I find something creative to do with my life.”   —   Miles Davis

(That’s a great attitude to have.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/22/21

Timeless Chesterfields Showroom in Bolton, LancashireVisual Description:  When it feels right . . .


Clue/Question:  They were able to choose which sofa to buy – – –

10 Classic Sofa Styles for Your Living Room | ANDERSON+GRANT


(I guess they’re buying . . . by the seat of their pants!  Some people make these kind of decisions by sleeping on it.  Butt these guys feel that sitting on it works just as well.  And, who’s to argue with them?  It might not be refined . . . but some are inclined . . . to trust their behind.  I bet they’re glad the salesman is not pushy, because that couch is cushy to the tushy.

All comfortable old clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “tlasn” at some point in time.  Once again I had a bit of trouble coming up with “neuron”.  Maybe I’m a little short on them?  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  It did a great job of hiding the final answer.  I had to write out the consonants and vowels, in alpha order, again!  This is starting to become a habit.

Fine furniture showroom cartoon.  The couple looks very relaxed.  Maybe they’re thinking:  Do you feel like we do?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Peter Frampton!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/21/21

Larry King, legendary talk show host, dies - CNN

Nothing I say this day will teach me anything.  So if I’m going to learn, I must do it by listening.”   —   Larry King

(I guess that’s why he was a good interviewer!  Similar to Letterman.  I love Colbert, but he’s NOT a good interviewer.  He’s too busy trying to be smarter – and cuter – than his guests.  He’s improving some, but he still has a long way to go.  This appears to be our first Larry King quote, since I’ve been posting these spoilers.  So, we welcome ol’ Larry to the Cryptoquote Club today.  With having eight wives/marriages I guess you’d have to say that he had a lust for life!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Iggy Pop!

Jumble Spoiler – 04/21/21

Squirrel wedding | Squirrel funny, Cute squirrel, Squirrel pictures

Visual Description:  I’ve heard of muskrat love, but . . .


Clue/Question:  The squirrel with the bushy tail was getting married, and she was – – –

Squirrel Cartoon Transparent PNG Clip Art Image | Gallery Yopriceville -  High-Quality Images and Transparent PNG Free Clipart


(I haven’t heard this expression in a while!  Look at you, all bright eyed and bushy tailed!  Probably not since my Mom passed.  It usually means eager and excited, and the phrase does come from a description of a squirrel!  It’s probably one of the reasons that squirrels are the most loved of the rodents.  Not after they chew a hole in your roof, and set up nests in your attic, but other than that they’re adorable.

All commonplace clue words today.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new for me, but we’ve definitely seen “pleeo” at some prior time.  No stumpers, for me.  The answer letter layout was a nifty nine letter jumble.  If you weren’t – somehow – familiar with the phrase you might have had trouble coming up with the pun.

Really cute squirrel cartoon.  The dresses are great, and I liked the little wedding arch/arbor in the background.  The squirrel’s wedding reception will take place at my bird feeder.  That’s two talking animal Jumbles in a row!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Michael Franti!  (A happy, peppy song!)

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