Archive for April, 2021



Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/20/21

At UMN, Sotomayor shares her inspirations, irritations

If the system is broken, my inclination is to fix it rather than to fight it.”   —   Sonia Sotomayor

(But the only way to fix any broken, or corrupt, system is to fight the powers who have allowed it to break, and who are profiting from it staying broken.  We’re not talking about a toaster, or some other simple mechanical device here.  Those with power are NOT about to surrender that power without somebody forcing them to do so.  That is simply human nature, folks.  To me, this get along kind of quote leaves a lot to be desired.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Craig Frost of Grand Funk Railroad fame!

Jumble Spoiler – 04/20/21

Rainbow of five colourful pigs in chocolate brown mud blue | Etsy

Visual Description:  Keep yer eye on the stye.

TYEPT  =  PETTY,  DYLOD  =  ODDLY,  CGLIRA  =  GARLIC,  PHYHNE  =  HYPHEN   —   Giving us:  PEDDGAIHE

Clue/Question:  The stubborn and narrow-minded hog was being – – –

As happy as a pig in mud or feeling sow-er? New technology could read  animals' emotions - Country Life

Answer:  PIGHEADED

(I was never a farmer, so I have zero experience with pigs.  And, even though I’ve long heard the phrase “pigheaded” it just never quite computed with me.  I’ve long heard of stubborn as a mule, so mule-headed makes a lot of sense.  But I’ve never heard anyone say as stubborn as a pig.  I just had to look this up, and here’s what I’ve come up with.  Apparently, when it comes to pigs, they cannot be driven/herded like cows, sheep, and other farm animals can be.  So, in my mind it’s less a matter of stubbornness, and more a matter of intelligence.  Cows, sheep, chickens, etc. are relatively dim-witted, and therefore compliant creatures, while pigs are one of the most intelligent species of animals.  They are smart NOT to trust us, because they know we all LOVE BACON!  Any time a human tries to get a pig to do something they just know it could be dangerous to their well-being.  In this respect we should all be more like the pig, and much less like the sheep.  Sound familiar, kiddos???

Four well worn clue words today.  Three of the jumbles came up as new, for me.  But we’ve definitely seen “tyept” sometime before today.  I was able to see all the clue words immediately.  The answer letter layout was a fine nine letter jumble, but the answer was pretty obvious to me.  I doubt any of you guys struggled to solve it too.

Cute barnyard scene cartoon.  I always enjoy when Jeff draws talking animals.  Pigs, like elephants and hippos, wallow in the mud to keep the flies, and other parasitic critters, from getting at their skin.  They know what they’re doing.  I do not recommend this behavior for people though!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Marty Crandall, of The Shins!  I was going to leave you with Simple Song, but this video struck me as even more profound.  And, it leads to Simple Song!  A fantastic song!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/19/21

Vince Lombardi's Southern Season – Garden & Gun

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, then you will be fired with enthusiasm.”   —   Vince Lombardi

(Ol’ Vincent Thomas Lombardi is an American icon!  They don’t make them like him anymore.  And, his style might not work in today’s professional sporting environs anyway.  Today’s pro athletes need to be handled with kid gloves these days.  It’s because of the BIG bucks that they make.  Back when Vince was coaching most of his players made peanuts!  During the off-season they would either go back to the family farm/ranch, or sell used cars . . . or insurance.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Mark “Flo” Volman of The Turtles; Flo and Eddie!

Jumble Spoiler – 04/19/21

How To Push Through Fatigue When Running A Race – Running Unlocked

Visual Description:  Crawling from the wreckage.

RVAYG  =  GRAVY,  USODE  =  DOUSE,  NIPSGR  =  SPRING,  YUOJLF  =  JOYFUL   —   Giving us:  GADOSSINOL

Clue/Question:  After the runners completed the marathon, they – – –

What Half-Marathons Teach Us About Running a Marathon - The New York Times

Answer:  SAID SO LONG

(Because it was SO long!  I think the only way I could finish “running” 26 miles, 385 yards would be on my hands and knees.  And then, they’d have to carry me away . . . on a stretcher!  I was a pretty good runner when I was a kid.  And, I famously used to run on the old West Side Highway when I was in my early 20’s.  There was a photograph of me in The New York Times, with the title of the article:  “Run Fast Before It’s Gone”.  Had to be either 1981, or ’82.  I also ran regularly in Central Park in those days.  And about 9 or 10 years ago I did run in a 5K charity race.  Nowadays I just run my mouth.

We have seen all of today’s clue words in Jumbles gone by.  However, all of their jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  I thought that both “nipsgr” and “yuojlf” were fairly challenging jumbles.  The answer letter layout was challenging ten letter jumble, for me.  I wasn’t zoning in on the dialog, as much as I was the effects of such a grueling race.  But after re-writing the consonants, then the vowels, in alpha order, I was able to see where they were going.

Fine after the race cartoon.  I guess the endorphins are still pumping for these guys, as I would definitely have a much more pained expression on my face!  Fun Monday Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Alan Price of The Animals!

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/18/21

IMAGINE - John Lennon | John lennon quotes, Imagine john lennon, Soundtrack  to my life

To give a man full knowledge of morality, I would send him to no other book than the New Testament.”   —   John Locke

(Because . . . God knows . . . you wouldn’t want to send him the Old Testament!  Nothing but begetting, and smiting, and magical nonsense going on in that old thing.  At the very least, the N.T. concentrates more on love and forgiveness.  All offense, but I’d rather have a nice John Lennon quote, any day.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 04/18/21

Stockholm, Sweden. Scenic View Of Stockholm Skyline At Summer Ev Stock  Photo by Grigory_bruev

Visual Description:  No meatballs in brown gravy here!

AXLHEE  =  EXHALE,  TYIRRA  =  RARITY,  KUBREE  =  REBUKE,  SEWBOT  =  BESTOW,  SNGEIN  =  ENSIGN,  NTCUUK  =  UNTUC  —   Giving us:  EHAIYRBESWESTK

Clue/Question:  The shop that sold cakes, pies, cookies, etc. in Stockholm was a – – –

Pre-Answer:  Two Words  (8-letters)  (6-letters)

Kanelbulle | Traditional Sweet Pastry From Sweden

Answer: SWEETISH BAKERY

(Okay.  How many of you were like me, and said:  what the heck is a kanelbulle?  Unless you’re related to Rose Nylund, of “The Golden Girls”, you probably didn’t have a clue either.  Thank goodness for the magic of Google!  From there you probably found out that they’re what most of us call cinnamon rolls!  I loves me a good cinnamon roll!  Or two, or three.  Probably why I’m a Type 2 Diabetic!

Shocker of all shockers!  David L. Hoyt has dropped on us a new clue word today, in “untuck”.  As much as I dislike UN words, I had no trouble coming up with this word.  All of the jumbles, with the exception of “sewbot”, came up as new.  I must have been in the groove, as none of them tripped me up today.  The answer letter layout formed a fantastic fourteen letter jumble.  Nothing really jumps out at you.  But with Stockholm in the clue/question, and the quotation marks surrounding the first final answer slots, I knew that it had to be a play on Swedish.  And, the cartoon made it very obvious that they were in a BAKERY.

Very tasty bakery scene cartoon.  I’ll take Jeff’s word that that’s what the Stockholm skyline looks like.  Eh!  No, I won’t!  I was going to give you a picture of Rose, but I’m giving you Stockholm instead.  Like it?  Looks beautiful, to me!  Now run out and buy some kanelbulles!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/17/21

Ray Bradbury | Biography, Books, & Facts | Britannica

There is more than one way to burn a book.  And the world is full of people running about with matches.”   —   Ray Bradbury

(I bet old Ray is spinning in his grave about now!  With all the revisionism – from both sides of the aisle – of our history books, and the censoring of Dr.Seuss books, and calling “Gone With The Wind” racist, and on and on . . . ad nauseam,  it sure looks like every Tom, Dick and Harry . . . and their brothers are “running about with matches”!  But, that seems to be the current zeitgeist.  And, so many folks pursue this course of action with the zealotry of ISIS!  Stop tearing down what you don’t like, and concentrate on building something you DO like.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/17/21

Gulf Stream Path

Visual Description:  Meteorology class.

NCUDE  =  DUNCE,  NRILE  =  LINER,  VYRSUE  =  SURVEY,  TRWMHA  =  WARMTH   —   Giving us:  NCLEURYRT

Clue/Question:  The average speed of the Gulf Stream is about 4 miles per hour, – – –

Gulf Stream - Polarpedia

Answer:  CURRENTLY

(Like the professor is saying, the Gulf Stream seems to be slowing, and that is NOT a good thing.  It’s slowing due to rising water temperatures in the Western Caribbean Sea.  And of course, these rising water temperatures are due to man-made Global Warming.  The result being a longer, and stronger hurricane season, and rising sea levels.  Our old pal Ben Franklin coined the term “Gulf Stream”, as he thought it originated in the Gulf of Mexico.  He wasn’t really off by much, but it originates in the Western Caribbean.

None of today’s clue words were new, but all of their jumbles were coming up as new, for me.  The only one to give me any pause was “nrile”.  But it was a brief pause.  The answer letter layout was a nifty nine letter jumble.  it took me nearly a minute to get the final answer.  Figuring that it ended in LY was a good start.  Then the pun came to me.

Great college classroom scene cartoon.  The student is asking a valid question.  I don’t know the answer.  I do know a little about the surface speed though, which is faster than the average speed.  Currently, the surface speed of the Gulf Stream is about 5.6 MPH.  Back in 1982, according to the World Book Encyclopedia – that we’re still holding on to, it was 5.7539 MPH.  So, it has slowed in the last 40 years.  And, I’d assume that it was somewhat faster in 1942, and so on.  As the world’s population increases, we’ve increased our consumption of fossil fuels, resulting in more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and overall higher average temperatures worldwide.  Before some ninny “Denier” tries to refute these irrefutable facts I would like to issue a pre-emptive STF!  Most of you are familiar with the proverb:  You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.  My revised version is:  You can lead a man to/with logic, but you can’t make him think.  Because some folks – simply – refuse to hear the truth.  For them:  Go back to sleep, y’all.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 04/16/21

How Sean Connery captured the irresistible cool of James Bond - CNN Video

Visual Description:  Jeff’s poker dream.

HEWIG  =  WEIGH,  DEUSE  =  SUEDE,  ETMIDU  =  TEDIUM,  ROLDAL  =  DOLLAR   —   Giving us:  WIHSUETEIMDLL

Clue/Question:  The poker player got the card he needed for a royal flush, which – – –

Ranking Poker Hands: What Beats What in Poker

Answer:  SUITED HIM WELL

(I remember when almost everybody dressed up when they went to a casino.  Casino gambling used to have an air of sophistication.  Especially in the movies.  Now, people go to casinos in jeans and tee shirts.  I’m sure many/most whales still dress up, but for the rank and file it’s very casual.   No more glamour.

All of today’s clue words have been used before.  However, all of the jumbles are coming up as new for me.  The only one that tripped me up a little was “etmidu”.  The answer letter layout was a terrific thirteen letter jumble.  It took a few seconds for the pun to hit me, but the answer was there in the cards.

Great James Bond cartoon!  Although, I don’t remember James playing Poker.  He was more a Baccarat and Craps guy.  I mean the Sean Connery Bond, as the cartoon is showing.  Maybe one of the other Bonds though.  I also liked Blofeld sitting at the other end of the table, petting his Persian cat!  Good Friday fun.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Jason Scheff of Chicago!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 04/16/21

Google Doodle Marks Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss' Birthday | Time

Mathematics is the queen of science, and arithmetic is the queen of mathematics.”   —   Carl Friedrich Gauss

(Another – of so many – great German minds!  Gauss was a mathematician and physicist, of the late 18th century to mid 19th century.  I think we might have had one of his quotes before, but I failed to Tag his name.  So, I probably did not welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club.  So, we welcome Carl today!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to David Pirner of Soul Asylum


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