Archive for May, 2021

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/31/21

Buenos Aires Times | The Age of the Human Pseudo-Event

When the gods wish to punish us, they make us believe our own advertising.”   —   Daniel Boorstin

(Which is one reason why I don’t subscribe to any religion.  I like thinking for myself . . . and questioning authority.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy Birthday Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/31/21

Iwo Jima Monument at the Marine Military Academy

Visual Description:  Statue re-enacting the Iwo Jima flag raising!


Clue/Question:  Felix de Weldon’s effort to create the Marine Corps War Memorial was – – – Iwo Jima, Marine Corp Memorial, Washington DC, Statue, Magnet 2  x 3 Photo Fridge Magnet: Kitchen & Dining


(My Dad was a Marine.  He served before I was born, but once a Marine always a Marine!  At least that’s most of them say.  I never heard my Dad say that though.  I remember he had a desktop replica of the flag raising in the bar of our basement den.  The base was black, and the Marines were bronze.  I remember it being pretty heavy.  I use to tell my friends that my Dad was one of those Marines!  Of course he was just a kid in WWII, so there was no way he was there.  He served at the tail end of the Korean Conflict, and – thankfully – he never had to leave stateside.  He took it with him after my parents divorced.  He’s been gone over fifteen years now.  I have to ask my aunts whatever happened to it.  Maybe one of them have it.  Possibly my brother.

It’s looking like we have a new clue word today in “yummy”.  It’s possible we saw it on some Sunday in the past, but I couldn’t swear to it.  All of the jumbles appear to be new!  I started writing REalize, before I . . . realized there was only one E!  The answer letter layout was a tidy ten letter jumble.  But it couldn’t hide the final answer.

Fine cartoon of of the creation of the Marine Corps War Memorial, back in 1954.  My parents were married about a year by then, and my Dad was still in the Marines.  I think he got out in late ’54, or early ’55.  Great Memorial Day Jumble!  I hope you all had a respectful Memorial Day, folks.  Be well and do good.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary!

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/30/21

deck built around tree...wish I had a tree to work with and do this! | Deck  around trees, Bench around trees, Decks backyard

Visual Description:  Under cover of the arbor.


Clue/Question:  When they had their deck built under a hug maple tree, they had it – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (4-letters)  (2-letters)  (3-letters)  (5-letters)

20 Landscaping Deck Design Ideas for Small Backyards


(Unless English is not your first language, I think this was probably one of the most obvious/easiest Sunday Jumble answers that I can ever remember.  But the – onetime? – popular expression made for a fine, stinky pun!  Do many people use the phrase much these days?  Sounds like it came out of the 1950s.  Like something Fonzie often said on “Happy Days”!  Not exactly high poetry, but very descriptive.

All of today’s clue words already have a pad on the ralis95, you cool Cats and Kitties!  And that is the word from the bird!  Surprisingly, all of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  I didn’t find any of them too tough though, Daddy-O.  The answer letter layout was a formidable fourteen letter jumble.  Not obvious, in itself.  The combination of the great cartoon, and its great dialog are what gave the answer away.

Fine cartoon of a family chillaxing on their new deck.  It looks very relaxing.  I think I would enjoy a deck like that, but we live in a high/split ranch, so our sliding glass kitchen door opens up to our current deck, which is six feet from the ground.  Maybe my next life.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Lenny Davidson, of The Dave Clark Five!

And, Rest In Peace, B.J. Thomas.  😥

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/30/21

Pablo Picasso's Women of Algiers sells for $179m to set new world auction  record | The Independent | The Independent

Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”   —   Pablo Picasso

(I might add the word *naturally* between “is” and “an”, in that first sentence.  The problem being that too many adults – including parents sometimes – try to impose too many limitations/restrictions on children.  Stay within the lines!  No, Joanie, the sky is NOT green!  Those colors don’t go together!  Etc., etc.  The unencumbered child can embrace their naivete, and unleash their imagination, to create wondrous things.  And, hopefully, hold on to those qualities as they grow up.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/29/21

In a new Billie Holiday documentary, friends fill in the missing notes |  PBS NewsHour

I’m always making a comeback but nobody ever tells me where I’ve been.”   —   Billie Holiday

(Considering all the allegations of drug use/addiction, I’m a little surprised that she uttered these words.  This is almost as bad as Admiral James Stockdale’s:  Who am I?  Why am I here? moment in the 1992 Vice Presidential debate!  Of course he was attempting to be ironic and humorous, because – outside of many military circles – he was an unknown political commodity.  But a few seconds later into his speech he lost his train of thought, and came off appearing addled . . . and just plain old.  He was an American war hero, but the poor guy was just out of his element.  Thankfully, both Al Gore and Dan Quayle did NOT try to make political hay of his flubs.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Melissa Etheridge!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/29/21

Computer Key Board Cartoon - ClipArt Best

Visual Description:  Keyboard convo.


Clue/Question:  The hyphen could see the person typing words and was anxious to – – –

computer-clipart | Maghull and Lydiate U3A

Answer:  JOIN THEM

(I think the hyphen should be happy he’s NOT the Caret symbol!  That’s probably one of the least used keys, on my keyboard at least.  That and the Tilde and Acute/left quote key.  Whenever I use single quotes I always open and close with the lower case one with the double quote key.  Y’all know I hunt and peck, right?  I took typing in high school, but only so much of it resonated with me.  I was never much for . . . using the force!

All familiar old clue words today.  I can hardly wait to see what scenario Ken is going to work up with these words!  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new.  However, we’ve assuredly seen both “cabhe” and “volija” in past Jumbles.  The answer letter layout was a snappy eight letter jumble.  More than adequately cryptic!

Fine cartoon of a semianthropomorphic keyboard.  Look kids!  I was able to use the hyphen!  Looks like the typist could use a shave.  So could I, for that matter.  So, I guess I better wrap things up.  Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, folks.  Bear in mind the sacrifice that so many of our military personnel have made for our country.  Try to show some appreciation for that.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Noel Gallagher, of Oasis!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/28/21

Best Yiddish Proverb Quotes with images to share and download for free at  QuotesLyfe

If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water.”   —   Yiddish Proverb

(I don’t think I buy into the destiny aspect, but you can “drown” in as little as a teaspoon of water.  As a small child, I did actually “drown” once.  Thankfully, a lovely Asian lifeguard dove down to the bottom of the deep-end, and saved my life.  The drowning aspect was a little confusing to my four year old brain, yet strangely peaceful.  Luckily, I couldn’t have been down there too long.  As a result though, I did have an aversion to putting my head under water, for quite a long time.  That made learning how to swim a bit of a challenge.  I did learn though!  Although, I never was able to master the turning of my head, to take air in, and then blow it out with my face in the water.  My brain-o says No bueno to that!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Gladys Knight!  (This was also a CCR song.)

Jumble Spoiler – 05/28/21

Slackline con obstáculos ninja para niños | Deja de Pensar

Visual Description:  Backyard junior Olympics.


Clue/Question:  They weren’t made of gold, silver or bronze, but the top three awards were – – –

Resultado de imagen de Make A Kids Obstacle Course | Kids obstacle course,  Outdoor fun for kids, Backyard obstacle course


(I completely get the play on metallic.  This makes for a great Jumble punswer.  But, what I don’t get is why – when you Google “medallic” – do a decent number of dictionary definitions come up for the *word*?  I don’t ever remember seeing this as a word before, but they all say:  adj. “of or pertaining to medals”.  I usually complain that WordPress is a stodgy Limey bastard when it comes to some misspelled words.  But this time I’m in complete agreement with them.  And, for once, I disagree with Merriam-Webster!

No new clue words today.  But some we haven’t seen in a while.  I almost got suckered into writing ALEVE . . . again!  The persuasive power of marketing!  All of the jumbles are coming up as new though.  The answer letter layout was an easy-going eight letter jumble.  Definitely not obvious though.  Once again, it was the combination of the cartoon and the quotation marks that led me to the final answer.

Great cartoon of some imaginative kids.  When I was a kid one of the big kids organized this kind of track and field competition.  It wasn’t exactly the Olympics, but there were a lot of different events.  I was actually pretty fast back then too.  I remember back then I could run barefoot in the street.  My feet were nicely calloused, and we never worried about broken glass, or anything, because our neighborhood was so clean and safe.  Nowadays, when going outside barefoot, if I step on the tiniest pebble, on my sidewalk or driveway, I see friggin’ stars!  The only thing I don’t miss about walking around barefoot is stubbing my big toe!  I did that all too often.  Ouch!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to John Fogerty!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/27/21

Edwin Louis Cole Pdf Free - animalsupport

You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.”   —   Edwin Louis Cole

(No.  You drown by falling in the water . . . and not knowing how to swim!  This is our first quote from Edwin Louis Cole, so we welcome him to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Neil Finn, of The Finns, Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac, and Split Enz!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/27/21

25 Crazy Fan Redesigns Of Unexpected Superhero Couples

Visual Description:  Julie Justice, of The Jumble League!


Clue/Question:  The superhero was out of bed early with plenty of – – –

25 'Ridiculously Creative' Captain America And Wonder Woman Fan Art That  Will Blow Your Mind - Animated Times


(My get up and go has got up and went!  I’m totally beat, guys.  I’ve put in 22,707 steps already today, and the day ain’t over!  That’s about five times as much than on an average day.  But I guess it’s good for me.  Better than spending too much time, sitting on my bony butt . . . which I’m doing right now.  Sorry about not posting this earlier, guys.  But I’ve been a little busy.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new for me, but we’ve definitely seen “supae” before.  I thought that “beyomd” was a pretty challenging jumble.  The answer letter layout was a tidy ten letter jumble.  Not obvious, but I got the final answer rather quickly.  I think the quotation marks and the answer slots were a big help.

Cute superhero cartoon.  She’s got those wrist bands, like Wonder Woman.  And, I always like a good shield!  We don’t often get superhero cartoons.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Siouxsie Sioux, of Siouxsie and the Banshees!

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