Archive for May, 2021

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/26/21

Christopher Morley Pens a Paean to a Cockroach | Don Marquis

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.”   —   Christopher Morley

(There is no shame in crying!  It’s actually good for your system to cry.  Just like when you laugh so hard that you cry.  It releases endorphins and cleanses the soul.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthdays to Lenny Kravitz and Lauryn Hill!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/26/21

During lockdown, a Kolkata magician proves that magic belongs to the  magician - Telegraph India

Visual Description:  Pay no attention to the obnoxious looking magician.


Clue/Question:  To turn the book into a screenplay, they hired someone who was – – –



(Oh, THAT old gag!  I was thinking that the punswer was going to have more to do with magic, or card tricks, or something.  I wasn’t looking for a play on right.  A little misdirection today!  But, fortunately, the word JOB kind of stood out, and when I wrote FFRTW and EIO I quickly saw FOR and WRITE.  So, I guess you could sort of say that I backed into the final answer.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles do appear to be so, but we have absolutely seen  “granjo” in the past.  They all came to me pretty quickly.  The answer letter layout is an elegant eleven letter jumble.  I don’t think it gave a thing a way.  The set up of the clue/question and the layout of the final answer slots was a big help.

Fine cartoon.  Not sure who any of the characters are supposed to be.  I guess one is the author of the book:  “AMORALMAN”, by Derek Del Gaudio.  Of course I couldn’t make that out, but a friend explained it to me.  I guess these hidden gems make it more relevant to some.  I do remember Jeff being a big magic buff.  Is the dude in the striped shirt holding a deck of cards?  I’m sure there’s more to the story here.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Garry Peterson, of the Guess Who, and Stevie Nicks, formerly with Fleetwood Mac!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/25/21

Biltmore Outdoor Summer Concerts 2020

Visual Description:  Thunderstorm delay.


Clue/Question:  The band’s outdoor performance was ready to start, but the weather was – – –

Outdoor Concert and Movie VenuesAnswer:  DISCONCERTING

(A most excellent stinky pun!  A little rain never hurt anyone, but you really do not want to mess around when it comes to lightening.  At an outdoor venue like this it going to be difficult to find adequate shelter.  If they drove to it their best bet is probably to go to their cars.  It should pass fairly quickly.  Hopefully, it’s not part of something bigger, like a tornado!

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “tdosed” in the past.  That was probably the toughest of the jumbles though.  The answer letter layout was a thrilling thirteen letter jumble.  I first toyed with the word possibly ending in RING, but as I checked off those letters, and rewrote the leftovers, I was able to see the final answer.

Fine cartoon of an outdoor concert.  Not using that word should’ve been a big tip off to me, but I didn’t initially pick up on it.  It looks like Jeff has named the band The Weather Kings.  At least that’s how I’m reading it.  That’s made up as far as I know, and I can’t figure out what other Kings they might be.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to steel guitarist Cindy Cashdollar!  She lives up in Woodstock.

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/25/21

K.Flay | Fox Theater

I’ve always had a duck personality.  Calm above water, feet going crazy below.”   —   K. Flay

(Someone else – on television I believe – just recently used this duck analogy, but it wasn’t about a personality.  Just about ducks.  But it definitely describes some people.  This is our first quote from the American singer, songwriter, rapper and musician, at the Cryptoquote.  So we welcome Kristine Meredith Flaherty to the Cryptoquote Club today!  The name wasn’t familiar to me, but I do know at least one of her songs, and I’ve posted it below.  Warning; early in the song there is a curse word, but I’m pretty sure it’s just the one.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/24/21

God's Undertaker | The New Yorker

Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change.”   —   Thomas Hardy

(It seems – as I get older at least – that I am more disappointed than surprised by change.  Like with the WordPress changes.  I’ve always liked to keep my Spam file clean/empty, but this new version of WordPress allows me to delete only 20 spam comments at a time.  Very annoying when there are a hundred to three hundred spam comments, which WAS fairly large, but not a daily occurrence.  It takes FOREVER!  Sunday I arrived to 1.9K spam.  I got rid of 100.  Right now it’s at 12K!  There is NO WAY I can delete 12,000 spam comments at 20 per shot.  It also takes a stupid long time between every Delete to bring up the next 20.  I am all for change when it makes for things being more efficient, and easier to use, but the WordPress changes they have put in place are positively moronic!  I guess we’ll see what happens if I just let nature run its course.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes!  (Brother Chris always reminded me of Mick Jagger.)

Jumble Spoiler – 05/24/21

Image result for kid doing homework night kitchen table | Importance of  education, Importance of physical education, Education

Visual Description:  Doing homework in the kitchen.


Clue/Question:  The young student looked up the word “FIST” in the dictionary which was – – –

The Importance of Sticking to Schedules When School's Out | Oxford Learning


(Ah!  A figurative AND literal pun!  All depending on how you pronounce the word CLOSE.  The S sound, or the Z sound.  It’s nice to see a kid actually using a physical dictionary, and not just Googling the word, to find various dictionaries, for the definition, and clarifying the spelling.  I wouldn’t be surprised if some kids didn’t know what an actual dictionary looks like.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new for me.  But we’ve most definitely seen “gulha” before.  No stumpers for me today.  The answer letter layout was an efficient eleven letter jumble.  I though it did a fine job of hiding the final answer.  I went with HAND first, then tried to decide whether the two letter word was TO or AT.  But seeing CLOSE resolved that minor issue.

Great family scene cartoon.  I went to the Chicago Tribune site and the USA Today site, but neither of those gave me a cartoon big enough – even when clicking to enlarge – to make out the detail of the design on Dad’s t-shirt.  They really weren’t any better than the one in my newspaper.  It doesn’t seem like it’s relevant to the puzzle, but probably just a little inside joke.  I loved the little puppy dog dozing in the corner.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Vivian Trimble of Luscious Jackson!

Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/23/21

Admiral Chester Nimitz | National Portrait Gallery

A ship is always referred to as “she” because it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.”   —   Chester Nimitz

(Now, now, ladies!  No need getting your knickers all in a twist.  It’s just a little dated – yet still valid in my book – humor.  Please resist your urge to vandalize, or destroy, statues of the man.  He’s still an American hero . . . pretty much like all the others whose statues have been defaced, destroyed, or removed.  The United States is supposed to be a country of tolerance, not over zealousness.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Jewel!

Curtain Raiser

Especially for those of you who still believe the American corporate media’s mythology of Israel’s virtue! — YUR


We All Desire Life, Colltalers

The first crack in the up-to-now overwhelming support for President Biden suddenly exploded like, and due to, Israeli strikes in Gaza, which shocked the world for their viciousness and unrestrained violence. For a change, public opinion is turning and more Americans now care about the Palestinians.
Thousands around the globe rallied to decry Israel’s apartheid policies even as the U.S. stands firmly to its side. We’re on our own again. For if not, this week would be marked by a serious pipeline hack and in Brazil, by a Congressional inquiry into President Bolsonaro’s disastrous handling of Covid.
A Senate panel is trying to establish a timeline of Brazil’s failures to contain the virus and the still current lack of vaccines to cover every citizen. The probe however is unlikely to change what’s already public knowledge: the president downplayed the crisis until it was too late…

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 05/23/21

Read Why Nevada is The True Birthplace of Mark Twain

Visual Description:  Explaining the nom de plume to his brother Orion.


Clue/Question:  When Samuel Langhorne Clemens started going by Mark Twain, he – – –

Pre-Answer:  Five Words   (4-letters)  (1-letter)  (4-letters)  FOR  (7-letters)

Mark Twain - Virginia City, NV - Nevada Historical Markers on


(I really like the fact that Twain’s name change had an understandable reason to it.  There are far too many writers who adopt names that might sound nice, but don’t seem to have much reason behind them.  Voltaire and Moliere come to mind, but there have been many others.  Yer uncle likes things he can easily understand.  Abstractions generally don’t do it for him.

It’s always good when the Sunday Jumbles have well established clue words.  Our friend ralis95 doesn’t get the Sunday Jumble, and doesn’t seem to receive the emails from this blog.  Five of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me.  But we have seen “sayile” before.  None of the jumbles tripped me up any.  The answer letter layout was a very impressive sixteen letter jumble.  I thought it was above average on the cryptic scale.  I think the arrangement of the final answer slots gave me the quick resolve.

Mighty fine period piece cartoon!  One might think that this is the Mississippi River in the background, but it looks like Sam had moved out west to the Nevada Territory, with his brother Orion, at the time of his name change.  So, maybe a little artistic license.  There are probably rivers and creeks somewhere around Virginia City, Nevada.  He had tried his hand at mining out there, but was unsuccessful.  Writing, and later public speaking, is what paid the bills for him.  Good, clean fun Jumble though.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy Birthday to Phil Selway of Radiohead!

Jumble Spoiler – 05/22/21

Easy Hush Puppies Recipe - Spend With Pennies

Visual Description:  Dining arf-resco!


Clue/Question:  To quiet the dogs that were asking for food, they gave them a few – – –

Hush Puppies Pakistan - YouTube


(I guess hush puppies are appetizers, but I always thought of them as more of a side dish . . . for various fried fish dishes.  I haven’t had them in ages, but I do like them.  They are also a brand of casual shoes.  At least I think they still are.  I haven’t seen any advertisements for them in quite a while.  They used to feature a Basset Hound!

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we have seen “geehd” before.  The answer letter layout was an elevated eleven letter jumble.  Nothing about it was obvious.  It took me a few seconds to see the final answer.

Cute outdoor dining scene.  Jeff and Kathy brought their little doggies along.  The waiter does not seem to be amused though.  Nor the diner behind Jeff.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday Jesse Valenzuela, of the Gin Blossoms!

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