Archive for October, 2021

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/30/21

Thomas Huxley : Richard G. Petty, MD

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.”   —   Thomas Huxley

(An admirable aspiration!  One which all Jeopardy contestants should adhere to.  I know a good bit about a lot of things, but I’m pretty sure I don’t know everything about anything.  My interests are pretty varied.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Timothy B. Schmit, of The Eagles!

Jumble Spoiler – 10/30/21

The State of Black Women-Owned Businesses

Visual Description:  Notices of a SALE!


Clue/Question:  Her instructions for putting up the store’s signs for the sale included – – –

Report: Struggling Black-Owned Businesses Need More Government Grants


(Second day in a row where the final answer was a toughie!  David L. Hoyt seems to be pulling out all the stops.  You really got to hand it to him.  Besides yesterday’s new clue word/s, he gave us a tough Jumble that really made us think.  At least I had to.  We don’t always remember that to jumble something means to mix it up.  Today’s was also more word play than an actual pun.  I know I enjoyed it.

No new clue words today.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, but we’ve definitely seen “gaaed” in previous Jumbles.  The only one that I had to look at a few time was “drsuia”.  If I were more Math inclined I probably would have seen “radius” sooner.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  Not obvious to me.  It took a few minutes for me to come up with a two letter word with these letters.  I knew HE didn’t make any sense!

Fine cartoon of women working at their clothing store.  It’s always nice to see businesses run by women, and especially by women of color.  Fine Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Gavin Rossdale, of Bush!

Jumble Spoiler – 10/29/21


Jumble was invented in 1954, so it can be hard finding new words to – – –


I just wrote a VERY extensive post for today’s Jumble.  I added an appropriate video, and wanted to add another video, but I didn’t hit Enter after the first one, so I hit the Undo icon – as I’ve done numerous times in the past – but instead of just removing the video, WordPress ERASED my ENTIRE post!  I was hoping against hope that it was saved somewhere as a Draft, but just the blank came up.

I had given high praise to both of the guys for the great puzzle, and did a whole thing on Xenon, but it was all for naught.  Thanks for nothing WordPress!  I don’t have the time, or inclination, to recreate all that I wrote because I’m pissed off.

Xenon appears to be new, and perhaps mutant.  All the jumbles came up as new.

Sorry guys.

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/29/21

You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love  and affection. - Buddha

You yourself as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.”   —   Source Unknown

(So many of the meme/graphics on the internet are attributing this quote to Buddha.  A few to a Sharon Salzburg (sic).  And, at least one to a Swatantra Saxena.  I didn’t know either of the latter two, but Ms. Salzberg is a best selling author and teacher of Buddhist meditation, and Mr. Saxena is some kind of Indian artist.  So, at least there is a connection there.  Apparently, there is no record of Buddha actually ever saying this.  So, the quote gets heaped on the Source Unknown pile.  There is truth to the quote though.  In order to better love others, we have to love ourselves first.  Never think you are not worthy of love and affection.  You most definitely are.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/28/21

Race Matters @ 25': Celebrating Cornel West's Classic Text | Dartmouth  Admissions

Visual Description:  Western Civilization class.


Clue/Question:  Throughout history, treaties have helped to establish stability – – –

Other central party peace treaties from WW1 are also incredibly interesting  : r/HistoryMemes


(I haven’t read up on any treaties in quite some time.  But to me, they’re mostly the victors laying out what the vanquished can and cannot do, going forward.  And, many of them were unnecessarily punitive.  Whether it was the countless treaties the U.S. government made with Native American tribes, or the Treaty of Versailles, or the Treaty of Paris, etc., they’re never what anyone would call lasting.  And, more times than not, with the Native American treaties, it was the victor/oppressor – the U.S. Government – who would break the treaties.  So, for a number of them, they were mainly highfalutin exercises in futility.  They were mainly just feathers in the caps of the victors.

No new clue words today.  I did receive an updated edition of the ralis95 clue word database the other day.  Since July we’ve increased by eight words.  Not bad, I guess.  Two of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen both “cabhe” and “nacceh” in earlier Jumbles.  The answer letter layout was a tasteful twelve letter jumble.  More vowels than consonants.  Not too obvious.  The final answer slots, and the quotation marks, made for a quick solve.

Great cartoon of a college – or maybe high school – history classroom.  I really liked Jeff’s little joke.  I’m sure that a lot of kids/young adults have no idea what the Jumble is.  How would they?  Most of their parents don’t get the newspaper anymore, and the younger generation has no interest in what their parents are doing on their computers.  If “Trix are for kids!” then Jumbles are for dinosaurs!  LOL!  ROAR!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/28/21

Saint Teresa of Avila – Doctor of Prayer – TOM PERNA

To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.”   —   Saint Teresa of Avila

(Listen to the lady,folks!  She was a bad-ass rebel in her time.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/27/21

Michigan vs Michigan State Prediction, Odds, Spread, Date & Start Time for  College Football Week 9 Game

Visual Description:  Jeff’s prediction.


Clue/Question:  When the #1-Ranked team lost to the underdog, some fans were – – –

Key Matchups: Michigan Wolverines vs. Michigan State Spartans - Maize n Brew


(Actually, Michigan is ranked a little higher than Michigan State.  Michigan is ranked #6, and MI State is ranked #8.  And both teams are currently undefeated, at 7-0.  But a lot of the early part of the season is played against the lesser teams.  We are just entering the real meat of the season.  The game is in East Lansing, so State should hold a slight edge.  It’s one of college football’s better rivalries, and it should be a really good game.  Big Ten football at its best!

All of today’s clue words are long time residents of the ralis95 clue word database.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new, with “slepl” having definitely been used before.  No real head scratchers today.  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  I believe that Butspepeyust is going to be the next pharmaceutical medication to hit the market.  It’s the new miracle drug to treat hemorrhoids and anal fissures.  Ask your doctor if Butspepeyust is right for you!

Great cartoon of – mainly – disappointed college students, leaving the stadium, after the big game.  I think the one guy celebrating is about to get his butt kicked!  Why is it usually the fat guy that ends up going shirtless?  Do they sell beer at most college stadiums?  So, I guess Jeff’s team is going to win by 1 this weekend.  As long as it’s a win, baby!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Garry Tallent, of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band! (It ain’t football, but it applies to all jocks.)

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/27/21

Top 10 books by Charles Dickens | Charles Dickens | The Guardian

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”   —   Charles Dickens

(I think we’re seeing some kind of charitable theme here, folks!  Definitely not a problem.  I think we all could stand to be a little more charitable.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran!  I’m not really a big fan, but my niece, Nina, is a huge fan.  So, this is for her.

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/26/21

Why did Mother Teresa pursue social justice?

It is not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”   —   Mother Teresa

(We should all strive to be as charitable as we financially can, but there are other ways we can give to others too.  Volunteering your time is a great way to give back, to your community, or to the needy.  Also, just treating those less fortunate than you with compassion is a way of putting love into your giving.  Making eye contact, and smiling, and the simple act of a few kind words, can make someone feel that they’re still part of humanity.  So, give what you can.  And remember the old saying:  There but for the grace of God go I.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Natalie Merchant, this time with 10,000 Maniacs!

Jumble Spoiler – 10/26/21

Maine in Pictures: 20 Beautiful Places to Photograph | PlanetWare

Visual Description:  Down East in The Pine Tree State.


Clue/Question:  The female deer living in New England’s largest state was very happy with her – – –

The Best Coastal Maine Road Trip Stops - Family Traveller (USA)


(A wonderfully stinky pun!  An alternative to this could have been Homer Simpson enjoying his trip here, and having a pine cone drop on his head.  Then the answer could have been “DOH-MAINE”!  Or, or, or . . . a bread maker vacationing here, somehow resulting in “DOUGH-MAINE”!  Can anyone come up with another kind of “DO”???

All of today’s clue words are tried and true clue words.  Three of the jumbles appear to be new.  However, we have definitely seen “rydti” in previous Jumbles.  None of them stumped me any.  The answer letter layout was a sedate eight letter jumble.  Not obvious at all.  But the clue/question’s dancing around the obvious, and the layout of the final answer slots, made for a quick solve.

Marvelous cartoon of the adorable “female deer”, chilling in the grassy field, by the tree-lined shore of “New England’s largest state”.  I really liked the pine trees and pine cones, the little lighthouse in the distance, and of course the tiny classic sinking sailboat on the horizon.  I’ve only been to Maine once, but I think that Jeff caught its essence.  Aah, the wonder of Maine!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Natalie Merchant!

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