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Jumble Spoiler – 10/25/21

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Visual Description: A number of issues.

RANDW = DRAWN, GREEV = VERGE, GREEME = EMERGE, TCOPIE = POETIC — Giving us: DRNVEEMEEPET

Clue/Question: The 1 and 3 occasionally acted oddly, but the 2 and 4 were usually – – –

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Thinks the Universe Might Be a Simulation

Answer: EVEN-TEMPERED

(I was born on an even day, in an even month, in an odd year. Exactly what that means . . . I have no friggin’ idea. Numerology can be kind of fun, sometimes. Like both the assassins of Abe Lincoln and John F. Kennedy having three names, and both their full names added up to 15 letters, and all the other similarities. Could there be some deeper meaning to these kind of things? Or, is it all just coincidence? Most of our issues with numbers stem from age old superstitions, from various cultures. The number 7 is lucky, but 13 is unlucky? And 666 is downright evil? The Chinese feel the number 4 is unlucky, because it sounds like their word for death. We really need numbers for so much in life. Can we really afford to favor some, and disfavor others? We just have to accept them for the mathematical objects that they are.

There were no new clue words today. Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, for me. But we’ve definitely seen “greev” in past jumbles. The answer letter layout was a twelve letter jumble, teeming with E’s. I’m sure that that helped most of us to come up with a quick solution to this puzzle.

Great cartoon of some animated numerals, on some kind of geometric plane. The grid could represent how numbers go on forever. Maybe Jeff is a part-time astrophysicist, or something. Everyone has some kind of hobby, don’t they? Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/25/21

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Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”   —   William Shakespeare

(Okay.  You can’t afford to be a single SECOND late . . . in life and death situations.  I get that.  But just try to show up to a party three hours before it starts, and see how the host/hostess welcomes you!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/24/21

Zsa Zsa Gabor Life In Pictures – CBS Los Angeles

I believe in large families.  Every woman should have at least three husbands.”   —   Zsa Zsa Gabor

(I think the Gabor sisters were kinda like the Kardashians of their day.  More known for being socialites, than their acting abilities.  They were very attractive though!  And, all married multiple times.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 10/24/21

Stream Maria Spelterini by Paolo Dellapiana | Listen online for free on  SoundCloud

Visual Description:  Daredevil darling.

RTGEHA  =  GATHER,  SAINSG  =  ASSIGN,  GSPSIO  =  GOSSIP,  LOEYWL  =  YELLOW,  FYRADT  =  DRAFTY,  GEEAGN  =  ENGAGE   —   Giving us:  GAHSSOSSYEDTEAE

Clue/Question:  Maria Spelterini was crossing Niagara Falls on a tightrope, and so far it was – – –

Pre-Answer:  Four Words  (6-letters)  (2-letters)  (3-letters)  (4-letters)

Maria Spelterini Celebrated American Independence Week Walking Tightropes  Across Niagara Falls While Wearing Peach Baskets

Answer:  STEADY AS SHE GOES

(This lady had ice water flowing through her veins!  She was definitely one cool kitten.  And, she didn’t just cross the falls once.  No, she did it FIVE TIMES!  The second time she did it wearing peach baskets on her feet.  The third time she did it blindfolded.  And, the fourth time she did it with her wrists and ankles manacled! The fifth time she just did it straight again.  Of course she didn’t do that all in one day.  Each crossing was incredibly physically demanding.  She did it over the course of 19 days.  I wonder how long each crossing took?  I guess it would depend on the winds.  She – smartly – made her crossings during July of 1876, for the U.S. Centennial.  Probably no, or very slight, breezes to contend with.

Fortunately, there were no new clue words to deal with today.  Ralis95 is off the hook.  However, all six jumbles were coming up as new, for me.  No real head scratchers, for me.  The answer letter layout was a fierce fifteen letter jumble though.  Nothing obvious about it, at all.  I think the final answer slots had a lot to do with my getting the final answer so quickly.

Fantastic period piece cartoon.  You just knew it had to be the later 1800s.  Great depiction of the momentous occasion.  I’m sure that thousands were in attendance.  And, I have just the right song to go along with our final answer!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/23/21

Zanele Muholi in conversation

If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.”   —   Zanele Muholi

(Yes, I had to look up her name!  I thought she was Janele.  I did get Muholi correct though.  An artist and visual activist, this is the first of Zanele’s quotes to make it to the Cryptoquote.  So we welcome them? – I’d say she again, but Zanele is non-binary – to the Cryptoquote Club today.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Matthew Shultz, of Cage the Elephant!

Jumble Spoiler – 10/23/21

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Visual Description:  Drac’s dentist.

GRWEA  =  WAGER,  THFCE  =  FETCH,  TILUDE  =  DILUTE,  CNNCAA  =  CANCA  —   Giving us:  WGEFEDLANN

Clue/Question:  The vampire was willing to pay more for dentures that were – – –

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein Movie Review

Answer:  NEWFANGLED

(I like the pun, but two things kinda puzzled me.  1.  I never knew that it was a single – compound? – word.  And 2.  I would have expected hyphens between NEW and FANG and LED.  Sometimes I just don’t get why they do, or don’t do, certain things!  But it’s a seasonally appropriate Jumble, with Halloween a little more than a week away.  A few weeks ago we were all college footballed out, so we turned on MeTV and started watching “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein”.  Besides Frankie’s Monster, there’s the Wolf Man and Count Dracula in it.  I haven’t seen it since I was a kid, but we only watched about 15-20 minutes of it before finding something else to watch.  Too bad.

We appear to have a new clue word today, in “cancan”.  That is if Angela doesn’t write in saying we had it on such and such Sunday, way back when!  Our pal, ralis95, will have to update his world famous clue word database once again!  Again I wasn’t sure “cancan” was a single, compound word, but Google confirmed it for me.  All of the jumbles appear to be new.  The answer letter layout was a tenacious ten letter jumble.  With these letters I knew it had to be NEW something!

Great, silly cartoon!  Dracula as a gummer!  I guess he should have stayed away from all those sweet young things!  Even the dentist is a vampire.  And, it looks like there are two other patients, hanging out in the waiting room.  Fun Jumble.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Allen Branstetter, of St. Paul & the Broken Bones!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/22/21

MEDICINE/ 1912 NOBEL PRIZE French Biologist ALEXIS CARREL Bronze Medal |  eBay

All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and receive help from other people.”   —   Alexis Carel

(Medical science owes a great debt to Dr. Carrel.  In particular in advancing vascular surgery.  Today’s Cryptoquote shorted him an R in his name, but we’ve had him here before.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/22/21

Mole & Gopher Control | Mole Trapping | Tyler, TX, East Texas

Visual Description:  Tunnels of love?

NCAKK  =  KNACK,  DIGEU  =  GUIDE,  DRSIAH  =  RADISH,  TNTNEI  =  INTEN  —   Giving us:  NKGUDRAINET

Clue/Question:  When the moles moved into their yard, the owners didn’t care for the moles’ – – –

California Center on Teaching Careers on Twitter: "Happy Mole Day! Mole Day  is an unofficial holiday celebrated by chemists and chemistry students on  October 23 in honor of the mole, a measuring

Answer:  UNDERTAKING

(And, that’s the mole truth, and nothing but the truth!  We usually hear more about mole hills – as in making a mountain out of a mole hill – but mole runs are a more common sight in my neck of the woods.  Fortunately for me, I’ve only had them in my backyard, where it’s a little more wild and natural.  They’re just a very minor nuisance.  But for someone’s pristine front lawn?  Ugh!  They’re a real eyesore!  And, I suppose they’re a bit of a hazard as well.  But moles can be beneficial to your yard/lawn . . . if you’re having a problem with grubs!  They love to eat grubs and beetles, and worms.  Hey.  They’re God’s creatures too!

All of today’s clue words have been used before.  However, it’s looking like all of the jumbles are coming up as new.  They all came to me right away.  I’m sure Ken could come up with a cute short story with these clue words!  The answer letter layout was an elusive eleven letter jumble.  Wonderfully cryptic.  After about 20 seconds I saw UNDER.  That left me with NKGAIT . . . for the TAKING!

Great suburban couple, looking out their living room window, at the two cute little moles.  I like how the runs are interspersed with a few mole hills.  Hey, they gotta come up for air!  Anyone remember the 1950’s horror move:  “The Mole People”?  It starred Beaver Cleaver’s dad, Hugh Beaumont!  I probably saw that movie at least three or four times on TV, when I was a kid.  They played a lot of ’50s movies on TV in the early to mid ’60s.  It was one of my favorites, along with “Creature From the Black Lagoon”.  Good, campy fun!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Jumble Spoiler – 10/21/21

More public input wanted on unleashed dogs in Chico – Chico  Enterprise-Record

Visual Description:  Pups unleashed.

VRWEA  =  WAVER,  AHTSS  =  STASH,  THYMHR  =  RHYTHM,  BARTIB  =  RABBIT   —   Giving us:  AERSTSRTMAIT

Clue/Question:  A dog that knows which houses to stop at to get snacks – – –

Pumpkin-Carrot Dog Treats | The Top Knot Kitchen

Answer:  IS TREAT SMART

(These dogs are from a bygone era.  Just about every community, that I can think of, has instituted a leash law.  It’s mainly for the dogs’ protection, but also so folks don’t end up with stray dog doo on their precious, pristine lawns!  Never mind that the vast majority of folks almost never step foot on their lawns!  They’re tended to by landscape companies, and the owners occasionally glance at them from their windows, or as they drive up their driveways and into their garages.  Too many Americans have become domestic isolationists!  Not yer Uncle though!  He’s out there two, three, sometimes four times a day, waving to – and talking to – whoever he sees.  American hospitality still lives, for some of us. 

All of today’s clue words are familiar old friends.  Three of the jumbles are coming up as new, but we’ve definitely seen “bartib” in at least on prior Jumble.  Some people might argue that “rhythm” is a word that uses only consonants, but the letter Y is a bit of a switch-hitter.  Most of us remember that the vowels are: A, E, I, O, U . . . and sometimes Y.  Some folks forget about that sometimes part!  The answer letter layout was a terrific twelve letter jumble.  Sufficiently cryptic.  I picked up on the “Lady and the Tramp” vibe, so it was a quick solve.

Fine cartoon of the wandering pups.  Hmm!  The look suspiciously like Jeff’s dogs.  I sure hope that he doesn’t let his dogs run free.  The pooches could end up in the pound, and Jeff could be stuck paying a ticket/fine!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Charlotte Caffey, of The Go-Go’s!

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 10/21/21

Rumi: the Musical | London Coliseum

Wear gratitude like a cloak, and it will feed every corner of your life.”   —   Rumi

(I know that life can be tough – tougher for some, more than others – but we should be grateful for every single breath we take.  I don’t think that we are alone in the universe, but the kind of life that we know is such a rare thing of beauty.  None of us should take it for granted.  Nor this fragile planet that has given us this life.  Be grateful for every little thing that you have, folks.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Happy birthday to Charlie Lowell of Jars of Clay!


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